wii U

Xenoblade photo

XenobladeX checks all the right boxes

Can not wait
Apr 23
I haven't touched my Wii U in quite some time. While I don't game nearly as much as I should, it's the system that's seen the least amount of miles in my collection. Luckily, XenobladeX will likely change all of that. This i... read
Megaten X FireEm photo
Megaten X FireEm

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem trailer explodes my mind

Apr 03
I watch a lot of anime and video game trailers, as you can probably guess. However, I can only count on one hand the times a video has totally blown my mind and left me confused! During the Nintendo Direct show yesterday, a ... read
Kamen Rider Summonride photo
Kamen Rider Summonride

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

This gallery needs some boss images
Oct 27
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... read
Kamen Rider Summonride photo
Kamen Rider Summonride

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

That kid is way too excited
Oct 05
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 ... read
Smash Bros 3DS photo
Smash Bros 3DS

Even AKB48 want to kick Nintendo's butt

48 New Challengers Appear!
Sep 08
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 ... read
Kamen Rider Summonride photo
Kamen Rider Summonride

What?! Kamen Rider Summonride contains a Skylander-like system

It's time to toy around with with our favorite Riders
Aug 11
Oh my. I never expected to see the day that the Kamen Rider franchise would receive a game that'd be similar to Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo's Amiibo toys. Then again, both Kamen Rider and Super Sentai have their... read
Import Review photo
Journey through the Decayed
Back when Kamen Rider Battride War was first announced, many toku fans were excited over the fact that they were getting a Dynasty Warriors-like game that featured their favorite Heisei Riders from Kamen Rider Kuuga... read feature

Kamen Rider photo
Kamen Rider

Watch Part 2 of Kamen Rider Girls' Kamen Rider Battride War II playthrough

Gaim's gameplay is looking great
Jun 17
It's been three weeks since we last saw the Kamen Rider Girls play Kamen Rider Battride War II. Now the idol group is back to try out Kamen Rider Kiva, Den-O, Gaim, and Wizard. Unlike Bandai Namco's last video... read
Kamen Rider photo
Kamen Rider

Kamen Rider Battride War II's new trailer shows off Zenith Arms DLC

Lock Open!
Jun 13
It was only a matter of time until we got to see Kamen Rider Battride War II's Gaim Zenith/Kiwami Arms DLC in action. Lo and behold, the folks at Bandai Namco uploaded a brief trailer that shows off the Mighty Warlord's... read
Kamen Rider photo
Kamen Rider

Fruit Basket! Kamen Rider Battride War II gets Zenith Arms DLC

M-M-M-M-Mighty Warlord!
Jun 11
I had mix feelings with the original Kamen Rider Battride War game. While the first title's playable Riders were very close to the ones from the TV series, Battride War felt like an incomplete game. Thankfully, Battride ... read
Super Smash Bros. photo
Super Smash Bros.

E3 2014: Palutena's anime reveal is glorious

We need a full season of this!
Jun 11
One thing I got to give the people at Nintendo, is that they know how to make a reveal for their Super Smash Brothers games. In the trailer above, we get a beautiful anime sequence of Pit and Link fighting it out. When, all ... read
Hyrule Warriors photo
Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors releases in Japan this summer

Thousands of mobilns will weep and bleed
May 08
Back when we first found out about Hyrule Warriors, there was much excitement in the collective pantaloons of Japanator. I mean, combining The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors seems like a match made in gaming heaven. Unf... read
Mario Kart photo
Mario Kart

You can finally defeat the Spiny Blue Shell in Mario Kart 8

Not lying.
May 03
Nintendo recently had a Mario Kart 8-centered Direct, and they ran through a bunch of the new features in game. They revealed some new playable characters (Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach), the new ability to upload replay... read
Fatal Frame photo
Fatal Frame

Fatal Frame Wii U in the works: Plus a film, novel and comic too

The question is, will ANY of this stuff find its way over here?!
Apr 22
Fatal Frame and the Wii U were destined for each other. The Wii U tablet was practically made to become my Camera Obscura, fighting for my life and sanity with my dwindling Type-Zero film. With no title or date released yet, ... read
Sonic: Lost World photo
Sonic: Lost World

The Legend of Zelda drops into Sonic: Lost World via free DLC

Ruppee joke
Mar 27
Nintendo certainly seems to at least be trying to step up their Wii U offering, and while Zelda DLC for a Sonic the Hedgehog game is hardly a system seller, it's the right kind of attitude to have. The game is already a 3DS ... read
Attack on Titan x MonHun photo
Attack on Titan x MonHun

Attack on Titan invades Monster Hunter Frontier G

Next up, Pokmon x Attack on Titan
Mar 21
Those titan hunters sure get around, don't they? It's pretty impressive actually, considering their species is essentially trapped in one place. This time they've managed to dodge harms way outside the city walls long enough ... read
Video Games photo
Video Games

Huzzah! New gameplay footage for Monolith Soft's X

It's very chatty
Feb 15
I love Monolith Soft. I've been following the company ever since it was founded by Tetsuya Takahashi and Hirohide Sugiura after they left Square Co. in the late 90s. I dug the Xenosaga titles, adored Xenoblade, and even like... read
Bayonetta 2 photo
Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 still exists, gets new trailer

Why is this game not in my Wii U now?
Feb 14
Yesterday's Nintendo Direct gave us a lot to be excited about. For me, the biggest news was the new Bayonetta 2 trailer. We saw more of short-haired Bayonetta, the Joe Pesci knock-off and a kid with white cornrows. Oh, there... read
Puyo Puyo Tetris photo
A fantastic celebration of two classic series
Those of you who follow me on Twitter have probably read my tweets hyping up Sega's new crossover puzzle game, Puyo Puyo Tetris. A few folks have expressed confusion toward my excitement, going so far as to wonder if I'm... read feature

Go West! 64 photo
The game of the generation has arrived
Welcome to another riveting, awe inspiring, and emotionally draining edition of Go West!, your [inconsistently] weekly column about Japanese video games and some masochistic idiot. This week, the game of all generations hits ... read feature

Zelda is back for Smash photo
Zelda is back for Smash

Princess Zelda returns in Smash Bros. as a stand user?

Introducing Empress Pink?
Dec 26
The official Smash Bros. website has been slowly drip-feeding new information into the public in tandem with Masahiro Sakurai's Miiverse account for quite some time now, but to coincide with the Japanese launch of A Link... read
J-tor Awards 2013 photo
Far beyond the bleeps and bloops
The roll of nominees keeps on scrolling for this years Japanator Awards, and just as we tallied up our nominees for Best Anime Soundtrack of 2013, we aren't about to ignore the many Japanese games that tickled our ears with t... read feature

Super Mario 3D World photo
Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World's 6-5 is beaten in just 28 seconds

I'm sure it took a little longer to perfect the run, mind you
Dec 10
Watching speed runs is a guilty pleasure of mine, and I can certainly appreciate the effort that goes into finding exploits and the ways to best utilise them. If you've ever seen the Super Mario 64 speed runs where you can p... read
Video Games photo
Spread some cheer and awesome video games this year
Welcome to Japanator's 2013 holiday guide to excellent video games. Just like anime and manga, there's a seemingly endless parade of titles out there vying for your attention, and we're here to ensure you don't swerve off the... read feature

Wii Karaoke U photo
Wii Karaoke U

Japanese and anime songs now on Wii Karaoke U

Get your song on, UK
Nov 29
When it comes to karaoke, everyone has their favorite songs. Most won't even consider a night complete until they get to their classics. Now a fair chunk of Japanese and anime songs have made their way to Karaoke U in the UK,... read
Go West! 60 photo
Lightning strikes thrice
Greetings ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 60th edition of Go West!, your [inconsistently] weekly column about Japanese video games, a foreign guy in Japan, and Idea Factory.  When I first started Go West! nearly... read feature

Ogre Battle photo
Ogre Battle

Ogre Battle is coming to the Japanese Wii U VC soon

A diamond amongst the ew.
Nov 16
In a list that has been recently featuring several old “classics” like Urban Champion, Tennis and Golf, the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console now shows that Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen will be showing u... read
The Legend of Zelda photo
The Legend of Zelda

Select Zelda 3DS/Wii U VC games on sale right now!

Discount tickets to Hyrule
Nov 16
Just in case you didn’t hear, or forgot, here's some awesome news from Nintendo. Every week for the next month several Virtual Console games will be going on sale for exactly one week. Each week will featur... read
Taiko no Tatsujin Wii U photo
Taiko no Tatsujin Wii U

New songs announced for Taiko no Tatsujin Wii U

Can't wait to play it! Oh...
Nov 15
What do Puzzle & Dragons, The Idolm@ster and Tekken have in common? If you knew that they are all contributing songs to the new Taiko no Tatsujin game for Wii U, then you've looked at the header of this article and I... read
Super Mario 3D World photo
Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World has a beautiful soundtrack case

Magical barely begins to describe it
Nov 14
Look at the cover for the Super Mario 3D World original soundtrack. Just look at it! 3D World has been looking fantastic in screenshots but the cover and CD art of the soundtrack just has an adorable charm that makes me want ... read
Wii U photo
Wii U

Nintendo's Wii U sales in Japan pick up

Some good news for Nintendo's ailing system.
Nov 08
Nintendo had a slightly better day today, as the sales numbers for last week came out. Prior to this, Nintendo has sold a whopping... 2,000 Wii U systems. That's pretty awful. But thankfully a Wii Party U release and system b... read
Wii Mini coming to US photo
Wii Mini coming to US

The Wii Mini is coming to the US after all

Nov 04
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... read
Super Mario 3D World photo
Super Mario 3D World

Bunch of new Super Mario 3D World screenshots

Stunning, really.
Oct 17
I have to agree with the Hachima headline, this game looks absolutely gorgeous. What’s more is that 3D Land itself was a marvelous game, so I have strong faith that this is going to be not only a beautiful game but a gr... read
Yakuza 1 & 2 HD trailer photo
Yakuza 1 & 2 HD trailer

This trailer for Yakuza 1 & 2 HD is like a Wii U tutorial

And also a marital advisory
Jun 26
Yakuza is such a blockbuster property in Japan (where it's known as Ryu ga Gotoku) that most of its ads don't even need to actually advertise it anymore. According to Sega, all the average Japanese person needs to ... read
Smash Bros Fanart photo
Smash Bros Fanart

Super Smash Brothers' new fighters inspire Japanese nerds

Wii Fit Lady pegged as tourney scene fave
Jun 16
One of the things I love most about otaku culture is how quickly its most creative elements can jump on a fun bit of news. And there was little news that was more fun than the roster update for Nintendo's upcoming Super Smash... read
Monolith Soft's X photo
Monolith Soft's X

Monolith Soft's Wii U game continues to look massive

Tetsuya Takahashi bringing the hype.
Jun 13
Monolith Soft is one of my favorite developers from the past few generations of consoles. I loved Xenosaga I and III (let's ignore II), enjoyed Soma Bringer on the DS, and have been following director Tetsuya Takahashi since... read
Yakuza screenshots photo
Yakuza screenshots

First screens of Yakuza's jump to Nintendo

Now leave Japan. Please.
May 20
There may be some exciting announcements tomorrow that are all about a certain next-generation console, but it's not going to stop information about Nintendo's offering rolling out in the meantime. The HD versions of Yakuza a... read

This is fantastic

Wii U Karaoke of a classic
Apr 25
If you weren't sold on Wii U Karaoke yet, you should be now. read
Pokmon Rumble U photo
Pokmon Rumble U

Pokmon Rumble U delves into hot NFC action

Wait, it's affordable?
Mar 15
This series certainly seems to be doing rather well for itself, and I'm certainly all for an IP like Pokémon to explore the realms of digital-only games a little more. Pokémon Rumble U will bring the wind-up se... read

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