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Nippon Ichi Software Launches Teaser That Looks Like Minecraft

[Image: NIS] There’s no title for this, but the teaser clip certainly does look rather Minecraft-esque, no? Advertisement The teaser’s site URL ends with “hakoniwa,” which means “box garden” in English. Perhaps Hako Niwa is the title of this building block game? No word yet on the platform. Or platforms. The site’s URL also has the word “consumer,” which in Japanese video game lingo refers to home or portable hardware and not mobile. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Atlus Announces Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey For Nintendo 3DS

[Image: Atlus] The 2009 Nintendo DS game Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey is getting a revamped version for the 3DS. Advertisement According to 4Gamer, this is a “remake,” and Famitsu reports that it will have full-voice, new graphics, and around 350 new demons as well as a new character named “Alex.” You can watch the debut trailer below: Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey will be out this fall in Japan. No word yet about an international release. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Hideaki Anno's Studio Sets The Record Straight On Godzilla Sequel Talk

[Image: Toho] Yesterday, a report surfaced that another entry in the Godzilla series was announced at the Shin Godzilla vs. Evangelion Symphony in Tokyo. Today, Anno’s studio, Khara Inc., has cleared up the confusion that ensued.  Advertisement As Madman points out, the following text appeared on the screen at the event: 「ゴジラ」シリーズの次回作及び「シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:||」にご期待ください。(“Please look forward to the next entry in the Godzilla series as well as Evangelion: 3.0+1.0.”). Multiple sites ended up reporting that a sequel to Anno’s film was coming.  You can see how people might make that mistake. So, to clear things up, Khara sent out the following tweet: Which explains that the next entry in the Godzilla series means the upcoming anime Godzilla film, the next Hollywood version, and the like. “It did not mean a sequel to Hideaki Anno’s Shin Godzilla.” (Internationally, that film was released as Godzilla Resurgence.) Advertisement But, hey, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0! There’s that.  Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Tang Paradise Park.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Is Now A Nintendo Switch Game

[Image: Bloodstained] The Wii U version is no more. It’s been canned! Instead, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Advertisement “During our Kickstarter campaign, the Wii U was at the height of its popularity, but the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch,” states Bloodstained designer Koji Igarashi on the game’s Kickstarter page. “This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch.”  The game is still slated to come to the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Vita. Advertisement Backers can, forgive the pun, switch their support to the Switch version or ask for a refund. Here’s more details from the game’s Kickstarter page: How this will work for Kickstarter and slacker backers: The Switch version is now available as an option in the backer survey for anyone who has a physical or digital version of Bloodstained coming, replacing the Wii U version. (Just use the same link you were sent to fill out your READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Radiant Historia is getting a Nintendo 3DS full remake called Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology.

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Nintendo Switch Is Getting Seiken Densetsu Collection in Japan

[Image: Square Enix] Following up on yesterday’s teaser, Square Enix has announced a Mana collection for the Switch.  Advertisement Slated for a June 1 release in Japan, it will feature Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Seiken Densetsu 3. You know, the first three Seiken Densetsu games.  According to Famitsu, new to the Switch release is a quick save function, allowing players to save during play. It is also possible to pick different screen sizes.  The Seiken Densetsu Collection will also have a music mode, allowing players to enjoy the soundtracks from the Switch home screen. [Image: Square Enix No word yet about an international release, but if it does get one, it will be the first localized release of Seiken Densetsu 3, a game that has been Japan only. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Hirose Entertainment Yard in Akihabara.

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Pokémon Developers' Hiring Ads Lead To Inevitable Switch Speculation

New job ads from Pokémon developer Game Freak are causing speculation that a Switch entry is in our future.  Advertisement There is reason for such conjecture. Last fall, a report appeared that Pokémon was coming to the Switch as Pokémon Star. This recent character modeler wanted ad is for a “new title.” Based in Tokyo, the job lasts up to May 2018. Game Freak is looking for those with experience using Maya and making characters for Wii U and PS Vita games. Job responsibilities include making “exaggerated toon style people, monsters, and item models.” Hrm… Sounds higher spec than just another 3DS title. Advertisement According to the listing, this is a “consumer game,” and the listing does not specify hardware. But since it does say “consumer game,” we know this is not a smartphone title. Game Freak is also hiring a 3D CG designer, with the listing saying, “Your chance to get involved with developing a RPG that’s popular worldwide.” Again, the same “exaggerated toon style people, monsters, and item models” are listing under the ad’s work description.  Japanese game sites Hachima, My Game News READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Monster Hunter XX's Voice Acting Sounds Pornographic

XX? Surely, Capcom means XXX. Advertisement The just released in Japan Monster Hunter XX has a handful of voice options for players. One in particular stands out.  Check out how the game’s Type 17 voice compares to hot and heavy Type 18. Goodness. Voices Type 19 and Type 20 don’t sound nearly as porny. This voice is not work safe. Advertisement Advertisement Let’s see what happens when the male character voice Type 18 faces with female character voice Type 11.  Oh my.  Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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From Enoshima Sea Candle.