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Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Review: Rhythm Heaven Megamix

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who play Rhythm Heaven, and those who have little joy in their lives. If you find yourself in the first category, you know what you’re in for. You bought the game. You cherished the s...   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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Japanese mythology meets puzzler in A Tofu Tail

This weekend on the PAX East show floor sat the unassuming A Tofu Tail, a mobile puzzle game that draws from Japanese folklore. The premise is simple -- you play as Mr. Tofu, once a human in a past life, but now unfortunately...   read

 
 
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Resident Evil

Yes, there really is going to be a Resident Evil musical show

Did you ever play Resident Evil and think to yourself, “man, this story would make a great musical?” Nope, neither did I, but someone did, because later this year Musical Resident Evil will open in Japan.  The show will be ...   read

 
 



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Obscure Video Games: Top 5 Bosses of Ninja Baseball Bat Man

Ninja Baseball Bat Man is not a baseball game. It also has nothing to do with Batman. It's actually a wacky arcade beat-'em-up released in 1993 by Irem (maker of R-Type). You might assume it's just another example of Japanese weirdness. How...   read

 
 
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Monster Hunter X

2015 was the Japanese games industry's worst year on record

According to Famitsu’s annual report (via VG24/7), the Japanese games industry was worth ¥321 billion - that’s a 13 percent drop from the previous year. Although these figures do not take into account digital sales (which, l...   read

 
 
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Japanese devs on 2016

Notable Japanese developers share their plans for 2016

Once again, Weekly Famitsu polled a bunch of Japanese game developers about their aspirations for the new year. Perusing this summary provided by Gematsu, a few responses stood out. "We'll safely release Persona 5 in 2016... I think," said ...   read

 
 
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Someone left a SNES switched on for 20 years to preserve a save file

Back during the days of the Game Boy and SNES, games would save progress using a small on-board battery. It was great at the time, however, unfortunately, those things only have a limited lifespan, and in the last few years they’ve be...   read

 
 
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Confirmed: 2016 will have boobs

As we approach 2016, a lot of questions linger about the upcoming year. What month will Uncharted 4 be delayed to next? Which western third-party developers will jokingly say they plan to support the Nintendo NX? How many times will Hillary...   read

 
 



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Hatoful Boyfriend review

Review: Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star

Everybirdie who’s anybirdie has found some kind of joy in Hatoful Boyfriend -- the strange yet alluring romantic bird simulator that stole the hearts of gamers and avians around the world. We’re graced this holiday season with t...   read

 
 
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Attack on Titan

Koei Tecmo's Attack on Titan gets a Japanese release date

We’ve known for a while now that Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan game would be coming to PS3, PS4 and PS Vita in February.  Now thanks to Gematsu, we appear to have an actual Japanese release date: February 18, 2016. There cur...   read

 
 
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Have a video of hundreds of flexing Machoke

I don’t know what The Pokémon Company and Japanese fan club Pokémon Daisuki Club are doing, but I love it. Recently they launched the Kairiky Gym website, a site devoted giving us all the information we never asked...   read

 
 
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Lightning Returns

Lightning Returns is coming to Steam on December 10

The Final Fantasy XIII series has long been over for console players. Lightning Returns originally released back in 2013, and since then the fanbase’s attention has been split between Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy XV, and some...   read

 
 
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Hit the lever!

SNK Playmore is abandoning pachinko machines entirely

Pachinko. The word brings terror to any person’s heart after Konami did well… Konami things… and made it seem like it was the best thing to happen to any Japanese publisher since video games. Don’t worry though, as...   read

 
 



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Oh noes?

Pokken Tournament is so unpopular in one Japanese arcade, it's being removed

One popular Japanese arcade has announced it is removing Pokkén Tournament due to lack of popularity and profitability, and the fact that the game will be releasing on Wii U next year. A redditor reports that the fight...   read

 
 
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Obscure Video Games: Rabbit

I have a hard time reviewing fighting games. There's not much of a plot, and they tend to all be very similar in their basic mechanics. However, Rabbit is an interesting game that doesn't get much attention, so I think it's worth showc...   read

 
 
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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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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

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

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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Inquisitive Ravenclaw

Since I have a new phone, I had to do the Steam mobile authenticator thing Thankfully this time my hold is only 3 days before I can use the Market, but its still a terribly-inconvenient

 
Kaleido Ruby

This is some pretty stunning difficulty this early in the game (maybe third or so Guess I get to learn how to beat a really hard boss when Im barely level

 
Mike Martin

Absolutely in love with the atmosphere and setting of We Happy Havent been this into a world since Sir, You Are Being

 
Steven Hansen

finally got MRI results! my UCL hung on by a not-complete-tear means no so this cost me a lotta pain, inconvenience, and ~$500 instead of thousands and even longer ill take

 
Sailor Zebes

That feel when you get TWO Zinogre Jaspers in one hunt!

 
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Well that bitching over Hyper Light Drifter was apparently my 200th There is a Its 2 of Im celebrating with cranberry moonshine and

 
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On a side note, this might be the least interest fall/winter line up Ive seen in a long Anyone feverishly excited for something? Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4 for and thats a year Whats got you kids hyped?

 
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I done messed I had a chance to buy Hyper Light Drifter for But I missed it, and now Im broke for an indeterminate amount of Sucks, it was in my top 3 most anticipated this 1 being The Witness and 3 being Dark Souls

 
StriderHoang

Shout outs to Hypno Coffin and Malthor for helping me through an entire hunter rank tier!

 
Chris Bradshaw

Nintendo can potentially change the landscape of gaming but it wont work if the system looks silly in FACTS!

 

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