Robots, ninja and weirdness.

It’ll be awhile before we get to play Armored Core online but we can still drool over the Japanese version.
Welcome back to Matters of Import, your weekly digest of all the videogame happenings from abroad that matter to you. From Software’s Internet-ready remix of Armored Core 2 — appropriately dubbed Another Age — has quickly rocketed to the top of many gamers’ most wanted lists, and with good reason. Equestrian sims and Mahjong matches aside, this promises to be the single best, most tangible reason to be excited about Sony’s foray into online gaming. It goes on sale in Japan this April; look to Daily Radar to bring you all the exciting details as PS2 gamers gear up to take their game to the web…
Here’s the news…

What’s The Big Deal?
From Software’s much coveted mech-battler Armored Core 2: Another Age goes on sale in Japan on April 12. As previously reported, this network edition of the popular PS2 title will support all three current models of the PS2 USB Modem, including P2Gate, OnlineStation and the ME56PS2. Online-less gamers can also play via the I-Link cable; the design mode will be USB mouse compatible.

In other Armored Core news, a robotic massacre was reported from the Martian Colonies last week. Read all about it here.

Packing Action
March 29 will see the release of Konami’s latest Goemon action title. Ganbare! Goemon: Guru Guru Edo features a town overrun by monsters made up of recycled materials, four playable characters and an evil robot named Impact.

RPG Me, Please
Enix has announced details about its upcoming PS2 RPG Endonesia, in which gamers play as Me, a 10-year-old boy who finds himself on an island from another world. In order to make his way home, Me must search for 50 gods scattered across the island. Borrowing a page from Shadow of Memories, the game features a time limit system in which, after 10 days, the player is transported back to the beginning of the game.

Bandai’s PSOne SD Gundam Hero Daikessen: Knight Vs Warrior was released last Thursday. An action RPG, the game features fully customizable characters, 300 interchangeable parts and support for the WonderWave, which allows for data exchange between the WonderSwan and the PSOne.

Pandora Box’s Pandora Max Series Vol. 6 Oni Zero Resurrection is scheduled for a March 22 release; this RPG concerns an age-old conflict between ninja and demons.

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Arika’s new PS2 network mahjong game Net & Ron Mahjong is scheduled for a July release. Compatible with both the PS2 USB Modem and HDD, the game’s being designed around a server that promises support for 10,000 simultaneous users.

All Singing, All Dancing, The Cute And The Weird
Another upcoming game with support for the PS2’s peripherals (HDD and USB Printer Popegg) is ArtDink’s PS2 loco-sim A-Train 2001. Scheduled for a March 8 release, the game will enable gamers to construct and develop railways and cities, take snapshots of their progress and print them out via the Popegg Printer after having saved them to the PS2 HDD.

One of the most peculiar games ever is coming to the PS2, courtesy of Enix. If you haven’t already heard of Super Galdelic Hour, you might very well find new reason to live by clicking here.

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