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This Japanese FPS just misses its mark

Welcome to Doujin Dojo, a new column dedicated to the Japanese indie scene. Maybe I should have started this out by gushing about Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale or Astebreed (which is now available on PS4, by the way). Or mused on BitSummit...

 
 
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Doujin shmup Astebreed hits PS4 on June 25

Astebreed is finally warping to PlayStation 4 on June 25, Playism announced today. The shoot-'em-up comes from doujin studio Edelweiss and was actually among my favorite games released last year when it debuted on PC. In addition to being j...

 
 
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Doujin fighter Yatagarasu finally arrives July 7

It's taken two years, but the wait is nearly over. Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm, the new fighting game from a small team of former King of Fighters developers, is hitting Steam July 7 for $14.99. Originally planned for a February 2014 rel...

 
 
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Get flirty with Hatoful Boyfriend's sequel this fall

Everybirdy's favorite avian dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend is back with a sequel, Holiday Star. Originally released in 2011, the visual novel is now being remastered by Mediatonic and Devolver Digital for PlayStation 4, PC, and PlayStation Vi...

 
 
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Review: Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser

Amidst a wash of old school mecha anime and Tokusatsu-tinted nostalgia, there was a moment in this otherwise homespun shooter that left me surprised and curiously enamored. Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser doesn't come from a genre known for en...

 
 
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Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser invades Steam next week

A blast of '70s-inspired action is bombarding Steam next week in Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser. Announced for a western release nearly two years ago, the mecha shooter from doujin studio Astro Port (Gigantic Army) is finally launching o...

 
 
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Review: Touhou 14: Double Dealing Character

As I've said in the past, I consider myself lucky when it comes to meeting fellow gamers over the years that have had a positive impact on my life. I was fortunate enough to discover the Touhou series back in 2002 at the request of a f...

 
 
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Japan's most popular indie series arrives in the West

The Japanese indie sensation Touhou has been around for nearly two decades. Since debuting in 1996, the series has transformed from a collection of obscure shoot-'em-ups into a cultural phenomenon, spawning a myriad of derivative works acro...

 
 
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More Touhou is coming to PlayStation 4

Touhou seems to be everywhere these days. The series is making its western debut tomorrow. A demo for the next mainline entry isn't too far behind. And even some of the fan-made games are on their way to PlayStation 4. The cult doujin pheno...

 
 
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Touhou makes its western debut on May 7

When it comes to Japanese indie games, there's Touhou and then there's everything else. Over the course of two decades, the property has transformed from an series of obscure bullet hell shooters into a cultural phenomenon. However, despite...

 
 
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Playism is localizing doujin games for PS4, Vita

Good news for fans of Japanese indie games: Playism is bringing its wares to consoles.  We've known this was happening for a while, but now it's official. The company has announced plans to localize a number of Japanese indie games for...

 
 
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Doujin shooter Touhou 14 targets western release

Japanese indie games distributor Playism scored the rights to one of the Touhou titles last year, putting us one step closer to a possible English-language adaptation of the popular doujin series. That was the speculation, anyway. And indee...

 
 
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La-Mulana EX is nirvana for punishing game enthusiasts

There's a certain thrill to a game that punishes you for attempting to best it, as Bloodborne and Souls series fans can attest to. That's why there happen to be so many of them cropping up here and there, especially over the last few years....

 
 
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Make your own visual novels with this simple tool

TyranoBuilder is on its way to Steam this Friday, March 27, Nyu Media has announced. The new program is advertised as "the easiest, fasted way to create multi-platform visual novels," allowing users to create games for computers and mobile...

 
 
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Doujin Deals: Check out this Japanese indie bundle

This latest Humble Weekly Bundle is chock-full of awesome Japanese independent games. The new pay what you want promotion includes adventure game Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, its visual novel companion Cherry Tree High I! My...

 
 
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Hug a pigeon with this Hatoful Boyfriend body pillow

You can buy a Hatoful Boyfriend dakimakura cover over at Humble Bundle right now. Yes, really. It's all part of a Valentine's Day promotion, which features the pigeon dating sim plus a smattering of other visual novels, including the likes...

 
 
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Doujin fighter Dynamite Bomb launches next week

Dynamite Bomb is coming to Playism's western storefront next Tuesday, February 17.   The fighting game, developed by doujin circle Light Green 8, is a combo-heavy experience where standard attacks don't seem to infl...

 
 
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Yatagarasu AoC hits Japanese arcades this week

Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm launches in Japanese arcades Thursday, Taito has announced. Meanwhile, the doujin fighting game's long-awaited PC release still remains a work in progress. "The timing of the NESiCAxLive release is one year la...

 
 
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Croixleur Sigma PS4 dated in Japan, here are some details

Croixleur Sigma is coming to PS4 on March 5 for 1,500 yen, and based on the details we have so far, I hope it gets localized. The expansion/update of sorts will have a full visual HD upgrade, as well as more characters, monsters, new modes...

 
 
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Touhou games may come to PlayStation this year

Ah, Touhou Project. The hyper-popular series of bullet-hell shooters has long been a Holy Grail of sorts for non-PC-owning otaku, and the efforts to get games with the Touhou brand on various consoles have been mighty indeed. Those efforts...

 
 
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Check out all the doujin games from winter Comiket

Comiket, the largest independent media festival on the planet, is winding down its winter festivities. Over the past three days, hundreds of thousands of folks have flocked to the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center to acquire self-published...

 
 
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Catgirl visual novel Nekopara out today on Steam

Nekopara Vol. 1 tells the tale of Kashou Minaduki, a young baker descended from a long line of Japanese confection makers who sets out on his own to open a patisserie. Of course, a couple of catgirls show up, as catgirls are wont to do...

 
 
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Doujin SRPG Rime Berta lands on Steam tomorrow

Rime Berta is coming to Steam tomorrow -- just in time for Hanukkah. The strategy role-playing game, developed by doujin studio Next-Soft Plus, draws inspiration from Final Fantasy Tactics, sporting terraced landscapes that i...

 
 
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Hatoful Boyfriend soars to PS4 and Vita in early 2015

Pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend is flapping on over to PS4 and Vita early next year, Sony and indie publisher Devolver Digital announced today. "All y'all PlayStation nerds need to stop waiting for The Last Guardian to magically ...

 
 
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Fighter Under Night In-Birth gets a due date for PS3

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late is coming to PlayStation 3 in North America on February 24, 2015, localization house Aksys Games announced today. The 2D fighting game was developed by Japanese independent studio French Bread wi...

 
 




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