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... read
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... read
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 ... read
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-... read
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... read
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... read feature
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... read
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 ... read
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... read
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... read
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... read
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.
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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... read feature
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... read
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 ... read
Hachiemon is not nearly as weird as it looks. Natsume and Namco unleashed this GBA game onto the people of Japan back in 2003, perhaps as their response to Kirby. The character, however, was created in 1995 as the mascot for ... read
Bravely Second: End Layer, the follow-up to last year's Bravely Default, is out now in Japan.
Square Enix still hasn't said anything about an international release, in case you were wondering. The publisher didn't believ... read
Dying Light doesn't seem to have any intention of dying anytime soon. Three months after its initial release, it's maintained popularity through support of modders, new game modes, and wacky gags. Despite being widely av... read
A Twitter bot may have spilled the beans on as-yet-unannounced new PlayStation Vita design.
The tweet, published on the weekend by @trademark_bot, shared details of a patent filed recently by Sony Computer Entertainment for "a portable LCD screen game machine controller."
That's right -- LCD. Not OLED. read
The sequel to the 3DS's Fire Emblem: Awakening, Fire Emblem If, comes out June 25 in Japan (next year for us). As we've noted, it comes in two different versions with alternate storylines each the size of Awakening, while a t... read
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden by Arc System Works sounds amazing on paper, and no we longer have to settle for a brief look -- we can ogle at the whole damn thing thanks to YouTube user ShonenGameZ. The entire demo is on di... read
Ah, 1995. A good vintage. Earthquakes in Russia and Japan combined to kill nearly 10,000, the New York Times published Ted Kaczynski's manifesto, folks made Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream into a videogam... read
GungHo Online Entertainment America wants to know which Game Arts titles it should port to PC. Grandia. Lunar. Uhh, Thexder. The list goes on. Problem is, there's only enough room in this survey for one choice, so you've got ... read
Dark Souls II's current-gen re-release Scholar of the First Sin found an opening in the Japanese sales charts and struck at an opportune moment. Most weeks, it would barely make a dent, but on this particular week, it wa... read
Danganronpa maker Spike Chunsoft is publishing Hotline Miami: Collected Edition, a localized bundle of the original gorefest and its thumping sequel Wrong Number, in Japan this year.
Ahead of its June 25 release for PS4 and PS Vita, here's the bundle's slick promo art and logo.
You've earned a new fan today, @b0neface.
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Fire Emblem: Awakening's success saved it from being the last in the series and Nintendo seems to be trying real hard to capitalize on it. The upcoming 3DS turn-based strategy -- Fire Emblem If in Japan, where it releases in ... read
At this past weekend's Unite 2015 Tokyo event in Japan, Nintendo announced that Unity support would be coming to the New 3DS. With this addition Unity is now supported on every current dedicated gaming system.
With much of Ni... read
In an announcement that apparently couldn't wait for E3 or TGS, Capcom unveiled a teaser trailer for Monster Hunter Stories, a new game in their hit Monster Hunter series, set for release on the 3DS in 2016. While I hig... read
Remember FMV games? Back in the '90s they were briefly the hot new thing. Games like Phantasmagoria and 7th Guest were considered cutting edge adventure games. Perhaps you even bought a CD-ROM drive for your computer just to ... read
There was a Japanese Nintendo Direct this morning focused on Xenoblade Chronicles X. Thanks to some helpful translation, we know a few more details about the Dolls and mechs and cooperative play.
One cool-sounding note is th... read
It's been a slow start this morning and that means lots of Twitter breaks. A Simpsons quote of the day here, a tweet from Steven about his gamer socks and thigh hair there. Quick, better find some way to leverage these divers... read
There was a bunch of news out of Level-5 this week, so you might have missed seeing Yo-Kai Watch Busters, an upcoming 3DS action game that's essentially a cutesy take on Ghostbusters through the lens of Japan. I mean, there'... read