Japanese simulation fans will be ecstatic at the news that popular simulation game, The iDOLM@STER 2 is heading to the PS3. The first game released on the Xbox 360 back in 2007 revolved around a producer taking his girl band and trying to reach dizzying levels of success with them which garnered it great scores in Famitsu and other publications at the time. Three years later, the sequel was released once again on the Xbox 360 without news of a PS3 port. Well that has now changed with the PS3 version due to hit Japan stores on October 27th 2011 in two different editions. First off there’s the stock standard edition which will retail for ¥7,980, however if you fork out ¥19,800 you get quite a few extras for your buck.
As well as the game, you’ll also be receiving a Blu-Ray of Volume 1 of the “The iDOLM@STER” anime, the soundtrack to “The iDOLM@STER 2”, a cd called Idolmaster Gravure For You! Volume 1 (it’s supposed to be able to let you take pics of the idol girls at the beachside?), a container box that will eventually allow you to hold all the “The iDOLM@STER” anime discs and lastly, you’ll also get the latest copy of a magazine for fans of the idols which may or may not be called Monthly Idol Pix. So as you can see there’s heaps on offer there for those lucky enough to nab themselves the limited version which any self respecting Otaku would go for, if anything for the enclosed soundtrack. Hopefully the soundtrack will feature a memorable tracks as the first one did but none more so than, “Tonari ni…”, one of my personal faves which I was lucky enough to see live performed by Chiaki Takahashi with the Eminence Symphony Orchestra, sublime. Check the preview clip below to see what I mean 🙂