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Nintendo and Uniqlo Team Up for T-shirt Design Competition

Date: Sunday July 3rd 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 May 10th 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 December 7th 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

Ni no Kuni to get western release.

Date: Monday July 12th 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 June 13th 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

Clamp Designed Costume in Tekken 6

Date: Wednesday July 1st 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

Homemade Katamari Controller

Date: Tuesday May 26th 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 March 1st 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

Manga Artists Design Soul Calibur 4 Characters

Date: Thursday July 10th 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 October 10th 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

Pokemon GTS- it's super effective

Date: Friday September 14th 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

Bleach Games coming to US

Date: Wednesday July 11th 2007 [12:36] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Two Bleach games are on the way to the States in autumn in time for the second series of the anime on Cartoon Network.

Read More... | Source: IGN Wii

Otaku News Special: Spectrobes Review

Date: Tuesday June 12th 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 June 11th 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

Nintendo composer Koji Kondo to perform in San Francisco

Date: Tuesday February 20th 2007 [12:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

For a special event of the closing night ceremony of Video Games Live, Nintendo composer Koji Kondo will be making an appearance at the event and is set to perform one of his favourite melodies from his career with Nintendo. Tickets for the March 9th event are priced from $38.50 to $65, and are now available at LiveNation.com.

Read More... | Source: Video Games Live

Udon release Megaman and Street Fighter artbooks

Date: Tuesday February 20th 2007 [12:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Capcom fans will pleased to hear about Udon Entertainment's new artbooks, one for Megaman Zero and another on Street Fighter.

Read More... | Source: Udon Entertainment

Nintendo proud of their Wii

Date: Tuesday November 28th 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 November 18th 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

Rare Games Collection Stolen

Date: Sunday August 20th 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 April 26th 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 January 17th 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

Sony PlayStation Wins Emmy

Date: Saturday October 1st 2005 [10:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

When you think of Emmys you normally think of TV stars winning the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards. This year however the Sony PlayStation has been awarded an Emmy, for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Advanced New Media. It should be noted that this award is for Sony's first computer games console, the original PlayStation due to it's pioneering work on 3D polygonal-based gaming experience.

Source: BBC News

National Unified Otaku Proficiency Exam

Date: Monday July 11th 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 May 17th 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 May 12th 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

Geneon Release Anime On PSP

Date: Monday May 9th 2005 [18:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime News Network are currently highlighting a story on Modojo.com about anime on Sony's PSP Handheld system, Geneon Entertainment plan to release Appleseed and Samurai Champloo on UMD on July 5 in North America. Appleseed will be priced at $19.95 only a few cents less than the DVD version, while Samurai Champloo will be $14.98, with the DVD version around $23. It should be noted that the UMD versions will not have the extras that the full DVD versions will have. For more details check a full report on Video Business Online

Source: Anime News Network

Xbox 360 Confirmed For This Year

Date: Tuesday May 3rd 2005 [12:13] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Bill Gates has announced at the business writers' convention in the USA that the new Microsoft multimedia console, currently known as the Xbox 360, will launch in America this year. More questions are expected to be answered on an MTV special airing on May 12th in Northern America and May 13th worldwide.

Source: Gamesindustry.biz

Game Gear Goju

Date: Sunday April 3rd 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 March 24th 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

Review: Shadow Hearts 2 - Covenant on PS2

Date: Thursday March 10th 2005 [18:12] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

We’ve got something a little bit special here at Otaku News, a review of the PS2 RPG Shadow Hearts 2: Covenant. The question is; is the game worth your hard earned cash (pounds, dollars, zenii or otherwise)? Read on to find out.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Geneon To Release Star Ocean EX

Date: Friday October 29th 2004 [12:48] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime > DVD

A press release from Geneon Animation USA has announced the immenent release of Star Ocean EX on DVD. The series, based on a game for the Sony Playstation, follows Claude Kenni, a crewmember on the spaceship Calnus, who is transported to an unfamiliar alien world and attempts to unlock the secret of a mysterious sattelite, will be available from January 4th.

Read More... | Source: Geneon Animation

Nintendo Abandons Family Image for New Gameboy DS Adverts.

Date: Sunday October 24th 2004 [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Reuters are running a story about Nintendo's new American advertising campaign costing $40 million for it's largest product launch. The whole campaign is aimed at more "mature" audience with the tagline of "Touching is Good."

Print ads will appear in men's magazines Maxim and Blender, with a woman holding a DS saying "How to Score! ... Start listening to her needs, playa!".

TV ads are scheduled for ad slots in-between episodes of South Park too.

Source: Reuters

Nintendo May Produce Anime

Date: Friday October 1st 2004 [16:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

According to Animaxis, at a recent press conference former Nintendo chairman and current advisor Hiroshi Yamauchi revealed that he is urging Nintendo to expand into the anime industry.

Yamauchi plans to formally propose this during the October general management conference. Now there is speculation that Nintendo would produce their own anime in the near future.

Source: Animaxis

Sony announce PS two

Date: Wednesday September 22nd 2004 [18:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

The BBC and a few other websites are publishing articles about Sony's PlayStation 2 replacement the PS two, which was announced at the Tokyo Game Show. It seems just like when the original PlayStation was replaced with the PS one near the end of it's flagship life cycle, the PlayStation 2 will be replaced with the PS two. The PS two will have an ethernet port built in, it's also a lot smaller with the internal sized reduced by 75%, and it's 5cm thinner too!

The release date seems to be set for November (just in time for Christmas), it'll be priced around $149 in the North America, €149 in Europe and £99 in the UK.

Gaming Horizon have some nice pictures of the machine!

Source: BBC

Ghost In The Shell hits Cinema Screens, TV, DVD, comic shops and PS2

Date: Saturday September 11th 2004 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just been sent a very interesting press release for the Ghost In The Shell franchise, it's well known that the movie Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence it will be hitting US cinema screens on September 17th and that Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment are jointly releasing the DVDs for Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex series. However what they also point out is that Standalone Complex will be aired on Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim from early November!

The press release also mentions that Dark Horse is republishing Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga as Ghost in the Shell 2nd Edition, it features extra materials not published in previous US editions and will be printed in it's original Japanese size.

It also mentions the new PS2 game. So it looks like US anime fans will be able to get Ghost In the Shell in every single format they could want!

Read More... | Source: Go Fish Pictures

More Information On The Nintendo DS!

Date: Wednesday August 11th 2004 [14:09] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Nintendo have revealed yet more information on their new handheld console. They have confirmed that it will be known officially as the Nintendo DS.
The console has two screens, which are touch sensitive, has voice recognition technology, and supports multiplayer gaming. Nintendo of America
seem particularly confident listing developers who have committed to titles in the West.

Read More... | Source: Nintendo of America

Nintendo flatly denies takeover bid by Microsoft

Date: Thursday August 5th 2004 [17:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

According to Forbes.com Nintendo has flatly denied the possibility of its takeover by Microsoft.

The Register are also running an interesting article comparing the XBox 2 to Nintendo's next Gen Machine.

Source: Forbes.com

Playstation Hits 100 Million Mark

Date: Monday May 24th 2004 [22:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Japanese electronics giant Sony has shipped its 100 millionth Playstation, the company has announced.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

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