Hands on with Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir at TGS

Odin Sphere for the PS2 is one of my favorite games ever, with its interesting story, intertwined characters, and art that can only be described as luscious. It put developer Vanillaware firmly on my watch list, and has stayed with me throughout the long years since its release. Since Muramasa,…

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Akihabara Dragon’s Crown Preview Event

This past weekend in Tokyo we were able to attend a preview event for the upcoming Vanillaware game, Dragon’s Crown. The event was hosted by the popular Japanese statue/figurine maker, Kotobukiya, at their Akihabara location. Attendees were able to get a look at the upcoming game, preview some of Kotobukiya’s…

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XSEED Games Drops Grand Knights History

Grand Knights History, the latest RPG released by Vanillaware (Odin Sphere, Muramasa), will not be making its way to the States courtesy of XSEED Games. Although XSEED previously announced that they would be taking on the localization duties of this title, Joystiq received a press release from the publisher, saying:…

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Dragon’s Crown Finds New Home with Atlus

Since 2004, Vanillaware has been cranking out that sprite-based goodness, representing the last bastion of high-quailty 2D game design; announced at last year’s E3, the tradition continues with Vanillaware’s next project–Dragon’s Crown. Publishing duties were being handled by UTV Ignition Games, but in a press release dropped last week, UTV Ignition…

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Import Review: Grand Knights History (PSP)

Grand Knights History is the latest game from VanillaWare, beloved creators of such games as Odin Sphere and Muramasa, and until a few months ago, I thought it had a snowball’s chance in hell of coming out in the States. While it is indeed slated to come out sometime this…

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This Week in Famitsu

This month’s Famitsu has an in-depth look at all things Capcom. Capcom can trace its roots as a company back to 1979, when it was created as a branch of the IRM Corporation for the manufacturing and production of “Capsule Computers”, a term used by the company to describe arcade machines. In fact, Capcom’s name itself is an abbreviation of CAPsule COMputers.

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