Wandered into an Akihabara store last night and had an amazing score: Nintendo’s 1970s electro-mechanical Duck Hunt toy! This was what inspired the NES game. The store, notorious for its high standards, had it marked at 3000 yen ($27) because it was missing the battery cover.
I mean, you can't go to Japan and not order their national dish (corn mayonnaise pizza)!
Sure, sure, everybody’s excited about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but let us not forget about From Software’s other upcoming game, which comes out on November 6: Déraciné, a slow-paced adventure game set in a boarding school. I played it at Tokyo Game Show, and now I can’t wait to play more.
Real video game professionals know that Tokyo Game Show isn’t just about trying out new games, it’s also about loading up on expensive game-themed merchandise. There’s a startling array of awesome licensed goods here for you to blow your paycheck on; here are the best of this year.
And that’s it for my day one of TGS! I’m going to go be on the 8-4 Play podcast tonight, so watch for that to be released in the coming days. Tomorrow, I’ll be playing lots of PlayStation VR.
Just walked by the Hamster booth to see them taking about Arcade Archives: Excitebike, which is out tomorrow on Switch!
So many celebrity sightings at TGS!
At the Square Enix Music booth at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, there’s a display of original Chocobo artwork done by the creators of various Final Fantasy games. Some of these creators aren’t visual artists by trade, so the results are a little interesting.
Massive ads for Dragalia Lost, the new mobile game from Nintendo, line the walkway to the train leading to the Tokyo Game Show venue. It's out on September 27.
Strategy guide for the original Metroid, spotted in Akihabara.
Do you know your Totoros? (Spotted at the Kiddy Land toy store in Harajuku.)
Bayonetta 3 development is “on course,” Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya and Atsushi Inaba said at a stage event last night in Tokyo. They joked that it was unusual for things to go so smoothly: “We’re actually in sync for once.”
Walking up and down the floors of the massive multi-level arcades in Akihabara can trigger some unexpected nostalgic responses, but I certainly wasn’t expecting this one.
This very rare, very early Japanese game history book published in 1988 is currently for sale in Akihabara for about $200. Check out that young Miyamoto mugshot!
Ah, yes, the complete series.
The fact that you can walk into Japanese music stores and buy a brand-new copy of the soundtrack to the original Nintendo 64 version of Super Smash Bros. because it’s still in print and was never out of print will never cease to impress me.
As a well-known appreciator of Final Fantasy V, to the point where I wrote a whole book about it, I love that Japan feels the same way to the point that there’s actually a market for this very specific merch based on this 1992 Super Famicom game.
Hello, do you love Kirby but hate your cat? Now you can shove your cat’s head into a Kirby-shaped hat, thanks to the miracle of Japanese vending machines.