This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Bandai's annual Tamashii Nations figure event steamrolls Tokyo. Do you like collectable, plastic friends? Then this might be the event for you.
From the outside, that is. It looks like a bail bonds office or a place you could cash check or maybe even pawn a wedding ring. Inside, well, that's a different story.
Well, it's name. Fans of professional American sports will be used to seeing stadiums named after companies. Insurance companies, banking companies, telecommunications companies. It's a shame, then, that unlike in Japan, none of them are named after video game developers.
Five years ago, Akihiro Hino was coming off designing, writing, producing and directing two role-playing games, Rogue Galaxy and Jeanne d'Arc. He was young, ruddy and full of life. Then, the unthinkable happened. His games started taking over the entire country.
There's an old translator's joke that goes something like this: If you literally translated what is said when a Japanese businessman calls another, you'd get two people constantly apologizing. Not exactly fall over funny, but it's true.
The opening for the NieR's Japanese version is subdued. The music is relaxing. It's a bit like watching fish swim.
Level-5, the Fukuoka-based developer behind Professor Layton and White Knight Chronicles, is loving the Japanese game industry. Why? Because it has made the company lots of money and funded some swanky corporate digs.
The latest entry in PS3 exclusive series White Knight Chronicles won't be coming to Sony's home console. It will arrive on its PSP. And as previously mentioned, it's a prequel.
The PSP, healthier as a platform in Japan than anywhere else, is still the portable of choice for many in its native land. The new issue of Famitsu magazine unveils new details on two of the PSP's big forthcoming games.
PS3 role-playing game White Knight Chronicles is coming to the PSP.
Role playing game White Knight Chronicles 2 is the upcoming sequel to White Knight Chronicles 1. Here is the "opening trailer".
This brand new look at the sequel to Level 5's so-so Japanese role-playing game certainly looks to ramp up the excitement, the big bad guys and the JRPG cliches. But White Knight Chronicles 2 will do it in style.
Level-5, the Fukuoka-based developer behind the Professor Layton puzzle series, is working on a new game. A new game for hardware it hasn't yet seen. Hrm.
Players who tore through the content of Sony's epic PlayStation 3 role-playing game White Knight Chronicles should be extremely pleased with the news that Sony is delivering weekly free downloadable quests through the end of June.
I've a feeling my time with White Knight Chronicles would have been a great deal more entertaining had these folks been by my side.
Level-5, superdevelopers of Professor Layton, White Knight Chronicles, Dark Cloud and recent Dragon Quest games, already have plenty on their plate. But CEO Akihiro Hino says the Japanese role-playing game experts have unannounced PlayStation 3 and Wii on the way.
White Knight Chronicles: International Edition presents the classic coming-of-age tale of a teenager learning what it truly means to be a thirty foot-tall killer robot.
Level 5's White Knight Chronicles, a previously Japan-only title, is to be released in the US early next year. Want to see what it looks like in English?
I have written all but one of the Tokyo Game Show posts I still needed to get to this week. I've had little time to report on much else. So, today, on the even of the many October New York City visits from many of gaming's biggest companies, I don't have much left in my notebook.
One of the creators of White Knight Chronicles, the upcoming PlayStation 3 role-playing game, just wanted to know how long their game was. "So, that was the point of the question," Yoshiaki Kusuda said through a translator, laughing. Not really.