The Silver Ball Planet Pinball Arcade

March 1st, 2015 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Arcades, Japan | Comment »

Osaka’s America Mura contains a wide range of entertaining diversions, quirky shops, interesting cafes and fashionably dressed shoppers. It’s also home to ‘The Silver Ball Planet’ pinball arcade. The place isn’t too hard to find, it’s inside the ‘Big Step’ mini-mall on the 3rd floor.

Entrance to the silver ball planet

The Silver Ball Planet contains over 100 pinball machines including a number of classics and rarities. It truly is a pinball fanatic’s dream with so many tables in one place.

a row of pinball tables

a range of tables at silver planet

We tried a few of the machines and weren’t disappointed.

star wars original trilogy pinball machine

This Star Wars original trilogy table was fantastic fun. There are also two other Star Wars tables to try, including an Episode One table for fans of the more recent movies.


This classic Black Hole table was still going strong despite being over 30 years old.

Super Mario Mushroom World Pinball

The Super Mario Mushroom World table is a lot of fun, with the ball emerging from pipes in classic Mario fashion.

Spiderman pinball table

Our feeble pinball skills were no match for this Spiderman table.

Wizard of Oz Pinball Table

Enjoyed this Wizard of Oz table, and won a free play!

Overall this place comes highly recommended – for pinball fans it is probably the closest they can get to heaven on earth, and for other gamers it’s worth spending an hour or two trying out a few of the tables. There’s a huge choice so I’m sure everyone would find something that appeals.

Gamers of legal age might also want to check out the gaming bars nearby, Space Station and Bar Continue.

Here’s the official site:
Silver Planet Pinball

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8-Bit Bayonetta

February 9th, 2015 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Misc | Comment »

Platinum know how to keep their fans smiling in the face of defeat and this 404 page certainly adds a silver lining to those dreaded 404 errors the web has a habit of throwing up from time to time:


Check it out here

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Legend of Legacy

December 12th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in 3DS, Japan | Comment »

Legend of Legacy is a promising looking new RPG for the 3DS. Developed by former Square Enix and Level-5 staff members, the game promises to be a more open affair than the standard Japanese RPG, offering players the chance to explore freely and figure out goals on their own.

The game is out on January 15th but in the meantime there are some nice wallpapers available on the official site.

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Majora’s Mask Getting Remake on 3DS

November 6th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Nintendo | Comment »

Yes please!

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Nintendo Contemplating the End of Region Locking

November 6th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Nintendo | Comment »

As the piles of Wii money begin to dwindle Nintendo seem to be having thoughts about actually trying to sell a few more consoles and games to customers eager to part with their cash. Recently, they offered a glimmer of hope to those gamers frustated by their region locking policy, with president Satoru Iwata suggesting Nintendo may consider changing it in future.

This sounds like a no brainer to us. Nintendo consoles tend to lag behind their peers when it comes to breadth of quality software so excluding customers who want to purchase titles in other languages or not available in their region is just as likely to drive them to other systems as other games.

The last region free Nintendo system was the hugely successful DS, perhaps the less than stellar sales of its successors have led to Nintendo’s potential change of heart. Making the full range of Nintendo software available to customers worldwide would surely give them a much needed boost.

source: Neogaf, via Eurogamer

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Nya Nya Nya Neko Mario Time

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

Nintendo have been posting awesome videos on their official site with tips and tricks for Nintendo games. Here’s the latest Nya Nya Nya Neko Mario Time:

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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 »

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 »


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

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