How Nintendo introduced the Game Boy, Tetris, and Pokémon to the West

He kind of said, ‘Hmm, yeah, we’re not going to change the name.’”Related The 30 greatest Game Boy gamesCoyner’s first task was to identify what made the Game Boy special. “I knew it was the perfect game for Game Boy,” he says. By the time the Game Boy Color came out in late 1998, the original Game Boy had surpassed 64 million sales worldwide. And it showed that there was the Game Boy games, and that there would be toys and there would be a card game. Combined hardware sales across Game Boy, Gam

By | 2019-04-18T17:00:00+00:00 April 18th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

March was an unprecedented month for Japanese action games

It's a phenomenal character action game, as deep and rewarding to master as it is flat-out ridiculous. The point is, if Devil May Cry 5 was the only Japanese action game that came out this month, it'd still be the best month for the genre in years. December 2003, Japan: This month an incredibly rare three character action games came out at once, but only in Japan. Kratos's blades made for lengthy and brutal combos and the setpieces were epic in a way action games hadn't been before. Unfortunatel

By | 2019-03-29T18:39:23+00:00 March 29th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sega halts sales of new Yakuza game after voice actor’s drug arrest

Sega announced today that it’s suspending sales of its new Yakuza spinoff, Judgment, in Japan after one of the game’s voice actors was arrested for suspicion of drug use. The game has been pulled from digital stores, and Sega said it has halted shipments of the physical version of Judgment, which is known as Judge Eyes in Japan. Taki performed the voice and provided facial capture for a character named Kyohei Hamura in Judgment. In the game, Hamura is captain of the Matsugane family, a subsidiar

By | 2019-03-12T17:00:00+00:00 March 12th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Art of Super Mario Odyssey comes stateside in October

Super Mario Odyssey is a big, beautiful game, and the artwork that fueled its creation was collected in a book last year titled The Art of Super Mario Odyssey. That art book was published in Japan this past September, and later this year, publisher Dark Horse will bring a localized edition of the book to North America. Dark Horse’s release of The Art of Super Mario Odyssey will be a 368-page hardcover book full of “concept art, preliminary sketches, and notes from the development team, plus insi

By | 2019-03-11T17:00:00+00:00 March 11th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice gets Launch Trailer full of awesomeness

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice just got its launch trailer and it’s doing great work at ramping up the excitement. With less than two weeks until Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice finally comes out, publisher Activision is gracing impatient players with the launch trailer. Sekiro is now finally attempting to fill that void present in the Souls games, all the while still offering the awesome combat. It’ll be interesting to see how Sekiro fares to NiOh especially, the other Samurai Souls game. As a non-FromSof

By | 2019-03-11T09:31:59+00:00 March 11th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Anthem Almost Sold Out in Japan During Its Debut Week

Despite this passionate base, the game hasn’t sold well in some regions, only selling 10% of what Destiny 1 did during its first week in the UK. Anthem almost managed to completely sell out of physical copies during its first week in Japan, selling through 92%, or roughly 78,000, of its retail copies. It is also worth noting that these numbers are solely physical sales, and no digital sales were taken into account. As of now, it’s one of the worst reviewed Bioware games ever, but that doesn’t me

By | 2019-03-03T15:01:25+00:00 March 3rd, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Front Mission spinoff Left Alive appears to have rough Japan launch

If you’ve been getting your hopes up for Left Alive, the spinoff of the Front Mission series, well, don’t. Siliconera notes that players cannot stream Left Alive, after being able to do so on launch day (Feb. 28). Left Alive launches in North America on Tuesday, March 5 on PlayStation 4 and Steam. It’s a departure from the rest of the Front Mission series in that it has a greater focus on action rather than tactics. The Front Mission series dates to 1995 but didn’t have a aunch in the west until

By | 2019-03-02T16:00:00+00:00 March 2nd, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Official Final Fantasy 14-themed weddings now available in Japan

Couples who love playing Final Fantasy 14 Online together can now get married with an officially licensed wedding themed after the in-game Eternal Bonding Ceremony in Japan. Final Fantasy 14 director and producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed that the reservations for the service should open in a few weeks. Square Enix and Bridal Hearts held the first mock Final Fantasy 14 wedding on Feb. 14, in Kobe, Japan. The wedding ceremony will also have FF14 music played throughout and special themed food at th

By | 2019-02-21T16:00:00+00:00 February 21st, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

EVO Japan Shuts Down Sexually Explicit Dead or Alive Stream

report this adFighting game tournament EVO Japan has only just begun the weekend’s events, but controversy has already stirred. During a promotional livestream for fighting game Dead or Alive, officials temporarily shut down the broadcast following some inappropriate material. The stream was restored shortly afterward and EVO boss Joey Cuellar issued an apology on Twitter. The feature was used to pause the fighting game’s gameplay at moments where the game’s characters were in sexually explicit

By | 2019-02-15T09:03:09+00:00 February 15th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Evo Japan stream taken offline as Dead or Alive 6 segment gets raunchy

Evo Japan, the companion event to fighting game tournament Evo Championship Series, kicked off on Friday in Fukuoka, Japan. It’s the Japanese tournament’s second year, and it’s off to an auspicious start, thanks to a segment that focused on upcoming fighting game Dead or Alive 6. That segment, ostensibly meant to promote Dead or Alive 6, lead organizers of the tournament to take their Twitch broadcast offline and apologize to viewers. Evo Japan organizers shut down the stream shortly after. We s

By | 2019-02-14T16:00:00+00:00 February 14th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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