Mobile Suit Gundam Senjo no Kizuna appears to be coming to the PSP
Retail listing check!
The latest case of a retail listing totally jumping the gun on an actual game announcement concerns this:
That's Mobile Suit Gundam: Senjo no Kizuna.
Bandai Namco Games has apparently decided to convert that, to this:
That's a PSP (well, a PSP-3000 to be precise), and it will apparently be getting Mobile Suit Gundam Senjo no Kizuna Portable on March 26.
It shouldn't surprise anyone that the PSP is getting yet another Gundam game considering how well Gundam games sell on the system. But, this particular Gundam game is a bit unexpected considering the inside of the cabinet for the arcade version looks like this:
Even if Bandai Namco includes the girl (which they probably won't), replicating the virtual reality-style experience of the arcade unit on the PSP is going to probably be impossible.
Sure enough, Bandai Namco will be making some fundamental changes to the game. According to the retail listing, the PSP version will be faster and have improved controls. Players will be able to reassign keys to their liking and change viewpoint.
For solo players, the PSP version will add a full mission mode. Players can work through a large number of missions targeting beginners and advanced players. There appears to be some sort of cooperative CPU element to these missions, as the retail listing says that you can issue directions to your ally Mobile Suits.
So why call this Senjo no Kizuna if it makes so many changes? The PSP version will retain one key element from the arcade version: team-based play. Up to eight players can battle together on the PSP version in four on four fights. This is, admittedly, a bit down from the arcade version's eight on eight fights, but get eight players in a room and you could have yourself a wild Mobile Suit party.
As a nice bonus, the game will include game sharing functionality. With just one copy of the game, eight players can play together. This appears to apply only to something called "Trial Version," which I'm gong to take to mean a limited demo version of the game that players can download from friends.
Bandai Namco has yet to formally announce this game (which is why you're reading about it in my blog and not on the main site), but this retailer has a habit of breaking game announcements just before they're announced in Famitsu. Don't be surprised if you hear about this conversion later this week.