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Life is Strange

Life is Strange is being dubbed in Japanese

Ma-chan and Kuro-chan
Sep 07
// Brett Makedonski
Folks in Japan will soon get to find out what it's like to be a teenage woman with time-manipulation powers. Square Enix is releasing Life is Strange with a Japanese voice dub. This trailer was recently uploaded to Squa...

Obscure Video Games: Fuuun Gokuu Ninden

Sep 05 // Obscure Video Games
The game follows a trio of heroes -- a monkey, a pig and a kappa -- on their quest to, uh, kill a bad guy. I'm sure there's a little more to it, but without knowing Japanese or the original story, I can't really tell you. What I can tell you is that the game is a fairly by-the-numbers action platformer where you jump and kill, with each level ending in a boss fight. The monkey sprays a bunch of mini-monkeys, the pig breathes fire, and the kappa throws the plate on his head. All three characters can throw enemies around the screen, which is admittedly quite fun to watch. What makes-or-breaks a platformer, though, is enemy variety, visual style and boss design. And this game misses on all three counts. There is a very limited selection of enemies, and they are repeated constantly throughout the game. For example, you will get really sick of seeing these little Chinese soldier guys: As you can see here, the graphics and visual style are both just really bland. It sort of reminds me of the original Gex with its pre-rendered 3D sprites. Occasionally you'll see some nice pixel art in the background, but the developers really cut corners for the most part. The pharaoh here is typical of the bosses in the game -- cute, but uninspired. They don't have a lot of moves, and they don't require any strategy except hitting them until they blow up. I was having trouble with a few of the bosses until I realized my special attacks could bring them down really fast. There are only a few cut-scenes in the game, which is good because they are terrible. The squeaky voices made me want to stab my eardrums. Maybe I'm not the intended audience. If everything I've said so far wasn't enough to turn you off from playing Fuuun Gokuu Ninden, there's one more thing -- the price. Not only is this game extremely rare, but for some reason it's actually in-demand among collectors. Expect to pay about $100 for a complete, used copy. It's not a bad game overall, but it's also not "fuuun" enough to recommend that kind of purchase. Now watch me fail at trying to kill the final boss: [embed]308290:60197:0[/embed]
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At least it's not another DBZ game
A big part of the fun of doing this column is discovering old games I've never heard of and trying to figure out why they've been forgotten. Sometimes it's because they are terrible, unplayable messes. Other times it's becaus...

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Tokyo Game Show

Bandai Namco teases new game ahead of TGS

I like the art!
Sep 04
// Jordan Devore
We're a couple weeks out from Tokyo Game Show and pre-show news is starting to slip in. Bandai Namco, which I'm only now realizing I've gotten used to calling "Bandai Namco" after years of typing "Namco Bandai," has opened a teaser website for a new game titled City Shrouded in Shadow "Granzella." The lone image depicts a horse, a sword, and a castle. What's in that castle? Nothing good, I'm sure.
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Dead or Alive fan vote

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3's smallest chested volleyballer leads polls

Looks like all the youngest leading
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, which may come west and will feature women in bikinis playing volleyball on the beach, is filling out its swimsuit roster by way of fan vote. And, perhaps surprisingly, fans of the series known for its...
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Boob DLC

Pay real money for fake boobs in Gal Gun: Double Peace

Only a BOOB would buy this
Aug 28
// Jed Whitaker
Great news everyone, now game publishers are holding the boobies hostage behind DLC paywalls, at least if you want anything other than average. There is now DLC available in Japan for Gal Gun: Double Peace that allo...
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Rhythm Tengoku

Rhythm Tengoku: The Best + features an appropriate crossover

Pose for the fans
Aug 23
// Jonathan Holmes
Not too long ago, I asked you all if you were getting sick of Nintendo's near constant release of crossovers. The answer was a resounding "Nope!" Excited reactions to Super Mario Maker's multiple crossovers have worked to bac...
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Monster Strike

Japanese mobile game making $4 million a day

Monster Strike is just printing money
Aug 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Monster Strike, a mobile action RPG developed by Japanese social networking service group Mixi, made $387 million between April 1 and June 30, according to the company's latest financial report. As Tokyo-based consultant Dr. ...
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First screens

Bikinis, volleyball confirmed for Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

First screens
Aug 21
// Steven Hansen
Just in case you were concerned that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 would not feature Japanese women in bikinis playing volleyball on the beach, I am here to reassure you that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will in fact feature Japanese wome...
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MGSV merch

Sony's selling Metal Gear Solid V Walkmans and they're not cheap

Also phones and tablets
Aug 21
// Steven Hansen
Sony is producing various Phantom Pain-branded electronics to coincide with the release of Metal Gear Solid V. The tie-in release includes a Metal Gear version of Sony's premier Walkman, the ZX2, which costs something like $1...
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Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts will have a special event at D23 Japan

Coming in November
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
If you're going to be in Japan on November 3, you may want to catch the D23 Expo event. Following up the recent event in Anaheim California, this D23 will have a special "Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater Event," which will...
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Yo-kai Watch

Here's your first taste of the Yo-kai Watch Just Dance mashup

Level-5 and Ubisoft together at last
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
You've heard of the Yo-kai Watch Just Dance mashup, now you can see it in all its glory. In short, it's the wonderful art of Yo-kai mixed with the garish "humans" from Just Dance -- in other words, exactly...
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Dragon Quest

Tokyo shop to hold collaboration event with Dragon Quest this month

Starting on August 22
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
If you're near Chiyoda, Tokyo next week, you may want to check out the 3 Chome-1-10 Sotokanda Lawson shop, which is being re-decorated, Dragon Quest style, starting August 22 for a limited time. The store ...
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Call of Duty

Sony is going all-in with Call of Duty, publishing Black Ops III in Japan

They done switched wallets
Aug 17
// Chris Carter
We already knew how aggressive Sony has been with their heist of Call of Duty from Microsoft's clutches, with the new DLC timed exclusivity deal and an enhanced presence in the eSports arena, but Sony is going the extra ...
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Phantasy Star Online 2

Sega announces Phantasy Star Online 2 for PS4

Not for the West, obviously
Aug 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 in Japan next year, Sega announced today. The free-to-play online role-playing game initially launched on PC in 2012 and came to PlayStation Vita the following year. Last spri...

Obscure Video Games: Zettai Zetsumei Dangerous Jiisan DS

Aug 15 // Obscure Video Games
Now while the objective of each mini-game is usually obvious, the reason you are doing them rarely is. So I asked Grandpa for some explanation, and here's what he said: "When you go for a walk, always bring along a bag of dog poo in case a homeless person asks you for food." "Grandpa's inner thigh is feeling very sore today. Could you be a good boy and massage it for me?" "The roaches aren't screaming; they just have built-up air in their shells." "Stop being a pussy; this is how real men bowl." "We're taking a trip to the moon today, but I need you to fill up the gas tank." "Grandpa's gonna get you some ice cream like he promised, but first he needs a visit to the little boys' room." [embed]297486:59891:0[/embed] This is just the tip of the old man's iceberg; there are a lot more mini-games here every bit as crazy as these. So go ahead and touch your Grandpa. You might like it more than you think.
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Good Touch and Bad Touch
For some reason, when I first heard the name Grandpa Danger, my mind immediately went to "stranger danger," a phrase parents teach their children in order to avoid pedophiles. Thankfully, Grandpa doesn't touch any youngsters ...

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Dive In, dead

Square shuts down streaming service less than a year after launch

Dive In no more
Aug 14
// Steven Hansen
Dive In, dead? Dive In is dead. Late last year Square Enix launched Dive In in Japan, a service that streams games (like Final Fantasy XIII's 1-3, Murdered: Soul Suspect) to Android and Apple mobile devices. There were all so...
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Breath of Fire 6

Breath of Fire 6's Ryu is the protagonist's older brother

Series portal site, webcomic up
Aug 14
// Steven Hansen
Has it really been two years since Capcom took the wind out fans' sails with Breath of Fire 6, the mobile game? Time flies. Capcom has put up a nice Breath of Fire series site filthy with bios, pictures, videos from all game...
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Japanese indie games!

Here are all the doujin games from Comiket 88

Over an hour of Japanese indie trailers
Aug 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Comic Market (or Comiket for short) is scheduled to take place this upcoming weekend, starting August 14. There, hundreds of thousands of people will pour into the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center to get their hands on rare ...
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Pokemon song

Dance! Dance! Dance!

Get on down with Pikachu
Aug 07
// Jordan Devore
Need a pick-me-up? Pikachu is here to remind us that life is swell. Make the most of it and dance, dance, dance.
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Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI is simultaniously classic and modern

Two eras of JRPG united
Aug 02
// Jonathan Holmes
[Update: Siliconera reports that you will be able to switch between 2D and 3D diplays art any time. Thanks Omnes Morimur!] We already knew that the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI allows players to explore in 2D sprites and 3...
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Three hundred dollars

$300 Bloodborne Hunter statue stands in a pool of blood (borne)

Three hundred dollars
Jul 31
// Steven Hansen
What with Dark Souls 3 coming out early 2016 and us entering the end of the year, I've forgotten that Bloodborne just came out a few months ago. Its expansion, information on which is promised for this year, could help bolste...
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Dancing ALL Night

Persona 4: Dancing All Night trailer rocks faces with Kung-Fu dance

Chie busts out her steak powers
Jul 30
// Brett Makedonski
Chie insists that saving people in danger is her thing. I'd contend that dancing is her thing. She sure does a lot of dancing and not a lot of saving people in this trailer. Well, unless handing out unsolicited motivational ...
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Castlevania XXX

New Castlevania pachinko game teased with 'erotic violence'

Somehow I'm not surprised
Jul 29
// Jed Whitaker
Pachinko is pretty popular in Japan, as it is used mostly as a form of gambling, and now it is about to have a new Castlevania-themed machine that somehow features "erotic violence." Yeah... gross. I'm all for scantily-clad ...
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Biohazard Umbrella C

Capcom trademarks Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps

Hopefully not another light gun game
Jul 29
// Steven Hansen
Hold on a sec: Wouldn't a Resident Evil game called Umbrella Corpse be the most exciting thing to happen to the series since Resident Evil 4? You can have that one for free, Capcom. (Kidding, pay me.) Capcom has trademarked "...
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First screens

Four years later, Disaster Report 4 lives

First screens
Jul 29
// Steven Hansen
Following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011, Disaster Report 4 was delayed and then cancelled. A natural disaster survival series set in Japan was on obvious sore subject at the time, though it m...
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Nintendo has sold 10 million Wii U consoles

Although I still don't have one
Jul 29
// Vikki Blake
Nintendo has sold over 10m Wii U consoles since its launch in November 2012. In today's financial report, Nintendo confirmed that while the 470,000 unit sales in April-June 2015 were lower than anticipated, it still (just abo...
Rare 3DS cover plate photo
Rare 3DS cover plate

This New 3DS cover plate is slick and super rare

There's always auction sites, I guess
Jul 27
// Jordan Devore
I'm now lost in a rabbit hole of cool-looking cover plates for the New Nintendo 3DS. It all started with the Mario design above. It's thought to be one of the rarer cover plates out there, and for good reason -- it's availabl...

Obscure Video Games: The Sniper 2

Jul 25 // Obscure Video Games
Gameplay is the least interesting thing here. The real star is the bizarre, ridiculous storyline. You and your friend C.A. pick up a hitchhiker as you're driving through the desert one day. You stop for lunch, and the Mafia accidentally hits the three of you with a bomb full of a nerve gas called "Tacklmacain." C.A. gets kidnapped by a mysterious stranger. You find out that the gas is slowly killing you, and you have to find the antidote. The restaurant owner turns out to be working undercover for the CIA and offers to help get you the antidote in exchange for your sniping skills. It gets weirder, but I won't ruin the rest. If you want some more info (and spoilers), watch this video: [embed]295876:59482:0[/embed] The game isn't very long -- only about 12 stages -- but there is a branching storyline as well as challenge missions that give you some replay. But again, the sniping part is just not that fun, so even if you hit an ending, you'll probably be fine missing the rest.
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Hit or miss?
The Sniper 2 is not a good game. In fact, it's pretty much the epitome of "kusoge." But that's what makes it so entertaining. Terrible voice acting, mediocre graphics, and an incomprehensible story are what kept me playing al...

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Xbox One

Xbox One still outsold by everything in Japan, Yo-Kai Watch Busters sells like crazy

242 total Xbox One units sold last week
Jul 24
// Chris Carter
4Gamer has gotten their hands on the latest Media Create sales figures in Japan, and they have some interesting results. For starters, Yo-Kai Watch Busters (on 3DS, which has two versions) outsold Arkham Knight roughly four t...
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Fire Emblem Fates gets Awakening characters as DLC

Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Fire Emblem Fates, which is not coming to the United States until 2016, has been out in Japan for a while and is being supported with DLC. Today marks the start of a month's worth of free maps, one of which includes character...

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