If you're familiar with Japanese drawn "-tan" then you're smarter than the average bear. If not, we'll explain. Japanese -tan are colorful female anime characters drawn to depict a certain object, subject, or group. One of the most popular -tan depictions are the OS-tan girls inspired by various operating systems. Got it yet? ... Japanese anime girls that depict a certain subject matter. Anyway, Over at Dark Diamond they run a weekly blog post about non-other than gaming console-tan! This weeks blog was about Xbox 360-tan, decked out in lovely 360 logos, cables, and even a wireless controller arm! Dark Diamond describes her as:
a fun loving character and very social, she spends a lot of time online and has a very competitive nature. She's often picking a fight with PS3-tan. As distant relative to the other OS-tans from Microsoft she tends to suffer from occasional instability.
Not to start a mini-fanboy war here, but everyone knows that Xbox 360-tan could totally kick Nintendo Wii-tan's ... erm ... bum.
Speaking of price cuts, Microsoft also announced that they will be releasing a new core system bundle in Japan this holiday. Priced at ¥28,900 (~$250), the new core comes with a copy of Blue Dragon. That's right, for half the price of the low end PS3, the Japanese can get a copy of Hironobu Sakaguchi's latest. Futile or not, Microsoft is going to war in Japan. Stay tuned for more TGS goodness.
360 at the Tokyo Game Show:
1080p for the 360!
Update: Changed confusing image.
JeuxFrance has some sub-standard looking screenshots from the first next-gen Tenchu game. Details are sparse, but one thing is painfully clear: It's going to take more than lame graphics and a create-a-ninja mode to reverse this series quiet slide into stealth irrelevance?
By the way, when will the game gods feel our Zegapain and bring titles like this to American shores?
Here's a thankless way to make Microsoft's payroll: running the equivalent of GamerScoreBlog for Xbox Japan. Undeterred, Shigeo Tatsumi and the marketing team in the Land of Low Expectations recently launched a new employee blog and a community site called Xbox Friends. Here's hoping they find a few.
The Japanese import version of Ninety-Nine Nights gets a narcoleptic early review from Gamebrink. Could it be this long-awaited title is "broken" and "barely worth a rental"?:
- Graphics are nice
- Music is good
- Crowd Control is mindless but fun if that’s your kind of thing
- Boss fights are dreadful
- Engine is broken when it comes to one on one fights
- There is no gameplay balance
- No checkpoints
- No Story
- No lip-synch in cutscenes and the animation is jerky for some reason
- Fairly short game with limited amount of stages