Japan

Opinion: Why are Japanese games so ‘weird’?

Japan is filled with the weird and the wonderful. But exactly why is it considered "weird"?

Microsoft wins at the PlayStation Awards. Wait, what?

It's kind of sweet when you take your rival's rewards...

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is giving Osaka its first makeover

Sotenbori is getting an "extreme" face lift.

City Shrouded in Shadow is a different kind of kaiju game

Can you survive at the feet of the kaiju?

The Burning Question: Do you take the Subs or the Dubs?

When playing games from other countries, do you prefer the original voiceovers, or do you want to hear English and skip the reading?

The PS Vita is having a bit of a resurgence in Japan, all thanks to Minecraft

The PS Vita is a wonderful handheld that got so tragically shafted that you can’t help but feel a pang of sadness for its short spotlight of relevancy. It’s powerful, it’s well designed and the potential for mobile gaming was endless. I’d even argue that a second generation Vita could have been a direct competitor to the Nintendo Switch. You got so many great games on there...

Production of the PS3 to end soon in Japan

It’s the end of an era for the PS3, or at least in Japan. According to a post on Eurogamer, Sony will soon be ending production of the console which has been around since 2006 and 2007 depending on where in world you lived at the time. No exact date is given, but it’s still pretty sad to hear that one of my favourite consoles is coming to an end. The console, which has pretty much been...

Opinion: The Japanese games industry is making a comeback, and I’m ecstatic

I’ve always had a fond love for games developed in Japan. It’s likely because I grew up with Japanese classics. Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, (or Rockman via knockoff NES cartridges in SA) Street Fighter, Rocket Knight Adventures, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Double Dragon, Contra , Sonic the Hedgehog, Gunstar Heroes, Duck Tales, Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers and many, many...

Square Enix donates towards the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Efforts

The publisher behind gaming franchises such as Final Fantasy, Just Cause, Deus Ex and Tomb Raider, Square Enix, has made a substantial donation in support of the relief efforts for earthquakes in southern Japan that have been dominating headlines globally. Square Enix Group (the “Group”) extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to all those affected by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. With the ...

PlayStation Japan shows off the PS4 lineup with a rap song

There is just something about the way that Japan approaches tasks that puts a smile on my face. Their adverts can be completely wacky, like using samurai to show why walking and texting is bad, or singing jelly beans to sell a cellphone. The latest thing to make me smile is this music video with artist music tofubeats and Moga Mogami called “DON! DON! DON’T STOP LINEUP!” it highlights the upcoming...

New Pokémon Arcade Title To Hit Japan

Bandai Namco are set to release a unique new Pokémon arcade title in Japan. The game is comprised of three stages which involve throwing actual Pokéballs at a screen on which Pokémon appear; a literal “Gotta catch ’em all” if you will. The concept of the arcade title is to catch as many different Pokémon in an allocated time limit. If you manage to complete the three levels playe...

Pokkén Tournament Coming To Japanese Arcades This July

Pokkén Tournament is set to be released in Japan this July. Yes, as soon as that. The exact date has yet to be confirmed and there hasn’t been any sign of a US/European release. In addition to this there is no word regarding a home console (Wii U / ‘NX’). Could Bandai Namco only be planning to release this Tekken-like fighter in Japan or can we expect a Western release as well? I...

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