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9:00 PM on 04.15.2015

This Japanese Hotline Miami art is sick as hell

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]

Jordan Devore



J-Stars Victory Vs+ is a shallow masher, but it's fanservice done right photo
J-Stars Victory Vs+ is a shallow masher, but it's fanservice done right
by Chris Carter

It doesn't take an otaku to see the appeal of J-Stars Victory Vs+. It features a host of famous anime characters, from Kenshin to Goku to Naruto. It's like the Marvel vs. Capcom of Shōnen Jump properties, a magazine that's been going strong since the 1960s.

After actually playing the game, I didn't come away particularly impressed with its fighting mechanics, but I can't resist the sheer fun factor of slicing and blasting away with some of my favorite characters.

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Review: Etrian Mystery Dungeon photo
Review: Etrian Mystery Dungeon
by Chris Carter

Mashups are often born purely for fanservice-related reasons, and as you can probably guess, the results are mixed. For instance, it would be tough for an RPG developer to make an action game based on two different puzzle properties, but odder mixes have been done in the past.

With Etrian Mystery Dungeon, it feels like a match made in heaven. Spike Chunsoft and Atlus have been making RPGs for what seems like a lifetime, and Etrian Odyssey is basically a Mystery title already strictly in terms of its dungeon crawling emphasis.

As one would expect, it mostly works out even if the formula is a bit dated.

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5:30 PM on 04.01.2015

Atlus localizing Attack on Titan 3DS game this May

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is officially on its way to North America and Europe. Atlus USA just formally announced plans to publish the Nintendo 3DS action game as part of today's Nintendo Direct presentation. Expec...

Kyle MacGregor




Review: Fossil Fighters: Frontier photo
Review: Fossil Fighters: Frontier
by Jed Whitaker

I used to love dinosaurs. Growing up I watched The Land Before Time nearly daily, and I really wanted to be a paleontologist just like Alan Grant. If there was a video game with dinosaurs in it, I experienced it it, from Turok, to Dinosaurs for Hire to Dino Crisis, just for the sake of seeing dinosaurs in action.

Naturally, I played the original Fossil Fighters on the Nintendo DS. It wasn't remarkable, but it was at least an original take on the collect them all and battle formula. Digging up fossils to revive dinosaurs sounded great on paper but the digging mechanics wasn't the strongest, tedious even. So I skipped the sequel but decided to give the third game in the series another chance for review. Perhaps Fossil Fighters: Frontier would renew my love of the creatures.

I fucking hate dinosaurs now.

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Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a quirky spinoff in line with series legacy photo
Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a quirky spinoff in line with series legacy
by Alessandro Fillari

Over the years, Atlus has become one of the more endearing presences in gaming. One thing fans appreciate is its tendency to switch things up. The publisher has a handle on the niche gaming scene, and it's reassuring to know that it recognizes when to branch out and try new things. With the upcoming spinoff for the Etrian Odyssey series featuring a partnership with Chunsoft, Atlus has got its eye on trying something a bit different with its favored dungeon crawler.

Moving away from the first-person view from past titles, Etrian Mystery Dungeon blends the two series' specialties together to make a nice mix of hardcore RPG action with roguelike dungeon exploration. During a special hands-on session with Atlus, I got some time to experience what EMD has to offer. Though the perspective has changed, the spirit of the series remains.

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9:05 PM on 02.19.2015

Danganronpa Another Episode heads west this fall

Good news, everyone! Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is coming west this autumn, publisher NIS America announced tonight at a press event in San Francisco. Unlike the first pair of Danganronpa titles, b...

Kyle MacGregor

12:30 PM on 02.06.2015

Etrian Mystery Dungeon shows off the Medic

What do you get when you mix Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon series? Etrian Mystery Dungeon of course! With development handled by dungeon master Spike Chunsoft, the new 3DS game will bring in that clas...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Etrian Mystery Dungeon crawls to 3DS on April 7

Etrian Mystery Dungeon will arrive in North America on April 7, Atlus USA announced today. The project is a collaboration between Atlus and Spike Chunsoft, pairing the character classes and skill trees of Etrian Odyssey with Mystery Dungeon's exploratory roguelike design.  Atlus plans to include a bonus soundtrack disc with all pre-orders and first-run copies of the game.

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 12.11.2014

New SaGa and Deception games are in development

It has been over ten years since Unlimited Saga. There have been re-releases in the interim. And a Gree social game, Emporers SaGa, a couple years ago in Japan. From the same source that brought us confirmation of Gravity Rus...

Steven Hansen

12:15 PM on 12.03.2014

Etrian Mystery Dungeon comes west next spring

Etrian Mystery Dungeon is heading to the Americas in 2015, Atlus USA announced today. The crossover project is a partnership between the Shin Megami Tensei studio and Spike Chunsoft, makers of strange series like Da...

Kyle MacGregor





1:30 PM on 11.24.2014

Etrian Odyssey gets a Mystery Dungeon crossover

Well, it looks like Atlus and Spike Chunsoft are having another baby. The studios announced a new collaborative project today, Etrian Mystery Dungeon. For those unfamiliar with Mystery Dungeon, it's a series o...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair photo
Review: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
by Brittany Vincent

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc was an intelligent riff on the perils of high school -- you know, if you had thrown a murder mystery in between classes and the principal was a maniacal stuffed animal.

Its sequel, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, takes a beleaguered trope and turns it on its head. This is one "trapped on a desert island" story that takes things to another level entirely.

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11:00 PM on 09.10.2014

The new Danganronpa looks absolutely insane

Spike Chunsoft has shared another trailer for Danganronpa: Another Episode and it's pretty much pure madness. The PlayStation Vita title is set to release in Japan come September 25. No yet word regarding a potential western release, but we will be sure to keep you apprised. In the meantime, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is out now across North America and Europe.

Kyle MacGregor

4:24 AM on 09.01.2014

Danganronpa Another Episode gets daft trailer with megaphones

Absolute Despair Girl: Danganronpa Another Episode -- thanks, horrible naming conventions -- takes place between the first Danganronpa and the second, Goodbye Despair, which comes out in North America on Tuesday. Another Episode is coming to Japan on September 25. 

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 08.04.2014

Double your dose of despair with these new Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens

If you're eagerly awaiting another dose of despair via Danganronpa, you'll want to check out this hefty new batch of screenshots for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, releasing September 2. There are a few interesting surprises...

Brittany Vincent