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Love is eternal: Trails in the Sky SC launches next week

Well, folks: I'm happy to announce that we now live in a world where pigs have wings, and hell has frozen over. In other words, XSEED has revealed that The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC hits the PC and the PSN (compatible wit...

 
 
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Oh man, Suikoden 2 is out, go get it now now now

Oh, finally. It only took, like, sixteen years, but Suikoden II, one of my favorite games of all time and one of the greatest RPGs ever made, to come to downloadable platforms on this side of the pond. Konami's made the thing available to P...

 
 
 
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Sony unleashes JRPG sale on PSN for Golden Week

April 29 is the beginning of Golden Week, a series of holiday over the course of several days that's been converted into a sort of national spring break. In order to celebrate it this year, Sony is discounting a ton of Japanese games on PSN...

 
 
 
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Go West! Sixty-Four: You got Puyo all up in my Tetris

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.&...

 
 
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Go West! Sixty-Two: Put Your Guns On

Welcome, dear readers. Today is Saturday, January 25; a very special day by all accounts. Why is it so special you ask? The answer is as simple as understanding the universe. Today is the 62nd edition of Go West!, your [pretend this is accu...

 
 
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Go West! Week Sixty: Lightning Returns to Arland

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,...

 
 
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Action packed eight minute God Eater 2 play video

As far as first attempts at hunting action go, Namco Bandai's PSP game God Eater did a bang up job. Rather than outright copy Capcom's success with Monster Hunter, they went in a different direction by amping up the speed of combat and put...

 
 
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Go West! Week Fifty-Six: Root of Blue Equals More Commas

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another riveting edition of Go West!, your [occasionally] weekly column about Japanese video games, an insane man, and awful names. This week? A somewhat depressing handful of games. To be fair, next week i...

 
 
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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 of Corpse Party...

 
 
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2012 Oreimo PSP game now sorta FTP on iOS

So this is kind of random. Namco Bandai's 2012 Oreimo Portable ga Tsuzuku Wake ga nai PSP game has hit iOS for the low price of free.  Sadly we've entered an era where free is now somehow synonymous with paying more money. While y...

 
 
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God Eater 2 opening anime is cool as ice

Animation studio Ufotable doesn't exactly handle a whole lot of projects at once, but they put a ton of care and effort into the stuff they do work on. Case in point: God Eater 2's beautiful anime opening up top. For those of you who aren'...

 
 
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Latest God Eater 2 video highlights Alisa's episode

Namco Bandai's latest hunting action game, God Eater 2, is right around the corner. With its release set for next month, the hype train is chugging along.  This time it brings us a trailer for Alisa's Character Episode.  Unlike t...

 
 
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God Eater 2 and The Idolmaster collide for DLC action

Namco Bandai is teaming up with Lawson convenience stores and HMV to bring preorder The Idolmaster Million Live! DLC to their upcoming PSP/Vita game, God Eater 2.  That's right! Now you too can dress fan favorite Alisa like a member of...

 
 
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TGS 2013: God Eater 2 offscreen Vita TV video

I had the opportunity to go hands on with the most recent build of Namco Bandai's upcoming PSP/Vita hunting game, God Eater 2. Before my preview goes up however, I'm here to deliver an eight minute video of folks playing the game on a Vita...

 
 
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Launch those trailers! Trails in the Sky SC is going west

Actually, when I meant trailers, I was talking about using a catapult to launch a bunch of trailers into the sky as a way to celebrate XSEED's new accomplishment. With the help of Carpe Fulgur, the awesome group that localized Recettea...

 
 
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Go West! Week Fifty-Three: Killer is Zero

Fifty three weeks, ladies and gentlemen. Do you know what this means? Absolutely nothing at all. Huzzah! Welcome to another edition of Go West!, your [sometimes] weekly column about new Japanese import games, Idea Factory, and high school k...

 
 
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Review: Class of Heroes 2

Class of Heroes 2 is a game with a "wouldn't give up" story. Back in 2012, the game failed to meet its Kickstarter goal. Despite all that, MonkeyPaw Games and GaijinWorks promised to continue working on the game. They finishe...

 
 
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Go West! Week Fifty-One: The Floodgates Open

I feel like this is some kind of divine retribution for letting me off the hook over the past few weeks. Hello folks, and welcome to the 51st edition of Go West!, your (not) weekly column about Japanese import games. This week? Way more gam...

 
 
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Go West! Week Fifty: Video Game Idols and Walking Fish

The big fifty.  We did it, ladies and gentlemen. We made it to number fifty. That's a whole lot of Japanese games, and a ton of Idea Factory. Thanks guys and gals. I love you all very muchly. In more important news, Japanese games! Huz...

 
 
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Go West! Week Forty-Seven: Summoning some Muv-Luv

Good day, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the 47th edition of Go West!, your [not-so-weekly] column about Japanese import games and Idea Factory.  With the Golden Week rush having come and gone, Japan has once again settled into a mor...

 
 
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Go West! Week Forty-Six: El Psy Congroo

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to a new edition of Go West!, your [almost] weekly column about the latest Japan-only games!  After nearly a month of light releases, we're finally back to normality this week with a whoppin...

 
 
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Go West! Week Forty-Five: Slaying Dragons and Friendship

After a brief hiatus, Go West! is back to supply you with your [almost] weekly dose of Japanese games coverage! This week? Well... not a whole lot actually. At least my dear friends at Idea Factory give me some company. Yeah, it's been kind...

 
 
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Rejoice: Black Rock Shooter The Game hits PSPs this month

This slipped under Japanator's easily-distracted radar array last week - why, oh why did we hire cats to man the monitoring stations? - but it's pleasant to know either way: NIS America has, after a long enough delay that pretty ...

 
 
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Go West! Week Forty-Four: Fate/Ninja Moon Types

Salutations, and welcome to Go West! 44, your [sometimes] weekly column about the latest games to hit store shelves in Japan. I'm your host, Elliot, and I'd like to take you on a magical journey into the deepest, darkest abysses of the Japa...

 
 
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Go West! Week Forty-Three: Gotta go, gotta go

Welcome to the 43rd edition of Go West!, your weekly (sort of) column about Japanese video games, importing, Idea Factory, and one writer's love/hate relationship with the latter. This week, we've got another load of new releases that are b...

 
 
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Go West! Week Forty-Two: The Meaning of Life

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Go West!, Japanator's column about Japanese video games, imports, Idea Factory, and self inflicted pain! We've hit week 42, which means I should probably say something profound here. Video games sure are fun...

 
 
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Rejoice! Aksys to bring PSP otome game Sweet Fuse to NA

The PSP is the console that just refuses to die, almost 10 years after its North American launch. The good folks at Aksys Games have announced that they'll be bringing Idea Factory's otome game Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (Bakudan Handan) to N...

 
 
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Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment has infinite dating

For what it's worth, one of the most interesting aspects of Sword Art Online to me wasn't so much its fighting or scale or plot (definitely not the plot), but the idea of what folks do when they're trapped in a virtual world. In this ...

 
 
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Go West! Week Forty: Hands on with Dragon Quest VII

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 40th edition of Go West!, the weekly column about Japanese video games and self inflicted mental pain. I'd like to tell you that for this joyous milestone, there are dozens of Japanese game...

 
 
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Gaijinworks wants to make Class of Heroes 2 UMDs for you

Long live the PSP. You might remember the Class of Heroes 2 Kickstarter from last year headed up by Gaijinworks. The idea was to raise enough money to justify creating a deluxe physical version of the PSP game, along with all the bells and ...

 
 
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Nice, Heroes VS's staff shows you 12 ways to duke it out

Time sure flies by when you are piloting a giant robot, kicking evil to death, or changing into a giant form that lets you take down enormous monsters. As Compatible Hero fans wait for Heroes VS to arrive on February 7th, the pro...

 
 
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Review: Corpse Party: Book of Shadows

It was a little over a year ago that I parted my review of Corpse Party by wishing that the sequel would also end up getting localised. Here we are with another game in the series in a language I understand, and while it's not a sequel per ...

 
 
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Go West! Week Thirty-Nine: So many visual novels

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese video games, and Idea Factory concoctions. While I'm sure you beautiful people noticed a lack of import love last week, fear not! I have returned from my deadly ba...

 
 
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Fate/Extra CCC gets another character introduction video

It's hard to believe that Fate/Extra CCC is finally hitting Japanese shelves in March. I'm still looking forward to seeing where this quasi-sequel goes, though I have to admit that the Sakura lookalikes have ridiculously stupid looking des...

 
 
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Shaft's Fate/Extra CCC opening is very Shaft-like

Despite my feelings toward Imageepoch, I'm actually reasonably excited for their upcoming PSP game, Fate/Extra CCC. The first title was a solid dungeon crawl with a fantastic story, so I'm looking forward to jumping back into the universe ...

 
 
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PSA: Persona and other Atlus titles on sale for Euro PSN

Are you a fan of deals? Sure you are! That's why Atlus is offering those of you European deal-lovers that also happen to be game-lovers a deal...on games. Atlus-published ones. On the PlayStation Network.  From now until February 1st, ...

 
 
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PSA: Corpse Party sequel coming soon

Rejoice, fans of horrific games and disturbing scenes: more Corpse Party is on the way to your PSPs and PS Vitas soon. And by "soon", I mean "next week", as XSEED's terrifying sequel, Corpse Party: Book of Shadows debuts on the P...

 
 
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Go West! Week Thirty-Seven: Trails in the Sky HD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to another insanity filled edition of Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese games and Idea Factory. This week sees a modest number of games hit store shelves, so there's plenty to talk about. Unfortu...

 
 




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