Despite it being a magazine for the latest in Nintendo news, there is a lot of features that the Official Nintendo Magazine (or ONM) highlight that isn’t just for them. In this month’s issue (Issue 83; July 2012), it has a lot of information that caters for the SEGA fans. It has a 6 page feature for the 20 best SEGA games (hint: Sonic is in there somewhere), along with reviews for Sonic Labyrinth for the 3DS (hint: it sucks), Super Hang-On for the Wii (hint: it’s alright, if a bit dated) and something for the AAUK’s out there, Square-Enix’s Heroes of Ruin (hint: a very swish dungeon crawler). But it’s a preview feature of the big cross-company game Project X Zone that deserves the biggest attention.
The strategy-RPG gets a strong preview in this issue, along with some fantastic screenshots of the game itself. The issue confirms that there are different abilities for each of the characters in the game, so the variety on offer will be very high. This is also backed up with some characters offering a more supportive role than simply attacking all the time (remember – this is a turn-based RPG). They also confirm some of the 26 “Hero” characters that have been revealed at the moment, with anticipation for some more to appear soon (with high hopes for games like Bayonetta and Streets of Rage). The 7 SEGA characters they list (which are not all that are announced as yet) are as follows:
- Akira Yuki (Virtua Fighter)
- Ulala (Space Channel 5)
- Kurt Irving (Valkyria Chronicles III)
- Ichiro Ogami (Sakura Wars)
- Cyrille (Shining Force)
- Sakura Shinguji (Sakura Wars)
- Toma (Shining Force)
Other confirmed characters include Dante (Devil May Cry), KOS-MOS (Xenosaga), Jin Kazama (Tekken III) and, of course, Ryu (Street Fighter). This is certainly shaping up to be a fantastic game, even if it still has a long time to go in its development.
Further details can be found in the latest issue of ONM, priced at £3.99. Project X Note has a release date that is TBC, but there’s a tentative date of Winter 2012.