Brian Ashcraft
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.
7:00 AM

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be shipped early to Europe and Australia due to covid-19. An official statement reads: “Our highest priority is that all of you, including those who live in countries facing the biggest disruption, can play the game at launch, so we made the decision to ship

6:00 AM

Voice actor Hiroshi Masuoka has passed away from cancer. He was best known for voicing Masuo Fuguta in Sazae-san and Jam Ojisan in Anpanman, both of which he did until last year. Masuoka was 83. May he rest in peace.

6:00 AM

In its first three days on sale in Japan, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 1,880,626 package copies at retail. This is the biggest debut for any Switch game in Japan to date. During that same week, a whopping 392,576 Switch units (including Switch Lite) were also sold in Japan. 

6:30 AM

South Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee has rated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered. The country’s ratings board often inadvertently leaks unannounced games it rates. This is probably no exception. [Thanks Sang for the tip!)