Konami dates OZ, Goemon; christens Castlevania DS

Konami reveals two big titles will make summer release dates in Japan; gives full name to upcoming Castlevania game.

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TOKYO--On its official Web site today, Konami said the PlayStation 2 fantasy action game, OZ, has been dated for release on June 30 in Japan. The game will be priced at 6,980 yen ($64). OZ is a 3D action game that is being developed by the same teams behind Suikoden and Castlevania.

In addition, Konami also updated its DS launch library. Mystical Ninja, an action title that was among the first games announced for the DS, has both a new name and solid release date.

The game's official name is now Ganbare Goemon: Toukai Douchuu Ooedo Tenguri-kaeshi no Maki. It will be released on June 23 at a price of 4,980 yen ($46). Retail sources say that Ganbare Goemon for the DS will feature cameo appearances of characters from other titles (unspecified still), and that it will include classic Konami titles as minigame bonuses. One of the included minigames will be the 1990 puzzle shooter Quarth, which can be sent to other DS users via the handheld's Wi-Fi functionality.

Konami will also be publishing the Atlus surgery simulator Caduceus for the DS. That title should be in stores on June 30 as well. The game will be priced at 4,800 yen ($44).

In addition, retail sources say Konami has announced Akumajou Dracula: Sougetsu no Juujika for a future release on the DS. The name roughly translates to Castlevania: The Cross of the Blue Moon. While Konami has yet to release details on the game, Sougetsu no Juujika appears to be the recently announced Castlevania DS title.

The name Akumajou Dracula hasn't been used since 1997. That year, Konami released Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku, also known as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, for the PlayStation.

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