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1:00 PM on 11.04.2013

The Wii Mini is coming to the US after all

Blimey, I forgot about this thing. It was nearly a year ago that the Wii Mini launched in Canada, and earlier this year for the UK release. I say that loosely, because I've still yet to see a Wii Mini being sold at retail, ju...

Chris Walden

10:00 AM on 10.21.2013

It's official, Wii production has stopped

After a seven-year run, production on the Wii has stopped. According to Nintendo of Japan, manufacturing has ceased on the little console that could. Hell, it ain't so bad. After all, the little bugger ended up selling over a...

Pedro Cortes

Review: Pandora's Tower photo
Review: Pandora's Tower
by Salvador GRodiles

Just when you thought that the Wii has sang its last song; the system breaks free from the chains that control its life. Formally known as the last piece of the Triforce in Operation Rainfall’s goal, Pandora’s Tower has achieved its link with North America! Despite the game being part of the group’s goal, I doubt that XSEED’s decision was affected by their actions, due to XSEED's amazing track record in localizing many great niche titles.

Interestingly enough, Pandora’s Tower is also one of Ganbarion’s first original titles, since they were mostly known for making the JUMP Stars fighting games and a couple games based off of One Piece – such as the Grand Battle games and the Unlimited series. With that introduction out of the way, let’s venture into the Thirteen Towers to save a young girl from a deadly curse.

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4:00 PM on 01.16.2013

The Wii lives on: XSEED to release Pandora's Tower in NA

It's 2013, and the Wii has yet to sing its last swansong, because XSEED is planning to release Pandora's Tower in North America during the spring season of 2013. Thanks to the Wii U's ability to play Wii games, no one will fe...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 AM on 12.02.2012

No plans to release the Wii Mini outside of Canada

The Wii Mini is puzzling. I'd be lying if I said it didn't look neat, but it's also kind of a shame that the Gamecube compatibility and online parts have been stripped from the console. Can't complain when it'll only cost you...

Chris Walden

Review: The Last Story photo
Review: The Last Story
by Salvador GRodiles

Not having the opportunity to play Lost Odyssey, I was stoked about having the chance to play a new game by Hironobu Sakaguchi. And while Operation Rainfall's efforts made this whole thing possible, I still think that The Last Story would have been localized in North America without their actions, but that's a whole different tale for another day. 

With a game that brings the creative minds of Sakaguchi and Nobuo Uematsu together, The Last Story sounded like a combination that's too good to be true. However, The Last Story falls short as a game that's suppose to be Mistwalker's next big RPG, due to a few issues that hinder its great potential.  

Reach out for your swords and spells, because we are taking a dive into the next adventure by the father of Final Fantasy

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4:00 PM on 11.25.2012

Success In-XS: Last Story XSEED's most successful release

As much fans most otaku are of companies like XSEED, NIS America, Atlus USA and other publishers that specialize in bringing niche Japanese titles overseas, sometimes its easy to forget that sometimes there's more to think ab...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 11.07.2012

New trailer, please: Super Climax Heroes is looking good

Since Super Climax Heroes is coming out on November 29th, this gave Eighting the opportunity to give Wizard the ability to use his Flame Dragon Style in the game. And just like Rider Generation 2, Fourze will also have ...

Salvador GRodiles

3:00 PM on 09.20.2012

Super Climax Heroes trailer features 3D kicking action

I will have to say that Eighting (Bloody Roar series, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, Marvel vs Capcom 3) manage to take things up a notch with Kamen Rider: Super Climax Heroes, since they are changing up the gameplay by allo...

Salvador GRodiles

Wii U Japanese launch date, accessories, price revealed photo
Wii U Japanese launch date, accessories, price revealed
by Josh Tolentino

Mark your calendars, importers and Japanese gamers, for December 8th, 2012 is when Nintendo are putting the Wii U, their latest piece of home console hardware, out on shelves. Note that these are the Japanese prices, which are almost always higher than elsewhere, so take the info with a grain of salt. European and North American fans will be getting their announcements in just a few short hours over livestream and at an event in New York City.

The machine will be sold in two packages, the "Basic", which contains a white Wii U console, its spiffy touch-screen-equipped Gamepad, and 8GB of flash storage, costing ¥26,250 (about $335). The "Premium" package contains a black Wii U, black gamepad, and 32GB of storage, as well as two stands and two AC adaptors, an HDMI cable, and a two-year membership to the Nintendo Network Premium Service, a sort of loyalty plan conferring benefits such as discounts on downloadable purchases.

Folks who want to buy an extra gamepad (the machine supports two) will find them sold separately at ¥13,400 (about $172) each. Pricey! The Wii U will be backwards-compatible with Wii software and controllers, but doesn't include a Wii Remote, Nunchuck, or Sensor Bar by default, so you'll have to buy those if you don't already own a Wii. To play more traditional games with, a Xbox-like Pro Controller is also available at ¥5040 (about $65).

Nintendo also revealed two first-party launch games, New Super Mario Brothers U and NintendoLand.

I'm intrigued by the Wii U, but admittedly haven't turned on my Wii in ages, the last game I played being Trauma Team (though I did rip my copy of Xenoblade to play on PC via emulator instead). I may end up holding off for either a 3DS, or until I see what Sony and Microsoft are up to. How about you?

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Go West! Week Twenty-One: Robotic Alchemists photo
Go West! Week Twenty-One: Robotic Alchemists
by Elliot Gay

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the one and only Go West!, the weekly videogame column in which you watch Elliot struggle to keep his sanity as he dives deep into the heart of Japanese games.

This week we have a lot of ground to cover, with a whopping 13 titles making an appearance after the break. I know what some of you are probably thinking: "Idea Factory has released their entire catalogue to the PSP this week." But alas, that is not yet the case. Instead we have quite a few big releases across consoles, supplemented by the usual otomege and galge offerings. Something for everybody!

So grab a snack and follow me after the break as I make robot warriors and force them to practice alchemy in an MMO while romancing members of the Shinsengumi via a complicated board game.

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4:00 PM on 06.25.2012

Here, ten minutes of the new Dragon Quest MMO

It's not called Dragon Quest Online or Dragon Quest MMO. It's actually called Dragon Quest X, making it a numbered, core franchise release. And yet, everything I've heard and read about it to date, suggests that it's an MMO,...

Josh Tolentino