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Weekly Famitsu Issue 1052

This debut of my Famitsu recap column offers a look at the most boring Famitsu in recent memory.

Issue 1052 is hard bound rather than stapled.

This first ever Weekly Famitsu recap column on my blog has a look at issue 1052 -- unfortunately one of the more boring issues of the magazine in recent memory.

On the cover is Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Echoes of time (see IGN Wii for a hands-on I did with the Wii version recently). In addition to an Echoes of Time strategy guide, the cover makes mention of an HD television buyers guide, a separate booklet offering a look back at 2008's portable games (I seem to have misplaced this for some reason...), and a look at classic logos. I'll have more on that last one in a separate post, as it's full of precious information.

The news section this week has nothing that wasn't already revealed on the internet over the week -- the Carnival Color PSPs, new Home developments including Namco Museum.comm, and all those crazy Ryu ga Gotoku 3 collaborations.

You know you have a slow issue of Famitsu when the main breaking game story is a western title. The magazine reveals that X Blades will be coming out in Japan through Ubisoft, with a PS3 and Xbox 360 release set for April 30. This is apparently going to be a full localization, with Rie Kugimiya performing the role of Ayumi.

An actual Japanese game saw its debut too. Space Invaders Extreme 2 is set for the DS (no PSP version was mentioned). New additions include a "bingo round" system where, after clearing a round you play some sort of bingo-like mini game and, if successful, you end up playing a special round featuring a large boss. Also new is Super Fever Time, a sequence where you can rack up major points as you face not just enemies on the bottom screen, but bonus UFOs on the top screen as well.

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This week's issue also offered a big look at Ryu ga Gotoku 3 (Yakuza 3 for all you Western types). There's quite a bit of info in there, so I'll either post it as a separate blog entry or possibly on the main channel.

Here are this week's scores:

  • Chibi Marukochan DS (DS): 8, 7, 7, 7
  • Destiny Links (DS): 9, 8, 8, 9
  • Conan & Kindaichi (DS): 7, 8, 7, 6
  • Midnight Club L.A. Remix PSP): 7, 8, 8, 8
  • Remote Investigation: The 23 Days Until the Truth (PSP): 9, 8, 8, 8
  • Shawn White Snowboard (PSP): 6, 7, 6, 7
  • Demon's Souls (PS3): 7, 9, 6, 7
  • Shawn White Snowboard (PS3): 6, 8, 6, 6
  • Midnight Club Los Angeles (PS3/X360): 8, 9, 8, 8

For the Demon's Soul review, everyone appeared to agree that the game is super duper hard. The guy who gave it a nine said that once you advance far enough in the game, you really begin to see its depth. The guy who gave it a 6 appeared to complain that the game is too strict and doesn't give any hints. I think I know what he's saying, but my shitty translation skills keep me from conveying it properly.

This week's most wanted list has Final Fantasy XIII squarely (LOL) at the top, besting out Dragon Quest IX, the PS3 version of Resident Evil 5, Monster 3, and Dragon Quest VI. But guess what's at number 6? It's none other than Dragon Freaking Quest X! The Wii entry in the series debuted a couple of weeks ago at 26, then jumped up to 11, and is now on the verge of entering the top 5... where it will presumably remain until its release five years from now.

In addition to its weekly sales charts and most wanted list sections, Famitsu posts an arcade top ten once every two weeks. Today's issue included results for 12/22 to 1/4. Gundam Senjo no Kizuna was at top, with revenues of more than double its nearest rival, Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebellion. Blow these were World Club Champion Football Intercontinental Club 2006 - 2007, Sangokushi Taisen 3, Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ4, Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3 DX, Mahjong Fight Club 7, Taiko no Tatsujin 12, Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix 2, and Gundam VS Gundam. Man, remember when Virtua Fighter used to rule these charts?

This week's Famitsu.com survey asked readers to list the total number of games they've downloaded. Zero was the number one answer with 162 votes. 10 or more came in at second with 65, followed by 1 to 3, 4 to 6, and 7 to 8. The figures were notably lower in 2006, when 261 said zero and only 15 said 10 or more.

Next week's issue will have a detailed analysis of 2008's top 100, a look back at the Street Fighter series (just one week ahead of SFIV's release), and the latest information on Star Ocean 4 and Super Robot Taisen K.

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