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Huzzah! New things to play!
Welcome back to Go West!, your [yet again not] weekly column about Japanese video games, sushi, and longingly gazing outside at the soon-to-blossom cherry trees. This entry is coming to you folks a bit late, but at least ther... read feature

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The game of the generation has arrived
Welcome to another riveting, awe inspiring, and emotionally draining edition of Go West!, your [inconsistently] weekly column about Japanese video games and some masochistic idiot. This week, the game of all generations hits ... read feature

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Imageepoch returns in a blaze of glory
Welcome to the latest and greatest Go West!, your [why-do-I-even-try-to-be-timely] column about Japanese games, life in Japan, and Idea Factory.  Ladies and gentlemen, this week is actually a very special one. The latest... read feature

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In which parties are had, and songs are sung
Welcome, dear readers. Today is Saturday, January 25; a very special day by all accounts. Why is it so special you ask? The answer is as simple as understanding the universe. Today is the 62nd edition of Go West!, your [prete... read feature

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I can barely hold all these games
After approximately four hundred bajillion hours of travel across the world, I'm back in Japan. I'm still alive. That's right folks. Welcome back to Go West!, your one and only [insert-time-frame-here] column about new Japane... read feature

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Lightning strikes thrice
Greetings ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 60th edition of Go West!, your [inconsistently] weekly column about Japanese video games, a foreign guy in Japan, and Idea Factory.  When I first started Go West! nearly... read feature

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God eating like it's 1995
Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yet another edition of Go West!, your [running out of ways to imply not-weekly] column about Japanese video games, a man who has forgotten how to love, and Idea Factory. This week we feast on gods. Make of that what you will. In the meantime, the rest of us will be talking about video games or something. read feature

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In which everyone has sweet chocolate kisses
Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another riveting edition of Go West!, your [not-at-all] weekly column about new Japanese games, Idea Factory, and a writer who continuously makes bad decisions. This week I opene... read feature

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Idea Factory, your naming sense is terrible
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another riveting edition of Go West!, your [occasionally] weekly column about Japanese video games, an insane man, and awful names. This week? A somewhat depressing handful of games. To be fa... read feature

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The few, the proud, the brave
Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another rousing edition of Go West!, your [sometimes] weekly feature about Japanese games, Idea Factory, and a man quickly losing his sanity. A... read feature

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The Erebonian empire strikes back
Long time no read, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome back to the one and only Go West!, your [not-at-all] weekly column about Japanese import games and the geniuses at Idea Factory. I know, it's been nearly two months since GW! 5... read feature

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Witty description here
Fifty three weeks, ladies and gentlemen. Do you know what this means? Absolutely nothing at all. Huzzah! Welcome to another edition of Go West!, your [sometimes] weekly column about new Japanese import games, Idea Factory, and high school kids. This week? Nothing all that special, actually. Let's get this average train moving! read feature

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Take that!
Welcome to Go West! 52, the latest and greatest edition of your favorite [not] weekly column about Japanese video games. The middle of summer should mean a lack of good games to play, but alas, this week we have a few huge releases. Like dragons, crowns, pretty boys, yelling objection, and reading lots of text? I got just the thing for you. Let's dance, pretty soldiers. read feature

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Why so many games? Why?!
I feel like this is some kind of divine retribution for letting me off the hook over the past few weeks. Hello folks, and welcome to the 51st edition of Go West!, your (not) weekly column about Japanese import games. This week? Way more games than I was expecting. In the interest of wasting no time, let's just jump right into it, shall we? read feature

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Dancing and singing and OH GOD A WALKING FISH
The big fifty.  We did it, ladies and gentlemen. We made it to number fifty. That's a whole lot of Japanese games, and a ton of Idea Factory. Thanks guys and gals. I love you all very muchly. In more important news, Japa... read feature

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A shmup for you, a shmup for me!
Come one, come all! Welcome to the latest edition of Go West!, your [occasionally] weekly column about Japanese games that probably won't ever be released out west. This week? Uh... well, some games I guess.  In any case, let's make like a tree and get this party started! read feature

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The king is back.
Welcome to Go West!, the weekly column about Japanese video games, cute 2D boys, and trying to overcome Idea Factory Stockholm syndrome. It's time to party! Why the jovial atmosphere you ask? The answer is rather simple, my d... read feature

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A fan favorite series returns after nearly seven years of silence.
Good day, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the 47th edition of Go West!, your [not-so-weekly] column about Japanese import games and Idea Factory.  With the Golden Week rush having come and gone, Japan has once again set... read feature

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A fairly big week of new releases.
Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to a new edition of Go West!, your [almost] weekly column about the latest Japan-only games!  After nearly a month of light releases, we're finally back to normality this week with a whopping ten new games. Huzzah! Without further adieu, let's get this show on the road, shall we? read feature

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Another light week of releases!
After a brief hiatus, Go West! is back to supply you with your [almost] weekly dose of Japanese games coverage! This week? Well... not a whole lot actually. At least my dear friends at Idea Factory give me some company. Yeah, it's been kind of dead around these parts. That being said, there are still a few interesting titles worth chatting about, so let's get on with the show! read feature

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Fate/Extra CCC finally hits stores.
Salutations, and welcome to Go West! 44, your [sometimes] weekly column about the latest games to hit store shelves in Japan. I'm your host, Elliot, and I'd like to take you on a magical journey into the deepest, darkest abys... read feature

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Dream it! Don't give it up Idea Factory!
Welcome to the 43rd edition of Go West!, your weekly (sort of) column about Japanese video games, importing, Idea Factory, and one writer's love/hate relationship with the latter. This week, we've got another load of new releases that are bound to appeal to quite a few of you folks. Let's jump right into it, shall we? read feature

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Souls are sacrificed and tales are told.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Go West!, Japanator's column about Japanese video games, imports, Idea Factory, and self inflicted pain! We've hit week 42, which means I should probably say something profound here. Video gam... read feature

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Huzzah! Big releases all over the place!
Welcome back to Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese games, Idea Factory, and boob ninjas. This week? Lots of games! Feels like it's been a while since we've had such a packed week. Edition 41 brings with it a host of ... read feature

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A slow week is saved by a true hero.
Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 40th edition of Go West!, the weekly column about Japanese video games and self inflicted mental pain. I'd like to tell you that for this joyous milestone, there are dozens o... read feature

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There's a little something for everybody this week.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese video games, and Idea Factory concoctions. While I'm sure you beautiful people noticed a lack of import love last week, fear not! I have returned from my deadly battle with the flu so that I can bring you joy and prosperity. This week, I come bearing a smorgasbord of visual novels. Your mileage my vary. read feature

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To save the digital world!
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to 2013's first edition of Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese video games, Idea Factory, and the guy suffering through it all. After a long holiday hiatus, I'm back with a meager list of new releases. I know, I shed a single silent tear too. In any case, follow me after the break as I dig into some PSP games. read feature

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It was a great year for games.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to a very special edition of Go West!. It's the holiday season, which means it's time for me to drop a list of the top five import games of the year. 2012 hosted a massive list of Japan-only gam... read feature

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Go West! Week Thirty-Seven: Trails in the Sky HD


And I guess other games too.
Dec 16
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to another insanity filled edition of Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese games and Idea Factory. This week sees a modest number of games hit store shelves, so there's plenty to talk... read
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Three times the games! Or something.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to a jam packed edition of Go West!. Week 36 is practically leaking games from every single orifice, due in no small part to there being no Go West! last week. As a result, here I am buried under a metric ton of Japanese releases. Huzzah! We've got a lot of ground to cover, so follow me after the break as I fight witches while riding yakuza wyverns. Or something. read feature

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This game kinda looks like Mega Man Legends 3...
Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese games and a man slowly descending into insanity. We've hit week 35, which means I'm one step closer to the edge, and I'm about to break.&... read feature

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So many.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another massive edition of Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese games that will probably never get released out west.  This week saw a whopping bajillion visual novels hit store s... read feature







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