Game on! This week, the Japanese video games industry trotted out its finest works for Tokyo Game Show. For gamers, this is basically a wonderland of huge announcements, surprising reveals, and (if you’re lucky enough to live in Japan) a chance to play the hottest games before they hit retailers. So, this week, we’ll be mixing a couple of gaming news stories into the mix, since there was too much fun stuff announced.
Final Fantasy Finally Arriving? At Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix announced that a demo for Final Fantasy XV will arrive next year. This will be the first time that the game’s been playable outside of a few select journalists since the title was announced as Final Fantasy Versus XIII in 2006. In addition, it was announced that director Tetsuya Nomura is no longer attached to the project.
Regardless of who’s helming the project, it looks fantastic.
Feeling a bit guilty? Anyone that’s been reviewing stuff for a while, be it games, anime, or any other medium, can’t help but develop a slight pang of guilt. While we publicise and comment on anime titles, there’s always this sinking feeling that we’re not supporting the industry with our cold hard cash. L.B. Bryant from Otaku Review sums up the feeling perfectly in a short editorial piece.
The man, the legend, the political advocate? Earlier last week, Hayao Miyazaki expanded on his life, beliefs, and political views as part of an interview with Neppu magazine. It’s a fascinating read that sheds new light on the famed director’s outlook on the world. His views on current politics are particularly scathing:
Right now, when their statements turn out to be controversial, politicians evade them, saying that they did not mean it. I am appalled to see high-ranking government officials and politicians who do not have historical consciousness and firm opinions. Those who are short of thought should not change the Constitution. They determine policies without any real study of the issues, but rather with spontaneous ideas or by listening to people who say superficial things.
Good morning, UAE! Organization ASG published an interview with a manga fan in the United Arab Emirates, regarding the manga culture and the general availability of manga in the nation. Interesting note: Apparently, Borders still exists and thrives in the nation. Go fig!
Why, Col. Sanders, why? KFC Japan unveiled a line of chicken-shaped computer accessories to celebrate “Colonel Day.” Among the items unveiled were a drumstick-shaped iPhone case and a chicken-shaped Ostrich pillow. I really can’t make this stuff up.
Brace yourselves, middle America. Miku’s coming! The virtual idol will be making an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. The virtual idol will perform on the show on October 8, 2014 using the same 3D projection tech that fuels her concerts. The appearance will kick off a series of shows that will take place in New York and Los Angeles starting on October 11.
A SMASHing good time! In its opening weekend, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS sold over a million copies. Very few games have been able to achieve this in recent years outside of Pokémon and Monster Hunter, so this is definitely a feat!
The evil, it is resident! Capcom showed off more of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. The new game will star series veteran Claire Redfield, as well as Barry “Jill Sandwich” Burton’s daugther, Moira. It looks like a return to form for the historic horror series, which hits PlayStation and XBox consoles early next year.
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