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Guild Wars 2 Publisher NCSoft Invests $4.8 Million In Webtoons Site

Siliconera - 1 hour 20 min ago


NCSoft, publisher of video games such as Wildstar and Guild Wars 2, have just pumped in 5 billion won (about US$4.8 million) into comic site Lezhin Comics. The move is part of a strategic investment into Lezhin’s IP and long-term cooperation, NCSoft said in a press release.


Lezhin Comics is one of Korea’s biggest names right now, after bursting onto the stage in June last year. It now packs in some 230 webtoons and 226 authors. Lezhin itself is also said to have cumulative sales of over 3.5 billion won in the last 10 months, and some 900,000 members.


Categories: Video Game News

SECRET's Hyosung To Make Solo Debut

J-pop Asia - 2 hours 15 min ago
SECRET member Hyosung will be making her solo debut in the near future.
Categories: General Japan News

This Week In Sales: The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z To The Rescue

Siliconera - 2 hours 21 min ago

Period: The week of April 7th – April 13th (2014)

Top-seller: Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS) – 47,106

Nintendo 3DS sales: 6,271 | Total sales: 9,464,214

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 17,291 | Total sales: 5,945,452

PlayStation Vita sales: 24,078 | Total sales: 2,701,690

Vita TV sales: 1,220 | 105,261

Wii U sales: 5,512 | Total sales: 1,703,208

PlayStation 4 sales: 13,034 | 519,773

<< Last week’s software sales chart

<< How to read and understand sales


Categories: Video Game News

Lancarse’s PS3 And Vita RPG Is Titled “Lost Dimension”

Siliconera - 2 hours 48 min ago

This week’s Famitsu magazine contains a feature on an upcoming RPG for PlayStation 3 and Vita by Lancarse, and now we know the game’s title—Lost Dimension. (Thanks, Zaregoto)


Lost Dimension will be released in Japan on August 7th and will be published by Unchained Blades publisher FuRyu. You can read a little more about it in this earlier report.

Categories: Video Game News

Rune Factory 4 Still Selling, Reaches 200,000 In Japan

Siliconera - 3 hours 48 min ago

Marvelous have shipped 200,000 copies of Rune Factory 4 in Japan, the publisher announced this morning.


That figure includes both retail copies shipped and download copies sold. We know for a fact that the game had sold at least 150,000 copies at retail as of late 2012, so chances are that actual sell-through isn’t too far from the 200,000 figure.


Categories: Video Game News

Lady Gaga: “Hatsune Miku Will Open For Me”

Sankaku Complex - 3 hours 52 min ago
The world’s foremost virtual idol Hatsune Miku will grace Lady Gaga’s upcoming concert tour as the opening act, with Lady Gaga herself apparently quite taken with the holographic princess. Gaga revealed her opening act to be no less than the…
Categories: Strange

Ultima And Eald’narche Enemies Join Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Siliconera - 4 hours 21 min ago

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will be released in Japan next week on April 24th, and Jump magazine in Japan has revealed more enemy characters that will make an appearance in the rhythm game. (Thanks, @kazu4281)


Ultima the High Seraph from the Ivalice games will be one of the enemies you’ll encounter in Curtain Call. You can also expect to see Eald’narche from Final Fantasy IX.


Categories: Video Game News

Arc System Works Bringing Another Escape Adventure Game To 3DS

Siliconera - 4 hours 52 min ago

Remember Girl of the Old School Building? It was an escape adventure game released by Arc System Works for the Nintendo 3DS as a download title in Japan.


Developed by Intense Corp, who have made a large number of Escape Trick games for DSiWare and the eShop, Girl of the Old School Building took place in a school concealing a number of mysteries. It was followed up by a similar title called The Mansion Where the Witch Lives, and a third game after that, titled The Shinigami Train Nightmare.


Collectively, this is referred to as the “Escape Adventure” series.


Categories: Video Game News

UCHUSENTAI:NOIZ Sings for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

J-pop Asia - 5 hours 14 min ago
UCHUSENTAI:NOIZ covers a popular Filipino song as part of their efforts to raise aid for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan who are still struggling to recover since the deadly typhoon devastated the Philippines in November 2013.
Categories: General Japan News

Zenimax Files Trademark For Fallout Drink Nuka Cola

Siliconera - 5 hours 51 min ago

Zenimax Media, the company that owns Bethesda Softworks, id Sofware and Tango Gameworks, has filed a trademark in the U.S. for “Nuka Cola”. Nuka Cola, as you may recall, is a popular drink in the Fallout universe.


Read Zenimax Files Trademark For Fallout Drink Nuka Cola on Siliconera!

Categories: Video Game News

Licensing Issues Strike Again – BurgerTime World Tour Being Taken Down

Siliconera - 6 hours 22 min ago

BurgerTime World Tour, a modern version of BurgerTime, will be delisted from digital stores on April 30th, publisher Monkey Paw Games have announced.


Up until its delisting, the game will be available at a discount for $4.99. BurgerTime World Tour is available on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii as a download title.


Monkey Paw confirmed in a press release that the delisting is due to the expiration of the game’s licensing agreement.


Categories: Video Game News

Minecraft For PlayStation 3 Headed To Retail In May

Siliconera - 6 hours 51 min ago


Minecraft on PlayStation 3 has been available as a downloadable game via PlayStation Network since the end of last year, but now the game is headed to retail as well.


The retail version of Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be available in North America starting May 16th and in Europe starting May 14th.


Meanwhile, 4J Studios are working on porting the game to the PlayStation 4 and Vita.

Read Minecraft For PlayStation 3 Headed To Retail In May on Siliconera!

Categories: Video Game News


Japan News - 7 hours 22 min ago

"Oh no, they let Brittany do The Dose? SAVE US!" 

Chill. I'm only doing it for one day. You can deal with that, surely. Ohaaa lucky~! I've got an oldie but a goodie from duo HALCALI, a pretty chill tune that'll get you grooving in your seat and coming back to the video multiple times today. Mark my words. "Strawberry Chips" is a personal favorite of mine, going back to the days of my forum-trolling, Ayumi Hamasaki-loving self who was super into Bleach and Japanese culture. I've since mellowed out a whole lot, but this song always takes me back to that time and the relationships I was cultivating then. 

It's also just a super fun song to try and learn the words to. I chose a subtitled video for exactly that reason, so sing along with the subs and let this song be your theme song today! You're welcome. 

Categories: General Japan News

Gunvolt Gets His Braid Back In The U.S. Version Of Azure Striker Gunvolt

Siliconera - 8 hours 1 min ago

Recently, Azure Striker Gunvolt developer Inti Creates explained to Siliconera why they changed the Gunvolt character’s design for the west. For the game’s U.S. version, Inti Creates removed Gunvolt’s braid and covered up his bare midriff as shown above.


Following feedback from the community and a discussion with Keiji Inafune, Inti Creates have decided to settle for a middle ground.


Categories: Video Game News

New mascot Unity-chan to spark interest of Japanese game devs

Japan News - 8 hours 22 min ago

Sometimes, you need to be a little more creative to market a product. Japan is known to attach cutely drawn anime mascots to practically anything nowadays, from Internet Explorer to automated robotic vacuum cleaners. Game Watch attended a event held by Unity Technologies Japan, and saw that they took it one step further.

New mascot Unity-chan to spark interest of Japanese game devs screenshot

Categories: General Japan News

Review: Steins;Gate

Japan News - 9 hours 22 min ago

[This review was originally posted at Destructoid here.]

Time travel is infinitely more interesting once you leave the trappings of the TARDIS or any one of those familiar (some would say hackneyed) science fiction mainstays behind. Steins;Gate, the visual novel that inspired a 24-episode anime series, film, and several other spinoffs, has woven a masterful tale that explores the trope in a manner not unlike the popular deconstruction of magical girl series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

We're all familiar with the philosophy that altering even the smallest detail from a past event could alter the future drastically, but how much damage could a text message do? Could it destroy the hopes and dreams of everyone you love? How far could you go to make things right again?

Categories: General Japan News

New Puzzle & Dragons Game Is Like Pokémon Tretta Meets P&D

Siliconera - 10 hours 46 min ago


Last year, GungHo Online Entertainment revealed Puzzle & Dragons Battle Tournament, an upcoming competitive arcade game. Then, in recent events, Marvelous AQL revealed yet another arcade title for the series, that involves the use of collectable cards similar to their other trading card arcade game, Pokémon Tretta.


Categories: Video Game News

Character updates for Ultra Street Fighter 4 revealed

Japan News - 11 hours 22 min ago

As we got closer to the release of Ultra Street Fighter 4, we've finally got a good idea of what changes will be going on with the returning characters. In a recent post Shoryuken, a comprehensive breakdown of the changes from Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition Ver. 2012 to Ultra were translated. In it, each characters altered moves, frames and hit-boxes are explained in detail. Also, the Red Focus Attacks/EX, delayed wake-up and Ultra Combo Double were properly explained. I'm really interested in the Red Focus attacks and EX moves. That'll definitely spice up gameplay.

Categories: General Japan News

One Piece Unlimited World Red 3DS Update Coming To Japan On June 12

Siliconera - 11 hours 36 min ago

imageIf you got One Piece Unlimited World Red for Nintendo 3DS you’ll be able to get the extra content Ganbarion made for the HD version. Battle coliseum mode which adds Trafalgar Law as a playable character and has fight against Donquixote Doflamingo will be released as an update for the 3DS version.


Japan will get it on June 12 and the update will be free until September 11, 2014. Bandai Namco did not announce how much the update will cost afterwards. One Piece Unlimited World Red comes out for PlayStation 3, Vita, and Wii U on June 12 in Japan.

Categories: Video Game News

East meets West in manga comic tribute

Japan News - 12 hours 22 min ago

Comic Book Resources has a weekly column where a stable of artists draw fan requests, compiled by theme. A recent post collected western redesigns of anime and manga characters -- something distinctly up our alley.

The image in the header was done by Marco D'Alfonso and depicts a Jack Kirby-style Akira remake. The full image is in the gallery, along with Sean McFarland's Kirby-style Attack on Titan image and Mathieu Parent's Kirby-style Lupin the Third piece.

Categories: General Japan News
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