Brian Ashcraft
brianashcraft
Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.
12/6/19
7:00 AM
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The Switch seems like it’s off to a good start in China. In the first nine hours, pre-orders of the Switch surpassed 100,000. As Nintendo Soup explained, these numbers are from JD.com, China’s largest online retailer, so factoring in other retailers, the real number might be higher.

12/5/19
7:30 AM
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Mecha game Daemon X Machina is getting Witcher III themed threads, hairdos, and body types, letting players turn their anime-style pilots into Geralt or Ciri with the character creation tool. The free DLC pack is available starting today. In case you missed it, read Kotaku’s Daemon X Machina review here.

12/5/19
6:30 AM
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Manga creator Leiji Matsumoto was discharged from a hospital in Turin, Italy this Wednesday. Visiting the country for a Space Pirate Captain Harlock event, he was admitted on November 15 after collapsing. He was reported to be in serious condition but has since improved and returned home to Japan. 

12/4/19
7:00 AM
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In June 2012, a random stabbing rampage in Osaka left two dead, including game music producer Shingo Minamino. Kyozo Isohi was sentenced to death for the killings, but the Japanese Supreme Court has overturned that ruling, giving him life in prison on the grounds he was suffering from hallucinations. 

12/4/19
6:00 AM
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Nintendo has announced that the Switch will launch in China on December 10. It will be priced at 2,099 yuan ($297) and Tencent will be the console’s local sales agent.

12/2/19
6:00 AM
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Let the sequel talk begin! During an interview with Vulture, Hideo Kojima briefly mentions working with Norman Reedus again, maybe on a Death Stranding sequel. If he were to make another Death Stranding, Kojima says he “would start from zero.”