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Dengeki Bunko fighter

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax coming to PS3, Vita


Sega and ASCII Media Works' fighter heads west this summer
Jan 29
// Kyle MacGregor
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is coming west this summer, Sega just announced. The crossover project celebrates the 20th anniversary of Dengeki Bunko, pitting characters from Sword Art Online, Spice & Wolf,&nb...
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Criminal Girls

You have the right to remain sexy with Criminal Girls: Invite Only's latest screens


Or don't, that's your opinion or whatever
Jan 23
// Brittany Vincent
Criminal Girls: Invite Only is a game I've been following for some time now, and right now I'm in the middle of reviewing it for Destructoid. Since there's still a bit of time left before it actually comes out, however, I've ...
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Cartoons

Mahjong Pretty Girls Battle is authentic mahjong, but with sexy anime girls


Uh, who wants to come over and play some regular domino?
Jan 23
// Steven Hansen
Most of the mahjong games on Steam are weird. There's a weird tower one, an Antiques Roadshow one. They either all have their own rules, odd set dressing, or both. In the case of Mahjong Pretty Girls Battle, these are, ...
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New Pokemon

Meet the new mythical Pokémon Hoopa, the, uh, hoop Pokémon


New movie star will be available in Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby
Jan 14
// Steven Hansen
The 18th Pokémon movie, cleverly titled Pokémon the Movie XY 2015 and then re-titled The Ring Genie Hoopa, is coming out--you guessed it--this year. It stars the titular new ghost-psychic pocket monst...
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Samurai Warriors

FUNimation will stream the Samurai Warriors anime soon


I need to get around to watching this
Dec 31
// Chris Carter
Samurai Warriors 4 came and went earlier this year, and for Warriors fans, it was definitely worth picking up. The Samurai train isn't over though, as an anime called Sengoku Musou will be debuting next year, a...
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Crunchyroll on Wii U

Anime app Crunchyroll is now available for Wii U


A gift for the Wii U-boos
Dec 25
// Darren Nakamura
Crunchyroll is pretty cool, right? I'll admit: I don't really know from experience. The only anime stuff I have watched lately have been Miyazaki films and the Professor Layton anime. But following people like our former Edit...
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Third-party games have it too!
As you may have heard, third-party games will be opting in for amiibo support in addition to Nintendo titles. The biggest one so far is probably One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X for the 3DS. You can use the figures to u...

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Stein's Gate

The Stein's Gate game is coming to Vita, PS3 in 2015


Okarin! Do do doooo
Dec 16
// Chris Carter
I haven't gotten around to the Steins;Gate game yet, but I absolutely loved the show from start to finish. Some people say it starts off a little slowly and ramps from there, but I loved the banter and buildup just as mu...
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Great name!

The 18th Pokémon movie is Pokémon the Movie XY 2015


Great name!
Dec 12
// Steven Hansen
It feels like just a year ago we were hearing about the 17th Pokemon movie, but actually it was 11 months ago. Pokémon XY: Cocoon of Destruction is released July 19, 2014 in Japan.  Its follow up,&...
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Hahahahaha

Tekken 7 lead annoyed you don't like the catgirl so she's Asia/Europe-exclusive


'Hello small world. I'll make muscular & skinhead character for you'
Dec 09
// Steven Hansen
Yesterday, Tekken 7 revealed a new character with cat ears and a Japanese pop idol aesthetic designed by Fire Emblem: Awakening and No More Heroes character artist Yusuke Kozaki. Our own Destructoid's...
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KAWAII~~~

Nya! Good god, Tekken 7's Lucky Chloe is anime as hell


Kawaii new character
Dec 08
// Steven Hansen
I have a strong urge to get very, very good at Tekken 7 and just piss off (mostly western) players by beating them endlessly with this stupid cat girl. 
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DRAGON SEX

Dragon Dating Simulator is...well, duh, you date dragons


Imagine, dragons!
Dec 05
// Steven Hansen
I'm imagining the beginning to Stand By Me, but, instead, "Hey, kid, you ever plow a dragon?"  Dragon Dating Simulator is a visual novel with a "novel-sized script" and "at least" four dragons (two male, two female...
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JRPGs

Xbox head promises JRPGs on Xbox One


Yeah, and I promised my kid I'd quit drinking!
Dec 01
// Steven Hansen
The Xbox One bombed in Japan and continues to not do well. In fact, over the holiday weekend, Head of Xbox Japan Takashi Sensui stepped down. But according to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, Japan's lack of interest in t...
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Criminal Girls

Criminal Girls: Invite Only up for parole in February 2015


Doin' time and the living's easy
Nov 26
// Brittany Vincent
You may remember Criminal Girls: Invite Only as the game we covered back in July two different times where it was briefly suggested the game shouldn't be localized. But that's only because I didn't write the post, because I'm...
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Ghost in the Shell Online
So I'm not sure what exactly to call this game. It was referred to as Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Online when we reported on the Nexon-developed "hacking first-person shooter" almost two years ago. I gue...

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Pokémon

Pokémon Omega Ruby short is all kinds of wonderful


Gardevoir?
Nov 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launch this Friday, November 21. Can't wait to catch 'em all over again? Well, maybe this lovely promotional short will help satiate you until then.
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New boxing game

Hoping for God Hand feels with the new Hajime no Ippo fighter


Balrog only
Nov 07
// Steven Hansen
Our first screenshot of Namco's upcoming Hajime no Ippo PS3 fighter looked like Punchout!!, and that was alright.  This lengthy trailer, however, points to a full 3D fighter and a huge, seemingly fungible skill lis...
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Pikmin stuff

Miyamoto's animated Pikmin shorts on sale, Pikmin 3 gets demo


For Wii U and 3DS
Nov 05
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has been working on little, animated Pikmin shorts instead of making games. Good for him. I want him to make wine next. Coppola did it.  Pikmin Short Movies goes on sale after this Ninte...
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Attack on Titan

Looks like Atlus is localizing Attack on Titan 3DS


HNNNNNNNNG!
Oct 21
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus USA is localizing Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind for Nintendo 3DS, according to a rating released today by the Australian Classification Board. Spike Chunsoft initially published the action game in Japa...
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Attack on Titan

Attack On Titan 3DS' 'Chain' expansion adds a few extras to the base game


Out in December in Japan
Oct 20
// Chris Carter
Japan already got Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity some time ago on the 3DS, but now developer Spike Chunsoft is releasing a "Chain" expansion later this year. It'll have online multiplayer, as well as n...
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Sega fans, you should be watching the SeHa Girls anime


Dreamcast, Saturn, and Megadrive go to school
Oct 13
// Dale North
The first episode of the new Sega-themed anime Hi*sCool! SeHa Girls has launched. As a diehard Sega fan, and a gamer that still uses his Sega consoles, I watched this adaptation of a ridiculous light novel weekend and loved ...
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Terra Formars

Roaches beware: Terra Formars title headed for 3DS


This ain't no Bad Mojo
Oct 10
// Brittany Vincent
According to the latest issue of Weekly Young Jump, a Terra Formars game is headed for 3DS, for lots of maximum roach-killing action. It's like a can of Raid, but for your Nintendo handheld. The game, tentatively titled Terra...
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Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online: Lost Song is in development for the PS3 and Vita


With an original story
Oct 06
// Chris Carter
Bandai Namco has announced that a new Sword Art Online game is in the works, with the subtitle Lost Song. It currently has no release date but it's in development for the PS3 and Vita platforms. Instead of the prior PSP...
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Suda 51

Short Peace omnibus hits the Americas next week


Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day finally arrives Tuesday!
Sep 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Short Peace arrives in the Americas on September 30, Bandai Namco has announced. The anthology features four animated shorts headlined by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo, and Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, a side-scrolling action game from Suda 51 and Tokyo Jungle studio Crispy's. It will be available on PlayStation 3 exclusively as a downloadable package.
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Danganronpa

Danganronpa Another Episode gets daft trailer with megaphones


I don't know
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
Absolute Despair Girl: Danganronpa Another Episode -- thanks, horrible naming conventions -- takes place between the first Danganronpa and the second, Goodbye Despair, which comes out in North America on Tuesday. Another Episode is coming to Japan on September 25. 

Review: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Aug 19 // Chris Carter
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Vita)Developer: Bandai Namco GamesPublisher: Bandai Namco GamesRelease: April 23, 2014 (Japan) / August 19, 2014 (NA)MSRP: $39.99 So what is Hollow Fragment? Well, in Japan, there was Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment on PSP. Hollow Fragment is basically a semi-sequel that brings the upgrades the original visuals and adds more content, such as a new storyline and zone called "The Hollow Area". In other words, you're going to be up to speed if this is your first SAO game. Hollow Fragment's story takes place in the first half the Sword Art Online anime's plot, but changes the narrative drastically from a key point. In the series, the initial story ends at the 75th level of "Aincrad", the 100-floor main dungeon, after the players defeat the "Skull Reaper" boss, solve the "mystery" of SAO, and move on to a new arc. In Hollow Fragment, players must continue all the way to the 100th floor to truly find out what happened. If you aren't a fan of the show, the game does a decent job of catching you up to what's happening in the world: Players are locked into a virtual reality MMO, with their bodies essentially comatose in real life until they "beat" the game. But you really need to buy into the characters to enjoy yourself. Quite simply, the story immediately takes a backseat in favor of grinding and combat as you work your way towards clearing the game, and individual interactions are paramount. There's going to be fanservice, tropes, and cutesy conversations just like the show. In short, you aren't going to like everyone, and since the game packs in 100 companions (as well as characters never seen before on the first two arcs of the show like Sinon), you have a lot to sift through. Having said that, the Japanese voices are great, I generally like the characters at hand, and the hand-drawn models during conversations look straight out of the anime -- on the Vita's OLED, it looks incredibly crisp. If you find yourself loathing a certain conversation though you can use the handy fast-forward button (L). On your journey from floors 76-100, you'll have access to one town -- Arc Sofia. I like the "one city" concept in theory, but the hub itself isn't all that vibrant visually, or lively in terms of gameplay. Since the game is technically offline, you'll have to find NPCs by way of your "friends list," and track them down. You also have the option to enter the "Hollow" anytime you want, and complete a separate storyline with newcomer Philia -- which definitely breaks up the monotony of Arc Sofia since the Hollow is more of an open world compared to Aincrad's floor-by-floor structured approach. You have the option of just playing as the main character of the anime (Kirito), or changing your avatar's name and physical appearance using a limited character creation screen. To be clear though, you'll still be taking the place of Kirito's character as he was in that part of the show -- level 100 and all, so you'll have to do a bit of digging into his skillset to play catch-up. The game's combat is what I'd call "sufficient, but fun." It's mostly a slasher, where you occasionally time attacks in a quasi-rhythmic fashion, dodge when enemies are telegraphing their attacks, and hit a few "combo" attacks with companions. It's kind of like Phantasy Star Online's combat but more forgiving, and with a few more abilities to juggle. The combo attacks are actually enjoyable, as your partner may suggest certain tactics to you from time to time, granting an attack bonus if you fulfill their request. Likewise, you can give them words of encouragement with the d-pad and raise your stats temporarily. It's all very simplistic, but the bright visual style and attack animations help add to the allure of beating up tons of enemies. It's also very true to the show, even adding nuances like the "last hit bonus," where you're granting a bonus item if you finish off a boss. Keep in mind though that Hollow Fragment does have a superficial amount of depth. Although your characters do have access to a number of abilities and strategies, most enemies and bosses can be whittled down by sheer force of will with the same tactics. There is a level of customization to help bolster your fun though. Although Kirito's specialty is dual wielding, there are 10 weapon types in all that you can switch to at will to suit your playstyle. Just keep in mind that the game doesn't really get that difficult until level 85. Most of your enjoyment is going to be via role play, where you buy into the game's world, characters, and lore. Again, it helps if you come into the game liking the show so that you can enjoy the ride. You'll need that excitement if you want to make it through the roughly 50+ hour tale, because there's lots of grinding involved as you complete typical MMO kill quests to unlock floors and make your way to the end. Things like dating minigames, conversations between NPCs, and other sideshows ultimately help distract you from the dungeon-crawling nature of the game. There's also a New Game+ to keep you going -- so if you're looking for a lengthy RPG, this is it. Sadly, the only multiplayer is a small ad-hoc (local) mode where you can adventure with friends in a limited fashion. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is ultimately a base-level RPG, but if you enjoy the show it's definitely worth checking out. It's very close tonally to the anime and really feels like a natural extension of the show inside and out. Just don't expect a whole lot in terms of gameplay variety.
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Find out what happens after the 75th floor
Despite how you may feel about the polarizing second arc of Sword Art Online, fans generally have nothing but good things to say about the first arc. It managed to nail a lot of aspects of MMO culture, along with marrying the...

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Danganronpa 2

Weirdos abound in this latest batch of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens


Seriously, lots of weirdos
Aug 15
// Brittany Vincent
What can I say? It's a screenshot kind of day. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is on the horizon, and NIS definitely doesn't want us to forget about it. Especially with the amount of weirdos in the game, as evidenced above.&nb...
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Anime

A bunch of bad anime, anime games are on sale on PSN


But isn't ALL anime bad?
Aug 11
// Steven Hansen
What is an anime game? Devil May Cry? What is an anime? The Simpsons is my favorite anime, but this upsets people. The best anime movie discounted during this PSN sale is The Iron Giant, which a lot of people with a...
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Naruto

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution receives official Steam release date


Dattebayo!
Aug 08
// Brittany Vincent
Ever sit and pontificate on how there just aren't enough Naruto games on Steam? Boy, do I have great news for you! Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is headed for Steam on September 16 for European Naruto fan...
Old Akira game photo
Old Akira game

Cancelled SNES Akira game from THQ looks...not great


But maybe it could have been good perhaps!
Aug 06
// Steven Hansen
Before THQ was known for such great games as MX vs. ATV and Homefront, it made a name for itself with titles like The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots!. In those days, even before publishing the Ghost in the Shell&n...

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