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Konami Japan reveals all

About release dates for OZ and Goemon, plus the full title for Castlevania DS.

Konami's Japanese office has made a raft of announcements regarding release dates and full titles for its forthcoming games, according to GameSpot.

For starters, OZ, a PS2 fantasy actioner that's being developed by the people behind Suikoden and Castlevania, gets a June 30 release date.

Then there's the news that Mystical Ninja - one of the first titles to be announced for the Nintendo DS - is now to be known as Ganbare Goemon: Toukai Douchuu Ooedo Tenguri-kaeshi no Maki. No idea. [Well, Goemon is Mystical Ninja's name in Japan. -Ed]

It's out over there on June 23, and word has it that it'll feature cameos by other Konami characters. Plus mini-games based on classic Konami titles, including 1990 puzzle shooter Quarth. Players will be able to send other DS users these mini-games via Wi-Fi.

Next up is the announcement that Konami will publish Chou Shittou Caduceus, or Caduceus: Surgical Operation as it translates, for the DS. Yes, it's a surgery sim, and it's out on June 30. You may remember us going "weh?" about it here back when Atlus were talking about publishing it.

In less weird news, Akumajou Dracula: Sougetsu no Juujika - or roughly, Castlevania: The Cross of the Blue Moon - has been confirmed as the full title for Castlevania DS. You can find more of what we know about that game, including screenshots, here.

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