Welcome to a “Bravely” new world, it’s as good as the “Default”

Japanese role-playing-game fans rejoice! This month sees the release of the eagerly anticipated sequel to 2012’s “Bravely Default.” The sequel takes place after the first game, and again is set against a backdrop of fantasy, magic and adventure.

For “Bravely Default” fans, there was some concern in 2013 when it was revealed the game’s original artist, Akihiko Yoshida, had left developer Square Enix. However, Yoshida has continued to work on the series and created this sequel’s artwork. So, “Bravely Second” still features its much-loved enchanting worlds and well-designed characters, which should please players new and old.

“Bravely Second: End Layer” for Nintendo 3DS has just been released and costs ¥6,458.


The future awaits for giant mecha

Get ready to hop into a giant mecha and explore the year 2054. “Xenoblade Chronicles X” takes players to a not-so-distant future in which an alien war has caused humankind to evacuate Earth. One American spacecraft ends up on another planet, and players must contend with unfamiliar terrain and inhospitable creatures.

The game is the latest entry in the long-running “Xeno” series and has similar gameplay and stylistic elements to the 2010 Wii game “Xenoblade Chronicles” (it’s not a direct sequel, though) and will feature a huge in-game world.

“Xenoblade Chronicles X” is a Wii U exclusive, and while Nintendo’s latest home console hasn’t caught the public’s imagination like the Wii did, with games like this, the Wii U continues to prove it has one of the most diverse and exciting lineups of games on any home console today.

“Xenoblade Chronicles X” will be released April 29. It’s priced at ¥7,700 for both the retail and download versions.


Fast shooting with your own Type-A fighter plane

Released in 2002, “DoDonPachi DaiOuJou” is one of the best shoot-’em-up (or shmup) games to hit Japanese arcades. Taking players into a hailstorm of bullets, it’s maniac shooting insanity for unflinching players. If you’re a fan, you can re-create one of the game’s main fighter planes with this 1/144-scale plastic model.

Kotobukiya, a retailer and manufacturer of model kits, has created a plastic model of the “DoDonPachi DaiOuJou” Type-A fighter plane, which in the game unleashes a barrage of high-speed bullets. Kotobukiya is famous for producing high-quality kits, and this is no exception. It comes with around 200 finely detailed parts — some of which need to be glued, while others can be snapped into place — and is an accurate reproduction of the Type-A.

Priced at ¥6,800, the Type-A model will be out later this month.


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