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For the first time, Razer is relying on anime girl mascots to sell products. Here’s why.

October 1, 2014 | Mary-Anne Lee

Razer introduces Razer Adaro Girls, mascots for its Adaro headphone line. We explore how anime girl mascots have helped brands in Japan.Read More

Bayonetta 2 slices into 3rd place on the Japanese sales charts

September 25, 2014 | J. Sexton

One of the last third party exclusives for the Wii U, Bayonetta 2 saw a modestly successful debut in Japan one month ahead of its worldwide release.
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Japan gets its first League of Legends trailer, and it’s not looking great

September 25, 2014 | Thomas Price | 2 Comments

Riot is launching League of Legends in Japan, but their first trailer doesn’t seem like the company is trying hard enough. Read More

Elemental is the cutest little indie console game you’ll see at Tokyo Game Show

September 20, 2014 | Mary-Anne Lee

I-Illusion’s minimalist indie game Element4l is coming to the PS4 in Japan. Read More

Sense of Wonder Night 2014: the weird and the wonderful of the world’s indie games

September 20, 2014 | Mary-Anne Lee

Tokyo Game Show’s Sense of Wonder Night 2014 has crowned its king, but there are many others worthy of note. Read More

If you’ve hated mobile RPGs, Cross Summoner could change your mind

September 19, 2014 | Mary-Anne Lee | 12 Comments

Pokelabo’s 16-bit action-RPG Cross Summoner has been published by Gree, and is literally going places.Read More

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is coming to Asian Xbox Ones with a demo of FFXV

September 19, 2014 | C. Custer | 2 Comments

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be hitting Xbox Ones in Southeast Asia next March, and with it will come a demo for the latest major installment in the Final Fantasy series. Read More

Monster Hunter 4 and Pokemon X & Y top Japan Game Awards winners

September 18, 2014 | C. Custer

This year’s winners of the annual Japan Game Awards have been announced. Here they are!Read More

Smash Bros, Destiny top Japanese sales

September 18, 2014 | J. Sexton | One Comment

Destiny takes 2 spots in Japan’s top 10 software sales charts lats week. Not enough to stop Mario & co. from taking over though.Read More

Kickstart a music game that teaches you to write Japanese

September 18, 2014 | J. Sexton | One Comment

Singapore-based developer Springloaded is trying to bring its music-centered hiragana teaching game from mobile to more platforms.Read More

F2P fighting game Rise of Incarnates coming to Steam Early Access in November with tons of new content

September 18, 2014 | C. Custer | 4 Comments

If you’re interested in fighting games, Bandai Namco’s new free-to-play Steam title Rise of Incarnates is looking promising, and will hit early access in November of this year. And there’s even more coming to the game…Read More

Smash Bros. for 3DS is killing it in Japan

September 16, 2014 | J. Sexton | 2 Comments

The 4th installment of Nintendo’s beloved brawler still has the star power to stomp the Japanese charts.Read More

The best of Asian mobile gaming: September 5 to September 12

September 13, 2014 | Rishi Alwani | 2 Comments

The best of Asia’s mobile games for the week of September 5 to September 12, 2014. Read More

Let’s face it, Japan doesn’t really care about consoles anymore.

September 12, 2014 | J. Sexton | One Comment

Sales numbers for this generation of consoles have us wondering if Japanese people even own televisions anymore.
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Games account for nearly 90% of all mobile app revenue in Japan

September 11, 2014 | C. Custer | One Comment

Just how big is mobile gaming in Japan? Big enough that when it comes to earning money, mobile games are eclipsing every other kind of app.Read More

Cocone’s Pocket Colony, now Mini Me, has a devious plan for world domination

September 9, 2014 | Mary-Anne Lee

Japan’s Pocket Colony has been renamed Mini Me, and is now ready for world domination! Read More

China vs. Japan: newly announced Hearthstone competition channels old grudges in a friendly way

September 2, 2014 | Thomas Price

Following the success of the China vs Korea Masters competition, Netease has teamed with e-Sports Square to bring us the China-Japan Hearthstone Challenge.Read More

Puzzle & Dragons developer Gungho is setting up shop in Singapore

August 22, 2014 | Mary-Anne Lee

Gungho will set up shop in Singapore next month to focus on Asia and emerging markets. And it has $300 million to spend. Read More