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Vita Sales Slow In Japan, Will The US Launch Be The Same?

Vita Sales Slow In Japan, Will The US Launch Be The Same?

Tweet Things are not looking good for the future of standalone portable gaming.  When Nintendo launched the 3DS this year, it did not meet the expectations that Iwata was hoping for in sales.

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Medal Games Don’t Fool Around In Japan

Medal Games Don’t Fool Around In Japan

Tweet The game centers in Japan have floors and floors of arcade games to please all types of gamers.  The other day I decided to focus my time on the one dedicated to medal games.

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UFOs Spotted in Japan

UFOs Spotted in Japan

Tweet Arcades may be dead in america but they thrive in Japan.  Known as “Game Centers”, they include a variety of games from traditional joystick-controlled action games to dedicated unique-controller games like Cho Chabudai Gaeshi.  But one type of game that can usually be seen from the first floor of any game center is the […]

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Happy New Year In Japan

Happy New Year In Japan

Tweet Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu, or in English, Happy New Year!  Hamu-chan and I are in Japan and we have been enjoying the New Year by taking advantage of all the great sales.

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Sit Sam is Headed to Japan

Sit Sam is Headed to Japan

Tweet In case you didn’t hear on our last podcast, Hamu-chan and I will be headed to ‘the land of the rising sun’ starting next week.  Since we will be on the move for a good part of three weeks, you may not see the usual amount of content.  But we will be featuring the […]

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Watch Out! “Ninja Attack!” Review

Watch Out! “Ninja Attack!” Review

Tweet If you enjoyed Arcade Mania or Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential by Brian Ashcraft then we have a new book to add to your bookshelf.  Very similar to the style of Brian’s writing, Matt Alt and his wife Hiroko Yoda have put together a tell-all on the secrets of the ninja and the tales they left […]

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Move Doesn’t Play Nice With Others (In Japan)

Move Doesn’t Play Nice With Others (In Japan)

Tweet In Japan, the PS3 can record your TV shows much like a DVR using the Sony device called Torne.  The device came out in March of this year and has been selling like crazy ever since.  According to sales figures the device has sold 420,000 units from April to September.  So that means a […]

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Kawaii! Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential Review

Kawaii! Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential Review

Tweet After plowing through Brian Ashcraft’s last book covering Japan’s still thriving arcade scene, I was craving more work from the Kotaku editor.  I was surprised at first that his next published work would be covering Japanese schoolgirls, but somehow knew it would be another compelling read.  

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Hamu-chan’s Japan Imports Vol.2

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Tweet Hello again!?Today Hamu-chan would like to talk about another DS game “Ja-Pan”. In Japanese they call bread “Pan”. So Ja-Pan is a play on words.  This is a board game similar to monopoly, but with recipes instead of properties. You select your character, make bread and become a Master Baker.

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Japan’s Arcades

Tweet I recently finished an amazing book about Japan’s thriving arcade scene.  Written by Brian Ashcraft (editor for Kotaku.com) Arcade Mania!  is an insightful trip inside one of Japan’s biggest pastimes, arcade centers.