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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth Game Series' Switch Version Delayed Indefinitely in West

Games were scheduled for release on Tuesday ― Idea Factory International (IFI) announced on Monday that it is delaying the Nintendo Switch versions of Compile Heart's Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth game series digitally in North America and Europe indefinitely until further notice. The company did not provide a reason. The games were scheduled for digital release on Switch in the West on Tuesday. T...
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Meiji Tokyo Renka Full Moon Visual Novel Launches for Switch, PC on October 3

Switch package version pre-order starts on May 30 ― Dramatic Create announced on Monday that it and MAGES. will release the Meiji Tokyo Renka Full Moon visual novel for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on October 3, and started streaming its opening video, which features the theme song "Tokyo Roman-tan" (Tokyo Romantic Story) performed by KENN. Pre-order for the Nintendo Switch package version will s...
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Taito Milestones 3 Game Gets November, Winter 2024 Releases in Japan, West

Game collection's 3rd installment includes Bubble Bobble, Rastan Saga, Cadash, more ― Game company Taito Corporation and game publisher ININ announced on Saturday that Taito Milestones 3, the third installment of the Taito Milestones game collection series, is scheduled for release in November in Japan, and in winter in the West, digitally for the Nintendo Switch. ININ started streaming an English an...

Kanon Visual Novel Listed on Steam as 'Coming Soon'

Game received Switch edition in April 2023 ― Prototype announced on Friday that it will release Visual Arts/Key's Kanon visual novel on Steam. The Steam store page for the game is live, with the release date listed as "coming soon." The release will feature text in Japanese, English, and Simplified Chinese. The listing describes the game's story: Kanon is the debut work from the visual novel studio, ...
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Wagamama High Spec Overclock Sequel Visual Novel Heads West

Sekai Project to release sequel fandisc for PC via Steam ― Sekai Project announced at its panel this year's Anime Central event on Saturday that it will release Wagamama High Spec Overclock (Wagamama High Spec OC), the sequel fandisc to the Wagamama High Spec adult visual novel, in the West for PC via Steam. The release date is to be determined, but Sekai Project confirmed that the game is currently ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 6-12

Stellar Blade rises back up to #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 6-12 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS5Stellar Blade Sony Interactive Entertainment April 26 13,033 80,164 2NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 9,652 5,835,236 3NSwEndless Ocean Luminous Nintendo May 2 6,951 35,296 4NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 6,536 3,559,654 5NSwAnimal C...
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Square Enix's Towa Tsugai Game Ends Service on July 23

New "Towa Tsugai Fans" fan community to launch with new story on day main game ends service ― Square Enix announced on Friday that it will end service on its couple-training battle fantasy role-playing game Towa Tsugai on July 23. On the day of the service ending, a "Towa Tsugai Fans" fan community service will launch. Pre-registration for Towa Tsugai Fans is available now. The game will add new main...
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MangaGamer to Release Steam Prison - Beyond the Steam Game for Switch, PC

MangaGamer to also release USB physical versions of Umineko When They Cry, Higurashi When They Cry Hou+ ― MangaGamer announced on Friday during its panel at Anime Central that it has licensed HuneX's Steam Prison - Beyond the Steam, the sequel fandisc otome game to Steam Prison, and will release it in English internationally for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam and MangaGamer. The company will releas...
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Nyaaaanvy Cat Sumo Game Gets 6-Episode Series of Anime Shorts Starting on May 25

Natsuki Hanae, Junko Takeuchi, more star ― Developer Team DigitalMind announced on Friday that it and publisher Phoenixx Inc.'s Nyaaaanvy video game is getting a television anime. The anime series of shorts will air within TV Tokyo's eeny meeny miney mo program that airs on Saturdays at 7:00 a.m. starting on May 25. The anime will also be available on Shin-Ei Animation's YouTube channel starting on M...
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Reynatis Game's Trailer Previews Crossover With NEO: The World Ends With You

FuRyu's new action RPG launches in West on September 27 ― NIS America began streaming on Thursday a trailer for FuRyu's new action RPG Reynatis, and it previews the crossover content with Square Enix's NEO: The World Ends with You (Shin Subarashii Kono Sekai) game: NIS America will release the game in the West for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam on September 27. The ga...
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SEGA Previews Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble Game Cast in New Trailer

Game launches on June 25 ― Sega revealed a new trailer for the upcoming Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble game for Nintendo Switch introducing the characters on Wednesday. The characters include AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, GonGon, YanYan, Doctor, and the new monkey Palette. The game is scheduled for a June 25 release. Players who pre-order the game will receive the Banana Suit as a bonus. There is a solo and l...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 12-18

KONOSUBA - An Explosion on This Wonderful World!, Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Season 2 anime; My Love Story with Yamada-kun at Lv999, Kei X Yaku: Bound By Law manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague BDPlease Crunchyroll US$69.98 May 14 Kitty Twin Treats - Volume 3 BDCite Kitty Media US$39.99 May 14 Kitty's Twin Treats - Volum...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- Sweep the Board! Game's PS5, PS4, Xbox, PC Versions Head West on July 16

PS5, Xbox Series X|S versions get physical releases ― Sega announced on Wednesday that it will release the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- Sweep the Board! (Kimetsu no Yaiba Mezase! Saikyō Taishi! in Japan) board game-style video game for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in North America and Europe digitally on July 16. The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions wil...
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FuRyu Announces New Beyblade X: XONE Game for Switch, PC

1st online battle game for franchise launches on November 14 in Japan ― FuRyu announced on Wednesday a new game in the Beyblade franchise titled Beyblade X: XONE . The game will launch for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam in Japan on November 14. According to the company, this is the game for the series with online battles. There will be a special Beyblade "Shinobi Knife 4-60LF Metal Coat: Blue" excl...
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Monster Hunter Game Series Reaches 100 Million Sales

Monster Hunter Rise reaches 15 million sales ― The official Twitter account for Capcom's Monster Hunter Rise game revealed on Tuesday that the Monster Hunter game franchise has reached 100 million sales worldwide. The account also revealed the latest mainline game has sold 15 million copies worldwide, while the DLC Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak has reached 8 million sales. Monster Hunter Rise, the la...
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Tokyo Xanadu eX+ Game's Switch Version Delayed to July 25 in West

Game originally slated for June 2024 release ― Aksys Games revealed in a new trailer on Tuesday for the Nintendo Switch version of Tokyo Xanadu eX+, the enhanced version of Nihon Falcom's Tokyo Xanadu game, that the game's release will be delayed to July 25. The Switch version was originally slated for a June release. Nihon Falcom's Tokyo Xanadu game shipped for PlayStation Vita in Japan in September...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- Sweep the Board! Game Gets Digital Releases on PS5, PS4, Xbox, PC on July 17

Game adds Kanao, Genya in free update this summer ― The official Japanese website of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- Sweep the Board! (Kimetsu no Yaiba Mezase! Saikyō Taishi! in Japan) board game-style video game announced on Monday that the game will get digital releases for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on July 17. Pre-orders for each platform will st...
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Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution Game's Opening Movie Trailer Reveals Xbox Series X|S Version in 2024

Game launches on PS5, PS4, Switch in West on Tuesday ― Idea Factory International announced on Monday that it will release the Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution game physically and digitally for Xbox Series X|S in 2024. The company streamed an opening movie trailer that features the song "Dream On" by Ayane: The game will launch physically and digitally for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Sw...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 29-May 5

Endless Ocean Luminous debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 29-May 5 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwEndless Ocean Luminous Nintendo May 2 28,345 28,345 2PS5Stellar Blade Sony Interactive Entertainment April 26 18,133 67,131 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 13,572 5,825,584 4NSwPrincess Peach: Showtime! Nintendo March 22 9,933 160,351 5NSwS...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 22-28

Stellar Blade debuts at #1, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes at #2/3 ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 22-28 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS5Stellar Blade Sony Interactive Entertainment April 26 48,998 48,998 2NSwEiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes 505 Games April 23 41,009 41,009 3PS5Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes 505 Games April 23 16,791 16,791 4NSwSaGa: Emera...
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Smile Down the Runway Manga Creator Writes Gakuen Idolm@ster Game's Manga

Smile Down the Runway creator Kotoba Inoya writes, composes manga launching this year ― The staff of the Gakuen Idolm@ster (Academy Idolm@ster) game app revealed in a live stream on Wednesday that Smile Down the Runway manga author Kotoba Inoya will write and compose the game's manga adaptation, which will debut in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine sometime this year. Although Inoya is o...
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Resident Evil Makes 2024 Video Game Hall of Fame

Also: Ultima, Sim City, Myst, Asteroids ― The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York announced the 2024 inductees to its Video Game Hall of Fame on Thursday. The inductees include Resident Evil (1996), Ultima (1981), Sim City (1989), Myst (1993), and Asteroids (1979). The 12 finalists also included Metroid and Tokimeki Memorial, among others. The Strong launched the World Video Game Ha...
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Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE Plus Game Heads West on October 1

Trailer streamed for Plus version with 4K compatibility, 5 new substories ― Spike Chunsoft announced on Thursday that the "Plus" version of it and Too Kyo Games' Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE (Enigma Archives Rain Code/Chō Tantei Jikenbo Rain Code) game will launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam in the West on October 1. The company streamed an English trailer: Master Det...
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FuRyu's Reynatis Game Launches in West on September 27

Game gets collaboration with NEO: The World Ends with You ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release FuRyu's new action RPG Reynatis for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam on September 27. The company also revealed that the game will include content based on Square Enix's NEO: The World Ends with You (Shin Subarashii Kono Sekai) game, and it posted a visual ...
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KLab Announces New Bleach 'Hybrid Casual' Game

Klab to announce more details soon ― KLab announced on Thursday that it has received permission from the Bleach Production Committee to develop a completely new hybrid casual game (a game model that combines the simplicity of a casual game with the mechanics of an online game) based on the anime series. The game will release worldwide excluding mainland China, in Japanese and English languages. KLab ...
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Shin Megami Tensei Designer Kazuma Kaneko Works on Project Mask at Colopl

Smartphone game themed on creating 'god' from Shironeko Project's company ― Colopl revealed on Wednesday in a report on the second quarter of the company's fiscal year that character designer Kazuma Kaneko is working on a new game titled Project Mask for smartphones. The company describes the work as "a new game experience themed on creating 'god.'" The project is one of five smartphone games in the ...
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Gakuen Idolm@ster Game Reveals May 16 Launch, Opening Animation

Game slated for iOS, Android devices ― The staff for the Gakuen Idolm@ster (Academy Idolm@ster) game app revealed its May 16 release date as well as its opening animation sequence on Wednesday. In the game, the player is a producer that hone and produce idol talents from the Hatsuboshi Gakuen idol training school. The game has nine idols that players can produce: The game's cast includes (from left t...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 5-11

Mob Psycho 100 III, KamiKatsu: Working for God in a Godless World anime; Star Wars: Visions: The Manga Anthology, Mobsters in Love manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date KamiKatsu: Working for God in a Godless World BDPlease Crunchyroll US$69.98 May 7 Mob Psycho 100 III BDCite Crunchyroll US$69.98 May 7 Mob Psycho 100 III Limited Edition BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll...
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Sega Announces Sonic Rumble Battle Royale Mobile Game

Trailer reveals winter release, closed beta test on May 24-26 ― Sega announced a new battle royale mobile game in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise titled Sonic Rumble, slated for release this winter. There will be a closed beta test from May 24-26. Sega streamed an announcement trailer: The game features 32-player battle royale challenges. Players control toy versions of characters from throughout th...
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Utano☆Princesama Live Emotion Game Launches on June 12

Video previews ST☆RISH's "KIR☆MEKI EMOTION" performance ― Broccoli revealed on Wednesday that it will release Utano☆Princesama Live Emotion, its new game app for the Utano☆Princesama franchise, on June 12. The official Twitter account for the game streamed a preview of ST☆RISH's "KIR☆MEKI EMOTION" music video: ━━━━━━━━━━━   ライブMV紹介   【ST☆RISH】 ━━━━━━━━━━━ ST☆RISHが披露する、 「KIR☆MEKI EMOTION」のライブMVを一部公開! ...
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Gundam Breaker 4 Game's Trailer Reveals August 29 Release

Game gets Digital Deluxe/Ultimate Editions ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it will release the Gundam Breaker 4 game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam worldwide on August 29. The official YouTube channel for PlayStation streamed a release date trailer: The game is getting a Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes early unlocks to parts from 15...
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Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition Speedrun Challenge Game Announced for Switch

Game featuring 13 NES titles launches on July 18 ― Nintendo announced on Wednesday the Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition game for Nintendo Switch, scheduled for release on July 18. The company unveiled a trailer that features contestants from past Nintendo World Championships events: The release features over 150 speedrun challenges for the following 13 NES games: Balloon Fight Donkey Kong Ex...
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Netflix Adds Sonic Mania Plus Game on iOS/Android on May 7

Netflix revealed on Tuesday that it has added Sega's Sonic Mania Plus game on iOS and Android devices through the Netflix Games service. Sega released the Sonic Mania game in August 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Sonic Mania Plus, an enhanced version, launched in July 2018. Sega released the Sonic Mania Adventures animated series in 2018 for free on Youtube. The series ...
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Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE Game Gets PS5, Xbox Series, PC Releases

Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE+ ships on July 18 ― The official Twitter account for Spike Chunsoft and Too Kyo Games' Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE (Enigma Archives Rain Code/Chō Tantei Jikenbo Rain Code) game announced with a video on Tuesday that the game is getting a "Plus" version on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on July 18. 死に神ちゃんからの特ダネ情報!『レインコード』が、追加要素をプラスして新登場! ...

Microsoft Closes Tango Gameworks Studio

Microsoft closes several studios to "reprioritize its titles and resources" ― Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within, Ghostwire: Tokyo, Hi-Fi Rush) announced on Tuesday that Microsoft has closed Tango Gameworks, among other studios. Its titles will remain available to purchase and play. (@TangoGameworks)May 7 Microsoft has also closed Arkane Austin and Alpha Dog Studios as part of its effort to "consolidat...

Nintendo to Announce Switch Successor by March 2025

Switch has sold 141.32 million units ― Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa revealed with a post on the official Nintendo Twitter account on Tuesday that the company will announce the successor to the Switch console within the company's current fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2025. The post also notes that the company will hold a regular Nitnendo Direct streaming presentation in June, but that i...
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Ride Kamens Smartphone Game in Kamen Rider Franchise Releases in Late May

"Training adventure" game will be free to play ― The official website for Ride Kamens, Liber Entertainment's new smartphone game based on the Kamen Rider franchise, announced on Thursday that the game will release in late May. The "training adventure" game will be free to play with optional in-game purchases. The game's official YouTube channel released a 20-minute "episode zero" voice drama on Thurs...
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DNF Duel Fighting Game Adds Nen Master as Playable Character

Season pass adds final character in summer 2024 ― The YouTube channel for the DNF Duel fighting game for the Dungeon Fighter Online (Arad Senki) franchise streamed on Wednesday a video announcing that it will add Nen Master as a playable character. The fifth and final character for the game's season pass will debut in summer 2024. The season pass debuted with the first character Spectre last July, fo...

Tsukihime Remake's English PS4 Artbook to Ship With Alterations

Switch version's artbook releases without alterations; no alterations to actual game for both versions ― The official English Twitter account for the English release of Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon-, the remake of Type-Moon's Tsukihime dōjin visual novel game, announced on Thursday that the game's Physical Limited Edition for the PlayStation 4 will release with two altered pages for the incl...
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Super Nintendo World at Orlando's Epic Universe Theme Park to Include Donkey Kong Country Area

Videos introduce "Mine-Cart Madness," "Yoshi's Adventure" rides ― Universal Studios Orlando revealed on Thursday that Super Nintendo World at its upcoming Universal Epic Universe theme park will feature the new area based on the Donkey Kong Country (DKC) game. The park's YouTube channel streamed videos that introduce Super Nintendo World with both real footage and animation. Based on the videos, Orla...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 28-May 4

Blue Giant, The Dangers in My Heart anime; Fed Up With Being the Spoiled Queen's Genius Butler, I Ran Away and Built the World's Strongest Army, My Sister Took My Fiance and Now I'm Being Courted by a Beastly Prince manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Blue Giant BDCite Shout! Factory US$26.98 April 30 The Dangers in My Heart Season 1 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmw...
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Earth Defense Force 6 Game's Trailer Reveals July 25 Release in West

Trailer streamed for PS4, PS5, PC game ― D3Publisher announced on Wednesday that the Earth Defense Force 6 game will launch in North America and Europe on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam on July 25, following a delay. The company streamed a trailer that also reveals the pre-order and early purchase bonuses: The game is getting a Deluxe Edition. Pre-order rewards include the "Reverse Co...
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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Game Previews Story in New Trailer

Game launches for Switch, PS5/4, Xbox, PC on June 14 ― Atlus began streaming a new trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, an updated version of its Shin Megami Tensei V game, on Tuesday that previews the game's story. The game was originally slated for release on June 21 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, but will now launch on June 1...

Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero Game's Master/Apprentice Trailer Reveals New Characters

Gohan, Trunks, Videl, Beerus, Whis, Master Roshi, more ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new trailer on Tuesday for Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero, a new game in its Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi arena fighter franchise, and it reveals new characters through master and apprentice duos: Newly announced playable characters include Gohan (Kid), Gohan (Adult), Gohan (Future), Gohan (...
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Guilty Gear Strive Game Adds Slayer to Roster

"Amber Fest with Kind Neighbors" additional battle stage also announced ― Arc System Works revealed in a new trailer for the Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game on Monday that the character Slayer will be added as a DLC playable character in the next character update for season 3 on May 30. The game will also add the "Amber Fest with Kind Neighbors" additional battle stage to round out the season 3 up...
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Tekken 8 Game Reveals DLC Character Lidia Sobieska in Season 1 Trailer (Updated)

Also revealed: photo mode, story update, balance updates ― Bandai Namco Entertainment of America announced in a new trailer for the Tekken 8 game that Lidia Sobieska will be the second DLC character, along with a roadmap of season 1 that includes a photo mode, story update, and gameplay balance updates. The updates to balance gameplay will come in spring, the photo mode and new "Seaside Resort" stage...
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Street Fighter 6 Game Adds DLC Character Akuma on May 22

Gameplay trailer streamed for Akuma ― Capcom revealed on Monday that Street Fighter 6 DLC character Akuma will join the game's roster on May 22 as the final character in the Year 1 Character Pass. The official YouTube channel for the series streamed a gameplay trailer for Akuma: Akuma will also be added to the World Tour mode with new missions and a special arena. Characters in the Year 1 Character P...
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Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Console Game's Video Details Mini-Games, August 30 Launch

Nekketsu Hachamecha Dai Kansha-sai! launches for Switch, PS4, PS5, PC via Steam ― The staff for the Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise revealed in its first promotional video on Sunday that the Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Nekketsu Hachamecha Dai Kansha-sai! (Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Hot-Blooded Extreme Grand Appreciation Festival) console game will launch on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStatio...
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Fatal Fury City of the Wolves Game's New Character Video Reveals Return of Marco Rodrigues

Game slated for early 2025 ― SNK started streaming a new character video for its upcoming new fighting game Fatal Fury City of the Wolves on Sunday. The video reveals Marco Rodrigues as a returning character. Kenichirō Matsuda voices the character in Japanese, and Earl Baylon voices the character in English. Marco Rodrigues character video (English): Marco Rodrigues character video (Japanese): Other ...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets: Goto Pazu Story Game Gets Sequel This Year

Gotōbun no Hanayome: Goto Pazu Story 2nd covers smartphone game's 2nd year on Switch, PS4 ― "The Quintessential Quintuplets 5th Anniversary Event in Yokohama Arena" annoounced on Saturday that MAGES.' Gotōbun no Hanayome: Goto Pazu Story, the latest console game in the The Quintessential Quintuplets franchise, will spawn a second game titled Gotōbun no Hanayome: Goto Pazu Story 2nd on the Nintendo Sw...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth Game Series' Switch Version Releases Digitally on May 21 in English

Compile Heart will release 3 games on Switch in Japan on May 23 ― Idea Factory International announced on Friday that it will release the Nintendo Switch versions of Compile Heart's Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth game series digitally in North America and Europe on May 21. The games are Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Sisters Generation, and Hyperdimension Nep...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 15-21

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe rises to #1 as Princess Peach: Showtime! falls to #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 15-21 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 11,585 5,804,495 2NSwPrincess Peach: Showtime! Nintendo March 22 8,012 143,180 3NSwSuper Mario Bros. Wonder Nintendo October 20, 2023 7,470 1,829,996 4NSwAnimal Crossing: New Hor...
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Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet & Snow Globe Kinetic Novels Get Switch Release with English on June 27

Release marks 1st English release for planetarian Snow Globe kinetic novel ― Visual Arts/Key and Prototype announced on Friday that it will release the planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet & Snow Globe "kinetic novels" on Nintendo Switch on June 27. The release will have Japanese audio and text languages in Japanese, English, French, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. Visual Arts/Key...
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FuRyu's Reynatis Game Previewed in 2nd Promo Video

Action RPG launches in Japan on July 25 for PS5/4, Switch; in English for PS5/4, Switch, Steam this fall ― FuRyu began streaming a second trailer on Friday for its Reynatis action RPG. The end of the video reveals FuRyu will reveal another trailer for the game on May 9. The game will launch in Japan for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on July 25. Those who pre-order the physical gam...
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Hunter x Hunter Nen x Impact Fighting Game's 1st Video Reveals Gameplay

Game release for PS5, Switch, PC ― Bushiroad Games unveiled the first promotional video on Friday for it and Eighting's Hunter x Hunter Nen x Impact fighting game based on Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter x Hunter manga. The video reveals the first gameplay footage for the game, and shows the playable characters. The game will release for Playstation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The game will have...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Series Gets Action RPG for Consoles/PC

Trailer streamed for game launching on August 8 with new story from Fuse ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime series is getting an action role-playing game titled That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ISEKAI Chronicles for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on August 8. The company...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 21-27

Monogatari Final Season, Otaku Elf anime; A Brief Moment of Ichika, Soseki Natsume's Kokoro manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Monogatari Series - Final Season Complete Set BDCite Aniplex of America US$429.98 April 23 Otaku Elf BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 April 23 Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Ancient Magus' ...
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Sand Land Game's Trailer Previews English Dub

Game launches on April 26 for PS4, PS5, Xbox X|S, PC ― Bandai Namco previewed the English dub for the role-playing action game based on the late Akira Toriyama's Sand Land manga in a new trailer on Wednesday. A playable demo is currently available for the game. The game will launch on Friday (Thursday in Japan) for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. Bandai Namco Entertai...
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Magical Circle Guru-Guru Manga Gets 1st Online RPG

Turn-based battle game launches on Friday ― G123 announced on Tuesday the first online RPG based on the anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Etō's Mahōjin Guru Guru (Magical Circle Guru Guru) manga, titled Magical Circle Guru-Guru: Stardust Adventure, which will launch for browsers on Friday. In the game, players can explore the picture book made of Guru-Guru, with characters including Nike, Kukuri, and Kita...
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Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble Game's Trailer Previews New Modes

Race, Banana Hunt, Ba-BOOM!, Gold Rush, Robo Smash ― Sega began streaming a new trailer for the upcoming Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble game for Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. The video previews the new multiplayer modes: Race, Banana Hunt, Ba-BOOM!, Gold Rush, and Robo Smash. The game is scheduled for a June 25 release. Players who pre-order the game will receive the Banana Suit as a bonus. There is...
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Shin Megami Tensei Character Designer Kazuma Kaneko Leaves Atlus for Colopl

Kaneko worked with Atlus for 35 years Shin Megami Tensei character designer Kazuma Kaneko revealed today in a new interview that he has left Atlus after working with the company for 35 years and joined mobile game developer Colopl Kaneko did not elaborate on his reasons for leaving Atlus, but said he joined Colopl through a recruitment agency in 2023 after applying at numerous companies. The artis...
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Metaphor: ReFantazio RPG Reveals October 11 Launch in New Trailer

Game launches for PS4, PS5, Xbox X|S, PC via Steam ― Atlus revealed in a new trailer today that Metaphor: ReFantazio, its first full-scale fantasy role-playing game, will launch on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam on October 11. The company also detailed the game's collector's edition and pre-order incentives. The trailer previews the game's combat system. Japanese T...
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Madoka Magica: Magia Exedra Smartphone Game Announced for 2024

SINoALICE's Pokelabo, Magia Record's f4samurai develop game ― The website for a new Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica) app game announced that the game will launch on smartphones this year under the title Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Magia Exedra. Franchise artist Ume Aoki drew an illustration to commemorate the announcement. Pokelabo (Assault Lily: Last Bullet, SINoALICE) and f4samur...
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Embracer Group Reveals Plans to Split into 3 Companies

New "Middle-earth Enterprises & Friends" company to own Dark Horse, PLAION Pictures ― Gaming conglomerate Embracer Group announced on Monday it is planning to split into three companies: Asmodee Group, Coffee Stain & Friends, and Middle-earth Enterprises & Friends. The companies will be separate, publicly listed companies. Embracer Group stated the change will "[enable] each entity to better focus on...
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Franchise Teases New App Game

Game to be revealed on Monday ― A website and X (formerly Twitter) account opened on Sunday and teased a new Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica) app game, which will be revealed on Monday at 10:00 a.m. JST (Sunday at 9:00 p.m. EDT). The new game's website shows the countdown until the announcement. ━━━━━━━━━━━  まどか☆マギカ 新作アプリゲーム始動 カウントダウン開始 ━━━━━━━━━━━https://t.co/vb49IVMLp5#魔法少女まどかマギ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 8-14

Utakata no Uchronia visual novel debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 8-14 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwUtakata no Uchronia Broccoli April 11 11,553 11,553 2NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 11,247 5,792,910 3NSwPrincess Peach: Showtime! Nintendo March 22 10,736 135,168 4NSwSuper Mario Bros. Wonder Nintendo October 20, 2023 8,881 1,822,526...
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Hypnosis Mic -Dream Rap Battle- Game's 2nd Teaser Video Previews 3D Models of 18 MCs

Game taking place in virtual world launches for iOS, Android in summer 2024 ― The official YouTube channel for Hypnosis Mic -Dream Rap Battle-, the latest smartphone game in the Hypnosis Mic franchise, began streaming a second teaser video on Thursday. The video introduces the 3D models of 18 MCs and the game's setting of a virtual world called "MIRA." The game will release for iOS and Android in the...
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Hookah Haze Visual Novel's Music Video Previews Nakuru Aitsuki's Theme Song

Aniplex, Acquire's visual novel releases for Switch, PC with English text this year ― Aniplex and Acquire began streaming a theme song music video on Saturday for their Hookah Haze visual novel. The video previews Nakuru Aitsuki's theme song "Hookah, whoo!." DECO*27 produced the song and wrote the lyrics, and tepe composed and arranged the song. The song will be available on streaming platforms on Ap...
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Donkey Kong Area of Universal Studios Japan Delayed to 2nd Half of 2024

Area was originally scheduled to open in spring ― The official Twitter account for the Universal Studios Japan theme park announced on Friday that its new area based on the Donkey Kong Country game series for the park's Super Nintendo World has been delayed from spring 2024 to the second half of 2024. The staff will announce a new opening date in the future when it is decided. Universal Studios Japan...
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Voice Actor Takuya Eguchi's Egumi Legacy Card Game Gets Anime

Eguchi designed characters, established worldview for card game released in 2022 ― Happinet announced on Friday that TAKALAKA and voice actor Takuya Eguchi's Egumi Legacy card game is inspiring an anime. Masa Mori (Kaishain, Obey Me!, A Turtle's Shell Is a Human's Ribs) is directing and writing the anime. Katsuya Kitano is also writing the script along with Mori. Studio Outrigger is planning and prod...
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Blue Lock Project: World Champion Smartphone Game Gets English Release on April 23

Soccer training simulation game launched in Japan in December 2022 ― Rudel Inc. announced on Friday that it will release the Blue Lock Project: World Champion smartphone game in English on April 23. The game is free to play with optional in-app purchases. The company describes the game: This is a new type of soccer training simulation game in which players train strikers, build the strongest team, an...
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Rabbit & Bear Studios Confirms it is 'Moving Forward' With Sequel to Eiyuden Chronicle Game

Game's scenario writer, designer Yoshitaka Murayama died in February ― Game developer Rabbit & Bear Studios confirmed in a Reddit AMA question-and-answer session on Thursday that the studio is "moving forward with a sequel" to its Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes game, even though the game's scenario writer and designer Yoshitaka Murayama died on February 6. Rabbit & Bear Studios added in the AMA: I...
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Meiji Tokyo Renka Full Moon Visual Novel Gets Switch, PC Release in English This Year

Visual novel franchise inspired 2 anime films, TV anime series ― Dramatic Create announced on Friday that it and MAGES. will release the Meiji Tokyo Renka Full Moon visual novel for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam this year. The release will feature Japanese audio and text in Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. MAGES. released Meiji Tokyo Renka Full Moon for PlayStation V...
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9 R.I.P. Visual Novel Heads West in 2024

Otomate released game in Japan in June 2023 ― Idea Factory International revealed in a new trailer on Wednesday that the supernatural visual novel 9 R.I.P. will get an English release physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch in 2024. The company describes the story of the game: In this town, there is a long-standing rumor about people being spirited away... They also say that people with lots of ...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation - Quest of Memories Console Game Launches on June 20

Game launches for PS5, PS4, Switch, PC via Steam ― The official Twitter account of the Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation - Quest of Memories console game announced on Sunday that the game will launch worldwide except China on June 20. Bushiroad Games will release the game for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Lancarse is developing the game. Bushiroad describes the ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 14-20

Rozen Maiden anime; Trinity Seven Revision, Snowball Earth manga ship" ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Rozen Maiden BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$119.98 Sentai Filmworks Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 15 Minutes Before We Really Date GN 2Please Yen Press US$15.00 April 16 Associate Professor Akira Takatsuki's Conjecture GN 3Cite ...
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Pokémon Frienda Game Launches in Japanese Arcades in July

Game allows players to catch Pokémon, use them later in battles with Frienda Pick cards ― Marvelous and Takara Tomy Arts revealed a new Pokémon arcade game titled Pokémon Frienda on Monday. The arcade game will launch in Japanese arcades later this year in July. The game will feature touchscreen controls, and will allow players to catch Pokémon, which generates "Frienda Pick" cards. Players can then ...
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Japanese Man Arrested for Selling Hacked Versions of Pokémon in Pokémon Violet Game

Sales allegedly took place between December 2022-March 2023 ― Kyoto police have arrested 36-year-old interior decorator Yoshihiro Yamakawa under suspicion of violating Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Act by selling hacked versions of Pokémon in the Pokémon Violet game for Nintendo Switch. The man was arrested during a cyber patrol on April 9 in Uji City. The suspect allegedly modified the Poké...
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Sand Land Game Releases New Trailer Set to Darude's 'Sandstorm'

Game launches on April 26 for PS4, PS5, Xbox X|S, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new trailer on Monday for the upcoming role-playing action game based on the late Akira Toriyama's Sand Land manga set to the popular meme song "Sandstorm" by Darude: A playable demo is currently available for the game. The game will launch on April 26 (April 25 in Japan) for PlayStation 4, Pla...
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One Piece Odyssey Game Gets Deluxe Switch Version

Game launches on July 26 with previously released DLC, new outfits ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that the One Piece Odyssey game is getting a release on Nintendo Switch on July 26 (July 25 in Japan). The One Piece Odyssey: Deluxe Edition release will include the "Reunion of Memories" DLC, outfits, as well as a new City of Water Outfit Set. The "Reunion of Memories" DLC takes place ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 1-7

Princess Peach: Showtime! stays at #1 for 3rd straight week ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 1-7 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwPrincess Peach: Showtime! Nintendo March 22 19,612 124,432 2NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 13,055 5,781,663 3PS5Rise of the Ronin Sony Interactive Entertainment March 22 12,080 96,865 4NSwSuper Mario Bros. Wonder Nintendo...
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CyberAgent Reveals Guidelines for In-House Creators Using Generative AI for Art

Guidelines aim to avoid copyright violations ― CyberAgent revealed on April 3 that it has created in-house guidelines for its creators for using generative AI/large language models for images, aimed at avoiding violations of copyright law and highlighting that current generative AI cannot produce a usable end product as-is. The guidelines stress that creators should not enter personal or confidential...
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The New Gate Anime Gets Browser Game

Pre-registration for THE NEW GATE Best Collection is open now ― CTW announced on Friday the television anime of Shinogi Kazanami's light novel series The New Gate is getting a browser game adaptation titled THE NEW GATE Best Collection on the G123 service. Pre-registration is available now. The game will be free to play with optional in-game purchases. Players can craft gear and go on adventures with...
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Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs Battle Royale Multiplayer Game's Trailer Reveals May 9 Release

Game gets Deluxe edition with customizable cosmetics ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer on Thursday for the Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs multiplayer game, and it reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on May 9. The game is getting a Deluxe edition including customizable PA...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game Adds Dragon Ball Super Versions of Android 18, Videl as DLC

Videos streamed for 2 characters of upcoming 4-part "Future Saga" DLC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Twitter on Tuesday that the Dragon Ball Super versions of Android 18 and Videl will join the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game as characters for the "Future Saga" DLC. The account posted videos of the new characters: Android 18 (DB Super) will be available in the first chapter of the FUT...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 7-13

Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time: Super Extra anime; Engage, The Condemned Villainess Goes Back in Time and Aims to Become the Ultimate Villain manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time: Super Extra Complete Collection BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 April 9 Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date A...
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Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble Game's Trailer Previews Adventure Mode

Game launches for Switch on June 25 ― Sega began streaming a new trailer for the upcoming Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble game for Nintendo Switch on Wednesday, highlighting the game's Adventure Mode. There is a solo and local co-op mode with up to four players. The trailer also showed one stage from each of the five worlds: Banana Farm, Rose Garden, Floating City, Golden Temple, and Stone Valley. Th...
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Sand Land Game Previews Custom Battle Armor in New Trailer

Game launches on April 26 for PS4, PS5, Xbox X|S, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new video on Tuesday for the upcoming role-playing action game based on the late Akira Toriyama's Sand Land manga. The video previews the game's custom battle armor system. A playable demo is currently available for the game. The game will launch on April 26 (April 25 in Japan) for PlayStation ...
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The Kingdoms of Ruin Anime Gets Browser Game

Pre-registrations for The Kingdoms of Ruin Endless Rebellion MMORPG are open ― CTW Inc. announced on Friday that the television anime adaptation of yoruhashi's The Kingdoms of Ruin (Hametsu no Ōkoku) manga is inspiring an MMORPG titled The Kingdoms of Ruin Endless Rebellion. The HTML 5 game will be playable on browser, PC, and tablet. It will feature PvP and PvE gameplay. Pre-registrations for the ga...
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SaGa Emerald Beyond Game Streams Trailers Highlighting Character Diva, Game Demo

Game launches for Switch, PS5, PS4, PC via Steam, iOS, Android on April 25 ― Square Enix's YouTube channel began streaming a new trailer on Thursday for the upcoming SaGa Emerald Beyond game for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC via Steam, iOS, and Android. The video highlights the character Diva no. 5, The Songstress Mech. PlayStation's YouTube channel began streaming a trailer h...
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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Game launches for Switch, PS5/4, Xbox, PC on June 14 ― Sega and Atlus began streaming a second promotional video for Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, an updated version of its Shin Megami Tensei V game, on Friday. English Japanese The game was originally slated for release on June 21 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam but will now launch on ...
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Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Gets New Smartphone Game -Dream Rap Battle-

Game launches for iOS, Android in summer 2024 ― King Records revealed on Saturday the newest smartphone game Hypnosis Mic -Dream Rap Battle- in the Hypnosis Mic franchise. The game will release for iOS and Android in the summer. The game will be free to play with optional in-game purchases. The game will feature 3D models. Hip-hop group RIP SLYME will produce the theme song for the game. The song wil...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 25-31

Princess Peach: Showtime! stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 25-31 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwPrincess Peach: Showtime! Nintendo March 22 27,258 104,820 2PS5Rise of the Ronin Sony Interactive Entertainment March 22 20,139 84,785 3NSwWinning Post 10 2024 Koei Tecmo Games March 28 12,845 12,845 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 10,432 5,...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak II Game's Switch Version Launches in Japan on July 25

Game released for PS4, PS5 in September 2022 ― Nihon Falcom announced on Friday that its The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN- game will release for the Nintendo Switch in Japan under the title The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II for Nintendo Switch on July 25. The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN- released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in Japan in September ...
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Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless Game Gets New Version on July 25

Updated Switch, PS5, PS4 game includes all DLC, new content ― Nippon Ichi Software announced that its Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless (Makai Senki Disgaea 7) game will get a new edition titled Makai Senki Disgaea 7: Kore Made no Zenbu Iri Hajimemashita that includes all previously released DLC as well as new content. The updated game will launch in Japan for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Play...
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Bloomberg: Yū Miyake No Longer in Charge of Dragon Quest Games

Miyake to head smartphone games for Square Enix ― Business news website Bloomberg reported on Friday that Square Enix's Yu Miyake, executive producer for the Dragon Quest series, is stepping away from that position to head smartphone games at a newly established studio for the company. The company did not reveal a replacement for his role. Square Enix began a large-scale reorganization on Monday, whi...

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