Yup, after months of speculation about whether Famke Janssen would be in The Wolverine, or what part she would be playing, or what she’s be doing, they decided, “Screw it, throw her in the trailer!” So, yeah, she’s part of a dream sequence. Pretty much what you’d expected. Kind of a let down for anyone going she would be reborn as a less shitty Phoenix, or for people who were hoping that we were going to just ignore the mess that was X-Men 3. Sorry about that.
Otherwise, it’s all what you’d expect. Wolverine saved a dude, years later the side wants to repay him with mortality, but whoops, the guy offering to kill him might not have his best intentions at heart, so a lot of fighting happens. And Wolverine keeps discussing the fact that he’s regenerative powers aren’t working, as though that’s a surprise, and not a procedure that he signed up for. Then he fights a samurai. And possibly a ninja. Cause it’s Japan.
This video makes a nice recap, probably in jest, about Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime not speaking Japanese very well, and then ramifications of it. Lesson learned: don’t make fun of the boss.
That this musical had to be made, but it got to be made. Macross still holds strong in a lot of people’s opinions of good anime, but Japan goes above and beyond yet again to bring us a live stage musical of Macross, missing a very important part of it, the mecha. Don’t see them using any mecha here. Hopefully the dancers dress up as them and do some sort of West Side Story dance fight which includes them walking like a crab for the mid-transformation. Time to go to Japan again…
This robot will never lose Rock Paper Scissors. Why? Super high speed camera and the advantage of only having 10 total joints. Japan really likes their Rock Paper Scissors. I know, I’ve played at 3 Japanese developed games with a Rock Paper Scissors mini-game included. Now they have a robot that can never lose. NEVER! That robot will rule the world!
If you’ve been thinking, “Man, that Monster Hunter series was really popular, but I bet Japan’s done with that by now”, well, you’re way off. Why would you even think that? You’re weird. Monster Hunter Tri-G’s 3DS release not only sold a ridiculous number of games, but sold a bunch of 3DS as well. So, apparently it really doesn’t matter what system it’s on, people just need their Monster Hunter, even if it’s a game they almost certainly already own on the Wii.
Obviously, expect to see Monster Hunter on every other struggling system. Monster Hunter 3DO? Monster Hunter Virtual Boy? I’m betting there is no point this wouldn’t work. Let’s release a unique Monster Hunter on the Android, iOS and Windows 7 phones, just so we can see a bunch of dudes in Japan dragging three separate phones around.
I didn’t know that Persona was that popular. Well, it’s Persona 4, so it’s at least 4 games popular. Oh, wait, it was a spin-off, and there are several spin-offs from that. Starcraft gets it’s own stage shows in Korea, so I guess this fits.
Called Visualive Persona 4, it will premiere next March in Tokyo. I can’t make fun of this because I don’t know what’s going to happen, I just kinda wish this was viable in America, maybe. Doesn’t seem like the Americans that would like this get out much.
Go here to learn more while if you know Japanese. If not, look at the pictures.
For years, Nintendo had a strangehold on the lead for games sales in Japan. Well, Nintendo has sagged the early part of the year, lowest in a while. So, unless the holiday season goes really well, the title might go to Namco Bandai. This is mostly due to Namco releasing on multiple platforms, while Nintendo has done their damage only on their own systems, which I believe still dominate the Japanese market. It isn’t news that Nintendo is struggling this year, but Skyward Sword should allow them to catch up a little. That game’s going to sell huge. HUGE! I’m getting it!