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Review: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

When Nintendo first announced a crossover project between their Fire Emblem series and Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei series, no one expected the final project to a videogame where pop idols transform into heroes in order to fight monsters comin...

 
 
 
 
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Behold the glory of the Star Fox Zero anime

Star Fox is back, folks! And it seems back in a way that explicitly recalls the glory days of SNES-based 3D games and peppy animal-people bloodlessly fighting other animal-people. If nothing else, that Saturday morning cartoon vibe is what...

 
 
 
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Behold the glory of Splatoon's Squid Girl gear

It's happening! Everyone's favorite cephalopod-children combat painting simulator, Splatoon, is getting the long-awaited crossover with everyone's favorite cephalopod-conquest documentary, Squid Girl. Scans from the latest issue of Famitsu&...

 
 
 
 
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XenobladeX checks all the right boxes

I haven't touched my Wii U in quite some time. While I don't game nearly as much as I should, it's the system that's seen the least amount of miles in my collection. Luckily, XenobladeX will likely change all of that. This is one trailer t...

 
 
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Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem trailer explodes my mind

I watch a lot of anime and video game trailers, as you can probably guess. However, I can only count on one hand the times a video has totally blown my mind and left me confused! During the Nintendo Direct show yesterday, a trailer was fin...

 
 
 
 
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Even AKB48 want to kick Nintendo's butt

Nintendo's been ramping up the hype train for its next Super Smash Brothers game, and in Japan, that means getting AKB48 involved, naturally.  It's a good thing that one of the key features of the upcoming 3DS and Wii U game is t...

 
 
 
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Review: Kamen Rider Battride War II

Back when Kamen Rider Battride War was first announced, many toku fans were excited over the fact that they were getting a Dynasty Warriors-like game that featured their favorite Heisei Riders from Kamen Rider Kuuga through Wizard...

 
 
 
 
 
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E3 2014: Palutena's anime reveal is glorious

One thing I got to give the people at Nintendo, is that they know how to make a reveal for their Super Smash Brothers games. In the trailer above, we get a beautiful anime sequence of Pit and Link fighting it out. When, all of a sudden, Pi...

 
 
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Hyrule Warriors releases in Japan this summer

Back when we first found out about Hyrule Warriors, there was much excitement in the collective pantaloons of Japanator. I mean, combining The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors seems like a match made in gaming heaven. Unfortunately, the...

 
 
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You can finally defeat the Spiny Blue Shell in Mario Kart 8

Nintendo recently had a Mario Kart 8-centered Direct, and they ran through a bunch of the new features in game. They revealed some new playable characters (Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach), the new ability to upload replays to YouTube, o...

 
 
 
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The Legend of Zelda drops into Sonic: Lost World via free DLC

Nintendo certainly seems to at least be trying to step up their Wii U offering, and while Zelda DLC for a Sonic the Hedgehog game is hardly a system seller, it's the right kind of attitude to have. The game is already a 3DS and Wii U exclu...

 
 
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Attack on Titan invades Monster Hunter Frontier G

Those titan hunters sure get around, don't they? It's pretty impressive actually, considering their species is essentially trapped in one place. This time they've managed to dodge harms way outside the city walls long enough to end up in Mo...

 
 
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Huzzah! New gameplay footage for Monolith Soft's X

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 liked the Japan-onl...

 
 
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Bayonetta 2 still exists, gets new trailer

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 were also a co...

 
 
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Import Preview: Puyo Puyo Tetris

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 sar...

 
 
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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.&...

 
 
Zelda is back for Smash photo

Princess Zelda returns in Smash Bros. as a stand user?

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 Between Worlds...

 
 
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Nominees for Japanator's best game soundtrack of 2013

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 so...

 
 
 
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Super Mario 3D World's 6-5 is beaten in just 28 seconds

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 pass through loc...

 
 
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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Video Games

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 purc...

 
 
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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, hopefully open...

 
 
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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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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 up for an 800 po...

 
 
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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 feature some games fr...

 
 
 
Super Mario 3D World photo

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 it (and the gam...

 
 
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Nintendo's Wii U sales in Japan pick up

Nintendo had a slightly better day today, as the sales numbers for last week came out. Prior to this, Nintendo has sold a whopping... 2,000 Wii U systems. That's pretty awful. But thankfully a Wii Party U release and system bundle bumped th...

 
 




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Little Witch Academia (Season 1) "My name is Akko and I love to get Wakko"

 

Japanator Unboxing: TokyoTreat - February 2017"Sweet Strawberry, Savory Seafood"

 

Digimon Adventure tri: Reunion Blu-Ray Set"A New Digi-Adventure Emerges!"

 

Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray Set"The New Generation hits Blu-Ray!"

 

Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa)"Can I ask you your name?"

 

Ghost in the Shell"Cyber-Bodied"

 

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale"Is this the (Augmented) Real Life?"

 

One Piece Film Gold"Welcome to Grand Tesoro!"

 

Kaiju Girls"Unleash your inner Monster Soul"

 

Orange"Would you change your past?"

 

God Eater 2: Rage Burst"New Look, Same Great Taste"

 

A.W. Phoenix Festa"Bland Stories & Battles"

 
 
 
 
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