While The Idolm@ster series has recently seen success on the mobile market with The Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls for which it has resulted in its own line of soundtracks for newly introduced idols, some might have been questioning when we would be seeing the next release in the series on the home console market (Aside from the additional Anime + Gravure For You sets that have been released). According to reports by the Tales Source and Sinobi, this weeks upcoming release of Famitsu will be promoting the next line of games to come to the Playstation Portable “The Idolm@ster: Shiny Festa”, as with the last game for the console to be spread over three versions – Honey Sound, Funky Note and Groovy Tune, each with their own respective idols attached to them.
The characters for each volume include:
Azusa Miura, Chihaya Kisaragi, Haruka Amami and Ritsuko Akizuki
Ami & Mami Futami, Hibiki Hanaha, Iori Minase and Yayoi Takatsuki
Makoto Kikuchi, Miki Hoshii, Takane Shijou and Yukiho Hagiwara
As the magazine has not been released to market yet and the game has not been formally announced by Namco Bandai as of yet, we are limited as to what information we currently know on this title – this includes specifics on gameplay, character designs (All screenshots and artwork above are taken from The Idolm@ster 2) and other bits and pieces. However according to Sinobi, it seems like this will deviate from the normal style of The Idolm@ster games by focusing on more rhythm style gameplay mechanics than the idol career building. But we are bound to hear more on this sooner rather than later.
[Translations sourced from Andriasang.com]