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Sonic the Hedgehog's latest release is on Japanese commuter trains

Sonic the Hedgehog has been Sega's mascot since his creation in 1991, and he's one of the most recognizable game characters around. So it's no surprise that he appears to promote formats other than his own video games, but I've gotta admit ...   read

 
 
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You'll have to wait a little longer to ogle boobs in Dead or Alive Xtreme VR

Today is a sad day for aficionados of unrealistically bouncy anime boobs. Koei Tecmo has confirmed that the upcoming VR mode update for Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune will not be able to meet its previously announced October 13 releas...   read

 
 
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20-year-old Japanese Mario 64 interview finally gets translated

I find it hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the release of Super Mario 64. I was only eight years old and I remember being completely blown away with the graphics. The 3D was so new, utilized so well, and it gave me such a sen...   read

 
 
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Kiryu is the best dad in Yakuza 6

Haruka has had her hands full in the years between Yakuza 5 and 6. According to a leak from Famitsu, it looks like Yakuza 6 will see Kiryu looking after Haruka's son. Before you ask, he is not the father...or maybe that is just what they wa...   read

 
 
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From the makers of Rapelay comes the ultimate VR porn game: Honey Select

 [Don't read this at work. This article is intended for 18+ over readers. All videos links are NSFW. Also, warning: brutal/kinky content in H-games, Western goggles, etc. If you're not interested in H-games don't read this at all. Unin...   read

 
 
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Check out this plot-heavy Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni trailer

It's not long now until Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni, the new weaponised lesbian-themed brawler by Senran Kagura creator Kenichiro Takaki, is released in Europe and America. As such, the game's western publisher, PQube Games, have fi...   read

 
 
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I'm completely obsessed with this Japanese PS4 Slim trailer

The PlayStation 4 Slim is launching on September 15. Persona 5 is also launching on September 15. Somehow I don't think that's a coincidence. So how do you adequately advertise the biggest game of the month and the launch of a new cons...   read

 
 
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Criminal Girls 2 delayed in North America

It's a sad day for North American PlayStation Vita owners with a fascination for the sexual punishment of scantily-clad anime girls. NIS America has recently confirmed that the up-and-coming BDSM-themed JRPG Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors&n...   read

 
 
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Gunman Clive reaches guest star status

As we're all hopefully accustomed to by now, when Nintendo airs a new Direct, the Japanese version tends to have games not present in its western siblings. Today was no different. We've already written about Miitopia and the scant amou...   read

 
 
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Rumor: I am Setsuna follow-up on the way

Square Enix has filed a trademark in Japan for what appears to be a follow-up to last month's I am Setsuna. According to a post on Gematsu, the game's title will be "Kimi to Kiri no Labyrinth," which roughly translates to "You and the Foggy...   read

 
 


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No weaponised lesbians for Australia: Valkyrie Drive refused classification

It’s hard being a Vita owner in Australia. Not only has the console been all-but-abandoned by Sony, but for the second time this year, a new release for the oft-neglected handheld has been banned. Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni, the new br...   read

 
 
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Exclusive: Brief off-camera video of Argyle Shift

Last week, I blogged about the first few minutes of Argyle Shift, a new Japanese arcade shooter by Bandai Namco where you hang out with a gorgeous cyborg in VR while piloting a giant Gundam type robot called Lucifer. The alpha-grade de...   read

 
 
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Ski Rodeo VR may have you screaming for your life

Rarely do I get to publish a real person's shrieks of death, so I'm morbidly enjoying this. This is Ski Rodeo, a Bandai Namco VR ski simulator powered by HTC Vive. The experience is unique in that it listens to your breathing (an...   read

 
 
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7th Dragon III Code: VFD is uncompromising, or I suck at video games

As I spend the week demoing games that are entirely in Japanese, I accept that I'm not going to understand a lot of things. I know the kanji for "forest" and that's the extent of my fluency with the language. Dialogue's the first to go.&nbs...   read

 
 
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In honor of Canada Day, a video about Akira.

Today is Canada day. And since "Canada" sounds kind of, sort of like "Kaneda," the hero of Otomo Katsuhiro's groundbreaking cyberpunk manga-turned-anime Akira, that's reason enough for me to put on my favorite red jacket and talk about one ...   read

 
 
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The return of the Gentlemen's Club: Akiba's Trip edition

Have you guys heard of Akiba's Trip 2? If you're not up on your crazy Japanese games I'll break it down for you: It's Yakuza but to defeat your vampire enemies you have to RIP OFF THEIR CLOTHES. That's right, it's like crazy strip Yakuza on...   read

 
 
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Super Heroine Chronicle is one game NA will never see

If it's one thing An American Tale taught me, it's to "never say never." But come on, what really are the chances of Super Heroine Chronicle landing on North American shores? It takes the mash-up wackiness of the Super Robot Taisen strateg...   read

 
 
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It Came From Japan! DoReMi Fantasy

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] There is a wide divide between Super Mario World and all platformers that came after...   read

 
 
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It Came From Japan! Treasure of the Rudras

Squaresoft was second only to Nintendo in the 16-bit era when it came to influence and a strong track record. From the genre-defining Secret of Mana to the crowd-pleaser Chrono Trigger, Square had a knack for telling a great fantasy stor...   read

 
 
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It Came From Japan! Fatal Frame IV

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Distance has a way of making horrors insignificant. A car accident and a zombie may ...   read

 
 
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It Came from Japan! Laplace's Demon

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] There are some games that live up to the hype, but then there are a few that far exc...   read

 
 
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It Came from Japan! Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti

It’s 1988 and Namco has just released one of the most violent, critically acclaimed horror-themed games to ever hit an arcade. Splatterhouse was unlike anything else at the time. It was a game made by horror fans, for horror fans. ...   read

 
 
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It Came from Japan! King of Demons

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun. For the month of October, the series will focus on games that may make you spook a poo...   read

 
 
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It Came From Japan! Tetris Battle Gaiden

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] We all have that one so-called classic that we groan at when we see it appears at...   read

 
 
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It Came From Japan! Spriggan: Lunar Verse

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Nostalgia aside, examining the origins of now prevalent game concepts and genres i...   read

 
 
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