Xevious: Resurrection And The Idolm@ster Coming To Our PlayStation Home

By Spencer . June 17, 2009 . 6:06pm

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Soon you’ll be able to play classic Namco arcade games like Dig Dug and Pac-Man in PlayStation Home. Namco Bandai announced Namco Museum Essentials, a localized version of Namco Museum.comm, is slated to come out in July.

 

Hmm… I think we mentioned this before E3… anyway Xevious: Resurrection, a brand new Xevious game is part of the six game package. Namco Museum Essentials has leaderboards, trophies, and PlayStation Home rewards to collect. Not sure about buying this? You can play a trial version in Namco Bandai’s home space. While officially unannounced for Europe, a rating for Namco Museum.comm is in Germany’s video game rating database. Chances are pretty good that Xevious: Resurrection will appear in PAL territories too.

 

The most surprising part about the announcement is it talks about The Idolm@ster. I believe this is the first time Namco Bandai Games America mentioned the series in a press release. Not only did they mention it, but they highlighted virtual Idolm@ster items as things players can collect instead of Tekken costumes. But, wait a second The Idolm@ster is only in Japan. Interesting…


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  • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

    I’m sure they’re very aware of the serie’s potential here, just as much as they’re aware of the huge backlash that would follow. These virtual items are harmless and diehard fans will snap them up without second thoughts, so it’s a good business move.

    • maxchain

      Maybe their next move will depend on which ends up louder?

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Would you have a link to where Idolmaster gets this mention?

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      It’s from an e-mailed press release. Will the relevant text do?

      Launching simultaneously with NAMCO MUSEUM ESSENTIALS, a dedicated NAMCO BANDAI Games PlayStation Home Destination section will be available to serve as the hub for all the company’s latest and greatest downloadable media. Featuring a virtual arcade where players can access a trial version of NAMCO MUSEUM ESSENTIALS, collect 50 PlayStation Home classic NAMCO and The Idolm@ster™ items, as well as view the latest media and trailers, the site will contain content that guarantees to keep fans returning for more.

  • TurkeyPotPie

    What is the point of having these games integrated with Home? Do you walk up to the cab with your avatar and then the game takes over the screen?

  • Strike_Man

    “Not only did they mention it, but they highlighted virtual Idolm@ster items as things players can collect instead of Tekken costumes. But, wait a second The Idolm@ster is only in Japan. Interesting… ”

    For the record, Namco also sold Idolm@ster gamerpics on the US 360 marketplace at least a year ago.

    I wouldn’t exactly take it as a sign that they’re willing to try the game outside of Japan… *shrug*

    • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

      Ah, that is true. I was wondering if they were testing that to see how many people actually take up that offer. I was really hoping that would take off well enough, and I know I was telling everyone and their grandmother to try it out.
      Damn, and I was about to jump on my keyboard and blast to “Colorful Days”, but not just yet!

      I would still stay IM@S is picking up steam, though.
      A brilliant plan; tie it in with American Idol, the biggest idol search in the U.S.

      • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

        Hahaha! Idolm@ster: American Idol would be a riot and it would probably sell like hotcakes.

        • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

          Exactly, Spence! How come no one pays us to come up with these ideas?!

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      Oh you’re totally right. I didn’t even realize that!

      I don’t think Namco Bandai is going to bring over the series yet (or ever), but it’s interesting that they highlighted The Idolm@ster over other PS Home goods.

  • Anon

    >Not only did they mention it, but they highlighted virtual Idolm@ster items as things players can collect instead of Tekken costumes.

    If you’re heavily biased against the 360, then I can see how you would think that.

    Namco’s been bringing the themes/gamerpics to the 360 alongside the Japanese releases. The HOME content is just like that: it’s a soda machine with Idolm@ster SP (the PSP version of Idolm@ster) logos, and sometimes you get a mask and clothes of Haruka to dress up your freaky virtual avatar with.

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