Good day, fair men and women, and welcome to another rip-roaring edition of Go West!, your weekly column about new Japanese game releases over in that country called Japan. Unsurprisingly, we have a packed Thursday of new games covering pretty much every genre ever. Yes, that’s hyperbole. No, I don’t care.

There’s a lot to deal with, so I’m just going to jump right into things.

Here we go.

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Bandai Namco formally announced the development of Gundam Breaker 3 today. For those of you unaware, this is the series of games in which you build your own custom mobile suits from various Gundam model parts, and then do all sorts of missions and coop scenarios. The second game is super rad.

Gundam Breaker 3 will be hitting the PlayStation 4 and the Vita in Japan in 2016.


It’s a trailer for the Wii U version of Pokken Tournament, the unlikely Pokemon fighter for arcades and the Wii U. While they specifically say this is for the home console version, there’s nothing in the trailer we haven’t seen already, except for a whole lot of Pikachu wrestling action.

I’m interested in seeing what sort of extra modes and content the final game is going to have. 

In what has to be one of the strangest moments in the short history of gaming, GIRL, the giant stretchy long creature from Keita Takahashi’s Noby Noby Boy, has finally connected herself to all the planets in the solar system, and made her way back to Earth.

It has been a long time coming: Noby Noby Boy launched on February 19, 2009.

Check out the video above showing the triumphant moment, along with a letter from the creator, Keita Takahashi.

I’m strangely moved by all of this.

Keita Takahashi is a brilliant, brilliant man. It’s people like him that push this medium to be more than it is. 

Sixteen minutes of raw Exist Archive footage. 

I’ll be grabbing it this week and hopefully writing words about it shortly after. Be prepared.

Yay, it’s time for Star Ocean Program #02! 

Yay, tri-Ace still exists!

This latest video program focuses heavily on combat and how it controls, with actual gameplay starting around minute 23:00 for folks who want to skip the Japanese explanations.

I’m still really appreciating how smooth everything seems, from battle transitions to the overall UI. After Star Ocean 4, I’d kinda given up on SO, but everything they’ve showed of SO5 thus far has been a return to the silly scifi/fantasy anime hijinks that I loved the series for.

It’s an image anime thing for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final, showing off the closing of Tokyo, the MC getting his powers, and some gnarly collateral damage.

Can’t wait for this.


Salutations, and welcome to another riveting edition of Go West!, your infrequent column about the latest Japanese import video games and maybe other things I guess. We have entered the final month of the year, which means there’s going to be an onslaught of Japanese games releasing weekly until the end of 2015. I hope you’re ready.

I’m definitely not.

This week’s release list is a nice mix of old and new, with a little something for everybody. Follow me as I take a tour through the latest in imports.

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11 minutes of Gravity Daze 2 footage and it all looks sublime.

I adored the original game, warts and all, and I can’t wait to see how Kat’s story concludes.

 Genei Ibun Roku #FE feature from this week’s Famitsu.

Some new details:

  • Heroes from the Fire Emblem series will also be present as enemy Mirages invading Japan. Famitsu gets dramatic, asking if the only way to stop them is through battle.
  • First up is Abel from Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Tsurugi. He’s Cain’s rival and close friend. Due to a curse of some kind, he holds fierce jealousy toward his partner Cain. Having become a dark knight, he stands before the party.
  • Next up is Lon’qu from Fire Emblem Awakening. Despite his turn to the dark side, his personality remains cool and stoic. For some reason, he wanders endlessly through the deepness of the Idolosphere.
  • Aversa from Fire Emblem Awakening is reimagined in a big way, visually. She has a cold, ruthless personality. She strikes at the weakness in Tsubasa’s older sister’s heart. She enjoys controlling her. It seems she knows something about the truth behind the enemy’s motivations.
  • Gangrel from Fire Emblem Awakening is also present as an enemy, and he’s equally as crazy looking. He’s a giant upper body that takes up most of the screen. Despite his size, he specializes in controlling the desires of humanity, and making them run wild.
  • Garrick from Fire Emblem Awakening is also in. He appears before the main character just after he becomes a Mirage Master. He’s wild and destructive, and is proud of his immense power. He wields a giant axe-like weapon.
  • Excellus from Fire Emblem Awakening is also in, which is ridiculous. He looks at humans as pawns in his messed up game. He’ll do anything to accomplish her goals. He’s a total coward. He’s attracted to Tsubasa’s qualities.