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PopCap LogoTalk about strange bedfellows… Who would’ve thought that one of the most tightly-lipped, hardcore RPG game producers would ever team up with a relatively open-sourced semi-indie casual game developer? Well, that’s exactly what’s happened thanks to a new agreement between Square-Enix and PopCap. Through the agreement, classic PopCap titles including Bejeweled 2, Chuzzle, Insaniquarium and Heavy Weapon will hit the Japanese shores via Square-Enix’s web portal.

Evidently, PopCap feels it needs a Japanese presence to truly penetrate the market. Although with the brisk sales of many recent DS titles, it’s evident that the Japanese have a taste for simple casual games.

Read More | GamesIndustry.biz

Gallery: PopCap teams with Square-Enix to Deliver Casual Games to Japan


Final Fantasy III BuyerSquare Enix’s Final Fantasy III for the Nintendo DS was just released in Japan, and gamers lined up overnight to grab the limited edition bundle featuring a custom DS Lite and the game. Over 80 gamers were lined up by 3:00 AM, and by the time the store opened, over 150 were in line. The game itself has proved to be an extremely popular pre-order as well, with nearly 500,000 Japanese gamers reserving a copy of the game. The new, 3D-rendered re-make of Final Fantasy III will see its release in the US on November 14.

Read More | Famitsu

Gallery: Japanese Gamers Line Up For Final Fantasy III DS