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Toukiden: Kiwami photo
Toukiden: Kiwami

Monster Hunter-alike Toukiden: Kiwami hits PS4, Vita in March

Plus a cool anime trailer from Studio 4░C
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Toukiden: Kiwami is coming to Vita and PS4 on March 31 in North America. It will be available digitally and at retail.  Kiwami includes, "both the original Toukiden: The Age of Demons story and a brand new sto...
Pre-order my toes photo
Pre-order my toes

Dumb: Skyward Sword DLC exclusive to Best Buy, Twilight Princess to Amazon

Hyrule Warriors
Aug 11
// Steven Hansen
Hyrule Warriors' triforce of corporate garbage is complete. GameStop got the fan-favorite Ocarina garb, while pre-ordering from Amazon nets you Twilight Princess threads for Link and Zelda. Best Buy has Skyward Swor...
Midna, Zelda in Hyrule photo
Midna, Zelda in Hyrule

Midna and Zelda are playable in Hyrule Warriors

Midna looks freaking rad
Jun 10
// Brett Zeidler
Hyrule Warriors of course got some screen time during Nintendo's E3 digital event today, where the developers talked a bit more about what separates this game from their respective franchises. Midna and Zelda were both annou...
Trapt joins PS2 Classics photo
Trapt joins PS2 Classics

Tecmo PS2 Classic Trapt coming to PSN next week

Whet your appetite for Deception IV with this PS2 Classic
Feb 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Trapt is coming to PlayStation Network next week, according to the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast. A spiritual successor to Tecmo's Deception series, the strategy action title initially released on PlayS...


New fighter joining Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate on consoles

Marie Rose from the arcade version will be added
Jan 14
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Team NINJA's Yosuke Hayashi announced that there will be some updates coming to Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate soon. The arcade version will be receiving an update in late January, and it will include new costumes for the fighters....

Dead or Alive 5 is charging $25 for these new costumes

DLC gone wrong
Oct 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
How does Tecmo Koei celebrate Halloween? Or really, any day of the week? With skimpy outfits! Skimpy outfits that they hope you'll pay $24.99 for. Yes, you read that right. 28 costumes for $25. The "special" pack released to...
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate photo
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

Impressions: Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

Third time's the...same?
Sep 30
// Ian Bonds
"If at first you don't succeed..." is an interesting business model, especially considering that Dead or Alive 5 wasn't really a "failure," per se. However, try, try again Team Ninja did, and we are now treated to a third version of this particular entry in the franchise. When it all boils down to it, does Ultimate really make that big of a difference?
Fatal Frame III photo
Fatal Frame III

Fatal Frame III torments PlayStation Network this week

Spooky PS2 Classic comes back from the grave this Tuesday
Sep 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is coming to PlayStation Network this week. The spine-chilling third chapter in Tecmo's survival horror series is a mix of old and new, featuring the series' trademark Camera Obscura, some famil...
Dynasty Warriors photo
Dynasty Warriors

Dynasty Warriors 8 launches alongside PS4 in Japan

SCEJ press conference
Sep 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends will launch alongside the PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 22, 2014. The title is also coming to PlayStation 3 and PS Vita in Japan on November 8, 2013.
Fatal Frame photo
Fatal Frame

Sony takes Fatal Frame 2 in for repairs this week on PSN

Buggy PS2 Classic gets its fix
Jul 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly is going in for repairs this week. The digital version of the survival horror classic has been plagued with a myriad of technical issues since its release on PlayStation Network earlier t...
DOA 5 Ultimate photo
DOA 5 Ultimate

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is going free-to-play

PS3 inbound with talks of a 360 version ongoing
Jun 04
// Abel Girmay
Though it is a perfectly functional and fun fighting game, Dead or Alive 5 didn't exactly set the fighting game scene ablaze. It sold well enough at least, but Team Ninja plans to breathe new life into the game by making Dead...
Fatal Frame photo
Fatal Frame

Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly floats to PSN this week

Tecmo Koei's survival horror series returns to PS2 Classics
May 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly is creeping its way onto PlayStation Network this week. Its arrival is hot on the heels of the original Fatal Frame, which only landed on Sony's online service a few short weeks ago....
Atelier Escha & Logy photo
Atelier Escha & Logy

Atelier Escha & Logy opening movie is an acid trip

Psychedelic sensations
Apr 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is the latest entry in Gust's long-running role-playing franchise and is set to arrive exclusively for PlayStation 3 on June 27 in Japan. In the meantime Tecmo Koei h...
Fatal Frame photo
Fatal Frame

Fatal Frame creeping onto PlayStation Network this week

Spooky PS2 Classic returns this Tuesday
Apr 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Prepare to wet your pants! Fatal Frame is coming to PlayStation Network. Announced during this week's PlayStation Blogcast, the first entry in Tecmo's unique survival horror series is set to arrive on Sony's online store this...

Tecmo Koei's TGS 2012 line-up is what you'd expect

Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
No to say that's a bad thing! In fact, seeing Tecmo Koei's line-up for Tokyo Game Show 2012 reminded me that I never did get around to playing Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage, which I'm led to believe is a mistake. There's...

Team Ninja: Ninja Gaiden 3 for the Wii U is 'hardcore'

Aug 17
// Chris Carter
Team Ninja's hype train has just left the station, as they are hard at work convincing us that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge for the Wii U will actually be good this time."We left out some of the things the series was well-kno...

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...


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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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.

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...


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...

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...

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...

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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