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Bad port, great shooter
As I've said in the past, I consider myself lucky when it comes to meeting fellow gamers over the years that have had a positive impact on my life. I was fortunate enough to discover the Touhou series back in 2002 at the... read feature

Touhou

Japan's most popular indie series arrives in the West


Touhou 14 out now on Playism
May 07
The Japanese indie sensation Touhou has been around for nearly two decades. Since debuting in 1996, the series has transformed from a collection of obscure shoot-'em-ups into a cultural phenomenon, spawning a myriad of deriva... read
Touhou

More Touhou is coming to PlayStation 4


Croixleur studio announces STG port
May 06
Touhou seems to be everywhere these days. The series is making its western debut tomorrow. A demo for the next mainline entry isn't too far behind. And even some of the fan-made games are on their way to PlayStation 4. The cu... read
Touhou 14

Touhou makes its western debut on May 7


Prolific doujin series finally crosses the Pacific
May 02
When it comes to Japanese indie games, there's Touhou and then there's everything else. Over the course of two decades, the property has transformed from an series of obscure bullet hell shooters into a cultural phenomenon. H... read
Japanese indie games!

Playism is localizing doujin games for PS4, Vita


Astebreed, Croixleur Sigma, and more coming west in 2015
Apr 21
Good news for fans of Japanese indie games: Playism is bringing its wares to consoles.  We've known this was happening for a while, but now it's official. The company has announced plans to localize a number of Japanese ... read
Touhou localization

Doujin shooter Touhou 14 targets western release


And Playism aims for our hearts
Apr 07
Japanese indie games distributor Playism scored the rights to one of the Touhou titles last year, putting us one step closer to a possible English-language adaptation of the popular doujin series. That was the speculation, an... read
La-Mulana EX

La-Mulana EX is nirvana for punishing game enthusiasts


Alternatively, 'Spelunking for Masochists'
Apr 04
There's a certain thrill to a game that punishes you for attempting to best it, as Bloodborne and Souls series fans can attest to. That's why there happen to be so many of them cropping up here and there, especially over the ... read
TyranoBuilder

Make your own visual novels with this simple tool


TyranoBuilder coming to Steam this week
Mar 23
TyranoBuilder is on its way to Steam this Friday, March 27, Nyu Media has announced. The new program is advertised as "the easiest, fasted way to create multi-platform visual novels," allowing users to create games for compu... read
Japanese indie games!

Doujin Deals: Check out this Japanese indie bundle


販売
Feb 27
This latest Humble Weekly Bundle is chock-full of awesome Japanese independent games. The new pay what you want promotion includes adventure game Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, its visual novel companion Cherry ... read
PIGEON LOVE PILLOW

Hug a pigeon with this Hatoful Boyfriend body pillow


What is life?
Feb 12
You can buy a Hatoful Boyfriend dakimakura cover over at Humble Bundle right now. Yes, really. It's all part of a Valentine's Day promotion, which features the pigeon dating sim plus a smattering of other visual novels, incl... read
Japanese indie games!

Doujin fighter Dynamite Bomb launches next week


Arrives on Playism next Tuesday, February 17
Feb 09
Dynamite Bomb is coming to Playism's western storefront next Tuesday, February 17.   The fighting game, developed by doujin circle Light Green 8, is a combo-heavy experience where standard attacks don... read
Japanese indie games!

Yatagarasu AoC hits Japanese arcades this week


The PC version will come out whenever it comes out
Feb 09
Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm launches in Japanese arcades Thursday, Taito has announced. Meanwhile, the doujin fighting game's long-awaited PC release still remains a work in progress. "The timing of the NESiCAxLive release... read
Croixleur Sigma

Croixleur Sigma PS4 dated in Japan, here are some details


Next month for 1,500 yen
Feb 05
Croixleur Sigma is coming to PS4 on March 5 for 1,500 yen, and based on the details we have so far, I hope it gets localized. The expansion/update of sorts will have a full visual HD upgrade, as well as more characters, mons... read
Touhou x PlayStation

Touhou games may come to PlayStation this year


But probably not the games you want
Jan 27
Ah, Touhou Project. The hyper-popular series of bullet-hell shooters has long been a Holy Grail of sorts for non-PC-owning otaku, and the efforts to get games with the Touhou brand on various consoles have been mighty indeed... read
Astebreed developer spotlights this season's Japanese indies
Comiket, the largest independent media festival on the planet, is winding down its winter festivities. Over the past three days, hundreds of thousands of folks have flocked to the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center to acquire... read feature

Nekopara

Catgirl visual novel Nekopara out today on Steam


Meow meow
Dec 29
Nekopara Vol. 1 tells the tale of Kashou Minaduki, a young baker descended from a long line of Japanese confection makers who sets out on his own to open a patisserie. Of course, a couple of catgirls show up, as catgirls are wont to do, and hijinks ensue. Naturally. The visual novel is slated to debut on Steam today with a $10 asking price. Nekopara Vol. 1 [Steam] read
Japanese indie games!

Doujin SRPG Rime Berta lands on Steam tomorrow


Puppets to the rescue!
Dec 15
Rime Berta is coming to Steam tomorrow -- just in time for Hanukkah. The strategy role-playing game, developed by doujin studio Next-Soft Plus, draws inspiration from Final Fantasy Tactics, sporting terraced la... read
Hatoful Boyfriend PS4

Hatoful Boyfriend soars to PS4 and Vita in early 2015


All you need is dove
Nov 24
Pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend is flapping on over to PS4 and Vita early next year, Sony and indie publisher Devolver Digital announced today. "All y'all PlayStation nerds need to stop waiting for The Last Guardia... read
Japanese indie games!

Fighter Under Night In-Birth gets a due date for PS3


'Get In-Birthed!'
Nov 13
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late is coming to PlayStation 3 in North America on February 24, 2015, localization house Aksys Games announced today. The 2D fighting game was developed by Japanese independent studio French Bread with netcode assistance from BlazBlue maker Arc System Works. The European release is being handled by NIS America, who are also targeting a 2015 launch. read
Japanese indie games!

Cherry Tree High I! My! Girls! is a doujin visual novel


I? My? What?
Nov 13
  Cherry Tree High I! My! Girls! isn't just the best string of words ever, it's also a visual novel from doujin circle 773, makers of the "slice-of-life adventure game" Cherry Tree High Comedy Club. It's coming to Steam ... read
Doujin Games

Fairy Bloom Ultra Encore now available on PC


Exterminate a horde of bugs in this doujin beat-'em-up
Oct 20
Fairy Bloom Ultra Encore is out now for Windows PC, Playism has announced. The action game has a jaunty premise, following a fairy tasked with defending a flower from a swarm of aphids. Yes, really. You'll need to pulverize ... read
Japanese indie games!

Doujin JRPG Sacred Tears True out now on Steam


Nyu Media's biggest release yet
Sep 25
Sacred Tears True is now available for Windows PC via Steam, Nyu Media announced today. The indie role-playing game follows a pair of private investigators who moonlight as thieves, you know, because they are woolgathering th... read
Croixleur PS4

Doujin brawler Croixleur Sigma coming to PS4


Devil May Cute returns! Again!
Sep 19
Croixleur Sigma is coming to PlayStation 4, Playism announced this week at Tokyo Game Show.  "We're hoping we can get a western release out as soon as possible," Playism marketing manager and localization editor Nay... read
Japanese indie games!

Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR shoots up PC tomorrow


Doujin shooter set to arrive on Playism's English storefront
Sep 11
Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR launches its attack on PC tomorrow for $9.99, Playism announced today. The shoot-'em-up comes by way of doujin studio Cross Eaglet, and is most notable for its eponymous swivel mechanic. The t... read
Fighting Games

Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm delayed until fall


Alpha invites go out to qualifying backers today
Aug 21
Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm is no longer targeting a summer launch, publisher Nyu Media revealed today. The crowdfunded fighting game now aims to launch sometime this autumn. The word came along with an announcement regar... read
Hatoful Boyfriend Delayed

Mediatonic and Devolver Digital's Hatoful Boyfriend remake delayed until September


This is what it sounds like when the doves cry
Aug 20
Devolver Digital recently took to Twitter to announce that Mediatonic's remake of PigeoNation Inc's interactive visual novel Hatoful Boyfriend will unfortunately be delayed until September 4 to allow for a bit of last-mi... read
Japanese indie games!

This old school JRPG arrives on PC later this week


Helen's Mysterious Castle explores Playism starting Friday
Aug 20
Helen's Mysterious Castle wanders to Windows PC this Friday, Playism announced today. The role-playing game follows our eponymous heroine, as she explores a labyrinthine castle on a floating island in the sky. Some... read
Touhou

Touhou 14 now available via Playism Japan


But is an official localization on the horizon?
Aug 16
Touhou Kishinjou: Double Dealing Character is now available for Windows PC via Playism Japan. Initially released last summer at Comiket 84, Double Dealing Character is the fourteenth official entry in the Touhou Project,... read
Japanese indie games!

Comiket is a go, check out these new doujin games


Astebreed developer spotlights this summer's hot Japanese indies
Aug 14
Comiket, the world's largest festival for self-published media, begins today. Over the course of the weekend, more than half a million people will descend on the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center. Their mission? To acqui... read
Japanese indie games!

Doujin Deals: So many Japanese indie game sales!


Summer Comiket is coming, so load up on cheap doujin games
Aug 11
Good lord, there's a lot of great doujin games on sale right now. In celebration of this summer's fast-approaching Comiket 86, the folks at Playism, Rockin' Android, and Nyu Media have banded together with the "Japanese Indie... read
Japanese indie games!

NIS announces Under Night In-Birth for Europe


Indie fighting game coming to PS3 in the west next year
Aug 09
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late will strike Europe next year, NIS America has announced. The PlayStation 3 fighting game comes from Japanese indie studio French Bread, the team behind the Melty Blood series. The title was published in Japan earlier this year by BlazBlue developer Arc System works, and recently announced for a North American release by Aksys Games. read
Japanese indie games!

Humble Bundle's Japan Edition sale is very doujin


Grab half a dozen Japanese indies and a Falcom RPG for just $10
Aug 07
Now here is a Humble Bundle after my own heart. A myriad of Japanese indie games headline this week's pay what you want package, including roguelike RPG One Way Heroics, mecha shooter Gigantic Army, and slumlor... read






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