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Japanese Move launch line-up revealed

Only six games, but three hardware bundles as Sony Japan reveals details

Sony has revealed the launch line-up for the PlayStation Move motion controller in Japan, with six titles available from day one rather than the 16 of the American launch.

The Japanese launch is due to take place on October 21, a month after the U.S. debut on September 19. Despite this delay fewer games will be available for the system initially, with website Andriasang confirming only the following:

  • EyePet (SCEJ, 3,980/$45)
  • Sports Champion (SCEJ, 3,980/$45)
  • Beat Sketch (aka Sing and Draw, SCEJ, 2,980/$34)
  • Fure! Fure! Bowling (aka High Velocity Bowling, SCEJ, 1,900/$22)
  • Machi Suberi (aka Kung Fu Rider, SCEJ, 3,980/$45)
  • Big 3 Gun Shooting (aka Time Crises: Razing Storm, Namco Bandai, 6,279/$71)

The already available Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition will also have a patch available from day one for Move support.

The U.S. line-up has yet to be finally confirmed, but is known to include at least 16 titles. The only game currently exclusive to the Japanese line-up is Beat Sketch, previously known as Sing and Draw.

Titles planned for release after the Japanese launch include:

  • Mugen Kairo Hikari to Kage no Hako (aka echochrome ii, SCEJ, November, 3,980/$45)
  • Nikudan (aka The Fight: Lights Out, SCEJ, November, 3,980/$45)
  • Move de Party (aka Move de Party, SCEJ, November, 3,980/$45)
  • TV SuperStars (SCEJ, December, 3,980)
  • Furi Furi! Sarugetchu (aka Ape Escape, SCEJ, 2010, price TBA)
  • Sorcery (SCEJ, 2011, price TBA)
  • Tower (SCEJ, 2011, price TBA)
  • The Shoot (SCEJ, 2011, price TBA)
  • Heroes on the Move (SCEJ, 2011, price TBA)

Move-compatible versions of Killzone 3, Hustler Kings and Heavy Rain are also confirmed for release but have no specific date.

Basic pricing for the Move system was revealed at Sony's pre-E3 media briefing in June. This included a Starter Pack including a controller and the PlayStation Eye camera, with the Japanese version of the bundle including game Beat Sketch for 5,980 ($68).

The Japanese launch will also offer two extra game hardware bundles. The first is for Capcom's Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition and will include a Move controller, PlayStation Eye camera and a copy of the game for 7,980 ($91).

A second bundle with Namco Bandai's Big 3 Gun Shooting (so-called because it contains coin-op conversions of Time Crisis 4, Razing Storm and Deadstorm Pirates) will cost 11,980 ($136) and includes a controller and the Move Shooting Attachment.

A "PlayStation Move Omniverse" demo disc will also be give to free with purchases of any hardware bundle or controller, although its contents have not yet been revealed.

Although the European launch for PlayStation Move has been confirmed for September 15, a few days before the U.S., few other details have yet been made official. However, UK retailers have begun advertising the basic controller for around 40 and the Starter Pack for between 50 and 60, though they continue to shift their pricing.

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