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Idolmaster on PS4 finally photo
Idolmaster on PS4 finally

PS4 Idolmaster game readied for 2016, gets a name


I'm Ready, I'm Lady
Jan 26
// Josh Tolentino
It took them long enough, but Bandai Namco's finally making good on its promise to put an Idolm@ster game on the PS4. Details and screens have arrived in the latest issue of Famitsu, giving the game a name and a timefram...
One Piece: Burning Blood photo
One Piece: Burning Blood

One Piece: Burning Blood EU release date confirmed


US should be coming soon, we hope!
Jan 26
// Vikki Blake
Bandai Namco has confirmed that One Piece: Burning Blood will release on June 3 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One. Although the North American date has yet to be finalised, we are expecting to see Burning Blood...
Dragon Quest photo
Dragon Quest

This Dragon Quest Builders display was built with lots of blocks


Go on, take a piece
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
Last year, Square Enix promoted Dragon Quest Heroes in Japan with a huge wall of poppable slimes at a metro station. It was the stuff of dreams. (For me, anyway, but then again I see strange things when I sleep.) A similar ca...
It's heeeeere photo
It's heeeeere

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered coming west with limited first run case


PS4 port coming to Europe, Americas
Jan 25
// Steven Hansen
Hey hey hey, that Valkyria Chronicles Remastered is leaving Japan. The PS4 version of Sega's beloved PS3 turn-based strategy game has been confirmed for release in Europe and the Americas this spring. It'll run you $30 (or $4...
Marvelous photo
Marvelous

Here's your first look at Senran Kagura creator's new Vita game in action


Introducing Uppers
Jan 25
// Kyle MacGregor
Well now, this looks wild. That was my initial impression of Uppers, the latest game from XSEED parent Marvelous. With its over-the-top street fighting, the new brawler has a bit of a Yakuza feel to it. You know, if Yak...
NIS photo
NIS

Rose and the Old Castle of Twilight is looking just gorgeous


In a morbid sort of way
Jan 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Nippon Ichi Software's Rose and the Old Castle of Twilight is shaping up to look every bit as lovely as its predecessor, htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, if these new screenshots are any indication. The PlayStation Vita puzzler i...
Wild Arms photo
Wild Arms

Wild Arms creator teases series revival yet again


An actual game? Or more re-releases?
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
Wild Arms was originally released in 1996, which means the 20th anniversary is this year. In 2015, series creator Akifumi Kaneko teased that he was going to "keep the flame alive," and now, he's just reported that he's a...
SFV consoles photo
SFV consoles

Japan is getting some amazing SFV limited edition PS4 consoles


Europe is getting a bland bundle
Jan 22
// Nic Rowen
The Japanese PlayStation blog has revealed four (!) different Limited Edition Street Fighter V consoles, each bearing a different design. These striking black or white consoles feature artwork of Chun-Li and Laura, Ryu and Ne...
Valkyria: Azure news photo
Valkyria: Azure news

Valkyria: Azure Revolution gets villain, demo breakdown


The evil Maxim...how familiar
Jan 19
// Steven Hansen
I was reviewing our past coverage of Valkyria: Azure Revolution, Sega's PS4 spin off of the Valkyria Chronicles series, and damn, that bust. Straight up distracting. Onto the news. Famitsu has revealed an antagonist to the ga...
SEGA photo
SEGA

Japan gets Phantasy Star Online 2 PS4 release in April, and you get nothing


Sigh
Jan 17
// Kyle MacGregor
The PlayStation 4 edition of Phantasy Star Online 2 will begin service on April 20, Sega says. Of course, the Sonic Boom company has no official plans to bring the new port to western shores, and it still has yet to make good...
htoL#NiQ photo
htoL#NiQ

Firefly Diary team announces new Vita game


Rose and the Old Caste of Twilight
Jan 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Nippon Ichi Software's experimental puzzler htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary was a success, it seems, as the studio has unveiled a successor of sorts, Rose and the Old Castle of Twilight. While not a direct sequel to The Fire...
Tokyo Jungle photo
Tokyo Jungle

Sony might be considering a new Tokyo Jungle


It's the circle of life
Jan 17
// Ben Davis
Based on some recent tweets by Sony producer Masaaki Yamagiwa, there may be some interest in making a new Tokyo Jungle. Yamagiwa had a meeting with Crispy's president Yohei Kataoka, developer of the original game.Roughly tran...
Monster Monpiece Naked photo
Monster Monpiece Naked

Monster Monpiece gets Naked for cell phones


Please text me nudes
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Compile Hearts is forgoing the PlayStation Vita for the next entry in the Monster Monpiece series. The company just announced Genkai Tokki: Monster Monpiece Naked for iOS and Android. Pre-registration is open up on the site,...
Killer7 spin off photo
Killer7 spin off

Suda51 is writing Killer7 stories


In Japanese, of course
Jan 13
// Steven Hansen
Grasshopper CEO Suda51 is finally getting to stretch his creative muscles again after a string of games from the company that he was much less personally involved in. Over at Famitsu, the auteur is penning Killer7 stories con...
Dragon Quest photo
Dragon Quest

Square Enix is going all out for Dragon Quest's 30th Anniversary


So many games coming in 2016
Jan 13
// CJ Andriessen
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest in Japan, and Square Enix is going all out for the celebration. During a live press event this morning, series creator Yuji Horii and producer Ryutaro Ichimura detailed the...
Atlus CROSS photo
Atlus CROSS

Atlus confirms Persona 5 release, hints unannounced games will bring popular series together


FE x SMT x Persona x Etrian Odyssey x Du
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
It's not that I have severe trust issues stemming from broken homes and unfeeling society, Atlus. It's just that I've been burned before. So when I hear Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka saying in Famitsu, according to Hachima Kikou wi...
Valkyria PS4 photo
Valkyria PS4

Valkyria Chronicles Remaster screens hot and fresh out the kitchen


Coming to PS4 next month in Japan
Jan 10
// Steven Hansen
You know who didn't shank a gimme field goal wide left? Sega, with new screenshots for Valkyria Chronicles Remaster, the PS4 port for the beloved turn-based strategy game. Sega had an easy task, especially after the nice PC r...
Monster Hunter X photo
Monster Hunter X

2015 was the Japanese games industry's worst year on record


Sales hit historic 26-year low
Jan 07
// Vikki Blake
According to Famitsu’s annual report (via VG24/7), the Japanese games industry was worth ¥321 billion - that’s a 13 percent drop from the previous year. Although these figures do not take into account digital ...
Boxboy photo
Boxboy

A Boxboy sequel is out now in Japan


One More Box
Jan 06
// Chris Carter
HAL Laboratories released BOXBOY! on the eShop last year, and it seems like they were keen enough to create a sequel. The follow-up, BOXBOY! One More Box is out right now in Japan, by way of the 3DS eShop for 630 Yen. This is one of the few major releases I didn't get a chance to really dig into, but I think I may fix that in the near future. There's no word yet on a localization.
Kaga Create photo
Kaga Create

Japanese dev Kaga Create shuts down because it can't compete with mobile games


Dissolved
Jan 05
// Chris Carter
Another Japanese developer has shut down -- this time, it's Kaga Create. The company has been operating since 1988, developing games for the PC Engine, the Game Boy, SNES, and many other consoles. After some time (around...
SNES photo
SNES

Someone left a SNES switched on for 20 years to preserve a save file


Umihara Kawase's worth it, apparently
Jan 04
// Joe Parlock
Back during the days of the Game Boy and SNES, games would save progress using a small on-board battery. It was great at the time, however, unfortunately, those things only have a limited lifespan, and in the last few years t...
SNK photo
SNK

New pachinko laws pushed SNK back to games


Whatever works
Jan 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Six years after its last major release, SNK Playmore is getting back to its roots as a game studio. In 2015, SNK made a surprising about-face. Not only did the Neo Geo company announce a new entry in the King of Fighters seri...
Koei Tecmo photo
Koei Tecmo

Koei Tecmo missed a big announcement for the 15th anniversary of Warriors, so expect it this year instead


A 'big' surprise
Jan 01
// Chris Carter
You can't really fault Koei Tecmo for pushing back the 15th anniversary of Dynasty Warriors given what they've been working on in 2015. From Hyrule Warriors DLC to the 3DS port to Attack on Titan (their first P...
Level-5 photo
Level-5

Level-5 will announce a sequel to a 'very popular series' in 2016


I'll take it
Dec 29
// Chris Carter
As part of 4Gamer's end of the year interview blitz, they managed to briefly talk to Level-5 president Akihiro Hino, who, among other Japanese developers, promised big things for 2016. According to Hino, "all kinds of new tit...
Japanese Indie Games photo
Japanese Indie Games

Here are the doujin games of Comiket 89


Over an hour of Japanese indies
Dec 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Winter Comiket is almost here and that means Astebreed studio Edelweiss has another compilation video showcasing many of the Japanese indie games that will be on sale at this week's big event. Comic Market 89 kicks off T...
Sorry, Wii U photo
Sorry, Wii U

One Piece: Burning Blood slated for just about every console in the west


Sorry, Wii U
Dec 21
// Steven Hansen
One Piece: Burning Blood, announced for PS4 and Vita at Tokyo Game Show, has just been confirmed for 2016 release in North/South America and Europe, where it will be available on: PS4, Vita, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The 5...
Boobs, boobs never change photo
Boobs, boobs never change

Ogle virtual girls in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3's new trailer


What is that flag game?
Dec 18
// Jed Whitaker
Yesterday we snuck a peek at the titillating environments of the Asia-exclusive Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, and today we ogle virtual girls with a hint of gameplay in this latest not-safe-for-work trailer. Most of this trai...
Xenoblade photo
Xenoblade

Xenoblade director: 'Most of the movies, TV dramas, novels, and games I pick up are made in the West'


Also talks next project
Dec 17
// Chris Carter
Xenoblade Chronicles X is a pretty fantastic game -- but director Tetsuya Takahashi doesn't necessarily think that Japan can keep churning out titles like this for forever. When interviewed by Time, Takahashi noted that ...
Sony partnership photo
Sony partnership

Kojima chose Sony over 'a lot of offers from overseas companies'


Not worried about Japanese games market
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
Kojima Productions' first game, when it releases presumed years from now, will be a PlayStation console exclusive thanks to the new studio's partnership with Sony. Studio head Hideo Kojima (have you read his name enough times...
Nendoroid Shizue photo
Nendoroid Shizue

Cute ass Isabelle Animal Crossing toy being re-released


Nendoroid Shizue
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo partnered with Good Smile Company a couple years back for an Isabelle Nendoroid and followed that up with a winter uniform Isabelle. The original summer-suited look is getting a re-release next year. It will be available April 2016 for roughly $30 -- pre-orders are up here. She comes with a few different faces and some props.

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