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Tokyo Police Join Forces With Final Fantasy to End Traffic Accidents

Tokyo Metropolitan Police to collaborate with World of Final Fantasy to promote traffic safety.

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Cardigans may not match armor plating in protective capabilities, but they’re definitely the warmer, cuter option.

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Japan’s most popular game console: PS4 sales to surpass Wii U

Big news in the gaming world as sales of Sony’s PlayStation 4 predicted to surpass those of Nintendo’s Wii U in Japan — despite the fact that Nintendo’s system had a full year head start.

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Spy on a hot prisoner with amnesia in Capcom’s new mobile romance sim

In this newly-released mobile romance app from Capcom, players must find clues to a crime by spying on an incarcerated mega-hottie with amnesia…

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Japanese net users marvel at the evolution of The Idolmaster’s graphics over the past 10 years

Longtime fans of video game franchise The Idolmaster celebrate over 10 years of musical idol-rearing fun with comparison pictures of the series’ graphics over time.

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Watch as Korean pro gamer recreates Japanese player’s legendary full parry in Street Fighter V

Korean pro gamer Infiltration replicates The Beast’s legendary moves in this recent tweet of him playing the yet-to-be-released Street Fighter V.

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Japanese-language voice for League of Legends’ Wukong revealed, sounds kinda familiar…

Who was chosen to voice the Monkey King in the Japanese-language version of League of Legends? His voice sounds oddly familiar…we’re just Saiyan’.

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Attack on Titan game reveals new characters, story details

The official website of KOEI Tecmo‘s game based on Hajime Isayama‘s Attack on Titan manga revealed new characters and story details about the game on Sunday.

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Omega Labyrinth is D3Publisher’s new game which mixes rogue-like game play with the ever popular all-girls’ school setting. Those who aren’t familiar with D3Publisher’s Japanese games may recognize the company under their D3Publisher of America banner which currently develops match-three type games for the mobile market.

Japanese gamers, meanwhile,  know the publisher for their…ahem…more explicit games, so they know that Omega Labyrinth must have more to it than meets the eye. Fear not gamer fans, Omega Labyrinth is going to deliver you exactly what you have been asking for, a game where the more monsters you kill, the larger the girl’s chest gets.

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The most eye-popping Pokémon shirts we’ve ever seen

Clothing, particularly T-shirts, is among the most common type of official merchandise that many anime, comic and even film makers produce to promote their work. Few fans have any qualms about showing their love for their beloved anime, manga or video games by wearing clothes that feature said work’s main characters on a daily basis, but have you ever noticed that most wearable merch only comes in men’s cuts and sizes? Even the anime collaboration tees that major fashion retailer Uniqlo produces are rarely available in ladies’ fit.

Korean online fashion retailer Daily Apparel, however, is hoping to change all that by making a series of Pokémon-themed tank tops just for the ladies, and they’re pretty much the sexiest pocket monster apparel we’ve ever seen. More pictures after the jump!

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Gotta catch em’ all, especially if they’re “Free!”

Birds of a feather flock together, so the saying goes. And that concept applies to non-humans as well; it’s not uncommon for pets and their owners to act, and sometimes even look, somehow similar after spending years together. Even in the super popular anime and game series Pokémon, where the aim of the game is to collect as many pokémon as possible, many of the pokémon trainers in the series use pocket monsters that somehow resemble them.

But what the characters of the anime series Free! were pokémon trainers? Which creatures would they have under their well-toned wings? Find out as this Japanese fan puts her imagination to work in a series of awesome Pokémon x Free! crossover illustrations!

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New Bases Loaded game coming to PS4, ability to bunt a home run may be intact

On 26 June, 1987, Moeru!! Puro Yakyu (Burn!! Pro Baseball!!) hit the Japanese gaming market and one year later came to North America as Bases Loaded. It was a revolutionary game at the time with new features such as a television camera viewpoint, the ability to make batters charge the mound, and a world in which Hawaii was given a major league team.

Now it’s back and possibly better than ever with a new Bases Loaded title announced for the PlayStation 4 in winter of 2015. However, despite the leap from the NES to PS4 technology, it appears that they intend to keep as much of the original game’s character intact as possible, and and means we may once again be able to hit home runs by bunting.

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Grand Theft Pantsu-style romance game set for June 4 release on PS3 and PS4

Since its announcement last November, gamers all over Japan have been anxiously awaiting a new virtual outing by D3 Publisher which combines the open-world freedom of titles like Grand Theft Auto and Skyrim with the dating sim fun and frivolity of titles like Kokeshi and Kikenna Kare ni Koishiteru.

However, what has captured everyone’s attention is the apparent feature to use “stealth” tactics to take photos of characters’ panties. And with one week to go before the game’s launch, the developers have released another video showing more gameplay footage.

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New Chinese smartphone game lets you bomb 15 major cities in Japan, but…

On 26 May, Chinese internet company NetEase announced the release of a new smartphone game titled The Great Tokyo Air Raid. The game allows you to pilot a bomber and drop ordnance on 14 of Japan’s most populated areas.

After completing a mission, the player is awarded points based on how many cities they have destroyed. The points will also come with a message such as “Thank you for your contribution to world peace!”

This is how the game is being reported in Japan at least. And while all of those facts are true, after playing through The Great Tokyo Air Raid myself, it’s actually only about a tenth as disconcerting as the media would have you believe.

…It’s still a little unsettling though.

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Man in China collapses after 14-day online game binge, begs medics to let him keep playing

Online gaming addiction is becoming a serious problem in China, with multiple reported cases of people collapsing and even going a little bit off the deep end after spending days at a time online at internet cafes.

Recently, a man collapsed after spending a shocking 14 days playing an online game – but when an ambulance was called for him, he is reported to have begged the medics to let him keep on playing just a little while longer…

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Nurture your inner cat collector with “Neko Atsume” the kitty-catching game for Android and iOS!

You know what everyone in Japan loves these days? Smartphone games. They keep you busy on the daily commute without requiring too much in-depth concentration, and Japanese smartphone game makers are seriously smart – they know how to keep players hooked. By combining the human need for constant “reward” feedback with our penchant for adorable cartoon kitties, they’ve come up with a winner of an app that everyone who likes fun can’t stop playing – Neko Atsume!

Now available for both Android and iOS and with a whole slew of new features, there’s never been a better time to get into this incredibly addictive yet simple cat-collecting time-waster

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The internet reminds us how cool it is with this Minecraft recreation of the Japanese islands

While browsing the net over the last week, I’ve been bombarded by a barrage of pictures uploaded from block-busting game Minecraft. The next thing I knew, a Japanese fan had generously shared his original world data for the entire country of Nippon.

Just wait till you see his incredibly precise rendering of the Japanese islands in all of their Minecraft glory!

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A man fell down a massive hole in China and turned the experience into an iPhone game

A man from New Zealand fell down a 9 metre hole in China, broke his back, and has just turned the horrific accident into a new slapstick mobile game.

Mark Major, 28, explains on his website that his scary experience inspired “Plummet”, which he hopes will be available for iPhone early this year. He tells Business Insider that he’s waiting for Apple to review his iTunes app and it should be due for release soon.

Major says he had no warning about the accident. He was walking past a construction site in Beijing when the earth just gave way.

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More than 100 artists recreate Final Fantasy VII in epic fan video

Nearly 20 years after the release of Final Fantasy VII, the iconic Japanese RPG is still regarded as one of the best video games ever made. And although fans may have been disappointed by the recent announcement that the game won’t be given a facelift for its PS4 debut, Final Fantasy VII lovers can wallow in their grief by an amazing video compiled from 200 original works of arts from more than 100 artists. The artwork recreates key scenes from the video game, taking viewers on a very nostalgic walk back to the many days spent on their PlayStations with Cloud and his friends.

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New Pokémon Center opens, resellers snatch up thousands of dollars of limited edition plushies

For the most part, Japan does a pretty thorough job of separating its video games from reality. Even after decades of Super Mario Bros., the country isn’t beset with inhumane monsters stomping on box turtles for fun, and while some dude did once take a swing at me in Shibuya Station, Tokyo’s sidewalks are almost universally free of would-be street fighters.

One notable exception, though, is Pokémon, in that people who love hunting for the monsters in the game tend to also like searching for cool merchandise based on the series in real life. But while fans have a mutual respect for each other’s dedication and efforts to catch ‘em all in the game, some were a little less impressed when they showed up to shop at Tokyo’s newest Pokémon Center, only to find some covetous shoppers had bought up all of the store’s special stuffed animals, with one individual spending the equivalent of thousands of dollars on Pikachu plushies.

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