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3:00 PM on 05.17.2014

Co-op dancing game Bounden launches on May 21

Bounden is launching next week on May 21 for iOS. The game is launching for Android as well, but they've had to push back the release as developing on Android is quite the challenge. There's a Vine that quickly shows how all...

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Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Twist and shout with your body, Caitlin Cooke and Bounden photo
Twist and shout with your body, Caitlin Cooke and Bounden
by Jonathan Holmes

PAX East was completely bonkers this year. There was a marked decrease in big publisher representation, with Microsoft showing strictly old stuff and Nintendo and Sony bowing out completely. The indies more than made up for it though. In past years there were relatively distinct boundaries between the Indie Megabooth and the rest of the show. This year, it was like the Indie Megabooth was the entire show. It just didn't seem to end. Even when you ventured into booths run by relatively large publishers like Cartoon Network, Adult Swim Games and Devolver Digital, it was still all indie stuff. 

That was a good thing for plenty of reasons, but more than anything, the heavy indie presence this year meant for more games at the show overall. In the space that would have normally been taken up by ten kiosks for the new Mario game, we got the likes of Kero BlasterWoah Dave!, Not a Hero, Tetropolis, Mushroom 11, Y2K, Max Gentlemen, Mewgenics, Videoball and so many more. 

This made it impossible to see everything at the show, but we tried anyway. That's how we ended up with 30 interviews this year, conducted over a day and a half. The video we have here with Bounden, the Twister+Sonic+Ballet game, with hunky developer Adriaan de Jongh (Game Oven) and starlet Caitlin Cooke, is the last of those interviews. We did our best to see everything, but we failed. I was so excited to interview the developers of A Hat in Time, Treachery in Beatdown City, Hotline Miami 2, TransistorGods Will Be Watching, Actual Sunlight, and all the rest, but it didn't happen. Still, the playlist above should give you something of an idea of what it's like to try to meet every available game developer at PAX East 2014, so that's better than nothing. 

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10:00 AM on 04.15.2014

You can play Crypt of the Necrodancer with a DDR mat

The infectiously rhythmic Crypt of the Necrodancer (I hardly even know her!) was one of our games of the show last year at PAX Prime. It's back at PAX East, so Holmes tried to do an interview while playing. On a DDR mat. Whi...

Steven Hansen

11:00 PM on 04.06.2014

Hyperdimension Neptunia PP dances west this June

Hypderdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection is shimmying over to North America on June 3 and then Europe just three days later, NIS America has announced. The PlayStation Vita idol game stars the heroines of Compile Heart's RPG series, and asks players to manage the ladies' dancing and singing careers. Are you up to the challenge?

Kyle MacGregor

4:15 PM on 03.18.2014

I danced at GDC today in front of God and country playing Bounden

I danced in the park today. While everyone else was in meeting rooms, I did turns and pirouettes in Yerba Buena Gardens as the sun beamed down and cherry blossoms fluttered by in the soft spring breeze. This all may sound lovely, but I looked like a dork out there in front of everyone. But I'm not ashamed because it was a lot of fun.

Dale North

5:31 AM on 11.24.2013

Persona 4: Dancing All Night waltzes to PS Vita next fall

Put this atop the list of things you never knew you always wanted. Persona 4: Dancing All Night is bumping and grinding its way to PlayStation Vita, Atlus announced tonight via its revelatory NicoNico broadcast. Th...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 06.29.2013

Final Fantasy dance choreography is the best thing

No weak Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo jokes here. This is seriously cool. Dance choreographers Mike Song and Tony Tran whipped up a video in honor of Final Fantasy, dancing to tunes from FFVII and the upcoming Lightning Retu...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 02.09.2013

Namco Bandai reveals first footage of latest Wii project

Every Viking burial needs some sacrificial offerings to help fuel the funeral pyre. As luck would have it, Namco Bandai has at least one more parting gift to present before the Wii begins its journey into the afterlife. ...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 AM on 12.29.2012

The Nintendo Wii lives on thanks to Namco Bandai

Things have been pretty dire for Wii owners for a good long while now. And now that Nintendo has the Wii U to worry about, things aren't likely to ever improve on that front. In fact, the platform holder doesn't currently hav...

Kyle MacGregor



Last day to enter our Persona 4 Golden dance off contest photo
Last day to enter our Persona 4 Golden dance off contest
by Dale North

[Update: Contest closed! Winner announced here.]

Today is the last day to shake your ass in front of a webcam to win a copy of the Persona 4 Golden Premium Edition for PS Vita. Inspired by the fantastic opening intro song for P4G, our contest has the best dancer nabbing this rare (only 10,000 made) copy. Tomorrow we'll judge all of this week's entries and choose, so if you haven't, enter now.

Even if you don't feel like dancing, you should at least check out the amazing entries in the comments section. SO GOOD. You'll see some good attempts at mimicking the dances from the game's intro movie, complete with trashcan action. Look out for a full Teddie costume, too.  There's even a shameless corgi dancing entry! The corgi spins are so elegant!

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Shake your booty for a Persona 4 Golden Premium Edition photo
Shake your booty for a Persona 4 Golden Premium Edition
by Dale North

[Update: Contest closed! Winner announced here.]

I have here one brand new, sealed copy of Persona 4 Golden Premium Edition. For you. These are super hard to come by (only 10,000 made) and are worth their weight in gold (see what I did there?) as they're packed with Persona 4 goodies like the Hori Hard pouch, Vita face cover, skin, stickers, wallpapers, and the awesome game itself. It's pretty much sold out everywhere already.

But I have this one for you, and I'm going to make you shake your ass for it. 

Have you seen/heard the catchy new opening animation Atlus made for Persona 4 Golden? I can't stop watching it and singing along! I'm especially taken with the silly dances each character does, and I'd love to see you doing one of them. Pick any of them, reperform them in an entertaining way in a video, post it in our comments, and we'll pick the best one this Friday, November 16, to get the Premium Edition. US residents only, please. 

I'm particularly fond of Yosuke's trashcan dance. Someone please do that one.

Check out the full opening below for some inspiration.

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