Hands On: Dead Realm

Hands On: Dead Realm

I’m an adult, but game wise, hide and seek sounds like a new thing for a video game to do. Not including mods, you kind of have it in certain shooters and action games, but it’s usually part of a deeper mechanic, which makes it more interesting for me. However, having it attached to a horror game instead of, say, a hardcore PvP MMO with full item drop, or a […]

Yo-kai Watch Preparing to Take Over

Yo-kai Watch Preparing to Take Over

Hide your kids, hide your wife (or monster collecting husband), Yo-kai Watch is coming, and not just the Pokemon like game. The beginning of the end start Nov 6 with the first US game reaching our shores, bringing with it 200 Yo-Kai for you to enslave befriend (the game is receiving its third installation in Japan soon). Unlike “real” yo-kai, the game’s advertising is describing the Japanese spirits as “mischievous, mysterious pranksters […]

Splatoon Gets Transformers Appearance

Splatoon Gets Transformers Appearance

No, that header image is not some new meme or photoshop contest winner. Nintendo and Hasbro are officially teaming up for North America’s new Splatoon Splatfest event on August 28-29, one week after the latest North American testfire demo. Players will choose Autobots or Decepticons, but unlike previous battles, the ink of each team will be restricted to reflect the team you choose, with red ink going to team Autobots and purple going […]

Hands On: Pokken’s Blaziken Release

Hands On: Pokken’s Blaziken Release

Not even a month has passed since Pokken‘s release and a new fighter has been released for the game: Blaziken. Well, semi-released. Players with a Bandai-Namco “BANAPassport” can spend coins on the game’s online app to unlock the fire/fighting type between August 4-31, at which point the character will once again be unplayable until Oak-knows-when. As today was opening day, and since I’ve spent a decent chunk of time playing the game, […]

Amiibo Cards Region Free For Current NA Games

Amiibo Cards Region Free For Current NA Games

Heard about the amiibo card shortage in Japan? Thinking about buying some Japanese amiibo cards to avoid the problem when it hits your region? Well, I may have some good news for you would be importers. I opened my heart (and wallet) to purchase some key characters from the first series of Animal Crossing amiibo cards to test their functionality with various games other than Happy Home Designer (which I have been […]

Hands On: Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer Preview

Hands On: Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer Preview

I don’t mean to tease those of you outside of Japan, but I have to say that I’m really enjoying my time in the new Animal Crossing spinoff. It’s being billed as a “girls game” in Japan, but this boy’s loving it. While the game’s “only” a spin off of the main series, the first few hours of play are really revealing something unique. It’s a rather dramatic shift in game play […]

Splatoon August Update is Massive, But Does It Matter?

Splatoon August Update is Massive, But Does It Matter?

We knew updates were coming: more weapons, more game play options, maybe more levels. But not all this, and not this soon! Only about two months after release, and Splatoon is getting what feels like I’d expect from an MMO update, for free on August 5. However, what does it really add to our gameplay experience? Join be after the break for the details, analysis, and the official press release.

Hands on: Pokken Preview Arcade Release

Hands on: Pokken Preview Arcade Release

I know I’ve done a few Pokken previews in the past, but this time is different. No special events, no limitations (aside from language), just me and the arcade machine. With a pocket full of coins, I spent several hours and a couple of days playing Pokken at an arcade in Japan. I used two different game cards (used to record your stats as well as leveling pokemone), playing each character at […]

Tokyo Game Show 2015 Tickets on Sale Now

Tokyo Game Show 2015 Tickets on Sale Now

For those living in Japan, looking for a major game convention in east asia this September, or those looking for an excuse to visit Japan, good news! Tokyo Game Show 2015 tickets are on sale now! TGS is probably the largest public game convention in Japan. This year, it plans to be even bigger, using the entire venue as opposed to a few halls like in previous years. I also have […]

Former EGM Editor Kickstarts Young Gamers Magazine “Little Player”

Former EGM Editor Kickstarts Young Gamers Magazine “Little Player”

My mom was always a big supporter of reading. Maybe that’s why she didn’t get me a game system for a long time. In fact, I think I might have had a subscription to Nintendo Power before I had a Super Nintendo, and I’d check the mail daily for the next issue. Then my brother got GamePro and it continued. I showed my mom a few Hsu and Chan comics in EGM, and eventually, […]