Build up your character

Ryu and Chun-Li, two of the most popular characters of the “Street Fighter” series, have got their own Nanoblock sets. Fans with a bit of spare time on their hands can now recreate the characters using the tiniest of building bricks.

Nanoblock Ryu unleashes a Hadouken Wave Fist, while Nanoblock Chun-Li pulls off her signature attack, the Spinning Bird Kick. The blocks — the smallest at 4mm x 5mm — make the characters look like pixelated 8-bit video-game characters, giving them a decidedly retro feel.

The Ryu and Chu-Li Street Fighter II Nanoblock sets are priced at ¥1,100 and ¥1,000 respectively, and are on sale for a limited time only.


What a ‘pear’ of games

Funassyi, that hugely popular walking, talking pear and unofficial mascot of Chiba Prefecture, has taken over the world of Japanese characters by storm. So, of course, a video game is a logical next step.

In “Funassyi vs Dragons,” Funassyi must protect sacred pear trees from dragons in a puzzle RPG-style game. It features many of the character’s phrases and songs, and there’s even a special mode in which you can take your photo with a virtual Funassyi. It’s enough to make you want to jump around and shriek in a high-pitched voice.

But if fans want even more pear-shaped action, there’s another Funassyi game coming out this spring. Next month, a Funassyi platformer will be released on the 3DS. You could say fans have a “pear” of games to play.

“Funassyi vs Dragons” is out on March 26 for the Nintendo 3DS and priced at ¥4,800.


A legendary T-shirt


One of 2015’s biggest releases so far has been “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D.” If you’re a big fan you’ll be happy to hear that you can now get the T-shirt.

Kyoto-based The King of Games is releasing a “Majora’s Mask” shirt that features various motifs from the game on the front — the moon and the ocarina, surrounded by a heart — and an array of masks with the line: “You’ve met with a terrible fate haven’t you?” on the back.

The King of Games is known for its quirky and high-quality made-in-Japan clothing — and this shirt is no exception. As with other The King of Games items, it also comes in a box that looks like old Nintendo-game packaging and is labeled “Made in Kyoto.”

Priced at ¥4,800, this is a limited-edition shirt that’s only available to buy until April 30.


The quest for a music game

One of the things about “Dragon Quest” is that not only do the characters and the games themselves become iconic, but so does the music. Few video-game tunes are as instantly recognizable as, for example, the series’ overture march. Does that make “Dragon Quest” perfect for a music game? It appears so, as 3DS is releasing one this month.

“Theatrhythm Dragon Quest” is Square Enix’s follow up to “Theatrhythm Final Fantasy,” a rhythm game that uses music from “Final Fantasy” games. For the “Dragon Quest” version, the music hails from games “Dragon Quest I” to “Dragon Quest X.” Players must tap, swipe and hold beats in time with the melody as cute versions of the game’s original characters revisit classic “Dragon Quest” empires. The game even has battle-music scenes, with rhythmic boss fights. It’s music to “Dragon Quest” players’ ears.

“Theatrhythm Dragon Quest” for the Nintendo 3DS goes on sale March 26 and is priced at ¥5,800.


‘Bloodborne’ is tough

Tokyo-based game maker From Software — famous for its incredibly challenging “Demon’s Souls” and “Dark Souls” — is back with another devilishly difficult title.

“Bloodborne” is tough, but also a bit different to From Software’s earlier games. Instead of a medieval setting, it takes players to a Victorian Gothic-type world, and instead of wielding swords and shields, players typically carry a pistol and a melee weapon that can transform into another weapon. This makes combat technique quite different. Already positively reviewed, “Bloodborne” is looking to be one of this year’s must-play titles.

Since “Bloodborne” a PS4 exclusive, Sony is also rolling out two bundles with special “Bloodborne”- emblazoned PS4 consoles (one in black and the other white). The bundle comes with the game’s first edition, which includes an art book and a mini-soundtrack. It may be limited in supply, but getting hold of one could be easier than finishing the game.

The retail version “Bloodborne” is ¥6,900 and the download version is ¥5,900. The console bundle is ¥47,480.


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