IdolMaster 2 Announced for PS3

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Namco Bandai has announced it will finally be porting IdolMaster to the PS3, the first time the title has reached the PlayStation after having long been renowned as the mainstay of Microsoft’s few Japanese Xbox exclusives.

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The major differences between the port and the original are that the PS3 version will be a “complete edition” incorporating some of the DLC from the Xbox 360 version, and that the game now has an easier difficulty for novice players.

Supposedly the value of the included DLC comes to ¥25,500 – something which looks set to aggrieve the existing victims of the game’s merciless DLC marketing.

Release is due on the 27th of October.

The decision probably follows disappointing sales of IdolMaster 2 on the Xbox 360 – the notoriously fickle nature of existing IdolMaster fans and the now token size of the Xbox 360 market in Japan presumably overcame whatever under-the-table deal Bandai had in place with Microsoft to keep the series exclusive, and the franchise in any case would probably have been doomed had it maintained its aloofness from 95% of otaku gamers.

A sense of betrayal and the memory of Bandai’s notorious beta test ports of its Tales games have ensured outrage amongst Xbox IdolMaster fans – although the boycotts and petitions have yet to surface.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:07 20/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Berserk will never end....

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 22/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    doujin berserk will take over it lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kentaro Miura bought an Xbox 360 just to play Idolmaster...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He could have waited for the complete PS3 version and worked on Berserk for the time being. But being the addicted gamer Miura is, the chances were slim to none.

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    19:10 20/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    PS3 is region free so this is awesome news and i doubt it will ever see English release i will take next best thing i will stumble around with FAQ playing it.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    22:56 20/07/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Or simply just take Japanese class. Learn one language, enjoy countless number of videogames, VNs, RAW mangas, etc.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    01:08 21/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You also get to enjoy exorbitant pricing of many Japanese entertainment goods!

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    Comment by Yasuo
    23:24 28/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not for books though :D

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    03:48 21/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    ^What he said.

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    Comment by Andices
    12:58 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea ^ What he said. ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 24/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What what? He?SHE? said....

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    01:47 21/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    can't do =) first. i'm just just getting hang of English and I dunno how I can possibly fit another language yeah I'm not that bright. Second don't have time I'm working to fuel my figure and games addiction so little time for everything else.

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    Comment by Astray Flame
    19:24 20/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I agree with what RaspberryKissis had said.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FAQs about Idolmaster has been floating around in gamefaqs. (nothing for Imas2 yet)

    the most important things are the idols favorites and dislikes, other than that is just simple game play.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:43 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    For Imas 2 there is the website where the early players have put up what they've found out.(The 360 peeps) Suffice to say the game is a lot more complicated( relatively speaking with Imas 1) which was prolly why they added easy mode

    http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1136.0.html?PHPSESSID=2865a8660c974f5959c676ca40153b76

    not sure if adding links is against any rules, I'm just an anon

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:31 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Hah! I hope this kind of thing will slowly teach people the truth about DLC.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 22/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Teach them what? That DLCs will continue to persist even till the PS3? Read closely, they said some but that does not mean all DLCs may be given free. While it is a good thing nonetheless, gotta agree that this means they did waste some money on now free DLCs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:25 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    mwahaahahahahahaha betrayalton

    finally!

    day one import thank god PS3 region Free

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    20:58 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't the next Xbox and Playstation possibly going to be a single entity if the crazy rumors are true? I hope that happens. 'betrayal' in the gaming community.. yuck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hopefully not. That will the worst decision ever.

    Comment by Anonymous

    never happen, Sony will never give up taking royalties for licensing software to use on their platform and I have doubts MS will either. after all, that's the whole point of creating a hardware platform.

    on-top-of-which, prior to the PS3 disaster Sony's PlayStation devision was the only remaining side of the business turning a hefty profit. Sony BMG is in the toilet and with the exception of Spider-man, Sony Pictures was taking heavy losses.

    see, the PlayStation brand is one of the few aces they have in their deck. if the two work together on anything, it'll be a mobile phone or a tablet.

    that said, after the next generation, jap consoles are dead. in another decade all they'll be releasing are handheld systems. japan does not want bulky hardware, the sales are too low & the cost for software development is too great.

    if the two would work together, it would be only because reducing the amount of hardware options would reduce software developer costs & help keep the console market alive for much longer. but, it does not work that way. grubbing all the cash both companies can how is much more important to them than the stability of the market in another 10 years.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    22:31 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm thinking that it could work if at least because this economy is so bad that two major companies going against eachother could be detrimental.

    I do think they could all go portable if it keeps up but I hear the cost to make games is so high, many portable games are getting cancelled too.

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    13:23 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're an American, make sure you vote for the lesser scum sucker at you local voting hole who doesn't have a problem in cutting taxes. You all where probably not even alive when President Reagan was in office, but because of his Massive tax cuts. He was derided by hollyweird, the Main Slime Media, politicians and of course...Japan! They loved to burn him at the drop of the hat and there where disgusting (NOT hentai)Manga by many libertardic artists and this was before their bubble popped! They where on a glorious money train ride for decades and the tax cuts add more yens to their pockets~ before their own "plans" imploded the market.
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    Vote for Statesmen who will cut your taxes, to give you a greater flush of cash to blow away on stuff like Idol Master!! Japan and its mess of old ancient fucking farts are already in the plans to boost their personal book sales by shutting down all the great Anime, Doujinshi and Hentai Takubans. Their days of glory will sputter out into nothing soon~~~

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    BEST NEWS I read so far from Sankaku,... finally.

    Don't care too much about Jupiter since I'll beat them anyways.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    22:54 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I see Iori, I see no Jupiter.

    Rejoice~!

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    23:18 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Jupiter! Idol girls FTW!

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    Comment by Shadowmen
    06:50 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wooooo!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This shit is coming for PS3 then where is Halo 3 and Halo Reach!Destiny can be very cruel!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Next XBOX owners want God of War for their console...never let your exclusives go to the competition man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    YOU RRoD 360 BETA TESTERS FAGS SURE GOT TOLD

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:52 22/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    despite the fact that other than bugs being dealt with, an easy mode and some free DLCs the game is otherwise similar? It's because of people like you that the whole 360 PS3 arguement will never end and people will continue acting like dicks to each other over game consoles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wonderful, with this the game will become less of a niche and (hopefully) less prejudiced against it as more people actually play it in that it will reduce the proportion of Imas players who tend to act in ways that have given its players a bad rep. Or at least reduce them to a "it just happens in X location" sort of problem group

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    Comment by Jorge
    23:38 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Tears of joy*

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah.

    Those tears won't stop since you'll never get to play them in English anyway.

    Enjoy aimlessly playing using FAQs while I keep harvesting the fruits of the 5 years I studied Japanese. :)

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    Comment by Anonymous

    makes no difference. You can't understand japanese. lol.

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    Comment by CoolServbot
    09:54 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FINALLY! This will be my first PS3 import game! :D So excited. Now I can finally play a 'main canon' iDOLM@STER game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 22/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not dreaming am I? cause this looks too good to be true.

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    Comment by Gitami
    00:43 22/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bad IMAS2 sales, I wonder why.

    They should have made the female-reach out of Jupiters as a low priced DLC.

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    Comment by Shimazaki
    00:19 22/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    namco/bandai: We lost our xbox 360 audience...........what the hell we gonna do???

    namco/bandai: We know, let's look for fresh stupid audience..........let's move to the PS3, and add a bunch of DLC content right out of the box.

    THEM..............THE WORLD WILL BE OURS...............

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can import an arcade 360 from japan with 150-200 $(so less than a ps3) without any problems and you can buy a 16gb usb pen drive with 10$ and play and save on it...
    And cut with this nonsense that there's only imas worth on xbox,because as i list before,there are a lot of japanese good games to play on 360!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:30 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man, what an incredible image that is.
    Thankx..;)

    MWH

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    of course they ported it... all the homotoko's own PS3s. and we all know that's why the xbox version sold like ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:40 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hate that argument. A console isn't THAT expensive. So if you want to play exclusives of both platforms you should just buy both.
    I wanted to play Killzone, the Tales games and some other JRPGs so I got myself a PS3 for my Bday.
    But I wanted to play DoA, Halo and other FPSs (and some racing games; those just feel way better with the 360 Controller) so I got myself a 360 for Christmas.

    They don't cost a fortune. A console is only worth about 3 or 4 new games. And if you buy a used one it's even cheaper.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maybe you are one of the blessed ones with a lot of money to burn...but you are missing an important detail...you don't need ANY xbox to play this game,you need a JAPANESE one because MS put that fucking region lock.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:36 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    MOTHERFUCKER!!

    I ALREADY HAVE A PS3, BUT I JUST WASTED $600 A FEW MONTHS AGO FOR ALL THE IM@S GAMES AND A JAPANESE XBOX360!!

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:53 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    At this point I don't give a damn anymore. I was done with Live for You! and even with the new additions, Idolmaster 2 simply didn't stand up to my expectations.

    All I can say is good for PS3 Idolmaster fans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    someone is sour

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 22/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's good for Idolmaster fans, period. This means more audience, and more money to get the franchise going.

    Only those 360 fanboys whose hobby is listing console exclusives, would be saddened by this news.

    "I love the 360 because it has Idolmaster!"

    And then imas2 goes to PS3. And then he's suddenly like:

    "I hate Idolmaster! Fuck you Namco"

    Uh huh. Some fan you were. You won't be missed.

    Comment by PhillB
    15:55 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    SanCom keeps logging me off, no matter what browser may I be using.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 21/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    OOOH YEAH!!! FINALLY A REGION FREE IM@S 2 VERSION!!!
    The only bad news are that if you want the DLC you need the PSN.

    Now it would be HILARIOUS that the PS3 version included Ryugu Komachi for producing in story mode...that would make the fagbox a beta testing console on the japanese market XD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 22/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    (spoilers) You're supposed to defeat Ryuuguu Komachi in a Festival around halfway through the story. I just wonder how that will be handled if they make them playable.





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