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A Look At: Ahoge Chanbara

Developed for iOS devices by M2, Ahoge Chanbara is a story of justice, love, and the ahoge way. It's a tale of revenge, redemption, and a stirring reminder of what makes us human. It's an experience that pats you lovingly on the head, only ...


Awaken your old school side with the iPhone's new handset

Okay, I will admit that I am not into Apple products, but Sanwa's new handset looks like a fun little gimmick to show around. Sure, you could use a regular headset to talk to people while you do other things with your iPhone; however, it wo...

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A Look At: Otaku Camera

Tokyo Otaku Mode's Otaku Camera is a nifty little free app that lets you shoot pictures as if they were part of a manga strip. You've got all kinds of choices, and the app is available for both iOS and Android platforms through the App Stor...


Get your Pokémon fix anytime with Pokémon TV

The Pokémon Company have announced today that a new free mobile app, Pokémon TV, is now available for iOS devices in the App Store as well as for Android on the Google Play shop. Released today, t...


Huzzah?! Hyperdimension Neptunia iOS app now available

It continues to blow my mind that the Hyperdimension Neptunia series sells well enough in the west to warrant their continued localization. I completely understand that I'm not Compile Heart's target audience for these games, but nonetheles...


Review: Final Fantasy: All the Bravest

Square Enix, what are you doing?  There have certainly been some interesting additions to the Final Fantasy universe of late, and after initially breaking the hearts of 3DS owners seeking out a localised Bravely Default, we wound up wi...


Otousan is the illest emcee in the house

Softmap's Shiba Inu mascot Otousan is a bit of an icon around our offices. His fatherly advice and lovely white coat have kept us entertained for years. Who doesn't enjoy having a conversation with a dog? Could you ever imagine that Otousan...


Look at this iPhone 5 case!

Yes, this is a ¥2500 iPhone 5 case. A ¥2500 Mother 2 iPhone 5 case! Isn't it a thing of beauty? Yes, they're available through Itoi's site, as well as a few more cool looking casesl, but this one just tickles me so very ...


Facepalm: Demon's Score is way cheaper in Japan

Here's another entry for you to put in the annals of "What the hell, Square Enix?!": It looks like the company that gave us Final Fantasy and a ton of strange decisions, has made yet another one, for it seems like they really don't wan...


Party Wave surfing over to Android and going free on iOS

Just a quick update here for you folks, in case you were interested in playing Mistwalker Corp.'s Party Wave but maybe saw a few reviews here and there that were a little less than sterling. And then you thought twice about paying the ...


TGS 2012: Phantasy Star Online 2 es impressions and video

Sega's smartphone version of Phantasy Star Online 2 is an interesting experiment. As has been noted before, PSO2es is not a full port of the PC/Vita game, but rather a super simplified version that is far better suited for quick play. The d...


Update on image epoch's Black Rock Shooting game for iOS

Recently I wrote up a post about the Petite Black Rock Shooter: Discover the Mystery of Planet Sexy game, and I wasn't sure whether it was going to be available internationally or not. Today I've learned that it is indeed available - at lea...


Layton Brothers: Mysterious Room hits iOS Sep. 21

Well that came out of nowhere! Some of you folks might remember the iOS Professor Layton spinoff, Layton Brothers, that was announced quite a while back. A mix of Ace Attorney's investigation sequences and Professor Layton puzzles, this iOS...


TWEWY: Solo Remix teases a sequel

Well this is kind of unexpected. The iOS port of The World Ends With You, Solo Remix, contains a single image that would seem to imply a new game is incoming.  Fortunately the actual screen doesn't spoil anything, but it certainly rais...


The World Ends With You: Solo Remix available for iOS now

Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen. Square Enix's countdown site hit zero last night and revealed what we all already knew was coming; an iOS port of the DS game, The World Ends With You. While I know I'm not alone in breathing a h...


It's All Over: AKB0048 getting a game version

This is it, people. If there was ever a sign that human civilization was approaching some kind of cultural singularity, past which everything just implodes onto itself, this is one of them. AKB0048 is getting a game, the hilariously ti...


Final Fantasy Dimensions is going to be really pricey

Like, really pricey. Like, "Most Expensive Single App I've Ever Seen" pricey. Specifically, Square Enix's old-school-lookin' Final Fantasy Dimensions will run players roughly $29 to buy the whole thing, which is technically a discount,...


The world might not end with iOS

Looks like Square Enix might have accidentally let the Mr. Mew out of the bag on their latest countdown teaser page. In a description of an upcoming The World Ends With You remix album(!), SE references the currently unannounced iOS port of...


A look at: Character Chowdown for iOS

A couple weeks back I wrote about Character Chowdown, a new game for iOS (Universal, Free) that seeks to help students (or anyone, really) learn new languages. For now, the game is focused on Japanese characters, and with your free download...


Macross makes its way to Android and iOS devices

You know how I feel. Any Macross news is great Macross news. Namco Bandai is bringing their free to play rails shooter, Macross SP Cross de Culture, over to eager gamers, with their title currently being available to Android fans, with an ...


It's time to flick! Miku Flick gets a new sequel

Are you ready for some finger flicking fun? If so, get ready to rejoice as there is a new Miku Flick game heading your way. Going by the name of Miku Flick/02, there are some new features that will be exclusive to the new sequel. First of ...


Mistwalker release tutorial for new iOS game Party Wave

Hironobu Sakaguchi, a name you may or may not recognize depending on how much you pay attention to the big shots behind the Final Fantasy game series and other big Square titles (until he left the company, anyway), has conceived a new upcom...


Learn Japanese on the go with Character Chowdown for iOS

NIS America have announced their all-new puzzler for iOS in which players get to interact with cuddly characters while learning Japanese. Players will meet challenges by the "Nommons" who are hungry for katakana, hiragana and kanji. The mor...


Persona 4 iPhone cases are as sexy as they are expensive

My Playstation Vita is currently a den of Persona 4 love. It's decked out in a colorfully stylish P4 skin and is sporting a killer wallpaper featuring kungfu gal Chie. I've attempted to do the same for my iPhone but haven't had as much luck...


Final Fantasy Dimensions heading to iOS and Android

Back in 2010, Square Enix released Final Fantasy Legends: Hikari to Yami no Senshi to iMode and EZWeb Japanese cell phones. Playing similarly to Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Legends was an old school 2D RPG with an original story, rel...


It's time to lose weight with Burn your fat with me

Feeling a bit overweight these days? Guess what, there is a visual novel game that will solve all of your problems. Burn your fat with me is a game that encourages you to get into shape as you progress further into a relationship with the g...


Get your fingers ready! Miku Flick is now global

Congratulations to all Miku/Vocaloid fans worldwide, you will now have the chance to play Miku's next game that was made by the Project Diva team. The official twitter page of Miku Flick tweeted about the game's availability&...


Turn your smartphone into a cute robo-pup with SmartPet

Bandai, the creators of the infamous Tamagotchi virtual pet, recently released a new gadget called SmartPet - an accessory that allows users to transform their smartphones into little robotic pets. SmartPet is sold alongside an applica...


Bombs away! 100 player Bomberman drops on your phone

Boy, did I perk up at this news. Bomberman is one of my favorite games of all time. Now I can play it on iOS and Android systems! Plus the bonus of blowing up one hundred people! Wait, it's not one hundred live people? It's only me and four...


You can't put a price tag on the love of a waifu

Waifu Collection is a free app available for both Android and iPhone that works a little bit like a simplified version of the popular dating sim Love Plus. The application features a set of character cards that users can interact with in a ...


Dondonpachi Resurrection HD releases on iDevices March 15

I love bullet-hell games. I'm absolutely terrible at them and eat continues like crazy, but that isn't enough to stop me from enjoying the pure insanity onscreen. I also own an iPhone and love the fact that shooter developer Cave has really...


Oh snap! Chaos Rings II for iOS comes out this month

Back in the early days of the iOS, Square Enix developed title Chaos Rings was one of the first big, console-like RPG experiences the platform had seen. Featuring beautiful visuals (for the hardware), a fantastic score and a mysterious stor...


Hatsune Miku flicks her way into Apple portable devices

If you are a proud owner of an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 4th generation iPod touch, iPad, and iPad 2, then you are eligible to experience Hatsune Miku's new rhythm game. Taking advantage of the touch screen features on these platforms,...


If Touch Shot were less shameful it'd be an Apple tie-in

Now, a certain level of shame should be expected in this case, as it's coming from Compile Heart, aka the Record of Agarest War and Hyperdimension Neptunia people, but for some reason Touch Shot: Love Application for the Play...


Anime apps, now ruling my smartphone world

A long time ago there was this app called Bisei Tokei: some developers cleverly rounded up a dozen notable Japanese voice actors and made them say lines from our favorite anime. The end result was an iOS app that would turn your iPad or iPh...


GO!GO! MANIAC on your iPhone

There's a new app for iOS called Strum Stage that allows you to bang out some pretty sweet guitar riffs, but that's not what I'm here to report. What is important is that they have featured a sweet demo of someone belting out K-On...


Ghost in the Shell optical camouflage becomes reality

Well, maybe I exaggerated a bit in the title. Not quite reality, but a real iOS application for you iPhone or iPad! Optical Camouflage Camera - Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. - SSS 3D -, looks to take your picture ...


Evangelion Sound Impact iOS demo is up

Do you have a Japanese iTunes account? Well, today is your lucky day if you wanted to check out the new Evangelion iOS demo, Evangelion Sound Impact. It's a rhythm game based on the hot music from the popular anime&...


Apple puts earthquake warning system in Japan's iOS 5

After the disastrous 8.9-magnitude earthquake damaged Japan back in March and another smaller earthquake that hit just recently, disaster preparation is certainly something on the minds of those living in Japan. With the upcoming release of...


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