hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

japan

Luigi's Mansion photo
Luigi's Mansion

I'm going to play the hell out of Luigi's Mansion arcade


Publicly debuting in Japan
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
I love Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. It is filthy with ghosts and adorable little touches (physics fun, Luigi's whistling to the score). It even has some great multiplayer (and inspired the second best Nintendo Land minigame)....
3DS port photo
3DS port

Well, Dragon Quest VIII almost looks as good as it did 11 years ago


3DS port
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
I'm always down for photo modes. Still, adding a photo quests feature that tasks you with snapping pictures for rewards, in a port of a game that looked a little bit better in 2004? (For reference, it is now 2015) Well, ok. ...
Sad JRPG photo
Sad JRPG

Square Enix's secret new JRPG Project Setsuna is about sadness


Just like my life
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
"Project Setsuna," an "all-new console project" that's in development from a brand new studio called Tokyo RPG Factory, was a footnote at Square Enix's E3 press conference. Project name, concept art, studio. That's all we kne...
Yo-Kai Watch photo
Yo-Kai Watch

Yo-Kai Watch Busters is selling like gangbusters


Sorry.
Jul 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Yo-Kai Watch Busters, unsurprisingly, was the top-selling game in Japan the other week, notching over 693,000 physical sales in its debut, according to the latest data from Media Create. The Nintendo 3DS exclusive is the late...
CROAGUNK! photo
CROAGUNK!

Vote for support Pokemon in Pokken Tournament


One week to vote for your favorites
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
Brutal Blaziken was introduced yesterday to the Namco-developed fighter Pokkén Tournament, so the weed-loving fan favorite is in, but perhaps some 'mons less suited for 1-on-1 combat can still make an appearance? Fenne...
Vestaria Saga  photo
Vestaria Saga

Fire Emblem creator's new strategy RPG is Vestaria Saga


A bit basic, or 'old school'
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
Shouzou Kaga was last involved in the Fire Emblem series in 1999 announced in May he was working on a new turn-based strategy RPG that would be released for free when it is finished. This isn't some mobile turn, but maybe tem...
FFFADF photo
FFFADF

Fairy Fencer F flits to PS4 with Advent Dark Force


FFFADF
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
Compile Heart's middling Fairy Fencer F is getting an enhanced version as part of a jump from PS3 to PS4 this November in Japan. It adds characters, story paths, and ups the party size to six, as you can see above in the wrig...
And where tf is Boston? photo
And where tf is Boston?

Atlus teases HD project with Muramasa dev Vanillaware


That's all I got
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
Visit this webpage (screen capture above). Ok, we're on the same level. Vanillaware most recently did an HD version of Muramasa for Vita in 2013 and also developed Dragon's Crown, which Atlus published (in Japan and North Ame...
Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

And that's why you don't mess with Blaziken


New Pokken Tournament trailer
Jul 16
// Jordan Devore
Oh my god, that poor Pikachu! Following word of Blaziken's upcoming arrival in Pokken Tournament in Japanese arcades, Bandai Namco has a trailer of the fiery bipedal chicken kicking the crap out of its fellow Pokémon. I feel bad for them, which has traditionally not been the case for any of the core series games.
Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

Blaziken joins the Pokken Tournament roster in August


Don't Google Image Search 'Blaziken'
Jul 15
// Jordan Devore
As we await the full lineup for Pokken Tournament, I can rest easy knowing that my boy Gengar is in. Gardevoir, too. The latest character announcement isn't so much a reveal as a reiteration. Long before we knew the Pok&eacut...
Seaman 3DS photo
Seaman 3DS

Yoot Saito on Iwata, canned Seaman 3DS game


Canned fish
Jul 15
// Steven Hansen
We've covered Seaman frequently throughout the years on Destructoid with overflowing hearts. And it's under tragic circumstances that we get confirmation: Seaman 3DS was a planned project that fell through. Original Seaman developer Yoot Saito wrote a blog post, translated over at Neogaf, reflecting on his relationship with the late Satoru Iwata.
Muse photo
Muse

PixelJunk musician's game evokes EarthBound


Baiyon announces Muse
Jul 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Over the weekend at Japanese independent games festival BitSummit, PixelJunk Eden composer Baiyon announced a new project, Muse: Together is the New Alone, his directorial debut. The title, which draws inspiration from '...

Sights from Japanese indie festival BitSummit

Jul 12 // Kyle MacGregor
BitSummit takes place at Miyako Messe, located in Kyoto's museum district. Thousands of people attend annually. Here, the crowds pour into the show day one. [Image: Indie Megabooth] Koji Igarashi, Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu, and Keiji Inafune among a star-studded panel lineup. [Image: Shuhei Yoshida] Kyoto's mascot Mayumaro poses with D4 director Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro and Playism staff. [Image: Kyoto Prefecture PR] Pixeljunk Eden composer Baiyon performs for a live crowd. [Image: James Mielke] Western-developed projects Octodad and Fez on display at the PlayStation booth. [Image: Shuhei Yoshida] Any Japanese video game expo worth its salt has at least a samurai or two. [Image: Inside Games] Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Lumines, Rez, Space Channel 5) and Kazutoshi Iida (Doshin the Giant). [Image: James Mielke] Please remember to take your shoes off before entering the Unity game space. [Image: Playism] Mayumaro finds Chulip and Little King's Story director Yoshiro Kimura's new crew Onion Games. [Image: Kyoto Prefecture PR] More crowds! [Image: James Mielke] Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida with La-Mulana 2 designer Takumi Naramura. [Image: Shuhei Yoshida] BitSummit founder James Mielke enjoying the show with his daughter. [Image: James Mielke] *** P.S. This past week, Yatagarasu Attack on Catacylsm, a doujin fighting game developed by a trio of former King of Fighters veterans, launched on Steam. If you're interested in checking out some of the latest and greatest indie games from Japan, this would be a good place to start.
BitSummit photo
Snapshots from Kyoto
Doujin Dojo is a weekly column dedicated to spotlighting independent games from Japan and the people that make them. This weekend, Kyoto played host to BitSummit, Japan's top independent games festival. Now in its third year,...

Splatoon photo
Splatoon

Splatoon in real life is just as cool as you'd expect


IRL Inkzooka
Jul 11
// Chris Carter
If you ever wanted to see what Splatoon would look like in real life, look no further than Ren Tong's YouTube channel. He created a real rendition of the game's Inkzooka, as well as a Splat Bomb grenade. You c...
Nintendo photo
Nintendo

Nintendo is holding a 'Girls Game Museum' event


Aimed to expand its female audience
Jul 10
// Chris Carter
Nintendo is no stranger to marketing directly to women, and in Japan, it's holding a special event that's basically one giant marketing campaign. It's called the Nintendo Girls Museum, and will be held at the Aeon Mall M...
Microsoft photo
Microsoft

Microsoft is skipping TGS this year


It skipped announcements at E3, too
Jul 10
// Chris Carter
To the surprise of no one, Microsoft is skipping out on spending thousands to make an appearance at TGS (Tokyo Game Show) -- taking place from September 17 to September 20 this year. Speaking to Famitsu (translated by Gematsu...
Inafune photo
Also slams Ubisoft-style design
Keiji Inafune isn't one to pull punches. In recent years, the Mega Man co-creator has become one of the most outspoken critics of the Japanese video game industry, making remarks like "Japan is over." Recalling those "bold st...

Kinoko Collection photo
Kinoko Collection

Anthropomorphic mushroom girl game crumbles


So long, Kinoko Collection
Jul 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Less than a year after its release, Kinoko Collection, a smartphone game centered around a conflict between anthropomorphized mushrooms and bamboo shoots has been taken offline. Following the title's launch in December, ...
Promoted blog photo
Promoted blog

The Fire Emblem Fates controversy: Clearing up the muck


Promoted from our community blogs
Jul 04
// Ckarasu
[Editor's note: Following Destructoid's coverage of some questionable dialogue found in the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates, community member Ckarasu has delved deeper into the translation and offers his own take on the...
Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

Pikachu gets clocked in Pokken Tournament opening cinematic


In Japanese arcades July 16
Jul 03
// Steven Hansen
It's wild that Lucario is hot enough shit to get a demeaning opening thwack on the god rat itself, Pikachu. I mean, Pikachu is granted a follow up upper cut and an unfinished electric attack, but it's still nice to see the y...
Yomawari photo
Yomawari

Creepy NIS Vita horror game is actually kind of cute


Yomawari
Jul 02
// Steven Hansen
NIS (Disgaea) recently teased a spooky game with live-action first-person flashlight footage and a requisite creepy child. It ended up being for Yomawari, which is coming to Vita in Japan on October 29. It's about a young gir...
Promoted blog photo
Promoted blog

What's the deal with Compile Heart?


Promoted from our community blogs
Jul 01
// OverlordZetta
[It's ok not to like things. I can't get into King of Fighters, for example. But Overlordzetta's interest in Compile Heart's games has led him to believe that a perfectly normal game development company seems to get an inordi...
Japanese charts photo
Japanese charts

Fire Emblem Fates outsells Persona 4: Dancing All Night


Good thing Nintendo didn't kill it
Jul 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Last week was a great time to be a portable gaming enthusiast in Japan, as not one, but two highly anticipated titles launched on Thursday in Fire Emblem Fates and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Fire Emblem Fates was far and a...
Bukkoro photo
Bukkoro

Nier, Drakengard creator starts new company


Still doing Nier 2!
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Taro Yoko (Nier, Drakengard) has started a mysterious new company, Bukkoro. There's a website and not much else to go on. It does have adorable drawings done by Taiko Drum Master artist Yukiko Yokoo. According to Siliconera, ...
Mana o' mana photo
Mana o' mana

Square working on new Final Fantasy Adventure


Mana o' mana
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Final Fantasy Adventure (Mystic Quest in Europe,Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden in Japan) turned into the Mana series with Secret of Mana. Unfortunately, its entries have been relegated to Japan-exclusive cell phone ga...

Obscure Video Games: Kick Challenger - Air Foot

Jun 27 // Obscure Video Games
There's a variety of interesting power-ups to tread upon. A variety of Nike sneakers are available to alter your movement, but there's no indication that they were officially licensed. I assume Air Master was a reference to these swap-meet Air Jordans. As with many of the games I highlight here, piles of feces make an appearance, as well. For some reason in this game stepping in it makes you temporarily invincible. There is even one item that turns you into a pesticide can which can shoot at the bugs (as you can see in my GIF at the top). The game is not without its faults, though. The five levels included aren't very long, but in a way this is good because it does get a bit repetitive.  Also, the difficulty and frustration level can be a bit much. One of the main things that got me was the warp spots, which almost always take you back to an earlier point in the level. They spring up all over the place, and can be quite tricky (sometimes impossible) to avoid. The game also won't let you backtrack; if you get stuck in front of a warp, you have to take it. This kind of trial-and-error stuff is just begging to be played on an emulator with save states. Overall, if you're forgiving and want to try something truly original, different, and (of course) challenging, I'd say Kick Challenger is worth checking out. [embed]294633:59217:0[/embed]
Obscure Video Games photo
1, 2, 3, kick it!
In 1986 Nintendo released the Famicom Disk System add-on for the Famicom in Japan. For some reason the company decided it wasn't worth the time to sell it anywhere else in the world, but that didn't stop game makers from rele...

Toukiden photo
Toukiden

Toukiden: Kiwami is now on Steam but it's $60


I still love those demon designs
Jun 26
// Jordan Devore
Omega Force's action-RPG about hunting Oni has come to Steam. Great news! There are few if any games like this available on PC. But because it's Koei Tecmo, Toukiden: Kiwami costs $59.99. This is an expanded version of Toukid...
The Bishi Bashi photo
The Bishi Bashi

Mash buttons to successfully defecate


Or to photograph young cosplayers
Jun 25
// Laura Kate Dale
Last night, I played some very strange Japanese arcade games, including one that really threw my understanding of games about defecating out the window called The Bishi Bashi.  The Bishi Bashi is a multiplayer competitiv...
Arcade Machine photo
Arcade Machine

Get drunk, punch a table and throw cake everywhere


Japan is great
Jun 25
// Laura Kate Dale
Last night I played an amazing and utterly bizarre arcade machine from Japan called Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! (Super Table-Flip!). The idea is simple: release pent up anger and agression by punching a plastic table over ...
Animal Crossing photo
Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing gets its PONPONPON on


Stitches just blew her mind...
Jun 24
// Jonathan Holmes
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is almost here, but I'm not seeing much excitement for it. Maybe that's because it's a full priced game that looks to offer just a fraction of the features found in the previously re...

Auto-loading more stories ... un momento, corazón ...