These warriors rule

What would you get if you crossed Nintendo’s “Legend of Zelda” with Koei Tecmo’s “Dynasty Warriors”?

“Hyrule Warriors” is a hack-and-slash Zelda spin-off by Koei Tecmo’s in-house game studios Omega Force and Team Ninja, both of which are famous for their action titles.

Players are able to control various “Legend of Zelda” characters — including Link, Midna, Impa and Princess Zelda — and it’s set in Hyrule, the Zelda fictional world. The action, however, hails from the tactical “Dynasty Warriors” games, with players hacking up legions of enemies and wielding weapons from the Zelda franchise.

The result is a very different take on Hyrule and new life for the “Dynasty Warriors” franchise.

Known as “Zelda Musou” in Japan, “Hyrule Warriors” will be released on Aug. 14 for the Wii U and is priced at ¥7,389 or ¥6,463 for the download version.


Fighting under a new controller

Among many gamers, the word is that control pads aren’t good for fighting games. While most will claim joysticks are ideal, Japanese peripheral maker Hori has come up with a PlayStation 4 alternative that could win over finicky fighting game fans.

Dubbed Fighting Commander 4, this six-button game pad was designed specifically with fighting games in mind, and it’s perfect for players who don’t have the storage space that an enormous joystick setup requires or the deep pockets needed to purchase one.

With a shorter, ergonomic grip, the controller is easy to hold while unleashing attacks. Among the on-board features, the controller has a turbo button option and an adjustable directional pad, offering greater customization for those who need it.


Roppongi Hills’ monster show

It’s summer, so of course there is a new Pokemon movie to entertain kids during the school vacation. But this year’s movie comes with something special: an exhibition in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills complex.

Held at Tokyo City View, the “Pokemon The Movie XY Exhibition” gives fans a behind-the-scenes tour of the Pokemon franchise, including a review of the movies’ history plus an exclusive peek at the latest film, “Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.” There’s also various interactive activities and photo opportunities.

The gift shop is likely to get kids excited, with its limited-edition Pokemon goodies, including bags and Pocket Monster marshmallows, plus there’s a Pikachu Cafe serving hamburgers and desserts shaped like Pikachu.

“Pokemon The Movie XY Exhibition” runs till Aug. 31. Tickets are ¥1,500 for adults, ¥1,000 for students and ¥500 for kids.


That was not the last of ‘The Last of Us’

Remastering is not just for music — video games, too, can benefit from some quality enhancement, and the latest to be updated is “The Last of Us.”

A PlayStation exclusive, “The Last of Us” is a post-apocalyptic tale of a zombie-like pandemic. The writing, voice acting and gameplay has been acclaimed by fans and critics alike, making it one of Sony’s most lauded releases of last year.

The upcoming remastered PS4 version features bonus content, such as new in-game maps, as well as a smoother frame rate and even better graphics. There’s also a new photo-sharing mode that lets players take screenshots and tweak them with a photo editor. Plus, similar to special-edition DVDs of films, the new “Last of Us” comes with a game-director commentary for some of its cut scenes.

To be released on Aug. 21, the “The Last of Us Remastered” costs ¥5,900 or ¥4,900 for the download version.


Shirts off to ‘Senran Kagura 2’

As far as gratuitous mainstream video games go, they don’t get much more ridiculous than the “Senran Kagura” titles. But that seems to be the point. A Nintendo 3DS game, “Senran Kagura” involves buxom schoolgirls who also happen to be trained ninja — and it has spawned manga, anime and game spin-offs, including a social-networking title.

The latest entry, “Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson” is set in Kyoto, and like before, the characters’ clothing gets ripped up. This time, however, they can tear off their outfits to unleash special attacks. (Less clothing means they can be quicker and more powerful, apparently.) But since not all players may want to be a skimpily clad woman, this new game features “Senran Kagura’s” first playable male character — a hunky, and shirtless, dude named Murasame.

“Deep Crimson” will be released on Aug. 7, and the limited edition pack, which comes with character figurines and other goodies, costs ¥10,810. The regular version is ¥6,480.


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