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  • Blog Post: Interview: Inside The Development Of Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS

    We recently interviewed Nintendo, Monolith Soft, and Monster Games about their enhanced 3DS port of Xenoblade Chronicles. [ Note : This interview was done via email by Game Informer's Kim Wallace, who is traveling at the moment. The questions were divided up amongst the three companies. Nintendo... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Under-The-Radar JRPGs On The Horizon

    Several highly anticipated Japanese role-playing games are releasing in 2015 and 2016. Titles like Persona 5 , Xenoblade Chronicles X , and Final Fantasy XV , are some of the highest profile JRPGs in years and are rightfully warranting a lot of attention. But beyond these bigger games sits a strong slate... More
  • Blog Post: One Night Stand: Lost Odyssey

    We all tend to fall back on our staple gaming genres, sometimes at the expense of trying new things. In One Night Stand, I'm going to try a game I wouldn't normally play for one evening. This time it's Mistwalker's JRPG Lost Odyssey. This will seem like heresy to many of our readers,... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – RPGs With Tedious Starts Shouldn’t Get A Free Pass

    Tedium is inherently subjective. Some folks like turning over every last stone on the hunt for that last powerful item. Others like grinding for hours in RPGs to maximize their entire party’s potential. However, it’s safe to assume that the broad majority of gamers are interested in having... More
  • Blog Post: Japanese RPG Publishers To Watch

    E3 always gives a great glimpse into what publishers have in store for the RPG fan. As I walked the show floor, it was easy to discover which companies are making the genre its bread and butter. Some are focusing on big games, while others are bringing over releases we never thought possible. These are... More
  • Blog Post: What’s Coming For The JRPG In 2013

    With another year in session, it’s time for JRPG fans to get a look at what’s on the horizon. The following games are set for a 2013 release, hopefully satiating JRPGs fans’ hunger. Of course, this is not a definitive list; we expect many more JRPG announcements as the year goes on... More
  • Blog Post: This Generation's Must-Play JRPGs

    It’s no secret that this generation of video games hasn’t been particularly kind to Japanese games in general, and Japanese RPGs in particular have fallen out of favor. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing in this once-beloved genre worth playing from the past five years. With this... More
  • Blog Post: Where Did All The JRPGs Go?

    As a longtime fan of JRPGs, I often find myself wondering what ever happened to all of the Japan-developed RPGs that I grew up playing on the SNES and PlayStation. Triple-A million-dollar-budget behemoths like Final Fantasy XIII (pictured above) are very much the exception these days. Obviously much... More
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