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9/20/2005

SH:FtNW bound for US release

Filed under: † nemissa @ 9:00 am

New publishing company XSEED Games has announced today they will be bringing Shadow Hearts: From the New World to the US. An official site for the game has been put up, along with links to product pages at EBGames and GameStop. (the links seem to currently be broken, but SH:FtNW does show up in EB’s search, so hopefully this means it’s legit!)

EDIT: Here’s an article at IGN that confirms it along with some interesting info about XSEED.

7/26/2005

Official Site Updates

Filed under: † nemissa @ 2:41 pm

Catching up with the official site updates just in time for the release date:

New characters added to the character pages: Anne and Edna. Voice samples for Natan, Ricardo, and Hildegard are now available be as well.

The third “web special campaign” video is available via the fan club site, and a commercial is available on the media page.

SH:FtNW has scored a 35/40 in Weekly Famitsu’s cross review, earning it a Platinum award from the magazine.

The 7/22 issue of Weekly Famitsu will contain special SH:FtNW postcards. The 7/22 issue of Dengeki PS2 will feature SH:FtNW on the cover, and the bundled DVD will contain a special movie. SH:FtNW also placed on recent magazine lists: 7/22 Famitsu PS2 - #6 on “Top 20 Most Anticipated Games"; 7/22 Dengeki PS2 - #7 on “Top 20 Most Anticipated Titles"; 7/22 Weekly Famitsu - #26 on “Top 30 Most Anticipated New Works".

On 7/14, Japanese cell phone service NTT DoCoMo will start an i-mode called “Aruze Mobile". “Aruze Mobile” is a cell phone portal size that will provide access to all Aruze’s official sites, and will feature a “Shadow Hearts Special Corner". Those who register and save points will receive images for their cell phones and a chance to win original goods.

Aruze has announced special pre-order goods available to those who pre-order at certain shops in Japan. In addition to the “Shadow Hearts Series Creation Materials Collection” book reported earlier, pre-orders at the following shops will receive:
Sofmap: Johnny & Shania original telephone card
Wonder Goo: Yuri & Alice tote bag
VIC21: Special alarm clock
Tsuyata: Special Disc (contains weekly calendars featuring SH monsters, and sound effect data)
wanpaku: Clear pencil board
TV Panic: Premium Disk (contains PC wallpaper, opening movie, sound data, special cover images. You can also buy the clear file at this store)
Supplies are limited, images on the official site are preliminary and subject to change.

In the 7/8 issue of “Dengeki Playstation", SH:FtNW ranks #8 on the “Top 20 Most Wanted” poll and SH:C ranks #9 on the “Top 20 Reader’s Favorite” poll. In the 7/8 issue of “Weekly Famitsu", SH:FtNW ranks #24 on the “Top 20 Most Wanted” poll.

The 7/7, 7/14 and 7/21 issues of “Weekly Shinchou” and “Weekly Fumiharu” will feature an article by “Aruze-kun” talking about SH:FtNW.

6/29/2005

Various official website updates

Filed under: † nemissa @ 9:51 am

Another batch of official website updates:

The first two “web special campaign” videos are now available on the website.

New characters have been added to the character page: Gilbert, Baigen and Gerard. Voice samples have also been added for a few characters.

Results of the forth illustration content have been posted. The fifth contest as already been announced, and the theme is simply “From the New World". Entries are due on August 26th.

SH:FtnW will appear on the cover of the 6/24 issue of Dengeki Playstation, featuring an illustration of Johnny and Shania. The magazine will also contain developer interviews. 2 new fusion monsters will be revealed in the 6/24 issues of Weekly Famitsu and Famitsu PS2.

6/8/2005

Many official site updates

Filed under: † nemissa @ 9:21 pm

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, here’s what’s new at the official website since my last report:

Character page has been updated with the new characters: Frank, Mao, Hildegard, Killer and Lady.

Starting 6/10, a special program will be broadcast on the official website in commemoration of the release of SH:FtNW. Popular actors You Shirota and Aki Hoshino will play the parts of Johnny and Shania respectively as they “navigate the American continent". A second program will follow on the 20th, and a third on July 1st. The 3rd program will only be available to fanclub members. Fanclub members can also take a quiz during the final program to win a LCD TV or an overseas vacation.

Blog site Cafesta has started a SH:FtNW promotion: You Shirota and Aki Hoshino, mentioned in the above news item, now have their own blogs on Cafesta and will post pictures from the production. They also have had special Cafesta-style avatars of Johnny and Shania created for them. Fanclub members can also get special SH-themed skins for their Cafesta blogs.

SH:FtNW Premium Box contents revealed:
-Playstation 2 software “Shadow Hearts: From the New World”
-Special Image DVD
-Special Soundtrack CD
-"Johnny” Deluxe T-Shirt (free size 1)
-"Shania” earring-style keychain light
-"3 Valentine Siblings” 3 cell phones straps
-Special B5 notebook

900 internet & manga cafes across Japan will have demo stations of SH:FtNW starting June 1st, and will run for approximately a month. Full list of locations is available on the official website.

The Diary section of the official site is now up. There is a “diary” for Lenny, and a developer’s diary. So far there are entries from production manager Hamamoto and planner Ishida.

Lastly, a second trailer has been added to the streaming media section.

5/18/2005

New SH:FtNW trailer

Filed under: † nemissa @ 9:49 am

The official site updated today with a new trailer for SH:FtNW. It starts of similar to the trailer that was included in the Director’s Cut of SH2, but it contains lots of new gameplay and cutscene footage.

5/14/2005

New SH:FtNW characters and pre-order item revealed

Filed under: † nemissa @ 10:13 pm

New playable characters in SH:FtNW were recently revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu and on the official website. Hildegard Valentine, the Peach Bat from SH:C and self-proclaimed magical girl heroine; Mao, a giant cat that uses drunken fist fighting techniques; and Frank Goldfinger, a 46-year-old wannabe ninja.

Scans of the Famitsu article can be seen here, thanks to maskrider.

Also recently revealed on the official website is the “Shadow Hearts Series Creation Materials Collection” book, which will be given out with pre-orders of the game. The book is 44 pages, B5 sized, and will contain art from all 3 SH games. It will also contain special guest art by “Fruits Basket” manga artist Natsuki Takuya.

4/22/2005

Major SH:FtnW update on official site

Filed under: † nemissa @ 5:49 pm

The official Shadow Hearts site got a major update today, and the design now features SH: From the new World. While many sections are still under construction, they have put up characters profiles and new artwork. The characters page reveals a new character (Ricardo Gomes), the name of Shania’s companion (Natan), and a returning character (Rene/Lenny!).

Of course, we will be updating with translated info as soon as possible (read: as soon as nemi finishes classes ^^;).

2/22/2005

Official & ICARO site updates (commerce time!)

Filed under: † nemissa @ 10:49 pm

The official Shadow Hearts site updates with a couple of new SH products. A Shadow Hearts 2005 Original School Calendar is now available for pre-order through the official fan club site. The calendar is 6 pages and features illustrations from the World Guidance book. It measures 300mm x 300mm and covers April 2005 - March 2006.

VIC21 is offering a “deluxe clear file” to those who pre-order Shadow Hearts II Director’s Cut through them. The clear file features the illustration from the cover of the World Guidance book.

In local updates, we’ve debuted a new section: the ICARO Shop. This contains a listing of all the SH games and CDs available at Play-Asia, as well as a general guide to purchasing SH-related items. We will be adding more items in the near future as well. There are also minor updates to the links section.

2/7/2005

SH2 Director’s Cut page & other official site updates

Filed under: † nemissa @ 10:40 am

The official Shadow Hearts site finally updates with a page on the Director’s Cut. Additional & larger images can be seen at Game Watch as well.

In earlier news, the Shadow Hearts II Complete Guide is getting yet another reprint thanks to the guide’s popularity. The next printing will be available around the beginning of February.

Also, profiles for Lt. Kawashima and “secret” (Halley’s mother) have been added to the official site’s SH1 characters section.

1/3/2005

Minor ICARO and official site updates

Filed under: † maiji @ 12:49 pm

Some minor updates/corrections have been made to the series timeline, as well as Zhuzhen, Halley, Roger Bacon and Albert Simon’s profiles in Shadow Hearts. These changes are in regards to their ages, with respect to the official profiles at ShadowHearts.net.

Additionally, Jinpachiro Hyuga’s profile is now available at the official website. Again, the data will be included in the profile on ICARO in the near future. ^^

12/17/2004

SH1 Soundtrack re-release; official website update

Filed under: † nemissa @ 2:00 pm

As reported on the official Shadow Hearts site, the Shadow Hearts Original Soundtracks plus 1 CD will be getting a re-release on January 19th, at the lowered price of 2100 yen. The contents are the same as the original release, except this one has a new cover. Pre-orders will be taken at the Shadow Hearts Fan Club. Those who pre-order there will receive a special seal (sticker) .

Also since last mention, the official website has been updated with profiles for Zhuzhen, Keith, Halley and “Roger Bacon". Our local profiles for those characters will be updated shortly with the new info. (Interesting to note that Halley is the only character who doesn’t have an English spelling listed for his name. Could it be due to the Plunkett/Brancket romanization mishap between Koudelka and SH?)

11/29/2004

SH Illustration Contest 3 entries

Filed under: † maiji @ 9:15 am

Results and submissions for the third illustration contest are now up at the official JP Shadow Hearts website (be forewarned - there are some spoilers). Check out the creative pieces! ^_^

10/23/2004

Official SH:C site update

Filed under: † nemissa @ 11:36 am

A little something that slipped under our radar: the official website for Shadow Hearts: Covenant was updated recently with a brief review page and a video profile for Nicholai.

10/14/2004

Special Shadow Hearts II content for magazines

Filed under: † nemissa @ 11:19 am

The CD-Rom that comes with the October 15th issue (Vol. 287) of Dengeki PS2 will contain “useful save data” files for Shadow Hearts II. No info on the specifics of the save data yet.

Also earlier announced, Vol. 5 (Oct. 8) of The Playstation will come with special illustrations (DVD cover?) for Shadow Hearts II. The comic from an earlier issue will be continued as well.

9/6/2004

Official SH site updated

Filed under: † nemissa @ 10:18 am

The official Japanese Shadow Hearts site has been updated. Aside from a few changes on the main menu, Alice has been added to the character list, and the 3rd illustration contest has started (theme: “Getsurenka” ~Forms of Happiness~).

8/26/2004

Official sites renewals

Filed under: † nemissa @ 9:39 am

The official English site for Shadow Hearts: Covenant is now fully open, featuring a good amount of game info, media and wallpapers. (Those wanting to stay completely spoiler-free may want to avoid the character section, though; oddly a few of the profiles contain late-in-the-game plot twists)

The official Japanese Shadow Hearts II website has also gotten an update, though mostly in name. The new title of the site suggests it will now be a general Shadow Hearts series site. A third illustration contest is being planned in commemoration of the update. The “Download” and “Developer’s Diary” section have been moved to the fan club site. The fan club site is also expected to get an update in the future.

8/3/2004

Official site now online

Filed under: † nemissa @ 7:50 pm

Midway’s official site for SH:C is now online. The full site content is “coming soon", but for now you can view a trailer, look at new screenshots and sign up for a newsletter. The pre-order page also has a larger version of the US box art image.

6/10/2004

2 new Shadow Hearts books

Filed under: † nemissa @ 1:52 pm

Two new Shadow Hearts books are coming out at the end of June. The Media News section of the official Shadow Hearts II site has more pictures and info.

Shadow Hearts II Comic Anthology
The first comic anthology for the SH series. Published by Studio DNA, it features gag comics, 4-koma and illustrations by 15 artists.
Release date: 6/25/04
Price: 890 yen (with tax)
Size: A5
Page count: Softcover, 164 p

Shadow Heart II World Guidance (Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu)
A ‘world guidance’ book that contains a variety of SHII materials: character backgrounds, illustrations, secret info & materials, staff commentary and design concepts.
Release date: 6/30/04
Price: 2130 yen (with tax)
Size: A4
Page count: 124 p (planned)
Publisher: Softbank Publishing

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