Import Tidbits: Early August Edition

DQ7 Pre-orders
Enix's Dragon Quest VII pre-order campaign kicked off on August 1, and will be ending on August 10. By pre-ordering, you not only are guaranteed a copy on the first day, but you will also receive a free Dragon Quest VII memory card holder. The game will be released in Japan on August 26.

Angelique Trois
Koei is bringing RPGs and dating sims together with their PlayStation 2 game, Angelique Trois. Controlling a princess, you travel the lands, getting into fights and dating many various male characters via a Love Communication system. You will also able to create your own country on the main continent, much like in the Breath of Fire series. No release date has been set.

Space World
Nintendo SpaceWorld will be held on August 25 - 27, and there will be no shortage of Game Boy Color RPGs being shown. Enix will be showing two RPGs. One of these is Star Ocean: Blue Sphere, a spin-off of Star Ocean: The Second Story for the Sony PlayStation, which features the same characters and planets as its PlayStation cousin. The other is Tales of Phantasia: Similar Dungeon, also a spin-off, taking place in the future of the very world used in Tales of Phantasia for Super Famicom and Sony PlayStation. Hudson will be bringing Grandia: Parallel Trippers to the table. Nintendo, on the other hand, will be displaying the Legend of Zelda: Mystical Seed games. As previously reported, Nintendo has cut the series from three to two games, but has yet to say which one has been left out. Expect more information as SpaceWorld draws nearer.

Famitsu Scores
Here are four new RPG scores from "Famitsu," Japan's most respected gaming magazine. Embrace of Suna, a PlayStation RPG from Idea Factory, scored 6, 5, 6, 5, for a final score of 22/40. Bandai's Digimon World 2 for PlayStation got 7, 6, 7, 7, for a total score of 27/40. The highly anticipated Dreamcast RPG Grandia II from Game Arts got very high scores of 9, 9, 8, 9, earning a 35/40. Finally, Nintendo's Mario Story, to be later released in North America as Paper Mario, got rated 8, 8, 8, 9, totaling in at 33/40.

Now on Sale in Japan:

  • Dreamcast
    • Grandia II, Game Arts, 6800 / Limited Edition version 7800
  • Game Boy Color
    • Zoku Zoku Heroes, Media Factory, 5980
    • Soul Getter, Micro Cabin, 3980
    • Dungeon Saver, J Wing, 4800
  • Wonderswan
    • Digimon Adventure 2: Tag Teamers, Bandai, 3800

by Ryan Mance    
Sources: [Famitsu, Magic Box, Nintendo of America, IGN]
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