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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!

Japanese Sales Chart: Monster Hunter XX Outsells Peach Beach Splash By Nearly 800,000 Copies

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash for PlayStation 4, and Accel World VS Sword Art Online for PS4 and PS Vita, both saw strong launches last week in Japan, but they didn’t come close to Monster Hunter XX for Nintendo 3DS, which moved nearly 850,000 copies in its first week. Even with such a big new game, the New 3DS LL couldn’t come out on top on the hardware chart. Instead, the Nintendo Switch finished in 1st, moving nearly 50,000 units. The PS4 settled for 3rd, with week-on-week sales remaining flat. According to Media Create, here’s the 20 best-selling games at retail plus how each system sold in Japan from March 13 to March 19, 2017: Games (Lifetime) Monster Hunter XX (3DS) – 848,467 Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash (Limited Edition Included) (PS4) – 53,747 Accel World VS Sword Art Online (PSV) – 38,653 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (LE Included) (Switch) – 32,115 (262,977) Accel World VS Sword Art Online (PS4) – 32,016 Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4) – 26,628 (116,419) Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) – 18,096 (169,385) Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4) – 16,161 (78,931) 1-2-Switch (Switch) – 15,456 (115,737) NieR: Automata (PS4) – 12,242 (269,310) The Legend of Zelda: Breath…

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Attack on Titan The Ride Makes Titan Attacks Feel Real With 4D

Attack on Titan The Ride is coming to Yamanashi’s Fuji-Q Highland theme park. This 4D flight simulation will allow riders to experience a Titan attack as if they were in the midst of it. Guests will be seated in front of a 20-meter screen and be subjected to flight and motion synced with the Titans attacking on-screen. The footage for the ride was filmed with 6K cameras and features scenery taken from Mount Fuji. The ride also has a soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi, who composed music for blockbuster anime titles like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and the fan favorite Japanese Role-Playing Game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. In addition to the new Attack on Titan The Ride 4D, there will also be a dedicated Attack on Titan area at Fuji-Q. In this Attack on Titan-themed area, visitors can explore the world of the anime via 360-degree VR headsets. When using the headsets, park-goers can experience what it’s like to be a member of the Survey Corps and get a unique up-close and personal perspective of a Titan attack. Exclusive Attack on Titan merchandise will also be available READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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

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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.

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Player Lands One-Hit KO In Japanese Fighting Game Tournament

This weekend held many different events in some of the biggest esports, from League of Legends and Street Fighter to Call of Duty. In a small arcade tucked away in Akihabara, Japan, however, players were duking it out in some of the best bouts I’ve seen all weekend, in a language I don’t understand and a game I hadn’t heard of until this morning. Hokuto no Ken, or Fist Of The North Star, is a fighting game based on a popular anime series of the same name. Made by fighting game developer Arc System Works, best known for the “anime fighters” Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, this 2005 arcade cabinet release has something of a cult following, it seems. Going off a Google-translated blog post, this is the sixth Seikimatsu Butoukai, a three-on-three team tournament of Hokuto no Ken held at the e-Sports Square Akihabara. What makes this tournament, and Hokuto no Ken, unique? Advertisement Advertisement Well, where most fighting games might reward cautious mid-range play, baiting out jabs and kicks, stringing combos and managing meter, Hokuto no Ken seems steeped READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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American Says In 2007 It's His Dream To Work At Nintendo, Winds Up In Credits For Breath Of The Wild

Everyone has a dream. Corey Bunnell’s was to one day work for Nintendo. He said as much in a forum post from almost ten years ago. This month, the company shipped The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with his name in the credits under “Wildlife Programming.” Advertisement Among the hundreds of Japanese names scrolling past at the end of the game, the words “Corey Bunnell” are hard to miss. Doing a Google search of the name, Reddit user Tizzlefix then found that Bunnell had once posted on the Translators Cafe forum about wanting to move to Japan. Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2007, the aspiring game designer wrote about his experience as an exchange student in Japan during high school and his desire to try and study there during college. He continued, “My dream is to live in Japan and work for Nintendo as a game designer. I realize this is a very large goal but it has been my dream since I first played Mario. I need help figuring out how to achieve this goal. I know I would need to goto a game design school READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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PS3 Production in Japan to End Soon

In an update to the PlayStation 3 product page on the official Japanese PlayStation website, Sony has revealed that “shipments are scheduled to end soon” on the 500GB model, which is the only model still in production in Japan. Spotted by Games Talk, and translated by Gematsu, the product page doesn’t give an exact date for when PS3 production will end, but a tweet from a game shop in Fukuoka suggests that it’s ending this month. The PS3 first released in Japan in November 2006, and had sold 10.26 million units lifetime as of December 25, 2016, according to Famitsu. After starting 2017 by selling around 1,000 units per week, the PS3 is now selling around 600 units per week. Worldwide, PS3 sales reached 80 million units in November 2013. [Source: PlayStation Japan, Game Shop via Games Talk, Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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VR Schoolgirl Turned Into Life-Sized $23,000 Figure

[Image: Bandai] In Namco Bandai’s VR game Summer Lesson, players are the tutor of schoolgirl Hikari Miyamoto. But that’s the virtual world! Now, they can have a real, life-sized Hikari statue to…put in their living room? I guess? Advertisement According to Dengeki Hobby and Game Impress Watch, the highly detailed, 160-centimeter Hikari is produced by a high-precision 3D printer, costs 2.7 million yen (US$23,800), and comes with a 10 to 15 minute CD message as well as letter from her. [Image: Bandai] Before buying the Hikari statue, Bandai asks you to check to make sure you have a place to put her as well as to consult with your family members and to check your wallet.  [Image: Bandai] You know, to make sure you have 23 grand to spend on a schoolgirl statue and that doing so won’t piss them off. 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!