Professor Layton and the Curious Curios

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 27, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections, Videogames

Professor Layton FuruFuru Figure

This December Professor Layton will make the transition from beloved videogame to an anime film when Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva comes out. I sort of like this as I always found the quiz aspect of the DS game to get in the way of the characters. As part of a merchandising wave the manufacturer Dive has a pair “FuruFuru” figures which feature bobbing heads — one of the professor and one of Luke: Read more…

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What’s It Like To Be an Everyday Star Wars Character?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 19, 2009 in Star Wars, Videogames

The Star Wars Battlefront videogame asks the big question: What’s it like to be an everyday character in the Star Wars universe? The answer is that it looks action packed! This is a teaser trailer for the latest chapter in that series which is titled Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron and is designed for the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS. Of course what you’re seeing above sadly isn’t the actual gameplay, but it shows the level of love that Lucasarts has put into this game which is due out on November 3rd. Below is a beautiful promotional illustration followed by actual screenshots from the game (which feature a nice variety of settings): Read more…

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Sky Pirates: Camilla D’errico Will Capture Your Heart

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 30, 2009 in Comic Books

Sky Pirates Of Neo Terra #1

You’d think that Sky Pirates of Neo Terra #1 would be terrible as it has every reason to fail: You’ve got a comic book based on a Nintendo DS game and then you add a Canadian trying to draw in a Japanese manga style. However the talented Camilla D’Errico is up to the task and does an amazing job: Her draftsmanship is deliciously detailed and her layouts are powerful. The coloring job by Simon Bork adds a nice vivid quality to the story by Josh Wagner. Looking at the first pages of this book reminds me a bit of the original Appleseed manga (アップルシ-ド) by Masamune Shirow, yet Camilla has her own unique look which is well worth checking out: Read more…

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Spice and Wolf: Preview of the Upcoming DS Game

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 29, 2009 in Animation, Videogames

This is a promotional video for the anime themed Nintendo DS game Spice and Wolf: The Wind that Spans the Sea which comes out on September 17th. This is the second title in the series, Spice and Wolf: Holo’s and My One Year came out earlier this summer. Here are some screen shots from the up and coming title: Read more…

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Infinite Space: Sega’s Anime Game will Feature Bad English Dubbing!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 2, 2009 in Animation, Videogames

I’ve been getting excited about the Sega science fiction game Infinite Space for a while, but of course my main fear was that we’d never see this cool anime spaceship themed saga in English. Well be careful what you wish for because the above trailer shows the English dub is shown above, and the voice acting is kind of average to say the least. You’d think that Sega would have learned from the Anime industry in the United States, but that isn’t the case here. However on the flip side even if the voice acting is bad what counts is the game design which looks impressive from what I’ve been seeing so far…

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Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Could This Be Pokémon 2.0?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 10, 2009 in Animation, Videogames

If you came of age in the era of Pokémon prepare to feel like an old timer: Every generation has their entry level show which introduces them to the world of anime and the current hot show with the elementary school set is Bakugan Battle Brawlers (爆丸バトルブローラーズ ). With Bakugan there have already been over 50 episodes of the anime series aired in both Japan and North America with and additional 55 millions toys sold last year. So it’s no surprise that a videogame had to come out of this: Shown above is the trailer for the upcoming Bakugan game which is due out later this year for the Wii and DS. Read more…

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