World Hobby Fair 2012

January 16th, 2012 Ninjinkai Posted in 3DS, Arcades, DS, Japan, Mario, Misc, Nintendo, Playstation, PSP, Sega, Sony, Stuff, Vita, Wii 1 Comment »

Want to know what toys Japanese kinds are going to be playing with this year? Then the World Hobby Fair is your place to go. Put on by toy and game businesses, the show gives kids the chance to play with all the newest stuff and gives the companies lots of feedback about what’s hot or not.

This year was dominated by Pokemon, Gundam, and Inazuma Eleven, with all three licenses being spread over a wide variety of merchandise and crossovers. Nintendo and Sony both had a substantial presence, setting up large booths and lots of demos and tournaments. Battling toys were getting a lot of attention, it seems kids want anything that lets them pit one toy against another in a brawl. Professional Yo-yo…ers?..ists? were drawing crowds teaching tricks and hosting shows. Girl-focused games like Pretty Rhythm, Tamagotchi, and Cooking Mama were bringing in lots of players too.

Our picks for the best of the show? The Taiko no Tatsujin game being demoed inside a giant snow globe, the very unusual pairing of feudal Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga with Pokemon, and the Sony shrine featuring Playstation characters and selling good-luck charms.

Here are the pictures, scroll over for a description.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Video

September 15th, 2011 Ninjinkai Posted in Japan, Misc No Comments »

Some video footage to accompany our pics of Tekken Tag Tournament 2

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2

September 14th, 2011 Ninjinkai Posted in Japan, Misc 2 Comments »

Tekken fans looking to catch up with their favorite franchise have reason to celebrate, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has hit Japanese arcades. The gameplay remains true to the original, two teams of two fighters go head-to-head, the first to get knocked out loses the round. Combos and team attack mechanics will be familiar to anyone who has played the previous game, or any tag-team fighter. The graphics and sound are obviously a big step up from the 1999 classic, and the roster has been expanded greatly. There are now 44 characters to chose from, including some of the more elusive fighters from previous games, like Devil Jin and Ogre. The backgrounds now feature barriers to slam opponents into, and some stages have breakaway floors and walls. Keep an eye out for the home versions in November, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is a solid addition to the series.
The Japanese website is here.

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Iruna Senki

September 13th, 2011 Ninjinkai Posted in Misc No Comments »

Looking for the next Monster Hunter? Own an Android? Give Iruna Senki (Military History of Iluna) a try, it could become the best MMO-RPG on the platform.

Still in alpha, Iruna Senki features PS2-level graphics, large environments, and great music. Character creation options and customization are limited, and combat tends to be simplistic melee grinding, but the game has potential to bring the Japanese MMO-RPG genre to the Android in a big way. Iruna’s world is already full of people, and the game’s website is claiming one million players (although that probably doesn’t reflect active players).

Visit the Iruna Senki website(Japanese) for more information and downloads.

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Little Space Invaders

April 7th, 2009 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan, Misc, Stuff No Comments »

It’s a mini space-invaders bank. You can actually play it too, it takes Y100 coins. What a great way to encourage saving! It has little controls, and even the bands on the screen to make it look like it’s in colour. This costs a mere $60, wonder how much a full size one would be?


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Street Fighter 4 at Game Developers Conference

April 2nd, 2009 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Misc No Comments »

Capcom produced an interesting presentation for the Game Developers Conference. “IV Style: Returning to the Roots of a Fighting Game Classic” went through some of the considerations that went into updating the franchise. A lot of the slides are available to view here.

Many of the pictures illustrate the design choices and challenges they had to face in order to make the series keep the classic feel – something we feel they achieved given the quality of their finished product.


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3D Link’s Awakening

March 24th, 2009 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Misc, Nintendo 1 Comment »

A fan is building a 3D version of Zelda – Link’s Awakening. Check the links for details:

[Read, via GameSpark]

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Get your chopstick skills up to scratch

March 22nd, 2009 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan, Misc No Comments »

When planning a gaming pilgrimage to Japan it’s essential to make sure your chopstick skills are up to scratch. What finer way to do that than with the Manner Beans Chopstick set. Completely inedible beans mean you won’t be put off by your nagging hunger, although maybe that will reduce your motivation. The beans come in four types and need a range of techniques to pick up.

[Read, via Japan Sugoi]

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Gamers will die a horrible death

March 8th, 2009 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Misc 2 Comments »

In its ceaseless efforts to protect its citizens, the UK government has produced an ad warning of the dangers of videogames. Don’t say we didn’t warn you:

Of course, the main reason kids don’t go outside in the UK is because their parents don’t want them to get stabbed, but hey, videogames are bad, mmkay?

[Read, via Slashdot]

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Super Mario Theatre

January 16th, 2009 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan, Mario, Misc No Comments »

Here’s a great piece of Super Mario Japanese black theatre:

[Geekologie, via Xorsyst]

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