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?
Echochrome 2 is the PlayStation Move-exclusive sequel to Sony Japan Studio's M.C. Escher-inspired puzzle platformer, in which players change the camera perspective to create paths with intersecting shapes. This sequel is an extension of that concept -- except you're using the Move controller as a flashlight, aiming its beam to project shadows against a wall, which are used by your character to reach the exit.