Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Virtual Tour of METEOR

TinyCartridge.com has put up a quick video tour of the Japanese retro video game shop METEOR. Check it out and pretend you’re spending all of your Christmas money!

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Nintendo “Ball” Game & Watch LCD Reissued

For many years Nintendo of Japan has had a customer rewards program called Club Nintendo. As you buy Nintendo products you earn points that can be redeemed for premium items direct from Nintendo. If you earn over a certain amount of points in one year, you are awarded different status levels, with Platinum being the […]

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My Famicase Exhibition 2009

Spotted at OffWorld.com: Japan’s finest hipster retro/game culture store Meteor has announced via its blog that its Famicase art exhibit will be returning to the shop from May 2nd through the 31st. What’s Famicase? A curated selection of original 8-bit Nintendo cartridges given new labels by the local finest design houses and illustrators, each imagining […]

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YMCK: Chiptunes With Emotion

“The music in video games is less memorable now than it was in the old days,” says Midori Kurihara, vocalist with YMCK, and she should know: Her Tokyo three-piece band emulates the sound of classic scores to games on the 8-bit Nintendo Famicom console (known in the West as the Nintendo Entertainment System) that gave “Super Mario Bros.” to the world in 1985.

“These days video-game music is more cinematic,” counters Tomoyuki Nakamura, who co-writes the band’s music and handles animation for their suitably pixelated music videos. “But it’s not as impressive as before.”

“The music from games such as ‘Mario Bros.’ or ‘Dragon Quest,’ we can still sing along to those,” agrees Takeshi Yokemura, the unit’s driving member, who writes most of the music and lyrics and also crafts the band’s sound.

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Japan-only SFC game to hit NA Wii VC

Overheard at Silicon Era, it looks like Nintendo is finally toying with the idea of bringing previously Japan-Only titles to the North American Virtual Console. NOA appears to be testing the water with Do Re Mi Fantasy: Milon no DokiDoki Daiboken, the 16-bit sequel to the Famicom classic Meikyuu Kumikyoku (a.k.a. Milon’s Secret Castle). A […]

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Shooting Video Game History Collection

Gashapon – Japanese capsule toys sold through vending machines. They are collectable, inexpensive and are usually pretty well detailed. Being a fan of shmups, I was excited to see Think Geek carrying a series of gashapon for shmup games, including my favorite R-Type. Before you could say “SHOOT THE CORE”, a number of them are […]

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Famidas “Famicom Reverse Side Skill Compilation”

Published October 10, 2006 by Micro Magazine, the Family Computer Dictionary Allround Series: Famidas ファミダス ファミコン裏技編 (Famidas Hidden Secrets or Tricks Collection) showcases some of the more interesting hidden secrets and techniques of Famicom games. One of the most recognizable codes of all, the Konami Code, is emblazoned on the obi strip that surrounds the book.

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