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5:30 PM on 01.10.2014

New Love Plus+ now has a date, with your wallet

My undying flame for Rinko Kobayakawa gets a new tank of propane in March: The latest edition of the head-turning girlfriend sim, New Love Plus+, will street on the 27th of March. We already talked to you about the limited ed...

Jeff Chuang




Japanator Arena: Nrvnqsr Chaos vs Soma Cruz photo
Japanator Arena: Nrvnqsr Chaos vs Soma Cruz
by Salvador GRodiles

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It's Over!

Even with Victor's immense strength and ability to harness electrify through his body, Stein was smart enough to void the creature's electrifying grabs-- including the butt one. After Stein used his Soul Purge to bind Victor to the ground, the insane instructor showed us his maniacal grin before commencing the next step in his attack. With Gerdenheim rendered vulnerable to Stein's unspeakable experiments, the man-made monster faces a fate worse than defeat. Franken Stein wins! (5 > 1)

As Hallow’s Eve draws near, the Japanator Arena is going to host a showdown between two entities that have the power to control different lifeforms. Since one of them is a ravenous vampire, we’ll need to plow through our introductions as soon as possible!

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Editorial: When erotic designs, cosplay and figures meet photo
Editorial: When erotic designs, cosplay and figures meet
by Jeff Chuang

You might have noticed some people talking about the description of how Hideo Kojima and his team create the next Metal Gear Solid project. Specifically, Kojima tweeted how one of his characters are designed. The reaction seems confusing--not surprising, as the meaning of what Kojima has tweeted is not exactly clear, context notwithstanding.

In a nutshell, Kojima specifically said that he asked the character designer to first create characters that are more erotic in a way that'll encourage people to cosplay or buy figures of the character. What does this say about those of us who do exactly that? Or enjoy games with these kind of design paradigms? Or everyone else?

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Friday Night Fights: Clash of the Alucards photo
Friday Night Fights: Clash of the Alucards
by Salvador GRodiles

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It's Over!

Captain Falcon may be a great bounty hunter -- his Falcon Punch was able to cause a galaxy sized explosion, but this is a race that we're talking about. JP on the other hand is willing to do whatever it takes to win, so it's obvious who the winner is. JP wins! (6 > 1)

So two days ago I was watching a stream of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on the Sanctuary Crew’s channel on Twitch, and I think it’s time for Alucard to fight someone now. He may be Dracula’s son, but he’s helped out in his demise not once but twice. While he had the help of Trevor/Ralph Belmont in his first battle, he was able to take him down on his own in Symphony of the Night. Tonight Alucard’s equipped with his best gear to go all out in the J-tor Arena. His opponent happens to be named Alucard as well; except this guy is the Hellsing Organization’s trump card in fighting the vampires that threaten innocent lives. With Integra’s approval, Alucard will be sent to show people he's the superior Alucard! The two fighters are armed with some nasty abilities, so I’m excited to see how this battle will turn out.

Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the true winner. Make sure that you add a +1 to the Alucard that you side with, since it will let us keep track of the dark moves that will engulf the arena. Due to both fighters sharing the same name, make sure that you put SotN or Hellsing before the character's name. That way it will be easy to distinguish the votes. The battle will rage on from today till Thursday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. After the battle comes to a close, be sure to drop by during the next match to see who wins. As we set the scene with the night sky, let’s get started with this showdown!

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Let's Get This Night Started! 

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5:00 PM on 07.03.2013

Another Love Plus is coming to 3DS

The latest issue of Famitsu gives us a brief look at the latest installment of the Love Plus series coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Tentatively titled New Love Plus +, little has been revealed about the actual changes being made ...

Tim Sheehy

4:00 PM on 06.08.2013

Woah: Konami announce Kiefer Sutherland as Snake's voice

Well, this is a surprise. After months of practically-confirmed rumors surrounding Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami has gone and confirmed that indeed, David Hatyer will not be the playing the voice of Snake....

Josh Tolentino



Friday Night Fights: Bayonetta vs Shanoa photo
Friday Night Fights: Bayonetta vs Shanoa
by Salvador GRodiles

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It's Over!

The passion left behind Gunvarrel's legacy created a huge impact in the world; however, his abilities didn't come close to Gekiganger III's skills that takes notes from the super robot shows of the 70s. All it took was one Passion Slash, and Gunvarrel went down before it could throw a punch. Gekiganger III wins! (5 > 3)

Today on Friday Night Fights, we are going to have a showdown between two ladies that fight evil by combining the art of magic with mystical weapons. And what perfect way to commence this glorious clash by pitting two characters from Platinum Games and Konami against each other. She’s known for being a witch that mixes all sorts of fighting styles with her hair magic. Feast your eyes at the center of the arena, people, as Bayonetta’s very own Angel slayer is back to kick some butt. Her original goal was to master the glyph that would allow her to takedown Dracula, but her mission changed after some major twists during her adventures in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. Now that the great evil is temporarily gone, Shanoa plans to take her Glyphs for another ride. Both women are able to create some interesting combinations with their talent, which will result in an intriguing matchup.  

Your magic votes and persuasion Glyphs will be the deciding factor in this battle. Make sure that you add a +1 to the magic wielder that you side with, since it will allow us to keep track of the Glyphs and hair magic flying about. The battle will rage on from today till Wednesday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. As we wrap up this part of the routine, let's rush to our seats, because both fighters are equipped with their main arsenal. After the battle is over, be sure to drop by the J-tor Arena next week to see who wins. 

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Let's Make Magic!

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Friday Night Fights: Ray MK III vs Anna photo
Friday Night Fights: Ray MK III vs Anna
by Salvador GRodiles

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It's Over! 

Boss Masamune thought that his lightning based attacks could shock Zoro into defeat, but Zoro's endurance and skills has grown since his adventures in Skypiea. With a 36 Pound Phoenix, a Lion's Song of Death, and the determination to become the world's greatest, Zoro had the battle in the bag. Zoro wins! (17 > 6)

I've been feeling a bit under the weather today, so I’m taking it easy by having two miniature robotic toys pummel each other to death with mini beam rifles, swords, and missiles. He’s the latest model in the Ray robot line, and he’s here to show people that Custom Robo is the superior robot battle game. Get ready to look down on the floor, because Ray MK III from Custom Robo Arena has entered the arena. You all may remember her from last year’s Busou Shinki anime that features girls with joints, so focus your eyes on the ground for the arrival of the Arnval known as Anna. Both characters have the ability to interchange parts and weapons, so it will all depend on the skill of the person giving commands to their partner.

Your votes and persuasion skills will act as the orders that will determine the outcome of this pint sized showdown. Most importantly, make sure that you add a +1 to the robot or toy that you vote for, since it will allow us to keep an eye on the miniature units flying around. The battle will go on from today till Wednesday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. Before we get started, please head to your seats as soon as possible. That way we won’t have to worry about any accidents related to joints flying into people’s eyes. As a new heads up, the winner will be revealed during the beginning of the next match.

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It’s Time To Start The Match!

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12:00 PM on 03.28.2013

Konami reveals Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

I should be mildly miffed that Kojima Production's teasing of two projects, The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Ground Zeroes, were just now revealed to be in fact teases for the next game in the Metal Gear Solid franc...

Josh Tolentino



Japanese Nintendo 3DS eShop VC Releases for 2013/03/27 photo
Japanese Nintendo 3DS eShop VC Releases for 2013/03/27
by Eric Koziol

Next week we will see not one but two sequels come to the 3DS VC that were radical departures from the previous game in the series.

First up is Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, the quirky action adventure game that many see as the predecessor of Symphony of the Night. Originally a Famicom Disk System game, this makes a Virtual Console release of this game quite nice as getting a working FDS is almost a miracle.

Also up is Donkey Kong 3, the slightly repetitive shooter-type game where the goal is to get Donkey Kong’s head high enough in the sky by shooting bug spray at his buttocks. Your flowers are on the line here. The big ape keeps throwing various dangerous bugs at them.
Although only available to those with a Japanese 3DS, a non-Japanese credit card can be used to make purchases. You will, of course, pay the yen to your currency converted rate and your bank may charge you an extra fee on top.

via Nintendo

 

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8:00 AM on 02.06.2013

New project teased by LovePlus developers

It seems like it might be time to say goodbye to your LovePlus lady of choice, as it seems there's a new dating sim for budding gamers to prep marriage forms for. The project involves Akira Uchida (producer of New LovePlus) a...

Chris Walden





2:00 PM on 01.24.2013

Castlevania 3DS is a whip cracking good time

A new trailer for Konami's Castlevania: Lord of the Shadows - Mirror of Fate, was dropped today, and I am psyched. I was actually a pretty big fan of the consol version of the upcoming 3DS game's predecessor, with its d...

Hiroko Yamamura