Lumines News

Lumines Remastered will turn your Switch JoyCons into trance vibrators

Lumines, Tetsuya Mizuguchi's brilliant music-infused puzzler, is coming to Nintendo's Switch this spring - and it will include the ability to turn your JoyCons into Trance Vibrators.

It looks set to be a remastered version of the PSP original, first released in 2004 by Q Entertainment, the studio Mizuguchi founded in 2003. The former Sega producer has had a varied career since, leaving Q Entertainment in 2012 and taking up the role of a professor before returning to games in 2015 with his new company Enhance Games and, in 2016, releasing Rez Infinite on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR.

Enhance Games is behind Lumines Remastered, and the new game looks to recreate the PSP original on new hardware. That means enhanced visuals, of course, but on the Switch it also means the resurrection of one of Mizuguchi's more notorious innovations - the trance vibrator, which debuted alongside the PlayStation 2 version of Rez. By turning on Trance Vibration, you can sync a number of JoyCons and place them around your body in order to feel the music, if that's your kind of thing.

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Ubisoft announces Vita line-up

Ubisoft announces Vita line-up

Rayman, Lumines, Assassin's Creed, more.

Rayman Origins, Assassin's Creed and Lumines are among the titles Ubisoft is bringing to the PlayStation Vita, the publisher has announced.

Asphalt, Dungeon Hunter Alliance and Michael Jackson: The Experience are also "currently in development" for Sony's new handheld, according to its Gamescom announcement.

No word yet on exactly what form that Assassin's Creed game will take, but we'll update as soon as we find out more.

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Lumines PSP unlikely to appear on PSN

Publishing and licensing complications.

Japanese developer Q Entertainment has said it wants to see PSP titles Lumines and Lumines II appear for download on the PlayStation Store, but a mixture of licensing and publishing issues are getting in the way.

Lumines coming to iPhone

Plus price drops on 360 and PS3.

Q Entertainment has revealed that it's to release its hypnotic musical block-puzzler, Lumines, for the iPhone, reports 1up.

Lumines to appear on PS3?

Quite likely, reckons Mizuguchi.

Q Entertainment has apparently only just begun its evolution of the hypnotic puzzle game Lumines, with creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi hinting that yet another version could be in the works for PlayStation 3.

Mizuguchi on Lumines sales and Pokémon planes

Tetsuya Mizuguchi's updated his Japanese blog with some interesting stats. Apparently, despite a ten-month delay and countless imports, his musical puzzler Lumines has already sold 180,000 units in Europe. Well done you lot! That's on top of 300,000 or so in North America since March and a rather disappointing 70,000 in Japan since last December.

Just as interesting though is the latest update to his English-lanugage blog, including discussion of the Tokyo Game Show and an interesting tale of his experience flying from Tokyo to Paris on a Pokémon plane. Complete with pictures. Wireless LAN access meant he was able to beam photos of the wings to a fellow developer while flying over Russia.

Wireless LANs on planes, eh? We've seen it ourselves on Japan Airlines. Not as expensive as you'd think either. If you fancy finding out what Pikachu looks like stuck to a wingtip, or whether pokéballs add anything to the sight of a jet engine, or indeed whether 31,000 feet helps circumvent the banality of instant messaging exchanges, we suggest checking out the update.

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Chat to Mizuguchi live

About top PSP title Lumines.

Imagine if you could ask Tetsuya Mizuguchi anything, anything at all. Where the idea for Meteos came from, for example, or how he made Lumines so good it's like musical smack, or what he thinks of those Internet photos of that lady dressed up as Ulala that we can't link to here due to legal and probably ethical reasons?

Lumines is Euro PSP launch title

Lumines is Euro PSP launch title

Ubi signs Mizuguchi's puzzler.

French publisher Ubisoft has confirmed that it has signed a deal with Bandai to bring Q Entertainment's critically acclaimed PSP title Lumines to Europe as part of the launch line-up for the platform.

The game, which was created by former Sega designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi - whose other credits include Space Channel 5, Sega Rally and cult classic REZ - will be launched at the same time as the PSP itself at the start of September.

Lumines is a relatively traditional block-based puzzle game which uses custom musical and visual "skins", unlocked as you progress through the game, as its hook, and features music from well-known (in Japan, and in my house) Japanese artists Mondo Grosso and Eri Nobuchika.

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