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Fatal Frame 3DS spin-off gets a US release

Nintendo to publish Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir.

A new 3DS entry in cult Japanese survival horror franchise Fatal Frame is to get a rare Western release.

Nintendo will publish the Tecmo-developed Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir in the US on 13th April. That's Friday 13th April, no less. Spooky, eh?

The game sees you playing as a young lady called Maya who has managed to get herself trapped in a creepy old house that's haunted by a mysterious woman in black.

You'll have to evade ghouls with the help of the system's built-in camera and augmented reality features.

The game comes packaged with a 16-page AR-enabled booklet which, according to Nintendo's announcement, serves as a "gateway into this haunting experience". View its pages through the 3DS camera and they'll come to life, showing movies which reveal background plot details.

Not only that, but evil spirits will occasionally pop out of the pages and invade the game world.

See the screenshots below for a closer look.

Alas, Nintendo hasn't confirmed plans to bring this one to Europe yet - we'll update if and when it deems The Old Country worthy.

The last entry in the franchise to make it out of Japan was the rather excellent Fatal Frame 3: The Tormented on PlayStation 2 back in 2006. Its 2008 Wii sequel, Fatal Frame 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, never made it West.

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