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Game Art Book review

Check out Japanator's review of a cool game art book

Hey there! It's not all "manga this, anime that" over at Japanator. We get cool game stuff, too, and one such thing is Game Art: Art from 40 Video Games and Interviews with their Creators, an appropriately-titled book about the art of video...   read

 
 
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Our sister sites Tomopop and Japanator had their own respective end of the year awards, just like we did! On Tomopop, they named the gorgeous Poison Ivy figure from Sideshow as the best static figure of 2013. A little more ga...   read

 
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Next week, Japan Expo launches its first convention on US soil! Japanator's Hiroko Yamamura had the pleasure of attending their expo in Paris last year, and was totally blown away by all the exciting event...   read

 
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P4 Arena

Persona 4 Arena follow-up starts location test in Japan

[Update: It's unclear as to whether this is a full blown sequel or just a big update, but the Japanese used to describe it is "zokuhen," a word reserved for sequels and continuations. As of this writing only two new characters have been ...   read

 
 



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Japan Expo to host Ace Attorney art director

[As originally posted on Japanator] With the first North American event set to take place later this month, Japan Expo has announced their Video Game Guest of Honor for the show -- freelance illustrator Tatsuro Iwamoto, perhaps best known f...   read

 
 
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Wii Fit Trainer

Japanese artists think Wii Fit Trainer is smokin'

The fourth Smash Bros. was only announced last week, but fans the world over have already contributed a wealth of art based on the three new characters. However, Japanese art community pixiv has taken a particularly big shine to Wii Fit Tra...   read

 
 
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A new Final Fantasy IX side quest was discovered

Our Lord of Lords Jim Sterling considers Final Fantasy IX to be his favorite game in the series. I wish I could share in his exuberance -- though I own a physical copy of FFIX, I've yet to actually play it. This newest discovery, however, ...   read

 
 
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Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies gets a Japanese web demo

Capcom has finally slapped a proper localized title onto Ace Attorney 5, hereby known as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, and will be bringing it out West this fall. Unfortunately, it will be an eShop-only release, but I hope ...   read

 
 
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Ghost in the Shell gets new anime movies, online game

Big news for fans of Ghost in the Shell! Barely hours ago a live event was held announcing a bevy of new projects related to the franchise, and Japanator's own Elliot Gay was there to catch new reveals like malware at a cyberbrain orgy.&nb...   read

 
 
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Finally, a new Dynasty Warriors-style Kamen Rider game

Well, it's about time! Toei's Kamen Rider was a Dynasty Warriors before Dynasty Warriors of a sort, defined as it was by a lone hero in a ridiculous costume effortlessly plowing through hordes of weak minions, but only n...   read

 
 
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  Watch Video It's a shame that the humble visual novel so rarely sees a release outside of Japan. Games like those in the Ace Attorney series have helped generate interest out here in the west, but they are still far from commonplace. How...   read
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Disaster: MotorStorm Apocalypse canceled in Japan forever

In a turn of events that feels rather sad, Sony Japan has officially cancelled a Japanese release of the PS3 racing game Motorstorm: Apocalypse, which had earlier been placed on indefinite suspension. Sony gave no specific reason as to the ...   read

 
 
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L.A. Noire week kicks off across the network

I think it's pretty safe to say that everyone on Destructoid is excited for the release of L.A. Noire, but it isn't the only site on the network excited for the game. That's why the sites of the Modern Method network have joined together li...   read

 
 
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PSA: Tweet Japanator and win Ys I & II Chronicles for PSP

Destructoid isn't the only site that runs awesome game-related contests! Our sister site Japanator - the happening place when it comes to Japanese cartoons, comics and other such things, is running a cool contest alongside XSEED games. We'r...   read

 
 
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Win passes to NYAF/NYCC in Japanator voice acting contest

Our tentacle-obsessed sister site, Japanator, is giving away passes to New York Anime Fest and New York Comic Con, taking place on October 8-10. All you have to do to enter is watch the provided anime videos over on Japanator and re-record ...   read

 
 
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Otakon '10: Videogame cosplay and more

If you're out to see good cosplay, Baltimore's Otakon is one of the best events to attend. Anime Expo in LA is pretty good too, but Otakon is even better that Comic-Con. People love videogames here, and I always encourage game fans to come ...   read

 
 
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Videogame cosplay at Anime Expo 2010

The internet gives cosplayers a hard time, but there are a few key events each year in America that have good cosplay. Los Angeles' Anime Expo is definitely one of them. We make it a point to go out every year and cover the event for sister...   read

 
 
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Xenoblade ad encourages you to use a woman's body

Here's another example of Nintendo's new push to appeal to the "traditional" gamer, this time from Nintendo of Japan. This quick ad for Xenoblade features one of the forty eight members of the the overpopulated Japanese pop super-group AKB...   read

 
 
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J-rock hinted at for Rock Band, Japan version mostly dead

You know, it has been almost two years since Harmonix made the announcement of a Japanese version of Rock Band. Co-developed with Q-Entertainment, Rock Band: Japan was going to be the grand cash-in to the land of moonspeak. Since then, noth...   read

 
 
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DRM we can back: Humiliating pirates for fun and profit

Japanese game studio 0verflow is populated by geniuses. Rather than combat piracy with oppressive DRM, the developers of erotic title Cross Days is tackling the thieves in a more direct way -- wielding abject humiliation as its we...   read

 
 
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Best of the Network this week

Optimus Prime as a train? Sounds crazy, but it works! Now lets see Megatron as a blimp. On Destructoid, we brought you an inside look at the new Microsoft retail store. On Japanator, Idol of the Week is the best series ever. And on Tomopop,...   read

 
 
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Best of the Network this week

Tomopop continues to allow me to promote my love for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Pedro Cortes reviewed Uplark's Viral figure and the figure looks great. On Destructoid, we elaborated on ridiculousness of the Metroid Prime vs Citizen Kane co...   read

 
 
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TGS 09: PSN getting manga love come December

Despite having troops on the ground at TGS and the hardest working staff this side of a Chinese sweat shop, we've been scooped on some TGS news by the nefarious ne're-do-wells at Japanator. Don't think I don't know what you're doing over th...   read

 
 


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Best of the Network this week

So on Japanator, that happened. Yup.On Destructoid, find out how we blew the $200 greed check from Dante's Inferno. On Japanator, see what Gunslinger Girl means to Brad Rice. And on Tomopop, are Taco Bell's Bellhedz vinyls real vinyls? ...   read

 
 
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AX 09: The West Coast knows how to do videogame cosplay

The real highlight of our time at Anime Expo was the cosplay. We covered panels here and there, but what all the readers on Japanator really reacted to, and what you guys did when we put up our first round of photos, was the cosplay. And so...   read

 
 
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