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...
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...
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 just being sarcastic.
The reality is much more simple than that.
Puyo Puyo Tetris has kept me glued to my Vita screen for over 20 hours at this point. It's just that damn good.
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 store shelves.
Ok, maybe that might be a wee bit hyperbolic, but the reality is that I'm super duper hyped. We also have a handful of other important-ish releases for pretty much all of the major consoles, so hang onto your butts.
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...
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 their awesome soundtracks this year!
Japan's once-dominant presence in the gaming industry may be a thing of the past, but there's no denying the huge amounts of talent and creativity that still pour out of Glorious Nippon year after year, and that includes game music! Scroll on through to check out the top contenders for our game soundtrack of the year!
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...
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 path into purchasing something like My Baby Girl or Jerry Rice & Nitus' Dog Football. I've played both, and you don't want to go down that road. Really. Now, you may not see all of these popping up as criminally cheap deals, but you can rest assured that you're giving the gift of awesome compared to so many other titles out there. We've scaled down our selections to games we feel that would best cater to the Japanator audience, so keep that in mind when perusing the list. If you're a good girl or boy this year, you might be able to get some of them for yourself if you've cleared out your backlog.
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,...
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 two years ago, I had no idea what I was going to do with this column or how long it would last.
I still don't.
That being said, I would never have been able to take GW! this far if it weren't for you beautiful people, and for that I thank you all. I'll be sticking with it until I'm dead in a ditch somewhere, buried in Idea Factory otome games.
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...