Weekly Recap – 3/30/2012

Another Friday means another round-up of news. Enjoy.

Assassin’s Creed 3 is getting three special editions! I don’t really care too terribly much about the in-game stuff, but… Man, that Assassin’s medallion and Washington’s notebook is almost too good to pass up. I’m an absolute sucker for special, physical crap.

Because we haven’t had enough Epic Mickey news, Disney and Nintendo Power give us our first details of the upcoming 3DS game, Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion. When they announced a portable game, I was expecting a half-assed port of The Power of Two. I like being wrong, especially since the 3DS game features hand-drawn sprites and other retro-feeling goodness.

Speaking of nostalgia, I just found out that Phantasy Star Online 2 is a thing. A free-to-play, PC-approaching thing. Considering that I absolutely loved the original, this thing had better be on its way to North America. My only real concern that it may fall victim to buying power, much like many other free-to-play games…

In anime news, Hiromu Arakawa (creator of Full Metal Alchemist) is having her latest manga, Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon) adapted into an anime. Silver Spoon is a slice-of-life story that follows Yugo Hachiken, who enters agricultural school in order to gain some independence by living on-campus away from his parents. As of right now, we have no information on a release date or which studio is doing this, but I look forward to the result.

Are you looking for news on the next generation of consoles? According to an anonymous source, the next-gen Sony machine will be known as Orbis. If this is true, then the Orbis will not be backwards compatible with PS3 titles┬ánor will you be able to play used games on it. I have to say, as bad as used games are… Well, goodbye borrowing a title from a friend or renting it to give it a shot. Anyway, keep in mind, this is all rumored at the moment.

Finally, we have the manliest news of the week. Legendary voice actor Norio Wakamoto will be judging the first Norio Wakamoto Championship at this year’s Moe Cultural Festival in Tokyo. I’ve been discussing this with a very good friend of mine and we’ve come to a single conclusion: Norio Wakamoto is the Highlander and wants to eliminate any who could feasibly take his place.

That’s it for this week, but I’ll be back Monday with some more cool stuff. As always, thanks for reading and have a good’un.

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