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Eric Koziol . Dec 07

Three minutes of Dragon Quest 8 on smartphones in motion

If the idea of watching someone hold a smartphone and playing a game entices you, golly-gee do I have a video for you! Seriously though, this seems to be an honest bit of marketing for the upcoming smartphone release of Drag...   0

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Eric Koziol . Dec 05

This Galaxy Express 999 watch will take you on a journey

File this one under “Beautiful but oh wow that price.” At about three hundred and ninety US dollars (¥39,000), this watch celebrates 60 years of Galaxy Express 999 manga artist Leiji Matsumoto. This is not som...   0

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Eric Koziol . Dec 02

Dragon Quest 8 smartphone trailer is now available

Dragon Quest 8 likely went into a lot of people’s collections for the Final Fantasy 12 demo that it came with. It was a big deal because it looked good, something that was not said for the prior game in the series. War...   0

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Eric Koziol . Dec 02

Free Dragon Quest for your smartphone

The Dragon Quest Portal App came out last week and seems to be the source for DQ games and DQ information. To celebrate, the first million downloads of Dragon Quest were free. If you missed the boat, worry not! The ...   0

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Eric Koziol . Dec 02

Check out this Ys: Memories of Celceta trailer

Ys IV, as you may know, never got a US release and also had two different versions in Japan. Neither of these were made by Falcom and the Super Famicom version was considered canon. Was! Now Memories of Celceta is the offici...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 30

New trademarks from Square Enix sound like Dragon Quest

So it seems Square Enix has registered two Dragon Quest sounding trademarks, Luminaries of the Legendary Line and Seeds of Salvation. These stylish and alliterated titles fit in with the pattern for recent DQ localizations su...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 30

Chaos;Child trailer is now available

Chaos;Child is the upcoming fourth game in 5pb’s "Science Adventure" series, coming after Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes. It was announced a few days ago, and 5pb's followed up with a trailer. From this tra...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 29

Japanese and anime songs now on Wii Karaoke U

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,...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 28

Lightning Returns demo and DLC up on Japanese PSN

It’ll be a while before Lightning Returns makes is North American and European debuts (2/11 and 2/14 respectively) but if you have a Japanese PS3 account, you can grab the demo right now. For those of you with the game,...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 27

Let's dating Yukari Tamura!

[Update] With a heavy heart  I must inform you that the video has been taken down. But, if you are really curious, the Blu-ray is only $50! (Dot, dot, dot.) Ah, technology. It allows us to do things that we would normal...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 21

Big savings on Ace Attorney Trilogy HD right now!

Ace Attorney 5 got an English release recently, but maybe you are not caught up on the series. Finding the DS releases of the first three games might take some effort and maybe you carry your iPhone around more than your 3DS....   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 21

Need to smile? Watch some commercials

Spend a bit of time in Japan not as a tourist, but living here, and you’ll hear complaints about television and how it is awful. A bit of an extreme opinion that I don’t entirely agree with, but it does lack thos...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 21

Häagen-Dazs wants to give you a flower

If you’re running out of ways to celebrate with ice cream, why not just celebrate ice cream itself? So seemingly thinks Häagen-Dazs as they offer up these two ice cream flavors for their thirtieth anniversary. Saku...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 21

Eleven minutes of Lightning and her returning

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 is now out in Japan and here are eleven minutes to get you (even more) excited for it. It looks familiar to anyone who has put time into the original FF13 and its sequel, but this video is...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 20

This holiday season Nintendo asks us why

The holiday season is pretty much here and Nintendo is asking the big question. Why you play? An interesting question worthy of serious discussion. Why do we do anything? Why choose one sort of entertainment over another? Wh...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 16

Ogre Battle is coming to the Japanese Wii U VC soon

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...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 16

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

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...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 14

Super Mario 3D World has a beautiful soundtrack case

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 ...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 13

Learn your Pokémon weaknesses with this beautiful chart

If there's anything that deserves a spot on your wall, it’s this Pokémon weakness chart. Pokémon X & Y have seemingly brought back a lot of players who’ve not caught a ‘mon or hundred-and-f...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 12

Final Fantasy X HD is looking outstanding

Memories are often better than reality, yet these screenshots of Final Fantasy X HD look even more wonderful than what I remember from the original game. This release will be a beautiful way to both get new players to experie...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 09

The iPhone is even bigger in Japan now

The iPhone’s popularity has been growing over the past few years in Japan and now it seems that it's the best-selling device in Japan. Wow. Perhaps it's no surprise that the iPhone is selling well in Japan, but it's int...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 09

Sega Genesis accessories for your mobile devices

No matter which side of the great SNES/Genesis war of the ’90s you were on, it is hard to not admit that these accessories from Tommo look pretty darn snazzy. What particularly stands out is how they look identical to t...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 09

Shopping and customizing with Lightning

Menus may seem like the dullest part of a game to show off, but they are something that, if gotten wrong, can completely ruin a game experience. Especially in an RPG they are the glue between your battles and the customizati...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 07

What time is it? It's new Perfume music video time

Only a month after the release of their fourth studio album LEVEL3, here we have a new music video from Perfume, “Sweet Refrain”. The song itself feels a bit oddly relaxing and yet absolutely the sort of tun...   0

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Eric Koziol . Nov 06

The most boring game of rock-paper-scissors ever

As an English teacher in Japan, rock-paper-scissors, or janken as I have grown to call it, has become part of my everyday life. I have gotten pretty good at it. Young kids tend to skew rock. Some of the kids who have thought ...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 30

Japan's Club Nintendo platinum reward is neat trivia

When Nintendo announced this year’s Club Nintendo platinum award for Japan there was a bit of a rumble on my Twitter feed. Even I thought that a DS game that came out in 2008 was a bit of a weird choice. Advance Wars: D...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 29

McDonald's 2014 Pokémon calendar is out soon

As another year winds down we naturally begin to think of one and only one thing. New Pokémon calendars! Right? Oh. Right. This is pretty much a thing that McDonald’s in Japan does every year but not so much...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 29

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Mottai Night Land PV is now here

If you had asked me after my first weeklong obsession with a Kyary Pamyu Pamyu video if I thought it would keep on happening with each new video, I would have said no. Oh, how naïve I was. Suffice to say, here we go aga...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 28

This Dragon Quest charger has something to say to you

Here are three awesome Dragon Quest themed USB chargers being put out by Square-Enix. You might expect the blue slime to be the cheapest, but nope. It is, however, the least interesting as it's a standard wall-charger for &ye...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 28

Deception 4: Blood Ties Trailer

Deception IV: Blood Ties, being produced by Keisuke Kikuchi who is known for creating the terrifying Fatal Frame games, seems to be ready to take the already gruesome series to another level of terror. Setting up traps to de...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 28

A Final Fantasy 15 voice actor has been revealed

So it seems one of the voice actors to be in Final Fantasy 15 is now known. Any idea who? If you guessed “Troy Baker”, sorry. Although Troy is in a lot of games the word is that Jay Preston will be doing a voice f...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 26

Persona director says fans will be happy

Have you already caught wind of this snazzy website? I hadn't. At first glance, it may not seem like it has anything to do with a new Persona game, but some internet sleuths digging through the page’s code have found ta...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 26

Final Fantasy 14 has a surprising amount of accounts

Well, here is a pleasant thing to hear. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has over 1.5 million accounts registered now. That is a huge change considering what a mess this was when it originally came out. In fact, turning arou...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 25

Check out the action in this Akiba's Trip 2 trailer

Eep. Okay, so the title of Akiba’s Trip is not exactly a subtle bit of punnery. Anyone will easily derive that there has got to be some extent of stripping in the game. Yet seeing it in action has still managed to blow...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 24

New collaboration between Nana Mizuki and T.M.Revolution

Kakumei Dualism (Revolution Dualism, perhaps?) is the new collaboration between T.M. Revolution and Nana Mizuki. This marks the second time the two have collaborated on a song. Kakumei Dualism is the opening theme for the se...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 24

Corpse Party on sale and more from XSEED this Halloween

Have you been sleeping well? Been looking for a way to remedy that? As it is October and October means scary movies and stuff, right? (Interestingly enough in Japan that time is summer, actually.) So XSEED has let the prices ...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 19

Pokemon hanafuda cards are coming

There is not much I know about the game of hanafuda other than the cards were one of the big sellers for Nintendo way back before video games could even possibly be a thing. Among Nintendo’s current big properties, it g...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 18

McPork coming back to Japan

The McPork, or as I like to think about it, the McKindaLikeTheMcRibButNotQuite, will be coming back to McDonald’s in Japan November 1! This is a nice little tasty bugger that really rounded out the ¥100 menu. I alwa...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 17

Bunch of new Super Mario 3D World screenshots

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...   0

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Eric Koziol . Oct 16

Here is another Monster Hunter themed 3DS!

Well now, this is odd. A new Monster Hunter 4 limited edition 3DS was announced, which in and of itself is not weird, but read that carefully. 3DS. Not 3DSXL. Weird, since the XL seems to be the big deal now, does i...   0




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