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About Anne Lee

Anne will tell you whether or not you’re missing out when it comes to those pesky Japan-only releases. When she isn’t researching gender and sexuality in Japanese popular culture, she’s playing the quirkiest games she can get her hands on. Region locking is the bane of her existence.

Review: Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl

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A Tale that Deserves to be Told Luigi’s got real competition for the “year of” title for 2013, and it comes from an unlikely source: the hardcore first-person dungeon crawler series known as Etrian Odyssey. Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl may be a remake of the first game in the series, but the 3DS exclusive packs […]

Review: Unholy Heights

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The Apartment from Hell The spread of digital distribution has brought indie game developers into the limelight, and some, such as Minecraft developer Notch, have been able to enjoy the fame and fortune that comes with breakout success. But while western indies have thrived, however, the Japanese indie game development scene is much smaller, and the number […]

Review: SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt

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Diggin’ diggin’ diggin’ When you’re knee-deep in game announcements, news, and previews, it’s very hard to be surprised by a new release. Image & Form’s first 3DS eShop title, SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt, however, is just that: a pleasant, much-needed surprise. While SteamWorld Dig wears its inspirations on its sleeve, it’s truly a game that is […]

Review: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.

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“Multiple Dreamy Luigis” indeed! For some, the mustached plumber duo may be starting to overstay their welcome, with Nintendo releasing multiple rehashes of the New Super Mario Bros. formula and a disappointing entry into the Paper Mario series that was Sticker Star. While the RPG spinoffs have never managed a huge place in the limelight, however, Mario & Luigi: […]

Best of Niche Gaming: Top Picks for May 2013

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Welcome to another installment of Best of Niche Gaming, where buttons never stick and the games are always hot – even if they do manage to go under the radar of many. This May is very much the calm before the storm that is E3 and the flurry of video game announcements that will likely […]

A Japanese learner’s guide to GungHo’s PSN import releases

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Any language learner knows that there’s nothing more fun and rewarding than doing something you enjoy in the language you’re studying, and Japanese is no different. Sites like The JRPG Club prove that many a video game fan dreams of Japanese language proficiency, and with the land of the rising sun being home to countless gaming gems, […]

Best of Niche Gaming: Top Picks for April 2013

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Can you believe April’s almost over? I certainly can’t, as I’ve still got piles of niche releases from the first three months of the year to catch up on! But time stops for no one, and the release schedule for this month is looking particularly solid. There’s sure to be at least one April niche […]

Best of Niche Gaming: Top Picks for March 2013

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March is surprisingly Nintendo-centric with all but one of our niche gaming picks landing on Nintendo platforms. The 3DS continues to roll out spectacular titles, including a whopping three new titles in massively-popular Japanese franchises. Most importantly, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is, without a doubt, the biggest Wii U release since the system’s launch late […]

Charm only goes so far in ‘Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’

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It was hard not to be excited for Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. For anyone with even the slightest interest in Japanese animation, it was a dream come true: Studio Ghibli, makers of iconic films from My Neighbor Totoro to Spirited Away would be, for the first time ever, lending their talents to a video […]

Best of Niche Gaming: Top Picks for February 2013

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Just because it’s nearing the end of February doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten my top five monthly niche game picks! February has seen an onslaught of great titles, and it’s clear that 2013 is going to pack in as many quality releases as possible. This month we’ve got three exciting, but very different, RPGs, as well […]

Five otome games we want Aksys to localize in English

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Squeals of delight were heard far and wide when Aksys Games stealthily announced on Valentine’s Day that they would be localizing Sweet Fuse: At Your Side, one of the many otome games on the PSP.  The game, which is scheduled to debut in North America this summer, marks the second otome game the company has brought […]

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows: Poor sequel or excellent fan disc?

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Back in 2011, a virtually unknown Japanese horror game by the name of Corpse Party made its way onto the near-dead PSP by way of publisher XSEED Games. Featuring a mixture of 16-bit sprites and anime-style illustrations, the game seemed relatively unassuming, making it all the more shocking that it quickly rose to revered cult-status […]

XSEED announces stellar 2013 lineup including ‘Killer is Dead’ and more

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North American publisher XSEED Games has just announced their 2013 release lineup, and it’s full of quality Japanese titles for the upcoming year. Ys I & II Chronicle+ will be first to arrive in February, followed by previously-announced Pandora’s Tower, Killer is Dead, Rune Factory 4, Ys: Memories of Celeceta, and Valhalla Knights 3 over the next 11 months. Killer is […]

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