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Seaweed Kanji

Persona 4: Dancing All Night cross-dressing DLC trailer


Seaweed Kanji
May 22
Sad that this has to be DLC -- Marilyn Monroe Kanji for all -- but better than nothing. Maybe for us it will be all packed in. Also, Seaweed Kanji tease at the end. read
2D will ride again!

More footage from the new 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter


2D will ride again!
May 22
Last month we finally got a look (in video form) at the new 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter from BlazBlue developer Arc System Works. One month ahead of its Japanese release date, Bandai Namco has released another decent length loo... read
Mobile gaming!

The cell phone in this year's Tokyo Game Show promo art seems very intentional


Mobile gaming!
May 21
The Tokyo Game Show has revealed this year's promo art meant to go with the theme of "playing games with more freedom," hence the high flying hover board and, presumably, Puzzle & Dragons stuffed mobile phone. And whateve... read
Utawarerurmono: False Mas

Utawarerurmono: False Mask is a visual novel, strategy RPG hybrid


3D!
May 21
Aquaplus has released its first trailer for Utawarerurmono: False Mask, the unexpectedly 3D hybrid visual novel and strategy game coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita in Japan on September 24.   read
Nintendo

Nintendo is dumping the basic Wii U set in Japan


Moving forward
May 21
We may have seen the last of the 8GB Wii U. Nintendo has revealed, by way of their website, that they are eliminating the basic edition of the console in Japan. It's been fairly elusive all across the world as it is, and Nint... read
Dancing All Night

Margaret, Human Teddie playable in Persona 4: Dancing All Night


Don't wanna dance on Maggie's farm
May 20
One more blonde mess of Persona 4: Dancing All Night news. The Velvet Room's Margaret will cut a velvet rug in Dancing All Night according to a recent Famitsu preview. Margaret can be unlocked for use in the game's Free Dance... read
Lewd Kanji

Atlus listened! Persona 4: Dancing All Night gets sexy Kanji DLC


Atlus doesn't shrug
May 20
I've heard Atlus shrugs, but not this time. I was pretty vocal in my disappointment with Atlus' choice to have a ladies pack of swimsuit DLC free with pre-order of Persona 4: Dancing All Night (and purchasable down the line).... read
Japan sales

Re-re-release: Final Fantasy X/X-2 PS4 tops Japan sales


PlayStation 4 tops hardware charts
May 20
Square Enix's somewhat screwy PS4 release of the previously release Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster topped Japanese sales chartsfor the week ending on May 17 (it was released in Japan May 14), according to Gematsu's report of... read
Tecmo Koei

Koei announces Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII


Coming to PS4, PS3, PC in December
May 19
Koei Tecmo is all about that grand strategy right now, revealing a new Romance of the Three Kingdoms game following yesterday's announcement that the latest Nobunaga's Ambition is coming west in September. Romance of the Thre... read
Pokémon Center

Cute ass Pokémon: This isn't news, but it should be


New Pokémon Center cute, I want to go
May 18
BREAKING -- The Pokémon Company International (PKMn) is opening a new Pokémon Center facility in Hiroshima, Japan and its promotional art is just the cutest. Also, I miss my red Gyarados. read
Dancing

Atlus shows off Persona 4: Dancing All Night swimsuit gameplay


Still disappointed, Atlus
May 15
I already wrote about why I was disappointed in Atlus over this swimsuit DLC for Persona 4: Dancing All Night, but I know not everyone shares my overbearing principles* and would like to see the swimsuit trailer, so I will do my civic duty and post it here, on-line. *my overbearing principles involve seeing Kanji in a speedo. How the hell does he not get a swimsuit costume? read
Kingdom Hearts

Newly announced Kingdom Hearts Unchained X[chi] is adorable as heck


Japan always gets the best things
May 13
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
Swery

Publishers think Swery's next game idea is 'perverted'


It sounds amazing
May 12
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
Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem if will have a 'Phoenix Mode,' also removes weapon limit


Also, nine save files
May 12
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
Hotel Mario

Who wants to stay in this Super Mario-inspired apartment?


There's free Wi-Fi too
May 12
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
Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Panic Restaurant


Keep calm and beat your meat
May 09
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

Rise of Mana

Rise of Mana, that free-to-play mobile title, is coming to Vita this month


In Japan
May 08
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

I've never seen anything like Carpe Fulgur's new project


This Starry Midnight We Make
May 07
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

Imageepoch's CEO is still missing, Twitter account deleted


Ryoei Mikage has yet to be found
May 06
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
Famicom

'My Famicom Exhibition' is an art show of games that never were


Japan? Doing something cute?! Since when?!
May 04
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

Run the Japanese superhero TV studio of your dreams in Chroma Squad


Out now for Windows, Mac, and Linux
Apr 30
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
Uncharted 4

Japan gets Uncharted 4: The Pirate King and the Last Treasure


Same game, different subtitle
Apr 30
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. [via reddit] read
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

Man meat

I'm not happy with the Persona 4: Dancing All Night swimsuit DLC


You know better than this, Atlus
Apr 28
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
Reverse-Censoring

Publisher reverse-censoring upcoming FPS for Japanese audiences


Bigger guns, bigger boobs, bigger everything!
Apr 27
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
Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Hachiemon


Put your lips together and throw.
Apr 25
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

Bravely Second out now in Japan


The rest of the world is waiting
Apr 22
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

Dying Light shambles toward top of Japanese sales charts


Only one game could fight off the zombies
Apr 22
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
PlayStation Vita

Is this the next PlayStation Vita?


Sure looks that way
Apr 21
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
Fire Emblem If

Fire Emblem If special edition sold out in Japan, second shipment coming


Fire Emblem goes from its final fantasy to power selling franchise
Apr 20
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

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden looks great in action


Finally, gameplay
Apr 20
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






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