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#It Came from Japan!

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Shriek Rodeo amirite

Ski Rodeo VR may have you screaming for your life

Rarely do I get to publish a real person's shrieks of death, so I'm morbidly enjoying this. This is Ski Rodeo, a Bandai Namco VR ski simulator powered by HTC Vive. The experience is unique in that it listens to your breathing (an...

 
RPGs that are hard af
As I spend the week demoing games that are entirely in Japanese, I accept that I'm not going to understand a lot of things. I know the kanji for "forest" and that's the extent of my fluency with the language. Dialogue's the f...   read

8===D
Today is Canada day. And since "Canada" sounds kind of, sort of like "Kaneda," the hero of Otomo Katsuhiro's groundbreaking cyberpunk manga-turned-anime Akira, that's reason enough for me to put on my favorite red jacket and talk about one of his favorite pieces of media ever... Japanese, Canadian, or otherwise.   read

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The return of the Gentlemen's Club: Akiba's Trip edition

Have you guys heard of Akiba's Trip 2? If you're not up on your crazy Japanese games I'll break it down for you: It's Yakuza but to defeat your vampire enemies you have to RIP OFF THEIR CLOTHES. That's right, it's like crazy strip Yakuza on...

 
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Super Heroine Chronicle

Super Heroine Chronicle is one game NA will never see

If it's one thing An American Tale taught me, it's to "never say never." But come on, what really are the chances of Super Heroine Chronicle landing on North American shores? It takes the mash-up wackiness of the Super Robot Taisen strateg...

 
It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] There is a wide divide between Super Mario World and all platformers ...   read

It Came from Japan!
Squaresoft was second only to Nintendo in the 16-bit era when it came to influence and a strong track record. From the genre-defining Secret of Mana to the crowd-pleaser Chrono Trigger, Square had a knack for telling a gre...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Distance has a way of making horrors insignificant. A car accident and...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] There are some games that live up to the hype, but then there are a fe...   read

It Came from Japan!
It’s 1988 and Namco has just released one of the most violent, critically acclaimed horror-themed games to ever hit an arcade. Splatterhouse was unlike anything else at the time. It was a game made by horror fans, fo...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun. For the month of October, the series will focus on games that may make ...   read

It Came from Japan! photo
It Came from Japan!

It Came From Japan! Tetris Battle Gaiden

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] We all have that one so-called classic that we groan at when we see it appears at...

 
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It Came from Japan!

It Came From Japan! Spriggan: Lunar Verse

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Nostalgia aside, examining the origins of now prevalent game concepts and genres i...

 
It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] As you may have gathered from past entries in this series, there are a...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Magical Pop’n is the reason I do this series. I mean this figur...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] When you think of Japanese gaming, you think of Konami'...   read

It Came from Japan! photo
It Came from Japan!

It Came from Japan! Ganpuru: Gunman's Proof

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Give Link a gun, send him to the Wild West, sprinkle in Earthbound's wa...

 
It Came from Japan! photo
It Came from Japan!

It Came from Japan! PuLiRuLa

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] When it comes to '90s beat 'em ups, there are only a few games worth expl...

 
It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Before there was Nathan Drake, there was Pepsiman, a hero's h...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Along with churros and KFC, dungeon crawlers are one of those r...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] The key to eliciting fear has little to do with dogs that jump th...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] I love haunted house films. I hate haunted house games. They scar...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] It's still the first week of October, so it's not quite time ...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Games based on films have a perceived stigma that indicates the...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Japanese games often possess a delirious quality that leaves some...   read

It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.]Shooting killer clowns with cream pies. Exploring a haunted mans...   read


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DISCUSSIONS | setupPosts by everyone - post yours

Amna Umen

The gaping dragon is And on my first try too! I got kinda lucky and walked into the room with the Shaman and gimped him as he walked up the stairs so the dragon fight was just a waiting game once his tail was Am I git gud yet?

 
Steven Hansen

all these cat girls just show some of you need to raise your art & animation

 
SeymourDuncan17

Has anyone compared Severed to Skyward Sword yet? Because, if I were to sell it in 5 seconds, so far, Id describe it as Skyward Swords combat done

 
Gamemaniac3434

I have started something Something Soon it will grow through and into It will be a crowning glory in my cap, on the road to conquest of Until we all get bored and go back to our normal I guess

 
GoofierBrute

Just finished Star Fox Loved it, and its a serious contender for Game of the Year for Yeah, you read that

 
taterchimp

Wish gems were easier to find in Dark Souls

 
Torchman

Discord chat has gone full happy ABORT ABORT ABORT, ANIME WAS A MISTAKE

 
vxxyman

More catgirls means more Playboy Penguin (with some backup from good ol Bugs Bunny)

 
Gundy

All dose cat dose

 
Torchman

Shit waifus as far as the eye can

 
Parismio

Thanks to Pixie, I remembered my love for FFXIV

 
KnickKnackMyWack

Todays been a rollercoaster of a day for Ive now got a second job at It looks like Im single now But I also got a voice message from Mike West, the guy who voices Fox McCloud in Star Fox 64/3D and

 
OverlordZetta

Oh yeah, this years Super Sentai has a cat girl, doesnt it? What did she look like Toei I dont think this is what the otaku audience had in mind at

 
JDelwynn

It seems that having children is like Alien Thank god Im single!

 
BlazeWii

Cat girls? CAT GIRLS??? Need I remind you all that there is only enough room in this anime world for one master female

 
Samsneeze

I am struggling to get through Fire Emblem Its all so The characters are The maps are all the The story is even managing to be worse than Awakening I hope Intelligent Systems has its shit together next

 
ChrisHannard

Fully charged controller? Game appropriate drink? Game from a series Ive never played before? Time to Git Gud or Die

 
Kaleido Ruby

All these mentions of catgirls and not a single mention of

 
Pixie The Fairy

I used to be a catgirl Best at what I did,

 
iam16bit

All these posts about Cat Girls and not one from Cat Planet Cuties!

 
KnickKnackMyWack

Since were going on about cat girls, how is it you uncultured swines have yet to bring up Aisha from Outlaw Star?

 
Dangus Taargus

The credits to Star Fox Zero made me tear

 
Gamemaniac3434

Guard your testicles around blaze, Shes a maniac, and her friends are

 
OverlordZetta

Replying to a bunch of stuff from the past couple of days again, so dont mind me if I appear on something from three days I am like the wind! I the Kamen Rider!

 
Dinosir

For as much as I hated the last few bosses in DS3, there are some really Really freakin cool boss And even the ones I hated were really cool in concept just I feel they missed the execution by a

 
BlazeWii

Im not sure how I feel about From Software promoting the castration of It just doesnt seem

 
Rico the Penguin

All thats left is covenant grind and a couple relatively easy bosses, at least compared to what gold covetous +2 ring

 
Nathan D

So many cat girls, so little Oh Rei, you tease!

 
AdmiralAckbong

Today Im going to a screening of Blood Simple with a Q&A from the Coen Bros Trying not to poop

 
Sarah Jane Farron

Theres been lots of talk of cat I play a cat lady in FFXIV so Ill post my character! I really need to get back to this

 

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