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A Top Composer, Beloved Worldwide – Nobuo Uematsu

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Profile - The president of Dog Ear Records who has composed music for many games, including much of the Final Fantasy series from when he was with Square Enix. Recently he's also composed for games such as Granblue Fantasy and Terra Wars, and continues to receive attention worldwide for his talent as a composer and keyboardist. Composer Nobuo Uematsu is a pioneer in the world of game music, and an all around great person. The sudden extended time off that he took last year sent shock waves through the industry, but he's returned as of January 2019. He's shown the fans his energy as he went around to 11 venues in 8 cities, as a part of the "Bra*Bra Final Fantasy" series of brass band concerts. We talked to him about his current state, as well as what the future holds. Continue Reading

Takahashi Meijin Speaks: The Game Industry During the First Year of the Heisei Era

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Interview/Text: Kaze no Iona Photography - Noriaki Watanabe Profile - Starting out in the game industry with Hudson in 1982, he was in the PR department when Hudson began releasing games on the Famicom, and was known to the media as "Takahashi Meijin". Since leaving Hudson in 2011 he's appeared on broadcasts as a game presenter, established his own company called DokiDoki Groove Works, and has otherwise continued to be active in the industry. 30 years ago, the name of the era changed to Heisei. What was the game industry like during that first year? We took a look back on it with someone who was on the front line as an employee of Hudson, Takahashi Meijin. Continue Reading

Our Nostalgic Games: Samurai Shodown

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Our Nostalgic Games ~Retro Gamer Roundtable~ #202

Editors passionately discussing games playable on modern hardware that are just as good as they've ever been!

Arcade Archives Neo Geo (PS4) - Samurai Shodown

A weapons-based fighting game with a Japanese flavor that was released by SNK in 1993. With swords and daggers as your weapons and a single blow being fatal, many intense matches can unfold. Original Release Year: 1993 Hardware: Arcade Date of Digital Release: 12/08/2016 Maker: Hamster Continue Reading

The People Who Resurrected Samurai Shodown

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Kaito Soranaka (Planner): He was primarily in charge of the battle system, and also served as the director of SNK Heroines. Nobuyuki Kuroki (Director): The director who supervised the entire project, also a long-time developer who worked on Fatal Fury, etc. Yumi Saji (Character Designer): She was in charge of the character design, and also worked on King of Fighters XIV. Taking a new look at what makes the series popular for the first time in about 10 years, a new Samurai Shodown game has been released. We bring you this interview with three of the staff members involved in its creation.

Hardships and Inside Stories of the Development that Created the Samurai Spirit

Please give us some details about how development on this game began. (Kuroki) I heard this from the producer Yasuyuki Oda, but apparently he was asked by a chairman within our company if we were finally going to release a new Samurai Shodown game. I guess it all began when Oda answered with "Let's do it!". The Samurai Shodown series has the most personality of all of SNK's titles when it comes to visuals and game play systems. So project planning began with us thinking about how it's so easy to distinguish from those other titles, and how it will be able to bring in new fans. Continue Reading

X JAPAN Virtual Shock 001

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Hardware: Saturn
10/20/1995 (Japan)
If you're reading this article, there's a good chance that you already know who X Japan is. But if you don't, they're possibly the most internationally popular Japanese rock band. Though they weren't signed to CBS Sony records until 1989, they'd already built a name for themselves on the indie scene long before. And they took the world of rock music by storm in Japan by basing their sound around power/speed metal, with a lot of symphonic influence (from Yoshiki's classical music background, no doubt) that would follow later as they turned into more of a prog metal band. The lineup at the time of this release was Toshi (Vocals), Yoshiki (Drums and Piano), hide (Guitar), Pata (Guitar), and Heath (Bass). Not only was their sound different, but their look as well. Like most successful visual kei bands, they'd eventually switch things up to a more standard rock band look. But they were one of the pioneers of the visual kei movement for much of their earlier career. This made them stand out quite a bit before visual kei really took hold, so their fans (who often mimicked their style) naturally stood out too. To help them feel better about this and thank them for their support, vocalist Toshi would often shout "mune hare!" ("Be proud!") repeatedly to the crowd at the end of their early gigs. Continue Reading