Enter virtual reality
The popular Sword Art Online series is heading to the Nintendo Switch. During a stage event at the 2018 Tokyo Game Show, Bandai Namco announced Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet would both be arriving on the Switch at some point in the future. According to Gematsu, the first is a Deluxe...
Make some noise
The last One Piece game released on a Nintendo system was Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition on the Switch. Before then, Unlimited World Red - Deluxe Edition was also made available on the hybrid device. If you're a fan of the series, you will have no doubt heard about Lu
A veteran of the industry
Sad news has emerged over the weekend. The famous Japanese voice actor, Unshu Ishizuka, has passed away from esophageal cancer at the age of 67. Ishizuka was known as the voice of Professor Oak in the Japanese Pokémon anime, as well as for being the narrator of the series. His close relatives have reportedly...
Pokémon: The Power of Us
The latest Pokémon movie (known as Pokémon: Everyone's Story in Japan) has received a bunch of new announcements surrounding its western release, with release dates being given for the US, and even a brand new name for the movie itself. The movie will now be called Pokémon: The Power of Us, no doubt referring to...
It has still aired in Japan
The Pokémon Sun & Moon anime is airing right now in Japan, but fans in the West have noticed the current series' 64th episode hasn't received the usual western dub. In fact, the current US run has completely skipped the episode, leaving many to assume it's been banned entirely. Why? Well, the episode features...
Releases worldwide this October
The developer Niantic wasn’t exactly a household name until it released the insanely popular smartphone hit, Pokémon GO, in partnership with The Pokémon Company. Since then, the American-based developer has been able to secure the rights to work with other big-name IP such as Harry Potter. Now, falling back...
Will it make the Switch?
Arc System Works in partnership with APLUS Games have revealed Kill la Kill the Game will be released next year. Described as a "battle action" title for up to two players, the exact platforms the game will be available on have not yet been announced. More details about the title based on Studio...
Update: Say hello to Zeraora
Update: As was rumoured, Zeraora is the new 'mon. Here's some PR: Zeraora is an Electric-type Pokémon that gathers electric energy from outside sources, emitting strong electrical currents from the pads on its hands and feet to create a powerful magnetic field. Zeraora uses this magnetic field to levitate...
43 episodes to binge-watch
The Pokémon Sun And Moon anime series has just hit Netflix. 43 episodes are currently available, giving you the chance to experience the new adventures of Ash and Pikachu. The focus of the series is Ash's arrival at the Pokémon School in the Alola region, where he meets new...
Ah, the nostalgia!
Brock and Misty may be two of the most famous (human) faces in the Pokémon universe, but that didn't stop them being unceremoniously cut from the recent 20th anniversary Pokémon movie. Fans were up in arms about history effectively being re-written to expunge Ash's devoted travelling companions, but it would seem that...
Keeping things fresh
Despite making its debut on Nintendo’s underperforming Wii U, Splatoon has become a successful new Nintendo property by all counts, especially in Japan. For quite a while now, there’s been a long running Splatoon manga in Japan’s CoroCoro magazine, which has proven itself to be decently popular in the region. And now with...
Say hello to The Legend of Zorro and Robin Hood
Nintendo UK has confirmed that two more classic anime series are now available for viewing via the 3DS Anime Channel. The Legend of Zorro - known in Japan as Kaiketsu Zorro - originally aired in 1996 and, as the title suggests, is an animated take on Johnston McCulley's famous hero. Robin...
Super Mario: The Lost Lessons
With the popularity of the Super Mario series you'd think that, with all of the licensing Nintendo has done over 30+ years, some items will have gone missing. One of these was a short educational film in Japan called “Super Mario’s Traffic Safety”, also known as “Super Mario no Koutsuu Anzen” in Japanese...
"Is this fan-made?"
The Pokémon anime is officially one of the longest-running animated franchises of all time, and over its five different series - split into 19 seasons - we've seen the lead characters change a little in general appearance. However, some fans have reacted rather badly the the teaser for the new Sun and Moon anime, based on...
Sorry to keep you waiting!
Back when Kid Icarus: Uprising was building some serious hype Nintendo teamed up with Production I.G., Shaft and Studio 4°C on some short anime shows to showcase the cast and style the game was following. As fans of the 3DS game know it's driven by the story and narrative, which are rather humorous and quirky. At the...
Footage of cancelled project surfaces online
If you're a fan of anime, then chances are you'll have already appreciated the masterpiece that is Akira. Arguably the first anime movie to find mainstream success in the west, Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 classic triggered a surge of interest in the medium and offered many western viewers their first taste of...
Just thought we'd point it out
The Ace Attorney series has a loyal following in the West, perhaps not as big as in the GBA and DS glory days, but a sizeable enough fan-base to prompt download-only releases on the eShop. It's not just Capcom that seems keen to keep interest in the brand alive in the West, as Crunchyroll is doing its bit too. The...
One of more than 100 countries
It's official, Yo-kai Watch is set for world domination much like Pokémon before it. In our Yo-kai Watch review we liked developer Level 5's take on doing a Pokémon style game and felt that, in some ways, it eclipses the effort GameFreak has put into Pokémon over the years, both in production and creativity. Of...
"I love it, it's the old one"
What happens when you gather a bunch of kids who were born after the year 2000 and get them to watch the original Pokémon anime which originally aired on Japanese television in 1997? The result is the latest video entry in the Kids React YouTube series. Although the anime series is older than every participant...
New trailers for both games, as well
Capcom has used this year's Tokyo Game Show to announce anime adaptations of its Monster Hunter and Ace Attorney franchises. Monster Hunter Stories - the forthcoming 3DS spin-off - is getting its own companion series on Fuji TV. The Ace Attorney adaptation is coming in April next year and is based on the new...
Along with a new look for Ash's Greninja
The latest season of the Pokémon anime series has been announced in Japan. In Pokémon XY & Z new forms for both Zygarde and Ash's Greninja have been revealed. According to the the official Pokémon website, Zygarde forms consist of Cells and Cores. While the Core functions as Zygarde's brain, Cells...
We're not pulling your leg, honest
Remember the Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs video game that was in the works a while back? Based on the '80s anime TV series known as Sei Jūshi Bisumaruku in its native Japan, the title began development at German studio Firehazard in 2010. The aim was to release the game on iOS and 3DS the following year,...
Exciting news for anime lovers
Upon its arrival, the Crunchyroll Wii U application was a welcome addition to Nintendo’s digital library of offerings. The one setback was the fact users had to sign up to Crunchyroll’s premium service or use the trial period to watch their favourite anime on demand. As of today, a significant change has been...
Defend the outer walls against giant Titans
Based on the hugely popular Japanese anime, the latest Nintendo Direct has revealed the ATLUS title, Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains, will arrive locally on the 3DS eShop in May - that's in North America and Europe. The title will feature four-player local and online co-op gameplay, along with...
Over 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of content, apparently
While this 25th December has brought us festive Nintendo Download updates, and a host of treats and discounts around the world, North American Wii U owners have an extra treat - a free Crunchyroll app to access a lot of anime, manga and Asian dramas. That'll no doubt be music to the ears...
Level-5 also teasing an even "bigger" franchise for next year
It's already pretty well known that the runaway hit franchise Yokai Watch has had plans to spread out of Japan and peacefully annex the West into its empire. But in case you were worried they were beginning to forget about us, Level-5 head Akiro Hino recently confirmed that the anime will...
She's never one to shy from the spotlight
Last year we mentioned that everyone's favourite dark yet oh-so-flashy witch Bayonetta was receiving her own anime feature film in Japan, titled Bayonetta: Bloody Fate. Now, thanks to production company FUNimation, the film will be materializing in the United States and Canada as well. FUNi
Spike Chunsoft has revealed to Siliconera that it wants to release Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind in North America, and is currently looking for a publishing partner. Based on Wit Studio and Production I.G's anime series — which in turn is based on Hajime Isayama's original man
We come in piece
If you're a fan of the long-running One Piece series and are looking forward to the upcoming release of One Piece: Unlimited World Red, then you'll be pleased to know that the game will come complete with a new Coliseum Mode, which — according to publisher Namco Bandai — will "closely resemble" the latest episodes of the anime...
Remains very much in the saddle
If you're in your thirties then chances are that the name Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs may trigger a flash of recognition in your addled and aging brain. Based on a Japanese anime series called Sei Jūshi Bisumaruku, Saber Rider was picked up for western localisation in the '80s by World Event Productions (the...
Or Shingeki no Kyojin: Jinrui Saigo no Tsubasa, to Japanese players
Considering the intense critical and commercial acclaim Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan has been receiving, the emergence of a game based on the events portrayed in the anime and manga series was more of a question of “when”, rather than “if”. The more surprising news is...
Designer and developer Doug Lanford talks about the unreleased N64 title
Some game developers are drawn towards projects because they represent a challenge, or the chance to work on fresh hardware. Others may feel attracted to contributing to the development of a particular game because of its subject matter or the concept upon which it is based...
Trailer breaks cover
With its buxom lead character, hordes of angelic demons and preoccupation with over the top action, Platinum's Bayonetta is perfect fodder for an anime adaptation — which makes you wonder why it's taken this long for it to actually happen. Bayonetta: Bloody Fate is being handled by animation studio Gonzo (Hellsing, Final...
One-off special will be based on the original games
A new one-off Pokémon anime is on the way to coincide with the release of Pokémon X & Y. It's called Pokémon: The Origin and is based on the original Japanese games, Pokémon Red & Green, which later became Red & Blue internationally. The show will centre around new Pokémon trainer...
Popular manga series gets its own game
The Japanese manga Mushibugyo, which is written and illustrated by Hiroshi Fukuda, is getting its own game in Japan, Namco Bandai has announced. It's on its way to the 3DS, which is doing quite well in Nintendo's homeland, and will be available on 19th September as both a physical and download release. So far...
Upcoming manga series will have its own game in Japan
Namco Bandai has announced it is developing a 3DS title based on the upcoming manga series Devils and Realist, which is due to air in Japan this Summer. The anime centres around a young fellow called William Twining who is in fact the reincarnation of King Solomon and has accidentally summoned...
Classic anime series is getting the video game treatment
We reported back in February that Neko Entertainment revealed during an interview that the studio was developing a new game for the Wii U, but no specific details were given on the subject. The developer has announced that it's bringing The Mysterious Cities of Gold to the Wii U and 3DS this...
Anime fans - mark 5th March in your diaries
A few weeks ago Namco Bandai revealed that Naruto: Powerful Shippuden would be coming to the 3DS in March. The game is a side-scrolling fighter based on the Naruto spin-off series Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals. Europe was given a concrete release of 8th March but North America’s date was slightly more...
Naruto and Rock Lee coming to 3DS in March
Fans of the popular anime series Naruto will be pleased to hear that the latest game, Naruto: Powerful Shippunden, released this year in Japan, will be on its way to Europe and North America very soon. The 3DS title is based on the spin-off series Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals and is a sidescrolling...
"I want to play a game"
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is set to release next week in North America, and publisher Aksys Games has taken the opportunity to release the game's anime prologue. Dubbed in English, the video reveals how main character Sigma was kidnapped, and how he must work together with eight other captives to escape the Nonary...
Epic console wars of the '90s retold in animation
Japanese anime has tackled a wide range of topics over the years. From the price of fame to the effects of the bombing of Japan in World War II, the medium has been put to stunning use by animators in the Far East. However, there's plenty of oddball stuff around, too - like Aoi Sekai no Chuushin...
Europe got a Shaun the Sheep 3D episode this week; North America gets a two-part 3D anime based on Kid Icarus: Uprising. We'll leave you to decide who got the better end of the deal. 3DS owners in North America can power up their Nintendo Video applications to find the first (and, depending on when you read this, second) part of...
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