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FFIV Steam

Chibi Final Fantasy IV is on Steam at typical Square price


$16
Sep 25
The cutesy, 3D Final Fantasy IV remake released on Nintendo DS in 2008, then mobile devices last year (along with a 3D remake of The After Years) has now come to Steam with things like trading cards and achieve... read
Zodiac multiplayer

Turn-based JRPG Zodiac's MMO-inspired multiplayer explained


From former Final Fantasy developers
Sep 19
Once you get past the beautiful artwork and big names -- Final Fantasy composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII), series scenario writer Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy VII) -- Zodiac does start to ... read
Final Fantasy VII and XV writer; Final Fantasy Tactics and XII composer
French developer Kobojo has announced a new game, Zodiac, made in collaboration with frequent Final Fantasy composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII), series scenario writer Kazushige Nojima (Final... read feature

Alienware Alpha Steam console to debut in Japan at Tokyo Game Show 2014


500 controller-games supported
Aug 25
Alongside all of the crazy Japanese things we expect to see at Tokyo Game Show next month, we're adding one very American thing. Alienware will debut their Steam gaming console, the Alpha, at the September 18-21 event. It was... read
Keiji Inafune

Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity


More like Comcept art...wait, wrong Mega Man clone company
Jul 22
Keiji Inafune's other not Mega Man game, Azure Striker: Gunvolt, is coming to Japan (via 3DS eShop) on August 20. No word on a specific North American release date. Inti Creates' Takuya Aizu explained... read
Solatorobo

Play as Solatorobo's Red in Little Tail Story special event


Just look at his adorable little peg legs!
Jul 14
Namco Bandai's Little Tail Story is now running a new event where players can recruit Solatorobo: Red the Hunter's main character Red for their armies. Solatorobo was released in October 2010 and is set in a steampunk fantasy... read
Censorship!!!!!!!

Criminal Girls' sexual punishment will only be mildly censored


Moans out, fog in
Jul 08
A lot of people were upset after NIS America announced it had "edited certain aspects" of Criminal Girls: Invite Only for Western release. The "c" word (censorship) was thrown around nobly as it always seems to be w... read
Touch-a, touch-a, touch-a, touch me
Too often, unique and engaging games are passed over due to their risqué content and gimmickry, and Monster Monpiece is inevitably one that will fall victim to this curse. It's not difficult to see why some may be turn... read feature

omg censhorshop!!!!

Sexual punishment probably scrubbed from Criminal Girls western release


Maybe just don't localize it?
Jul 04
Criminal Girls: Invite Only, a touched up version of the 2010 PSP game Criminal Girls, is coming to Vita in North America and Europe next year, NIS America announced. Criminal Girls involves guiding seven girls through ... read
Ar Nosurge

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star also coming to North America


Before Europe, in fact
Jul 01
Last week, Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star received confirmation of a European launch, but no specific news of a North American release. Well, that didn't last long. Koei Tecmo America has announced the Gust ... read
Ar Nosurge

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star is coming to Europe, but US release uncertain


At least there's always the possibility
Jun 25
Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star is a sci-fi/fantasy RPG from Tecmo Koei Europe that may or may not be releasing in the US. Figured we'd get that out of the way for anyone who might be interested after reading the synopsis. ... read
Suikoden creator

Suikoden creator working on Western-targeted project


'Targeted mainly towards the overseas audience'
Jun 23
Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama is away from Konami and the series he built, but with his new studio, Blue Moon, he might be making a game that we can all eventually play.  "It’s hard to say with cert... read
NIS at E3 2014

NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time


A new series mingles with sequels at NIS' E3 preview
Jun 16
NIS was a bit of a hidden treasure at E3. The publisher shared a booth with Atlus and it took me stopping and actually looking at what was on display at the demo station to put two and two together. The search was well worth it because I was rewarded with a closer look at three upcoming titles: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited, and Natural Doctrine. read
Pokemon

Get a load of the new Pokemon R/S Mega Evolutions and trainer duds


Decorative spine orbs are so Mega
Jun 07
The latest issue of Japanese game mag CoroCoro has revealed some of the new Mega Evolutions for the Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes, including new Megas for starters Sceptile and Swampert, event Pokemon Diance, and series masco... read
Persona Ultimax videos

Yukiko & Yosuke get Persona 4 Ultimax trailers


Brosuke bro-ing out
Jun 06
I got so excited about Yu's Yul Brynner chest on the Persona 4 Ultimax box art that I almost missed new trailers for Yukiko and Yosuke. I never noticed this, but Yosuke's persona sort of looks like the frog navi the frog reporter uses in Mega Man Battle Network 2. Yeah, I like those games. read
Persona Arena boxart

The Japanese box art for Persona 4 Ultimax is real good


More boxes like this, please
Jun 06
This is the official box art for the Japanese release of Persona 4 Ultimax. It's pretty great, even with the best characters (Mitsuru and Chie) getting teeny billing. That Yul Brynner chest pose though. read
Danganronpa 2

Get pumped for September's Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair with new character portraits


Get Super High School Level excited
Jun 04
If you've been patiently waiting for your next tasty dose of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, I've got something to sate your hunger. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is dated for a September 2 release for Vita owners, but in ... read
God Eater 2

God Eater 2 getting Return of the Defense Unit DLC next month


New playable characters plus characters from the last game
May 27
God Eater 2 is getting DLC, Another Episode, meant to bring back older versions of the original game's Defense Unit. There are also some new characters being introduced initially as NPCs, but beating the DLC will make them p... read
Monster Monpiece

Get your card battle on with Monster Monpiece, out today


It's actually a strategic card battler, you pervs, gawwwd
May 27
Monster Monpiece has finally arrived, and I can't wait to tear into it. Card battling has been my forte, all the way from my Pokémon TCG League days up to now, where I reminisce about Triple Triad daily. There's someth... read
Don't fly me to the moon
Visual novels are a finicky medium. It's difficult enough to drum up interest because of their exotic origins, and harder still to find an audience due to their nature -- it's a bunch of reading. And you can't always be sure ... read feature

Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash is being localized by FUNimation


They 'flash,' alright
May 21
Fans of rip-your-clothes-off-while-fighting-to-the-death Senran Kagura Burst should be tickled pink, as the popular ninja girl beat-'em-up is receiving an anime series courtesy of FUNimation. Tamsoft's side-scrolling saga wa... read
Shining Resonance

Shining Resonance is an upcoming RPG from the developer of Wild Arms


Wild Arms was awesome, so hopefully this is too
May 14
When Sega revealed a new game in the Shining series in February, then disappointed fans everywhere by showcasing a fighting game rather than an RPG, butts were significantly hurt. Now, there may be a light on the horizon yet.... read
Tokyo 23-Ku Seifuku Wars

GungHo bringing six more Japanese PS1 classics to PSN


Tokyo 23-Ku Seifuku Wars!!!
May 12
Better brush up on your Japanese. GungHo is bringing six more Japanese PS1 games -- still in Japanese -- to the PSN, at $6 a pop. You may be able to get by with minimal language knowledge with some of them, but you might find... read
Akiba's Trip

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed will feature dual audio tracks


Also, 'strip portraits' for male characters as well as the women!
May 09
Infiltrate virtual Akihabara in Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed, an upcoming brawler that XSEED Games has gone to great lengths to localize properly. XSEED announced today that beat-the-pants-off-of-your-enemy Akihabara ... read
Really? Really!

MangaGamer puts Shuffle! sequel Really? Really! up for preorder


Really? Yes, really
May 09
MangaGamer has just announced that Really? Really!, the third game in the heart-wrenching Shuffle! franchise, is now available for preorder for a June 6 release. It's nowhere near the caliber of Steins;Gate, if my review was ... read
Embracing a binary choice system
We knew Tales of Xillia 2 would be coming to the Americas before the first Tales of Xillia came out, but now we have a date, along with a bulky collector's edition. You can get your hands on the PS3 RPG on August 19 in North ... read feature

More Vita games

Fairy Fencer F and Disgaea 4 Vita dated for the west


More Japanese games to go with Danganronpa 2
Apr 18
Earlier today, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair got a release date for North American Vitas: September 2. I still need to play the first. Anyway, more Japanese games have western release dates. Compile Heart's RPG Fairy Fencer ... read
CENSORSHIP!!!!!!

Azure Striker compromises appeal to boys 10-14, adds braid back


Gravure liker
Apr 17
Keiji Inafune's other not Mega Man game is Azure Striker: Gunvolt. Its main character, Gunvolt, was viciously censored for the planned Western release, as you can see below. And by viciously censored I mean his designed was c... read
The life and times of Hououin Kyouma
Time travel is infinitely more interesting once you leave the trappings of the TARDIS or any one of those familiar (some would say hackneyed) science fiction mainstays behind. Steins;Gate, the visual novel that inspired a ... read feature

La-Mulana 2

La-Mulana 2 aims to be more 'intuitive,' still hard as heck


Archaeological action exploration game
Apr 16
La-Mulana was regarded by some as the hardest game ever. This isn't going to change, though Nigoro's Takami Naramura wants it to be slightly more intuitive so perhaps all those deaths don't lead to warranted frustration and ... read






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