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December 12, 2012, 7:30 AM
Siliconera Spencer

Last week, Siliconera reported Namco Bandai filed trademarks for The Idol Master and Shiny Festa in Europe. Namco Bandai also registered Shiny Festa and Idolm@ster (not "The Idol Master") trademarks in the United States.

Siliconera Spencer

Sega filed a lawsuit against Level-5 and their popular soccer RPG series, Inazuma Eleven. Yomiuri Shimbun reports the lawsuit is for 900 hundred million yen ($11 million) and to stop sales of eight Inazuma Eleven titles.

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Last week, shortly after an earthquake rocked Japan, a tweet tore up Twitter and pissed the country off. The tweet by @Reonandnene read, "Because of the earthquake, my house collapsed, and moreover, I cannot get out.

Kotaku East Richard Eisenbeis

The puzzle-filled Professor Layton games comprise one of the Nintendo DS's most popular franchises. Mixing brain teaser and occult mystical plot, the adventures of the gentleman archaeologist and his young apprentice are always enjoyable to play.

Demands 900 million yen/US$10. 9 million in damages over certain touch controls Sega, the Tokyo-based game publisher known for Sonic the Hedgehog and other franchises, is suing Level 5 for certain uses of the Nintendo DS system's touchscreen in th...

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Due to the success of the Philippine screening of Rurouni Kenshin, SM Cinemas has just extended the screening of the said movie starting this December 11 until the weekend! Furthermore, Screen International's Japan reporter Jason Grey tweeted that...

Film to open in Japan on Saturday with 2 million free “Volume 1,000” book gifts Three more commercials began airing for this year's One Piece Film Z. The commercials feature the former marine general "Z" (Zetto, the Straw Hat pirates' "strongest e...

Siliconera Spencer

Tecmo Koei’s sixth Dead or Alive 5 costume pack is all about the holidays and gives twelve characters Santa suits.   Santa Pack #1: Leifang, Hitomi, and Kasumi   Santa Pack #2: Tina, Christie, and Ayane   Santa Pack #3: Hayabusa, Hayate, Jann Lee,...

Siliconera Spencer

With only two days until she’s playable, Arc System Works finally revealed Izayoi a new character for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma. Izayoi is Tsubaki Yayoi’s true form and she has a unique set of attacks.

Here's a not especially bold prediction: One Piece Film Z is going to top the box office for this weekend's opening.  Series creator Eiichiro Oda has promised that the 15th anniversary anime will rival blockbuster Strong World, and the reports fro...

Siliconera Spencer

Dynasty Warriors 8 is coming to Japan on February 28 and Tecmo Koei promised over 70 characters including new warriors like Lu Xun and Guan Yunping.   Starting at the two minute mark you can see gameplay tweaks.

Siliconera Ishaan

Sega have revealed further information on the PlayStation Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2, which is slated for release in February 2013 in Japan. In a recent Japanese interview (summarized by the Phantasy Star Fan Blog), the game’s producer...

RocketNews24 Michelle

I remember making paper snowflakes when I was a kid.   You know, the ones where you fold the paper into quarters, cut out a bunch of shapes and then open the paper to reveal a beautiful pattern. I always enjoyed making paper snowflakes, but I neve...

Siliconera Spencer

Famitsu reports Wii U sold 308,570 units in just two days. Nintendo’s new system launched in Japan on December 8 and early sales numbers include December 9.   The top selling game was New Super Mario Bros.

RocketNews24 Philip Kendall

As much as we love Christmas and would never hope to make our readers feel guilty for enjoying their time off and presents this year, we feel that it’s important to take a moment to remember where many of the toys and trinkets we receive each year...

Siliconera Spencer

Level-5 usually extends their Layton games with weeks worth of downloadable content and Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will get the same treatment. Weekly extra content gave players in Japan a reason to keep Layton titles and Dragon Quest IX in...

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Jakarta, Indonesia-based sister group JKT48 members Takajo Aki and Nakagawa Haruka are set to make their JKT48 stage debut on December 26th. On December 9th, Takajo and Nakagawa appeared on one of Indonesia’s most popular music programs, RCTI’s “d...

RocketNews24 Master Blaster

As a child I used to love going into the nearby field and searching for new insects. In my area the ultimate prize was a praying mantis, however, like most people, as I grew I came to be more and more uncomfortable around things with more than fou...

Step right up, step right up! The Crunchyroll Store is now open for business!   That’s right…starting NOW you purchase toys and figures, movies and DVDs, video games, and lifestyle and apparel goods here at Crunchyroll!

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NEWS to release a new live DVD from their 2012 tour by Shiso on December 11, 2012 at 1:42 am It has been announced that NEWS will be releasing a new live DVD for their nation-wide tour “NEWS LIVE TOUR 2012 ~Utsukushii Koi ni Suruyo~” held this sum...

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