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At E3 last week, there were a good amount of new fighting games. Conrad and I made our rounds to all the booths that had fighting games to show off, and Steven Hansen eventually joined us as well. Here we made our way to the...

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E3: Ninja Gaiden 3 coming to Wii U, published by Nintendo


Jun 05
// Conrad Zimmerman
Among the list of upcoming titles for the new Wii U console shown at today's Nintendo E3 press conference was Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. And, just below the title, the video lists Nintendo as the publisher. I don't really ...
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The DTOID Show: Borderlands 2, Baldur's Gate, and BOOBS!


Mar 16
// Tara Long
Happy Friday, everyone! Not only is today the sixth anniversary of this wacky and wonderful website we've all come to know and love, it's also the birthday of our great overlord Niero, to whom we paid tribute on today's live...
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Dead or Alive 5 trailer full of jiggle physics


Mar 15
// Brett Zeidler
It would appear that Dead or Alive 5 is coming along nicely. I mean, Team Ninja did get the most important feature of any DoA game in there already. You know, the jiggle physics. Ayane and Hitomi are here to show off the ful...
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I wish I had made Katawa Crash


Jan 15
// Jonathan Holmes
This post is already way too much about me and way too little about the story, so how about we take that narcissism as far as we can and see what happens? I'm sad. I can't get keyboard-controlled Flash games to wor...
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Another chance to get DoA Dimensions' SpotPass outfits


Aug 12
// Jordan Devore
Grand news for everyone who recently picked up a 3DS: Tecmo Koei is going to cycle through the daily SpotPass outfits for Dead or Alive Dimensions again -- all 34 of them. Each morning at 10:00am, there will be a new costume ...
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Ninja Gaiden III details emerge, suggest 'darker' Ryu


Apr 02
// Maurice Tan
The 'latest' Playstation: The Official Magazine has project lead Yosuke Hayashi spilling some details on Ninja Gaiden III -- the first new Ninja Gaiden sans Itagaki. Supposedly, the focus will be on Ryu Hayabusa as a "dark Ja...
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Moved to FarmVille: Former Tecmo Koei boss at Zynga Japan


Mar 30
// Dale North
Wow, what a move. First you're at the house of boobs, ninjas and warriors, and then you move to a place where crops and farmer hats are the most popular things.  I'm sure former Tecmo Koei boss Kenji Matsubara got over t...
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Team Ninja takes a mild crap on Street Fighter IV 3D


Jan 26
// Jonathan Holmes
It's been a while since I've seen an honest to goodness fighting game rivalry. There was the faux trash talk between the Tekken 6 and Street Fighter IV devs from late last year, but that was all just to promote Street Fighter...

Hands-on Dead or Alive Dimensions (3DS)

Jan 21 // Nick Chester
The demo Tecmo had on hand at Nintendo’s event was broken up into two parts, standard exhibition fighting and another a small snippet of the game’s “Chronicle” mode. In this mode, players will be able to work their way through most of the series’ timeline, including narrative from the original all the way up through Dead or Alive 4. Tecmo is also promising to fill in story gaps previously unexplored, but wouldn’t go into details for obvious reasons. In my short hands-on time I watched a lengthy cut-scene feature Ayane and Kasumi, taking place in a ninja village hidden deep in a forest. It wasn’t a pre-rendered scene, either, but certainly looked as good as ever, with Team Ninja’s trademark action and overwrought drama on display. What I mean is that I had no idea what was going on when a helicopter started raining bullets down from a gatling gun. But it sure as hell looked nice. Gameplay wise, Dimensions features your standard Dead or Alive series controls, which feel nice and responsive, even on the small 3DS unit. Using the 3DS’ Circle Pad and the handheld’s face buttons, I was easily able to mash my way through a series of fights, with little regard to any kind of strategy. This is, of course, because I’m no Dead or Alive authority. That’s where the game’s interactive move list and touch controls come into play. While the action takes place entirely on the top screen, the touch screen remains home to your character’s full move list. Sure, it’s nice to have it all on the bottom screen for reference, almost like a moves card on an arcade cabinet. But they’re not just there for show, and you can use them to a significant advantage if you’ve like. Tapping any of the moves or combos at any time using your finger or your stylus will activate said move instantly. With just a few taps, I was pulling off some crazy combos, linking together moves and chains that would otherwise take me hours to master. In fact, every action can be done using the touch screen, including throws and guards. While you can manually scroll up and down the list of moves using your stylus, its context sensitive, as well. Throw a punch and the move list will automatically move to combos and moves that begin with punches, for example. When you’re on the ground, the touch screen displays a list of appropriate actions, like rising strikes. Fighting enthusiasts and purists are likely to call foul on such use of the touch screen, and it’s hard to argue with them, considering how easily I was pulling off flashy moves. I personally found myself using a combination of buttons and the touch screen. Even though it was possible to quickly look down and reference combos, I simply couldn’t help myself from tapping a combo to activate it. Visually, Dead or Alive holds up rather well on the 3DS, moving at a steady clip. With the 3D effects on, you get a nice sense of depth between the fighters and the game’s lush backgrounds. But even more to the point, Team Ninja seems to be placing even more emphasis on the series’ Danger Zones, shifting camera perspectives to take advantage of the 3D screen as fighters are smashed through a walls or glass. Dead or Alive Dimensions, like Capcom’s Super Street Fighter IV offering, certainly looks like an impressive fighting package. And not just for a handheld -- it’s just offering up a lot for gamers, period. Tecmo is promising over 20 characters, including some of the series’ bosses playable for the first time. You’ll be able to take the game online for multiplayer, or even battle locally. Surprisingly, it looks like 2011 might be the year of handheld fighters; there’s no solid ship date for Dead or Alive Dimensions, but it’s expected to launch this year.
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Two fighting games coming to a Nintendo handheld? This is madness! Tecmo’s fighter Dead or Alive: Dimensions will join Capcom’s Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition on the Nintendo 3DS this year. The game marks Team...

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Take a look at Dead or Alive Dimensions' Metroid stage


Jan 19
// Jordan Devore
And that, my dear readers, is the sound of 3DS purchasers -- more than just those already into Team Ninja's brand of fighting games -- collectively starting to care about Dead or Alive Dimensions. Such a thing shouldn't be a...
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Dead or Alive Dimensions trailer is hard to understand


Jan 08
// Jonathan Holmes
I wish I could tell you what's going on in this Dead or Alive Dimensions trailer. The video seems to detail the game's roster, as well as some of its 3DS specific features, but my limited Japanese keeps me from telling you m...
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Tecmo Koei reveals its Tokyo Game Show line-up


Sep 08
// Nick Chester
Tecmo Koei has announce its Tokyo Game Show line-up and the words "ninja," "gaiden," "dead," "or," and "alive" are sadly absent. Here's what they'll be showing on the floor: TRINITY: Souls of Zill O'll (PS3) Warriors: Legend...
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E3 10: Dead or Alive bounces to 3DS


Jun 15
// Bob Muir
Everyone's favorite funbag-focused fighting series is coming to 3DS soon. Dead or Alive 3D will be the first major release (discounting PSP spin-off Dead or Alive Paradise) since series creator Tomonobu Itagaki left developer...
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Rumor: Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age II, DOA 5 at E3?


Jun 11
// Jordan Devore
So, GameSpot has got itself a swanky interactive map of E3's show floor. On this map, you can click on the various companies that'll be in attendance, and a list of their "featured games" will pop up. See where this is going ...
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Tecmo Koei's E3 line-up is short but sweet


Jun 10
// Dale North
The Japanese unified power of Tecmo and Koei is only bringing four games to E3 this year. No portable stuff. No Wii stuff. Just serious games. I'm all for the First of the North Star game. Ken's Revenge, coming to the Xbox 36...
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Quantum Theory isn't a Gears clone, really


May 08
// Matthew Razak
If you've seen Quantum Theory you know it looks a lot like Gears of War. It's a third-person shooter with a cover system, big burly men and heavy armor. But if you've played Quantum Theory then you know that they're at least ...
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Captain Obvious: Ninja Gaiden 3 pub says Ninja Gaiden 3 will be good


May 04
// Nick Chester
Hey, get this: Ninja Gaiden publisher Tecmo Koei says that Ninja Gaiden 3 is going to be a good game. While not officially announced, Tecmo Koei senior managing director Yoshiki Sugiyama is already talking up the sequel. "Nin...
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Hatchet buried: Tecmo Koei wishes Itagaki well


Apr 22
// Dale North
Aww! How sweet. It seems that they're all over the sour split drama when bad ass game maker Tomonobu Itagaki left Tecmo awhile back, taking much of Team Ninja with him. There was a lawsuit, unpaid wages and bonuses and threat...
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Tecmo Bowl Throwback hits XBLA on April 28th, PSN later


Apr 20
// Samit Sarkar
If you have fond memories of playing Tecmo Super Bowl back in the early '90s, then this might be relevant to your interests. Tecmo is updating the game and putting it out on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network,...
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Tecmo's Quantum Theory pushed back to Summer


Apr 07
// Dale North
Once a PS3 exclusive and now also coming to the Xbox 360, Tecmo's Quantum Theory is getting a date change. The Gears of War-ish third-person shooter gets another delay from its previously set March 2010 date, now to Summer 20...
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Beat your meat to Dead or Alive Paradise's Kokoro


Mar 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Tecmo, I love you. You're marketing directly to the core audience that will be purchasing this game and you have no shame in doing so. For that, I salute you. This week's babe is Kokoro. Her measurements are B35" W22" H34" a...
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Dead or Alive Paradise assures us Christie is over 18


Mar 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Seriously. The subject line of the latest Dead or Alive Paradise PR is "18 Days until Paradise. Babe of the Week #5 Inside. She's over 18." Yeah. So this week's babe is Christie. Yet even though it's her week, a peepshow video of Ayane is the latest video on Tecmo's YouTube channel. Either way, I guess Tecmo believes you'll choke your chicken no matter who the babe is. Jesus.
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Dead or Alive Paradise > spanking your monkey


Mar 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Either this viral is implying that Dead or Alive Paradise is better than masturbating, or Tecmo wants everyone to go beat the sh*t out of some monkeys. Personally, I'd do both at the same time, but I digress. Leifang is this...
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Tecmo confirms and announces Tecmo Bowl remake


Mar 02
// Brad Nicholson
Tecmo Koei America -- a publisher whose name is surprisingly not hard to say three times real fa st -- is indeed set to revive the Tecmo Bowl franchise. Earlier this afternoon, the publisher announced Tecmo Bowl Throwback, a...
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Jiggly: Dead or Alive Paradise out on March 30


Feb 27
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Tecmo continues to wet our pants with their weekly babes for Dead or Alive Paradise and this week is all about Hitomi. Not only do we get some Hitomi lovin' this week, but Tecmo released a montage of Kasumi doing jiggly caus...
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ESRB: Dead or Alive Paradise is 'creepy voyeurism'


Feb 03
// Nick Chester
The ESRB says what we all are (or should be) thinking -- Tecmo's Dead or Alive Paradise features "creepy voyeurism." This from the rating of the upcoming PlayStation Portable title which the ESRB describes as "a videogame in ...
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Guitar-controlled platformer Fret Nice hits PSN this week


Feb 02
// Nick Chester
According to a tweet by Fret Nice developer Pieces Interactive, the guitar-controlled platformer Fret Nice hits PlayStation Network in North America this week. Europe has received a vague "coming soon," so hold tight.  F...
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New Dead or Alive Paradise trailer: Panty shot paradise


Jan 27
// Dale North
Wow. The message is clear on this one. This upcoming PSP title may have a lot of game play options, but you wouildn't know it from this trailer. Ass shots. Rear shots. Pulling bottoms out of...bottoms. Pulling jeans down to ...
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ESRB rates Quantum Theory, stresses blood and gore


Jan 25
// Dale North
I remember sitting on a couch with Nick Chester, both of us half buzzed from wine and tired from the day, watching game play of Tecmo's Quantum Theory in Tokyo. I was admiring the chunky armor and pointy weapons until Nick po...

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