Japanese game dev releases 5 free games to Steam developed by their new employees

Byking has released 5 free games to Steam from the company’s BykingRooKIES brand. Byking is a game developer in Japan known for their involvement with titles like My Hero One’s Justice. The 5 free games they recently released were developed by new employees at the company as a part of their introductory training.

Splatoon 3’s Museum d’Alfonsino map to be temporarily excluded from official competitions

The official Japanese Splatoon 3 Twitter account released an announcement stating that Museum d'Alfonsino will be excluded from the selection of maps at the Start Dash Cup, an officially sanctioned event. The reason given was due to consideration of fairness.

Dunlop to release a Gaming Arm Supporter for FPS and TPS players under the brand “Gaming Muscle”

Dunlop is making their entry into the esports marketplace with the Dunlop Gaming Muscle Arm Supporter, their first item in a product line for gamers. With the establishment of the Gaming Muscle brand, they want to become a “second muscle” for gamers by supporting them with their knowledge and engineering.

CHAOS;HEAD NOAH cancellation on Steam prompts fans to start a petition to reverse Valve’s decision

CHAOS;HEAD NOAH cancellation on Steam prompts fans to start a petition to reverse Valve’s decision. The "Save Chaos;Head" petition seeks to “reverse Valve’s ban” of the game on its platform so that the game can be released as is.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Lynels can be disarmed, leaving them defenseless

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild player discovers that Lynels can be disarmed, leaving them defenseless. The player who found the method to disarm Lynels explains how to do it.

Genshin Impact player climbs to the top of Sumeru’s giant pyramid by force

Genshin Impact’s Ver.3.1 update was recently released and players can embark on a new journey to the Great Red Sand. Within this desert lies a giant pyramid shaped ruins (The Mausoleum of King Deshret), and some travelers have managed to forcibly climb along the outer wall to the very top.

Bandai Namco launches AI VTuber project called Play BY Live

Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced the start of  プレイBYライブ (Play BY Live), a project in which AI characters conduct live streams. An AI character for Gundam fans is also planned to be introduced.

Genshin Impact collaboration causes Japanese restaurant chain to issue a strong warning about wasted food

Genshin Impact collaboration campaign with Sweets Paradise, an all-you-can-eat restaurant chain in Japan, has gained traction in Japan, drawing attention to bad manners and food loss.

A Valorant and Apex Legends singles mixer Discord server was suddenly deleted [Japan]

A Discord server in Japan looking to facilitate matches for Valorant and Apex Legends players was suddenly deleted. The server’s name contained the Japanese word “合コン(goukon)” which is a kind of party for singles to meet and find dates. Perhaps due to its sensational name, the server was even trending on Twitter in Japan.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak adds Goocoo (Gu-Ku) Plush, and passionate fans are overjoyed

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s free Title Update 2 adds Goocoo Plush. Goocoo (Gu-Ku) is a duck character whose return was prayed for by one player who previously crafted and upgraded 1,000 Origami Axes in the hopes of being given a chance to meet Goocoo again.

New Chilla’s Art horror game The Bathhouse is due out on September 30

Chilla’s Art has announced that The Bathhouse will be released on Steam on September 30 (PDT). The Bathhouse is a psychological horror game set in a Japanese bathhouse and features a protagonist who gets mixed up in some kind of paranormal phenomenon that occurs there.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s free Title Update 2 will make Fugen safer to hunt with

Capcom has released the patch notes for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s free Title Update 2. Among the additional content, bug fixes, and balance adjustments, players seem especially pleased about a line that says, “Fugen's endemic life traps will no longer hit the player.”

Kirby developer shuts down fanmade card game Chef Kawasaki’s Microbikini

Fanmade Kirby card game Chef Kawasaki’s Microbikini Karuta has been removed from sale. The decision was made due to a request from Kirby series developer HAL Laboratory. Chef Kawasaki’s Microbikini Karuta is a card game that feature illustrations of Chef Kawasaki wearing a micro bikini.

NieR: Automata anime and game comparison videos show how Ver1.1a faithfully recreates the game’s scenes

Videos comparing the NieR: Automata anime trailer to scenes from the game are gaining traction online. NieR: Automata Ver1.1a is an upcoming anime being made by A-1 Pictures who are behind works such as Lycoris Recoil and the Persona anime series.

With Apple increasing in-app purchase prices in select regions, Azur Lane and others announce how they plan to adapt

With Apple’s recent announcement of price increases on apps and in-app purchases on the App Store in select regions, iOS game developers and publishers in Japan have started notifying players of their plans to deal with the change.

Valis: The Fantasm Solider Collection II developers surprise fans by revealing cheat codes

Valis: The Fantasm Solider Collection II recently came out for the Nintendo Switch in Japan, and developer Edia has revealed the method required to enable secret cheat codes for some of the titles included in the collection. It’s quite unusual for the developers themselves to publicly reveal the method required to input cheat codes.

Splatoon 3’s Splatfest Top 100 results: Sloshing Machine and Splash-o-matic make up half of the top-ranking players in Japan

Splatoon 3's first Splatfest since launching has now come to a close. Along with the results, the weapons used by the top-ranking players, notably the Sloshing Machine and Splash-o-matic, have also been garnering attention.

BlazBlue series creator Toshimichi Mori has left Arc System Works

BlazBlue series creator Toshimichi Mori announced his departure from Arc System Works while saying he hopes to deliver a game to fans in some form or another in the future.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak developer draws praise for Flaming Espinas solo hunt

A new gameplay video of Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak shows a member of the game’s development team taking on the Flaming Espinas, a monster being added in free Title Update 2, in a solo hunt. The impressive skills that are on display in the video have drawn praise from many players.

Splatoon 3: possible cheaters torment others with infinite special weapon shots

Splatoon 3: "Cheater" went trending on Twitter in Japan as infinite special weapons shots torment players. On social media there is a report of a player who has used the Tenta Missiles special weapon 87 times in a single match.

Splatoon 3 players are abusing the REEF-LUX 450 to farm money

Splatoon 3 players are farming money by using the REEF-LUX 450 weapon and it has caused a divide among the player base. The method is called REEF-LUX collusion in Japan, and it involves players colluding to repeat the cycle of painting over a spot and then having an opponent repaint it over and over.

Splatoon 3’s lockers are getting wilder as players continue to push their design skills

Since the launch of Splatoon 3, players have been putting together all sorts of creative and detailed designs for their lockers. We even ran an article about it just recently, though players seem to be coming up with new and fresh ideas by the day.