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Nintendo and Uniqlo Team Up for T-shirt Design Competition

Date: Sunday 3rd July 2016 [15:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Nintendo with an artistic streak will be interested to hear about Uniqlo's UTGP'17 T-shirt design competition. The grand prize is £7,000 and will be judged by Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto (along with a special team of judges). The design competition is open world wide. The theme is simply Nintendo. So if you've got an idea for a Nintendo themed t-shirt you've been itching to get made, now is the time to get submitting!

The winning t-shirts will be sold through Uniqlo in Spring 2017.

The competition is due to close on Wednesday 31st August 2016.

Read More... | Source: Uniqlo

Ray Gigant (PS Vita) Review

Date: Tuesday 10th May 2016 [15:46] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Features

Today we're posting a guest review by Ashley McNeil who is an actual scientist and blogs about comics, games and other awesome nerdy subjects at http://www.sciencepunk.co.uk.

Ash is reviewing Ray Gigant from Experience Inc.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

acttil to release Ray Gigant for PS Vita and PS TV in America and Europe in 2016

Date: Monday 7th December 2015 [17:46] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Press Releases

It's nice to get game news into the Otaku News office from time to time and we've heard from US-based publisher acttil about their plans to release Bandai Namco's Ray Gigant RPG on PS Vita in Spring 2016 with cross compatibility for the PS TV system. The release will be available in both US and EU territories.

Read More... | Source: acttil

BlazBlue: ChronoPhantasma Extend - Chibi Heroes Edition and Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Disco Fever Plus Edition Release Details

Date: Tuesday 20th October 2015 [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Games distributor Rice Digital have just sent us details of two games they've just got exclusive collectors edition bundles for. They've got BlazBlue: ChronoPhantasma Extend - Chibi Heroes Edition and Persona 4: Dancing All Night – Disco Fever Plus Edition. Both games are now open for pre-order.

For Blaze Blue, along with all the collectors edition goodies they've got free worldwide shipping, (plus reading the rest of this article will reveal discount codes).

Fans of mad scientist will also be keen to hear that they have the Steins;Gate Limited Edition visual novel game on PS3.

Read More... | Source: Rice Digital

Sony's Easter Sale for PS3 and Vita

Date: Wednesday 9th April 2014 [12:59] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Sony is holding an Easter sale for the PS3 and Vita including good deals on JRPG's and other anime titles.

Read More... | Source: Playstation Blog

REZtron - Otaku News Event Review - Wednesday 18th September 2013

Date: Monday 23rd September 2013 [16:37] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Events

Written by Voxie and Franki Webb.

What does a gamer look like? Today this is an impossible question to answer. It's 7:45 pm, and as we walk into REZtron, we see a crowd ranging from 20s to 40s, male and female, from a range of backgrounds. It's clear that a gamer as no specific look.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Namco Bandai UK announces online community project for Tales Of... fans

Date: Sunday 3rd June 2012 [14:10] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Press Releases

Namco Bandai Games UK announces an online community for fans of their Tales Of series of computer games.

Read More... | Source: Namco Bandai Games UK

Tales Of Graces f release details and MCM London Expo game demo details

Date: Wednesday 16th May 2012 [16:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

The good folks from Namco Bandai have sent us details of the Tales of Graces f, which is due out in Europe (that includes the UK), the Middle East and Australia on Friday 31st August 2012.

If you can't wait until then to play it, you should head over to the London MCM Expo from Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May 2012. Tales of Graces F will be demoed from 5pm to 5:30pm on the Saturday. Namco Bandai will also be demoing the highly anticipated game made in conjunction with Studio Ghibli and Level 5 - Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch from 6pm to 6:30pm. Fans looking for some kinect action should go to the Sunday 10:30 to 11am demo of Dragon Ball Z Kinect.

Read More... | Source: Namco Bandai

Video Games in Japan: Past, Present and Future at The Japan Foundation in London

Date: Saturday 4th February 2012 [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

London fans of video games will be very interested in two events hosted by the Japan Foundation titled Video Games in Japan: Past, Present and Future.

Event 1 - The Past: Game Over? focuses on how to preserve video game culture and why it's important to do so. Is set to run on Tuesday 22nd February 2012.

Event 2 - The Present and Future: Progress to the Next Level? Covers where the Japanese Video Game Industry is heading and is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd February 2012.

Both events start at 6:30pm at the Japan Foundation in London at Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH .

Both events are free to attend, but booking via e-mail is required. E-mail event@jpf.org.uk with your name, details and those of any guests. As with all popular events we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation in London

Hironobu Sakaguchi at the MCM Midlands Comic Con February 2012

Date: Wednesday 18th January 2012 [17:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based gamers will want to head over to the MCM Midlands Comic Con in Telford on Saturday 18th February 2012 to see World famous videogame developer, director and producer Hironobu Sakaguchi. Best known as the creator of Final Fantasy Series he will be attending the comic con to talk about his career along with his latest project Nintendo's The Last Story for Wii which is due for launch on Friday 24th February 2012.

Read More... | Source: MCM Midlands Comic Con

Free Entry to October 2010 London MCM for BlazBlue Cosplayers

Date: Wednesday 29th September 2010 [16:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based cosplayers who like BlazBlue are in luck this month, PQube and Zen United (the good folks behind BlazBlue's European release) have teamed up to offer free entry to BlazBlue cosplayers at this the 2010 October MCM Expo in London.

Read More... | Source: BlazBlue Offical Website

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes UK release details

Date: Monday 6th September 2010 [15:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

We've been sent the details about the UK release of Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, the popular action fighting game featuring historical figures kicking the backsides of whole armies. We've covered cosplayers who like to dress in Sengoku period clothes before.

The Capcom game is due out on Wii and PS3 on 15th October 2010, with Manga Entertainment due to release the anime version on DVD on 8th November 2010. As the in game Date Masamune would say "Let's party"!

Read More... | Source: Capcom

Ni no Kuni to get western release.

Date: Monday 12th July 2010 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Fans of video games and Studio Ghibli will be pleased to hear that Ni no Kuni the RPG made by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli will be getting a western release. The lovely people at Kotaku have more details. They cite Joystiq.

Source: Kotaku

Interview with Daisuke Ishiwatari and Toshimichi Mori the creators of the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series

Date: Sunday 13th June 2010 [13:46] | Posted By: Dallas Marshall
Category: > Gaming

On the memorial day weekend at Fanimecon, a bay area anime convention in San Jose California, I had the privilege of sitting down with both Daisuke Ishiwatari and Toshimichi Mori of ARC System Works. The studio that brought you the Guilty Gear series and BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and the soon to be released BlazBlue:Continuum Shift.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

MCM Expo to host Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and DS National Championships

Date: Tuesday 4th May 2010 [16:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

The count down to the London MCM Expo continues continues. Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! Will want to keep 29th to 30th May free for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG National Championship and the Yu-Gi-Oh! DS National Championship. The national champisionship is the gateway to the European Championship, which in turn lead on to the World Championship.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Clamp Designed Costume in Tekken 6

Date: Wednesday 1st July 2009 [5:47] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Manga studio Clamp have overseen the design of a new costume for one of Tekken's main characters.

Read More... | Source: Andrisang.com blog

Star Ocean: The Last Hope European Release Details

Date: Friday 29th May 2009 [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

The good folks at Square-Enix have sent us details for the European release of Star Ocean: The Last Hope on Xbox 360. It's due to hit the stores on Friday 5th June, 2009. There's also a limited edition collectors box.

Read More... | Source: Star Ocean Website

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

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

Naruto PS3 Game Demo Out

Date: Thursday 31st July 2008 [19:55] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

A demo of the new Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm PS3 game is now available to download

Read More... | Source: PlayStation Network

Manga Artists Design Soul Calibur 4 Characters

Date: Thursday 10th July 2008 [19:28] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

The manga artists behind Tenjou Tenge, My-HiME, Keroro Gunsou and more have designed characters for the upcoming Soul Calibur 4 fighting game.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

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

Wii Anime Fighters Coming Soon

Date: Friday 28th September 2007 [21:09] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

According to the October issue of the Official Nintendo Magazine, new Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball Z titles are all headed for UK release.

Read More... | Source: Official Nintendo Magazine

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

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

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

FFXII London launch report

Date: Sunday 25th February 2007 [14:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Friday 23rd of February 2007 was the official launch day of Final Fantasy XII in the UK (and the rest of Europe). The PS2 game has generated a lot of buzz in fandom. To celebrate Square Enix had teamed up with HMV to hold a launch event at their flagship HMV store on Oxford Street, central London. The first people to buy the game at 9am were able to collect special wrists bands which would in turn let them queue to meet makers of Final Fantasy XII, Akitoshi Kawazu (executive producer) and Hiroshi Minagawa (director).

The event was attended by at least 500 fans, all eager to get their games autographed. It was hosted by an MC and various questions were asked, the most important of which was regarding the PS3 technical demo, based around Final Fantasy VII, both guests mentioned that they were considering producing a full version of the game for the PS3, however it's still early days yet, so we can't really confirm anything solid.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Final Fantasy XII UK launch details

Date: Friday 16th February 2007 [13:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

We've been sent a press release from Square-Enix about the official UK launch of Final Fantasy XII. It'll be at the Oxford Street Branch of HMV in London. The first lucky 100 people to buy a copy of the game at the event will also be given an exclusive moogle soft toy and a CD with five specially selected tracks by Hitoshi Sakimoto. The next 200 people to buy the game will also be given the CD which has been produced just for the launch event. Gifts can be secured by getting a wrist band from the store at 9am on February 23rd.

The best cosplayers will also be awarded goodies at the event. Plus there is a chance to win a trip to Japan for everyone at the event.

Read More... | Source: Square Enix

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

Nintendo proud of their Wii

Date: Tuesday 28th November 2006 [9:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Nintendo have announced that is has sold more than 600,000 Wii consoles in North America just 8 days after it's launch on November 19th. Sony have sold 400,000 PlayStation 3 consoles in North America, but are having trouble meeting demand due to component issues with the Blu-ray Drive. Nintendo intend to ship 4 million units in North America, while Sony intend to ship 1 million units.

The Wii is due for release in Europe (including the UK) on 8th December, while our Australian readers can expect a 7th December launch, conveniently in time for Christmas.

Source: BBC News

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

ADV Bring Wii to your Living Room

Date: Saturday 30th September 2006 [18:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those busy folks at ADV Films UK sent us this some details of their lastest cross promotion, which is covered in Wii (Nintendo Wii that is).

In the first wave of titles for the Wii is Red Steel, a game with swords and guns is being approartely crosspromtoed with Samurai Gun, an anime title with swords and guns. Which makes a good tie in if you ask us!

In a nutshell the first run of Samurai Gun Volume 1 will contain an extra free bonus disc with a sneak peak of the Red Steel game.

While the first run of the Red Steel game will receive a Samurai Gun episode and some extra ADV materials on a bonus disc.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

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

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

The Success of Dragon Quest

Date: Wednesday 26th April 2006 [3:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Although it's a few weeks old we haven't found anyone else that's covered it yet, the Times On-line have published an interesting article about the popular RPG Series Dragon Quest, released in the US and Europe. The article mentions that the game series was so popular that in 1988 Japanese parliament passed a motion that requires the games makers to limit new releases to school holidays, as too many schools kids were skipping school to buy it!

The article goes on to mention Yuuji Horii the creator of Dragon Quest who was originally a freelance manga story writer, and was inspired to create the game after buying his first computer.

Part of the games success is down to the regular collaborators such as Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who provides the character designs for all the Dragon Quest Games. This helps keep the game consistent through out its 20 years of releases.

The article also explains why Horii has been reluctant to release it in the UK, apparently because the game is caption based lots of the games success depends on the language you use. In Japanese Horii can phrase things to match the character on screen, but things could be lost in translation, so to avoid this voices have been added to the character captions, so the accents can emphases key character traits (the Japanese version has no voices).

Refreshingly the voice talent used for this game are British rather than American, after a lot of consideration Horii thought it would be worth the risk and hired English actors to speak in regional accents.

Source: Times On-line

Otaku News Launch PSP Edition

Date: Tuesday 17th January 2006 [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've been listening to what our readers want, and we know that many anime fans are also keen PSP owners. Which is why we've made a PSP version of Otaku News, designed especially for Sony's box of tricks. It has less content than the full versions of this site, but is designed for quick loading times and navigation, which is ideal when you're out and about with wireless access. To access it all you have to do is visit http://www.otakunews.com/psp/ (go on, bookmark it on your PSP you know you want to). The main article content and DVD reviews are identical to the other editions of Otaku News.

Source: Otaku News - PSP Edition

Atari Europe's Bandai Christmas Line Up

Date: Sunday 30th October 2005 [15:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Fans of anime games should be pleased to hear about Atari and Bandai's Christmas game line up. They've got the following for PS2:

- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
- One Piece: Grand Battle
- Digimon World 4

Along with Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 for Nintendo DS and Ghost in the Shell®: Stand Alone Complex for PSP.

Read More... | Source: Atari

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

UK PSP Anime Movies

Date: Tuesday 19th July 2005 [17:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

UK gamers looking forward to the September release of the Sony PSP can also expect a blitz of UMD Movies for the handheld games console, anime titles that are going to be available so far include:

- Akira
- Ghost In The Shell
- Ghost In The Shell: On The Trail Of The Laughing Man
- Ghost In The Shell: Trouble At Home & Abroad
- La Blue Girl Returns
- Transformers The Movie

All of the above should be out on (or by) 5th September 2005 and will be priced around £10 - £15 depending on the title and the retailer.

Optimum Releasing will also be releasing Appleseed on DVD and UMD on 19th September.

It should be noted that PSP UMD Movies are region locked, so a UK PSP will only play Region 2 European and Japanese UMDs and not Region 1 US UMDs. Like DVDs UMDs can support multiple audio tracks and subtitles, so a single disc can ideally come with both the subbed and dubbed version of title.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

Nintendo Revolution New pictures

Date: Tuesday 17th May 2005 [12:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

There’s been a flood of new console news in the run up to this years E3, which starts Wednesday. According to USA today the Revolution is about the size of three DVD cases piled up and is set to have online features, including a free player match up service. Especially exciting is the news players will have access to Nintendo’s back catalogue online, from Donkey Kong to Mario Sunshine. The Revolution will also be backwards compatible with Game cube and play DVDs.

Read More... | Source: USA Today

The Beauty Of Final Fantasy

Date: Thursday 12th May 2005 [16:42] | Posted By: Ash
Category: > Gaming

The next stage in the Final Fantasy RPG series, XII, recently pushed back its release date from the Autumn of 2004 to an Autumn release of 2005, creating a sigh of disappointment and yet not much surprise, to millions of gamers waiting for the next instalment. This is the biggest RPG franchise in the world and for many gamers, has made the Playstation 1 and 2 the must-have consoles to have, simply because it has a monopoly of these games. Ash explores the history and the reasons behind their popularity, and looks forward to the new game.

Read More... | Source: Final Fantasy Shrine

Game Gear Goju

Date: Sunday 3rd April 2005 [15:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Following Azure and Wing's posting about April Fool pranks, TechJapan have discovered Sega had their own, a handheld games console with 50 screens - The Game Gear Goju!

Source: TechJapan

Sony PSP Released In US

Date: Thursday 24th March 2005 [18:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

US gamers can finally stop waiting, Sony's handheld games console the PSP (PlayStation Portable) is out now! Reviews so far seem very postive. The Register has a good overview of the system from a techincal standpoint. Gamespot has a wide coverage of the US launch too.

European gamers will have to wait at least a few months before the offical launch. BBC News have more details on this.

Source: BBC News

DS Breaks UK Sales Records With No PSP In Sight

Date: Saturday 19th March 2005 [16:26] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Nintendo's new handheld has broken console sales records in the UK selling almost 87,000 units with over 3 million being sold worldwide. Super Mario 64 DS, Wario Ware: Touched! and Rayman DS were the top three selling launch titles.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

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