New El Shaddai project and more in this week's Japanese news roundup

Gamasutra rounds up recent reports on the Japanese games industry from local news site, including a new El Shaddai project, Kid Icarus: Uprising's soundtrack and perfect Famitsu score, and more.
[Gamasutra rounds up recent reports on the Japanese games industry from local news site, a leading destination for English-language news on Japan's game industry.] In our latest round-up of Japanese game industry news not previously reported on Gamasutra, we look at a new El Shaddai project, Kid Icarus: Uprising's perfect Famitsu score and amazing list of soundtrack contributors, and sales numbers for several Namco Bandai titles. Ignition Begins El Shaddai New Project 2012 Ignition Tokyo has teased a new 2012 project from its El Shaddai property, which debuted last year with a third-person action game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game was lauded for its unique visual style and deep combat system. The developer hasn't said what platforms the project will appear on, or if it's even a game. It has posted a Japanese teaser site, though, which features artwork for a variety of characters (pictured), as well as text that reads "Who is the ultimate angel who God speaks of?" Kid Icarus: Uprising Scores Perfect in Famitsu Kid Icarus: Uprising for Nintendo 3DS is the 19th game to receive a 40/40 score for Famitsu -- joining a short but growing list of perfect-scoring titles like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Bayonetta, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Nintendogs. In other Kid Icarus: Uprising news, director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed a star-studded list of composers who contributed music to the game: Motoi Sakuraba, Yuzo Koshiro, Masafumi Takada, Noriyuki Iwadare, and Yasunori Mitsuda. Nintendo has also announced that the plastic 3DS stand accessory, which is included with all copies of Kid Icarus: Uprising and is designed to improve the playing experience of the game, will also be sold separately in Japan for ¥800 ($9.60). One Piece Pirate Musou Closing in on One Million Worldwide Sales Namco Bandai's One Piece: Pirate Warriors/Musou for PS3, a crossover game between popular manga/anime franchise One Piece and Koei Tecmo's action game series Warriors, has sold some 900,000 copies across Japan and other Asian countries since shipping three weeks ago. The publisher also revealed that Dark Souls has moved more than 1.6 million units around the world, 400,000 of which were sold in Japan. Tales of Xillia has sold 760,000 copies, while Gundam Extreme has pushed 600,000 units. [This story was written with permission using material from, a leading destination for English-language news on Japan's game industry.]

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