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M3: My Morning Musings - New Vita, Diablo and Etrian Odyssey Demos, & More

At its press event in Tokyo, Japan, Sony revealed a new version of its PlayStation Vita console that has an LCD, instead of LED, 20% thinner, and 15% lighter than the original. The unit will receive an extra hour of battery life, due to using the LCD, and has 1GB of memory built in. The new PSP is aimed for the casual market with only a Japanese release date confirmed of October 10, 2013.

The PS Vita 2000 will come in six colors and there are still rumors that Sony will consider bundling the new Vita in a package with the upcoming PlayStation 4.

Speaking of the PlayStation 4, Sony also revealed that the console will not ship in Japan until February 2014. Japanese gamers, who are used to getting Sony consoles first, are not happy.

Want to try Diablo 3 before you buy it? The newly released console version of the hit PC game is now available in demo form on Xbox Live, for Gold members, and on PSN. The demo lets you play to the first boss--the Skeleton King and allows both local and online multiplayer modes.

Zen Studios revealed their next Star Wars themed pinball tables in Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force. Neil Sorens, Zen Studios Creative Director had this to say:
"The ancient Jedi prophecy foretold one who would bring balance to the Force. They probably didn't imagine that balance would come in the form of two huge, equally matched armadas engaged in desperate battle above Endor, or in the form of a rogue Jedi nearly eliminating his own order and then, much later, his Sith master. If those prophets could have seen this all come to pass in the new Balance of the Force pinball tables, they’d be flipping out."

The new title will be available to download later this fall for Xbox Live, Steam, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Wii U eShop, Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows 8, Mac App Store, and Kindle Fire HD.

Atlus announced that a demo of the upcoming Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl, will be coming on September 16, 2013, on the Nintendo eShop. This will give players a taste of the game and the first few dungeon levels. Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl is a remake of the very first Etrian Odyssey that released on the Nintendo DS back in 2007. It features new graphics, animated cinematics, and a new story mode. The full game officially releases, on both the Nintendo eShop and Retail, on October 1, 2013.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 09/11/13

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