video games

Website makes list of “10 Most Bizarre” fighting game characters, Japanese fans beg to differ

About a month ago, video game website Arcade Sushi released a list of the “10 Most Bizarre Fighting Game Characters.” After a while it circulated around to the shores of Japan where it was translated and submitted to the fighting gamers here for consideration.

In true fighting game fashion, we thought it would be fun to pit Arcade Sushi’s 10 fighters against suggestions made by gamers in Japan. So put your quarters up and let’s see who emerges the King of Weird Characters.

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Artist helps “entrepreneurial” Pokemon with clever business logos and concepts

Have you ever wondered what comes next for Pokémon after they’ve evolved to their final stage? Some of them, according to one graphic designer, have ventured away from their Poké-world and entered the small business world.

Pictogram, a graphic design company headed by Sebastiaan de With, created business logos for a variety of Pokémon. Each Pokémon’s “company” is also somehow related to its abilities and comes with a back story. Aside from the amusing concept, the logos themselves are top-notch, so along with us and check them out!.

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Tokyo ramen shops trying serving “boob ramen,” ends up looking like “phallic ramen” instead

Japan, like most of the world, loves boobs. Sure there are disagreements over whether or not anime breasts are too big, or real-life breasts are too small, and sometimes the whole boob-obsession can borderline on creepy, but at least for the most part it’s usually pretty easy to tell what is and isn’t supposed to be a breast.

Except now. To celebrate the latest release in the Senran Kagura cute girl-ninja fighting game series, ramen shops all over Tokyo are serving special, limited-time only bowls of “boob ramen.” While that may sound awesome and hilarious at first, unfortunately the reality is quite different. Just take a look at what they’re offering.

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Masked drummer brings the heat to our favorite video game music

His hair is a shock of red flame. His face is hidden behind a black-and-white wrestling mask. The mystery drummer, godly skills at his command. Final Fantasy. Romancing SaGa. Dragon Quest. He plays them all. Who is he?

Why, he’s drum virtuoso and YouTube regular, dainashi! Since his first video almost a year ago, the masked drummer has set jaws dropping with his incredible renditions of popular video game background music. We take a look at some of his uploads.

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Asia-only Metal Gear Solid V PlayStation 4 is kind of sexy, reminds us of a Famicom

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has been on the market for fewer than 18 months, but already we’ve seen about as many special-edition incarnations of the console, from a lacklustre The Evil Within-themed unit, to an undeniably cool metal Dragon Quest model, to one, for some reason, based on Disney’s Frozen.

And now, thanks to a joint venture between Konami and Sony, there’s yet another model joining the special-edition ranks: The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain PS4.

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New game lets you save the world with your vacuum and toaster…who are also beautiful anime girls!

Released a little less than two months ago, smartphone game Touken Ranbu, with a cast of characters made up of famous swords from history transformed into handsome young men, has proven itself to be a solid hit. It’s just the latest success story, though, in the established video game genre of “many attractive people who’re actually anthropomorphized [something].”

Still, samurai swords seem like a pretty good well to draw from in creating heroic video game characters. But can you replicate that kind of enthusiastic response with  household appliances and consumer electronics though? We’re about to find out, with the upcoming title Kaden Shojo, which has you saving the world with a the help of a toaster, washing machine, and refrigerator, all of whom, of course, take the form of cute anime girls.

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Sony shows off its new and improved virtual reality headset, promises 2016 release date

VR unit-awaiting heads up, gamers and tech fans. Sony has announced that Project Morpheus, its virtual reality add-on for PlayStation 4, will go on sale during the first half of 2016. And the latest build is boasting some impressive stats.

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Japanese netizens rediscover “Full Armor Game Boy,” question how the ’90s defined portability

Despite the Game Boy’s revolutionary specs for its time, the small screen, the lack of a backlight and minuscule speaker left much to be desired for gamers in the 1990s. And although many just considered the Game Boy’s limitations a minor price to pay to take the fun of Nintendo anywhere they wanted, some accessory makers brought a few products to market to jazz it up a bit.

Recently Japanese netizens came across a picture of one such accessory that tripled the size of the Game Boy, calling to question just how “portable” this gaming option was.

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Korean MMORPG redefines character customization with adjustable wrinkles, bone structure

MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) immerse players in virtual worlds, places where thousands or millions are simultaneously engaged in forging new equipment, embarking on quests, or even just fooling around. Given the sheer number of users, players want to feel that their individual game experience is somehow unique. Character customization offers one such avenue.

While many games provide detailed character customization, allowing players to choose from any number of races and classes while also altering build and appearance to their liking, a new Korean MMORPG is blowing the whole system out of the water. With controls for everything from iris size to bone structure, the upcoming game Black Desert all but ensures that no two characters will ever look the same.

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Is Metal Gear Solid V finally getting a release date? Mysterious countdown appears on website

Instant gratification and quick answers aren’t exactly the hallmarks of the Metal Gear video game franchise. Not only does its stealth-based gameplay reward patience over diving head-first into combat, but the events set in motion in 1998’s Metal Gear Solid, most modern gamers entry point into the series, didn’t get any sort of conclusion until the release of Metal Gear Solid 4, a full 10 years later.

There’s been a similarly slowly paced trickle of information about the series’ newest chapter, the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which has been featured in trade show videos for years, and even had its own commercially released, extended-length preview game, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Now, the next tidbit seems to be coming soon, as a mysterious countdown clock has appeared on the official Metal Gear V website.

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Store your Hastune Miku game in a Hatsune Miku pouch!

Fans of Hatsune Miku, are you looking forward to the upcoming game Hatsune Miku Project Mirai Deluxe for the Nintendo 3DS? The latest Miku game by Sega will be released on May 28 this year and lots of hype has built up around the game among dedicated Vocaloid fans.

And now, Sega has just announced an adorable Miku-shaped pouch for Nintendo 3DS, so you can have Miku both in and out!

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PS4 gets Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest crossover cover plate in Japan

Sony is holding a contest from February 24 to April 26, with the opportunity to win a special PlayStation 4 cover plate that features art from both the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series. The cover plate’s design features a Slime (a traditional monster from the Dragon Quest series), and a Moogle (a recurring race in the Final Fantasy series). The contest will be a lottery, and Sony will only make 100 copies of the cover plate.

Potential applicants will need to complete three steps to acquire a lottery ticket to win the cover plate.

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Still got Club Nintendo points? New Zelda and Mario shirts, pouches, and more available in Japan

In January, video game giant Nintendo, which usually sleeps atop a well-padded mattress stuffed with the customer goodwill it’s earned over three decades of providing quality titles, sadly announced it would be discontinuing its Club Nintendo loyalty program. With only months to go before Club Nintendo points (also called “coins” or “stars” depending on the region) become worthless, gamers have been scouring the catalog to see what prizes they want to redeem theirs for.

To help loosen their virtual purse strings, Nintendo has just announced a huge new batch of rewards, including some very stylish T-shirts and pouches based on its legendary library of games.

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Jealous girlfriend erases game from boyfriend’s phone, destroys relationship in process

As a girl who has been playing video games almost since birth, it’s sometimes annoying to be pigeon-holed along with other girls who have no interest in or understanding of video games. As just another medium of entertainment – and one with vast scope for artistic expression at that – I’ve never quite understood people who claim that they “don’t get” games. That’s like saying that you don’t “get” movies, books, or music; there’s bound to be some genre out there for you! Still, it’s probably fair to say that more guys play video games than girls, and there are a lot of girls out there who really don’t like it when their boyfriends pay more attention to their games than to them.

Today we’d like to bring you the comic tragedy of a ridiculous couple in Japan whose relationship ended up in the toilet, all over something as simple as a mobile game…

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Wall of bubble-wrap Blue Slimes appears in Shinjuku Station to promote new Dragon Quest game

Nothing says Dragon Quest like its adorable mascot, the smiling, teardrop-shaped slime. With appearances in almost every Dragon Quest title, a slew of associated merchandise, and even its own video game, the series’s blue slime is instantly recognizable to many fans around the world.

And until March 1, not one, not two, but 100,000 of these blue critters will line one wall of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station in the form of a massive bubble wrap sheet. Now it’s up to the passersby to pop each slime into oblivion and become the heroes they were born to be.

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Fans mourn Sega’s exit from the console video game market, fume over new “Sega Games” name

As we talked about earlier this month, Sega Sammy Holdings, the parent company that now controls one-time video gaming pioneer Sega, is looking to seriously overhaul its structure and business operations. Statements from the conglomerate have stressed that this is an ongoing process, but one of the first steps seems to be Sega ditching the console video game business to focus on what it considers the areas of biggest growth, mobile and online PC games.

It’s a bittersweet day for the Sega faithful who over the last two decades watched the company’s fortunes take a downturn along with the arcade game market. Perhaps Sega’s new focus will finally help it rebound to the heights of its glory days. For the time being, though, Internet commenters have taken to their keyboards to voice their sorrow over how much they’ll miss its wares (both hard and soft), and also to ponder the hidden nonsensicalness of its new name, Sega Games.

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15 outstanding Street Fighter cosplayers that shoot a hadouken straight to the heart 【Photos】

Who doesn’t get all nostalgic remembering the afternoons (that turned into late nights) spent playing Street Fighter II at home until your thumbs hurt? Recently we came across a fantastic group of cosplayers that almost made us forget that 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle and remember what made Street Fighter such a great game with so many iconic characters, such as Chun-Li, Guile and Vega.

Click below to see 15 of the best Street Fighter cosplayers out there as well as some very creative gender-swaps from the classic video game!

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From kicked to the curb to stylish kicks, here come Mega Man sneakers!

While some video game characters have settled into more or less permanent relationships with their publishers, like Nintendo’s Mario or Bandai Namco’s Kazuya and Heihachi Mishima, not every digital hero gets to enjoy a never-ending string of sequel appearances. For example, it’s been five years since the release of Mega Man 10, which so far serves as the final installment in the action platforming series.

But the Blue Bomber’s memory lives on in the hearts and minds of the many fans he acquired during his salad days following his 1987 debut. So even if publisher Capcom has kicked Mega Man to the curb, you can still show your love for the character with these retro-cool Mega Man kicks.

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Seven awesome 1990s PlayStation commercials from Japan to tug at your heartstrings

In Japan, as in the rest of the world, the PlayStation brand is famous for its wacky, original adverts. So much so that the keen beans over at YouTube channel Yawaraka Uchū Kenkyūjo (‘Soft Space Laboratory’) have put together a bumper collection of classic PS1 commercials that range from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Sharp and impactful, these short ads (in keeping with Japanese advertising norms, most are a mere 15 seconds long) are a nice little insight into the ins and outs of 1990s Japanese TV commercials. Join us after the jump for our pick of the bunch!

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Guy’s grandpa out-nerds us all, hand-writes insanely comprehensive Dragon Quest 5 game guide

When I was a kid, all I wanted was for my dad to play Mario together with me. I remember nagging him for hours about it until he finally put down his book or whatever it was he was doing, sighed theatrically and begrudgingly played a round or two of that kinda stupid versus mode from the original games. Needless to say, I destroyed him pretty much every time.

But, even as a kid, I had a vague notion that video games were something kids and nerds did and real adults did things like go to work, cook food for kids on demand and make weird, embarrassing noises behind closed doors with other adults. And thus, as much I enjoyed playing games with Dad, if I had ever discovered that my old man had been stashing an insanely detailed set of handwritten notes serving as a strategy guide for his favorite Japanese RPG, I would have been the first to call him a nerd and give him a huge power wedgie and a swirly for being such a poindexter.

But that’s exactly what this Japanese gamer discovered when he stumbled upon his grandpa’s handwritten Dragon Quest 5 strategy notes.

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