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Important Importables Review: The Luigi Nendoroid is too photogenic

September 22, 2014 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: The Luigi Nendoroid is too photogenic

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Good news, Nintendo fanboys and girls! The Luigi Nendoroid is here. You can find him in many places online, like Crunchyroll and Amazon, and he’s glorious. I’ve been collecting
Nendoroids for almost a year now and I can honestly say that with one $40 purchase, he’s become one of my favorite figures.

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It isn’t because of the classic Good Smile Company craftmanship either. That’s there, of course, but he isn’t one of the most posable of their figures, and doesn’t have an…

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Important Importables: Game Center CX Deserves a Second Chance

September 6, 2014 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Game Center CX Deserves a Second Chance

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Retro Game Challenge is the best DS game you never played. It’s a
mini-game collection of “retro” games, and is inspired by Shinya Arino’s Game Center CX TV show where he plays retro games. The original title had players attempting to best Game Master
Arino by playing “classics” like Cosmic Gate, Robot Ninja Haggle Man, Rally King, Star Prince, Rally King SP, Robot Ninja Haggle Man 2, Guadia Quest, and Robot Ninja Haggle Man 3.
While full versions of each game are eventually unlocked, the initial goal is to complete various challenges in every game.

Sound familiar? That’s because Nintendo’s NES Remix games pretty much copycatted the presence. Except where Retro Game Challenge didn’t soar outside of Japan, NES Remix has
flourished.

Which is a shame, because Retro Game Challenge, and the succession of Game Center CX games that have been released since, offer an equivalent, and…

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