Monster Hunter 4 N3DS trailer

Teaser for Monster Hunter 4, an upcoming video game by Capcom, exclusive on Nintendo 3DS. Release date TBD, probably late 2012 or in 2013.

Monster Hunter is a series of fantasy-themed action role-playing video games that started in 2004. The franchise is pretty popular in Japan, with about 15 million copies sold to date.

Worldwide sales are much lower though. One of the major reasons is because handheld consoles are mainly a Japanese thing. And the game is also infamous for having a high learning curve which is obviously not a global norm.

As usual for popular games, the franchise expanded into anime and manga too. AFAIK the branching doesn’t work out that well though.

Credit: Capcom Channel (YouTube)

Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer

Teaser video for Final Fantasy XIII-2, a sequel to the Final Fantasy XIII.

Released in December 2009, Final Fantasy XIII is the 13th title in the main Final Fantasy series. The sequel will be available later this year.

The first Final Fantasy game came out in 1987. The franchise grows and becomes one of the world’s best selling video games.

It’s also a reminder that Japan is a powerhouse in game making. They used to dominate the industry but others have caught up over the years.

Credit: Square Enix (Youtube)

Aya Hirano x Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekido

Voice actress Aya Hirano in a promotion video for Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekido, a Japanese video game for the Nintendo Wii consoles.

Released by Kadokawa in January 2009, the exercise and music game features the characters from the Haruhi Suzumiya anime and manga series.

Meanwhile, Aya Hirano is the voice actress for the titular role in the anime series. She becomes very popular after the TV show, and seems like she works in this game too. And she’s cute isn’t it?

Not sure if the game is playable outside of Japan though. They may limit this to specific region because of distribution rights.

Update: Looks like it can’t be played outside of Japan (without mods) indeed. You really have to be in Japan to experience the whole anime culture.

BTW, speaking of Kadokawa, it’s not primarily a game maker. Its main business is magazines and manga, they are the publisher of Haruhi manga series. Their famous magazines include Shonen Ace and also Newtype etc.

Credit: Kadokawa Anime (Youtube)