[GIF via PlayStation] Sony has also released a behind-the-scenes look at how it turned the world of Gravity Rush into reality. Advertisement Here’s the original Gravity Rush 2 ad. And how it was done. What’s cool is that a lot of it was done with practical effects, like a giant rotating room! 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!
Mirror Gundam. Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan. By Aaron Baggett. Advertisement JPGs is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a photographer and have images you want to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[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!
This week, Nippon Ichi is announcing a new adventure game called Tsuihou Senkyo (Expulsion Election). Settled in an post-apocalyptic world, a group of boys and girls go through elections to see who lives. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Okochi Sanso Garden. Arashiyama, Kyoto Prefecture. By Charlez Chong. Advertisement JPGs is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a photographer and have images you want to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Atlus has launched a special Shin Megami Tensei site. The site’s Twitter states that the franchise’s 25th anniversary project begins, adding that more details are to come. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
An official Yokai Watch shop is finally opening in Japan’s Kansai region, joining an outlet in Tokyo. According to Famitsu, this March the shop will open at LaLaport Koshien shopping mall in Hyogo Prefecture. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
A Fate/EXTELLA cafe opened in Japan this week. Based on the PS4 and PS Vita game, the cafe will run until January 31. Check out more photos on Famitsu. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Most game hardware is inevitably modded . That means if there are secret messages in the code, people will probably find them. Advertisement While user Bakueikozo was modding the Famicom Mini, the following was apparently found in the console’s coding: This is the hanafuda captain speaking. Launching emulation in 3…2…1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don’t break everything! Cheers, the hanafuda captain. You can see the full code in the tweet below: Neat, huh? Nice hanafuda reference, too. Advertisement As Kotaku previously reported, the Famicom Mini’s North American cousin is already being modded, too, so the same message might be in the NES Mini. 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!
It’s called “I Like Orange Juice.” But does the tune answer whether or not Pikotaro likes pineapple juice? Nope! Advertisement The tune doesn’t doesn’t answer that. The reaction to the new English tune seems mixed. As of writing, it has around 16,000 likes and 10,000 dislikes. Late last year, Pikotaro revealed that he had yet to see any money from the viral success of “PPAP.” Hopefully, by now, that’s changed. Advertisement 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!
Takachiho Gorge. Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. By Eric Nguyen. Advertisement JPGs is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a photographer and have images you want to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
From karate chops to roundhouse kicks, cinema has seen its share of martial arts fights. Now, it’s time to look at the ones that come out on top when the others went down for the count. The best, if you like. Advertisement This article was originally published on February 11, 2015. Obviously, making a list like this is quite a task. Saying one fight is better than another is subjective. And it would be so easy to make a laundry list that consists only of Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, and Jet Li fights. That I have not done. Sorry! Advertisement Instead, this is comprised of a variety of different fights from over the years from different actors and directors in order to distill these scenes into a larger, all-encompassing best list. The scenes included show either a high level of martial arts skill, or in the case of some (I’m looking at you, Tarantino), an unabashed love of the genre itself. If there are scenes I have missed, forgotten, or simply ignored, add them in the comments section below. Also note that some of the descriptions contain spoilers, so if you see a movie you haven’t seen yet but plan…
Illustration by Angelica Alzona Over the decades, Japanese developers have churned out a mind-boggling number of video games. Some are good, and some are bad. These are the thirty-one most important ones. Advertisement This piece originally appeared 7/1/16. Deciding which ones are the most important is tricky and subjective. I’ve tried to include games that have influenced Japanese gaming, worldwide gaming, or both. Advertisement No doubt I’ve left some off this list, but perhaps they would show up in the top fifty or top one hundred. Feel free to add any in the comments below with explanations why they matter. I’m all ears. Space Invaders (1978) Space Invaders defined Japanese gaming for a generation. The game helped kick up a tide of space-based shooters, and it was so popular when it was released in 1978 that arcades dedicated solely to the game, named “Invader House” in Japanese, appeared all over the country. With its thumping score, Space Invaders was one of the first games to realize the potential of music. No wonder The Pretenders released a track called “Space Invader.” Pac-Man (1980) Pac-Man’s impact has been enormous. Pac-Man is gaming’s first superstar character, appealing to a wide variety of players….
As part of Japan’s quest to make Ghost in the Shell real, a 1/2 scale Tachikoma robot is going on display in Tokyo and Osaka. It’s not yet on sale, but according to Famitsu, folks can enjoy communicating with the smart app connected bot. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!