The crowdfunded Shenmue III is finally out; Pokemon Sword and Shield top the charts; and Capcom brings its best merch to Shibuya's Parco
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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Hideo Kojima's much anticipated Death Stranding, the latest in the Persona series and a sneak preview of Nintendo's new Tokyo store
Games so good that high-def re-releases are worth the wait.
Final Fantasy VIII gets a makeover, Monster Hunter expands to icy realms and Nintendo launches a Switch Lite.
Join the Olympic fever with Sega's official Tokyo 2020 Olympics game; Judge Eyes finally gets its release; and Arc System Works turns the Kill la Kill anime into a fighting game.
Build your own Super Mario empire, get back into Yo-Kai Watch and reminisce with Samurai Spirits
New in games this month: Long anticipated Metroidvania adventures and virtual reality golf
The fictional and real future of gaming: Jupiter & Mars' postapocalytic underwater world, Microsoft's digital-only Xbox One and Guilty Gear's ongoing popularity.
FromSoftware introduces its toughest game yet; Nintendo Labo goes 3D and Yoshi gets crafty
Become over 40 manga characters with "Jump Force"; "Dead or Alive" is very much alive and kicking; and "Nier: Automata" is even better than it was before.