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Japanese Gaming History: Nintendo came out!

Last time we left off talking about how Atari ended up destroying the market for games in America, due to a lack of oversight in game quality and publishing too many games. I’m sorry! but our princess is in another castle… After the video game crash of 1983, the home console market in America seemed…

The beginnings of the Japanese Gaming History

In a series of articles, I would like to dive into one of Japan’s greatest exports; video games. Games have a surprisingly deep history filled with creativity, lies, bravery, back-stabbing, and murder (virtually, at least). Like I said, I want to focus on Japanese game companies leading up to the actual game situation. As such,…

Get thrilled by 10 limited editions of Japanese Monopoly!

Everyone knows the Millionaire game, that can destroy friendships but also show out deepest greed for money. Japan has a variety of traditional board games: sugoroku (双六), go(囲碁), shougi (将棋) to name a few.‘Jinsei Ge-mu’ (人生ゲーム), the Japanese adaption of ‘The Game of Life’, has been introduced in 1967 and is still popular today. Monopoly…

10 fun facts you did not know about Nintendo’s Mario

No matter if you are a serious game nerd or have just played Nintendo once or twice: Mario is almost as well known as Disney’s Mickey Mouse. He is the most popular video game character of all times. He is an Italian plumber and therefore he loves pizza. But there are a lot of secret…

Get to know the history behind Sega’s Sonic

Mascots in Japan In Japan, mascots are crucial when it comes to comany’s success. A mascot is like a slogan, it will be remembered and is a representative of the whole company. Where the naked baby doll called ‘kewpie’ is used for Kewpie Corporation, which is a Japanese food manufacturer, especially famous for its mayonnaise,…

Mario was meant to be Popeye!

With Mario being the best-selling video game franchise of all time, it is interesting to explore the start of Nintendo’s most iconic figure. With the Mario series counting to almost twenty original games and with Mario having appeared in over 200 other video games, the success is overwhelming. But Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario’s designer) first intentions…

6 of the Best Anime-Style Online Games

Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) has a great impact on the game industry nowadays. Various game types emerge, from shooting and side-scrolling to RPG. Many aspects are affected by the popularity of the game, one of them is design. It includes characters and environment design, and some of the games adapt anime-style with colorful in-game environments!…

Enjoy books in an interactive way, the Visual Novels

Talking about Novels, some people are too lazy to read novel with each page being filled with text, or maybe when reading a novel, they are getting sleepy. Well, in Japan, there is a better way to read novels. They mixed it with a game and called it “Visual Novel”. Visual Novel (ビジュアルノベル) is a…

SPOILER ALERT: Hidden Mickeys at Tokyo Disney Land!

A widely well-known way of enjoying the times while waiting for the next attractions to visit at the Disney parks is looking for the hidden Mickeys that are scattered throughout the park. There are many hidden Mickeys within each Disney park including Disney Land in Japan. These Mickeys are shown as a combination of three…

Top 3 Recommended Otaku Paradises

There are many people across the world that can relate to the Japanese otaku, a person who really loves anime, manga or games. Japan is, obviously, a great draw for the international otaku as it is the centre of a lot of the anime and manga that we love. But, if you visit Japan where…