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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 ...


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...


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...


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. 




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...


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...


Ah, 1995. A good vintage. Earthquakes in Russia and Japan combined to kill nearly 10,000, the New York Times published Ted Kaczynski's manifesto, folks made Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream into a videogam...


GungHo Online Entertainment America wants to know which Game Arts titles it should port to PC. Grandia. Lunar. Uhh, Thexder. The list goes on. Problem is, there's only enough room in this survey for one choice, so you've got ...


Dark Souls II's current-gen re-release Scholar of the First Sin found an opening in the Japanese sales charts and struck at an opportune moment. Most weeks, it would barely make a dent, but on this particular week, it wa...


Danganronpa maker Spike Chunsoft is publishing Hotline Miami: Collected Edition, a localized bundle of the original gorefest and its thumping sequel Wrong Number, in Japan this year. Ahead of its June 25 release for PS4 and PS Vita, here's the bundle's slick promo art and logo. You've earned a new fan today, @b0neface. [Via Shane Bettenhausen]


Fire Emblem: Awakening's success saved it from being the last in the series and Nintendo seems to be trying real hard to capitalize on it. The upcoming 3DS turn-based strategy -- Fire Emblem If in Japan, where it releases in ...


At this past weekend's Unite 2015 Tokyo event in Japan, Nintendo announced that Unity support would be coming to the New 3DS. With this addition Unity is now supported on every current dedicated gaming system. With much of Ni...


In an announcement that apparently couldn't wait for E3 or TGS, Capcom unveiled a teaser trailer for Monster Hunter Stories, a new game in their hit Monster Hunter series, set for release on the 3DS in 2016. While I hig...


Remember FMV games? Back in the '90s they were briefly the hot new thing. Games like Phantasmagoria and 7th Guest were considered cutting edge adventure games. Perhaps you even bought a CD-ROM drive for your computer just to ...


There was a Japanese Nintendo Direct this morning focused on Xenoblade Chronicles X. Thanks to some helpful translation, we know a few more details about the Dolls and mechs and cooperative play. One cool-sounding note is th...


It's been a slow start this morning and that means lots of Twitter breaks. A Simpsons quote of the day here, a tweet from Steven about his gamer socks and thigh hair there. Quick, better find some way to leverage these divers...


There was a bunch of news out of Level-5 this week, so you might have missed seeing Yo-Kai Watch Busters, an upcoming 3DS action game that's essentially a cutesy take on Ghostbusters through the lens of Japan. I mean, there'...


Along with its Yo-Kai Watch and Fantasy Life announcements, Level-5 also revealed a new IP known as The Snack World. It's going to be another mixed media project with manga, anime, and games being developed for 3DS and smart...


Japanese indie games distributor Playism scored the rights to one of the Touhou titles last year, putting us one step closer to a possible English-language adaptation of the popular doujin series. That was the speculation, an...


Square Enix has two new Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Venom Snake dolls for all you collectors out there, one of which is exclusive to Amazon Japan. The difference in the two is the camo. The "Splitter" mode...


Square Enix recently held a lengthy presentation (starts around 7:30) for its upcoming Mevius Final Fantasy. One of the things revealed during the presentation is a new design for lead character Wal that covers up quite a bi...


Yesterday's peek at Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem raised as many questions as it did fanboy squeals. A new blog today (with somewhat differing translations between Siliconera and Mystic of Traduko Soft) answers and ra...


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...


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 ...


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...


"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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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.


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 ...


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...


Demon Gaze developer Experience has been busy on the Vita since with Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (and its upcoming sequel in Japan), but there are no shortages of dungeons to crawl or publishers to team with, so Bandai...


It wasn't a long reign -- just one week, in fact -- but it was a good one. Majora's Mask 3D has to settle for second place on the Japanese sales charts. God Eater 2: Rage Burst is the new ruler. In its second w...






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