Pac-Man 3D Cookies are the most popular exclusive product in the Shinjuku VR Zone gift shop. The images of Pac-Man and Blinky on the cookies are printed in red-blue 3D, so when you pop on the included goggles, your food jumps out at you. Guaranteed to be better than that curry.
While trying out Mario Kart VR et cetera at Bandai Namco’s VR Zone Shinjuku yesterday, I visited the cafe inside the virtual reality arcade. I was about to make a mistake.
Mario Kart Arcade GP VR isn’t a game that you can buy, but a virtual reality installation in Bandai Namco’s VR Zone attraction in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It promises to put you in the driver’s seat for a Mario Kart race, and that it does. It’s pretty fun, but you’re not really missing out on much if you don’t play it.
Cat-collecting game Neko Atsume is coming to PlayStation VR, Sony said today. So now you can surround yourself with infinite cats without all the health hazards that usually entails.
Nintendo characters very rarely appear on non-Nintendo hardware, but that wasn’t always the case. For a few years after the release of the original Famicom in 1983, Nintendo licensed its games to Hudson Soft, which produced versions for the major Japanese PC platforms of the day.
This used to be Tokiwa Musen, which billed itself as Akihabara’s “oldest, smallest game shop.” This is where you used to be able to go to get new releases for heavily-discounted prices, conveniently located right near the train station exit. Now it’s three Coke machines. Bummer.
The most worthless 3DS game in the world? Probably Monster Hunter 4, which sold a colossal 4 million copies in Japan, more than almost anything else. Now they can’t give them away; witness a whole pile of minty-fresh copies in this 100-yen (about $1) bin outside the store Surugaya in Akihabara today.
I’m in Japan! Tokyo Game Show begins later this week, but I’ll be joining Ashcraft in bringing you news of whatever else I find while exploring Tokyo starting... now. Here is a plate of Hinoya, my current favorite Japanese curry. It is a perfection of the form. I’m trying not to just eat this exclusively all week. I…
There was a time, so many years ago now, when it felt like we had too much Metroid. The simultaneous launch of Prime and Fusion in 2002, followed up with another one-two volley of Metroids two years later. “Slow down!” we cried. “We can’t keep up with all this Metroid!”
Nintendo is re-releasing some of its arcade games—for the first time ever since they appeared in pizza places and laundromats of the 1980s—on Nintendo Switch, beginning with Mario Bros. this month.
A sequel to Dillon’s Rolling Western is coming to 3DS in Japan. The Dead Heat Breakers continues the original 2012 game’s combo of armadillo-rolling action and tower defense, and will also turn your Mii into a furry character in the game. Spring 2018 in Japan, digital and physical, no overseas announcement yet.
“The Switch is a punk console,” says game director Goichi Suda, aka Suda 51. “I was shocked by it. I thought, whoever made this must have something wrong with them. In a positive way. This guy must be messed up in the head to think of something like this.”
The Switch is such a familiar part of the gaming landscape now that it’s strange to consider that Nintendo’s hybrid device is about to head into its first holiday season. What’s even stranger is that for Baby’s First Christmas, Nintendo’s lineup is overloaded with deep single-player fantasy adventures: role-playing…
In 2015, the indie record press Ship To Shore Phono Co. put out an officially-licensed pressing of the soundtrack to Nintendo’s beloved RPG Mother, which had just been released that year in the U.S. as EarthBound Beginnings.
Last week, Nintendo quietly uploaded the digital manual for Star Fox 2, which will be included on this month’s SNES Classic hardware. But what’s really interesting is that said manual included a whole batch of concept art and game design documents for the canceled Super FX Chip shooter.
Much like the game’s Mad Mallard, a soldier helmet-wearing waterfowl who lays exploding eggs, the upcoming remake of Secret of Mana is an odd duck.
I’m really looking forward to Return of the Obra Dinn, the next game from Papers, Please creator Lucas Pope. The version at PAX West is much improved from the early demo you may have played, with a much more extensive “ship’s log” interface that lets you keep track of all the murder mysteries you have to solve by…
Super Nintendo nostalgia is reaching fever pitch, and now even Capcom is getting into the act with a re-release of Street Fighter II on a Super NES cartridge. Produced in conjunction with iam8bit, this $100 collector’s edition is available to order now and will ship in November.