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And that’s it for my day one of TGS! I’m going to go be on the 8-4 Play podcast tonight, so watch for that to be released in the coming days. Tomorrow, I’ll be playing lots of PlayStation VR.

Just walked by the Hamster booth to see them taking about Arcade Archives: Excitebike, which is out tomorrow on Switch!

So many celebrity sightings at TGS! 

The Chocobo, As Drawn By Final Fantasy's Creators The Chocobo, As Drawn By Final Fantasy's Creators

At the Square Enix Music booth at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, there’s a display of original Chocobo artwork done by the creators of various Final Fantasy games. Some of these creators aren’t visual artists by trade, so the results are a little interesting.

Kacho!

Massive ads for Dragalia Lost, the new mobile game from Nintendo, line the walkway to the train leading to the Tokyo Game Show venue. It's out on September 27.

Strategy guide for the original Metroid, spotted in Akihabara.

Do you know your Totoros? (Spotted at the Kiddy Land toy store in Harajuku.)

Bayonetta 3 development is “on course,” Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya and Atsushi Inaba said at a stage event last night in Tokyo. They joked that it was unusual for things to go so smoothly: “We’re actually in sync for once.”

This Bootleg Game Changed Street Fighter History This Bootleg Game Changed Street Fighter History

Walking up and down the floors of the massive multi-level arcades in Akihabara can trigger some unexpected nostalgic responses, but I certainly wasn’t expecting this one.

This very rare, very early Japanese game history book published in 1988 is currently for sale in Akihabara for about $200. Check out that young Miyamoto mugshot!

Ah, yes, the complete series.

The fact that you can walk into Japanese music stores and buy a brand-new copy of the soundtrack to the original Nintendo 64 version of Super Smash Bros. because it’s still in print and was never out of print will never cease to impress me.

This Is The Best Final Fantasy V Merch This Is The Best Final Fantasy V Merch

As a well-known appreciator of Final Fantasy V, to the point where I wrote a whole book about it, I love that Japan feels the same way to the point that there’s actually a market for this very specific merch based on this 1992 Super Famicom game.

Kirby Hats Kirbify Your Cats Kirby Hats Kirbify Your Cats

Hello, do you love Kirby but hate your cat? Now you can shove your cat’s head into a Kirby-shaped hat, thanks to the miracle of Japanese vending machines.

Japan wastes zero time: Days after its announcement in the Nintendo Direct, there are already rows of empty New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe boxes lining the shelves at Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara. As expected, Peachette—whatever that is—is a major selling point. And those Joy-Cons in the logo!

I’m in Japan! We’ll have coverage of the Tokyo Game Show this week, starting Thursday morning (late Wednesday night U.S. time). Until then, I’ll bring you updates from Akihabara and beyond...

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is coming to Switch... as a cloud game... in Japan only. Announced during the Japanese Nintendo Direct today, it looks like Ubisoft’s latest will be taking the Resident Evil 7 approach to its Switch port, an online-only game played via remote servers.

Classic Final Fantasy PlayStation Games Are Coming To Switch [Update: And Xbox One] Classic Final Fantasy PlayStation Games Are Coming To Switch [Update: And Xbox One]

Decades after Square split from Nintendo to go to PlayStation, the classic Final Fantasy games of that era are heading to the Switch. Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X-2, and XII are all coming to Switch in 2019.

Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle, including the arcade ports of Capcom side-scrolling classics like Final Fight, King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, and more, is coming to Switch on September 18.

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