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Is ‘Ninja Gaiden’ One of the Most Important Games Ever?

When I was little and just learning games from my older brother, I would watch him and his friends play our NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) for hours at a time. I remember watching him beat all of Super Mario Bros. 3 in one sitting (no warps). I remember watching him play The Legend of Zelda,…

Has Everyone Forgotten About the JRPG Classic ‘Parasite Eve’?

In the past few years, the world of gaming has one under heavy fire from progressives and women’s rights groups claiming that female game characters are incredibly sexist. They especially point to games made in Japan where it is common for female game characters to be clad in less fabric than you might find or…

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…

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 in 2018: 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…

Snatcher: Get to Know Hideo Kojima’s Little-Known Gaming Masterpiece

Hideo Kojima has worked for nearly 30 years making some of the greatest games ever made. Each of his games has pushed the envelope thematically, in gameplay, and scope. Most people know the games in his Metal Gear franchise, but many people don’t know one of his more little-known masterpieces, a game called ‘Snatcher’. Do…