I think we're all guilty of underestimating just how difficult a process localization really is.
There are reasons why some games never make it out of Japan. We rarely hear exactly why, but it's probably more complicated than some executive at Nintendo wanting to rain on your parade.
Shameless, utterly shameless
You'd think China recently ending its ban on foreign video game consoles would end this particular brand of malarkey, but here we are talking about the "OUYE," yet another shameless knock off box.
The manufacturer of this And...
Coming this September
Remember back when the New 3DS released, and North America only got the XL version?
Well, it seems we weren't alone. Following the system's North American and European launches in February, the upgraded portable came to South...
These things will print money
Today at Disney Interactive's D23 Expo presentation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast members Daisy Ridley and John Boyega helped reveal Disney Infinity 3.0 figures based on their characters.
So yeah, that's Rey an...
Today at Disney's D23 Expo, Square Enix just announced Kingdom Hearts III will include a world based on Walt Disney Animation Studio's 2014 computer-animated film Big Hero 6.
Studio 4℃ wants to make the anime longer
Mega Man Legends wannabe Red Ash needs more money. No, not the game. Keiji Inafune and company already secured a publisher prior to the project failing to meet its lofty Kickstarter goal.
Animation group Studio 4°C i...
Not for the West, obviously
Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 in Japan next year, Sega announced today.
The free-to-play online role-playing game initially launched on PC in 2012 and came to PlayStation Vita the following year. Last spri...
Show us yours!
This weekend in Tokyo, roughly 550,000 people attended Comiket (Comic Market, if you're nasty), a biannual event where independent creators sell games, manga, and other items directly to the fans.
It's also a hot spot for the...
Ironfall: Invasion removed from eShop
Ironfall: Invasion is a decent little shooter for Nintendo 3DS that you likely haven't heard of; and now that you have, you can't play it, as Nintendo has removed the game from its online store.
The move came mere days after...
'Hold on to your tentacles'
Splatoon's "Squid Sisters" Callie and Marie (or Aori and Hotaru, as they're known in Japan) seem to be a big hit with the Comiket crowd, as there are more than a few pairs of cosplayers have been spotted wandering around this...
More like a spinning beard kick amirite?
Comiket 88 is well underway and the cosplayers are out in force in and around the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center, so you can expect more wonderful photographs like this throughout the weekend.
No matter which version you choose
Square Enix unveiled Dragon Quest XI for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS late last month at an event in Tokyo, where the publisher gave attendees a nice long look at the game.
Today, the company has shared the first ...
Now planned for November
NIS America has once again delayed the release of Rodea: The Sky Solider. After initially planning on a September release, the publisher pushed the game back a month. Now it's happening again.
The new target dates are Novembe...
Introducing Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey
Final Fantasy VII writer Kazushige Nojima and composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Valkyria Chronicles) have joined forces with French developer Kobojo's Scottish satellite studio to create Zodiac: Orcanon Odyss...
Better buy this year's version
In case you were looking for another reason to curse Konami's name (as if there weren't enough already), the publisher is shutting down online support for Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.
It's not a very good reason, mind you,...
Subscription costs rise Sept. 1
Sony is preparing to raise PlayStation Plus subscription prices in the UK and Europe.
Currently, a one month membership runs £5.49, whereas three months go for £11.99. The company hasn't yet announced what the new...
For the love of money, Level-5 and Ubisoft are joining forces to put out Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version, a crossover (for Wii U of all things) that's a sure-fire bet to sell millions.
Doujin deals abound
Valve is always looking for an excuse to throw a sale, and this week Steam has deep discounts on Japanese indie games. The occasion? This summer's Comiket is taking place over the weekend.
Comiket (Comic Market) is a biannual...
Or at least as pretty as Valhalla
Odin Sphere was pretty. But this, this is better. Oh man, it's so much better.
Oh, in case you haven't heard, Vanillaware is remastering its 2007 PlayStation 2 classic as Odin Sphere Leifthrasir for Sony platforms. The u...
Trademark filed in Europe
As spotted by Gematsu, Bandai Namco filed a European trademark for Tales of Link last week.
The free-to-play role-playing game launched on iOS and Android devices in early 2014, but only in the Japanese market. Given the publ...
There's a hole in my beta, dear Liza
The theme music from Halo 5: Guardians and shots of multiplayer menus (including Warzone, the new 12-on-12 mode) have leaked online following a recent update to this winter's now-defunct beta.
Despite having concluded m...
Over an hour of Japanese indie trailers
Comic Market (or Comiket for short) is scheduled to take place this upcoming weekend, starting August 14. There, hundreds of thousands of people will pour into the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center to get their hands on rare ...
But I still prefer the originals
I'm sure most Atlus fans would agree one of the Persona series' greatest strengths is its music.
The studio's in-house composer Shogi Meguro and his crew do brilliant work, which makes the idea of an entire game dedicated to...
The experience is built around Autolog
The new Need for Speed reboot is an always-online experience, which might be a bit of a damper if you live in an area with a less than stellar Internet connection. But them's the breaks, I guess.
According to executive produc...
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No Brett or Steven this week, as the beastie boys are still off gallivanting around Cologne, Germany for gamescom. But we did manage to bring back PCWorld's illustrious Hayden Dingman to discuss the hottest, sweatiest, smelliest news in the world of video games for your listening pleasure.
Coming soon for consoles and maybe PC
Majesco may be hanging by a thread these days (the company only has five full-time employees at the moment), but that isn't stopping it from publishing "new exciting titles" like A Boy and His Blob.
Among other things, depart...
Just in time for PAX
I was pretty fond of Lara Croft GO, the new minimalist Tomb Raider from Square Enix Monréal, when I checked out the game at E3 a couple months ago. So, I'm delighted to hear we needn't wait too much...
They recreated every damn puddle y'all
Look, Forza Motorsport 6's dynamic rain features might be all well and good, but to your average dude that just wants to race cars real fast, these guys are way too stoked about some puddles.
Can you feel the excitement?
Guerrilla warfare shooter Homefront: The Revolution is getting an exclusive multiplayer beta this winter on Xbox One. Until then, watch some propaganda about our faceless Korean overlords.
'Use balloon animal with corpse'
Today at Microsoft's gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, The Secret of Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert took the stage to announce that his upcoming adventure game Thimbleweed Park would be coming to Xbox One and W...