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Namco Bandai's Idolm@ster games have been exclusive to Japan since the series started, and for good reason: they're all about being a producer who recruits, trains, and promotes a girl group of "idol" performers. It's a huge sensation in Japan, and would meet mostly blank stares over here.And now,...

April 22nd 2013 at 9:50pm 0 Comments
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Since the DSi was first announced, it's been difficult to precisely determine its regional limitations. Rumor spread that everything would be region-locked -- that all Japanese games would be incompatible with an American DSi. That's not true. So far, only DSiWare has been proven region-locked, as a...

September 18th 2009 at 12:45pm 0 Comments
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The Idolm@ster: Dearly Stars is interesting for more than just being the first entry in Namco Bandai's rhythm game/management series on Japan's favorite console. It's notable in that it deals with some surprisingly complex topics for a bubbly anime-style game -- though, of course, they seem to be ha...

July 13th 2009 at 2:15pm 0 Comments
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As you may or may not know, the Idolmaster rhythm game series is so popular in Japan that the most commonly selected name for newborns there last year was [insert some name from Idolmaster's Wikipedia entry here]. Now that it's -- according to some Famitsu scans -- apparently coming to DS in Idolma...

May 27th 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Those that absolutely must have the latest PSP firmware update may want to import Idolmaster SP. The recently released Japan-only game features a new update that isn't available online. Without an official changelog, the effects of the firmware are unconfirmed -- any guesses? Some are speculating t...

February 19th 2009 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Following up on last week's discounted Legendary Map Pack for Halo 3, Major Nelson recently announced the latest Xbox Live Marketplace "Holiday Deal of the Week". For the next seven days, you can pick up one of the best pieces of Rock Band DLC to drop this year (in our most humble, Grohl-worshiping...

December 9th 2008 at 1:20pm 0 Comments
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If you regularly read this blog, then the following Namco line-up shouldn't be all that new. Namco is bringing six titles to show; these are namely: Idolmaster SP Perfect Sun, Idolmaster SP Wandering Star, Idolmaster SP Missing Moon, Macross Ace Frontier, Mobile Suit Gundam vs. Gundam and last but...

September 30th 2008 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Unless you're a truly hardcore otaku, it might be hard to understand the appeal of Idolmaster. This was a huge success in Japan, in spite of it being on Xbox 360. Imagine how well it will do when it arrives on Japan's most successful console right now. Yeah, we're thinking this is going to cause a...

July 28th 2008 at 4:08pm 0 Comments
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For some crazy reason, Namco Bandai decided to release the very Japanese Idolmaster game exclusively on Xbox 360. It quickly became the system's most popular game ... but that doesn't say much for those that follow the Japanese charts every week. Looks like Namco Bandai realized that the franchise...

July 23rd 2008 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Taiko no Tatsujin: 7-tsu no Shima is turning into the Love Boat of DS rhythm games: a massive confluence of guest stars at various levels of notoriety. Also, much like The Love Boat, the music is great.Not only will Doraemon, the Oshiri Kajiri Mushi, and characters from Namco Bandai's own The Idolm@...

March 25th 2008 at 12:45pm 0 Comments
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Our Video Game Certification is a collection of minigames based on old 8-bit Namco games, designed to test your skill in very focused retrogaming tasks. Therefore, you'd expect the old 8-bit Namco games to be old 8-bit Namco games. They've got a lot of the things, from Cutie-Q to Wonder Momo -- one...

December 22nd 2007 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Already established as a cult classic in Japan (albeit with a slightly creepy cult), NamcoBandai's Idol Master has moved a sizeable number of players from dingy arcades back to their dingy bedrooms. And now, thanks to yesterday's introduction of downloadable items, there's even more fodder (we're n...

February 13th 2007 at 11:05pm 0 Comments