Long left to niche status in the West, the Yakuza franchise has spent the last year punching its way to larger global prominence with Yakuza 0 and Kiwami. Those games, which also reintroduced the series to much of Japan, set the stage for a game that doesn’t need the exposition or explanation to be understood, that can stand without supports on the backs of those that preceded it. Yakuza 6 is Kiryu’s last story, and that clearly meant a lot to those who crafted it.Read more
In a world full of cool Club Nintendo stuff that never left Japan, Tingle’s Balloon Fight stands out for being… well, a full, import-friendly game! Unlike the later DS Tingle games, it’s not too robust and basically just Balloon Fight, but it’s still a lot of fun! Check out our video for a better look at the game and an accurate view of our complete lack of Balloon Fight skills.Read more
SNK’s next fighting game release, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, is releasing later this year and headed West courtesy of NIS America. We were able to ask some questions to the project’s leads about what they’re hoping to accomplish and how the game will differ from a standard King of Fighters.
Michibiku: SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy seems to follow in the footsteps of cult classic Neo Geo Pocket Color release Gals’ Fighters. Was this intentional? Will we see references to Gals’ Fighters in the new game?
Yasuyuki Oda, producer: The story is not necessarily directly connected, but the concept is quite similar. It’s a new title, but it’s unmistakably a spiritual successor.Read more
Dynasty Warriors 9 is intended as a fresh start for the series, a big numbered entry in a franchise that hasn’t changed a lot in the past decade and a half. It’s technically ambitious, an open-world China you can explore rather than a series of segmented maps. It’s an opportunity for big change for developer Omega Force, and an opportunity for new players to jump in and get the core experience of the franchise rather than a spinoff or variant.
So, um, about that opportunity.Read more
NIS America’s latest, The Longest 5 Minutes, is a peculiar little game. It certainly looks like a JRPG, with its classic pixel-art trappings and all sorts of turn-based monster battles and shopkeepers. It doesn’t really play like one, though. Yes, you’re walking around and getting into fights and talking to NPCs as you’d usually expect, but the dynamic is much more like a narrative adventure than its supposed peers.Read more
What titles are on the horizon for Western fans? We’re breaking it down, as usual, with looks at the localizations we’re most likely to see announced in the next few months.Read more
Nostalgia is an increasingly effective tactic as more and more players come into games with a decade or more of past play. The NES! The PS1! The… Xbox 360! (We shudder at the thought, but we know it’s true.) But Zwei: The Arges Adventure, the latest release from XSEED, offers a different sort of nostalgia to Western players: an unknown one.Read more
Nintendo’s first foray into dual-screen gaming was a phenomenon, a staple in the scene for almost a decade. And you’d better believe that there are a host of great imports on it, too! Here’s our guide to getting the best the system has to offer.Read more