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1:00 PM on 11.25.2014

Congrats to our If My Heart Had Wings giveaway winners!

Free stuff is great, isn't it? That's likely what you all were thinking when you signed on to our giveaway with Moenovel for free Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! Sadly, we only had five copies to give away, and we've j...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Journey through Colonial America in Americana Dawn

There's something amazing about seeing two great things come together to form a nice package. In this case, Max Lam and her team, Bit Bonton, have opened a Kickstarter for Americana Dawn, a JRPG-influenced game that lets the...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 11.22.2014

This Godzilla game trailer tugs at your kaiju-lovin' heart

And here I was thinking I wouldn't have to cart my PS3 out of the closet anymore. Now Japan's gone and teased a pretty nifty looking Godzilla game, one that's a far cry from the official tie-in app for Hollywood's recen...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 11.21.2014

It's time for some Neptunia-related updates

For a good while, we already knew that 2015 was going to be a good year for the Neptunia series, as Idea Factory's shipping Neptunia Re;Birth 2 and Hyperdevotion Noire to Western shores. Speaking of which, Idea Factory h...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Final Fantasy: Type-0 trailer looks gorgeous

What started off as the little Sony PSP title that just didn't want to come Stateside has finally morphed into a full fledged HD next-gen title. There's a new English trailer for the upcoming Square Enix game, and the wait until March 17 just got harder. I've been waiting way too long to meet you Final Fantasy: Type 0.

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 AM on 11.18.2014

Contest: Win Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings!

[Update: Contest is over, everyone! The winners will be contacted by the email address they signed up for Japanator with!] We've got a treat for you story-game fans out there, and it comes to you courtesy of our buds at ...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 11.16.2014

This is what a Final Fantasy VIII HD remake might look like

I don't think Square Enix are ever going to make the much-demanded HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of how awesome a beloved game can look when done up in modern technology. For artist Scot...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.12.2014

Final Fantasy XIII-2 time-warps to Steam soon

Ever since Final Fantasy XIII hit the PC way back in the halcyon days of last month, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the rest of Square Enix's grand, ill-fated trilogy would eventually make it over as well...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 11.03.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Freedom Wars' Propaganda Idols

Hey! Are you making a videogame or anime? Then you need idols! That's the hot stuff now, be it an idol character, an idol sequence, or a licensed song from some idols or done in idol style. Idols! And it doesn't matter if yo...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Counter-Strike on Titan?

Now here's a collaboration I didn't see coming. Attack on Titan is teaming up with the Nexcon developed Counter-Strike Online game in Japan. It's an Asian market version of the popular Valve shooter, which I spent endless hou...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.31.2014

Another Resident Evil remaster is on its way

There's no doubt that I love me some Resident Evil. When the game first debuted on the Playstation system ages ago, I was so in love with the game. It's cheesy acting, truly scary moments, and amazing graphics blew me away. ...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:00 PM on 10.30.2014

Atlus USA summons five new Persona Q English trailers

Ever since I hopped on the Etrian Odyssey bandwagon, Persona Q's been on my radar for quite some time. Anyway, Atlus has uploaded a couple trailers that cover the game's Fusion System, along with showing off Marie, Elizabeth...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 10.30.2014

Valkyria Chronicles PC comes very soon, for pretty cheap

We already knew that Valkyria Chronicles was coming to the PC in an unexpected, but entirely pleasant surprise, but Sega wasn't forthcoming with the actual details. Until now, that is. The game's coming out on November 1...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 10.29.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Tekken

You know what I've not been doing? I haven't been torturing you and trying to put you to sleep enough! Thus, GACKT Games returns! This time he's stinking up a storm with Tekken, missing roundhouses and executing the occasion...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 10.29.2014

The new Japanese PS4 trailer is super sweet

Sony is readying its new Share Play system for the PS4 system in Japan. Basically, it allows players to allow another player to take over their controls via the Sony Network, similar to passing the controller to someone else...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Valkyria Chronicles finally rolls onto PCs

One of the all time favorite games around the Japanator office is the 2008 PS3 strategy game, Valkyria Chronicles. It's unique mix of strategy, twisting story, amazing character design, and surprisingly deep character develop...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Kamen Rider Summonride's new screenshots are all about the stages

Even though Kamen Rider Summonride contains a few features that should've been in the Battride War series (such as a co-op option), I'm still on the fence on whether to Drive the Game or not. As a series of new images enter t...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 10.23.2014

First Impressions: Log Horizon 2

We neglected to cover Log Horizon back when it debuted, beyond first look by Karen, who came away distinctly unimpressed. That was a missed opportunity, because, like many a good show, Log Horizon was very much a sl...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 10.19.2014

Let's Rock! Guilty Gear Xrd Sign coming in December

Are you ready to rock?! Guilty Gear Xrd Sign is shaping up to be one of the best-looking fighting games in recent memory, thanks to its amazing anime-style graphics rendering tech. I honestly can't say much about the fi...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 10.17.2014

Get into the spirit of Halloween with Junji Ito's Pokémon illustrations

I may not be knowledgeable in the realm of horror stuff, but there's something interesting about seeing Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Gyo) create a series of scary Pokémon illustrations throughout the month of October. While I h...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 10.16.2014

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2's English screenshots dive into the character bios

I may not own a Vita, but I still look forward to the day when I get to experience the main Neptunia games on-the-go. As Idea Factory prepares for Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation English relea...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 10.10.2014

All hail Lastation: Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart goes West

The time to celebrate has arrived, Nept... er, I mean Noire fans, because Idea Factory's bringing Noire's spin-off strategy RPG game to North America and Europe in early 2015. In case you forgot about Black Heart's title...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 AM on 10.10.2014

Celebrate Moe Day with MangaGamer!

October 10th is a special day for fans of moe and puns, because today is Moe Day! Why, you ask? Well, the Kanji characters for "October 10th" (十月十日) just so happen to line up just right to spell th...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 10.08.2014

Digimon All-Star Rumble's new trailer is all about the Supers

Back when Bandai Namco announced Digimon All-Star Rumble for the PS3 and 360, I ended up having mixed feelings on the news. On one side, it's neat that we're getting a multiplayer party brawler where we can fight as our favo...

Salvador GRodiles



11:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax's latest trailer shows off its new characters

As Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax prepares for its console debut in November, the game receives a new trailer that gives us the rundown on the title's content. This time around, we get to see Izaya, Accelerator, and Dokuro-c...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 10.06.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Gran Turismo 6

So GACKT is finally on a PS3, only one generation behind current times. He's also not all that bad at Gran Turismo. However, who's idea was it to put him behind the wheel of a Honda Fit? Doesn't the Japanese superstar deserve something a bit more plush? We even get to see a hint of celebration, treating himself to a Toyota GT 86.

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.05.2014

Kamen Rider Summonride's first trailer gives off a Gauntlet vibe

When Bandai Namco announced that they were giving Kamen Rider the Skylanders treatment in Kamen Rider Summonride, I will admit that I was a bit curious about the title will play. Now that the team has shown us the ...

Salvador GRodiles



5:30 PM on 09.29.2014

This New 3DS commercial shows off Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Kawaii Touch

I may not be a huge Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fan, but it's hard to say "no" to her style that brings us an abstract take on cute things. Speaking of which, Nintendo made an interesting move when they chose to feature Pamyu in the N...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Of course there'd be a new One Piece: Pirate Warrriors game!

Like death, taxes, and the heat death of the universe, new Warriors games are a thing you can count on, and it looks like Koei Tecmo are readying a veritable fleet of new One Piece-themed mega-brawlers to go alongside t...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 09.23.2014

Go for round two with Mitsuru, Teddie, and Elizabeth in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

The wait is almost over, as the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is set to hit English-speaking shores in just under a week. That means Atlus has one last chance to rev up the hype machine for the sequel to one of the more surpr...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls anime trailer sure is pretty

The era of warring idols continue with The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls turning into an anime next year. Above is the first real trailer for the TV series with a massively profitable, idol-raising mobile game behind it. It also looks gorgeous.

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 09.21.2014

Review: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

I almost don't want to be writing this review. That's because Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is quite a lot like its predecessor, Trigger Happy Havoc. That means it's one of the few games where "spoilers" really matter, and t...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 09.20.2014

TGS 2014: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record finally gets a trailer

At long last, Atlus has uploaded a new video on Nicaea that covers Devil Survivor 2: Break Record's visuals. Originally, the game was supposed to come out during the Fall Season back in 2013 for the 3DS, but Atlus decided to...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 09.19.2014

TGS 2014: Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax's console release gets two Valkyria Chronicles characters

For a second, it seemed that Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax's Sega characters for the title's PS3 and Vita release were limited to Virtua Fighter. Lo and behold, Selvaria and Alicia are now joining the game's roster. While I...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 09.19.2014

TGS 2014: Sonic and Taiko Drum Master invades Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

As the West continues to wait for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's arrival, the people at Capcom have revealed that the game is receiving some items that are based off of Sonic the Hedgehog and Taiko Drum Master. While the former ...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 09.18.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Final Fight

Tonight we take a look at GACKT playing one of my favorite games, Final Fight. He doesn't do too bad, and manages to lay some beatings on Poison and beat level one! However, I have to ask... Cody? I guess I would have taken GACKT as being a Guy kind of Guy. Yes, I judge you by the characters you pick in games... Isn't that the best way?

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.18.2014

TGS 2014: Feast your eyes on the newest Bloodborne trailer

I know, there's all sorts of exciting new games we've never heard of yet being announced at Tokyo Game Show this year. However, any readers that know me at all, know exactly what I was waiting for. New content from From Soft...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 PM on 09.18.2014

TGS 2014: Final Fantasy XIII trilogy coming to Steam

I think it's safe to say that I'm in the minority when I say I actually liked the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. They were flawed and the whole Fabula Nova Crystalis affair smacked of troubling hubris on the part ...

Josh Tolentino



2:15 AM on 09.18.2014

TGS 2014: Oneechanbara wins the TGS booth wars

[Update: A bonus piece of fan art from an animator at Lab Zero games, makers of Skullgirls. - Thanks, 2-D!] D3 Publisher are promoting their new game, Oneechanbara Z2: Chaos, and for that they built a booth at the Tokyo Game ...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Persona 4 Ultimax's English Story trailer enters the ring

We've reached September's halfway point, and Atlus is ready to localize a few more trailers for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. The first one covers the game's story about the mysterious red fog that has engulfed the entire area. O...

Salvador GRodiles



7:00 PM on 09.12.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Ghouls 'n Ghosts

The 1988 Nintendo game Ghouls 'n Ghosts, known as Great Demon World Village in Japan is known as a really unforgiving game. I can clearly remember my unexpected temper tantrums every time Arthur would end up in his pantsu. I...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:30 PM on 09.11.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Gran Turismo 6

Hiroko had to step out of the building for a few hours, so I've decided to help her in her journey to share GACKT's gaming adventures with everyone on here. Surprisingly, the guy decided to hop on the PS3, as he races his wa...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Here's Red Bull's (surprisingly good) Japanese game music documentary

I never would've imagined that a company best known for a drink designed to keep you awake for all-nighters doing your college thesis would come up with a pretty great documentary series about Japanese video game music, but ...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 09.10.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Street Fighter II

It's been a little while since we checked in on the phenomena of ex-Malice Mizer frontman GACKT, hammering away at video games. It looks like we've moved up in console generations, and see GACKT actually seemingly trying for...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 09.08.2014

Real life Katamari Damacy

Sometimes real life imitates video games, and people suffer. At least it's not so bad, and kind of funny this time. Adding the Katamari music to the video definitely adds some whimsy to what was probably a pretty scary situation. I just can't stop laughing at this one.

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 09.08.2014

Even AKB48 want to kick Nintendo's butt

Nintendo's been ramping up the hype train for its next Super Smash Brothers game, and in Japan, that means getting AKB48 involved, naturally.  It's a good thing that one of the key features of the upcoming 3DS and ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Here's everything you wanted from Sony's TGS presser

It wasn't all about a fifth Persona game, y'know! Quite a bit happened when Sony took the stage just before the Tokyo Game Show opened this year, to barrage our faces with sweet trailers for games known and new, as...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Happy Birthday, Makoto Kikuchi!

Makoto Kikuchi, from The Idolm@ster series, celebrates her birthday on August 29th. It'll be her ninth annual celebration this year as the maturing arcade-turned-multimedia franchise kicked off its 9th year via a full length ...

Jeff Chuang



10:00 AM on 08.24.2014

Visual novel CLANNAD is getting a Steam release in English

During their panel at Japan Expo USA, Sekai Project announced that they are releasing Key/Visual Arts's CLANNAD visual novel on Steam. It will be the full-voiced edition of the game. However there aren't much more details bey...

Jeff Chuang



10:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Get robots drunk in VA-11 HALL-A's cyberpunk bar

OK, I'll admit it right now: The main reason I'm posting about VA-11 HALL-A, a indie bartending game, is because of its website, located at a domain called (and I'm not kidding) Waifubartending.com. These people know wh...

Josh Tolentino




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