Episode 69 – Mighty Funvolt


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Azure Striker Gunvolt localization changes


Fragile Dreams, 3D Thunder Blade, Star Fox 64


The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

Morning Glory – Punx Not Dead, I Am

Episode 68 – Leave Luck to Heaven


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Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct

Sega Continues to Support 3DS

Pikachu Cafe!

Dan Adelman leaves Nintendo

My Trip to (the Sidewalk in Front of) Nintendo’s Headquarters in Kyoto


Shovel Knight, Gaist Crusher, 3D OutRun, 3D Fantasy Zone I & II, Afterburner 3D, Game & Wario

Jungle Points in Yo-Kai Watch 2

Check out my previous Yo-Kai Watch 2 impressions here!

Apologies in advance for the obvious photographing-the-3DS screenshots. It’s just so much faster than posting to Miiverse and pulling them from there!

Tonight I decided to pick up Yo-Kai Watch 2 again, and while playing this evening, I got a better feel for one of the currencies in the game, Jungle Points.

Like many Japanese children, your character in Yo-Kai Watch 2 is WAY INTO catching bugs. To do this, walk up to a tree (among other places) and if the magnifying glass appears over your character’s head, hit the action button!photo 1 (12)From here, you’re taken to a close-up of the area: Continue reading

Pokemon Movie Exhibit and Pikachu Cafe in Roppongi Hills

The new Pokemon movie released this week in Japan, and it’s getting quite a bit of promotion. Maybe the best way it’s being celebrated is the Pokemon movie exhibit on the Tokyo City View floor of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills (52F). We went to the exhibit on Thursday, in the middle of a thunderstorm, and it was pretty surreal.

photo 4 (4)After taking the (surprisingly fast) elevator up to the 52nd floor, the celebration of Pokemon films began.


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Japanese Nintendo eShop Point Cards

I recently bought a Japanese 3DS and man, that eShop is good. From Sega 3D Classics such as OutRun and Fantasy Zone to Virtual Console releases like Trip World and Joy Mecha Fight, there is a ton of great stuff there that just isn’t available on the North American eShop.

Although you can apparently use foreign credit cards on the Japanese eShop, the actual Japanese point cards are way more fun. Here are some that I’ve bought:

Kirby Fighters Z game download code (810 yen):

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A Couple of Hours With Yo-Kai Watch 2 (Honke version)

OK, so if you have no idea what Yo-Kai Watch is, watch this:

Alright, that video doesn’t do much to explain what the series is all about, but if you found it as charming as I do, keep reading.

The popular/easy explanation of Yo-Kai Watch is “Pokemon with Japanese ghosts,” but it’s more than that. Thanks to word of mouth, passionate fans, and some shrewd marketing by Level-5, Yo-Kai Watch is an absolute phenomenon in Japan right now.

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Everywhere I’ve been, from convenience stores to shrines, has had some sort of Yo-Kai Watch goods for sale.

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A new Pokemon movie just released in Japan, and the hype surrounding it is as huge as you may expect.

At 7 Eleven stores here, there are a few cool promotions going on. One is this flyer you can pick up:

photo 3 (4)Next to the pamphlets is a stamp, which you use inside the flyer:

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It seems that the stamps available change over time:

photo 3 (5)Another fun thing happening at 7 Eleven is the pokeball raffle. Here, you buy a ticket for 500 yen and are given a paper pokeball: Continue reading