How Pokken Invites Non-Arcade Fighters to the Party

I’ve been playing Pokken Tournament since its arcade testing days. From the very first time I played it, I knew that the game was unique, holding both features that make it familiar as an arcade fighting game, while introducing new ideas that simplify traditional mechanics in order to invite non-arcade players. While I’ve noticed that even a small skill gapContinue reading “How Pokken Invites Non-Arcade Fighters to the Party”

Star Ocean 5 To Undergo Censorship In Japan and the West

Continuing the trend of censorship that seems to be permeating the video game industry at the moment, Square Enix’s Star Ocean 5 is the latest title to be brought into question. An interview with 4Gamer revealed that the prominence of censorship debates led to the decision to alter the clothing of Fiore, a prominent characterContinue reading “Star Ocean 5 To Undergo Censorship In Japan and the West”

Wii U Sales up 151% in Japan

Pokkén Tournament is a fighting game that has recently released in Japan and it has had some very interesting effects on Wii U sales.  According to a report, the Wii U exclusive sold 72,502 units in its first week. After its release, the weekly figure of 3,836 sales of Wii U hardware in Japan shot up toContinue reading “Wii U Sales up 151% in Japan”

The 10th Splatfest in North American Going on Right Now, Japan Comes Next Week

Nintendo’s 10th Splatfest is here and the question for you to ink people is interesting to say the least; would you rather travel to the past or travel to the future? I’m guessing given this age of technology and all, people would rather travel to the future than risk getting eaten by dinosaurs, but I guess we’llContinue reading “The 10th Splatfest in North American Going on Right Now, Japan Comes Next Week”

Yo-Kai Watch as a Pokemon-Loving American Adult

I’ve written elsewhere, prior to the game’s release, that I had a bad feeling about Yo-Kai Watch. It’s one thing to be “too Japanese”, but there is a risk of localizing the uniqueness out of something, especially when it plays with language. I’m no otaku, as I constantly disappoint my Japanese students with my lack ofContinue reading “Yo-Kai Watch as a Pokemon-Loving American Adult”

Pokemon-Themed Nintendo 2DS Announced for Japan

Nintendo has officially announced that they will be releasing four new, Pokemon-themed versions of the 2DS in Japan. These handhelds will come in four translucent colors corresponding to the original Pokemon games: Red, Green, Blue and Yellow. While the translucent red and blue consoles have been previously released worldwide (sans the colored buttons), the greenContinue reading “Pokemon-Themed Nintendo 2DS Announced for Japan”

Earth Defense Force 4.1 Released On PS4

Any day an Earth Defense Force title launches is a good day indeed, and those in the US are sure to be in for a treat as the newest iteration to the popular bug squashing simulator has hit store shelves. The fabulously named Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair isn’t exactly a completely new entry inContinue reading “Earth Defense Force 4.1 Released On PS4”

KOEI Tecmo to Withhold Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

Fans of KOEI Tecmo’s beach volleyball/jiggle physics simulator Dead or Alive Xtreme may be waiting a while for a new entry to the series. With Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 heading to Japanese shelves early next year, a representative from Team Ninja explicitly ruled out a Western release of the game. This is following aContinue reading “KOEI Tecmo to Withhold Dead or Alive Xtreme 3”

Valkyria Chronicles to Receive Sequel and Remaster

In what appears to be an emerging trend, SEGA has unveiled both a sequel and a remaster for the tactical RPG series, Valkyria Chronicles. Both titles were revealed in the latest issue of the Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu. Valkyria: Azure Revolution is an entirely new entry to the franchise, following an escalating conflict over theContinue reading “Valkyria Chronicles to Receive Sequel and Remaster”

Mother 3 Inbound for Japanese Virtual Console

In a post on Twitter, Nintendo of Japan confirmed the release of the much-loved Mother 3 for the Wii U Virtual Console, solely in their home market. Mother 3 is the most recent title in the franchise known in the West as Earthbound, releasing exclusively in Japan back in 2006 for the Game Boy Advance.Continue reading “Mother 3 Inbound for Japanese Virtual Console”

Monster Hunter Cross Stream Reveals Demo, New Details

To celebrate the upcoming Monster Hunter Cross going gold, CAPCOM has held a special news stream for the much anticipated title. With the release only three weeks away, the biggest reveal of the stream was a playable demo, to be distributed via the Nintendo eShop on the 19th of November. This was accompanied by theContinue reading “Monster Hunter Cross Stream Reveals Demo, New Details”

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Release Detailed

Digimon fans rejoice, as Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Vita/PS4 title Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is set for a Western release early next year. The game was released in Japan back in March this year to positive reception. It casts the player as a “Cyber Sleuth,” tasked with the investigation of a range ofContinue reading “Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Release Detailed”