Will Square Enix’s Dragon Quest Walk have Microtransactions?

No mobile game has garnered an international player base as large as Niantic’s smash-hit Pokémon Go which allows players to walk around the real world and catch pokémon with the swipe of a finger. But what franchise has been alive and kicking even longer than Pokémon? You guessed it: Dragon Quest. Renamed as Dragon Warrior for the North American release, Dragon Quest debuted on the original Famicom in Japan in 1986. One of the longest-running JRPG series of all time, new Dragon Quest titles have steadily been released every four to five years resulting in a total of 11 main titles in … Continue reading Will Square Enix’s Dragon Quest Walk have Microtransactions?

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Japanese Visual Novels: What They Are, Plus 5 Reading Recommendations (GaijinPot)

Japan is a country with a high demand for visual novel games that’s unparalleled anywhere else in the world. As a result, they make up a huge part of the video game market in Japan. Often some of the most popular anime and manga, like Steins; Gate or Fate/stay night, are adapted from visual novels and vice versa. But the question is: what are they? Simply put, visual novels are exactly as their title implies: novels presented visually. Instead of the hundreds of pages of text in traditional hardcover and paperback novels, visual novels are presented in digital format and playable on video game … Continue reading Japanese Visual Novels: What They Are, Plus 5 Reading Recommendations (GaijinPot)

6 Hollywood Ripoffs of Japanese Anime and Manga (published on Gaijinpot)

With superhero film series like Spider Man and Batman done and redone to death, it’s become a cliche to say that Hollywood has run out of ideas. So what do you do when you run out of ideas? Get them from someone — or in Hollywood’s case — somewhere else. For many years now, Hollywood has been trying and mostly failing to adapt popular Japanese anime and manga for the big screen. Likewise, television networks and streaming services have followed suit trying to produce live action television remakes of the same. A good example of this would be Netflix’s live action series Erased. Sadly, good examples of American live action … Continue reading 6 Hollywood Ripoffs of Japanese Anime and Manga (published on Gaijinpot)