Xbox One launches in Japan

September 4th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in XBox One | Comment »

Today is Xbox One release day in Japan. Shoppers are not exactly fighting to get their hands on them with buyers thin on the ground and queues non-existent. Still, it’s nice to see Microsoft making the effort although they seem to have an uphill battle on their hands at the moment. PS4 has a headstart and appears to be technically stronger. We’ll have to see what Microsoft can do to turn this around.

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Space Invaders Roll Holder

August 15th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Stuff | Comment »

What is there to say about this, other than to bemoan that is has now tragically sold out. If there’s a finer way to suspend toilet paper, we’ve yet to discover it. Perhaps this could start a trend. Maybe Warcraft players that have trouble taking bathroom breaks could be tempted in by Horde themed roll holders. For now, this Space Invaders themed holder is keeping someone very happy while performing the important business of the day.invaderstoiletpaper

[Link, via Inside-Games]

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Real Life Mario Kart in Akihabara

July 13th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan, Mario, Misc, Nintendo | Comment »

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Those of you that have always wanted to try Mario Kart in real life (I presume that’s pretty much everyone), need wait no longer.

Real life Mario Kart racing is now available around Akihabara. Drivers are able to discuss their choice of character with organizers who then try and allocate everyone someone they like. Training is given, although since they are driving on the road a proper driving license is required. The racing itself lasts over two hours though racers can always pick up a drive-through if they find themselves flagging.

Items, such as bananas and shells are provided although the precise details of their use remains a mystery. Racers go from Akihabara to Shinjuku before finishing in Shibuya. If you manage to book a place at this event expect a lot of interest from tourists.

[source: yahoo Japan]

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Master the Art of the Fighting Game

July 8th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Misc | Comment »

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Fighting games are great, but many of us find ourselves wondering how they can go from regular play to true mastery. Fighting game expert Patrick Miller has published a free guide to playing better and winning more. The guide is available now at shoryuken.com.

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Game Bar Dendo

June 10th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan | 1 Comment »

Osaka is well served when it comes to video game bars. Space Station and Bar Continue are both great places to enjoy alcohol enhanced gaming. Joining them on our list of haunts is ‘Bar Dendo’. Patrons can enjoy drinks while choosing from a huge range of software across a range of old and new systems.

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The place is pretty small but staff and customers are friendly and easy to chat to.

Bar Dendo is tricky to find – it is a couple of blocks South-West of Niponbashi station inside a large multi-floored building with no obvious sign outside. The area is perhaps best described as unusual so keep that in mind if unusual areas aren’t your thing.

Here’s their homepage with map:

http://bar-dendo.com/

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Mario Kart 8 Out Now

May 31st, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan, Mario, Nintendo | 1 Comment »

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Mario Kart 8 launched a couple of days ago, and by all accounts it’s a cracker. The game is being described as the best in the series and is getting rave reviews all over the gaming media.

Nintendo Japan are running a promotion where buyers of the game get to try out two other games for a month. These games can then be purchased at a discount. They’re offering a pretty good selection: The Wonderful 101, Zelda: Wind Waker, Nintendoland, Pikmin 3 and Game and Wario. It looks like being a good way to check out any games you might have missed recently. Here’s the link.

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Microsoft Announce Xbox One Launch Date

May 27th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in XBox One | Comment »

Xbox One will finally launch in Japan on September 4th of this year.

The system will come in two versions, with and without Kinect, priced at 49980 yen and 39980 yen respectively.

Microsoft have never really gained traction in Japan, so have their work cut out to shift units this time around. We’re looking forward to see what new titles will be announced at E3, they could certainly do with pulling something spectacular out of the bag.

As well as the console they also announced peripheral prices and launch titles. The wireless controller at 5980 yen might be of interest to PC gamers as it is rumoured to be getting PC compatibility soon.

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Final Fantasy VII Concert

April 29th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan | Comment »

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A Final Fantasy symphony concert will take place in Tokyo on June 21.

The event will include songs played in order, to evoke the feel of playing through the game from start to finish. Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu will also be present at the concert.

Music has always been a huge part of the Final Fantasy games’ appeal and this event is sure to be popular. If you want to pick up a ticket they cost from 6500 to 10000 yen.

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Mario to become world’s first virtual CEO

April 1st, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Nintendo | Comment »

It's-a-me, shareholders!

Nintendo are to announce the world’s first virtual CEO as Mario takes over the helm at the Kyoto gaming colossus. The AI Mario has been developed in secret using a hefty chunk of Nintendo’s vast cash reserves.

Utilizing highly advanced AI powered by an array of Wii U processors, the new boss will be responsible for high level decisions at the company. Its first task will be to turn around Nintendo’s recent financial fortunes and restore success to the company. As well as commissioning new games it will also make hiring and firing decisions. Mario’s voice will be enhanced by the SNES sound chip to give it added gravitas at meetings.

Outgoing Chief Executive Satoru Iwata wished his replacement every success in a public handover meeting. CEO Mario responded with a cheerful ‘Bye Bye’, prompting accusations of sarcasm from many of the assembled press.

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Fatal Fury: King of Fighters Cosplay Movie

March 18th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Misc | Comment »

Here’s another great video from El Gamer Cosplayer. This is a pilot for a longer series, so let’s hope its a hit!

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