Gaming News/Discussion

Japanese Arcades Are Invading the US Finally – http://nichegamer.com/2016/03/japanese-arcade-chain-round-1-opening-new-locations-in-pa-ny-more/

Round 1, a Japanese bowling and arcade chain, is going to be opening up several new locations in the states soon. While the chain already has arcades in California, Washington, Texas, Illinois, and Massachusetts, they are going to be expanding even further into Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, and Georgia. Check out Round 1’s website for a list of all of their arcade games and their other entertainment, like bowling and karaoke.

 

Amazon Japan Now Offering International Shipping, Fuk Yea – http://nichegamer.com/2016/03/amazon-japan-now-offering-international-shipping-for-games-and-game-consoles/

Want to import your games from glorious Nippon easily? Now you can! Amazon Japan is offering international shipping on their video games and video game consoles. While you can only import games and consoles from Amazon directly (not from random third party sellers), it is still a plus. Most consoles and games are region free, but some things may be region locked. Thanks, Nintendo.

 

New Diablo II Patch Released. No, Really. – http://nichegamer.com/2016/03/new-diablo-ii-patch-adds-native-windows-10-osx-support/

Diablo II is a classic in the gaming world that continues to live on, even 16 years after its’ release. A new patch was added to the game, adding support for modern operating systems like Windows 7, 8.1,10 and OSX. Blizzard also said that this is only the first step in updating the game for modern systems. “There is still a large Diablo II community around the world and we thank you for continuing to play and slay with us. This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers”. Get your Amazon and Necromancers ready.

 

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered Coming To NA and Europe on May 17th- http://nichegamer.com/2016/03/valkyria-chronicles-remastered-set-may-17-north-america/

Sega has finally announced the release date for the new remastered version of Valkyria Chronicles! The game will release for Playstation 4 on May 17th. Martyr can’t contain her excitement.

 

Fable Legends Cancelled, Lionhead Studio May Close – http://nichegamer.com/2016/03/microsoft-cancels-fable-legends-in-talks-to-shut-down-lionhead-studios/

Microsoft has announced that Fable Legends has been cancelled, and also announced that they are currently discussing the closure of Lionhead Studios on the UK. While many outlets reported on this as saying the studio is going to be closing, there has yet to be official word of a closure, just that closure is on the table. Lionhead has produced a variety of games, from the classic Fable series to even the simulation game The Movies (which Martyr was personally a fan of). Hopefully Lionhead will be around with us, for a bit longer, but keep your ears open and fingers crossed.

TV and Anime News/Discussion

 

Aku no Hana Is Getting a Stage Play – http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-03-08/the-flowers-of-evil-manga-gets-stage-play-in-july/.99562

The manga turned anime has now been greenlit as a stage play. The play will run for 8 performances in July in Tokyo. For those who don’t know about Aku no Hana, the series revolves around Takao Kasuga, a bookworm who is caught stealing the gym clothes of his crush. Sawa Nakamura, the girl who caught him, forces him into a contract to be her friend, or else she will spill his secret of being a pervert. The series is incredibly dark. The manga was received well while the rotoscope animation of the anime was heavily criticized. What the play will be like will be a surprise to many as little information has been released on it.

 

Sailor Moon Crystal Gets a Third Season – http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-03-06/sailor-moon-crystal-3rd-season-premiere-date-theme-songs-revealed/.99470

The reboot of Sailor Moon, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, will now have a third season, as announced on March 6th. The new opening theme was also premiered (“New Moon ni Aishite”, Fall In Love With The New Moon) and is sung by Etsuko Yakishimaru. Yakushimaru has performed themes for Space Dandy and Mawaru Penguindrum. The show will premiere on April 4th. Crunchyroll has simulcast this series and it can only be assumed they will simulcast this season as well.

Round Table Discussion

 

https://supernerdland.com/torrentialdownpour-improving-localizations/

https://supernerdland.com/fire-emblem-fates-poor-localization-systemic-of-growing-issues/

With growing localization issues coming up on the horizon in light of Fire Emblem Fates and Bravely Second, many are in a tizzy over what should, or shouldn’t, be done about the situation, While some feel that the games have been poorly localized, others have contested that if consumers want to see the original Japanese story, they should import the game instead. This has lead to many questions regarding literal translations of games as well as creative license in translation and localization of games. We will be discussing these issues as well as our opinions on the subject.

 

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Martyr
Lover of video games, metal, and hard cider. Amateur video game music composer and YouTuber at Video Culture Replay. Armed with a degree in psychology, she thinks she knows it all (and sometimes actually gets it right). Also skilled with the oboe and wrangling children.