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4:00 PM on 03.29.2014

PS Vita rhythm game IA/VT Colorful sure looks like an acid trip

Hatsune Miku may be the queen of digital songstresses, but she's by no means the only act in town. Many are looking to join the party, like IA/VT Colorful, a rhythm game starring vocaloid idol IA. The musical title features 60 different tracks to get players bumping and grinding when the game arrives in Japan on July 31. Marvelous AQL has yet to announce a western release.

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 03.27.2014

Bow down to these silly Street Fighter II capsule toys

I loooooove capsule toys. Known in Japan as gashapon, these overpriced plastic trinkets can be found in every corner of my home. I have a miniature Sega console collection in a glass case. I decorated one of my bathrooms in P...

Dale North

11:30 AM on 03.25.2014

No objections to Ace Attorney 123's updated graphics

Capcom has announced that Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection will be releasing for the 3DS on April 17 in Japan. Japanese site 4Gamer.net has taken the liberty to compare the original Game Boy Advance screens (left), the upda...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 PM on 03.24.2014

OutRun is going to be a 3D Classic in Japan

Every time we cover Sega's 3D Classics line for 3DS, someone inevitably jumps in to talk about how OutRun should be among those games. I agree. And it will be -- at least in Japan. A logo for the legendary arcade racing game ...

Jordan Devore

6:45 PM on 03.18.2014

Natural Doctrine videos show uninterrupted gameplay, bare thighs

Hah, okay, this is still a bit confusing. I'm still not sure how the boxes work. Maybe they're range stat based and actions doesn't take moves separately from movement. But then why would there be a series of boxes? Also, wh...

Steven Hansen

5:30 PM on 03.17.2014

How much does Japan love Pikachu? It is their World Cup mascot

Japan has teamed up with Adidas and The Pokemon Company for a promotional campaign leading up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. That Mary Sue pocket monster is taking advantage of the weight its shed over the years to lead Jap...

Steven Hansen

11:15 AM on 03.14.2014

Japan gets a limited-edition Persona Q 3DS XL

I almost bought a Japanese 3DS last week while in Kyoto for BitSummit. That pretty mint/white one. But now that I've seen the design of the limited-edition Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, I'm glad I waited. To be honest, ...

Dale North

10:45 AM on 03.13.2014

Nom Nom Galaxy hits Early Access today at a discount

Q-Games' Nom Nom Galaxy, formerly PixelJunk Inc., will be available on Steam's Early Access program today at 9:00 a.m. PST. The time's significant because it will be offered to the first 1,000 buyers at a discounted rate of $...

Brett Makedonski



Inafune's new game: Azure Striker: Gunvolt first hands-on photo
Inafune's new game: Azure Striker: Gunvolt first hands-on
by Dale North

At BitSummit today, Inti Creates and Keiji Inafune announced a brand new side-scrolling adventure called Azure Striker: Gunvolt. It's coming this summer to the 3DS via Nintendo's eShop.

Listen up, Mega Man fans: Keiji Inafune is the Executive Producer, and Yoshihisa Tsuda (Mega Man X2, Mega Man 7, 9, 10, and more) is the Game Director. Yoshitaka Hatakeyama (Mega Man 9) is on art, while Takuya Aizu (several Mega Man games, as well as Mighty No. 9) acts as Producer. Finally, Ippo Yamada is over music and sound effects.

Naturally, we ran over to see it immediately.

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6:00 PM on 03.06.2014

PixelJunk Inc. becomes Nom Nom Galaxy

Ahead of BitSummit this weekend, Q-Games has announced a name change for its upcoming PixelJunk Inc., a 2D sandbox game about building a soup empire coming to Steam Early Access on March 13, 2014. (You've seen the .gifs, yes...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 03.05.2014

Freedom Wars warns of million year prisons, giant monsters

Our freedom is under attack, America (or Japan). First it was the war on Christmas. Then the war on Christianity. Soon we will all be born slaves, toiling for the mooching liberal welfare state and unable to bring guns into ...

Steven Hansen





6:00 AM on 03.04.2014

Tokyo Game Show 2014: The Transformation of Fun

The theme for TGS 2014 has been decided: Changing Games: The Transformation of Fun. I have no idea what that means. At all. But I do know that there's a good chance that a bunch of Persona games will be playable at the show t...

Dale North

5:09 AM on 03.04.2014

PS4 sales have surpassed six million systems worldwide

The PS4 keeps going! Sony announced last night that PS4 sales have surpassed six million units worldwide, following last week's launch in Japan. That's a lot of hidden french fries! Here are some other fun facts that Sony rel...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 02.28.2014

Game Center CX 3 soon to offer more retro fun

Here you will find an advertisement for Game Center CX 3 which releases in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS on March 20. I wish it were being localized for North America, but instead I'll have to settle for this advertising m...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 PM on 02.26.2014

No More Heroes/Chulip dev announces Million Onion Hotel

Onion Games has one of the best Twitter accounts going. It's also run by three of the most talented and passionate indie developers in Japan. You may not have heard of Yoshiro Kimura (No More Heroes, Little King's Story)...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 02.26.2014

New Secret of Mana is a free-to-play mobile game

Square Enix is releasing free-to-play (with microtransactions!) action-RPG Rise of Mana to iOS later this week in Japan. Controller support will be added somewhere down the line and an Android port is coming this summer. Man...

Steven Hansen