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Release Date Calendar Update

Check this column every week to make sure your Japanese game calendar is up to date.

PSP got lots of new game announcements over the week, including Shiren the Wanderer 3.

Here are the latest changes to the andriasang.com release date chart (PS2 and DS coming soon, I swear on my dead bunnies' graves!).

Major new games include BlazBlue Portable (PSP), Burst Error Eve the First (PSP), Shiren the Wanderer 3 (PSP), Quiz Magic Academy DS: Two Space Time Stones (DS) and Sacred 2 (PS3, X360). That last one is an overseas game that's being localized by Spike, and it was, for some reason, the lead game story in this week's Famitsu.

Cyberfront is bringing more love sim ports to the PSP. Set for Spring 2010 release are Cross Channel, Mizu no Senritsu 2, and Akatsuki no Amaneka to Aoi Kyojin. Atatsuki was also announced this week for the 360

Lots of new budget games were announced over the week. Konami has Survival Kids Wii set for 11/19. Silent Hill Zero will follow for PSP on 1/28 (it is quite odd to announce a budget release two months in advance). Capcom and Sony also announced a bunch of budget titles over the week, including Senoku Basara Battle Heroes (PSP) and Yuusha no Kuse ni Nama Iki da or2 (PSP).

New dates announced over the week include Tekken 6 (1/14), God Eater (2/4). I don't know if they're necessarily big or not, but a couple of yoge got dated. EA dated Need for Speed Nitro (Wii, DS) for 12/17. Square Enix made some fuss over its 1/14 date for Batman Arkham Asylum (1/14).

Delays include a game that I accidentally marked as released. Minna no Navi (Everyone's Navigator -- a GPS mapping program) was originally scheduled for release last week, but it's actually been delayed a bit to November 19.

Also spanked with a big delay is SOCOM Navy Seals Portable, which was pushed from November to February 2010.

And that's about it for this week!

Just one quick note for this debut installment of the cleverly titled "Release Date Calendar Update" column. While most of the dates changes come towards the end up the week, often in Famitsu and through retailers (who often get their dates from Famitsu -- seriously, I went to Bic Camera once and asked for a release date, and the lady consulted her laminated copy of the Famitsu chart!), I do constantly update the chart throughout the week. To help you keep track of the changes, I've implemented a change to the way the dates are shown. Games that have been recently changed (within the last three days) have a green background. Games that have been recently added (within the last three days) have a pinkish background (this will probably change -- I just felt somewhat pink today).

You'll also hopefully notice that you can click on many of the game names to get lots and lots of info on the games, in both English and Japanese. A recent independent study indicated a correlation between the chances for the passage of universal health care in America and the number of game page views I get, so I'd definitely suggest clicking on the links. Are you a part of the problem if you don't? Yes, yes you are.

Oh by the way, please no wagering on these dates. I repeat, please no wagering on these dates.

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