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5:30 PM on 03.17.2014

How much does Japan love Pikachu? It is their World Cup mascot

Japan has teamed up with Adidas and The Pokemon Company for a promotional campaign leading up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. That Mary Sue pocket monster is taking advantage of the weight its shed over the years to lead Jap...

Steven Hansen

11:15 AM on 03.14.2014

Japan gets a limited-edition Persona Q 3DS XL

I almost bought a Japanese 3DS last week while in Kyoto for BitSummit. That pretty mint/white one. But now that I've seen the design of the limited-edition Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, I'm glad I waited. To be honest, ...

Dale North

10:45 AM on 03.13.2014

Nom Nom Galaxy hits Early Access today at a discount

Q-Games' Nom Nom Galaxy, formerly PixelJunk Inc., will be available on Steam's Early Access program today at 9:00 a.m. PST. The time's significant because it will be offered to the first 1,000 buyers at a discounted rate of $...

Brett Makedonski



Inafune's new game: Azure Striker: Gunvolt first hands-on photo
Inafune's new game: Azure Striker: Gunvolt first hands-on
by Dale North

At BitSummit today, Inti Creates and Keiji Inafune announced a brand new side-scrolling adventure called Azure Striker: Gunvolt. It's coming this summer to the 3DS via Nintendo's eShop.

Listen up, Mega Man fans: Keiji Inafune is the Executive Producer, and Yoshihisa Tsuda (Mega Man X2, Mega Man 7, 9, 10, and more) is the Game Director. Yoshitaka Hatakeyama (Mega Man 9) is on art, while Takuya Aizu (several Mega Man games, as well as Mighty No. 9) acts as Producer. Finally, Ippo Yamada is over music and sound effects.

Naturally, we ran over to see it immediately.

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6:00 PM on 03.06.2014

PixelJunk Inc. becomes Nom Nom Galaxy

Ahead of BitSummit this weekend, Q-Games has announced a name change for its upcoming PixelJunk Inc., a 2D sandbox game about building a soup empire coming to Steam Early Access on March 13, 2014. (You've seen the .gifs, yes...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 03.05.2014

Freedom Wars warns of million year prisons, giant monsters

Our freedom is under attack, America (or Japan). First it was the war on Christmas. Then the war on Christianity. Soon we will all be born slaves, toiling for the mooching liberal welfare state and unable to bring guns into ...

Steven Hansen





6:00 AM on 03.04.2014

Tokyo Game Show 2014: The Transformation of Fun

The theme for TGS 2014 has been decided: Changing Games: The Transformation of Fun. I have no idea what that means. At all. But I do know that there's a good chance that a bunch of Persona games will be playable at the show t...

Dale North

5:09 AM on 03.04.2014

PS4 sales have surpassed six million systems worldwide

The PS4 keeps going! Sony announced last night that PS4 sales have surpassed six million units worldwide, following last week's launch in Japan. That's a lot of hidden french fries! Here are some other fun facts that Sony rel...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 02.28.2014

Game Center CX 3 soon to offer more retro fun

Here you will find an advertisement for Game Center CX 3 which releases in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS on March 20. I wish it were being localized for North America, but instead I'll have to settle for this advertising m...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 PM on 02.26.2014

No More Heroes/Chulip dev announces Million Onion Hotel

Onion Games has one of the best Twitter accounts going. It's also run by three of the most talented and passionate indie developers in Japan. You may not have heard of Yoshiro Kimura (No More Heroes, Little King's Story)...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 02.26.2014

New Secret of Mana is a free-to-play mobile game

Square Enix is releasing free-to-play (with microtransactions!) action-RPG Rise of Mana to iOS later this week in Japan. Controller support will be added somewhere down the line and an Android port is coming this summer. Man...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 02.26.2014

Bundle bump: Knack was the best selling Japanese PS4 game

So, one of the reasons for the delayed PS4 launch in Japan was the games lineup, right? They had to get more games for that audience? I'm not sure how good of a job they did if Battlefield 4 and Killzone Shadow Fall still cra...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 02.25.2014

Domino's Fire Emblem pizza isn't for Fire Emblem, sadly

Domino's "pizza" is terrible junk I wouldn't eat if I'd ingested a poison for which the only cure was the exact blend of possum endocrine system and Nickelback sweat found in Domino's pizza. That said, Domino's Japan is at le...

Steven Hansen

2:45 PM on 02.25.2014

Guerrilla's new IP has been in the works for 2.5 years

In a video about Killzone: Shadow Fall and developer Guerrilla Games posted to the PlayStation Japan YouTube channel, the studio's next project was ever so briefly talked about again. "We are working on a new IP," said execu...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 02.25.2014

Japanese PS4 launch sales hit 322,083 in two days

Famitsu is reporting a solid PS4 launch in Japan. Sony moved 322,083 of its new systems in its first two days, which is about four times better than the PS3's 88,443 unit Japanese launch. It's still half the PS2's Japanese la...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Tres bien! Atlus announces Persona Q 3DS bundle

And doesn't have a picture to show for it. Damn. I need to see this design. Atlus has confirmed a 3DS XL bundle (for Japan) for when Persona Q drops on June 5 (in Japan). In a typically nice Atlus move, first print copies of ...

Steven Hansen