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Kororinpa rolls onto Japanese phones

Hudson's Kororinpa, a game so short that it has to stand on a stool to get served at bars, has been ported from the Wii to Japan's i-Mode phones. The mobile version doesn't have any arm-waving shenanigans, of course, but it does appear to faithfully replicate most other aspects of the game. Kororinp...

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Q-Games' PixelJunk, as seen in Famitsu

This week's issue of Weekly Famitsu has an interview with Dylan Cuthbert of Kyoto-based developer Q-Games. The double-page spread reveals Q-Games' latest project, PixelJunk, which is being designed as a series of "casual games" for download from the PS3's PlayStation Store. We've taken some shots o...

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NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams confirmed for Wii this winter

Yes. According to Famitsu, Sonic Team USA will have its sequel to legendary Saturn title NiGHTS ready for a Wii release this winter. NiGHTS 2 will now be known as NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (although that name isn't confirmed for the Japanese market). Famitsu explains that the main attraction of Jo...

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More English Training (necessary) on DS

The sequel to last year's successful Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training (translation: DS Training for Adults who Struggle with English) has just been released in Japan. Nintendo is promoting More English Training, the new title, with a TV ad campaign that shows how dangerous it can be to keep on...

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Japanese release day highlights: 03.22.07

Some game release Thursdays in Japan are surprisingly dull. Today is one of those days, really, but there is some digital sunshine in the Akihabara sky. If you have the means, do consider these three gems before economizing for the big releases of April*: Armored Core 4 (online mech goodness fro...

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New Ouendan 2 images appear in Famitsu

French site Jeux France has "plus d'images" (which, we think, means "more images") of potential DS GOTY Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Tamashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan -- aka Ouendan 2. The new scans are taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu and reveal that Ippongi Ryuta (pictured, above left, in det...

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Minna no Golf 5 demo hits Japanese PlayStation Store

If you don't already have a dummy Japanese PSN account, now's the time to make one. We've spent the past 19 minutes downloading a playable demo of Clap Hanz' Minna no Golf 5, which is the PS3 debut for a series that's also known as Hot Shots Golf and Everybody's Golf. The demo weighs in at 241MB, a...

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Japan gets celebrity-endorsed Miis

Have a look at this here Japanese commercial for the genius of Mii. It stars two famous personalities -- Akashiya Sanma, renowned comedian/TV presenter (pictured, with teeth), and Shuuzou Matsuoka, one-time tennis player (pictured on the right) -- both of whom are having a great time as they constru...

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Japanese release day highlights: 03.08.07

It's Thursday -- woohoo! That means new releases for Joystiq's bloggers and readers in Japan (and a "now shipping" date for the import tribe). If you're here, or there, consider splashing your Yen on these nifty gems: Virtua Tennis 3 ("ace," "a smash," "grand slam," etc.; Sega, PS3) Bomberman ...

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Okami creator 'disappointed' by Twilight Princess

Okami is deeply beautiful to our eyes, and it's a superb game. Twilight Princess, we feel, is a deeply brilliant game. But is Link's most recent adventure also beautiful? Okami's Director, Hideki Kamiya, was in Tokyo last week to pick up an Entertainment Award (for his work on Okami, natch) at th...

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