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2:30 PM on 03.31.2015

Phoenix woof: Capcom cuts trailer for fake The Great Dog Attorney

While the new Ace Attorney--The Great Ace Attorney coming July 9 to 3DS in Japan--looks great and all what with Phoenix Wright's ancestor palling around around with Sherlock Holmes and Watson in Meiji era Japan and the Briti...

Steven Hansen

8:30 PM on 03.30.2015

Japan's premiere indie game festival teams with Indie Megabooth

Just yesterday, James Mielke appeared on Sup Holmes to talk about his work at Shinra Technologies. EGM, 1up, Q Games, Q Entertainment, and (you guessed it), BitSummit, the little Kyoto indie games convention that has altered ...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 03.30.2015

Steins;Gate 0 announced from the same team as the first game

Roughly one year ago the original Steins;Gate game was localized, and it was pretty well received critically. Developer 5pb isn't done yet with the series, and has just announced Steins;Gate 0, a follow-up to the or...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 03.28.2015

Obscure Video Games: Oh No!

"Oh no!" is what I say whenever I hear somebody's put out another runner game. I completely lost interest in the genre years ago. However, back in 2000, it was still a fairly novel concept. That's when Asmik Ace Entertainment...

Obscure Video Games

6:00 PM on 03.25.2015

Japan gets the best games again: Neko Atsume is the cutest shit

I've been seeing a few people posting screenshots of this adorably drawn cat game all over Twitter lately and I've had no idea what it was. Thanks to this helpful blog, however, I am now learned. The game is Neko Atsume, an i...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 03.25.2015

Senran Kagura sticks tongue through cheek with jiggling website, fake boob-based consoles

We're a day away from Senran Kagura: Estival Versus' Japanese release on PS4 and Vita. I stumbled upon this page of the series' website, which is to say someone linked to it, gobsmacked, on Twitter, where I clicked on it and...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 03.23.2015

First brief look at Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden

Please cut a longer trailer, Namco. Arc System Works' (Guilty Gear) upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is the best thing to hit DBZ videogames since this unsanctioned 2D fan fighter. But damn, I just want to see more of...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 03.19.2015

Final Fantasy XI shutting down on PS2 and Xbox 360, mobile version and spinoff coming

Final Fantasy XI is 13 years old. As is the case with 13-year-olds, Square Enix is getting a bit sick of dealing with it.  The PS2 and Xbox 360 versions of the MMO will shut down in March of 2016. Final Fantasy XI's main...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 03.18.2015

Yakuza 0 tops Japanese charts, spurs PS4 sales

Sega's open-world beat-'em-up Yakuza 0 was the top-selling game in Japan last week, debuting with a combined 236,329 physical sales across both PS3 and PS4, according to Media Create. While the lion's share of purchases came ...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 03.17.2015

DeNA spent 5 years trying to partner with Nintendo

The Courtship of Regal Nintendo by the Pilgrim DeNA is a Kindle book I am definitely currently writing after learning that this morning's Nintendeal with DeNA was apparently five years in the making according to DeNA West CEO...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Square Enix to reveal new console JRPG this year

Square Enix's last teased announcement ended up being a free-to-play Spelunker, but company president Yosuke Matsuda told Nikkei in an interview that we should expect some big time PS4 and Xbox One games this year, including ...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 03.14.2015

Obscure Video Games: Tryrush Deppy

Back in the '90s, they had a mascot platformer for everything --  a glove, a bandicoot, a star, the red dot from the 7UP logo -- you name it. So why not an anthropomorphic taxi cab named Deppy that walks on its hind whee...

Obscure Video Games

11:35 AM on 03.11.2015

Atlus, NISA team to publish Shin Megami Tensei-inspired PS3/Vita tactical RPG Lost Dimension

Lancarse's Lost Dimension (PS Vita, PS3) is coming to North America and Europe courtesy of Atlus and NISA, respectively, this summer. The tactical RPG came out in Japan last year. There's a lot of pedigree behind it, too. La...

Steven Hansen

4:00 AM on 03.10.2015

Mevius Final Fantasy looks kind of hot, aside from the mobile thing

I've got to hand it to Square Enix -- Mevius Final Fantasy does look impressive. Certainly no All the Bravest. I also don't want to play games on my cellphone so this is not for me. So it's fine that it is only coming to iOS and Android in Japan this spring. Though I am feeling the weird backless, capris overalls at 1:13. Wish I had back muscles like that.

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 02.28.2015

Inti Creates' weird shooter Gal Gun is getting a sequel

Gal Gun, one of the most bizarre Japanese imports I've ever played, is getting a sequel. Inti Creates is making a follow-up to its bishoujo rail shooter, which first launched on Xbox 360 in 2011 and came to PlayStation 3 the ...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 02.26.2015

Tokyo Xanadu is a new Vita RPG from Nihon Falcom

Tokyo Xanadu is the latest project from Ys and The Legend of Heroes studio Nihon Falcom. The role-playing game is a departure from your classic Falcom fantasy setting, given the story takes place in modern-day Tokyo. Don't wo...

Kyle MacGregor