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Splatoon, Nintendo’s Most Fashionably “Japanese” Game

Nintendo, a company that has been putting smiles on the faces of everyone since the 1980s, has consistently remained as the main contributor to the game industry by creating gaming’s most beloved intellectual properties. Regardless of your age you must have heard or even played incarnations of many Nintendo’s franchises, such as Super Mario Brothers,…

Why Gamers Love Japan: The World of Retro Gaming

Japan and video games go together like Mario and Luigi. You can’t think of modern video games and imagine what they would be like without Japan’s influence and contribution to the gaming world. What is it about Japan that makes gamers love it so much? Console Rivalry   Nintendo has a huge part to play…

Janken (Rock, Paper, Scissors), Japan’s Most Popular Game

Rock-scissors-paper is a popular game among Japanese children and even adults. They use the game to decide who has to be eliminated out of the group, in much the same way other countries are playing it. However, Japanese people have their own style of playing the rock-scissors-paper game. The game is popular with the name…

Matsuri Games: Got What it Takes to Win?

Matsuri (祭り) are Japanese festivals that are held at temples, town squares or other large stadiums, and usually have religious origins. It is a very lively event with dance and singing performances, rows of food stalls, as well as exciting game stalls. Everyone is in a festive celebratory mood, dressed in their best yukata 浴衣,…

Kairosoft: Japanese Gaming Apps to get addicted to!

In Japan, you will often see lots of Japanese people playing games on their phones. On the train, waiting for a friend, or even while walking down the street! Of course, there are hundreds of games to buy, but one company, based in Japan, has released 24 games for both the iOS and Android platforms:…

Weird Japanese Gaming Series: Long Live the Queen!

A lot of people talk about Japan being a weird and wonderful country, and while this isn’t always true, their video games can often feel a little strange to the Western gamer. In this series, I will be exploring some of the interesting games available that come from Japan. In this article, we’re looking at…

Japanese Gaming History: The End of the First Console Wars

Forging the Knives that Stab You At the 1991 consumer electronics show, Sony representatives awaited Nintendo’s long rumored partnership to make a CD based add-on to the Super Nintendo. Sony and Nintendo had been working together since 1988 to make it a reality, now it was going to be announced. But, when Nintendo finally announced…

Japanese Gaming History: The First Console Wars

In the last article, we introduced Nintendo and talked about their stranglehold on the gaming market, and how Nintendo’s iron-fisted policies rubbed many developers and distributors the wrong way. We will see how these policies, originally meant to protect Nintendo and the home gaming industry, would go on to nearly topple it. Please note: The…

Japanese Gaming History: Special Memorial Satoru Iwata

Passing of a Legend I am still in the middle of writing my series on the history of Japanese games, but today (7/13) the gaming world was sad to hear the passing of a legend. Satoru Iwata (岩田聡) passed away on the 11th of July due to a tumor. Satoru Iwata was the president of…

Suikawari: the Japanese game of Watermelon splitting

Many have heard of Japanese horrendous prices for fruits. Regular fruits as apples and peaches can cost on average 200-300 Yen per piece whereas bigger fruits like watermelons start from 1000¥ and do not seem to have a limit. According to an article published by HuffingtonPost in 2008, one rare black watermelon was even sold…