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Obscure Video Games: Magical Doropie

May 30 // Obscure Video Games
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Mega Witch
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...

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Dragon Quest XI?1

Dragon Quest creator hints at series return to PlayStation


E3? TGS?
May 26
// Steven Hansen
Dragon Quest Heroes is a thing that's coming west this year and Dragon Quest Heroes 2 has already been announced, but what about an actual, numbered entry? How about the first on a PlayStation Console since Dragon Quest VIII ...
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Awakening

Fire Emblem: Awakening global sales near 2 million


The lil waifu simulator that could
May 26
// Steven Hansen
Let's take a minute from Fire Emblem If minutia (here and here and here) to appreciate how we got here. Fire Emblem: Awakening, once expected to be the last game in a now rejuvenated series, has sold at least 1.79 million cop...
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Seaweed Kanji

Persona 4: Dancing All Night cross-dressing DLC trailer


Seaweed Kanji
May 22
// Steven Hansen
Sad that this has to be DLC -- Marilyn Monroe Kanji for all -- but better than nothing. Maybe for us it will be all packed in. Also, Seaweed Kanji tease at the end.
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2D will ride again!

More footage from the new 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter


2D will ride again!
May 22
// Steven Hansen
Last month we finally got a look (in video form) at the new 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter from BlazBlue developer Arc System Works. One month ahead of its Japanese release date, Bandai Namco has released another decent length loo...
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Mobile gaming!

The cell phone in this year's Tokyo Game Show promo art seems very intentional


Mobile gaming!
May 21
// Steven Hansen
The Tokyo Game Show has revealed this year's promo art meant to go with the theme of "playing games with more freedom," hence the high flying hover board and, presumably, Puzzle & Dragons stuffed mobile phone. And whateve...
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Utawarerurmono: False Mas

Utawarerurmono: False Mask is a visual novel, strategy RPG hybrid


3D!
May 21
// Steven Hansen
Aquaplus has released its first trailer for Utawarerurmono: False Mask, the unexpectedly 3D hybrid visual novel and strategy game coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita in Japan on September 24.  
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Nintendo

Nintendo is dumping the basic Wii U set in Japan


Moving forward
May 21
// Chris Carter
We may have seen the last of the 8GB Wii U. Nintendo has revealed, by way of their website, that they are eliminating the basic edition of the console in Japan. It's been fairly elusive all across the world as it is, and Nint...
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Dancing All Night

Margaret, Human Teddie playable in Persona 4: Dancing All Night


Don't wanna dance on Maggie's farm
May 20
// Steven Hansen
One more blonde mess of Persona 4: Dancing All Night news. The Velvet Room's Margaret will cut a velvet rug in Dancing All Night according to a recent Famitsu preview. Margaret can be unlocked for use in the game's Free Dance...
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Lewd Kanji

Atlus listened! Persona 4: Dancing All Night gets sexy Kanji DLC


Atlus doesn't shrug
May 20
// Steven Hansen
I've heard Atlus shrugs, but not this time. I was pretty vocal in my disappointment with Atlus' choice to have a ladies pack of swimsuit DLC free with pre-order of Persona 4: Dancing All Night (and purchasable down the line)....
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Japan sales

Re-re-release: Final Fantasy X/X-2 PS4 tops Japan sales


PlayStation 4 tops hardware charts
May 20
// Steven Hansen
Square Enix's somewhat screwy PS4 release of the previously release Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster topped Japanese sales chartsfor the week ending on May 17 (it was released in Japan May 14), according to Gematsu's report of...
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Tecmo Koei

Koei announces Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII


Coming to PS4, PS3, PC in December
May 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Koei Tecmo is all about that grand strategy right now, revealing a new Romance of the Three Kingdoms game following yesterday's announcement that the latest Nobunaga's Ambition is coming west in September. Romance of the Thre...
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Pokémon Center

Cute ass Pokemon: This isn't news, but it should be


New Pokémon Center cute, I want to go
May 18
// Steven Hansen
BREAKING -- The Pokémon Company International (PKMn) is opening a new Pokémon Center facility in Hiroshima, Japan and its promotional art is just the cutest. Also, I miss my red Gyarados.
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Dancing

Atlus shows off Persona 4: Dancing All Night swimsuit gameplay


Still disappointed, Atlus
May 15
// Steven Hansen
I already wrote about why I was disappointed in Atlus over this swimsuit DLC for Persona 4: Dancing All Night, but I know not everyone shares my overbearing principles* and would like to see the swimsuit trailer, so I will do my civic duty and post it here, on-line. *my overbearing principles involve seeing Kanji in a speedo. How the hell does he not get a swimsuit costume?
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Kingdom Hearts

Newly announced Kingdom Hearts Unchained X[chi] is adorable as heck


Japan always gets the best things
May 13
// Alissa McAloon
Usually I wouldn't make this big of a deal over something that is (so far) only releasing in Japan, but Kingdom Hearts Unchained X[chi] is just too cute to pass up. The iOS and Android game is based off a Japan-only...
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Swery

Publishers think Swery's next game idea is 'perverted'


It sounds amazing
May 12
// Jordan Devore
I'd be perfectly content with a conclusion to Dark Dreams Don't Die, but Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro's idea for a new game sounds bizarre, original, and worth exploring. Here's how he described it in an interview with GameCentra...
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Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem if will have a 'Phoenix Mode,' also removes weapon limit


Also, nine save files
May 12
// Chris Carter
In addition to the whole "permadeath" thing, having a limit on weapon uses is one of the most taxing aspects of the Fire Emblem series. You have to constantly decide whether or not it's even worth attacking someone with ...
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Hotel Mario

Who wants to stay in this Super Mario-inspired apartment?


There's free Wi-Fi too
May 12
// Vikki Blake
Looking for a game-flavoured place to stay the next time you're in Tokyo?  This Mario-inspired apartment in Meguro, Tokyo - nicknamed (unsurprisingly) 'Mario World' - is stuffed with a veritable smorgsbord of Mario-...
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Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Panic Restaurant


Keep calm and beat your meat
May 09
// Obscure Video Games
So this week I decided to go crazy and review a game that actually saw release in the US. I still consider it pretty obscure, though. The game is Panic Restaurant, a 1992 NES release from the late, legendary game designer Ken...

Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed

May 08 // Chris Carter
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (PS TV, Vita [reviewed])Developer: TamsoftPublisher: Compile Heart (JP) / Idea Factory International (EU, US)Released: August 28, 2014 (JP) / May 19, 2015 (US) / May 22, 2015 (EU)MSRP: $39.99 Once again we are whisked away to the parody-filled world of Gamindustri, where the main characters of Neptunia will get into all sorts of wacky antics. Since this isn't a typical RPG, the story is tangential to all of the killing you're going to be doing. You're free to bypass part or all of the story with very easy to enact button presses, skipping ahead to dungeons and gear management at will. The dialog is cute and the voice acting is presentable, but the silly nature of the plot almost always circles around the same feud of "who is the best CPU or journalist in the Gamindustri," and it ends up getting old after a few hours or so. The action of course, is the highlight. Neptunia U's engine looks incredible, especially on the Vita's OLED screen, and more importantly, the framerate and camera are top notch. I simply adore the cel-shaded style. Everything on-screen looks wonderfully detailed, whether it's a faraway landscape or an up-close shot of a character. Each combatant has access to strong or weak attacks, which function just like the Dynasty Warriors series with simplistic combos that trigger new abilities. Characters can also double-jump, dash, and call forth stronger powers (limited by a mana gauge), as well as transform and unleash mega attacks. There's plenty of options like camera tweaking and display settings to ease the clutter of the UI, and a toggle for Japanese or English voice acting is the cherry on top. [embed]291761:58476:0[/embed] For a hack-and-slash the combat is surprisingly deep, even if you won't have to use half of its tricks to best the AI on the standard difficulty setting. Action Unleashed also has a costume break mechanic, where if you use too many strong attacks or get hit too often, some clothing will tear off. Yep, some characters will occasionally bare their underwear, so if you mind that sort of thing, you probably shouldn't play it. What this boils down to is the realization that Action Unleashed is a magical girl Dynasty Warriors, which I am totally ok with. Uni is a personal favorite of mine, as her main gimmick is a rapid-fire rifle that offers up some melee attacks, often melded in the same combo. All 10 playable characters (including series newcomers Dengekiko and Famitsu, based on the popular Japanese culture and gaming outlets) have their own signature style and are fun to play in their own right. There is a snag in terms of pacing, though. Early on, enemies don't put up enough of a fight to put your skills to the test. While their models are great (aping tropes like Dragon Quest's slimes or Pac-Man's ghosts), most of the foes you'll face in the first few hours are cannon fodder, and it isn't until you reach the boss fight in a particular dungeon that you'll really have any sort of a challenge to square off against. Additionally, it must be said that while the mechanics do match up to the Warriors series, the actual flow of a level feels more confined, akin to the Senran Kagura games. Instead of sprawling battlefields with multiple objectives to worry about simultaneously, Action Unleashed's dungeons are linear by comparison. It's a lot less focused on exploration and more-so on constant fights, with a hefty amount of gates -- some levels are just sole rooms with dedicated arena battles. Despite this, it's still a lot of fun to blast everything in sight and try out new styles of play. Once you clear the first few missions and the game opens up, there's a lot more to do in general to keep you interested. You can opt to watch additional scenarios and hang out with the cast of the game to unlock extra scenes, fool around with your current loot and try out new gear combinations, or adjust your bonus abilities, unlocked by killing a certain amount of each enemy type. Neptunia U is ultimately built on replay value, counting on players to repeat missions for better scores, gear, and the goal of reaching max level with all characters. There's also a new difficulty and extra arena mode unlocked after completing the game. Maybe it's just me, but the videogame industry parody theme that the Neptunia series is going for fits with a faster-paced environment -- especially when a better developer is involved. As long as you can deal with a little skin and a silly plotline, Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed is a fun little action romp.
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Compile Heart didn't develop this
Over the years, I've developed a cautionary approach to Compile Heart projects. As a fan of Eastern games in general I'm always receptive to the idea of them, but as a development studio, they don't always follow through as w...

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Rise of Mana

Rise of Mana, that free-to-play mobile title, is coming to Vita this month


In Japan
May 08
// Chris Carter
Earlier last year, Square Enix shocked the world by announcing another title in the Mana series, a long-cherished franchise in the eyes of old school gamers. Then quickly shocked us back into reality by stating that it was go...
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Carpe Fulgur

I've never seen anything like Carpe Fulgur's new project


This Starry Midnight We Make
May 07
// Jordan Devore
Carpe Fulgur introduced Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale to hundreds of thousands of players in the West and, last we had heard, was helping XSEED Games localize The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter. Now the ...
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Imageepoch

Imageepoch's CEO is still missing, Twitter account deleted


Ryoei Mikage has yet to be found
May 06
// Chris Carter
Imageepoch, a Japanese developer that has worked on games such as Luminous Arc and Arc Rise Fantasia, has a problem. Ryoei Mikage, the CEO of the company, has been missing for over a month, and now, his Tw...
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Famicom

'My Famicom Exhibition' is an art show of games that never were


Japan? Doing something cute?! Since when?!
May 04
// Joe Parlock
Here’s something that really should be way too cute to exist. My Famicase Exhibition is an annual art show being run at the Meteor game shop in Kichijoji, Tokyo. The collection shows nearly 150 different fake Famic...
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Chroma Squad

Run the Japanese superhero TV studio of your dreams in Chroma Squad


Out now for Windows, Mac, and Linux
Apr 30
// Jordan Devore
Chroma Squad, the game about running your own Japanese superhero television studio, is now available on Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store for $14.99. What a cool niche. This is part tactical role-playing title, part manage...
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Uncharted 4

Japan gets Uncharted 4: The Pirate King and the Last Treasure


Same game, different subtitle
Apr 30
// Steven Hansen
We're getting Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (delayed into 2016). Dark. Foreboding. Japan is getting Uncharted 4: The Pirate King and the Last Treasure, which sounds like it could be a Netflix-funded Goonies reboot. Or, you know, One Piece. Maybe Sony should go with Uncharted 4: The Hunger Games in the States?  Goes both ways, though. The States gets Angry Kirby. [via reddit]

Final Fantasy XV getting demo update, mostly skipping E3

Apr 28 // Steven Hansen
The two also talked new features that will make it in Final Fantasy XV, including difficulty options. The more action-oriented style seems to have fans clamoring for an easier setting. Voice acting will be improved, too, as the demo's acting represents non-final dialogue (Noctis will sound less like Batman). The sexy mechanic Cid, however, will stay sexy. "She's actually not meant to be an erotic character," Tabata said, explaining that her cleavage represents her "energetic...cheerful, and active character." He was also perplexed by the "too sexy" complaints, which mostly came from Europe, combined with the desire for a female party member, again hitting up the "bro-trip, men can't be themselves around women" excuse that sort of flies in the face of series history. Other little changes are already promised or underway. A mini-map will be added with enemy radar now being considered additionally. You'll be able to evade and cancel out of most attacks. You were meant to be able to warp outside of battle, but the team hasn't been able to implement it without bugs (and might not be able to). So, if it wasn't obvious, Final Fantasy XV is still a work in progress. This is where we loop back to the headline and note that the game will have a short trailer at E3, but "the promotion for the main title will officially begin at Gamescom" in August, a month ahead of the Tokyo Game Show. Final Fantasy XV feedback live stream full report: Episode Duscae 2.0 coming mid-May [Gematsu]
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Demo gets camera, combat and targeting tweaks, main game gets difficulty settings
Ok. Final Fantasy XV isn't skipping E3. It'll only pay lip service, though. The above Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report, which is helpfully subtitled in English, sees director Hajime Tabata and marketing manager Akio Ofuji...

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Man meat

I'm not happy with the Persona 4: Dancing All Night swimsuit DLC


You know better than this, Atlus
Apr 28
// Steven Hansen
The first run of Persona 4: Dancing All Night in Japan will come with the "Woman’s Swimsuit Set." Not surprisingly, it is comprised of costumes for four of the rhythm game's characters; Chie, Yukiko, Rise, and Naoto. Th...
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Reverse-Censoring

Publisher reverse-censoring upcoming FPS for Japanese audiences


Bigger guns, bigger boobs, bigger everything!
Apr 27
// Fake News (So You Cannot Sue)
On July 15, gamers in the U.S. and Europe will get their hands on the highly anticipated first-person shooter The Kill Squad. The title, developed by Gunner Games, will also see a release in Japan but players there will have ...






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