57 posts tagged japan
Bike Rider DX 2 Galaxy ⊟
One surprise in last night’s Japanese Nintendo Direct: the announcement of a sequel to Bike Rider DX, the eShop side-scroller by Spicysoft. Bike Rider DX 2… well, it looks nuts. Here’s a bike rider riding bike through some kinda alien clone lab?
It’s out December 18 in Japan. I guess I gotta get in on this Bike Rider DX stuff!
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There is a Bluetooth taiko drum for iPhone and iPad ⊟
Really. There is a little drum you can connect to your iPad to play Taiko Drum Master with. It comes with a little Don-chan cover, to the delight of that lady.
The visual of a family happily gathered around an iPad is hilarious, but real talk, I would absolutely be playing this on my phone, complete with comically large drum accessory, if it were available.
Dragon Quest: The Phone ⊟
Not only is Square Enix porting Dragon Quest I-VIII to smartphones, it is releasing a Dragon Quest smartphone. I don’t know the specs of the “Metal Slime” colored phone DoCoMo and Square Enix will release, but it doesn’t really matter because you shouldn’t buy a Dragon Quest phone. Like, that is a bad reason to buy a phone.
Looks super cool though. Unlike Dragon Quest VIII on mobile.
"Pikachu Oops" merchandise at Japanese Pokemon Centers ⊟
The concept for these goods (blankets, bottles, iPhone cases, stickers, more) is that they’re based on Pikachu’s amateurish drawings of itself. I think it works better, though, if it’s like Oops, All Berries cereal where the story is that someone screwed up and only put Pikachus on this stuff. “I meant to draw all of them but they just kept coming out looking like Pikachus.”
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Excellent Doraemon 3DS, and okay One Piece 3DS XLs
Unfortunately, that fantastic Doraemon 3DS is a Taiwan exclusive, and a contest prize at that. Those two 3DS LLs will be sold normally in Japan. The “Chopper Pink” one is pretty cool.
Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies' blood pillow
Want to look like a murder victim in well-appointed comfort? Capcom Japan is giving away 50 of these pillows that make it look like blood is running from your head. There are two ways to win (for Japan…):
- Look at the crime scene here, read the three (Japanese) witness statements, and send in all the contradictions you find.
- Follow @gyakuten_capcom on Twitter, and tweet using the #gyakuten5 hashtag about this campaign.
I doubt people outside of Japan will be able to win, but that won’t stop every single person reading this, including me, from trying.
Surprise Nintendo Direct gives us new Chibi Robo and Denpa Men games for eShop
Out of nowhere, Nintendo dropped another one of its Chotto/Mini Direct videos in Japan, this time focused on the 3DS and Wii U eShop. The big item is Chibi-Robo Photography, an AR game that has players taking pictures of real-world objects that match certain outlines. Skip to 08:30 in the video to see it, as it’s a lot more interesting than that simple description. It comes out in Japan… today!
Other notable Chotto Nintendo Direct bits include the Denpa Ningen RPG 3 announcement (with houses for your Denpa Men!), a limited edition Chibi-Robo Wii U for some reason, and new video-streaming and food delivery services in Japan for the Wii U eShop.
Nintendo Game Seminar returns!
This time, in addition to classrooms in Tokyo and Osaka, Nintendo will offer online viewing of lectures to participants in more remote locations (or, I guess, in Kyoto where NCL is located!)
Past Nintendo Game Seminars have resulted in DS games that were only released through Download Play in Japan. Hopefully Nintendo’s desperate need for Wii U games will lead them to release some of the games from this seminar worldwide…
Ninja Jajamaru-kun 3DS trailer
Hey, this looks really cute! All bouncing on statues, making enemies flip around, etc.
Those are very tiny sprites, though, maybe a bit hard to see on an actual 3DS. Ninja Jajamaru-kun: The Secret of Fire Dragon and Princess Sakura is out in Japan on June 20. Nobody’s picked it up for localization yet, or at least nobody’s announced it yet. That could change when influential tastemakers like Tiny Cartridge talk about it, though.
Mario AR card eShop point cards
Well, this is the best idea. Nintendo’s new eShop point cards are also AR cards, with new Mario, Goomba, and Peach 3D models for you to pose in your 3DS photos. There’s a new photo app, Photo Together Super Mario, that lets you pose these in different ways, with effects. There is also a ¥1000 Koopa, ¥2000 Luigi, and ¥3000 Bowser card to collect.
What a clever way to get people interested in checking out the eShop. Japan seems very strongly retail-oriented, so point cards are probably the best way to get people to buy stuff online.
This came out of a mini Nintendo Direct overnight (surprise!) all about eShop stuff. Other than this, though, it covered Dillon’s Rolling Western 2 and Freakyforms Deluxe, nbd.
Important days and phrases to know when visiting America
Again, this is a Nintendo-published game? I wonder if any American ever gave this DS language trainer (Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: America) a pass before Nintendo published it in Japan.
And did the people developing this at TOSE realize just how inappropriate some of the phrases they’re teaching Japanese tourists are?
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Miii - Down
A glitch-hop LSDJ track from Miii in Tokyo. It’s interesting to me, as someone who organizes chipmusic shows in New York, to see musicians in the Japanese electronic music scene pick up a Game Boy and make a chipmusic track.