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What’s Popular in Japan? Here Are the Top 3 Hit Products of 2017!

It’s that time of the year again when Nikkei Trendy releases a top 30 ranking of the hit products in Japan for the year, i.e. between October of the previous year and September of the current year, based on three aspects: sales, novelty, and influence. This ranking is a good indicator of what’s hot in…

Battle of the Apes: How Did Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Beat King Kong?

With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo seems to be on the upswing after a very troubling period. It is hard to remember that in the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s, Nintendo was on top of the world. It was seemingly indomitable. They could crush any competitors, and they often did. Yet,…

Why Would the New Nintendo NX Use Old−Fashioned Cartridges?

Nintendo is in dire straits. The Wii U absolutely tanked and profits for the company are at an all time low. Nintendo’s future seems to hinge on the success of their new home console, the NX. Nintendo has a penchant for doing strange things with their consoles, with varying results. Rumors abound about this mysterious…

Three Titles That Will Reinvigorate the Japanese RPG Genre This Summer 2016!

Summer is upon us. A time where the beaches are populated with wild teens and the cinemas are overly crowded due to Hollywood’s cash cows. It is undoubtedly a season of massive spending, nonetheless, a very exciting one. For gamers or general enthusiasts of geek culture, summer does not mean intense social gathering, new clothes…

Japanese Gaming History: The Third Console War

Rise of the West Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s Microsoft became the industry leader in home computer operating systems and one of the world’s largest brands, making their founder the richest man in the world. After watching nearly 2 decades of home game consoles slowly suck away…