E3 2012 Namco Bandai Press Conference

Namco Bandai held their E3 conference today. The following details highlights from the event:

* Snoop Dogg appeared, and then some shots of Tekken characters fighting were shown. Snoop started rapping about fighting, followed by footage of some more fighting. This was the way they chose to announce Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which will be released on September 11, 2012.

* Rich Banegui and Adrianne Curry came on to talk with Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada. Then the video cut off, there were some audio problems, and the video came back. After struggling with the video and a malfunctioning microphone, Harada mentioned a pre-order bonus of four characters: Michelle Changn Angel, Kunimitsu, and Ancient Ogre. They talked about teaming up with Snoop Dogg. His translator said that he has always liked western music and had heard Snoop Dogg at a RHCP conference, where he noticed that Dogg’s music fit the tempo of the Tekken games. Fighting games are an eastern cultural thing, and blending it with western music was an interesting idea. He was then asked about the pre-order choices, whereupon he said people had asked him on Twitter and the more people asked, the more likely those characters would get picked. Harada was then asked about Pair Play and Fight Lab. He said Fight Lab is the main new fight mode which will teach beginners how to play the game, but it will also provide a mode for advanced players. It’s not just a tutorial where you’re performing tasks while going down tech lists; rather, it’s more like a storyline. With Pair Play you can have four controllers, where you can pay two-on-two or two-on-one. The last question was what his favorite aspect of the entire franchise was. He responded that his favorite would probably be the aggressive nature of the game. It’s very offensive as you’re going after an opponent very quickly. The feeling of satisfaction from landing a hit on another player is greater than with any other fighting game. It’s not just a game for more advanced players; it also empowers all levels of players. Another Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ad was shown.

* Another trailer aired for the game Inversion. Two men are driving in a car, talking about a girl’s birthday, when a car wreck happens. Floating objects start to show up, with what appears to be electricity emanating from them. The ground starts to crumble and two male character are running away. Scenes followed showing men shooting at one another. The game advertises that you can “Command the battle. Command the destruction. Command gravity.”

* Tank! Tank! Tank! was also showcased as a battle party game with a variety of modes. They advertised that players could be the enemy if they would like. Essentially, the point of the game seems to be to blow things up while in tanks.

* They also showed One Piece: Pirate Warriors. The video showed the main characters on a boat, some manga pages being flipped through, and fighting scenes. A few active time events appeared as well. Luffy was trying to get Ace back.

* Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch‘s trailer showed a hooded man who said he wanted to taint the savior’s heart with the blackness of dispair. The main character plays a young boy trying to save his mother. The style is very anime-like with pretty graphics and music. Additionally, there was a masked woman who looked kind of like Medusa talking about destroying hope. A monster comes out of lava while the boy talks about why he’s going on this adventure. The game is set to be released on January 22, 2013.

* Dragon Ball Z for Kinect. The first thing shown in the trailer was a cityscape with ki explosions. A voice says, “Become a Dragon Ball Z warrior in a whole new world of action on XBox Kinect.” A kid is shown fighting in front of a TV screen, and the screen alternates between a Goku versus Frieza battle and explosions in the city, implying that the kid is actually fighting in the game. “Become a super Saiyan! Play Dragon Ball Z like you never have before!” The game is coming in October 2012.

* Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition was announced for June 5, 2012.


Analysis: This stream was kind of a mess. Someone talked for a few minutes, and then they just showed an endless stream of advertisements without talking about the games themselves at all.

In any case, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 should excite a few people. Now maybe it’s just me, but I think the idea of mixing Snoop Dogg with anything Tekken is a bit odd, to say the least. I was just really confused. I’m not sure that Mr. Harada got the reaction that he was expecting, at least from me, especially after hearing Snoop whisper, “Tekken, Tekken,” several times.

I can’t say I’m personally looking forward to Tank! Tank! Tank! or One Piece: Pirate Warriors. Tank! Tank! Tank! just seems like an odd choice to turn into a full-fledged game. As someone noted to me on Twitter, this game seems better suited for an arcade. One Piece: Pirate Warriors, on the other hand, looks fine. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen much of One Piece, so I can’t really speak about how great it may or may not be.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch looks like it’s going to be a cute game, but I really didn’t have any idea about it prior to this announcement, so I can’t say I’m excited to see it.

The game I’d be excited for if I owned a Kinect would be Dragon Ball Z for XBox Kinect. The problem is, we all know that game is not going to work as well as advertised. Still, the idea of doing a Kamehameha is pretty freaking sweet, and I’d like to try the game out sometime if I could, being the Dragon Ball Z fan I am.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition should excite Dark Souls fans if they really want the game on the PC, but the trailer didn’t tell us—or me, at least—anything important. My understanding is that it’s going to include the full game and additional content. The additional content is expected to be released for consoles, too, but none of it has been named to my knowledge.

Inversion looks interesting and might be worth checking out. It seemed like it took a few things out of Inception or something similar. The graphics look nice, though I’m not sure if there’s going to be much of a story happening there. This might be a game I keep my eye on, though.

I wish we’d had some news about the Tales of franchise, but alas, I found none.

This stream was a mess, what with audio issues and going offline even after several replays. I think I’ve gotten everything that was supposed to be shown, but I can’t tell. Whoever streams Namco Bandai’s stuff in the future really needs to make sure they can handle it.

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