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4:00 PM on 06.21.2012

UnchainBlades ReXX going west, getting more sensible name

Here's some news that should tickle folks who fancy weird JRPGs (Hi Elliot!): The masters of proactive niche game licensing at XSEED have gotten proactive on a new niche game, namely the hilariously named UnchainBlades ReXX, ...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 06.20.2012

PSA: PlayStation Network Store to go down in Korea

Now yes, I know this site is called "Japanator", which would nominally keep Korean news off our radar - not until we launch our peninsular offshoot "Joseonator", anyway - but I'd think this news is significant enough to put u...

Josh Tolentino







Go West! Week Nineteen: Time to make history photo
Go West! Week Nineteen: Time to make history
by Elliot Gay

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to another edition of Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese games, stupidity and Idea Factory.

This week has a couple of releases that I know you folks are excited about. 

Super Monkey Ball!

Oh, and some game about pursunas, Japanese kids and Scooby Doo. The hell if I know what you kids are into these days.

Follow me after the break as I face my inner self.

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8:00 AM on 06.11.2012

Final Fantasy III coming to the PSP for some odd reason

I'm really not sure what Square Enix is thinking with this one. On September 20, SE will be releasing a port of the Nintendo DS/iOS version of Final Fantasy III, with a couple of interesting new features. Of course the game w...

Elliot Gay



Go West! Week Eighteen: Welcome to the jungle photo
Go West! Week Eighteen: Welcome to the jungle
by Elliot Gay

E3 is done and over with. While your milage may vary in terms of whether you were disappointed (me), or if you thought it was the greatest thing sliced bread, most people seem to agree that there was a lack of Japanese presence at the show.

Well fear not! Go West! is here to satisfy your thirst for strange and ridiculous games. Week eighteen brings us the best game ever made in the history of man (hyperbole hoh!), some giant robots, a cat that just wants to say hello as well as the usual visual novel suspects. I apologize for the somewhat slim pickings this week.

Follow me after the break as I mate with various animals and rule over the wasteland that is Tokyo.

Wait what?

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Go West! Week Seventeen: Guilds of beautiful men photo
Go West! Week Seventeen: Guilds of beautiful men
by Elliot Gay

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen, to the one and only (occasionally late) Go West!, the weekly column about Japanese video games that you may never get the chance to play!

Week seventeen is unfortunately a slow one, with little in the way of what people would consider big releases. There is one title that certainly deserves attention, so make sure to read on to get my quick first impressions of it. Otherwise, expect the weekly quota of visual novels from the usual suspects. 

Follow me after the break as I scratch my head over strange cover art choices and slam my face into my computer screen over stupid visual novel plots. 

Huzzah!

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3:00 PM on 05.31.2012

Henshin! Rider Generations 2 shows off its cosmic mind

Considering how far Fourze is at the moment, I was not too surprised to hear that all 40 Astro Switches are going to appear in All Kamen Rider: Rider Generations 2. Besides having access to Fourze's four States, you will be a...

Salvador G Rodiles

2:00 PM on 05.31.2012

Hatsune Miku Dreamy Theater Extend's not just HD, but 3D

It's not just up to the live concerts and the PS Vita's AR gadgetry to help Miku's presence brighten up the grim reality of three-dimensional life. Sega has taken it upon itself to go at least a little ways towards making you...

Josh Tolentino



Go West! Week Sixteen: El psy congroo photo
Go West! Week Sixteen: El psy congroo
by Elliot Gay

Welcome back to Go West!, your one stop for info about all the best Japanese releases of the week. We've entered the sixteenth entry of this column as of today. Do you readers know what that means?

Absolutely nothing. Well, except that Oreimo 2 for the PSP utterly beat out Persona 2: Eternal Punishment for highest sales of the week. I know, I'm confused too.

This week we have a wide variety of titles ranging from your average otome games to vertical shooters developed by a company that lives in a cave I guess. There's a little bit of something for everyone, so follow me after the break as we try to jump into the next world line and probably fail.

El psy congroo!

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6:00 PM on 05.24.2012

New Kenshin game unsheathes its first set of screenshots

After losing a one on one duel against the man formerly known as Battosai the man-slayer, I have finally been able to obtain some more information related to Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story Sais...

Salvador G Rodiles



Go West! Week Fifteen: Tales of eternal punishment photo
Go West! Week Fifteen: Tales of eternal punishment
by Elliot Gay

Long time no see, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome back to Go West!, your weekly update on the latest import games out of Japan. Where the hell have I been these past two weeks you ask? Fair question! If you follow my twitter, you'll probably have noticed that I was tweeting a lot about Golden Week a few weeks ago. Well, Golden Week is a series of Japanese holidays that result in children buying lots of video games and stores making lots of money. Unfortunately for all of us, there are no new releases that week, rendering Go West! a moot point. Likewise, last week saw absolutely nothing hit store shelves, so I figured it'd be best to wait until now. So on that note, sorry to keep you waiting!

Unfortunately, this week isn't exactly packed with awesome releases but there is a single ray of light in the darkness. Atlus swoops in to save the day, while other publishers are content with pushing out more visual novel ports than you can shake a flaming pretzel at.

Everyone's favorite 'Overlooked Gem of the Week' makes a return with a title that I'm sure nobody here was expecting to see. Probably. Maybe?

Follow me after the break as we reach out to the truth together.

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9:00 PM on 05.16.2012

Imageepoch's Sol Trigger gets delayed

About a week ago, Imageepoch's upcoming PSP RPG Sol Trigger got smacked with a release date; August 30th. This week, it gets smacked with a delay pushing it back to October 4th. Huh? Yeah, I'm as confused as you are. I could ...

Elliot Gay

3:00 PM on 05.14.2012

Gundam Age video game to evolve into two versions

I think we have found the answer to why Level-5 has taken their sweet time with the upcoming Gundam Age game for the PSP. It turns out that they are taking the Pokémon route by releasing two versions of the game in the...

Salvador G Rodiles





6:00 PM on 05.11.2012

Nayuta no Kiseki shows off three minutes of delicious fun

I think I am in need of some serious help right now, because I am getting more envious of Elliot every time a new trailer for Nayuta no Kiseki pops up. Now that we are seeing more gameplay footage on how ...

Salvador G Rodiles

9:00 PM on 05.07.2012

Imageepoch JRPG Sol Trigger gets a Japanese release date

A few months back, Imageepoch announced their final PSP game, Sol Trigger. Supposedly their biggest budget title up until now, Imageepoch has been pushing the game as the last truly epic RPG on the system. Whether that's the ...

Elliot Gay

1:00 PM on 05.02.2012

Hiten Mitsurugi Style, Kenshin gets a new game for PSP!

It has been two years since we read about a Rurouni Kenshin game unsheathing its sword on the PSP. Two years have passed since then, and the wandering swordsman is ready wander his way back to the PSP for a new game that is s...

Salvador G Rodiles

11:45 PM on 05.01.2012

Grand Knights History English release gets canned

I wish I didn't have to deliver this heart breaking news, but someone has got to do it. XSEED Games has officially announced that their planned localization of the beautiful Vanillaware RPG Grand Knights History has been canc...

Elliot Gay



Go West! Week Fourteen: Exploding suns and baby making photo
Go West! Week Fourteen: Exploding suns and baby making
by Elliot Gay

Welcome to the one and only Go West!, in which I ramble to you about games you might never get to play! Huzzah!

This week sees nearly every genre get some representation. I never thought I'd see the day in which I got to cover a game about having babies and a game about exploding suns at the same time. Dreams do come true!

We'll also be taking a look at the standard anime-based releases of the week as well as that goddamn game about raising idols. I'm beginning to think I'm being punished for something I did in a previous life.

Follow me after the break as I stop the sun from exploding by living with a cute girl. 

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12:00 PM on 04.28.2012

Behold, the latest trailer for Persona 2 PSP

I know, you might be thinking, "Josh, you fool, Persona 2: Innocent Sin is already on PSP! Old news is old!" That may be true, but this spiffy new trailer is for Persona 2: Eternal Punishment PSP, which is not yet out. You c...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 04.27.2012

Nayuta no Kiseki's environments look amazingly pretty

Oh Elliot, you don't know how envious I am of you right now. Nayuta no Kiseki shows off its areas, and they look impressive for a PSP title.  There is something nice about the architecture and structure that was shown t...

Salvador G Rodiles

6:00 PM on 04.26.2012

Rider Generations 2 is ready to count up its screenshots

It's only been six days since we found out that there are plans to make a sequel to All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation, and the game has used its belt to transform into a series of screenshots that will take down any evil orga...

Salvador G Rodiles

1:00 PM on 04.26.2012

Accel World getting games, coming with OVAs

These days it's only right that an anime about a fake video game finally get its own, real video game, and Namco Bandai isn't about to let its currently airing series Accel World down. In fact, Accel World is getti...

Josh Tolentino

1:00 PM on 04.25.2012

Danganronpa is headed to iOS and Android in May

Spike Chunsoft's crazy adventure game for the PSP, Danganronpa, will be making an appearance on iOS and Android devices this May. The game is going to be split into separate episodes, with the prologue and first chapter being...

Elliot Gay

5:00 PM on 04.20.2012

Sequel Rider Kick! New Rider Generation game is announced

Get you belts ready, because All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation is getting a sequel that is going to come out this summer for the DS and the PSP. One of the best parts of this announcement is that PSP owners will have the chan...

Salvador G Rodiles





5:00 PM on 04.18.2012

The king of heroes to be playable in Fate/Extra CCC

You know, it's been a while since we kept tabs on the new installment of the Fate/Extra series. Last time we heard from it was when we were told about the lovely figure that comes in the Virgin White Box for Fate/Extra CCC. W...

Salvador G Rodiles

5:00 PM on 04.18.2012

The king of heroes to be playable in Fate/Extra CCC

You know, it's been a while since we kept tabs on the new installment of the Fate/Extra series. Last time we heard from it was when we were told about the lovely figure that comes in the Virgin White Box for Fate/Extra CCC. W...

Salvador G Rodiles

12:00 PM on 04.10.2012

Newest Kiseki game is set to be an ARPG? Huzzah!

I'm sure some of you are sick and tired of me going on about Falcom's Kiseki/Trails series, but I can't get enough of it! July 26 will see the Japanese release of the latest game, Nayuta no Kiseki, for the PSP. Up until prett...

Elliot Gay

12:00 PM on 04.10.2012

Newest Kiseki game is set to be an ARPG? Huzzah!

I'm sure some of you are sick and tired of me going on about Falcom's Kiseki/Trails series, but I can't get enough of it! July 26 will see the Japanese release of the latest game, Nayuta no Kiseki, for the PSP. Up until prett...

Elliot Gay

1:00 PM on 03.29.2012

Want Class of Heroes 2 in English? Kickstart it!

Ahhh, Kickstarter. Ever since DoubleFine games hit it big drumming up support for a new adventure game, developers with all manner of interesting ideas have been approaching the crowd, hats in hand. The latest pair to walk up...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 03.28.2012

A bunch of Atlus PSN games are on sale, buy 'em

Confession time! Though I own a PS Vita, I actually don't have any Atlus games loaded on it, despite the fact that Atlus has one of the best presences on the platform due to their excellent PSP lineup. The reason for that is ...

Josh Tolentino