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I’ve been a fan of Uchikoshi’s work ever since 1999—since the very first time I held my copy of Pepsiman for the PlayStation One in my hands. Naturally, I didn’t know who the developer of the game was, let ...



Earlier last month, I had the opportunity to interview both producer and director Fuyuki Hayashi and character designer RIUICHI about CRYSTAR, covering what the game will bring to the genre, their inspirations for the game, and the overall ...


Japanator LIVE - 428: Shibuya Scramble

I remember many years ago while browsing through a catalog of Wii games online, I stumbled upon 428: Shibuya Scramble. From the description, it really looked interesting to me. I actually had the means to play it, but the problem is th...

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Hello, Goodbye Despair: Danganronpa 2 gets a PC port

The Danganronpa games are fantastic. Stylish, tense, and utterly engrossing, they're easily among my favorite visual novels, and I recommend that everyone play them. Thankfully, that just got a lot easier, as people won't have to buy a Play...

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Danganronpa 3 anime series coming, is a real sequel

We all knew that the saga of Danganronpa would continue. Though excellent and relatively self-contained, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair left a few threads from Trigger Happy Havoc dangling. The shooter spinoff, Ultra Despair...

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Review: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

When it was first announced that Spike Chunsoft's third Danganronpa game wouldn't be a visual novel, a lot of folks, including yours truly, were understandably apprehensive. Trigger Happy Havoc and its fantastic sequel Goodbye Des...

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Huzzah! DanganRonpa 2: Goodbye Despair gets a NA release date

If you didn't play DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the Vita, what exactly are you doing reading this? Shut your computer off, head to your local store, and buy yourself a copy. You deserve it. It's one hell of a game. Finished playing?...

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Meet Fuuko of Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

The promotional materials for Atlus' upcoming Vita JRPG, Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars continue to roll in. This time around is a video introducing Fuuko, one of the main heroines in the game who can help you acquire Star Chil...

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Third Zero Escape game in danger of not happening

Kotaro Uchikoshi, creator of such visual novel classics as Ever 17, Zero Escape: 999, and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, has made a brand new English language Twitter. He's always been super active on the social media site, so it stands...

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Atlus releases new Conception II images

I remain amused that Atlus is releasing 3DS/Vita title Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars in NA. It's a fun dungeon crawl with an incredibly odd premise; have children with your partners and take them to fight monsters. It's a lot m...

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Surprise! Atlus announces Conception II for the west

This is it folks.  Hell has frozen over. Atlus has announced that Spike Chunsoft's ridiculous dungeon crawler, Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars, will be making its way to the 3DS and Vita in NA spring 2014 for $39.99. That's ...

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First English screens for Danganronpa emerge

Spike Chunsoft's Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a fantastic game. A combination of Ace Attorney-like trials and investigation, and 999/VLR-like atmosphere and plot progression, Dangan Ronpa is rich with personality. I played the Japan...

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The Attack on Titan 3DS trailer looks sort of iffy

There we go, folks! The long-awaited Attack on Titan videogame, Attack on Titan: Humanity's Last Wings, has entered Japan's hype cycle, with a new gallery courtesy of Famitsu (seen below), and a trailer above. And it looks....hmm...

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DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc going west early 2014

I've written about Spike Chunsoft's crazy adventure game, DanganRonpa, many times on Japanator in the past few years. It's a wacky title that features Ace Attorney-like trials, exploration, visual novel story progression, and even social li...

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Conception 2 births a trailer, hilarious Engrish

I never would've expected a game like Conception to ever get a green light, much less a sequel, but it seems that Chunsoft's baby-making fantasy RPG actually did alright, and Conception 2 is headed to 3DS's and Vitas near you (if...

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Huzzah! Danganronpa 1&2 coming to Japanese Vitas

The Danganronpa games are like a strange cross between Ace Attorney, a traditional visual novel, and Battle Royale. A group of high schoolers are kidnapped and trapped in a space and forced to kill each other in order to go free. Huge chunk...


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