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Hi all!

Last week, the Tokyo Game Show 2014 was held. The Tokyo Game Show is an event where manufacturers announce many of the video games they are releasing; some very soon, others coming next year. At the show this year, several companies announced games that would involve Tatsunoko characters, some of them including Gatchaman. In total, there were four different games announced.

The first, and likely the one of least interest to most Gatchaman fans, is the addition of Yatterman characters to the game "Fishing * Star!" This is, as the title implies, a fishing competition game. People playing the game will be able to play the heroes and villains from Yatterman, with each using their own unique methods to catch the most fish. Seriously, that's the premise.

It's made by Gree, runs on smartphones using the Android and iOS operating systems, and the Yatterman characters will be available to play only between September 29th and October 12th. The official site can be found here:

http://jp.product.gree.net/tsurista/

If you'd like to watch a short promotional video, it can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq3d7kxUOZ0


The second game is an expansion to the simulation game "Azito," tentatively titled "Azito x Tatsunoko Legends." Not many details have been released about this game, but it is apparently set inside a secret base hidden under a "peaceful city" that is attacked by monsters. As the promotional material says, "And then, Tatsunoko Pro enters the battle." In exactly what way Tatsunoko characters will participate isn't really explained, but the promotional video gives us a clue as to some of the characters that will be included, as it shows clips from Gatchaman, Casshan, Mach GoGoGo, Yatterman, Muteking, and Time Bokan.

This game is being made by Hamster, and will run exclusively on the Xbox One system. It will be released in Japan during the Spring of 2015. The official site for this game can be found here:

http://www.hamster.co.jp/azitotatsunoko/

If you'd like to watch a short promotional video, it can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5Mk0LbbOQs


The third game is another collaboration game, titled "Bokosuka Girls - Tatsunoko Academy Climax." This one is, well, more than a little creepy.

The basic premise of the game are these school-aged girls who can wear "J suits" that are modified versions of the outfits worn by characters like Jun the Swan, Yatterman 2, Casshan, Tekkaman, Hurricane Polymer, Doronjo, Boyakky, and Tonzura, as well as the look of the giant robots Godam and Gold Lightan. By "modified versions," I mean barely recognizable scantily clad versions of their outfits. While in these outfits, the girls gain the abilities of the characters they are dressed like. The game play involves combat scenarios, with insert scenes whenever the girl’s clothing is torn. There will also be mini games that allow player to “touch” the girls while they are sleeping.

In a word: Ewww. In several more words, I am very disappointed that this is an official, Tatsunoko-sanctioned game. It shows no respect for the characters. It is this type of thing that makes me really miss the days when the studio was a family-run business, as I cannot see the Yoshida family having ever allowed their characters to be dragged through the mud like this.

Anyway, this “game” is being made by V3, and will run exclusively on the handheld Playstation Vita system. It will be released in the Spring of 2015. I have found no official website for this, but if you'd like to watch a short promotional video, it can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeiLegiJRnA


The last game is an expansion to an already existing MMORPG game called “Celes Arca.” Very few details have been released, except that sometime in late 2014, the game will expand to include Tatsunoko characters. Exactly which Tatsunoko characters has not been announced, though Gatchaman is expected to be one of them.

This game is made by Asobimo, and runs on smartphones using the Android 2.3 and iOS 4.3 operating systems. The official site for this game can be found here:

http://android.clar.jp/index

They don’t have anything for the Tatsunoko characters yet, but you can see a short promotional video for “Celes Arca” itself here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30H9LgqDyWk#t=13

James

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Ah, Japan ... there's always that one game ...

Thanks for the info, James! Always interesting to see where the series remains relevant.

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Actually, I think the first game sounds kinda cute. LOL. Too bad there's no Gatchaman characters in it. With Ryu and his marina he would have been a perfect addition.

Thank you for the update James! Smile

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Well that certainly is a wide variety of original games... I'm still getting over Game Number 3! Eek4

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Neat! Yeah, that game #3 is truly sad...I guess they are going with the " sex sells " angle.

The fourth game looks like fun. I'd love to see it come out in English with Gatchaman characters. I'd play!

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#3 isn't an original type of game for Japan, alas.

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Ugh.....3rd one is really creepy!!
I'm so sad that Tatsunoko does not respect their heroin as you said.

Chris// I think it is pretty common type of Japanese games.
Not only in games, I'm so worried about their disrespect to women.
Whenever I enjoy Japanese manga, they often make me uncomfortable. With the same reason, I don't like Japanese porno either.
When I was waling along the crowded downtown street in Tokyo with my family, a man who was advertising a newly opened shooting game center gave my father a promotional gift- tissue pack in front of me and my mom!! we were very next to my father. the man certainly knew that we were a family.
On the cover, a fully armed soldier was aiming at something. At the corner, there was a naked girl in the target, with tiny black stars on her nipples.
Last year I saw an prostitution advertisement poster in the subway train in Tokyo.
Its title was <meet beautiful Korean girls/phone# 000-0000-000>.

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Erk. That must have felt a little surreal. :/

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Surely that's true....but I'm sorry to say I'm not surprised, given the attitude Japan has historically taken towards Korea.

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