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Shop Watch April

By Russ | March 31, 2009 at 11:24 am

Atlus cried “There can be only one!” with great force. Surprisingly, others listened.

It seems as if Atlus is the single notable publisher this month, and only then notably publishing on the DS platform. Here’s to one of the shorter columns:

Dark Spire for the DS, shipping April 14. As a first-person dungeon crawler done in a more serious style than Atlus fans are probably used to, expect this one to follow My World, My Way in it’s shelf life.

Dokapon Journey for the DS, shipping April 14. The board game/RPG hybrid makes its North American portable debut. I’m actually a little surprised this one came out over here, but the single card multiplayer function should incorporate some ease of use into getting a decent game of backstabbery going on.

Steal Princess for the DS, shipping April 21. Probably. Amazon.com seems to be Atlus’ primary vendor, and they have a June release date for the game listed. This would make sense; Atlus just announced that Class of Heroes has been pushed back until June as well.

Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier for the DS, shipping April 28. This isn’t the Super Robot Taisen series players are used to. This is more in line with Namco x Capcom or Cross Edge with an SRT flavor.

Some Advice: If you want Dark Spire, get it. I can honestly see that title having a one-month lifespan before discontinuation. Dokapon Journey will probably haunt shelves for a bit, and I’ve never seen an SRT game not hit a bargain bin at K-Mart and Toys R Us. At this point Steal Princess will probably be pushed back until June. A shame; the title could be a possible hit.

The Future: Sacred 2 hopefully hits shelves in May for the 360 and PS3. I’m always up for co-op hack’n’slash games. The PS2 has it’s last RPG gasp in May with Devil SUmmoner 2, and June is in the hands of the Wii with Little King’s Story and the Phantom Brave port. The end of the year will belong to consoles at this point, since Alpha Protocol and Dragon Age keep getting pushed back.

All games (with the exception of those marked as street-dated) will be in stores one day after their release. Release dates also tend to be shipping dates. All release dates are subject to change.

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