Bad port, great shooter As I've said in the past, I consider myself lucky when it comes to meeting fellow gamers over the years that have had a positive impact on my life. I was fortunate enough to discover the Touhou series back in 2002 at the... read feature
The Japanese indie sensation Touhou has been around for nearly two decades. Since debuting in 1996, the series has transformed from a collection of obscure shoot-'em-ups into a cultural phenomenon, spawning a myriad of deriva... read
Touhou seems to be everywhere these days. The series is making its western debut tomorrow. A demo for the next mainline entry isn't too far behind. And even some of the fan-made games are on their way to PlayStation 4. The cu... read
When it comes to Japanese indie games, there's Touhou and then there's everything else.
Over the course of two decades, the property has transformed from an series of obscure bullet hell shooters into a cultural phenomenon. H... read
Good news for fans of Japanese indie games: Playism is bringing its wares to consoles.
We've known this was happening for a while, but now it's official. The company has announced plans to localize a number of Japanese ... read
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... read
There's a certain thrill to a game that punishes you for attempting to best it, as Bloodborne and Souls series fans can attest to. That's why there happen to be so many of them cropping up here and there, especially over the ... read
TyranoBuilder is on its way to Steam this Friday, March 27, Nyu Media has announced.
The new program is advertised as "the easiest, fasted way to create multi-platform visual novels," allowing users to create games for compu... read
This latest Humble Weekly Bundle is chock-full of awesome Japanese independent games.
The new pay what you want promotion includes adventure game Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, its visual novel companion Cherry ... read
You can buy a Hatoful Boyfriend dakimakura cover over at Humble Bundle right now. Yes, really.
It's all part of a Valentine's Day promotion, which features the pigeon dating sim plus a smattering of other visual novels, incl... read
Dynamite Bomb is coming to Playism's western storefront next Tuesday, February 17.
The fighting game, developed by doujin circle Light Green 8, is a combo-heavy experience where standard attacks don... read
Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm launches in Japanese arcades Thursday, Taito has announced. Meanwhile, the doujin fighting game's long-awaited PC release still remains a work in progress.
"The timing of the NESiCAxLive release... read
Croixleur Sigma is coming to PS4 on March 5 for 1,500 yen, and based on the details we have so far, I hope it gets localized.
The expansion/update of sorts will have a full visual HD upgrade, as well as more characters, mons... read
Ah, Touhou Project. The hyper-popular series of bullet-hell shooters has long been a Holy Grail of sorts for non-PC-owning otaku, and the efforts to get games with the Touhou brand on various consoles have been mighty indeed... read
Astebreed developer spotlights this season's Japanese indies
Comiket, the largest independent media festival on the planet, is winding down its winter festivities. Over the past three days, hundreds of thousands of folks have flocked to the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center to acquire... read feature
Nekopara Vol. 1 tells the tale of Kashou Minaduki, a young baker descended from a long line of Japanese confection makers who sets out on his own to open a patisserie. Of course, a couple of catgirls show up, as catgirls are wont to do, and hijinks ensue. Naturally.
The visual novel is slated to debut on Steam today with a $10 asking price.
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Rime Berta is coming to Steam tomorrow -- just in time for Hanukkah.
The strategy role-playing game, developed by doujin studio Next-Soft Plus, draws inspiration from Final Fantasy Tactics, sporting terraced la... read
Pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend is flapping on over to PS4 and Vita early next year, Sony and indie publisher Devolver Digital announced today.
"All y'all PlayStation nerds need to stop waiting for The Last Guardia... read
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late is coming to PlayStation 3 in North America on February 24, 2015, localization house Aksys Games announced today.
The 2D fighting game was developed by Japanese independent studio French Bread with netcode assistance from BlazBlue maker Arc System Works. The European release is being handled by NIS America, who are also targeting a 2015 launch. read
Cherry Tree High I! My! Girls! isn't just the best string of words ever, it's also a visual novel from doujin circle 773, makers of the "slice-of-life adventure game" Cherry Tree High Comedy Club. It's coming to Steam ... read
Fairy Bloom Ultra Encore is out now for Windows PC, Playism has announced.
The action game has a jaunty premise, following a fairy tasked with defending a flower from a swarm of aphids. Yes, really. You'll need to pulverize ... read
Sacred Tears True is now available for Windows PC via Steam, Nyu Media announced today.
The indie role-playing game follows a pair of private investigators who moonlight as thieves, you know, because they are woolgathering th... read
Croixleur Sigma is coming to PlayStation 4, Playism announced this week at Tokyo Game Show.
"We're hoping we can get a western release out as soon as possible," Playism marketing manager and localization editor Nay... read
Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR launches its attack on PC tomorrow for $9.99, Playism announced today.
The shoot-'em-up comes by way of doujin studio Cross Eaglet, and is most notable for its eponymous swivel mechanic. The t... read
Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm is no longer targeting a summer launch, publisher Nyu Media revealed today. The crowdfunded fighting game now aims to launch sometime this autumn.
The word came along with an announcement regar... read
Devolver Digital recently took to Twitter to announce that Mediatonic's remake of PigeoNation Inc's interactive visual novel Hatoful Boyfriend will unfortunately be delayed until September 4 to allow for a bit of last-mi... read
Helen's Mysterious Castle wanders to Windows PC this Friday, Playism announced today.
The role-playing game follows our eponymous heroine, as she explores a labyrinthine castle on a floating island in the sky. Some... read
Touhou Kishinjou: Double Dealing Character is now available for Windows PC via Playism Japan.
Initially released last summer at Comiket 84, Double Dealing Character is the fourteenth official entry in the Touhou Project,... read
Comiket, the world's largest festival for self-published media, begins today. Over the course of the weekend, more than half a million people will descend on the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center. Their mission? To acqui... read
Good lord, there's a lot of great doujin games on sale right now. In celebration of this summer's fast-approaching Comiket 86, the folks at Playism, Rockin' Android, and Nyu Media have banded together with the "Japanese Indie... read