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New releases fill in the gaps in gaming

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A necessary evil “Resident Evil 7″ was announced this month, but it won’t be available until January 2017. What’s a “Resident Evil” (“Biohazard” in Japan) fan to do until then? Luckily, to tide us over, Capcom is also releasing a remastered version of “Resident Evil 5″ for current-generation consoles. “Resident ...

OkanoTV

| May 24, 2016

OkanoTV

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In a light-hearted yet informative way, YouTuber Chris Okano (known online as OkanoTV) gives viewers insight into many aspects of Japanese society and culture — from the usual guide videos to humorous takes on the more more left-field aspects of this country. Chris is a ...

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

| May 21, 2016

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

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Nintendo’s summer colors Over the years, Nintendo has released a slew of colors for its 3DS handhelds, so it’s easy to feel jaded and write new ones off as just another sales grab, but the upcoming Japan-only 3DS pop color combinations are definitely eye-catching. ...

Breaker helps pave a new path to stardom via YouTube

Apr 17, 2016

Breaker helps pave a new path to stardom via YouTube

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In the days of Japan’s bubble economy, the second-level basement of the Fiction Building in Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood housed a decadent Italian restaurant complete with a grand stairway down to the main dining area, providing every customer the chance to make an entrance. However, ...

New releases with a fighting spirit

| Mar 26, 2016

New releases with a fighting spirit

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‘Pokemon’ fights harder In a most unexpected collaboration, the folks behind the “Tekken” fighting games have teamed up with The Pokemon Company for a “Pocket Monster” fighting game. Dubbed “Pokken Tournament,” the game trades “Pokemon” attack cutscenes for fighting game play. “Pokemon” characters, such ...

Pikachu finds his voice

| Feb 27, 2016

Pikachu finds his voice

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Pikachu finds his voice The Great Detective Pikachu of “Meitantei Pikachu: Shin Konbi Tanjyou” is very different from other pikachus. The biggest shocker is that, unlike the others, he can speak. In fact, this crime-solving little guy not only talks, he likes to do ...

Time to watch out for those kids

| Feb 20, 2016

Time to watch out for those kids

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Get ready to answer the cat phone Aimed at kids — or even adults who love all things kawaii (cute) — the Hello Kitty Figurine KT-01 smartphone, created by Japanese startup Ola, is just as the name suggests: a cute palm-sized figurine that flips ...