Namco-Bandai Games recently released their first promo video for Super Robot Wars Operation Extend (SRWOE) for the PSP. It’s the first contemporary 3D Super Robot Wars game to be a fully downloadable PlayStation Network title, so there will be no physical items (UMD, manual, box). The game marks the premiere of playable characters and robots from Mobile Police Patlabor, Zoids and Keroro Gunsou, adding to a plethora of notable series veterans such as Macross F, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Code Geass and Gundam.
Although Super Robot Wars (SRW) is entirely Japanese, in 2006 Atlus localized 2 games into English, namely SRW Original Generations and its sequel Original Generations 2 for the Game Boy Advance. Despite the language barrier, a significant population of niche gamers who play SRW actually exist, not only in the Philippines and Asia, but also in USA and Europe. Of course, those that can speak Japanese (and to a certain extent Chinese) have a definitive advantage, but seeing people who can really play and finish a SRW game without any knowledge of Japanese is impressively respectable. I give kudos to their resourcefulness and their willingness to overcome difficult obstacles for the sake of gaming.
SRWOE will be out this summer (in Japan) and will be playable in both the PSP and VITA. The game is split into 8 chapters and will be released in gradual increments (hence the name Operation EXTEND). You can purchase each chapter for 1,000 Yen each or opt to pre-purchase all 8 for 6,480 Yen, though buying everything in advance will not give you the full game content from the start. Its only advantage is you save more money in the long run. However, for a limited time, chapter 1 will be only 500 Yen (50% off)!
Now, most of you will be asking valid questions, like where to get Japanese PSN cards and how to create a Japanese PSN account. Kotaku has got you covered. For the cards, you can hop on to Play-Asia. Google is your friend.