A Little Bit on Shawnimals

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Shawn Smith, founder of Shawnimals, was awesome enough to do an interview with Albotas after a grueling signing session at NYCC 2012. Hit the link to read about the origins of NinjaTown, the art of plush, and Shawn’s days of writing for EGM.

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Toy Review: Glossy Smorkin’ Labbit

This Labbit is shiny. And you know nerds love the shiny. Hit the link for our look at the Kidrobot x Kozik 10” Glossy Smorkin’ Labbit.

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Albotas Review: The King of Fighters XIII

There’s a misconception that there was a drought in the world of 2D fighting games. Street Fighter IV brought the genre back into the mainstream, and a bunch of games rode the coattails: Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlu, and more. But the King of Fighters series has always been there. Unfortunately, the series gets constantly overlooked, and this will be especially criminal in the case of KoF XIII, which is a particularly great game.
 Creamy gameplay and controls, staggeringly huge and powerful combos, K’ and Mai are back, amazing true 2D graphics, SNK cameos
 Delay at beginning of online matches, ‘98 Iori is on-disk paid DLC, filler story per the usual 

Hit the link for our full review of KoF XIII

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Import Review: Marchen Adventure Cotton 100%

Cotton is a cute ‘em up series created by Success and featuring a young broom-riding witch. The original game was released in arcades and was later ported to the PC Engine, Sharp X6800, and even the Neo Geo Pocket Color. Several years later, the game was tweaked and released for the Super Famicom with a new name: Marchen Adventure Cotton 100%. Hit the jump for our review.

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Quirky and What the Game Industry Should Learn from Them

The odeur of nerd rage has been lingering in the air for a few months now. Nintendo caused quite a stir when they decided to localize three Japanese games - Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower - but to only bring them to Europe, forgoing North America.

The assumption is that Nintendo doesn’t think the games will make enough money in America to warrant spending the time, effort, and money on publishing them over here. The fact is that this happens all the time. So many Japanese games don’t reach North America or even the West in general because publishers assume too few customers would make purchases. And that got me thinking. Uh-oh.

Hit the jump to read why publishers need to copy an innovative company’s pre-order strategy.

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[Exclusive Interview] A Little Bit on: James Jirat Patradoon

He’s made some of the most stylish art in recent memory. It’s been displayed all over the world. He’s worked for everyone from ESPN to The Deftones. Now James Jirat Patradoon takes some time to talk to Albotas. Hit the link for our interview.

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You’re Doing It Wrong
The corpos are quick to cash in on any emerging cultural trends. Just turn on your TV. All the ads were full of cheesy ska music back in the 90’s and 2000’s. Now it’s all hip wannabe indie. So it’s not really surprising that Kmart is cashing in on Internet humor. “Interwebz” and “teh” are at least 5 or 6 years old. The unicorn thing was already done last year by Cartoon Network. I’m not trying to defend Internet humor - I think it’s often a bit “too much” - but I do think it’s funny how squares like Kmart try to shoulder their way into your life by any means possible. Deep, deep discounts, but no shame.

You’re Doing It Wrong

The corpos are quick to cash in on any emerging cultural trends. Just turn on your TV. All the ads were full of cheesy ska music back in the 90’s and 2000’s. Now it’s all hip wannabe indie. So it’s not really surprising that Kmart is cashing in on Internet humor. “Interwebz” and “teh” are at least 5 or 6 years old. The unicorn thing was already done last year by Cartoon Network. I’m not trying to defend Internet humor - I think it’s often a bit “too much” - but I do think it’s funny how squares like Kmart try to shoulder their way into your life by any means possible. Deep, deep discounts, but no shame.

Photodump: Heroes & Villans Androids Get New Angles

If you’ve been dying to get a closer look at this summer’s four new Andrew Mini Collectibles by Andrew Bell, this is for you. These detailed shots should help you figure out which ones you’re standing in line for (if you’re going to Comic Con this month) os waiting online for (if you’re not). I’ll be whipping out Mr. Visa for all four in the event of possibles trades, since Androids tend to sell out in seconds. But I’d love to get my hands on Cycle-On, the robot, and El Poderoso (translation: The Powerful), the luchador.

We never say ‘never,’ but we can confirm that there are no plans to bring [The Last Story, Pandoras’ Tower or Xenoblade] to the Americas at this time. Thanks so much for your passion, and for being such great fans!
Big N Says F You to RPG Players
Dragon Quest X Footage Coming in September
Dragon Quest X is one of those games that gets announced and you get really excited for… And then you wait five years. We’ll finally get to see what the Wii (or maybe Wii U at this point) game looks like September 15, when the 25th Anniversary Dragon Quest Collection hits Japanese shelves. The compilation will include a video of the DQX. Hopefully it’s got some gameplay footage rather than just cinematics.

Dragon Quest X Footage Coming in September

Dragon Quest X is one of those games that gets announced and you get really excited for… And then you wait five years. We’ll finally get to see what the Wii (or maybe Wii U at this point) game looks like September 15, when the 25th Anniversary Dragon Quest Collection hits Japanese shelves. The compilation will include a video of the DQX. Hopefully it’s got some gameplay footage rather than just cinematics.

Murakami Exhibit Hits London
Starting today, Takashi Murakami's recent work will be on display at The Gagosian Gallery in London. The exhibit, according to the gallery, expresses Murakami's appreciation of Meiji-era Japanese painter, Kuroda Seiki. It will be open until August 5.

Murakami Exhibit Hits London

Starting today, Takashi Murakami's recent work will be on display at The Gagosian Gallery in London. The exhibit, according to the gallery, expresses Murakami's appreciation of Meiji-era Japanese painter, Kuroda Seiki. It will be open until August 5.

Albotas Goes to Rainbow City!

When I heard that FriendsWithYou were brining Rainbow City to Manhattan, I knew I had to go, despite the 225 mile gap between Boston and NYC. I traveled three and a half hours by bus to Albany, three and a half hours by car to NYC, and then three hours by train back home. But it was totally worth it.

If you’re a fan of FriendsWithYou and live anywhere near New York, you need to go see this for yourself. You rarely get to see little kids and full grown adults having just as much fun as each other doing the same thing, but at Rainbow City, kids and their parents alike were having a blast.

What was meant to be a quick recap video turned out to be a labor of love once I got started. I hope you enjoy the video (and remember to go full-screen for the full effect). Rainbow City is open until July 5, 2011.

Chiptune Damage: Rebecca Black’s Friday: The Good Version

OK, “good” might be a stretch, but…

I Wish Layzner Got Localized

I was in a comic shop recently and stumbled upon a really cool action figure. I Googled that shit and found out it was based on an 80’s anime called Layzner. It was supposed to get an English translation, but the master reels were damaged between the time Sunrise shipped them from Japan to America. Lame! They should have at least translated the audio tracks and created a dub.

Something Is Happening at Dyzplastic
A teaser image was posted today on Dyzplastic’s production blog. Dyzplastic is Andrew Bell’s company, mostly known for the O-No Sushi and Android vinyl toys. It looks like we could be getting four more Androids this Summer. This is coming only a few months after the heavily anticipated release of the second Android series. They new colorways seem to be based on superheroes and other pop culture figures. One is a silvery robot. Hopefully it’s The Terminator.

Something Is Happening at Dyzplastic

A teaser image was posted today on Dyzplastic’s production blog. Dyzplastic is Andrew Bell’s company, mostly known for the O-No Sushi and Android vinyl toys. It looks like we could be getting four more Androids this Summer. This is coming only a few months after the heavily anticipated release of the second Android series. They new colorways seem to be based on superheroes and other pop culture figures. One is a silvery robot. Hopefully it’s The Terminator.

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