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Ape Escape joins Japan's 2010 PlayStation Move launch library

Andrew Yoon , @scxzor

We haven't seen much (or anything) of Ape Escape's first foray onto PS3 since it was announced at Tokyo Game Show last year. However, a new announcement video (after the break) showcases the first few seconds of footage of the Move-exclusive game. Furi Furi! Sarugetchu, as it will be called in Japan, joins a relatively small line-up of games launching this year for the PlayStation motion controller in Japan. In fact, only six games are planned for release on the hardware's October 21 launch date:

  • EyePet (SCEJ, ¥3,980)
  • Sports Champion (SCEJ, ¥3,980)
  • Beat Sketch (SCEJ, ¥2,980)
  • Fure! Fure! Bowling (aka High Velocity Bowling, SCEJ, ¥1,900)
  • Machi Suberi (aka Kung Fu Rider, SCEJ, ¥3,980)
  • Big 3 Gun Shooting (Namco Bandai, ¥6,279)

The rest of the year will feature 5 additional games, including the aforementioned Ape Escape title.

  • Mugen Kairo Hikari to Kage no Hako (aka Echochrome, SCEJ, November, ¥3,980)
  • Nikudan (SCEJ, November, ¥3,980)
  • Move de Party (SCEJ, November, ¥3,980)
  • TV Superstars (SCEJ, December, ¥3,980)
  • Furi Furi! Sarugetchu (aka Ape Escape, SCEJ, 2010, price TBA)
While Japan's launch library is rather slim, this list excludes already-released titles which will be getting Move support via patches. For example, Resident Evil 5 seemingly warrants yet another retail re-release for the newly added motion controls. Will this launch library be enough to convince the Japanese populace to buy into Sony's peripheral?

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