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Oh Tenchu… what happened to you

Observe the magnificent cat-waggle abilities showcased in the forthcoming Tenchu 4:

They’ve also added some kind of bizarre particle effect which strongly hints at the player rolling to pre-defined positions. Not very ninjalike. (And get a load of that twitchy ragdoll.)
Tenchu was an incredible breakout game on the PS1. I remember importing the Japanese copy [...]


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No Head-Tracking in Boom Blox? Why?

3D head-tracking hack in action.
I just read that at the recent Nintendo Media Summit, EA mentioned that Spielberg’s pet Wii project Boom Blox would not include the head-tracking mode as an easter egg, as they had previously said.
Why would they take that out?
Ever since 3D head-tracking had been demonstrated using very cheap gear, and on [...]


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There Is No Rock Band For Wii

This is a public service announcement:

The box is a lie.
You may encounter a product that looks like Rock Band for Wii, sometime in June. It is a thoroughly convincing doppleganger. However, do not be fooled: this is not Rock Band, but rather some sort of cruel and unusual hoax, as reported in several sources. This [...]


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I, for one, welcome our iPhone Gaming Overlords

… and I’d like to remind them that as a trusted blogging personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground development caves.
Have you seen this shit? It’s crazytown in iPhoneville. Apple has released the kraken. Named SDK.
I’ve been a little slow responding to this announcement since I wanted to [...]


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It’s Super Smash Bros Brawl Day (in Japan)

For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great [...]


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You Heard It Here First: Trains

That is the hot new genre: Japan’s bizarre obsession with train games, or more accurately train sims, is making itself known. Ah, the thrill of laboriously managing and driving trains. Virtually. In the most breathtakingly boring scenario possible. There’s meal selection featured in one of these. It’s all just so hideously triple-A obsessive compulsive, [...]


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No More Heroes: Balancing Giddy Raves With My Revulsion

I’ve previously mentioned No More Heroes on this blog, a quirky Wii game now released in Japan. The title had my attention for two reasons:

It is designed by Suda 41, bizarro game designer extraodinaire, who was responsible for the visually interesting yet ultimately disappointing Killer 7

It has lightsabers

The publisher has been extremely stingy in releasing [...]


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When Fanboys Attack: Super Mario Reviewer E-Lynched By Foaming Nintendrones

The biggest release this week Super Mario Galaxy. This is a game that is so hotly anticipated that the mere sight of it causes small Japanese schoolgirls to instantly combust. There is a vast, bloodthirsty horde of barbarians on NeoGAF that will kill everyone standing between themselves and their preorder. Game magazine editors genuflect in [...]


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Notable Releases: October 21–27

This has to be one of the busiest weeks, in terms of game releases, that I’ve ever seen. No matter what platform(s) you own, there is at least one big release for each.
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (PS3)
Insomniac is one of the best developers around, and it looks like they’ve cranked out another [...]


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