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Acquire's mystery underwear game revealed! Yuji Naka's new title is for 3DS and Wii!

We should have lots of Yuna details later today.

Welcome to this week's issue of Flying Get, where we flying get all the latest magazine leaks from Famitsu and Dengeki and the likes based off postings at message boards and Japanese language blogs.

Before reading on, the usual warnings. The content you read in this article has in general not been verified. Also, there may be some inaccuracies stemming from the fact that we're usually translating summaries rather than seeing the original articles for ourselves.

We'll usually have more formal reports elsewhere on the site later in the day or week once we have the magazines in hand, so be sure and check back for the full word.

This article will be updated throughout the day as new info comes in, so be sure and reload this page every now and then.

ADDED 11:44

More Detail's on Prope's Sky Fantasy Game

A few additional details have surfaced on Tenkuu no Kishi Rodea, the new Wii and 3DS title from Let's Tap and Let's Catch developer Prope.

This game is getting instant attention because of the involvement of Sonic and Nights creator Yuji Naka. He's listed as "executive director."

The magazine has details on the Wii version's control scheme. You use the Wiimote as a pointer. To move somewhere, you point at the location, press B and shake the Wiimote. Your character will fly off in the direction specified. You can continually do this motion to make your character freely fly through the sky. You can keep on flying through the air by pointing at your desired location and pressing B.

CORRECTION: It actually looks like you just have to shake once to get flight started, but afterwards you can just point and press B to continue with flight in your desired direction.

The A button is for performing actions. You can use it to fire a gun as an attack. You can also do a spinning attack by pointing at objects and enemies and pressing A.

In an interview with the magazine, Naka says that games that allow players to experience free flight through the skies tend to have complicated controls. However, they cleared this problem during Rodea's prototype development phase.

Even though you see the Naka name, Rodea isn't a Sega title, Kadokawa Games is the game's publisher. Naka says that this is a true collaboration with Kadokawa. It's something that Prope would not have been able to do on its own.

ADDED 11:30

The Last Story Gets Some Tens

Hironobu Sakaguchi's The Last Story is nearly perfect. How perfect? Just slightly more perfect than Dragon Age Origins!

Famitsu reviewed the game this week and awarded it 10, 10, 9 and 9. Text from the review has yet to leak out.

Other scores this week:

  • Scribblenauts (DS): 9, 9, 7, 10
  • Kenka Bancho 5 (PSP): 8, 9, 8, 8
  • Valkyria Chronicles 3 (PSP): 9, 9, 9, 9
  • Gal Gun (Xbox 369): 7, 7, 6, 6 <------ TOO HIGH!!!
  • Mind Jack (PS360): 7, 7, 6, 6
  • Dragon Age Origins (PS360): 10, 10, 8, 9
  • Dream Club Zero (X360): 7, 7, 8, 7
  • Shooting Studio (PS3): 7, 7, 6, 6
  • Wizardry Twin Pack (PS3): 8, 7, 6, 6
  • Tsuku Monogatari (PSP): 8, 8, 8, 7

More Akiba's Strip Details

A few new details have surfaced on Acquire's Akihabara-based vampire game Akiba's Strip. (Oh, I get it -- it's a pun! ... I think.)

The game recreates the real Akihabara through collaborations with actual retailers. You'll find Asobit City, Messe Sanoh and other shops.

The game also recreates Akihabara's brand of people. The characters you encounter in the in-game Akihabara will look like the kinds of people you find in the real Akihabara (what could that mean...?).

The "Kaguyashi" vampires walk the streets of Akihabara amongst the commoners in human form. How do you tell them apart?

There are two groups who protect Akihabara: NIRO and Vigilante Group (that's what the second group's name translates to). NIRO hunts the Kaguyashi. Vigilante Group was formed to deal with missing persons cases. The two groups work together, it seems.

The game's nameless main character is into "secret cosplay." You'll be able to obtain and change into a variety of clothing as you play the game. It looks like you'll even be able to make the character dress like a maid (the main character is a guy, by the way).

Joining the main character are Rui, a mysterious girl who saves him from a difficult situation, and Satoko, an NIRO agent.

While Akiba's Strip may seem like a quirky little game, Acquire is investing into anime for its event scenes.

So what exactly do you do in Akiba's Strip aside from playing cosplay and seeking out blood suckers amongst the otaku? I'm not sure. From what I can see, Famitsu doesn't have any actual solid gameplay details.

ADDED 9:56

Sonic Creator Goes Multiplatform on Wii and 3DS

A few months back, Famitsu revealed that Prope, the studio from Sonic the Hedgehog's Yuji Naka, was working with Kadokawa Games on a new title. That title at long last got its reveal in this week's Famitsu.

Tenkuu no Kishi Rodea is a "sky fantasy" game for Wii and 3DS. That's right, our first Wii and 3DS multiplatform release!

Famitsu says that the game is being brought to us by Naka and writer Takumi Miyajima. Miyajima has previously worked on the Tales series and Arc Rise Fantasia.

Rodea is the name of the game's main character. Also introduced in the magazine are characters named Ion and Princess Cecilia.

Gameplay details are a bit scarce at present. The game is described as a "new feel action game." The Wii version will use the Wiimote exclusively. Screenshots in Famitsu show sky-based gameplay, but Famitsu says there will be a variety of stages outside of just the sky.

In an interview with the magazine, Naka describes the game as "a completely new action game with simple controls." Development on the game started in Fall 2009. At that time, the game Naka and his team were working on was cancelled, and he split his team into two to create their next game.

Famitsu seems to have a big look at Tenkuu no Kishi Rodea this week, so expect further details shortly.

ADDED 9:37

Akiba's Trip is Acquire's Mystery Game

Late last year, Acquire opened a teaser site that showed pictures of underwear in various spots around Tokyo electronics and otaku capital Akihabara. It looks like the game's true identity has been revealed.

Famitsu has a first look this week at a PSP game called "Akiba's Trip." The punctuation appears to be incorrect, as Akiba, short for Akihabara, is actually game's setting rather than a person named Akiba who takes a trip. This action adventure has players face off against vampires in Akihabara.

The magazine's two page spread on the game has a look at the main character who finds himself caught up in the battle with the vampires, who are known as "Kageyashi. He'll be joined by Rui, a mysterious girl. Also mentioned in the magazine is NIRO, a citizens patrol group that protects Akihabara

Akiba's Trip is being developed by the staff that makes the Way of the Samurai games. A release is set for April 14.

Image from Acquire's teaser site. We know why Akihabara is there. But why the underwear?

ADDED 9:13

In this week's Famitsu...

Famitsu's big reveal this week appears to be a PSP game called "Akiba's Trip." If this is a game about taking a trip to Akihabara (often referred to as Akiba), I declare this to be this year's best game. But if the game is about some chick named Akiba who takes a trip somehwere, I'm selling my PSP after rebuying it this summer to play Final Fantasy Type-0.

The magazine also has a look at a Wii game called Tenkuu no Kishi Rodea, which appears to be a robot game. There's actually a huge mega feature on robot games this week.

Also this week:

  • Valkyria Chronicles 3
  • The Last Story
  • Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy
  • Virus Shooter XX (3DS)
  • BlazBlue Continuum Shift (3DS)

The Dissidia coverage is probably a big report on Yuna. Famitsu usually follows Jump's reveals with developer interviews. Will the Dissidia announcements from yesterday's Fabula Nova Crystallis conference also make it into the feature?

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