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The Tokyo Game Show is now in full swing, but we've actually been in Tokyo for a few days. On our first day in town, we stopped by the Akihabara district, a definite must-see for any gaming fans passing through Tokyo. We stopped by the Gundam Cafe, retro game store Super Potato (again) and, after a...

September 20th 2012 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Level-5 has filed a trademark for both the titles "Black Market" and "Akihabara Black Market," which could mean that the developer of Dark Cloud and Professor Layton might be working on a new game based in the shadier parts of Japan's real-life Akihabara "Electric Town" district, well known as a ha...

November 25th 2010 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Fujisoft building in Akihabara [image source] Epic Games has announced the official opening of its Japan office -- on April 15, the company will hold an event in the Fujisoft Building in Tokyo's Akihabara district, and the guest list includes a few gaming luminaries, including No More Heroes' Suda5...

April 12th 2010 at 11:30pm 0 Comments
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If you happen to find yourself in Tokyo on February 27, you're ... really pretty lucky -- and we'll be, oh, so jealous of you. That is, of course, if you ride the Yamanote line to Akihabara and experience Microsoft's celebration of shoot-'em-ups for Xbox 360, known as the Shooting Festa 2010. Excus...

February 17th 2010 at 4:15pm 0 Comments
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As a hilarious April Fools' Day prank, AkibaBlog posted a notice that Square Enix's DS role-playing game, Dragon Quest IX, had gone on sale early, with stores hosting surprise midnight launches. The blog posted pictures from other launch events in Tokyo's Akihabara district, passing them off as imag...

April 1st 2009 at 11:48am 0 Comments
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Anecdotal evidence suggests that neither Mirror's Edge nor Mercenaries 2 took off in Japan. This picture shows stacks of new copies of both games on sale for ¥1,980 ($21). Mirror's Edge was released on December 11 in Japan, and Mercenaries 2 followed one week later. Both the Xbox 360 and PlaySta...

February 20th 2009 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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It's mighty trendy around these parts to say how much you lament the day when Sega caved to the PS2 and pulled the plug on the Dreamcast, but which side were you on when the Saturn was getting tag-teamed by the OG PlayStation and N64? That poor thing never come close to the sales of even its failed...

October 17th 2008 at 9:43am 0 Comments
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Rena and Lisa make up Vanilla Beans, a Japanese pop idol duo with a fanciful style that separates them from typical J-pop groups. The two recently appeared at Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing to promote their new music single with an interesting publicity stunt -- dressed as retro flight attendants, they s...

October 1st 2008 at 11:30pm 0 Comments
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We'll be honest -- Dave has run into a magnificent problem to have, but it's still an issue in need of an answer. And before you get too engrossed, may we remind you that you can send in questions of your own to ask at engadget dawt com. "I live in Canada and have relatives visiting Taiwan in the n...

September 25th 2008 at 9:29pm 0 Comments
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Chalk this one up to "we saw this coming," but the troubled waters that flash carts have found themselves in has led to an increase in R4 sales.Nintendo and fifty-three other companies are filing a suit against retailers selling flash carts, demanding that they stop the sales and imports of said ca...

July 30th 2008 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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This is all a bit bizarre. Game retailer Toranoana in Akihabara, Tokyo's destination for things electronic, has a display set up within its shop with a "porn pink" PSP. It's got stickers and designs all for promotion of the PC eroge title Dokodemo suki shite itsudemo suki shite ("Love me wherever,...

June 27th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments