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A Tofu Tail
This weekend on the PAX East show floor sat the unassuming A Tofu Tail, a mobile puzzle game that draws from Japanese folklore. The premise is simple -- you play as Mr. Tofu, once a human in a past life, but no...   read

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Resident Evil

Yes, there really is going to be a Resident Evil musical show

Did you ever play Resident Evil and think to yourself, “man, this story would make a great musical?” Nope, neither did I, but someone did, because later this year Musical Resident Evil will open in Japan.  The show will be ...

 
Obscure Video Games
Ninja Baseball Bat Man is not a baseball game. It also has nothing to do with Batman. It's actually a wacky arcade beat-'em-up released in 1993 by Irem (maker of R-Type). You might assume it's just another example of Japanese...   read

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Monster Hunter X

2015 was the Japanese games industry's worst year on record

According to Famitsu’s annual report (via VG24/7), the Japanese games industry was worth ¥321 billion - that’s a 13 percent drop from the previous year. Although these figures do not take into account digital sales (which, l...

 
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Japanese devs on 2016

Notable Japanese developers share their plans for 2016

Once again, Weekly Famitsu polled a bunch of Japanese game developers about their aspirations for the new year. Perusing this summary provided by Gematsu, a few responses stood out. "We'll safely release Persona 5 in 2016... I think," said ...

 
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SNES

Someone left a SNES switched on for 20 years to preserve a save file

Back during the days of the Game Boy and SNES, games would save progress using a small on-board battery. It was great at the time, however, unfortunately, those things only have a limited lifespan, and in the last few years they’ve be...

 
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Boobs

Confirmed: 2016 will have boobs

As we approach 2016, a lot of questions linger about the upcoming year. What month will Uncharted 4 be delayed to next? Which western third-party developers will jokingly say they plan to support the Nintendo NX? How many times will Hillary...

 
Hatoful Boyfriend review
Everybirdie who’s anybirdie has found some kind of joy in Hatoful Boyfriend -- the strange yet alluring romantic bird simulator that stole the hearts of gamers and avians around the world. We’re graced this holida...   read

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Attack on Titan

Koei Tecmo's Attack on Titan gets a Japanese release date

We’ve known for a while now that Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan game would be coming to PS3, PS4 and PS Vita in February.  Now thanks to Gematsu, we appear to have an actual Japanese release date: February 18, 2016. There cur...

 
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Machoke

Have a video of hundreds of flexing Machoke

I don’t know what The Pokémon Company and Japanese fan club Pokémon Daisuki Club are doing, but I love it. Recently they launched the Kairiky Gym website, a site devoted giving us all the information we never asked...

 
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Lightning Returns

Lightning Returns is coming to Steam on December 10

The Final Fantasy XIII series has long been over for console players. Lightning Returns originally released back in 2013, and since then the fanbase’s attention has been split between Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy XV, and some...

 
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Hit the lever!

SNK Playmore is abandoning pachinko machines entirely

Pachinko. The word brings terror to any person’s heart after Konami did well… Konami things… and made it seem like it was the best thing to happen to any Japanese publisher since video games. Don’t worry though, as...

 
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Oh noes?

Pokken Tournament is so unpopular in one Japanese arcade, it's being removed

One popular Japanese arcade has announced it is removing Pokkén Tournament due to lack of popularity and profitability, and the fact that the game will be releasing on Wii U next year. A redditor reports that the fight...

 
Obscure Video Games
I have a hard time reviewing fighting games. There's not much of a plot, and they tend to all be very similar in their basic mechanics. However, Rabbit is an interesting game that doesn't get much attention, so I think i...   read

Obscure Video Games
A big part of the fun of doing this column is discovering old games I've never heard of and trying to figure out why they've been forgotten. Sometimes it's because they are terrible, unplayable messes. Other times it's becaus...   read

Obscure Video Games
For some reason, when I first heard the name Grandpa Danger, my mind immediately went to "stranger danger," a phrase parents teach their children in order to avoid pedophiles. Thankfully, Grandpa doesn't touch any youngsters ...   read

Obscure Video Games
The Sniper 2 is not a good game. In fact, it's pretty much the epitome of "kusoge." But that's what makes it so entertaining. Terrible voice acting, mediocre graphics, and an incomprehensible story are what kept me playing al...   read

Obscure Video Games
In 1986 Nintendo released the Famicom Disk System add-on for the Famicom in Japan. For some reason the company decided it wasn't worth the time to sell it anywhere else in the world, but that didn't stop game makers from rele...   read

Obscure Video Games
Who wants to play a mini-game collection where babies slap the crap out of each other? Nobody? What about if they're creepy-looking Cabbage Patch Kid rejects? Still no? Oh well, that's what I'm going to talk about here anyway...   read

Obscure Video Games
Yes, video game nerds, I know Vic Tokai localized Magical Doropie as The Krion Conquest in North America. However, the Japanese version is superior (and has a nice fan translation), so that's why I played it. For those of yo...   read

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Fantastic Boyfriends

Fantastic Boyfriends wants to hook you up with cute ogres

Oh my lord. Oh my stars and garters. Okay Joe, this is a simple news post, you’ve done this countless times before. A whole group of hot men or not, you don't even know if this game is any good, so pull yourself together and don&rsquo...

 
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ImageePoch

Imageepoch has filed for bankruptcy

Keeping track of what’s going on at Japanese developer Imageepoch has been one hell of a ride. Imageepoch was well known for games such as Luminous Arc, 7th Dragon, and Arc Rise Fantasia. Last month the CEO, Ryoei Mikage, just va...

 
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Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Hachiemon

Hachiemon is not nearly as weird as it looks. Natsume and Namco unleashed this GBA game onto the people of Japan back in 2003, perhaps as their response to Kirby. The character, however, was created in 1995 as the mascot for the Kansai Tele...

 
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Xenoblade Chronicles X

Furries, mechs, and an octopus lady in Xenoblade Chronicles X

A fresh new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X can be seen above that looks more like Gundam and Metal Gear Solid to me than a JRPG. I couldn't quite decipher what is going on in the above trailer, but I'm just happy that there is a v...

 
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Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Oh No!

"Oh no!" is what I say whenever I hear somebody's put out another runner game. I completely lost interest in the genre years ago. However, back in 2000, it was still a fairly novel concept. That's when Asmik Ace Entertainment released Oh No...

 
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Rodea: The Sky Soldier

Rodea: The Sky Soldier looks great on the 3DS

Rodea: The Sky Soldier looks beautiful on the Wii U and this new Japanese trailer proves the 3DS version isn't to be scoffed at. This aerial combat game has been in development for around five years at Prope, the studio headed by Yuji...

 
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Bravely Second

Bravely Second's trailer shows off additional features

The latest Bravely Second: End Layer trailer has been making the rounds, and the Japanese-language clip is full of additional features that can be found in-game, such as the Brave and Default commands, job classes, battle mechanics, and mo...

 
Criminal Girls
We all know the PlayStation Vita is now the de facto home for all things Japanese. Ports, remakes, re-releases, and original content all trickle down similarly to the little handheld that could, and the Vita port of 2010's PS...   read

Obscure Video Games photo
Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Space Fishermen

Fishing games have been around a long time. The earliest one I remember playing is Activision's 1980 Fishing Derby for the Atari 2600. Despite its simplicity, it was great. Since then there have been tons more fishing titles, but only a few...

 
Etrian Mystery Dungeon
Over the years, Atlus has become one of the more endearing presences in gaming. One thing fans appreciate is its tendency to switch things up. The publisher has a handle on the niche gaming scene, and it's reassuring to know ...   read


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Soda Drinker Pro"Like explaining an inside joke to someone else"

 

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Stories: The Path of Destinies"Choose your own adventure/death"

 

Koi"Fish out of water"

 

Severed"Cut my life into pieces / Slash into me"

 

ZEN Pinball 2: Aliens vs. Pinball"Not the Alien's most terrifying incarnation"

 

Alienation"Welcome to Earth"

 
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jak2364

TFW a Steam game works perfectly right up until the refund period expires, then decides to start fucking Fuck you Black Ops

 
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Nathan D

My bladed princess is doing quite I freaking love the

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

done! I tried something different with the hair highlight shimmies and the foot Ill probably upload this again when more people are on, but for does it look?

 
Sir Shenanigans

Want to watch Akira again, but I realize I actually have to get cracking on this Nioh demo if I want to unlock that Its

 
StriderHoang

I just got the Templar asterisk in Bravely Second but still have no idea what kind of synergy I can utilize for the Kaiser

 
lewness

Sunbro-ing Ancient Wyverns so much fun: You run, I hit Wait, 2 guys drop down here No, this way! STAY HERE, Ill kite the big guy away from the fire projectile I even rest at the plunging platform and make him/her do the honors while I watch

 
Jonathan Holmes

All you catgirl fans will be happy in a couple months

 
Kaleido Ruby

Is Sans hard?

 
OrochiLeona

Paws for

 
Lawman

This burn set the whole state of California on

 
Sarah Jane Farron

Have house to myself this weekend so I decided to have a bath for the first time at least 15 years I think? I always just shower I was in there about an hour and I just feel so good right Ill have to do that more So :)

 
Jinx 01

PSA, I had The Art of Atari on my Amazon Wishlist just to and the price just went down from to So if you were interested in pretty good Its not coming out till October, Link in

 
Alphadeus

Going through a difficult Pretty fucking pissed off at some shit that happened last Enough to leave the Discord But Im back until I get kicked, or I leave Heres a link to Surviving the Fuck Fight

 
DSBrad

Walker Star Fox levels are boarderline Why? Its like driving a tank in early PS2

 
Parismio

Oh my Boreal valley is my new

 
ZombZ

All you cat girl lovers have so many waifus to choose just dont know the struggle of a snake girl

 
Fuzunga

Furtoid

 
DSBrad

Beyond Two I such an odd Seems like Heavy Rain meets Life Is Strange meets Metal I think I liked it?

 
Nathan D

Its a strange experience playing Bloodborne with All That She Wants stuck in your Also, got my

 
JayfromtheSun

This is how you know shes a

 
ChrisHannard

Playing Dark Souls I did not Git The commentarys volume is off, which Ill fix if I can face the game

 
Confuseddalek

Lets recap the last two days; Fell though the floor and landed in the womens A chunk of metal shot though the hood of my My laptop screen shattered while I was filling out the At this point, I refuse to leave the

 
DeadMoon

But what about the Squirrel Girls?!?

 
Amna Umen

The gaping dragon is And on my first try too! I got kinda lucky and walked into the room with the Shaman and gimped him as he walked up the stairs so the dragon fight was just a waiting game once his tail was Am I git gud yet?

 
Steven Hansen

all these cat girls just show some of you need to raise your art & animation

 
SeymourDuncan17

Has anyone compared Severed to Skyward Sword yet? Because, if I were to sell it in 5 seconds, so far, Id describe it as Skyward Swords combat done

 
Gamemaniac3434

I have started something Something Soon it will grow through and into It will be a crowning glory in my cap, on the road to conquest of Until we all get bored and go back to our normal I guess

 
GoofierBrute

Just finished Star Fox Loved it, and its a serious contender for Game of the Year for Yeah, you read that

 
taterchimp

Wish gems were easier to find in Dark Souls

 

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