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Bukkoro photo
Bukkoro

Nier, Drakengard creator starts new company


Still doing Nier 2!
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Taro Yoko (Nier, Drakengard) has started a mysterious new company, Bukkoro. There's a website and not much else to go on. It does have adorable drawings done by Taiko Drum Master artist Yukiko Yokoo. According to Siliconera, ...
Mana o' mana photo
Mana o' mana

Square working on new Final Fantasy Adventure


Mana o' mana
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Final Fantasy Adventure (Mystic Quest in Europe,Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden in Japan) turned into the Mana series with Secret of Mana. Unfortunately, its entries have been relegated to Japan-exclusive cell phone ga...

Obscure Video Games: Kick Challenger - Air Foot

Jun 27 // Obscure Video Games
There's a variety of interesting power-ups to tread upon. A variety of Nike sneakers are available to alter your movement, but there's no indication that they were officially licensed. I assume Air Master was a reference to these swap-meet Air Jordans. As with many of the games I highlight here, piles of feces make an appearance, as well. For some reason in this game stepping in it makes you temporarily invincible. There is even one item that turns you into a pesticide can which can shoot at the bugs (as you can see in my GIF at the top). The game is not without its faults, though. The five levels included aren't very long, but in a way this is good because it does get a bit repetitive.  Also, the difficulty and frustration level can be a bit much. One of the main things that got me was the warp spots, which almost always take you back to an earlier point in the level. They spring up all over the place, and can be quite tricky (sometimes impossible) to avoid. The game also won't let you backtrack; if you get stuck in front of a warp, you have to take it. This kind of trial-and-error stuff is just begging to be played on an emulator with save states. Overall, if you're forgiving and want to try something truly original, different, and (of course) challenging, I'd say Kick Challenger is worth checking out. [embed]294633:59217:0[/embed]
Obscure Video Games photo
1, 2, 3, kick it!
In 1986 Nintendo released the Famicom Disk System add-on for the Famicom in Japan. For some reason the company decided it wasn't worth the time to sell it anywhere else in the world, but that didn't stop game makers from rele...


Toukiden photo
Toukiden

Toukiden: Kiwami is now on Steam but it's $60


I still love those demon designs
Jun 26
// Jordan Devore
Omega Force's action-RPG about hunting Oni has come to Steam. Great news! There are few if any games like this available on PC. But because it's Koei Tecmo, Toukiden: Kiwami costs $59.99. This is an expanded version of Toukid...
The Bishi Bashi photo
The Bishi Bashi

Mash buttons to successfully defecate


Or to photograph young cosplayers
Jun 25
// Laura Kate Dale
Last night, I played some very strange Japanese arcade games, including one that really threw my understanding of games about defecating out the window called The Bishi Bashi.  The Bishi Bashi is a multiplayer competitiv...
Arcade Machine photo
Arcade Machine

Get drunk, punch a table and throw cake everywhere


Japan is great
Jun 25
// Laura Kate Dale
Last night I played an amazing and utterly bizarre arcade machine from Japan called Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! (Super Table-Flip!). The idea is simple: release pent up anger and agression by punching a plastic table over ...
Animal Crossing photo
Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing gets its PONPONPON on


Stitches just blew her mind...
Jun 24
// Jonathan Holmes
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is almost here, but I'm not seeing much excitement for it. Maybe that's because it's a full priced game that looks to offer just a fraction of the features found in the previously re...
Punch Line photo
Punch Line

999 and Zero Escape writer's new game coming to PS4, Vita


Punch Line
Jun 23
// Steven Hansen
What with Zero Escape not being profitable and the trilogy being put on hold, series writer and director Kotaro Uchikoshi (999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors) went and wrote an anime called Punch Line. It has a pretty ...
Persona 5? It's good photo
Persona 5? It's good

Persona 5 screenshots leak via Dancing All Night bonus disc


New trailer may be uploaded soon?
Jun 23
// Steven Hansen
I wouldn't blame you for avoiding these if you want to wait to experience them in the majesty that is the second Persona 5 trailer, from where these screens were ripped. Folks in Japan got their hands on Persona 4: Dancing All Night early along with the special bonus disc that contains a Persona 5 trailer, so be on the lookout for that soon. Also, blue-haired guy a new character?
Obligatory scary child photo
Obligatory scary child

NIS gets creepy with new teaser


Obligatory scary child
Jun 23
// Steven Hansen
These days, Japanese games being creepy usually has more to do with upskirts than spooks. Fatal Frame couldn't even get squeezed into Nintendo's E3 event. Still, very-anime publisher and developer Nippon Ichi recently upload...
Trailer photo
Trailer

Lost Dimension brings anime paranoia to PS3, Vita


New E3 trailer
Jun 21
// Steven Hansen
Have you ever felt like you can read snippets of your friends' thoughts and that some of them are out to get you and you'd be better off killing them? Same, same. Lost Dimension tasks a group of 11 capable warriors with stop...
Square Enix photo
Square Enix

Yoichi Wada leaves Square Enix


さよならとがんばろう!
Jun 19
// Vikki Blake
Once-upon-a-time Square Enix boss, Yoichi Wada, has left the company. Wada stepped down as president in 2013 following a disastrous year for Square Enix but remained on as chair of Square Enix Tokyo (albeit one with no execut...
amiibo photo
amiibo

The R.O.B. amiibo will get region specific paint jobs


Famicom or NES flavors
Jun 14
// Jonathan Holmes
It looks like you amiibo completionists will have to do some importing in the near future. According to Amiibo News, the upcoming amiibo based on R.O.B. will come in both NES gray and Famicom red and white.  I've always ...

Obscure Video Games: The Aka-Champion

Jun 13 // Obscure Video Games
The snowboard slap-fighting in my GIF above is just one way to brutalize your babies. Some more examples are: electrified jump rope vicious polar bears skydiving "accidents" giant killer snowballs And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There's a ton of dangerous mini-games here, and they're divided into summer and winter events. Some are fun, some are frustrating, and some are just weird. There's even a two-player mode, so you can injure infants with a friend. The Aka-Champion isn't an easy game to find (even online); but if you see it for a reasonable price then grab that baby and see if you can beat it. [embed]293652:58928:0[/embed]
Obscure Video Games photo
Hit me baby, one more time
Who wants to play a mini-game collection where babies slap the crap out of each other? Nobody? What about if they're creepy-looking Cabbage Patch Kid rejects? Still no? Oh well, that's what I'm going to talk about here anyway...

SEGA photo
SEGA

Sega promoting Alien: Isolation with scary eels


Would you eat this to maybe win a copy?
Jun 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Alien: Isolation launches in Japan this week and Sega is promoting it in the creepiest way possible. Over the next week in Tokyo, folks will have an opportunity to feast on the closest thing to a real live Chestburster on thi...
June 9 photo
June 9

Major Final Fantasy XV demo update lets you fight giants


June 9
Jun 05
// Steven Hansen
Square Enix has released a video for Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae's 2.0 patch, the major update that is hitting the Final Fantasy XV demo next week on June 9. Yes, weird. As previously noted, it "features camera/targeting...

Stella, Versus' opening party scene no longer in Final Fantasy XV

Jun 05 // Steven Hansen
Stella was a straggler. "Stella was presented as the heroine to play opposite Noctis in Versus XIII. We wanted to keep her as a heroine in FFXV’s story, and pursued ways to tie her in to FFXV’s design as well, but we found it increasingly difficult to make sense of Stella’s character and role within FFXV. So then we thought, do we want to recreate Stella with a different role and image, or do we want to start over with a new heroine? And after a lot of consideration, we decided not to include Stella in FFXV. Instead, we have a new heroine named Luna, who has a different role within the story. So we will be talking more about her in the future." That future is likely Gamescom, where Final Fantasy XV will have a big presence. It is basically skipping E3. Other characters from what was Versus, like the woman dragoon, "are still in the game with their own important roles within the story." Still, the erasure of a major character emphasizes what Tabata wants to get across ahead of the big reveals at Gamescom, that Final Fantasy XV "is indeed a different game now." Another specific change Tabata points out is that the party scene from Versus, followed by the attack on the city, has been removed. "So now, the sequence is: Noct and his retinue leave Insomnia, and...then the Niflheim army attacks the crown city," he explained. "There’s an extremely important reason behind this decision. In fact, it could be construed a spoiler, so I can’t tell you about it here." Even that change comes with a serious concern over fan reaction to these changes. "We decided to delete the scene of a party in Insomnia, which is a city like Shinjuku. So then we became concerned that the players who were looking forward to some gameplay in that city might worry that they would be losing that gameplay as well," Tabata said. "So I thought I should let you know here and now that we are preparing situations that would involve gameplay in the Shinjuku-like city of Insomnia. We had previously released information on Versus saying you would begin combat right after the Niflheim army attacks the city, but the new gameplay would not fall in around the same timeline."
New heroine Luna photo
New heroine Luna & the Versus transition
A lot has changed since Final Fantasy XIII Versus was announced. We have a black president now! Seriously. We're going on a decade now. It's not just minor things like titles or planned consoles that have changed, director H...

PC, PS4, PS3, Vita photo
PC, PS4, PS3, Vita

First screens for Samurai Warriors 4: Empires


PC, PS4, PS3, Vita
Jun 05
// Steven Hansen
We're still waiting on Samurai Warriors 4-II (pictured above), the expanded version of last year's Samurai Warriors 4. It's coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita October 2 in Europe, September 29 in the US. Mea...
íMas Butoden!  photo
íMas Butoden!

Another trailer for the new 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter


Mas Butoden!
Jun 05
// Steven Hansen
Gosh, it was so hard to get more than a boring Goku on Vegeta still out of the new Arc System Works 3DS fighter for months. Then there was the meaty 8 minutes and cheese head lady. And now here's another commercial. Makes sense. It comes out next week in Japan. And remember, the fan-made Dragon Ball Z fighter still looks amazing.
Splatoon photo
Splatoon

Japan is really into squids now and kids now


Pure domination
Jun 04
// Brett Makedonski
Nintendo's Splatoon is enamoring people everywhere it releases. The family-friendly shooter has fans across the world transforming from kid to squid and back again. That influence extends to Japan, where players are eati...
Battle Cats photo
Battle Cats

Look at the legs on that cat!


The whole world needs this
Jun 03
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo held a Japanese Direct presentation over the weekend and this beauty, The Battle Cats, was a part of the proceedings. Originally a mobile title, it's now destined for a second life on the 3DS eShop where it (seemingly, as a paid title) won't be weighed down by the old free-to-play trappings. Bless you, Tiny Cartridge, for bringing this treasure to my attention. Now, about localization...
Heavensward photo
Heavensward

PlayStation 4, Vita, PS TV get weak Final Fantasy XIV consoles


Heavensward
Jun 03
// Steven Hansen
Sony, Square, c'mon. These Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward themed consoles are a bit low effort. The white PS4 does look fine, but both are literally just white and black PS4s with Sony's weak faceplates packed in. I like the ...
Rhythm Tengoku photo
Rhythm Tengoku

Eat away your sorrows with this Rhythm Tengoku trailer


;_;
Jun 03
// Darren Nakamura
Sometimes life gets you down, and all you want to do is sit on the couch while eating peanut butter with a spoon and watching Netflix. Or if you are "Heartbreak Bear Hen" (as translated by Google), you would rhythmically alt...
In Japan photo
In Japan

PlayStation Vita strategy RPG Makai Shin Trillion out next month


In Japan
Jun 03
// Steven Hansen
Makai Shin Trillion is coming to Vita in Japan on July 23. We first saw it just over a year ago. The Vita strategy RPG comes from developer Compile Heart whose last four developed games (Fairy Fencer F, Hyperdimension Neptun...
Konami is bad photo
Konami is bad

Creator blames Konami for end of popular 27-year-old series


Love to work for Konami
Jun 03
// Steven Hansen
Momotaro Dentetsu isn't a household name in the states, but in Japan the series has sold tens of millions and long predates Mario Party as a popular (train-themed) video game board game. The Hudson series has seen dozens of e...
Upskirt game photo
Upskirt game

Natsuiro High School is a pervy creepshot simulator


Out on PS3 and PS4 in Japan
Jun 03
// Steven Hansen
Natsuiro High School is out for PS3 and PS4 today in Japan. It is mostly about crawling on the ground to take illicit pictures of high school age girls' underwear. Or somehow getting them into those threadbare bikinis that a...

Katamari designer's new game Wattam is all warm and fuzzy

Jun 01 // Jordan Devore
It starts with just the Mayor, that boxy green guy pictured above. He has a penchant for explosions. You can assume direct control of him and countless other objects (which, hilariously, have human names) and your ultimate goal is to explode together by holding hands to form a chain. The trick is using each character's ability to interact with their surroundings and one another. Doing so will expand the world and bring new folks into the fray, from sushi to a toilet to a lawn mower. The music brings this concept home. Characters have their own sounds, their own tunes, and the audio flows to form a cohesive whole even as you incessantly flip back and forth between them. This is the kind of game best played socially with a group of friends and some beers, or perhaps with a child. Its creation was influenced by Takahashi playing make-believe with his two-year-old. That inspiration shows. Wattam is coming to PlayStation 4 next year, and I am pumped.
Wattam photo
High on life
"Oh, thank eff. There's a trailer!" A couple weeks ago, I saw Wattam, a near-indescribable game from Funomena and the creator of Katamari Damacy, Keita Takahashi, at a pre-E3 event. (He had excellent socks.) I'd heard that n...

Dragon Quest VIII photo
Dragon Quest VIII

Dragon Quest VIII is looking good on the 3DS


Time to bang us a Yangus
May 31
// Jonathan Holmes
When it was first released on the PS2 in 2004, Dragon Quest VIII defiantly stood apart from the sea of pseudo-realistic, cut scene heavy RPGs and action games that largely populated the console at that time. It aspired ...
Animal Crossing photo
Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer costs 4,000 Yen in Japan


That's about $32
May 31
// Jonathan Holmes
When we first heard about Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, it was easy to look at it as a stop gap measure to satiate people's hunger for more of the series that would also work to cash in on the current amiibo craze. F...
Monster Hunter X photo
Monster Hunter X

Monster Hunter X looks to make the action fun for everyone


On 3DS in Japan this winter
May 31
// Jonathan Holmes
The Monster Hunter series remains huge in Japan, but it's still more of a cult hit everywhere else. The combat system probably has a lot to do with that. On the surface, it's pretty disempowering. Players are likely to feel ...

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