Nene Anegasaki’s digital milkshake continues to bring real men to a yard of her’s that doesn’t exist, but some wish did.
After getting married, Nene continued to be the object of another man’s desire. To show his love for Nene, he threw her a one man birthday party (Nene’s birthday is April 20). He went all out for the occassion. Creating a little shrine to Nene complete with: a framed picture of the birthday girl, a DS, a phone strap accessory, bags of cough drops and a lovely little two layered birthday cake with whipped cream and strawberries.
I hope Nene’s husband pushed the boat out for her birthday. Because this mystery man had the gauntlet thrown down at the cough drops.
Wednesday 11 November 2009 @ 12:36 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Are you a witch? Are you or have you ever been a member of the communist party? Do you sell an R4? You haven’t? Funny because your friends say you do!
Oh haven’t you heard? Witch Hunts are in style once again thanks to Nintendo in Japan. The company, along with a coalition of other gaming industry companies are asking people to rat out people or companies selling the R4 backup player for the Nintendo DS. In a secure and anonymous website users are asked to tip Nintendo off about individuals or companies selling the device which allows you to play downloaded copies of games, they are even going after personal auctions selling an R4. The intention is to use the information in a legal suit Nintendo has against the selling of the device.
Call me old fashioned but when you’re asking your customers to rat out on each other, even on a personal level, that’s just asking for trouble. Thankfully this is only in Japan, sadly this is only in Japan and unless Nintendo somehow insults the nationalist spirit of Japan no one is going to say as much as a peep about it.
Wednesday 16 September 2009 @ 12:06 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
A new short little clip from the upcoming Okamiden, the Okami sequel for the Nintendo DS. As jagged and rough as the game looks the art style makes it look gorgeous, just like with the Wii. We also get to enjoy a fair bit of gameplay footage which looks like the obvious transition from the Wii to the DS.
But frankly the clip could have been the little puppy running in on the fields for two minutes and I wouldn’t have minded.
Another month, another Final Fantasy game on the cards. Square Enix’s latest chronic milking of the series is tentatively titled Four warriors of light: Final Fantasy Gaiden. Not a great deal is known about this game. But it’s Final Fantasy. So there’s not a great deal to know really. It’ll probably play like all the rest, with a couple of changes.
The characters are designed by Akihiko Yoshida, who is also responsible for the games’ official artwork. And the setting will be an old school setting. Dragons, witches, castles, kingdoms and all that good fairy tale shit. We can also expect Final Fantasy Gaiden to be a new off-shoot of the franchise, as with Crystal chronicles and Tactics.
If Square didn’t roll out so many FF games that looked the same, I’d care more. I’m sure at least one of these non-main-entries-into-the-series Final Fantasy games are really good and worth the time. But when you click on gaming websites and see a Famitsu scan of a new game every other month, you feel like losing the will to even bother with half of ‘em.
It took 2 years, a batch of trailers, finally getting an Xbox 360 and finding out more about the story to finally get excited about Final Fantasy XIII. So it’s gonna take more than just a magazine scan to peak my interest in an FF game. A lot more.
It’s cool that the DS is still getting major third party support though, especially in the way of RPG’s. Of all the systems and consoles out right now, the DS probably has the best library of RPG’s to choose from.
You can check out the official website for the game here: complete with a cool piece of artwork, and a hot piece of retro, 8-bit, muffled and compressed to hell music.
Wednesday 25 March 2009 @ 11:56 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
At the GDC, Nintendo announced today a new Zelda game for the DS, Zelda: Spirit Tracks. The game places our green-robed hero out of those green robes and into a train conductor outfit. That’s right, this new installment in the Zelda series is all about trains.
Sporting the Wind Waker aesthetic it is still unknown if it will take place in that timeline, there’s also no explanation as to how Link found a train… or who laid all the tracks.
A train is perhaps the most advanced technological device ever to have appeared in the Zelda universe, it frankly gives me an uneasy feeling and raises a ton of questions. Could we one day see link riding a car? Or maybe an Epona X600 motorcycle? It seems Hyrule has entered the industrial age, when will link start fighting global warming? Will we one day see a steampunk Zelda game? With a steam-powered Master Sword that releases steam when you swing it and goes “choo-choo”?
I could go on all day, but I wont. What do you guys think? Is the game a trainwreck waiting to happen or is this the little Zelda game that could?
Thursday 12 February 2009 @ 11:55 am | By David 'KidKobun' Bruno
A new trailer for Konami’s upcoming Suikoden Tierkreis surfaced this morning and I must say that not only does the game look fantastic, it caught me completely off guard. And by this I mean that I haven’t heard much about the game since TGS ’08. Allbeit Q4 2008 was packed with some heavy-hitting AAA console titles, but there should be no reason for Konami to be hiding/holding this potential handheld gem back, especially if it can hold up to its claim to be the “deepest handheld RPG of all time.” We’ll see if it can hold up to this bold statement come this March when Suikoden Tierkreis hits the Nintendo DS.
We want to hear what you have to say. What is your take on handheld RPGs? Does Suikoden Tierkreis look like a game that you could find yourself becoming obsessed with?
Tuesday 27 January 2009 @ 11:24 am | By David 'KidKobun' Bruno
Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday a new series of trailers kick off the new year for the highly anticipated Blood Bowl from French-based game studio, Cyanide. In what could very well be the answer to the prayers of those who long for a new Mutant League title, Blood Bowl pits teams of Humans, Orcs, Goblins, Haflings and many other fantasy creatures against one another in a football fashioned style of gameplay.
Based off of the 1987 Games Workshop board game and the 1995 PC release, Blood Bowl is being recreated and reinvisioned for the PC, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and the Xbox LIVE Arcade.
Tuesday 9 December 2008 @ 10:01 am | By David 'KidKobun' Bruno
We here at Dark Diamond (I say that like we have a central office) know that times are tough. With home foreclosures on the rise, stocks hitting an all-time low, companies conducting massive layoffs and soaring gas prices, which are finally receding after reaching an all-time high (averaging over $4.00 a gallon), one would be foolish not to see these as tumultuous times. And now that the holidays are upon us, shoppers must think wisely and spend frugally when shopping for gifts for the perfect gifts their family, friends and loved ones. But fear not consumer, for we are here to help you save some time and some green with Dark Diamond’s Holiday Gift Guide – 2008 Edition.
Now before you hit the jump get comfortable: grab a cup of Egg Nog or hot apple cider, put on Christmas With the Rat Pack and let the 1080P Virtual Fireplace blaze away.
Wednesday 29 October 2008 @ 12:14 am | By Chris 'Taco' Martinkovic
In the wake of Tokyo Game Show, we’ve managed to come across a new trailer for Media Vision’s upcoming Wizard of Oz DS RPG, Riz-Zoawd (Pronounced “Re-zōd”). The video gives us a preview of the Naruke-Sakimoto score, as well as showing us more of what looks to be the most impressive graphics yet on the DS.
A few battle clips were also included, sporting a very Dragon Quest-esque first-person, turn-based style. Like movement, it seems combat is controlled exclusively by the touch screen. Also inside you can expect to see the JRPG-ized versions of the cast like Dorothy, the Tin Man, Oz, and the Wicked Moe Witches of the West Seasons.
The game it set to come out in Japan on New Years Day ‘09. Given their track record with Media Vision’s Wild Arms series, a localization for this game by XSEED wouldn’t be particularly surprising. No official word on any plans to bring it stateside yet, though.
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