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Pokemon Rumble U Japanese Trailer Shows Skylanders-Style Toy Tech

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Jonathan Lester
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Japanese games, NFC, Nintendo, Pokemon Rumble U, trailer

Pokemon Rumble U Japanese Trailer Shows Skylanders-Style Toy Tech

Pokemon Rumble U may only be slated for a Japanese release, but it's noteworthy for two reasons. First of all, it's the first Pokemon game to release exclusively on the Wii U. Secondly, however, it will also launch with a range of collectible Pokemon figurines, who can be transported into the game using Skylanders-style Near Field Communications tech. It's all built into the Wii U Gamepad, meaning that no extra peripherals will be required.

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Marvelous AQL Reveal Steam Pros/Cons For Japanese Games

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Matt Gardner
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East vs West, Japanese games, Marvelous AQL, PC games, Steam

Marvelous AQL Reveal Steam Pros/Cons For Japanese Games

Marvelous AQL's Esteban Salazar has suggested that while Steam is great outlet for Japanese developers and publishers to get their games in front of a wider audience without spending too much money, there are still several barriers to success - most notably Japan's relatively small PC market, and the language barrier.

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Bleszinski: Japan "Cannot Ignore Multiplayer"

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Matt Gardner
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Cliff Bleszinski, CliffyB, East vs West, Japanese games, Shadows Of The Damned, Vanquish

Bleszinski: Japan "Cannot Ignore Multiplayer"

Epic's CliffyB has suggested that Japan's Western woes could down to a lack of focus on multiplayer in their titles, using the paucity of connected gameplay modes in title such as Vanquish and Shadows of the Damned to support his standpoint.

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Yamaoka: Japanese Games Industry "Struggling A Bit"

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Matt Gardner
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Akira Yamaoka, Japan, Japanese games, Mid-range, Sine Mora

Yamaoka: Japanese Games Industry "Struggling A Bit"

Akira Yamaoka has chipped in with his thoughts on the state of Japan's gaming industry, suggesting that it is "struggling a bit", and ruminating that perhaps "we reached the maximum that we could achieve".

Taking on board the concerns that Keiji Inafune put forward in his speech at GDC, Yamaoka said that it's important to recognise that video game development provides a global service, and that failing to recognise the global part of that is hurting the Japanese industry.

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Kojima: Japanese Developers Falling Behind On "Technology, Gameplay, And World View"

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Matt Gardner
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Hideo Kojima, Japan, Japanese games, Keiji Inafune, Kojima Productions, Phil Fish

Kojima: Japanese Developers Falling Behind On "Technology, Gameplay, And World View"

Hideo Kojima has chipped in with his two cents on the nature of Japanese development in the wake of Phil Fish and Keiji Inafune's critical comments regarding the state of Eastern industry at this year's GDC.

In Kojima's eyes, Japan has fallen behind in three key areas: "technology, gameplay and world view." The first is, he suggests , rather easily remedied, but the perspective shifts required to fix the other two could take more time.

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Fez Creator Phil Fish Slams Modern Japanese Games, Says They "Just Suck"

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Matt Gardner
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East vs West, GDC 2012, Japanese games, Jonathan Blow, Keiji Inafune, Phil Fish, Rez

Fez Creator Phil Fish Slams Modern Japanese Games, Says They "Just Suck"

It's all kicked off at this year's GDC, as Fez creator Phil Fish responded to a question asking for his opinion on modern Japanese games by saying that they "just suck".

The question was put to a panel that included Fish and Braid creator Jonathan Blow, following a screening of Indie game: The Movie. Fish's rather blunt response was "your games just suck", with Blow reportedly agreeing, calling modern Japanese games "joyless husks".

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Rising Star Games Reveals 2012 Lineup

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS Games, DS games, Japanese games, Rising Star games

Rising Star Games Reveals 2012 Lineup

Rising Star Games, the niche publishing house famed for bringing Japanese games to PAL territories, has announced their current 2012 lineup that includes a new focus on 3DS games. We can expect five 3DS titles to release over the next few months, along with the previously-confirmed BIT.TRIP collections, Way Of The Samurai 4 for PS3 and Akai Katana on Xbox 360. It'll likely be one of the last CAVE ports, though, now that the veteran SHMUP designer is going social.

Full lineup after the break.

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