Category: Culture

Namco unleashes its IP for new Japan-exclusive goods

Namco unleashes its IP for new Japan-exclusive goods

Ready for a summer of fawning, heartbreak, and resisting the urge to import more junk? Then Namco’s got the goods to tempt your resolve this year! They recently announced a collaboration with Japanese goods-maker Tokyo Pixel that will see all kinds of Namco Museum products released through late July and August. Take a look at the official site where the latest products are up for pre-order and some are already available to buy.

Below is a little gallery of some of my favorites. Given the chance (and potentially unlimited money) which ones would you pick up?

 

I did not expect to play through Apocalypse in 2017

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I’ve got a lot of games I’ve never played (just like everybody else) and the backlog shelf has been swelling over the last two years. So I finally set out to record some new Just Checkin’ videos where I at least boot them up to make sure the discs work. I managed to get one game out of the way before stumbling into a morning session with Apocalypse, otherwise known as The Bruce Willis Game.

I had written it off after playing the demos they put out before the game’s release but here in 2017 I found it quite playable and even clever in spots, if mindless and repetitive. The game is short and fairly easy up until the final boss fight and gave me plenty of time to soak in the weird 90’s aesthetics.

Willis’ character, Trey Kincaid, was originally intended to be the player’s sidekick but his involvement dwindled during production and he eventually took the starring role. So not only are his lines the most typical gung-ho battle cries, it’s a little fourth-wall breaking due to the change in roles. And the immortal line, “strap one on, it’s time to jam!!” still confuses me to this day.

 

Things really get interesting in the final level where Trey assaults the White House which is surrounded by a moat of lava and is filled with fire-spewing politicians in suits. The final battle with The Reverend starts in the oval office and expands to an arena of stone and flesh stitched together around the Seal of the President. It feels more fitting today than it ever did in the 90’s.

The episodes are rolling out every three days through July 12th and end with some bonus content and stuff I dug up on the disc. You can follow along with the playlist above or subscribe and catch all of my random videos.

Hyuna and Hatsune Miku Join Just Dance 2018 Roster

Hyuna and Hatsune Miku Join Just Dance 2018 Roster

One of GameLuv’s evergreen topics is Kpop in video games, be it Katy’s plea to the makers of Dance Central or my post on K-Pop Dance Festival. So it feels like it’s our due diligence to bring you the latest news from the K-Pop-in-a-Western-dance-game front. Naturally, it’s Just Dance from Ubisoft who made quite the reveal at their E3 press conference in early June

In typical form, the latest iteration in the series, Just Dance 2018, was revealed through a choreographed, multi-genre song-and-dance number on Ubisoft’s stage. The presentation revealed the first of the game’s new songs including Jamiroquai’s “Automaton”, Bebe Rexha’s “The Way I Are”, and surprisingly, Hyuna’s “Bubble Pop!”. Just Dance K-Pop it isn’t, but it’s another step closer I suppose. One other noteworthy addition for fans of international music is the inclusion of “Love Ward” from Hatsune Miku. Err, Just Dance J-Pop it isn’t…

Ugh, embedding is broken. Jump to the 1:44:30 mark

During E3 the official press release went out confirming a few more songs for the game with the promise of more reveals leading up to its release on October 26th.  Just Dance 2018 will be out on pretty much everything: Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3; even the original Wii is getting the game! That’s a new game with 2018 in the title releasing for a console that debuted in 2006! That has to be a record (or close to it) for the latest official release for a console.

Anyways, check out the press release and announced tracklist for Just Dance 2018 down below and watch the E3 presentation above. If the embed code stops working it starts at the 1:44:30 mark. You can also watch clips of “Bubble Pop!” and “Love Ward” in the game along with several others on the official game site.

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Gaze closely upon the ‘LeSportsac x Nintendo’ Goods

Gaze closely upon the 'LeSportsac x Nintendo' Goods

Everyone’s already posted about the ‘LeSportsac x Nintendo’ goods coming to Japan in July (and the Western world this Fall); basically, it’s another cross promotional deal for Nintendo to rake in cash and good will. But the one thing nobody seems to have posted are big pics of the designs. There’s a lot of little details and I wanted a closer look.

Fortunately, LeSportsac put out some gigantic images which you can check out, in full, in the gallery at the bottom of the page. If that’s too much bandwidth for you, here are a few smaller sized closeups and some of the original press release with the details.

 

PRESS RELEASE COPY: REDMOND, Wash., June 21, 2017 – Holding a treasured place in the hearts of millions, Mario’s adventures have brought him to many strange places, including the far corners of the Mushroom Kingdom and galaxies beyond. Working with Nintendo, LeSportsac took Mario’s passion for exploration and translated it into the brand’s best-selling, on-the-go styles. These include crossbodies, totes, backpacks and weekenders, as well as small cosmetics and accessories that even the Mushroom Kingdom’s most celebrated hero can run away with on his many adventures.

Power-Up Burst is a colorful homage to Mario’s iconic power-up items and classic foes, including Fire Flowers, Super Mushrooms, 1-Up Mushrooms, Super Stars, coins, Goombas and Koopas.

Mario Travel print portrays playful Mushroom Kingdom-inspired travel memorabilia, such as luggage tags, passport stamps and postcards on a bright red background.

Complementing the collection are five additional items, including an authentic pouch shaped like the Game Boy system, a round Piranha Plant pouch, and a Super Mario Bros. cosmetic. All styles will showcase a custom Super Mario coin zipper pull. The LeSportsac X Nintendo collection launches in Japan on July 19 and will be available in other countries, including the United States, this fall.

The Giant Gallery Awaits (click the ‘View Full Size’ links too) !

Is Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo’s response to annoying Mario canon questions?

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Everything in Super Mario Odyssey seems designed to rattle even the most absurd head-canon that fans have crafted for themselves over the decades of loosely connected Mario games. It started with the debut trailer back in January with Mario running around in the human-sized New Donk City and it’s only gotten stranger with this week’s E3 reveal.

Pauline, Mario’s original heroine from Donkey Kong, is the mayor of New Donk City and its streets are named after members of the DK clan. We’d seen Bowser in a white tuxedo before with Peach at his side in a matching wedding dress but now we see that Mario is also dressed for “the big day”. So who is crashing whose wedding and does Peach have any say in this nuptial knockout? Finally, just who is singing the vocal track heard in the new trailer with lines like “I’ll be your 1UP girl”? The camera sure lingers on that saucy singer at the New Donk City Festival, doesn’t it? Could this be the end for Mario and Peach?

Is Mario butting in on a harmonious union?

Things are just as extraordinary on the gameplay end of things. Mario’s traditional powerups are nowhere to be seen and he instead utilizes the sentient, mind-controlling tophat we now know as Cappy. With Cappy, Mario can do typical video game things like boomerang his hat around to hit enemies or grab coins. What was revealed at E3, though, is a completely surprising mechanic that lets Cappy possess most enemies and suck Mario into them, slapping the red cap on their heads and a mustache on their face.

Goombas, Hammer Bros. and Bullet Bills are all commandeered by Mario as well as totally unexpected objects like taxi cabs, tanks, frogs, Rapa Nui statues and rocket ships that look straight out of Super Mario Bros. 2. Then there are the scenes where Mario is squashed flat a la Link Between Worlds and things get decidedly old school.

Between this and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle I’ve never been more excited for new Mario games and there’s surely more bizarre stuff to be seen from both; at E3 and in the months leading up to their releases. Bring it on Nintendo, the weirder the better!