Last year’s monster hits “Pokemon Omega Ruby” and “Alpha Sapphire” are the theme to a new pop-up cafe in Shibuya. As Nintendo 3DS remakes of the 2002 Game Boy Advance titles “Pokemon Ruby” and “Sapphire,” the new versions, with beefed-up graphics and new content, sold more than two million copies in Japan last year.

Dubbed Pokemon Cafe Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the eatery celebrates the games’ success by serving up an array of monster meals. The space is decked out with Pocket Monster motifs, and the various themed treats include Pikachu-shaped rice omelettes, Pokeball spicy tofu and Pokemon fried potatoes. For those with a sweet tooth, there are also Pikachu pancakes and Pokemon parfait among other desserts. To finish off your meal, why not get a latte topped off with Pikachu’s adorable face. Gotta eat ’em all!

Pokemon Cafe Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is on the seventh floor of Shibuya Parco Part 1 and will be open until late next month. Limited-edition items are also available in the gift shop.



Don’t get boxed in

“Hako Boy!” (“Box Boy!”) is, unsurprisingly, about a box-shaped boy. The downloadable title features stark and simple, black-and-white graphics, and is a platformer — with a puzzle game spin.

The player controls a character called Qbby who must jump over walls to make its way through stages. When the walls are too high, Qbby can squeeze out more boxes that can be moved or thrown to help make it to the goal. The problem is that the number of boxes is limited, so players must use their smarts in clearing stages.

In recent years, Nintendo has been putting out some truly enjoyable digital titles, and this is shaping up to be one of the most interesting titles it has released this month. It is highly recommended for players who like platformers or puzzles, or both.

“Hako Boy!” is priced at ¥630 and was released as a Nintendo 3DS download on Jan. 15.


Tissues from a god

One of the most visually beautiful video games, Capcom’s classic “Okami,” has inspired the creation of an unusual tissue-box cover.

Originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2006, “Okami” is steeped in Japanese folklore and stars the Shinto deity Amaterasu in wolf form. The game was noted for its ukiyo-e print and ink-painting style of graphics, as well as its innovative brush-based gameplay. This month sees the re-release of the game’s PlayStation 3 HD remaster version.

The limited-edition tissue-box holder comes in the shape of Amaterasu as a white wolf, with tissues dispensed from her back. It’s like a useful plushie that will come in handy in helping keep your nose clean in the cold, wintry months

The Amaterasu Tissue Cover is ¥4,937 and comes with an “Okami” postcard.


A burst of consoles

It’s rare for a single game to get a slew of limited-edition hardware, but “God Eater 2: Rage Burst” isn’t your typical game. The series, which centers around battling massive monsters, has become incredibly popular in Japan.

The original “God Eater 2” was released in 2013 and “God Eater 2: Rage Burst” is an enhanced edition that boasts new characters, weapons and monsters, as well as new gameplay content and attack mode. Slated for the PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation 4, it is being released by Sony alongside a handful of emblazoned commemorative hardware.

“God Eater 2: Rage Burst” will be available from Feb. 19. The Vita TV edition is ¥16,280; the PS Vita Edition, available in white or black, is ¥20,980; and the “Rage Burst PS4,” which also comes in either white or black, is ¥41,980.


Here’s the stuff of legends

If you’re a fan of Japanese role-playing games, this shouldn’t be missed. A crew of creators with impressive resumes have joined forces to created “The Legend of Legacy.”

“Chrono Trigger” scribe Masato Kato penned the script; “Final Fantasy XIII” composer Masashi Hamauzu created the score; Illustrator Tomomi Kobayashi, who has worked on the “SaGa” series, provided the art; and Kyoji Koizumi, who also worked on the “SaGa” games, designed it. With credits like these, “The Legend of Legacy” is definitely worth checking out.

Released on Jan. 22 on the Nintendo 3DS, “The Legend of Legacy” is available for ¥5,980.


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