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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies Parts 1 & 2 in Theaters

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Tonight we all went to go see Puella Magi Madoka Magica Parts 1 & 2 in theaters in Tempe. The viewing was an encore screening of the movie, the first which was held on Janurary 12th, doing so well that the movie sold out! I couldn’t get to go last time, so I made an effort to go this time around and even saw some cosplayers turn out for the movie.

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Watching the series again in movie form was a whole lot of fun. It really is a great story and it was great that it did well enough that it got an encore screening. This show wasn’t sold out, but there were still quite a large amount of people who showed up giving support to Madoka.


Taiyou-Con 2013 Results

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Taiyou-Con was last weekend and I had an absolute blast at this convention! Our newest panels, “Salute to Fanservice” and “Waifu-ism and You” were huge successes and we had loads and loads of fun with everyone who turned out for this convention! Everyone was enlightened with Brian’s BAYMAN story and we even got to meet Cristina Vee, Lauren Landa and Sonny Strait. I even got my chest signed by Chris Guerrero (poor guy never signed anyone’s boobs before and I agreed to change that)! Big, BIG thanks to the guests who were willing to answer our questions and take pics with us!

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Matt-Suda looking pretty pumped! You've got no idea how fast my heart was beating at this point! Yes...my chest is still signed! Sonny with Brian's wrenches me and Sonny Project Nailbat with Saeko Bushijima

If you missed us at Taiyou, (while it’s not officially confirmed) me and the others are planning to attend Con-nichiwa this March. However in the meantime, you can watch our Youtube videos on our channel and like us on Facebook. Also, make sure to check out Brian’s (IRONHOOF) blog “Lost in the Overworld” for even more content in between our convention appearances. Once again, big thanks to Taiyou-Con for having us hold panels, Cristina Vee, Chris Guerrero, Lauren Landa and Sonny Strait for the great memories, and especially you guys out there who come to our panels. Without you, we’d just be four guys sitting in a room for hours at a time just talking to ourselves!


Taiyou-Con 2013

Taiyou-Con is here again everyone and we’re gonna be there at conning in up with everyone there! So come up and see our panels, play our games, and join in on our various discussions that we’re planning to have! It’s gonna be a lot of fun, so you don’t want to miss it.

Hotel/Convention info: http://taiyoucon.com/


The Return of Duane & BrandO

Youtube musical artists Duane & BrandO are trying to once again get back into the scene with starting a Kickstarter to raise enough money to go on a tour and perform for fans to attend. The Kickstarter can be viewed here and has only a little less than three days before it closes. As it stands right now, they have less than 400 backers and currently have $20,000 our of the goal of $35,000 they are asking for from their fans.

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For anyone who doesn’t know, Duane & BrandO are two guys who write songs about favorite video games such as their well known Megaman 2 song, or their Final Fantasy I song.


Long Overdue Update: A lot of stuff happened…

Been a while since I updated the site, been busy with a lot of stuff…(DOA5 released, editing videos, playing DOA5, getting a new capture device, going online in DOA5, watching anime, playing DOA5 with friends, catching up on movies that I’ve been meaning to see, playing DOA 5 by myself and all sorts of things…like playing DOA5) But I’m gonna hopefully rectify that right now with an update…before I go back and play Dead or Alive 5.

In case you’ve been ignoring the site for the past several weeks of just skipped over the entire first paragraph, Dead or Alive 5 is finally out and I’ve been playing the hell out of that game. In my opinion, it’s the best one in the series. Aside from the fickle net coding at times, the game is very solid. great visuals, tons of unlockables, better story (could still use work with some of the plot holes, but still better) and it makes the previous versions of Dead or Alive all but completely obsolete. I cannot get enough of this game!In collaboration news, I was a guest on ByteSizeGaming’s podcast last week. ByteSizeGaming for those who don’t know is a gaming news site ran by a friend of mine and he and the others over there were gracious enough to have me on their talk show. Check out the link here to watch the podcast and get some insight from a group of gamers about a variety of topics.

Keeping with the theme of Youtube theme; several videos were released on our Youtube channel. The videos we played were Tony Hawk HD, Worms 2: Armageddon, Dead or Alive 5 (surprise surprise),  as well as Mario Party 9. You can either watch each episode at our Youtube channel linked here, or you could watch them all here which I will put up as separate posts later.


Dead or Alive 5 Watch: Mila

Two weeks from today is Dead or Alive 5! While there’s very little else to announce about the game before the release that hasn’t already been announced yet officially by Team Ninja, there is in fact one more character that hasn’t been officially revealed.

A few screens have surfaced before now, but there was recently a video featuring the new character, Mila in a scene in story mode as well as some gameplay featuring her. Her background seems to be that she’s a waitress with an MMA fighting style.

Granted the video’s subtitles and menus are in French, all of the dialogue is in English, so at least we can understand at least half of what’s going on. The game’s story mode is filled with bonus objectives that you can complete during the story which can be seen like a featured tutorial that helps the player learn the game kind of how Dead or Alive Dimensions had for the Nintendo 3DS, allowing players to learn the game while wasting little time delving into the game’s story mode.  Completing these objectives gives you titles like Street Fighter IV or more notably Persona 4 Arena that you can call yourself for other players to see. The more challenges you complete, the more titles and hidden challenges you can unlock which in turn can give you even more titles to name yourself.

The game drops in two weeks on September 25th. Get ready to fight!

EDIT: Litterally the MINUTE I finished writing this, this video was launched!


Project Nailbat Played Weiß Schwarz

Saboten Con was just this past Labor Day weekend and for three days it was home to some interesting things. One of the many things that caught my attention was a card game that I had bought a deck for called Weiß Schwarz.

The concept of the game is that several different series from anime, video games and visual novels can do battle amongst each other. I played the game the other day with an awesome Fate/Zero deck against a Disgaea deck that fellow member Ironhoof had bought. We literally ended up with fights like Irisviel von Einsbern fight Etna and Saber fighting Flone.

The object of the game is to go one on one with your opponent until either they or you level up to Level 4. However, despite the object of the game being to have your opponent rise in levels, the more levels they gain, the more powerful cards that your opponent can play to deal massive damage with and potentially turn the game into their favor.

Weiß Schwarz has been around in japan for a good while now and there’s currently a massive amount of other franchises that you could choose from, including Persona 4, A Certain Magical Index, Lucky Star and many, many more! Unfortunately none of those series aside from the ones that were available at Saboten Con (which were Disgaea, Puella Magi Madoka Magicka and Fate/Zero) have been translated into English yet, but if the game sells well, then we’ll be seeing more and more packs and decks translated soon. In the meantime, you could go onto heartofthecards.com to see translations for all of the cards that are available if you feel like importing them for playing. Otherwise, we’ll all just have to wait until we get more decks like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Idolm@ster, and Black Rock Shooter translated once the game takes off in the states!


Saboten Con 2012

Project Nailbat is making a return to Saboten Con in just 14 daysthis year. Take a look at our list of events that we’re gonna be running at the convention and make sure if you’re in the area you come on down and see us!


Dead or Alive 5 Watch: Opening Declaration Trailer

Perhaps is was due to poor planning on the part of Team Ninja for revealing a new trailer for Dead or Alive 5 the day after Persona 4: Arena gets released, but this completely slipped past me. This trailer looks great, and reveals several characters we’ve been waiting to see announced for the game like Brad Wong and Helena.

And if that wasn’t enough to get you going, the official site finally opened the story page and offers details about all of the past Dead or Alive games and even this sweet relationship chart to see where everyone stands with each other. In just a little over a month from now, the game will be out, so watch the trailer and get hyped!


Dead or Alive 5 Watch: E3 and Collector’s Edition

I’m actually a bit behind on my DOA 5 Watch, but there is in fact some more news since I last updated. The E3 trailer for the game shows off more of the game as well, as new characters, Kokoro and Sarah Bryant from Virtua Fighter.  On top of that, second build of the game was made available to the attendants at E3 and a tournament was held with the newer build which has seen several changes since the alpha demo was released for the people who pre-ordered Ninja Gaiden 3 (most notably the power moves and Hitomi’s face).

When interviewed about the game by video game news crews like IGN or Gamespot, the man representing Team Ninja and Tecmo Koei didn’t do a very good job at selling the game. At times he seemed to not fully understand what was even in the game, but the videos you can fine online of the tournaments could do all of the work for him anyway. The game looks amazing for an incomplete fighter. Every character has brand new moves in his or her repertoire which makes every fight look like something out of a well-choreographed martial arts movie. IGN Pro League was in charge of the tournament, which hosted several pro DOA tournament players.

But all of that was back at E3. Earlier today Tecmo Koei revealed the Dead or Alive 5 Collector’s Edition. The collector’s edition comes with a hardcover book, soundtrack of the game and a special steel case for the game, all for $79.99. Anyone who pre-orders the game will also get a handful of costumes for free, regardless if it’s for the collector’s edition or the standard edition. Downside to that is that it’s one of those, “based on where you pre-order the game from” deals. Pre-order the game from Gamestop and you’ll get bunny swimsuits for Hitomi, Kasumi and Leifang whereas pre-ordering it from Amazon and you’ll get “DOA Devils”(whatever that is?) swimsuits for Ayane, Tina and Christie.

Later this weekend, some more new characters and possibly a new trailer will be on the DOA 5 main site (according to the DOA 5 Facebook page) So hopefully I’ll be able to continue the Dead or Alive 5 watch from there.


Dead or Alive 5 Watch: Site Updated and More Characters

Earlier today, the Dead or Alive 5 site updated it’s site completely as well as added a new video of yet another stage and two more returning characters. The site is now outfitted with New pages, including an updated character roster, an up to date list of stages featured and more.

The new video shows Leifang vs Zack, this time fighting in the middle of a live circus as if they were the main attraction. The stage has at least two forms, the first surrounded by flaming rings of fire with random tigers leaping through them and across the stage (which you can knock your opponent into for extra damage) while the second has a cannon where you can throw and shoot your opponent out of for even more damage.


FFXIII-2 Additional DLC Episodes Due in May

Finally shifting their focus to something more than just additional outfits and looks that you can buy for Serah and Noel, This May, Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be getting even more episodic DLC released, expanding on the story of some of the other characters involved in the main storyline.Up first with an official release date is Snow. He’ll be getting his episode just like Sazh a few months ago, on May 15th, on the same day as the Valfodr Coliseum DLC. The episode is more than likely going to explain how he was traveling through time like Serah and Noel as well as how he managed to receive the mark of a L’Cie again. Sometime after that, will be an episode centering around Lightning’s final battle with Caius Ballad while the players controlled Serah and Noel during their own final battle. While Snow’s episode currently has no title, the Lightning episode is titled “Requiem of the Goddess”

There are still some more clothing DLC planned as well. Later on in the month, you can download a White Mage outfit for Serah and a Black Mage outfit for Noel.

This is still probably the coolest looking DLC outfit though. Mass Effect fans will agree


PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal

Either people who patrol the internet have way too much time on their hands just searching and finding out these web domains are taken, or game companies are doing a poor job keeping things like this under wraps. Not long ago, Sony has registered the domain [http://playstationallstars.com/]. The link now leads to a blank screen, but we do know that later this week, Sony is going to have an announcement of a new game so it’s all but certain that it’s going to be true.

The rumors are that this game, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal is supposed to be Sony’s solution to Super Smash Bros. But with the game still not officially announced yet, all that can be done right now is speculate as to who exactly is going to be in this game. Here’s hoping that we get to see an army Sackboys fight the cast of Heavy Rain.

Source: [Playstation Lifestyle] and [G4TV]


Super Mario…4?!

So does anyone remember about a year ago when we found out that Final Fantasy XIII was getting the X-2 treatment by Square Enix registering the online domain name finalfantasy13-2game.com? Well if it’s an indication to all but officially confirming a game is going to come out, then prepare yourselves because IGN discovered that Nintendo had recently registered an interesting domain name…[www.supermario4.com]!

As of right now going to the site redirects you to Nintendo.com‘s front page however, with the fact that Nintendo went out of it’s way to take the domain name before anything else, combined with the fact that Nintendo announced beforehand that it’s working on a new 2D Mario game, you can be sure that this is definitely going to come into existence.

Now let’s just hope that Nintendo doesn’t decide to  follow Sega’s example and have Mario’s fourth Super adventure be released in episodes unlike a certain blue hedgehog that we all know who has fallen on hard times during the past several years or so. (with MAYBE an exception to Sonic Generations…that game is actually pretty good.)


More Than an April Fool’s Joke?

This year for April Fool’s, Adult Swim shocked every single one of its viewers that ever watched anime in the 90’s by airing Toonami all night instead of the usual movie, The Room. In one night, they showed all of the shows that fans knew and loved like Trigun, Outlaw Star, Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho and many others! It was incredible night if you managed to catch it!

And while Toonami coming back for one night is news enough, earlier tonight, posted on Adult Swim’s official twitter account, “Want it back? Let us know. #BringBackToonami”.

Since then, hundreds of posts have been popping up using the #BringBackToonami in their comments…including the voice of TOM himself, Steve Blum! So right now, it’s up to the fans to make their voices heard by tweeting and telling everyone they know!

#BringBackToonami


Happy Mass Effect 3 Day [Part 1]

Happy Mass Effect 3 Day Part 1 everyone from Project Nailbat. What’s that? You don’t know what Mass Effect 3 Day Part 1 is? Well it’s a simple concept…today, February 14th, Bioware released the demo for the finale of the Mass Effect games, Mass Effect 3. This leaves gamers having to choose between either spending their day with their special someone, or to spend the day playing the highly anticipated game. This demo is comprised mostly of what was shown in most of the E3 videos Bioware unveiled nearly one year ago at the event. The whole ‘Part 1’ deal is another easy thing to get, the celebration for the game will continue in three weeks’ time, as the full game is scheduled to be released on March 6th, 2012. Henceforth, that day will be referred to as Mass Effect Day Part 2.

After playing the demo, I can say that I’m highly anticipating the full version of the game! It plays mostly like the second Mass Effect with maybe one or two added/tweaked features like the run and jump over pitfalls and the Onmi-Tool blade. But watching the Reapers attack Earth as I was trying to get to the Normandy and getting to play a level with Liara and Garrus on the same team again was tons of fun. Unfortunately I couldn’t get access to the multiplayer option on the demo since I needed a new copy of Battlefield 3 to play, but that option should be allowed for everyone who downloaded the demo and doesn’t have the game a little later on February 17th.

So if you haven’t tried out the game yet, it’s very much worth downloading the demo and taking a look. If you happen to have the code you get after creating Commander Shepard form the previous games, you can input your code and play with the same Shepard from your previous two games, otherwise you can either use the default Shepards available, or make a new one from scratch.  With this I wish you once again, a Happy Mass Effect 3 Day Part 1. See you in three weeks for Part 2 of Mass Effect 3 Day.


Type-Moon’s Next Project…Fate/Apocrypha…Again…

Type-Moon has been a topic of interest lately, with the Fate/Zero anime still running strong as well as the U.S. release of Fate/Extra for the PSP. Now, it seems like there will be a new project involving their online game, Fate/Apocrypha through Type-Moon Ace on December 15th.

Fate/Apocrypha was scheduled to be an online game based on the Holy Grail War that takes place in the Fate/Stay Night continuity, however it was never released. Some rumors say that it had been outright canceled, but the news that will come on December 15th will show whether the game will it make a return or if it’ll be another anime project.

The setting of most of the Fate story lines is during a war between seven magi in search for The Holy Grail, which will give the last person standing any wish that they desire. The magi fight by summoning Servants to do battle for them, each of which is a heroic spirit or someone who had brought about a great change in the world while they were alive. In short, it’s kind of like an Ultimate Showdown

Type-Moon’s Fate/Stay Night and it’s many other works have a habit of taking some of history’s fabled figures and heroes and through some magic, turn them into the opposite gender. (Well…mainly it’s been turning men into women) Here are some of the following who have been Rule 63’d by Type-Moon. WARNING: these images are SPOILERS to each of their respective games/anime.

Fate/Stay Night’s Saber: King Arthur

Fate/Extra’s Rider: Francis Drake

and last but not least…Fate/Apocrypha’s Assassin: Jack the Ripper

Source: ANN and Ota-News


Sentai Filmworks Motto: Disregard Currency, Aquire Licences

Sentai Filmworks lately have been getting their hands on several shows from Japan and bringing them over to the states. Over the summer they got the shows, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimou, Samurai Girls, Angel Beats and even High School of the Dead! Well it looks like that they’re not planning to take it easy at all after the summer, already announcing several new licences that they had just gotten…and some of these shows aren’t even airing in Japan yet!

Show #1, Kamisama no Memo-chou (Heaven’s Memo Pad)Show #2: No.6Show #3: Yumekui Merry (Dream Eater Merry)Show #4: Infinite Stratos Show #5: Persona 4 The Animation Sentai has been going on non-stop with these rapid acquisitions. I wonder what else they REALLY SHOULD get the rights to next…?

*edit* Never mind, apparently Funimation already took the rights for Steins;Gate


New Darkstalkers Game “Announced”

Anyone remember back in February when Yoshinori Ono was interviewed by IGN discussing his interest in making a new Darkstalkers game? Well it looked like he got enough support from both the head honchos at Capcom and fans of the series alike because it was said during a Street Fighter X Tekken panel at San Diego Comic Con that a brand new Darkstalkers is in fact in the works!

There are no details about the game right now other than the fact that it’s indeed going to happen. So congratulations to you, Darkstalkers fans…your new game is on it’s way! Be on the lookout for more details in the upcoming months about the game!


Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Super 3D-HD REMIX Arcade Edition…Plus Alpha

Okay…most of those additions to the name ARE indeed fake, but people knew that when Street Fighter IV first came out in 2009, that there was going to be remakes of the game resulting in a long title. One year later we got Super Street Fighter IV and now we have Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition. I’m guessing we’re six months away from getting wither Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition EX, or it’s abbreviation… SSFIVAEEX.

However, more and more rumors are surfacing about an update to Marvel vs Capcom 3. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is rumored to be officially announced this weekend at San Diego Comic Con. The roster is believed to be increased from it’s 38 characters to a whopping 50 characters.

Some character addition speculations include from the Marvel side:

As for Capcom’s additions:

This IS speculation though and there’s a chance that some or none of these characters will even appear in the game, or even if this game will definitely be announced but we’ll find out more this weekend during Comic Con.

Other characters rumored (i.e. more I’ve seen rumored as I was typing this up)


Madoka Coming to Otakon!

Several minutes ago, through twitter, Aniplex USA as well as the official Twitter account for the anime announced that Puella Magi Madoka Magica will be making in US (subtitled) debut at Otakon at the end of the month. Following the debut will be a panel with the executive producer, Atsuhiro Iwakami discussing the project.

Since the initial announcement through twitter, as well as the announcement of the site and domain name, there has been nothing specific announced about the show, such as who’s going to be in the cast or a release date. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks we’ll finally have some specifics about the upcoming anime.


E3 ’11 Impressions Part 1

The Electronic Entertainment Expo began yesterday morning and with full force. Several announcements were revealed by Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo that  wowed the audience, as well as announcements made by 3rd party publishers like Insomniac and Ubisoft. So here are the things that I’m most looking forward to thanks to E3.

First off is the Tomb Raider reboot. This game looks really amazing based on the video shown. Now I personally never got into the Tomb Raider series, yet this looks like a game where I could have hours and hours of fun with. Tomb Raider is now more of a survival game rather than run and gun, and the active time events adds to the tension that the player is going to have while playing this game. Graphically the game looks great, so playing this game on anything other than an HD monitor would probably feel like a waste.

Speaking of reboots, another that I’m excited for was the reboot of the SSX series. SSX On Tour was shown and EA announced that there’s going to be three modes of game play. Race to see who’s the fastest, Trick to see who can get the most points, and Survive, where the video that was shown was the characters trying to outrun an avalanche! Another major thing to mention is that EA used satellite imagery to get realistic mountain levels based on actual locations all around the world.

Gears of War looked pretty good with it’s live demo. Marcus and company running through the levels and kicking ass like normal, but the one thing that was a little weird but yet still kind of awesome was the boss that they showed, a kraken! Yes there was actually a giant squid-like monster that Marcus and the others had to fight. At that point it wouldn’t have been much of a shock to see Jack Sparrow appear to dive head first into it’s mouth with a lancer rifle, but nevertheless it still looked pretty awesome.

Overstrike is going to be my dark horse pick this E3. The trailer here really says it all, but think of the game Brute Force for the original Xbox system mixed with Timesplitters. Interesting cast of characters, crazy weapons and the multiplayer support are probably what going to make this game. Let’s hope that this game will featured 4 player split screen co-op as opposed to only online like some games only have nowadays. Insomniac is working on the game and it’s supposed to be out by 2012.

Mass Effect 3 was probably the biggest thing that I have to look forward to now. We saw two game play demos yesterday, one where Shepard was on a mission with Mordin and Wrex with Liara and Garrris in the main party. A new weapon featuring a blade on Shepard’s omni-tool appeared in the demo which allows him to make quick kills as long as he’s up close to his opponent and also makes for dispatching enemies stealthily. The game was also announced that it’ll have kinect support, which is incredibly superfluous to the game. Instead of actually picking chat options with the controler, you can actually say what you want Sheppard’s response to say and the game will continue. Although, another thing you can do is shout commands to your squad mates without pausing the action to scroll through attacks. Now you can target a specific enemy and say “Liara, Pull!” and she’ll use that ability to whoever you target. Again, awesome, but completely unneeded.

Also, I dunno if anyone knew this beforehand, but EA’s CEO looks so much like the Illusive Man it’s almost criminal! Apperendly he’s supposed to have more of a resemblance to his voice actor, Martin Sheen but I don’t quite see is as much as I do here. Did EA do this on purpose?! Am I really the last person to find out about this?!


Project Nailbat + PCC!

Project Nailbat is going to be at Phoenix Comicon this weekend! Come join us in the panels we have set up for everyone:

Friday:

Final Fantasy General – Here we have a random discussion about all things Final Fantasy, what we love about the series, what we hate, what we want to see in future instalments, etc.

Saturday (otherwise known as “Game Day”):

Otaku Jeopardy: Back by popular demand (even though it technically never went anywhere, we really love putting this game on for everyone every chance we get) We’ve got Jeopardy, otaku style! This time we have brand new questions to test your knowledge and see if you know more than whatever random person we sit next to you in the room.

King of the Otakus: New and improved for maximum efficiency and fun. Join us as we see who is worthy to take the crown, (or just whatever prizes we have) home.

Sunday:

Mass Effect General: Here we talk all things Mass Effect, choices we made, outcomes and reactions to everyone’s playthrough and speculations about the upcoming Mass Effect 3.

We hope to see you all there!


PSP Games + HD = PS3 Games!

Sony announced that they are going to choose select PSP games to port over to play for the PS3. The plan includes taking games like Monster Hunter 3 (confirmed to be one of the first games to be apart of this initiative) and giving them upgraded features such as HD graphics. Players can also transfer save data from their PSP to use on their PS3’s and back!

This is a big announcement, which is surely going to be supplemented with the upcoming E3 where more games are bound to be added to the list of PSP to PS3.

I personally have a PSP, but not a PS3, but if any of the following games were going to be added to this program, then I’d get one in a heartbeat, despite all of the attacks the PSN has been a victim of lately:

Dissidia 012

Prinny:Can I Really Be The Hero

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai

Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep

Yes I realize that literally every other game on this list is a Square Enix game, but let’s be honest, most people have a PSP mainly for their games anyway. I had gotten mine for Christmas one year, and I didn’t even start using it until I found out about Crisis Core.

So which games for PSP would you like to see be apart of this PS3 initiative?


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