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Your Winter 2017 Anime Guide 

Who’s ready to watch some anime? You? Yes, that’s right, you. Advertisement It’s winter, which means it there is a new anime season with new anime to watch. This time, there are over forty shows to check out. Have a look and hit us up in the comments about which ones you are keen on. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Studio: Madhouse Genre: Drama Premiere Date: January 10 Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation What It’s About in One Sentence: An inspector in a large government organization known as ACCA keeps tabs on what his fellow bureaucrats are up to across the kingdom. Ai-Mai-Mi Surgical Friends Studio: Seven Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life Premiere Date: December 24, 2016 Where to Watch: Crunchyroll What It’s About in One Sentence: The manga-loving girls of Ai-Mai-Mi are back for the third season of this short anime. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation Studio: Gonzo Genre: Action, Battle, Comedy Premiere Date: January 4 Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation What It’s About in One Sentence: The video game series in which enemies are defeated by stripping them is now an anime. BanG Dream! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Nice Butt Pun, Nintendo

[Image: Brian Ashcraft | Kotaku] Right now, I’m playing Miitopia. It’s cute, fun, and silly. There is also one pun I can totally get behind. Advertisement The above enemy character is called “Shiritori” (シリトリ) and appears in the middle of the game. That’s right, it’s a bird (a turkey?) with a butt face. In Mittopia, an evil baddies keeps taking people’s faces and sticking them on enemies you must fight to free their faces. Advertisement So, here, you must battle to releases these faces from a fowl. But now you might be asking, where’s the pun? For this character called “Shiritori,” we have a butt or “尻” (shiri) and a “tori” (鳥) or “bird.” The enemy in the middle is “Kuchi Tomato” (Mouth Tomato), a pun on “puchi tomato” or “little tomato” in Japan. [Image: Brian Ashcraft | Kotaku] But shiritori (しりとり) is also the name of a famous Japanese children’s word chain game, which loosely translates as “taking the rear.” Yes, “shiri” here still refers to butt, and but “tori” refers to “taking” as in “toru” (取る), meaning “to take.” Here’s READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Final Fantasy XV

Japanese Sales Chart: PS4 Sales up, Final Fantasy XV Crosses 900,000

In the first full week of 2017, there weren’t any notable new releases, but software sales did see an increase, with Super Mario Maker for 3DS finishing in first after rising by 27,000 copies. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition was the highest-charting PlayStation game in 4th (up 8,200), while Final Fantasy XV for PS4 sold 23,300 copies and pushed its lifetime total over 900,000. On the hardware side of things, PS4 repeated at #1, rising by 5,000 units and easily defeating the 2nd place New 3DS LL. PS Vita sales were also up, keeping the handheld in 3rd, but PS4 Pro sales fell by nearly 1,700. PS4 Pro and Xbox One were the only systems to see week-on-week drops. According to Media Create, here’s the 20 best-selling retail games, along with how each system sold in Japan from January 2 to 8, 2017: Games (Lifetime) Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (3DS) – 100,308 (890,838) Pokemon Sun/Pokemon Moon (3DS) – 90,298 (3,039,585) Momotaro Dentetsu 2017: Tachiagare Nippon! (3DS) – 47,905 (244,357) Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (PSV) – 32,031 (1,074,494) Miitopia (3DS) – 23,867 (144,838) Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (3DS) – 23,698 (585,206) Final Fantasy XV (Limited and Bundled Editions Included) (PS4) – 23,346 (907,768) Animal Crossing: New READ FULL…

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Okochi Sanso Garden.

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Atlus has launched a special Shin Megami Tensei site.

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An official Yokai Watch shop is finally opening in Japan’s Kansai region, joining an outlet in Tokyo

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A Fate/EXTELLA cafe opened in Japan this week.

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Takachiho Gorge.

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Japan’s new Super Mario Happy Meal toys look awesome.

2016

Japan in 2016: PS4 Sales Rose to 1.8 Million, Final Fantasy XV #1 on PS4

Tallying up retail sales from December 28, 2015 to December 25, 2016, Famitsu has revealed that the top-selling game of 2016 in Japan was Pokemon Sun/Moon for Nintendo 3DS, which moved over 3.2 million copies. In 2nd place was Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi/Tempura for 3DS with 1.4 million sold, and in 3rd was Final Fantasy XV for PS4 with 860,000 sold. In hardware, 3DS was #1 with 1.87 million units sold, followed by PS4 in 2nd with 1.79 million units sold and PS Vita in 3rd with 865,000 units sold. Compared to 2015, 3DS and PS Vita sales were down, but PS4 sales were up. According to Famitsu, here’s the best-selling games and systems of 2016 in Japan at retail: Games (Lifetime) Pokemon Sun/Moon (3DS) – 3,246,222 Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi/Tempura (3DS) – 1,397,436 Final Fantasy XV (PS4) – 860,127 Super Mario Maker (3DS) – 743,388 Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 (3DS) – 623,083 Yo-kai Sangokushi (3DS) – 563,395 Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (3DS) – 509,667 Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS) – 479,698 Splatoon (Wii U) – 398,251 (1,463,148) Minecraft: PS Vita Edition (PSV) – 397,607 (876,085) Systems (Lifetime) Nintendo 3DS (all models) – 1,874,457 (21,911,413) PlayStation 4 (including PS4 Pro) – 1,790,883 (3,921,616) PlayStation Vita (including PS TV) – 865,002 (5,247,419) Famicom Mini – 567,000 Wii U – 336,151 READ FULL…

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Japanese Sales Chart: PS4 Back on Top, Minecraft PS Vita Over 1 Million Lifetime

Even with no new releases and decreased hardware and software sales across the board, the standard PlayStation 4 still managed to sell 73,400 units in the final week of 2016 in Japan, topping the hardware chart. On the software side, Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition crossed one million copies sold in its lifetime last month, and Final Fantasy XV for PS4 moved 884,000 copies last year. According to Media Create, here’s the 20 best-selling retail games, along with how each system sold in Japan from December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017: Games (Lifetime) Pokemon Sun/Pokemon Moon (3DS) – 90,891 (2,949,287) Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (3DS) – 73,002 (790,530) Momotaro Dentetsu 2017: Tachiagare Nippon! (3DS) – 63,577 (196,452) Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (3DS) – 49,350 (561,508) Final Fantasy XV (Limited and Bundled Editions Included) (PS4) – 30,381 (884,422) Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (PSV) – 23,765 (1,042,463) Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4) – 19,822 (312,500) Miitopia (3DS) – 18,259 (120,971) Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo (3DS) – 10,858 (85,842) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Heroes (3DS) – 10,710 (59,794) Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Wii U) – 9,713 (257,654) Watch Dogs 2 (PS4) – 9,466 (89,237) SaGa: Scarlet Grace (PSV) – 9,208 (88,673) READ FULL…

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Super Mario Adventure: The Kotaku Review

This is a Mario game, but it’s not a Mario video game. It’s a ball puzzle/game/thing I got for my kid for Christmas, and we haven’t been able to stop playing it since. Advertisement We spotted it on Amazon trawling for Mario merch (kid is nuts for Nintendo stuff), and figured that because the box was 100% in Japanese, and that we’d never seen anything like it on a store shelf before, that we’d be getting him something cool that would be a genuine surprise for him. Mission accomplished. He lost his shit upon opening it. IT’S MARIO BUT NOT ON MY LITTLE NINTENDO, he yelped in his weird little three year-old voice, before helping me put it together (the Japanese instructions were surprisingly helpful) then spending the next few hours mashing his little fingers all over it. Advertisement It works like Mouse Trap vs Pachinko. There’s a theme going on here: the little red balls are Mario, and you have to get them through the level by smashing little plastic buttons that propel the ball along the course. Sometimes READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Dragon Quest

Square Enix Talks the Dragon Quest Final Fantasy Popularity Difference

Why Final Fantasy’s Popularity in the West Overshadows Dragon Quest despite Equally Long Legacies Of the two big properties owned by Square Enix: Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, only one widely resonates with western fans. Dragon Quest remains popular in Japan while performing modestly in the West. For anyone wondering why that is, Square Enix opened up on the matter in last month’s issue of EDGE. One of the main reasons deals simply with past console availability in Japan vs the U.S.. Dragon Quest warmed to Japanese audiences with its appearance on the Famicom, Japan’s 80s home entertainment system. The interview transitions to how the original PlayStation’s western popularity synced with the rise of Final Fantasy via Final Fantasy VII. This “source of nostalgia,” as Executive Producer Yu Miyake calls it, inevitably set the course for Final Fantasy’s adoration over Dragon Quest. But Miyaka then attributed more reasons to cultural preference. Specifically, the way both audiences receive animation: One thing that does stand out: in Japan the target audience for Dragon Quest is vast. It ranges from primary school students to people in their 50s. Now, Akira Toriyama’s art style is cartoonish, and in Japan that doesn’t alienate anyone; it’s not seen as childish. But outside of Japan, I think there’s often a stigma attached to that kind of…

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Dragon Quest XI Will Use Different Musical Arrangements on PS4 and 3DS

Dragon Quest XI is out this year in Japan and — according to the game’s producer — development is reaching its climax. With that said, news seems to be breaking about the JRPG daily. As of late,  …Read More The post Dragon Quest XI Will Use Different Musical Arrangements on PS4 and 3DS by Lou Contaldi appeared first on DualShockers.