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NIS America Bringing Yuji Naka/Prope’s “Rodea the Sky Soldier” to the West

Before we get to the announcement here, let’s go over the history of this game’s development cause chances are you might want to know whatever happened to it: So four years ago, Yuji Naka and Prope revealed a game called Rodea the Sky Soldier for the Wii and 3DS. Since then, it’s undergone some pretty big changes as their collaborator, Kadokawa Games, seemingly took their sweet time publishing and advertising the game. While Yuji Naka said that the Wii version was finished, Kadokawa hadn’t given any updates on when it’d come out aside from them giving more information “in the near future” and the 3DS version supposedly still being worked on.

It wasn’t until late last year when the game was re-revealed that we’d actually get more information. It turned out that Kadokawa and Prope had pretty much been making an entirely new game for Wii U and 3DS, with them also releasing the original Wii game in a bundle with the Wii U version. As for the differences between the new and old versions: it seems like the original game is more arcadey and score-based, while the new game has a bigger focus on adventure and story. Both versions will be released in Japan on April 2nd.

So now that we know that the game is still being made and coming out soon in Japan, the question was if western countries would get the game as well. This is where NIS America steps in, as they announced today that they’ll be bringing the Wii U and 3DS versions of game to the US and Europe this fall. As for the original Wii game, there’s no confirmation yet but an NISA representative did tell Nintendo World Report that they do want to release it as a pack-in with the Wii U game like how it’s being sold in Japan. So, you know, hopefully that happens.

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Yuji Naka’s Rodea the Sky Soldier is Still Alive

Have you been wondering what Yuji Naka has been up to since leaving Sonic Team besides making a bunch of small and kinda neat games? Well, a new action adventure game called Rodea the Sky Soldier was announced for Wii and 3DS, publisher Kadowaka Games released a trailer which can be seen above. So why is it being released for Wii? Well, this trailer was released a little more than two years ago, after which the publisher never spoke of it again. Yuji Naka gave an update a few months later saying that the game was finished, but that they were waiting for Kadowaka Games to publish it. After a while everyone who did know about the game either forgot about it or assumed that it was scrapped.

Now we finally have an update on the title. Yoshimi Yasuda, the president of Kadowaka Games had said that they were having trouble adapting the control scheme to the 3DS version, which is being handled by the publisher. Yasuda said that the version is about 70% finished and that there will be more information in the near future. Maybe it’ll get a re-reveal at TGS 2013? We’ll see.

Prope also released a Digimon RPG called Digimon Adventure for PSP earlier this year in Japan, a western release doesn’t seem likely for this game though.

[Via: Destructoid, Source: Nintendo World Report]

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Monday Links: La Physique Sont Terribles Edition

If you want to know why the headline’s in French, hit the jump for the Monday Video.

Sonic Retro News

  • Sonic 1 for the Sega Master System gets disassembled.  Get it here, courtesy of Ravenfreak. [1 SMS Disassembly]
  • Tweaker says that he has been waiting 8 years for debug mode in Sonic Pocket Adventure.  Well, Tech Member SANiK has figured out the trick.  Try it yourself! [Pocket Adventure’s Debug Mode]
  • Mercury, the programmer on Sonic Fan Remix, is no longer on the project. [Sonic Fan Remix]

Sonic/SEGA News

  • Over the weekend, Yuji Naka and Prope unveiled their latest project, Rodea the Sky Soldier.  It’s like NiGHTS for a new generation, a generation obsessed with anime and J-Pop.  Aside from how much I dislike that shit, if the game is awesome (and it looks awesome), I’ll play it. [CVG]
  • Games Asylum makes a case for the SEGA 32X.  A fun read. [Games Asylum]
  • Test your knowledge of SEGA with The Escapist’s SEGA Quiz!  You’ll need to register at the site to play. [The Escapist]
  • Kellie at the SEGA Blogs drops an incredibly in-depth look at Tropical Resort: Act 1 from Sonic Colors.  Level maps, red ring locations… everything.  Even if you’ve beaten the crap out of the level, at least check this guide out for kicks. [SEGA Blogs]

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