Every Friday afternoon, the staff of Xseed Games have a meeting. They sit in a conference room, break out the booze, and talk about video games. They talk about what games might be fun to make, what games might be fun to play, and what sort of strange Japanese titles they should work on next.
Ever wonder how a Japanese game makes its way to the U.S.? What exactly does video game localization consist of? How many millions and millions of video game letters get translated from Japanese to English every year?
Nintendo is partnering with publisher Xseed Games to bring Wii RPG The Last Story to North America this summer, it said today during an online broadcast.
The original Dungeons & Dragons-flavored first-person dungeon crawler makes its current-generation debut on the PlayStation Network this spring, as XSEED Games brings Japan's Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls to North America and Europe.
In 1987 Japanese developer Falcom released a role-playing game so metal it needed its own in-house band to create the soundtrack. This February XSEED celebrates with the Ys I & II Chronicles Hair Metal Pack for the PSP.
Xseed Games, the California-based game publisher and distributor, brings Japanese titles to the North American market. Easier said than done.
Former Sonic the Hedgehog producer Yuji Naka has moved on from Sega to Prope, with his latest creation, Ivy the Kiwi?, coming to the Wii and Nintendo DS this summer, courtesy of XSEED.
So Samurai Shodown Sen is coming to the North American Xbox 360 this spring, courtesy of XSEED. What's that going to look like?
Originally slated for release last November as Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny, the 11th game in SNK's weapons fighting franchise will be released this spring in North America as Samurai Shodown Sen for the Xbox 360.
I first saw the original Ju-on movie in Japan on Halloween night 2005. I was doing fine up until the part where the TV in this lady's apartment goes wonky.
GamePro's got an interview with Makoto Chida, Project Manager on the upcoming Ju-on game. In it, there's all kinds of tidbits on Japanese versus American horror and gameplay control systems that induce anxiety. But the best bit is this part right here:
Far be it for me to be the only way the game can represent itself to skeptics and optimists alike. Get a load of this trailer and decide for yourself if the game is something you really want to play. On the Wii. With no motion controls whatsoever.
The game's concept sounded simple enough to me – you play as little 8-bit characters that riff on classic role-playing game tenants and have 30 seconds to get through various levels that open up on a world map. However, when I picked up the game and actually started to play, I couldn't figure out which buttons did…
The Valhalla Knights games (all two of them) have been confined to the PSP since 2006, but now they're finally making the jump to home consoles.
Technically, Ju-on isn't an on rails shooter – because you're excruciating slow instead of on rails and instead of a gun, you get a flashlight.
Everyone loves the Ace Combat games for their action-y flight simulation and normally fabulous graphics – both of which are selling points for The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces.