Thank the Dreamcast's Death for the Yakuza Games

The death of the Dreamcast was a sad event and the end of an era. But every cloud has a silver lining. The console's demise led to the eventual birth of a game series that would probably never have been released on it: the Yakuza games. » 11/27/14 6:30am 11/27/14 6:30am

What Little We Know About The Next Yakuza Game

The next Yakuza game won't be a spin-off like Yakuza Ishin! or Yakuza: Dead Souls, but the creators won't commit to it being a numbered game. So, what the hell is it? Apparently, it's for men. » 7/03/14 4:00am 7/03/14 4:00am

Yakuza's Producer May Hate GTA, But He Certainly Respects It

Yakuza series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi has previously stated that he hates Grand Theft Auto. You wouldn't think so when he was asked which one of last year's games impressed him the most. » 1/02/14 12:00pm 1/02/14 12:00pm

Japan's Great Developers Discuss the PS4

I got a chance to handle the PS4 at this year's Tokyo Game Show. The graphics definitely look prettier than I've seen on the PS3, but otherwise, it handles pretty much like it should. But I'm looking at it from the player's side. That's the output. What about the input? That's where you have to ask the developers. » 9/26/13 7:45am 9/26/13 7:45am

Be Two Historical Figures For the Price of One in the New Yakuza Game

The latest chapter of the Yakuza series, Yakuza: Ishin!, is a trip back in time. Much like in Yakuza: Kenzan!, the game will feature series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu as a famous historical character. However, this time, Kiryu will be two historical figures instead of one. » 8/22/13 7:00am 8/22/13 7:00am

Yakuza Series Developer Offers His Opinion On the New Consoles

As seen from the photograph, the well-tanned Yakuza series developer, Toshihiro Nagoshi was walking among the crowds at E3 this year. Hopefully basking in the saturated spectacle of upcoming consoles and games. » 6/13/13 6:30am 6/13/13 6:30am

The Microsoft E3 Booth In Nine Photos, With Special Guest

Can you spot the prolific Japanes egame designer in this photo? Our own Tina Amini captured the soul of Yakuza developer Toshihiro Nagoshi in her nine-photo tour of Microsoft's E3 2013 booth. » 6/11/13 5:10pm 6/11/13 5:10pm

Once Again, Even More Japanese Developers Weigh In on the PS4

Continuing with their series on the PS4, this week, Japanese gaming magazine Weekly Famitsu published the second half of their two-part developer interview, with several more Japanese developers sharing their thoughts on Sony's new console. » 3/21/13 7:00am 3/21/13 7:00am

Yakuza 5 Is The Most User-Friendly Yakuza Yet

Yakuza 5 » 11/29/12 7:00am 11/29/12 7:00am is scheduled for release in Japan next week and the developers at Sega are in full PR mode. Executive producer Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Masayoshi Yokoyama spoke to in a pre-release interview to talk about the latest in the franchise.

Japanese Gaming's Unexpected Influences

In this week's Weekly Famitsu, 12 game creators were asked what their 3 greatest influences were, from movies to books to other video games. Here's what some their answers were: » 6/07/12 8:00am 6/07/12 8:00am

Yakuza Designer Now Has More Incentive to Never Leave Sega

Toshihiro Nagoshi has undergone many changes while at Sega. His latest? He's now slated to become Sega's Chief Creative Officer. Good news, because he said he'd never leave the company. [Famitsu] » 2/29/12 6:15am 2/29/12 6:15am

This Yakuza: Dead Souls Trailer is a Feeding Frenzy

SEGA's new trailer for the zombie-ridden Yakuza: Dead Souls skips the foreplay of human connection and solidarity. The shambling hordes come first, picking their way through Tokyo's red light district with a hunger for human flesh… and bone marrow, and organs, and brains. » 1/18/12 1:30pm 1/18/12 1:30pm

This Man Will Die Working For Sega

Today's Shigeru Miyamoto news shows that not even the biggest names in development are around forever. One man, though, plans on sticking around forever. One very brown man. » 12/08/11 2:00am 12/08/11 2:00am

Modern Technology Brings Us Computer-Controlled, Passive-Aggressive…

In gaming vernacular the consequences of one's actions are usually marked in body count, or regime changes, or city destruction. So I'm not expecting the consequences that I see unfold in a gunfight in the middle of a future Tokyo: Hurt feelings, obstructionism and... sulking? » 10/20/11 12:00pm 10/20/11 12:00pm

Sega Forms New Studio Just to Make Gangster Games

Sega's Toshihiro "Brown Man" Nagoshi, the creator of the Monkey Ball series, has revealed today that he's formed a new studio at Sega which will deal exclusively with games for the Ryu ga Gotoku (Yakuza) series. » 8/31/11 2:30am 8/31/11 2:30am

But What Will the Yakuza Man Say?

Tomorrow, Sega's Toshihiro Nagoshi, developer of Yakuza games and lover of tanning beds, is making a "serious announcement"—perhaps a brand new title? Dunno, sounds serious. Still, this is an announcement of that announcement. Consider yourself announced! [ファミ通] » 8/30/11 7:30am 8/30/11 7:30am