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2:00 PM on 02.04.2015

Is Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 the last of the series?

I mean, sure, this new, lengthy video from Bandai Namco showing off in-development gameplay from the latest entry in the Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise has other things to gawp at, like hot particle effects and ridiculo...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 02.03.2015

Now we're cooking: Final Fantasy kitchen knives forged

Final Fantasy and ridiculous swords: The two concepts just seem to go together, even when, practically speaking, many a hero's blade in that franchise would likely be more useful chopping vegetables than monsters. ...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 01.30.2015

Rejoice: Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax goes West

Well, folks. I've said it a couple times, and I'll say it again: Hell has officially frozen over, people! This time around, Sega's smacked us with an unexpected announcement, as Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax heads West for ...

Salvador GRodiles

1:00 PM on 01.29.2015

New Earth Defense Force 4.1 trailer shows off new toy

We just got a new awesome trailer for one of my highly anticipated games for 2015, Earth Defense Force 4.1: THE SHADOW OF NEW DESPAIR, and my lust for B-movie-esque video game bug stomping just got lustier (you know what I me...

Red Veron

8:00 AM on 01.29.2015

Watch this guy use his amazing nose to play Super Mario World

This might surprise most people on here, but Super Mario World was actually one of the first titles that got me into playing video games. As for the reason why I didn't get to play games before the SNES, this was due to my y...

Salvador GRodiles

1:00 PM on 01.28.2015

Lindsey Stirling does her violin magic with Senbonzakura

Lindsey Stirling, that awesome lady on Youtube that does her exciting violin dancing has now offered up her violin rendition of the popular song Senbonzakura. Originally a Hatsune Miku Vocaloid song, Senbonzakura is written ...

Red Veron

2:00 PM on 01.27.2015

Touhou games may come to PlayStation this year

Ah, Touhou Project. The hyper-popular series of bullet-hell shooters has long been a Holy Grail of sorts for non-PC-owning otaku, and the efforts to get games with the Touhou brand on various consoles have bee...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 01.24.2015

[Update] Planeptune rules: Neptunia Re;Birth1 heads to Steam on Wednesday

[Update: Idea Factory International revealed that Neptunia Re;Birth1's debut on Steam was slightly delayed, and the game's release date is now Jan. 29] It's been a good while since Idea Factory International announc...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 AM on 01.23.2015

PSA: Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds hits Steam today

If you've been itching to play a fun 2D beat em' game on the PC, then you'll be happy to know that MAGES' Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds game's now on Steam. Thanks to Degica's help in making this release possible, more...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Rejoice: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX to release worldwide in May

It's been known for a good while that the latest Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai title for the 3DS was heading West, However, Sega surprised us with some amazing news, as Project Mirai DX hits stores worldwide during the month of...

Salvador GRodiles





12:30 PM on 01.14.2015

Fire Emblem returns to the 3DS

Man, I love me some Fire Emblem. As my top game of 2013, Fire Emblem Awakening really checked off the list of things of love in video games, and still keeps me warm just thinking about it. The updated graphics, characters de...

Hiroko Yamamura



PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale photo
PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale
by Josh Tolentino

Of all the geeky trends people took note of in 2014, one of the least appreciated is the Japanese gaming industry's growing embrace of indie development and global digital distribution. Sure, it's been happening for the last couple of years, slowly, but 2014 was a real kick in the pants when it came to seeing the fruits of Japan's "doujin" development scene outside the shadowy confines of Comiket. 

The most notable phenomenon has been the veritable Cambrian explosion of visual novels and other "anime" games on Steam, which is the de facto face of PC gaming, which to most folks is dominated by western-style titles. However, thanks to Steam Greenlight, Kickstarter, and perhaps the decline of the home console market in Japan, more "Japanese-style" games than ever are on the platform.

And if you needed even more evidence of the obvious, here it is: The latest Steam weekend sale is themed all around "anime". More than 40 games in the anime vein, developed both within Glorious Nippon and without, are getting crazy discounts from now until January 12th.

Notable among the offerings are Christine Love's Korean-themed visual novels, Analogue: A Hate Story and Hate Plus, the animal romance sensation Hatoful Boyfriend, Nyu Media's Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, World End Economica from the author of Spice and Wolf, no less than two Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm games, XSEED's ports of Ys I & II Chronicles, Ys Origins, and Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, and the dating-sim/travel primer Go Go Nippon! 

All those and more are going for cents on the dollar (or whatever currency Steam makes you pay in), so pick your favorites and possibly spend less than you normally would!

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