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Review: Girls' Fashion Shoot (3DS)

Girls' Fashion Shoot (3DS)

Fashionably fun

It's apparently every young girl's dream to become a model - wearing the latest clothing trend, looking fabulous walking down the catwalk with photographers on the sidewalk capturing the moment. Girls' Fashion Shoot provides just that, but substituting the catwalk for magazine photo shoots while sitting comfortably at home. As the...

News: GAME and Rising Star Team Up for Artwork Giveaway

GAME and Rising Star Team Up for Artwork Giveaway

Become a cropper

The limited edition Harvest Moon artwork giveaway announced last week was, let's face it, rather confusing. Now we have the full picture on how you'll be able to get three sets of PAL-exclusive, limited edition Harvest Moon-themed artwork. The first set of art cards will be included with every copy of Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar. The second set will be available to customers who..

News: Rising Star Harvests Limited Edition Artwork for New Titles

Rising Star Harvests Limited Edition Artwork for New Titles

Collect 'em all

Natsume, publisher of the Harvest Moon series in North America, has made a bit of a name for itself by offering plush toys as incentives for customers to pre-order new entries in the series: cute, admittedly, but European counterpart Rising Star Games has something a little classier to offer. The publisher has announced the commission of 30 pieces of limited edition artwork,..

News: Rune Factory 3 Sprouts in Europe in September

Rune Factory 3 Sprouts in Europe in September

Third DS instalment due

Rising Star Games has just announced its line-up for the rest of the year, and DS RPG Rune Factory 3 is coming to Europe in a few months' time. The third and final DS instalment in the series released in North America last year, bringing with it several big features: co-operative play for up to three players, the ability to bring villagers into battle with you and even..

News: Rising Star Setting Out a Grand Bazaar for European Farmers

Rising Star Setting Out a Grand Bazaar for European Farmers

Due to sprout in 2011

Rising Star Games has been bringing Harvest Moon games to European Nintendo fans for years, and the publisher has just confirmed it's continuing this tradition by releasing Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar across Europe this year. The game was released in North America last year, so read through our Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar review to get the lowdown on what to expect from the..

News: Rising Star Releases Little King's Story Concept Art Online

Rising Star Releases Little King's Story Concept Art Online

For your eyes ONI

Wii adventure Little King's Story was a critical, if not commercial success, with countless gamers falling in love with it since it went on sale two years ago. European publisher Rising Star Games realises the game still carries a loyal following, and has released some concept art exclusively for members of its Hoshi club. The art depicts dragons, mushrooms, snails and more, all..

News: Buying Ivy the Kiwi? Helps Save Real Kiwis

Buying Ivy the Kiwi? Helps Save Real Kiwis

10p donated to Save the Kiwi Trust

You don't see many video games about kiwis, though this is Rising Star Games' second game to feature the flightless bird following DS romp New Zealand Story. The lack of kiwi-based games might be due to the increasing danger of extinction faced by its real-life counterpart, but if you want to do something about that – and we know you do – there is something..

News: Namco and Rising Star Team Up to Bring More Harvest Moons to Europe

Namco and Rising Star Team Up to Bring More Harvest Moons to Europe

Animal Parade and Sunshine Islands, to be precise

You wait six months for a Harvest Moon game to reach Europe, and then three come along at once. Rune Factory 2 sprouted across Europe today, and now publisher Rising Star Games has teamed up with Namco Bandai Partners to distribute two more titles before the end of November. Harvest Moon: Animal...

News: Ivy the Kiwi? Emerges from its European Egg on October 29th

Ivy the Kiwi? Emerges from its European Egg on October 29th

Yuji Naka's latest opus nearly hatched

Ivy the Kiwi? for Wii and DS is the latest game from Yuji Naka, best known for his involvement in the creation of Sonic the Hedgehog. It's been out in North America for some time, but a European release is just around the corner, with publisher Rising Star Games announcing the game will launch on Friday, October 29th. You can read our Ivy the Kiwi? Wii review..

News: Rising Star Games Talks About PANG and Localisation Grapples

Rising Star Games Talks About PANG and Localisation Grapples

Gamers will have to continue to wait for certain games to get localised

Gamers old enough to remember destroying bouncing balloons in the 1989 two-player arcade game Pang might also be aware that due to its popularity, instalments on the SNES and Game Boy were eventually released, and Rising Star Games is continuing to entertain gamers by launching PANG: Magical Michael on the DS today. In a recent..

News: Rune Factory 2 Ripe and Ready for Europe in October

Rune Factory 2 Ripe and Ready for Europe in October

Farming RPG hits at last

Some of our readers on the Western side of the Atlantic may be anxiously anticipating Rune Factory 3 and its multiplayer charms, but over in Europe there's just one month to go until Rune Factory 2 does the rounds. With more of the same mix of fighting and farming, not to mention a heavy amount of romance, Rune Factory 2 looks set to continue where its acclaimed predecessor..

News: Europeans Can Farm Frantically this Autumn

Europeans Can Farm Frantically this Autumn

Potatoes and puzzles courtesy of Rising Star

It may have been available on North American shores for nearly twelve months – in fact, our first and only news story about this game was almost exactly one year ago – but European gamers are yet to sample the sweet taste of Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming, but Rising Star Games is set to rectify that by launching the handheld title this Autumn..

News: Rising Star Wants to Know the Games You Want, Europe

Rising Star Wants to Know the Games You Want, Europe

Let them know and who knows what may happen

Rising Star Games has already brought European gamers the likes of Rune Factory Frontier and both No More Heroes titles, and later this year is releasing Yuji Naka's Ivy the Kiwi? games, Eldar Saga and Rune Factory 2 for DS. It's quite a busy year for the publisher but it's hungry for more, and is opening the lines of communication for gamers to suggest..

News: Ivy the Kiwi? to be a Rising Star in Europe

Ivy the Kiwi? to be a Rising Star in Europe

Home of Japanese Games picks up Yuji Naka's latest

You've probably only just wiped away your tears of sadness following yesterday's introduction to the story of Ivy the Kiwi?, but you may now start weeping tears of joy with the announcement that Rising Star Games is bringing the title to Europe this Autumn. Developed by former Sonic Team head honcho Yuji Naka's studio PROPE, Ivy the Kiwi? for Wii..

News: Rising Star to Bring Rune Factory 2 and More to Europe in Autumn

Rising Star to Bring Rune Factory 2 and More to Europe in Autumn

My World, My Way and Eldar Saga on the way too

European publisher Rising Star Games is responsible for bringing across some of the more original critically-acclaimed titles, localising feudal side-scrolling slasher Muramasa: The Demon Blade, monarchic masterpiece Little King's Story and most of the Harvest Moon series in recent years. Just before E3 the company has put out a short press release..

News: Get Your Travis Touchdown Clothes on in Carnaby Street

Get Your Travis Touchdown Clothes on in Carnaby Street

No More Heroes tie-in with British fashion label

No More Heroes and clothing go together like beams and katanas: Australian gamers can look forward to an exclusive Bizarre Jelly t-shirt, last week saw the announcement of No More Heroes lingerie and now a British fashion retailer has had a complete makeover to become a real-life Airport 51. Chateau Roux, on London's famous fashion epicentre Carnaby..

News: Rising Star and Spanish Fans Translate Fragile Dreams Together

Rising Star and Spanish Fans Translate Fragile Dreams Together

Publisher and community work together as one

The Wii's upcoming near-apocalyptic adventure Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is on course for a European release on March 19th, with plenty of intriguing characters and a rather moving script all painstakingly translated from its original Japanese. Naturally such translations are huge, costly productions that don't always include every..

News: Fragile Dreams Come True in March

Fragile Dreams Come True in March

Mark your calendar for the 19th of next month

If you're a fan of subtle Japanese pseudo-supernatural survival adventure RPGs, today is your lucky day. Not as lucky as Friday, March 19th though, as that's when Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is confirmed to launch across Europe. We've already spent a good few hours with the game and were undeniably intrigued by what we played, so there's..

First Impressions: Rune Factory Frontier

Rune Factory Frontier

Growing a beaut

US readers may scoff at the "First Impressions" title of this article as Rune Factory Frontier has been available in the Western hemisphere for nearly a year, but as always European gamers are left waiting for any Harvest Moon-related titles. However, farming fans need not fret much longer, as Rune Factory Frontier is due for release in the near future, and looks set to be..