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Earth Defense Force 6 tops August’s sales charts in Japan

E.D.F.! Eeeee Deeee eeeeF! ! !

That rollicking battle cry of the Earth Defense Force has seemingly been reverberating across Japan as August’s sales data comes in. Somehow, surprisingly, despite any expectations I had, Earth Defense Force 6 has topped the charts across the board!

  • D3 Publisher posted on Twitter that first week sales of the game had exceeded 300,000 copies and to celebrate some of the recent entries in the franchise (along with other D3 titles) were put on sale

  • On the retail side, Famitsu reported that the new game was the No.2 best selling retail title for August with 68,341 copies sold on PlayStation 4. On PlayStation 4 it ranked at No.13 with 24,300 copies sold

  • Most important of all is the number three. That is, three papercraft models featuring EDF6 characters and giant insects have been released on the game’s homepage

I cannot wait for an English release of this dang game! The chart-topping sales seal the deal and we’ll definitely be getting it in the West, there’s just no word yet on when. At best I’m guessing it’s still 9-12 months off which is incredibly painful to think about.

Also painful is that we’ll likely be spending close to $200 so that Katy and I can play together, with me on PS4 and her on PS5. I sure don’t think we’ll be picking up a second PlayStation 5 anytime soon but if one game could convince us, it’d be Earth Defense Force.

Hey folks who came here looking for Submerged, grab Submerged: Hidden Depths free through Sept. 8th

I don’t normally make a habit of posting discounts or freebie alerts; no one will ever top Wario64 on that front. But considering that my posts about Submerged and its coded language remain some of the most popular on the site, I thought this might be worth sharing:

The unexpected follow-up to the 2015 original — Submerged: Hidden Depths — is free on the Epic Games Store right now until September 8th!

I hadn’t picked it up yet myself so I immediately jumped on the offer. Here’s hoping that maybe before the end of the year I actually fire it up. Thanks Epic, for the offer. I sure hope it works out in favor for Uppercut Games in the long run.

There’s never been a better time for disposable income!

While the economy teeters on recession Japan is unwavering in their temptation of frivolous goods. Since I just spotted SO many of them at the same time today I figured I’d do a roundup. Get your currency converters and international Amazon accounts ready!

The heavy hitter of the day is definitely the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2, a follow-up to the 2019 mini console, only this time there are more weird games I love AND a functional(ish) Mega CD 2 add-on. Well, it’s functional in that it flips open and a miniature copy of Sonic CD snaps inside. The games, sadly, do not play from miniature discs.

“The miniature retro console will cost 9,980 yen, or somewhere around $75. It’s very cute, and appears to come with a simulated miniature cartridge for Virtua Racing and a simulated miniature CD for Sonic the Hedgehog CD. The Sega CD mini add-on is 4,500 yen extra, or about $35.”

Polygon

The full roster of 50 titles and surprise bonuses hasn’t been revealed yet but of the assortment shown I’m already excited for Sonic CD, Silpheed, Virtua Racing, Bonanza Bros., and Thunder Force IV. Although I don’t have the patience for it, I’m also amazed to see The Story of Yumemikan which we got here as Mansion of Hidden Souls. I didn’t realize Sega published that one in Japan and apparently still has ownership of it. If Ranger-X somehow makes it into the package I will absolutely buy this thing. No word yet on a matching Genesis Mini 2 for western release.

Next up is a ridiculously varied assortment of soft Nintendo goods starting with 13 Pikmin plushies and soft desk organizers. The blue Pikmin is the star of the show and on the backside you can fondle his little plush butt. Then there’s a cast of  11 plush items in a new “Super Mario All Star Collection” including my personal favorites Birdo and Mecha-Koopa. Monty Mole and Buzzy Beetle are two more notable standouts along with a plush question block and block bar trio that are storage cubbies. Complete with adorable power-up icons inside. Honestly, I could fill that question block with other question block trinkets I have.

Finally, of least personal interest but still very wholesome and cute, are twenty-seven new hand towels from Pokemon Center Online. I have no idea what I’d do with a small hand towel but “Lovely Flowers with Pikachu” just melts my heart. They’re $5-$10 a piece.

God that’s a lot of cute junk! Check the links for more and bigger images from Impress GameWatch, if you think you can withstand the temptation.

Kingdom Hearts & Disney Nerds Rejoice!

Kingdom Hearts & Disney Nerds Rejoice!

I’m a Disney fan rather than a Kingdom Hearts fan, but I love it when my fandoms collide even if it’s not something I’m into.  If you can make it over to Tokyo Disney Resort between March 26th and June 30th you could try to book these Kingdom Hearts-themed rooms!  The doors even open with a souvenir Key that looks like Sora’s Keyblade.

Check out the rest of the photos over at WDW News Today.

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for August 8th!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for August 8th!

hope you like playing free demos because there’s quite a few of them on the PlayStation Store for the week of August 7th! The idea of an adventure platformer mixed with pinball gameplay might sound weird on paper so Team17 has released a demo for last month’s indie darling, Yoku’s Island Adventure. Sega has a new demo out as well for Valkyria Chronicles 4 in hopes that you’ll take the plunge and pre-order ahead of its September release.

Lastly, Spike Chunsoft has a demo of 428: Shibuya Scramble, the PlayStation 4 port of their very, very old visual novel that goes all the way back to 2008. Call it a 10th Anniversary Edition of this peculiar visual novel title that originally hit the Wii, PlayStation Portable, iOS, and Android. This latest iteration will be out on PlayStation 4 and PC in September.

Elsewhere we’ve got goodies for a handful of games including, umm, one that isn’t out for another week. TerraTech has been kicking around Steam Early Access since 2015 but you can grab a free pack of skins ahead of its console debut on the 13th, unless they pull it down as this appears to be a premature release. There’s another console debut this week — a totally legit one — in the form of Daybreak Games’ H1Z1 and you can grab a PlayStation Plus Launch Bundle if you’re a subscriber to decorate your character with a flashy backpack. Lastly, Trove is back with another monthly Blocky Bonus for PlayStation Plus members: the Bounding Bundt Cake.

Rounding out the week are a handful of free Avatar icons from ResetEra with a matching, flashy dynamic theme and a static theme featuring Smite, in case you forgot it was still a game.

Grab ‘n Go gang!