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Is Konami’s Castlevania One of the Most Underrated Game Series Ever?

One of the earliest games I can remember playing, apart from Super Mario Bros. (スーパーマリオブラザーズ), was Castlevania (悪魔城ドラキュラ). I can still remember the opening of the original game. You play as the brave Simon Belmont (シモン・ベルモント), you march to the front gates of Dracula’s castle, which you can see in the backdrop, epic music plays…

Into JRPGs? Know the History Behind the JRPG Classic, Dragon Quest!

The Dragon Quest franchise is one of the longest running and most important JRPG franchises of all time. Its effect on the entire genre of video games cannot be overstated. The original Dragon Quest on NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) essentially created the JRPG, without it, there would be no Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Pokemon, or…

Death Stranding: Hideo Kojima’s New Game Trailer Released!

Hideo Kojima is a legendary game developer who has brought to us iconic games such as the Metal Gear series, Snatcher, and Policenauts. The news of him parting ways with Konami in 2015 left many fans devastated. However, not all is bleak as Kojima has not retired from creating games. The latest game that he…

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…

No Boyfriend? No Problem! The Background of Japan’s Popular Otome Game Genre

No boyfriend? No Problem! You can now develop romantic relationships with a guy as if you are actually dating in real life. This is called “Otome Game” which is a video game based on a story manipulated by the player character with the goal of your desired partner falling in love with you. With a…

A Look Back at Chrono Cross: the Underappreciated JRPG Classic

What’s With All the Hate? After spending almost 1500 words absolutely gushing about my favorite video game ever, Chrono Trigger, I got to thinking, “What about the sequel?” Chrono Cross was released very late in the original PlayStation life cycle. While it was a critical hit, gaining nines and tens from most reviewing sites, it…

What to Buy in Akihabara: Things Not to Miss in Japan’s Otaku Mecca!

Where’s the best place in Tokyo to get my otaku on? Ask anyone and you can be sure to get one, unified answer: Akihabara, the electric city. What was considered a black market in years gone by has now transformed into the heart of otaku culture in Japan. Strolling around Akihabara, you’ll be awed by…
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