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Nintendo and Uniqlo Team Up for T-shirt Design Competition

Date: 2016 July 03 15:11 | Posted By:

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.

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

Date: 2015 December 07 17:46 | Posted By:

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.

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

Date: 2015 October 20 15:37 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Rice Digital

Sony's Easter Sale for PS3 and Vita

Date: 2014 April 09 12:59 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Playstation Blog

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

Date: 2013 September 23 16:37 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Otaku News

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

Date: 2012 June 03 14:10 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

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

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

Date: 2012 May 16 16:21 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Namco Bandai

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

Date: 2012 February 04 14:58 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: The Japan Foundation in London

Hironobu Sakaguchi at the MCM Midlands Comic Con February 2012

Date: 2012 January 18 17:15 | Posted By:

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.

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Free Entry to October 2010 London MCM for BlazBlue Cosplayers

Date: 2010 September 29 16:22 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: BlazBlue Offical Website

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes UK release details

Date: 2010 September 06 15:02 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Capcom

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

Date: 2010 May 04 16:32 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: London MCM Expo

Star Ocean: The Last Hope European Release Details

Date: 2009 May 29 16:17 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Star Ocean Website

Naruto PS3 Game Demo Out

Date: 2008 July 31 19:55 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > Consoles

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

Read More... | Souce: PlayStation Network

Otakunews Special: Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria Review

Date: 2007 October 10 17:58 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Otaku News

Wii Anime Fighters Coming Soon

Date: 2007 September 28 21:09 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Official Nintendo Magazine

Otaku News Special: Chocobo Tales Review

Date: 2007 June 29 17:42 | Posted By:

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.

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Otaku News special: FFXII Review

Date: 2007 April 29 17:17 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Otaku News

FFXII London launch report

Date: 2007 February 25 14:36 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Otaku News

Final Fantasy XII UK launch details

Date: 2007 February 16 13:23 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XII cosplay contest

Date: 2007 January 24 09:17 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Square Enix

ADV Bring Wii to your Living Room

Date: 2006 September 30 18:14 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: ADV Films UK

Game On London

Date: 2006 September 18 07:32 | Posted By:

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.

Souce: Science Museum

Wii Price and Date Announced for the UK

Date: 2006 September 15 10:53 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Nintendo

The Success of Dragon Quest

Date: 2006 April 26 03:22 | Posted By:

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.

Souce: Times On-line

Atari Europe's Bandai Christmas Line Up

Date: 2005 October 30 15:02 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Atari

PSP Ghost In the Shell:SAC Game Details

Date: 2005 October 20 15:40 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Atari

Shonen Jump Superstars features in NoM UK

Date: 2005 September 22 09:36 | Posted By:

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.

Souce: Nintendo: Official Magazine

UK PSP Anime Movies

Date: 2005 July 19 17:44 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Otaku News

DS Breaks UK Sales Records With No PSP In Sight

Date: 2005 March 19 16:26 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: BBC News

Review: Shadow Hearts 2 - Covenant on PS2

Date: 2005 March 10 18:12 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Otaku News

Shadow Hearts 2 UK PS2 Release Details

Date: 2005 February 19 08:55 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > Consoles

Midway have sent us the details for the UK PS2 release of Shadow Hearts 2. It's due out on 11th March and RPG fans will know that it's been developed by former SquareSoft employees.

Read More... | Souce: Midway

Bandai and Atari Announce Release for GITS:SAC

Date: 2004 November 01 12:39 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > Consoles

For all you Playstation 2 owners out there, Bandai and Atari have announced the EU release of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The game follows a similar format to the television series of the same name allowing the player to play as Motoko Kusanagi, Bateau, or the Tachikoma combat robot working for the mysterious 'Section 9' anti-terrorist division.

Read More... | Souce: GamesIndustry.biz

More Information On The Nintendo DS!

Date: 2004 August 11 14:09 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Nintendo of America

Animal Crossing in the UK at last

Date: 2004 August 11 13:54 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > Consoles

Pester power does work albeit slowly, cult RPG hit Animal Crossing will arrive in the UK on September 24th! This version is rumoured to have unique features compared to its US counterpart (as it's unlikely that it will be online).

Read More... | Souce: Nintendo Europe

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