Three well-known gaming franchises — PixelJunk, Puyo Puyo Tetris and Earth Defense Force — get sequels.
Brian Ashcraft is a senior contributing editor at Kotaku and has been writing about video games for The Japan Times since 2007. He is also the author of two books, "Arcade Mania!" and "Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential." A graduate of Cornell University, Ashcraft has called Osaka home for over a decade.
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The year closes with a flurry of new games including Cyberpunk 2077, Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend and Densha de Go!! Hashiro Yamanote Sen.
This month sees the release of the PlayStation5 and Xbox Series X and Series S, plus the new Kingdom Hearts game has a musical twist.
Crash Bandicoot, Pikmin and Shin Megami Tensei all have new releases coming out this month.
The Tokyo Game Show moves online; one of the best shoot ’em ups gets a physical version; and Japan now has a legal video game bar.
La-Mulana whips you into shape; Crystal Chronicles gets even better; and Gundam fans get another chance to suit up.
SNK drops an unreleased Samurai Shodown game; Ghost of Tsushima brings feudal Japan to life; and Marvel’s Iron Man VR puts you right in the suit.
Revisiting a cannibalistic world, puzzle-filled nightmares and 101 superheroes
Ninjala is sure to deliver Splatoon fans a new mess of fun and the rest of the world gets a peek at the buzz behind Mana.
Escape self-isolation with Animal Crossing: New Horizons; get in touch with your softer side with the coral Switch Lite; and Evil is back for a new round.