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    by Published on Oct 29, 2009 03:00 AM
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    A very recent rumor has been confirmed by way of an announcement which Nintendo has made today in Japan.

    They will be releasing a version of the Nintendo DS featuring by far the largest screens of any model currently available. *Instead of 3" (DS/DS Lite) or 3.25" (DSi), this new model will feature dual 4.2" screens. *Additional dimensions (including a picture of the larger, bundled stylus) can be found here. *The system is slated to go on sale in Japan starting on November 21st for*20,000 (about $220). *It will include three DSiWare titles and be available in three colors.

    For reference, the competing PlayStation Portable has a 4.3" display. *The PSP Go features a 3.8" display.

    Phantasy Star Zero will be available in English for the Nintendo DS in under two weeks. *What model will you be playing it on?*

    Official Japanese Homepage

    Update:*Nintendo has announced the "Nintendo DSi XL" for North America and Europe. *It will be released first quarter next year.

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    by Published on Sep 9, 2009 05:59 PM
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    Ten years ago today, the Sega Dreamcast began making its way from store shelves to hundreds of thousands of homes across the United States. In the Dreamcast's short lifespan, it helped pave the way for console gaming as we know it today. The first console to include a built-in modem and support for online gaming, the Dreamcast was ahead of its time and spawned some of the most enjoyable, innovative, and memorable games (and accessories) of its generation.

    Of those games, Phantasy Star Online is one we can likely all relate to, and is arguably one of the most iconic games of that time (perhaps of all-time?). It's more than safe to say that the Dreamcast played a large role in the evolution of the Phantasy Star franchise, and an even bigger role in the creation of the site you're visiting right now. So, with that in mind, let's all wish the Dreamcast a happy 10th, dust off our old friend, and load up our favorite games to enjoy once more!

    Have a Dreamcast story to share? Want to talk about your favorite games of yesteryear or link the Dreamcast to features and standards of modern day gaming? Feel free to hit up the comments section, or visit the forums!

    For a little fun and an even greater dose of nostalgia, here's the original trailer for Phantasy Star Online, available now on the INTERNET:

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    by Published on Aug 31, 2009 01:16 PM
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    The original Sega Master System version of Phantasy Star hit the Virtual Console today in North America. It was released in Japan on April 21st and Europe on August 14th. Pricing for the game is 500 Nintendo Points.

     

    For those keeping track, this is the last of the original series to do so. Phantasy Star II, III, and IV have already been released at 800 Nintendo Points a piece.

     

    Update: There is now a game page about Phantasy Star on Sega's own site as well as a blog entry about the release from PSU's current GM.

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    by Published on Aug 27, 2009 03:53 PM
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    Microsoft formally announced today that beginning on August 28th, the price for the Xbox 360 Elite will decrease by $100 to $299.99. However, the Elite version will no longer ship with the HDMI or HD Component cables. In addition, the Pro version of the console is being phased out. The new price for the Pro bundle will be $249. It is expected that all remaining Pro versions will be sold by the end of the year.

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    by Published on Aug 11, 2009 08:56 PM
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    The newest dashboard update (previously mentioned here) is currently going out to all 360 owners as a mandatory upgrade. *As a part of this update, Microsoft is implementing a simple user rating system. It is possible to rate just about any piece of content on the marketplace (as well as retail games) from one to five stars.

    How did Phantasy Star Universe (the original retail disc) and Ambition of the Illuminus (the currently 800 point expansion) rate on your own profiles? Did you focus more on the gameplay, content, or time you've put into the game? *Is it more representative of your current feelings about the game or does it encompass the time that you've played overall? *Do you feel this will offer a more accurate view of the game in comparison to a summary of professional scores or not?

    If you haven't gone ahead to try the user ratings yet, go and check it out. *A simple score may or may not be effective in determining the worth of a game like PSU in comparison to others, but it will still be of interest once enough players have put in their rating.

    8/13 Update:*New functionality has been added to the PC-accessible version of the marketplace. *This includes the ability to see and rate content. *As of about 3 PM PDT, PSU is scoring 4.25/5 with 2245 votes and AOTI is scoring 4.5/5 with 141 votes. *The PSU marketplace page can be found here.

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    by Published on Aug 4, 2009 06:50 PM
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    Sega of America is currently soliciting feedback on names that could be used to identify fans of the company's classic Japanese Role-Playing games. These classic games include Phantasy Star, Shining Force, Skies of Arcadia, and Valkyria Chronicles. Here is the text for the blog entry:

    "Today, wed like to get your thoughts. SEGA is potentially going to be grouping together fans of our JRPGs (like the games listed above), and wed like to give said group a bit of identity. Whats in a name? Well - just about everything!

    If you had to pick something fairly short and sweet to speak to what SEGAs best RPGs are all about, what would it be? Right now, wed like to get feedback on this name SEGA Heroes.

    Does the term Heroes fit the bill and speak to all of our best Japanese RPGs? Were looking for a name that is short and sweet, general enough that it can apply to all our RPGs, and still sounds about as awesome as a plate of hotcakes in the morning."

    Would Classic Phantasy Star fans like to be known as Sega Heroes? If you have a suggestion or would like to offer feedback, be sure to post on the blog page.
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    by Published on Aug 4, 2009 06:48 PM
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    A set of trading cards based on the voice actress Rie Tanaka will be released in September. Known for providing the Japanese voices for Karen in Phantasy Star Universe and Helga in Phantasy Star Portable, Rie Tanaka's name also appears in the English item descriptions for the Halp Serafi and Dagger of Serafi. There will be 147 cards in the set. Packs will cost 550 Yen (~$5.50) each, while an individual box will cost 6,300 Yen (~$66).

    Rie Tanaka
    Rie Tanaka
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    by Published on Jul 31, 2009 01:25 PM
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    On June 11th, Phantasy Star II was among several games released by Sega on the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA). Based on an analysis conducted by gamesetwatch.com, the game is selling poorly when compared to other Sega Genesis XBLA games. For the June 2009 period, only 5,100 Phantasy Star II players were on the Leaderboards. This is in comparison to Sonic 3's 30,500 players and Gunstar Heroes 9,000 players. This has lead to speculation that Sega of America may not release the rest of the Phantasy Star collection on XBLA.
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    by Published on Jul 22, 2009 12:02 AM
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    In three weeks, Microsoft will be releasing its next major dashboard update. Included are many recently announced features and general improvements. You can find an overview of what is and isn't in it here. Much of the downtime regarding this update should have already passed, but any further amount will be reported on as it is announced. For a chance at an early update, you can take a survey from Microsoft to be included in a pool of users that they are going to draw from for their preview program.

    Another large update is expected to follow this one later in the year. *This should include the rest of the currently shown features.

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    by Published on Jul 10, 2009 08:31 AM
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    RubyEclipse and the Sega of America PR Team are going to be at the San Diego Comic Con from July 23 to July 26. If you are able to attend this convention, you maybe able to obtain Phantasy Star swag such as Phantasy Star Universe wristbands, Blue Orb Texters, Phantasy Star Universe figures, and Phantasy Star Zero inflatable Rappy Armbands. To be eligible, you must satisfy one of the following conditions:

    • Wear a Phantasy Star or Sega character costume at the convention.
    • Show up at the Sega Community Meet & Greet and correctly answer two Phantasy Star trivia questions.

    Additional details can be found in this forum thread.

     

    Update: The schedule to meet with Sega representatives and show off your outfits and knowledge is located here.

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