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Homemade Katamari Controller

Date: Tuesday 26th May 2009 [4:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

On browsing the internet we've discovered a hardware hacker at play. Kellbot has built a Katamari Ball Controller for the Playstation 2. There's video footage explaining how it works along with a circuit diagram on her blog.

The Katamari controller is basically a giant trackball. The creator considered using a yoga ball, but found it impractical. We wonder if Namco will create an official trackball add on for the game? There seems to be tons of alternative controllers for consoles now, and a trackball could surely be used in more than one game? Super Monkey Balls would be great too!

Source: Kellbot

London Expo May 2009 Event Details

Date: Monday 20th April 2009 [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans who can get to London on the weekend of the 23rd to the 24th of May 2009, will want to visit the London MCM Expo at the Excel Centre. As always anime is well represented, with many of the UK anime and manga companies having a stall or some sort of presence, along with lots of dealers selling great merchandise. The event is also a huge draw to cosplayers, with many of the attendies in fancy dress!

Like last time, the event also plans to smash its current world record for the amount of video game related cosplay. It's set to be a fun weekend! So keep your calendars free. ^_^

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Rockin' Android to release doujin games for the PC

Date: Thursday 26th March 2009 [16:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > PC

We've just been sent an exciting press release from Rockin' Android about their plans to release doujin videogames (sometimes referred to as 'indie games') on the PC.
In a nutshell they've licensed and translated a great selection of indie games for release in the US, Canada, South America and Western Europe territories.

Don't forget to check their website to see a selection videos and interesting articles about the games they're going to release.

Read More... | Source: Rockin' Android

Brain Training Flawed

Date: Sunday 1st March 2009 [9:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

BBC News are running an interesting article about the popular Brain Training games. The article states the games are marketed as helping improve memory, keep the mind fit and active, and even in some cases starve off dementia.

"None of the claims was supported by peer-reviewed research in a recognised scientific journal and much of it was flawed, they concluded."
The article is based research by Consumer group Which? . Apparently surfing the internet or chatting to friends would have the same effect. They also cite Dr Chris Bird a clinical neuroscientist at University College London:
"There is no evidence that using this product will have any functional impact on your life whatsoever".

Martyn Hocking, editor at Which?, said:
"If people enjoy using these games, then they should continue to do so - that's a no-brainer."

Apparently people can get the same benefit from doing a crossword. Although the article fails to mention that you can't play Chrono Trigger or Mario Kart in a crossword book. ^_-

Source: BBC News

Video Games Live Announces 45 More Tour Dates

Date: Saturday 28th February 2009 [15:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We love Video Games Live. The concept is simple, but brilliantly executed - great music from video games, played by a live orchestra! We've got some exicting news from them about the next few venues.

Read More... | Source: Video Games Live

Gaming Cosplay World Record set in London

Date: Tuesday 28th October 2008 [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Following on from our earlier article about the Gaming Cosplay World Record we can confirm that they did break the record on Saturday 25th October 2008, for the largest gathering of people dressed up as video games characters. A total of 342 people were dressed as characters from games, narrowly beating the record set only last week in Germany with 337 people. These figures were verified by Guinness World Records.

Disappointingly the number for the London record could have been bigger, but some people were disqualified for dressing as characters that weren't primarily video games characters (we did warn about this), such as Lego Batman, or Indiana Jones. The question is how long will this record be held?

Source: BBC News

Gaming Cosplayers in London, be part of a world record.

Date: Thursday 16th October 2008 [16:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

A keen eyed Otaku News reader has sent us details of a world record attempt, for the largest gathering of people dressed up as video game characters, which will occur on Satury 25 October 2008 at the London ExCel centre for the London MCM Expo.

Cosplayers should note that the characters have to been in video games before other media.
Eg: Sonic the Hedgehog started out in a video game, so he's fine to cosplay as.
Batman however started out in a comic book, so he does not count.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

An interview with Kari Wahlgren

Date: Sunday 7th September 2008 [11:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Thanks to go the great folk at AmeCon 2008, we were able to interview their main guest, voice actress Kari Wahlgren. You may have heard her in the American dub of FLCL as Haruko, or Robin in Witch Hunter Robin or Scarlett in Steamboy to name a few of her roles. As well as many video games you've probably played.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News / Voiceacting.co.uk

Video Games Live: Volume One album details

Date: Monday 7th July 2008 [17:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

We've got some exciting news from Video Games Live, the popular Video Games themed concert with orchestras and choirs will be releasing an album soon. The digital release will be downloadable in the UK from July 7th, 2008 on iTunes, with the CD release staggered to coincide with Video Games Live events, beginning in San Diego, California on July 24th and Leipzig, Germany on August 20th.

The Track listing is as follows:
1 - Kingdom Hearts
2 - Warcraft Suite
3 - Myst Medley
4 - Medal of Honor (Live)
5 - Civilization IV Medley
6 - Tetris Piano Opus No. 1
7 - God of War Montage (LIVE)
8 - Advent Rising Suite
9 - Tron Montage
10 - Halo Suite
11 - Castlevania Rock (LIVE)

We're looking forward to this release as Video Games live is great fun. ^_^

Read More... | Source: Video Games Live

Street Fighter Tribute Hardcover Edition art book

Date: Tuesday 29th April 2008 [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've been sent details from UDON Entertainment about the new Street Fighter Tribute Hardcover artbook, which is now available for pre-order and features art from J.Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes, and Penny Arcade's Gabe, lvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, Omar Dogan and others.

Read More... | Source: UDON Entertainment

Largest gathering of gaming cosplay - March 18th London

Date: Tuesday 4th March 2008 [13:07] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The Guiness book of records is planning to try and break the record for biggest number of people dressed as games characters in London on March the 18th at 11am. To take part you need to e-mail them via the address on their site and tell them who you will be cosplaying as and they will confirm the venue.
The site does mention anime fans, so we're guessing they'll allow you to enter your anime costumes if they've been in a game.
They'll be a lot of ninjas then.

Source: Kotaku

Don't forget your dancing shoes at next LAC!

Date: Wednesday 23rd January 2008 [9:31] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

The upcoming London Anime Club meeting will be featuring the DDR crew once again, with even more games to play this time, including DDX, with everything on freeplay of course.

A map for the LAC can be found on the London Anime Club website.

Source: DDR:UK

Video Games Live - Meet the Mario Maestros

Date: Monday 10th December 2007 [13:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Wired Magazine are currently running an article on Video Games Live called Meet the Mario Maestros. VGL is the music event that's toured around the world, bringing music from video games into venues that traditionally play classical music. The article focuses the struggles they faced getting started, on it's currently success and it's cross over appeal to gamers and even the orchestra that plays the music.

Source: Wired

Sonic dashes into Smash bros Brawl in Wii

Date: Wednesday 10th October 2007 [18:25] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Forget the Olympics, Sonic will be a playable character in Nintendo's Smash Brothers Brawl. He'll be joining the likes of Mario, Peach, Link, and Solid Snake.

The official site has a preview video, in which he looks delightfully old school. Best game with Sonic in for years, we it think it might be so!

Source: Smashbros.com

Otakunews Special: Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria Review

Date: Wednesday 10th October 2007 [17:58] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

It's been a while since our last games review, though we urge you to remember the anime and manga reviews in the column on the right. If you've read all those you'll want to know we're also back with a games review.
This time it's the turn of platformy RPG Valkyrie Profile 2 for the venerable PS2. Does this odd mix of RPG and side scrolling work? Find out on Otakunews.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Dance Dance: Revolution keeps you fit

Date: Monday 17th September 2007 [18:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

It seems that physical education teachers in the UK have discovered what gamers have known for ages, that Dance Dance: Revolution keeps you fit. Schools in the UK have taken up DD:R classes to keep children fit in school. Apparently you can burn about 400 to 600 calories an hour in these classes, so it can be fun to keep fit and exercise. The classes are being used as a platform to get children fit, help them exercise regularly and encourage them to go to the gym.

Source: BBC News

Pokemon GTS- it's super effective

Date: Friday 14th September 2007 [18:35] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Nintendo have launched a site called Pokemon GTS, to compliment the online trading system for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. It's also semi-educational since you can find Pokemon by spinning a giant globe and clicking in various cities, you then find out various stats and info about that city.

Not sure abut the pronunciation for "Hello" on the London page though. Hardly regional. The annoying Pokemon music on the loading screen? Now that's great.

Ba-dum-dum-dah-dum-da-dum-duh-daaaamu!

Source: Pokemon GTS

Video Games Live Album

Date: Sunday 9th September 2007 [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

The good folks from Video Games Live have sent some exciting news about an album - Video Games Live: Greatest Hits – Volume One. Due to hit the shelves on October 15th 2007, it contains medleys from some of popular games including Zelda, Mario, Halo, Warcraft, Sonic and of course Final Fantasy.

Read More... | Source: Video Games Live

Touchy, Feely Ad

Date: Thursday 30th August 2007 [18:56] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Freaky Things

New game ad allows customers to feel up a cardboard cutout. Really.

Read More... | Source: Wizard Magazine

Sony turns PS3 into DVR. Typically this makes us think of anime

Date: Wednesday 22nd August 2007 [16:04] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Sony will be launching PlayTV in a number of European PAL territories (UK, Germany, Spain Italy). PlayTV is a device which allows the PS3 to record one channel whilst you view another. Another big plus is that you can stream content to your PSP via Remote Play or transfer it to the PSP to view outside the home.

Whilst I could make a lot of coments about the technlogy, what I'm really thinking about is that combined with Anime Central and Anime Network this could be very useful. Shame I don't have Sky, or a PSP or a PS3.

Source: Kotaku

Otaku News Special: Chocobo Tales Review

Date: Friday 29th June 2007 [17:42] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Hot on the heels of my Spectrobes review (well not so hot but work with me here) comes this review of another DS title, this time by Square Enix. The charming mini game RPG Chocobo Tales. Which stars Final Fantasy's bird mascots.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Special: Spectrobes Review

Date: Tuesday 12th June 2007 [14:55] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

With the new Pokemon close to arriving in the UK we take a slightly late look at Disney's attempt at the catch-em-em all RPG Spectrobes on Nintendo DS.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Naruto but not as we know him

Date: Monday 11th June 2007 [14:40] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Whilst the confusion over the inclusion of the Japanese voices in Ubisoft's Naruto 360 game still reigns supreme (did they never think they might release it in Japan in these post IdolM@ster days?) it seems that a Naruto themed character will appear in Rayman: Raving Rabbids 2.

This means keen fans will be able to pitch him in mini game battle against other themed Rabbids including Spider-man.

Source: Gametrailers

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales UK Nintendo DS details

Date: Monday 21st May 2007 [15:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Just a quick reminder for our Final Fantasy loving readers in the UK. The nice folks at Square Enix have sent us details for the new Nintendo DS game Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, it's due out in UK this Friday 25th May 2007.

Read More... | Source: Square Enix

DS Lite sells over 10 million units worldwide

Date: Thursday 10th May 2007 [17:55] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

The Nintendo DS Lite has sold more than 10 million units in Japan according to Famitsu. Worldwide sales of the DS Lite are over 22 million since the unit was released and combined sales of the old style DS and the Lite are over 40 million.

If you think those numbers are big just wait until Dragon Quest IX is released...

Source: Gamesindustry.biz

Otaku News special: FFXII Review

Date: Sunday 29th April 2007 [17:17] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

We suspect if you haven't got this already those of you with Playstation 2 or even dare we say it PS3s will probably be thinking about buying FFXII. So we decided someone (i.e. me) ought to review it, I know it was released in the UK a while ago now, but this being Final Fantasy hours of levelling up and Chocobo riding were required before I felt confident giving a proper review.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Final Fantasy XII cosplay contest

Date: Wednesday 24th January 2007 [9:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

We've just been sent a very interesting press release from Square Enix, who are running a cosplay competition to celebrate the release of Final Fantasy XII in Europe and other PAL regions. Three lucky winners will each get a two night trip to London to show off their costumes on stage at the official launch event and they'll also get a Final Fantasy goodie bag.

This is a great chance for cosplayers to demonstrate their creative skills making Final Fantasy XII costumes and also meet some interesting people in the games industry.

Read More... | Source: Square Enix

Wii quite popular then

Date: Friday 8th December 2006 [5:45] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

The UK is officially 2/3 into the next gen, with Nintendo's Wii the second off the block and it seems that it's doing extremely well, with reports of extremely crowded Oxford Street launches.

Nintendo are promising four more shipments before Christmas but it's likely these will go toward fulfilling pre-orders. If you haven't pre-ordered looks like you'll have to wait until new year. After recieving a newsletter from Nintendo we'd like to add a small update for Wii owners who might be pleased to hear that Nintendo is supporting the stars system (it's loyalty club) with the Wii, so you'll be able to use those hard earned stars for Wii points. Yay! ^_^

Source: Gamesindustry.biz

PS3 Disasters Already

Date: Saturday 18th November 2006 [9:44] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Freaky Things

A dislocated jaw and gunshot customers already reported at releases for the new PS3.

Read More... | Source: G4TV.com

New version of free Visual Novel makers

Date: Thursday 16th November 2006 [14:38] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

A new version of the free visual novel maker Renpy has been released.
It's rival the Blade engine which we've previously talked about also released a new version this month. Blade engine has a free and pro version whilst the longer ruining Renpy project is available totally for free.

Source:

Panty Explosion the game

Date: Friday 10th November 2006 [13:54] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Every so often we get stories which I'm sure will generate some interesting key word stats next time Joe checks them, this is one. Panty Explosion is a good ol' fashioned RPG available in book and PDF form here's what the website says:

"Panty Explosion is a psychic schoolgirl adventure game. Each player takes the role of a normal Japanese student. One of you, perhaps more then one of you, is a psychic with devastating and terrifying powers."

I'm currently wondering if a rat flail +5 could beat a a psychic schoolgirl...

Read More... | Source: Atarashi Games

Lik-Sang out of business

Date: Tuesday 24th October 2006 [15:05] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Well known importers Lik Sang have announced they have gone out of business citing Sony's law case against them regarding imported PSPs as the reason.

Read More... | Source: Lik Sang

Game On London

Date: Monday 18th September 2006 [7:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Keen gamers out there will want to get to London's Science Museum as they'll be running a computer games exhibition called Game On. It's set to run from 21st October 2006 until 25th February 2007 and will feature games from the 1960's to the current day. It seems they’ll have a good mixture of console and arcade games on display and up for play, with over 100 playable games available. Interestingly enough, this exhibition will also feature the design processes involved with game production. Nintendo fans will also be pleased to hear that drawings by Shigeru Miyamoto will be only display. So for fans and wannabe games developers, it's well worth a look!

Tickets cost £8.50 for adults, with children and concessions costing £6.50. Family discounts also apply. Advanced bookings are highly recommend to avoid disappointment.

Source: Science Museum

Wii Price and Date Announced for the UK

Date: Friday 15th September 2006 [10:53] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

The Nintendo Wii will be launched on December 8th in the UK. Bundled with Wii Sports, one wireless controller and one nunchuck add on it will cost £179. Nintendo first party games will retail for between £34 and £39.

There will be 20 launch titles which include Zelda: Twilight Princess, Red Steel and Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz.

Additional controllers will be £29 for the Wiimote, £14 for the Nunchuck and £14 for the classic controller.

The price is pretty competative considering that it inludes Wii sports, though the Wiimote looks a little steep. Though I'm certainly hoping that One Piece will be out soonish.

Read More... | Source: Nintendo

Nintendo DS and GBA MP3 Player for Europe

Date: Tuesday 5th September 2006 [14:02] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Nintendo have confirmed a Play Yan like accessory for the Nintendo DS and GBA is to be released in Europe. The cartridge plugs into GBA sized slots and will accept SD cards.

Source: Gamesindustry.biz

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Set For UK Release

Date: Monday 21st August 2006 [7:10] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

After searching Play.com we've noticed that a release date for the PS2 Naruto game Ultimate Ninja has been given as 03/11/2006. Better sharpen your kunai and get practicing then.

Source: Play.com

Rare Games Collection Stolen

Date: Sunday 20th August 2006 [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We've been passed a press release from DDR:uk, a group of hardcore Dance Dance Revolution fanatics, on the 18th of August their equipment was stolen (with the exception of their custom build DDR machine, as it too big to easily move), their £25,000 collection includes a wide variety of rare and sought after games, most of which are no longer in production, along with specialist hardware and games controllers.

Since the items in question are rather unique, we would like to ask community minded otaku to be aware of the items stolen and keep a look out for them on places like popular auction sites, specialist games dealers and other places second hand goods are traded. The DDR:uk crew are offering a reward for any information.

The DDR:uk crew also help run events at anime conventions such as the games room, which was a huge success at AmeCon 2006, with the DDR machine being a huge attraction, along with the more unusual classic games. DDR:uk also put a plea out for hardware and games donation to help replace what was stolen.

On a side note the AmeCon manga library (which is made up of generous donations from Tokyopop and Tanoshimi and is stored with the DDR:uk hardware), was also vanadilised by the same criminals, with boxes of manga thrown out onto the street into the rain, and is now spoiled as a result.

We've deliberatly posted this to all editions of Otaku News, as although the items in question were stolen in the UK, many of the items stolen are rare they're desirable internationally, so all our readers should be made aware.

Read More... | Source: DDR:uk

Free Visual Novel Construction Tool Released

Date: Monday 24th July 2006 [3:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > PC

Fans of dating games will be pleased to hear that the nice folks from CuriousFactory and Buredo have released a free game engine and construction kit, designed at making Visual Novels easy to produce in English. In a nutshell this will allow users to create their own interactive stories, anime and manga fans will probably be most familiar with dating games, but the companies are keen to promote that you can also produce other games using their game engine.

A good story is a must, good artwork is always nice too, but there are some crafty ways around this, such as taking photos of things and then using a bit of photoshop magic. It’ll be interesting to see if any otaku take up developing games on this engine. Currently the engine is Windows only.

Read More... | Source: Blade Visual Novel Engine

It's E3!

Date: Tuesday 9th May 2006 [4:39] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Even before even the main doors open the main players were fighting to get news out first. There's a lot to go through as the next gen battle finaly heats up.

Read More... | Source: IGN

Magna Carta Review

Date: Saturday 22nd April 2006 [6:03] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

We take a look at the manhwa styled fantasy RPG Magna Carta. Is it worth your hard earned cash with so many other anime and games out? RPG fans find out.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Extras Wanted in London for Japanese TV

Date: Friday 7th April 2006 [9:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

Dragon from the London Anime Club has sent us the following message -

"I know it's short notice but there is a Japanese film crew in town over the weekend filming for JTV. Although they are concentrating on Japanese Games in the West (the programme is sponsored by the creators of Naruto) they want as many fans as possible. So if you happen to be in the vicinity of Cafe Manga on 11am on Sunday morning then you are very welcome. And if you could also pass this info along to anybody else who you think might be interested."

So if you can get to London on Sunday 9th April (and head to Cafe Manga which is near the London Eye), you'll get a chance to be on Japanese TV. Naruto cosplayers get extra bonus points!

Source: London Anime Club

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children DVD Details

Date: Thursday 6th April 2006 [16:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Otaku rejoice! The popular RPG game series Final Fantasy has stolen many hours of our lives, especially Final Fantasy VII, which is why a CGI movie was made. It's set two years after the events of the game, and features everyone favourite Cloud and Sephiroth. It's due for UK release on DVD and UMD on April 24th and April 25th in the USA, it looks like it's going to be good.

Update: We now have a review of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Read More... | Source: Sony Pictures

Record Handheld Sales for Nintendo

Date: Friday 6th January 2006 [15:47] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Sales of the Nintendo Ds have reached 13 million worldwide, with Nintendo hailing it as the fastest selling games console ever in Japan. This has meant that stocks are low in Japan, much like the struggle to get the Pink variety pre Christmas in the UK.

Gamasutra.com is also reporting that eight out of ten games in the Japanese mutl-format charts is for the DS.

Source: Gamespot

Evangelion Character Contest

Date: Thursday 22nd December 2005 [9:49] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Gainax, the anime studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion (currently airing Thursday nights on Adult Swim), has announced a new contest for the latest video game spin-off for the hit series. The contest is calling for fans to design a new character for the second part of Neon Genesis Evangelion Supplementary Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream, a game designed for cellular phones.

The guidelines for the contest can be found on Gainax’s website. Unfortunately for American Evangelion fans, they are in Japanese. The few guidelines that are known is that the character must be female, and must be in the same class as EVA pilots Shinji, Rei and Asuka. Contestants will not simply be limited to only submitting designs for the physical appearance of the new character, but can also create her personality, manner of speech, and so on. There is no explicit statement saying that the contest is only open to Japanese residents. Other rules and guidelines, such as a final submission date, are not known at this time.

Source: Anime News Network

Otaku News Special Christmas Gaming Reviews

Date: Sunday 18th December 2005 [6:15] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

It’s nearly Christmas and no doubt some of you are still undecided what to get, so as a special Christmas bonus we’ve got two PS2 game reviews.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

DS Wi-fi is here

Date: Friday 2nd December 2005 [7:09] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

The Nintendo DS Wi-fi service has now been fully launched! DS owners can go online with certain games for free by locating wireless hotspots. Alternatively they can simply connect using their home wireless connection or by buying a USB adapter for their home PC and use standard internet connections.

Read More... | Source: Nintendo Wi-fi

PSP Ghost In the Shell:SAC Game Details

Date: Thursday 20th October 2005 [15:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

UK fans of the Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex Series should be pleased to hear that a game based on the anime will be released on PSP this Friday. Atari have sent us the details. The game sounds really good, not only do you get to play as the main cast members, each with different abilities, but you also get to command Tachikoma, that is surely worth the price of the game alone! You even get to train and customize them (*hums Tachikoma themetune* ^_-).

Read More... | Source: Atari

Shonen Jump Superstars features in NoM UK

Date: Thursday 22nd September 2005 [9:36] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

This months Nintendo: Official Magazine has an article on the DS fighter Jump Superstars! Superstars features a wide range of fan favourite characters from Shonen Jump magazine, and has frequently been described as a licensing nightmare. The article also goes on to talk about other recent games based on Jump titles.

Source: Nintendo: Official Magazine

Square Enix Acquires Taito

Date: Friday 26th August 2005 [13:50] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Gaming

It's been recently announced that Square Enix have acquired Taito. Taito was a games brand I grew up with, through the cute 2D Bubble Bobble and Bust-a-Move games. They're also involved heavily in the arcades. And teaming up with CG and RPG kings Square Enix, well, we can only know the outcome will be interesting, overall.

Source: Square Insider

National Unified Otaku Proficiency Exam

Date: Monday 11th July 2005 [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Who is the biggest otaku? Is your friend Steve a bigger otaku than you? If so why? Well publisher Biblos are going to solve this question finally by holding the first Japanese national unified otaku proficient exam in their August 5th Edition of Elfix Magazine.

They claim they want to nurture an "otaku elite to carry the otaku culture through the 21st century".

The Mainichi Daily News explain that the magazine will even grade their otaku awareness level if readers write their answers down on a postcard and send it to the Elfix staff. The best results will be printed in the October 5th edition of the magazine.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

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