Mini Review: Densha de Go! Hashiro Yamanote Line – Yes, You Just Drive A Train

Come on, baby, do the locomotion.

The eShop trailer for Densha de Go!! Hashirou Yamanote Sen (“Go by train! Drive the Yamanote line”) is just a guy singing “Densha de Go!” repeatedly while trains drive. For series fans, nothing else need be said. But let’s fill in the blanks.

Densha de Go! is a Japanese train driving series that started in 1996 as a glorious arcade cabinet featuring a shrunken replica of a real train dashboard. It has since hit just about every console, often with an expensive dedicated controller mainly comprising two levers. It has never been translated to English but has regularly garnered international attention, perhaps because it looks as bizarre as it does intuitive: you just drive a train.

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Three Brand New Monster Hunter Rise Spirits Are Being Added To Smash Bros.

Join the hunt!

It’s time for the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cross-promotion. This latest one adds Monster Hunter Rise spirits to the game. In total, there’ll be three new spirits up for grabs – a Palamute, Palico and Magnamalo (they’re also the amiibo). This event will take place over the next five days and starts now.

Over on social media, some Smash fans are saying this is the final nail in the coffin for a Monster Hunter rep in the game, but as we know based on past history, this isn’t necessarily the case. What are your own thoughts about this and will you be participating in this spirit event? Leave a comment below.

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Random: The Pokémon YouTube Channel Just Posted A Bidoof Fancam


Our favourite kinds of April Fool’s jokes are the ones that are just… nice, you know? Enough of the pranks that are either really stupid lies, and definitely get in the bin with the ones that just make us wish that they were real. It’s not cool to tease us!

So, here’s one that’s just nice: a Bidoof fancam. Finally, The Pokémon Company has acknowledged what we all feel, which is that Bidoof is the best Pokémon.

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Review: Doshin The Giant – A Chilled-Out Cult Classic That’s Still Fresh In 2021

Sorry America.

God simulators were a big deal back in the day, but it has to be said that in recent years they’ve not been as prevalent. That’s not about to change with this game either, because Doshin the Giant is a GameCube game from the space year 2002 exclusively released everywhere except the US. As this rare and oft-forgotten game reaches its 6768 day anniversary since its European launch, how does it feel today?

Doshin the Giant is a bizarre game, we don’t think anyone would deny that. The basic premise is that you are the Love Giant called Doshin (named after the onomatopoeic sound of a giant’s footsteps) who appears one day in the sea around Barudo Island, and it’s your job as Doshin to do some stuff. Said stuff is primarily to take care of the island inhabitants and encourage them to build monuments in your honour.

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Japanese Charts: Huge Debut For Monster Hunter Rise Sends Switch Sales Through The Roof

1.3 million physical sales in three days.

Famitsu’s Japanese chart figures are now in for the week ending 28th March, revealing that Monster Hunter Rise has had a – ahem – monstrous launch in Nintendo’s home region.

The game sold a whopping 1,302,132 physical copies in its opening weekend, dominating the charts and leading the pack by a ridiculous margin. Second place went to Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, which sold another 37,166 physical copies to put its current lifetime total up to 592,683.

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As Pokémon Card Prices Soar, One Company Is Letting Investors Buy Shares In Individual Cards

Want to own a portion of a Blastoise?

Rare, classic Pokémon cards have always been an expensive thing to collect, but recent years have seen the value of particular cards soar beyond our wildest imaginations. Now, one company is aiming to jump on this trend by allowing fans and collectors to buy shares in highly-priced cards.

The company in question is Otis, an investment app that makes it possible for buyers to invest in sought after merchandise like sports cards or collectable stickers. On the app, a potential buyer can grab a share of a Pokémon card from $10 and up, and this can be traded at any time through the app’s dedicated trading platform.

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No Joke, PlatinumGames Is Releasing Sol Cresta On The Nintendo Switch

Another announcement is also on the way.

Remember this time last year when PlatinumGames pranked everyone with the announcement of a new arcade shoot ’em up known as Sol Cresta? Well, now – a year later (believe it or not), it’s announced the same game really is happening and will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC at some point in 2021.

The Japanese announcement trailer featured below notes how the game is “now in development” – so stay tuned for more updates, like a release date. As we previously mentioned, this title is based on the ’80s side-scrolling shoot em’ ups Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta, and will apparently be the first entry in Hamster’s “Neo-Classic Arcade” series.

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Xbox Says It’s “More Important Than Ever” To Preserve Gaming Icons And Classics

You hear that, Nintendo?

The digital era of gaming should have made video game preservation easier than ever, but as we’ve slowly been learning over the past decade, it appears to come with a number of setbacks. Some companies aren’t interested in reviving older libraries of games, others put odd restrictions and limitations in place, and then you’ve got entire digital services being terminated.

On the Nintendo front, the Japanese company has just pulled the plug on Mario’s anniversary titles. Over in the land of the PlayStation, Sony has officially confirmed the closure of the PS3, PS Vita and PSP storefront. It seems to be all doom and gloom right now when it comes to our beloved retro classics. Well, that’s unless you’re part of the Xbox ecosystem…

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