Final Fantasy comes to Universal Studios Japan

October 23rd, 2017 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan | Comment »

Universal Studios Japan will be adding more gamer friendly attractions in 2018. Final Fantasy will be joining the party, with the focus rumored to be on Final Fantasy VII.

Not content with making Nintendo fans dreams come true, next year’s ‘cool Japan’ line up will feature Final Fantasy and Sailor Moon attractions. These will be joined by Detective Conan and Monster Hunter, both of which have featured previously at USJ.

The first attraction we’ve heard about is a mixed VR roller coaster experience that will take players on airships through various final fantasy worlds. We’re not sure what exactly a mixed VR experience will entail. Will we be riding a coaster with a VR headset, or will the VR section take place before the ride? Some of the USJ rides use 3D goggles to enhance the experience but VR will be a first for us and we’re looking forward to checking it out next year.

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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei

September 6th, 2017 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Sega | Comment »


A new Shin Megami Tensei game has just been announced. The new title, Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei:Liberation is a collaboration between Atlus and Sega, and will launch on smartphones soon.

Have a look at the teaser site here.

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World’s Largest Pacman

July 11th, 2017 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Arcades, Japan | Comment »


Visitors to Dainichi Shopping Center could easily walk past the amusement arcade without giving it a second look. Those brave enough to explore it’s recesses however have a treat in store. Beyond the medal games and dream catchers lurks a behemoth. The world’s biggest pacman is an awesome thing to behold, dwarfing your correspondent and leaving him in awe at its neon magnificence. Is it truly the world’s largest? I daren’t google it lest my fragile heart be broken but it was a nice find on a routine shopping trip.

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Super Nintendo World

June 9th, 2017 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan, Mario, Nintendo | Comment »

Those of you that have ever dreamed of setting foot in the mushroom kingdom will soon be getting their wish. Universal Studios Japan have commenced work on Super Nintendo World, a new themed area set to feature characters and rides from Nintendo’s most popular games. We’re expecting an official real life Mario Kart, Nintendo parades and who knows what else? There’s a while to wait as the new zone will be opening in 2020. Until then, why not take a look at the trailer:

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SNES Mini For Christmas?

April 21st, 2017 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan, Nintendo | Comment »

A mini version of the SNES/Super Famicom bundled with a range of software will launch before Christmas, according to a report in Eurogamer.

The new system is the reason the hugely successful NES mini has been discontinued. Nintendo scored a big hit with the retro console, but raised a few eyebrows by cancelling it so soon. The new console will likely follow a similar format, with a bunch of classic games bundled with the system.

The SNES boasts a fantastic software library and will surely be a hit with fans. Games like Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Secret of Mana, Super Tennis, Pilot Wings, Super Punch Out, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario Kart and Zelda – Link to the Past are well worth revisiting. Here’s hoping the rumours are true.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch Opens with a Classic

March 6th, 2017 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Nintendo, Switch | Comment »


The Switch debuted last Friday and it looks to have launched with an instant classic. Zelda:Breath of the Wild has picked up rave reviews being described by some as the best game in the series. Edge magazine awarded the game a coveted 10/10 score, and Eurogamer ranked it as essential. Breath of the Wild is also available on Wii U, which owners of the older console will be pleased to hear, runs the game without any major compromises and only marginal changes in graphical quality.

The Switch itself had a decent opening weekend, outselling the Wii U launch and shifting 80,000 units. We’ll be watching it closely over the next few months to see how it performs. The new Mario game later in the year will surely give it another boost.

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Denpa Men Anniversary

February 10th, 2017 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in 3DS | Comment »

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Fans of 3DS RPG series Denpa Ningen might like to fire up the game this month as the developer is running a series of special events. During the event period you can win special items including ‘special sushi equipment’. Who wouldn’t want that?

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Online Blackjack: Target 21 to grab the fun

January 16th, 2017 David S Posted in Misc | Comment »

Online Blackjack is here to double the excitement in the hearts of all the Blackjack lovers! Blackjack has always been popular and one of the most sought out card games in the gambling arena. Punters need not go all decked up with bet money to the land casinos anymore. All the card splendour is right here available online with so many online casinos.

This popular card game was launched in early 1960s and the intent is to ‘Beat the Dealer’. Since then, it has always been the most popular card game which actually brought a boost to the industry by the launch of its online version.

Play Online Blackjack and beat the house:

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All the safety and security measures are looked after carefully, protecting player’s identity and financial details. The graphics are superb with real life-like gambling ambience. They offer quality and fair play with card faces clearly displayed on the perfectly set screen. You have total control over your bet money.

It is a simple game of counting numbers on your card and trying to get as close to 21 as you can to beat the house. Most versions of online blackjack are played with one deck but some versions are played with more. The number cards (from 2 to 10) stand for their face value. But an Ace is the game changer and  can be considered as an eleven or a one depending on the type of hand it would make. Rest all the picture cards (Kings, queens and jacks) are all 10 points. The main play is between you and the dealer. Both of you cannot go beyond 21 in your deal, otherwise you lose.

A player needs to be smart to fore think the move, whether it needs a HIT or a STAND. You need to have patience, perseverance and attentiveness for counting the cards and strategise your moves. You can even DOUBLE your bet, to win more. A HIT declares to have one more card and a STAND says to hold on here.

Come and join the fun with 21 and you are really going to be spoiled with the large jackpots and a massive variation available in a single game of online blackjack. Players who play with a live dealer get really close to the feeling of a real casino.

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Switch Revealed – Region Free

January 14th, 2017 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Mario, Nintendo, Switch | Comment »

Nintendo switch with zelda on screen

Nintendo just revealed details of their new hybrid console and in good news for expat gamers, the system will be region free, meaning you’ll be able to buy games from wherever you like.

We got a look at several launch games, including a long trailer for the impressive looking Zelda – Breath of the Wild. A new Mario game for the system, Mario Odyssey, looked intriguing, appearing to be set in an open world city with realistic citizens walking around. Grand Theft Mario, anyone? We also saw footage of Splatoon 2, which looked good. Other confirmed games included Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Skyrim, FIFA soccer, Ultra Streetfighter 2, Steep, Minecraft, Arms – a motion controlled boxing game and several others.

Just five titles will be available at launch, Zelda, 1-2 Switch, Super Bomberman R, Skylanders Imaginators and Just Dance 2017.

Launch price will be Y29,980 which has raised a few eyebrows, but is slightly less than the Wii U Premium bundle. Peripherals do seem expensive with the pro controller going for $70 and the Joy-Con going for $50 each ($80 for a pair).

There will also be a subscription model for online play which is a shame, but it is worth pointing out that Wii U multiplayer performance is rock solid and the infrastructure for that doesn’t come cheap. There was some mention of a smartphone or device being used for online features, but we’re not yet clear on how that will work. Apparently subscribers will be entitled to play a single NES or SNES game each month, but it isn’t clear they’ll be able to keep it. Compared to the generous bundle of games offered with Playstation and XBox subscriptions this does sound somewhat Scrooge like. Overcharging for their retro content on modern system has always seemed a bit of an own goal for Nintendo but we’ll have to wait to see exactly what’s on offer before passing judgement on this.

All in all though we’re pretty pleased with this. The games look good, it’s region free and it seems to have a bit of third party support. Roll on March 3.

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Try Out VR Mode in Gran Turismo Sport

January 8th, 2017 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Playstation, Sony | Comment »

Red car pursued by another car
The upcoming Gran Turismo Sport is going to feature a VR mode allowing you to immerse yourself in the driving experience like never before. This feature will allow you to look around the tracks at your leisure, though it will likely be limited to part of the game only.

Anyone wanting to try this feature out had best head along to the Tokyo Auto Salon. The event is running from this Friday 13th – Sunday 15th and will feature a booth showing off the game. Visitors willing to queue will get the chance to try out the game in solo or multiplayer mode.

Sounds like a good chance for petrol heads to get an early look at how Gran Turismo shapes up in VR.

Links:
Tokyo Auto Salon 2017

Buy Gran Turismo Sport at Play Asia

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