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Obscure Video Games: Fuuun Gokuu Ninden

A big part of the fun of doing this column is discovering old games I've never heard of and trying to figure out why they've been forgotten. Sometimes it's because they are terrible, unplayable messes. Other times it's because they require ...   read

 
 
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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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Obscure Video Games: Zettai Zetsumei Dangerous Jiisan DS

For some reason, when I first heard the name Grandpa Danger, my mind immediately went to "stranger danger," a phrase parents teach their children in order to avoid pedophiles. Thankfully, Grandpa doesn't touch any youngsters in his 2007 min...   read

 
 
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Obscure Video Games: The Sniper 2

The Sniper 2 is not a good game. In fact, it's pretty much the epitome of "kusoge." But that's what makes it so entertaining. Terrible voice acting, mediocre graphics, and an incomprehensible story are what kept me playing all the way to th...   read

 
 
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Obscure Video Games: Kick Challenger - Air Foot

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 releasing over 200 ...   read

 
 
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Obscure Video Games: The Aka-Champion

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. Simple 2000 S...   read

 
 
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Obscure Video Games: Magical Doropie

Yes, video game nerds, I know Vic Tokai localized Magical Doropie as The Krion Conquest in North America. However, the Japanese version is superior (and has a nice fan translation), so that's why I played it. For those of you unfamiliar wi...   read

 
 
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Fantastic Boyfriends wants to hook you up with cute ogres

Oh my lord. Oh my stars and garters. Okay Joe, this is a simple news post, you’ve done this countless times before. A whole group of hot men or not, you don't even know if this game is any good, so pull yourself together and don&rsquo...   read

 
 
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Imageepoch has filed for bankruptcy

Keeping track of what’s going on at Japanese developer Imageepoch has been one hell of a ride. Imageepoch was well known for games such as Luminous Arc, 7th Dragon, and Arc Rise Fantasia. Last month the CEO, Ryoei Mikage, just va...   read

 
 
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Obscure Video Games: Hachiemon

Hachiemon is not nearly as weird as it looks. Natsume and Namco unleashed this GBA game onto the people of Japan back in 2003, perhaps as their response to Kirby. The character, however, was created in 1995 as the mascot for the Kansai Tele...   read

 
 
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Furries, mechs, and an octopus lady in Xenoblade Chronicles X

A fresh new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X can be seen above that looks more like Gundam and Metal Gear Solid to me than a JRPG. I couldn't quite decipher what is going on in the above trailer, but I'm just happy that there is a v...   read

 
 
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Obscure Video Games: Oh No!

"Oh no!" is what I say whenever I hear somebody's put out another runner game. I completely lost interest in the genre years ago. However, back in 2000, it was still a fairly novel concept. That's when Asmik Ace Entertainment released Oh No...   read

 
 
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Rodea: The Sky Soldier looks great on the 3DS

Rodea: The Sky Soldier looks beautiful on the Wii U and this new Japanese trailer proves the 3DS version isn't to be scoffed at. This aerial combat game has been in development for around five years at Prope, the studio headed by Yuji...   read

 
 
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Bravely Second's trailer shows off additional features

The latest Bravely Second: End Layer trailer has been making the rounds, and the Japanese-language clip is full of additional features that can be found in-game, such as the Brave and Default commands, job classes, battle mechanics, and mo...   read

 
 
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Review: Criminal Girls: Invite Only

We all know the PlayStation Vita is now the de facto home for all things Japanese. Ports, remakes, re-releases, and original content all trickle down similarly to the little handheld that could, and the Vita port of 2010's PSP adventure Cri...   read

 
 
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Obscure Video Games: Space Fishermen

Fishing games have been around a long time. The earliest one I remember playing is Activision's 1980 Fishing Derby for the Atari 2600. Despite its simplicity, it was great. Since then there have been tons more fishing titles, but only a few...   read

 
 
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a quirky spinoff in line with series legacy

Over the years, Atlus has become one of the more endearing presences in gaming. One thing fans appreciate is its tendency to switch things up. The publisher has a handle on the niche gaming scene, and it's reassuring to know that it recogni...   read

 
 
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Look at this bushel of happiness on the PoPoLoCrois Farm Story Japanese cover

Okay, I know no one cares that much about farm sims or things like that these days unless they're teeming with in-app purchases. Or PoPoLoCrois, for that matter. But for some reason, I really like both. I also really like the Japanese box a...   read

 
 
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Beard View: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2

Oh hello Destructoid! Its your old beard buddy Jed here, and I guess I'm officially part of the Dtoid team now. Are you proud yet dad!? This time on Beard View we're taking a look at Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2, the Vocaloid rhythm game ...   read

 
 
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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker is devilishly difficult, set for release on May 5

What a busy year this is going to be for Atlus. With the release of Persona 5 in the coming months, there are a lot of expectations for what's ahead with the Shin Megami Tensei franchise. In order to keep fans satiated till then, the publis...   read

 
 
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Nintendo reveals Xenoblade Chronicles X multiplayer details and more

I'll be the first one to admit how confused I am as to the connection between Xenogears, the Xenosaga series, and Xenoblade Chronicles other than director Tetsuya Takahashi. Especially given that Xenoblade Chronicles X is a "...   read

 
 
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Xbox head promises JRPGs on Xbox One

The Xbox One bombed in Japan and continues to not do well. In fact, over the holiday weekend, Head of Xbox Japan Takashi Sensui stepped down. But according to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, Japan's lack of interest in the system won't...   read

 
 
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Shining Resonance looks like a JRPG from JRPG folk

We've not said much on the upcoming Shining Resonance from Sega and Wild Arms' Media Vision, so here are some nice pictures and a trailer we missed at Tokyo Game Show.  Looking through the pictures I was almost inclined to think ...   read

 
 
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Chibi Final Fantasy IV is on Steam at typical Square price

The cutesy, 3D Final Fantasy IV remake released on Nintendo DS in 2008, then mobile devices last year (along with a 3D remake of The After Years) has now come to Steam with things like trading cards and achievements, at typic...   read

 
 
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Zodiac multiplayer

Turn-based JRPG Zodiac's MMO-inspired multiplayer explained

Once you get past the beautiful artwork and big names -- Final Fantasy composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII), series scenario writer Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy VII) -- Zodiac does start to raise some ques...   read

 
 
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