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Puzzle

Someone made a robot that automatically beats Puzzle & Dragons


Fear the future
Feb 09
// Chris Carter
A reader this morning pointed me towards a pretty cool video by Japan's "Junya Sakamoto" over on YouTube, where a robot automatically deduces, and then solves puzzles in Puzzle & Dragons. If you watch the clip you'll...
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Mega Man

Mega Man EXE's 15th anniversary celebration looks fun


In Japan, of course
Feb 08
// Chris Carter
Over in Japan, lots of little events are held for almost every major gaming franchise. They're pretty much all awesome despite how intimate they are, and that's definitely the case with the Mega Man EXE 15th anniversary....
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Playism

Get big in Japan with Playism's Nayan Ramachandran


Sup Holmes every Sunday!
Feb 07
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] [Update: Show's over everyb...
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Umihara Kawase

Umihara Kawase has returned to Steam


That didn't take too long
Feb 06
// Kyle MacGregor
The Umihara Kawase trilogy is now back on Steam, Degica has announced. The trio of bizarre platformers disappeared from Valve's store in December after their publisher Agatsuma Entertainment went out of business earlier that ...

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Umihara Kawase

Umihara Kawase will return to Steam soon


Hopefully this week
Jan 31
// Kyle MacGregor
Umihara Kawase will "hopefully" return to Steam "this week," Degica told Destructoid today. In case you're wondering why it's making a comeback, the platformer trilogy was delisted from Valve's storefront in December followin...
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Splatoon

Squid Sisters perform live, are rumored to get their own amiibo


Stay Fresh 2016
Jan 31
// Jonathan Holmes
Splatoon's regular roll-out of free weapon and stage updates has come to an end, but fan fever for the budding franchise is as hot as ever. A recent Splatoon event in Japan drew huge crowds, sporting real life replicas of Sp...

Obscure Video Games: Top 5 Bosses of Ninja Baseball Bat Man

Jan 30 // Obscure Video Games
Makeshift Villain This mafioso makes quite a statement with his lavender trench coat and bowed-up hair. It's a fashion crime. Hit him with a bat. Windy Plane It's a plane with teeth. He cries a lot. Hit him with a bat. Ghost Buffalo You know that freaky deer head in Evil Dead 2? Well, what if he was a buffalo head? What would you do if he jumped off the wall and started biting you? You'd hit him with a bat; that's what you'd do. Mechanical Alligator This muscle-bound hunk of luggage wants to snap you in half. Before he does, you need to strip him down to his scales, once piece of armor at a time. Try hitting him with a bat. King Babe The final boss is Babe Ruth on steroids. A swing of his weapon creates pink tornadoes of destruction. Want to see the end credits? Hit him with a bat. Ninja Baseball Bat Man is a great game, especially if you like hitting things with bats. Unfortunately, the arcade machine is quite rare, and it's never been released on a console. If you can swing an emulator, you won't regret it. [embed]333518:61839:0[/embed]
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Hit them with a bat.
Ninja Baseball Bat Man is not a baseball game. It also has nothing to do with Batman. It's actually a wacky arcade beat-'em-up released in 1993 by Irem (maker of R-Type). You might assume it's just another example of Japanese...

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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