Prego, a Pachinko parlor, promises in giant pink letters that women will fall in love with you if you gamble your life away here. Interesting marketing strategy…
At the Kinokuniya bookstore the other day, I started flipping through a slightly porny (and in later pages, very much more porny) photography book featuring hot Japanese girls posing amidst lots and lots of gadgets. There’s one more after the jump, of a girl with a fuzzy hat in a room full of vintage game consoles.
If Mario was a first person shooter…
via Boing Boing
Toirettsu is a new video game by Sega controlled by a sensor in the urinal. The better you are at peeing on target, the more points you get. Fun! If any of you men out there have tried this, please let me know how enjoyable it is.
This amazing little animation shows what might happen if Mario and Pac-Man went head to head in Mario World.
Link (Thanks, Kazu Y!)
This really cute ad for Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker features a little boy in a cardboard box.
As if Love Plus wasn’t addictive enough, this summer Konami is unveiling Love Plus+, an updated version of the dating sim that includes a mini-game that will encourage DS-carrying geeks to exercise. In a mini-game called Love Fitness, Nene, Rinko, and Manaka will tell the guys to get up and stretch, or go for a run. Nice!
Remember Nene Anegasaki, the girl from inside the video game Love Plus who was once married to a real man named Sal9000? Well, apparently, some other dude decided to have a birthday party for her yesterday (according to the game, her birthday is 4/20). Here you see her smiling happily in front of her birthday cake and some cough drops.
On Boing Boing today, I scripted and narrated a BBVideo episode about the man who married his Love Plus girlfriend in an official-looking ceremony on Sunday:
On Sunday, a man named Sal9000 married the love of his life. Her name is Nene Anegasaki, and she lives inside of a Nintendo DS video game called Love Plus. The wedding took place during a Make: Japan meet-up held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In attendance were a live audience, an MC, the bride’s virtual video game girlfriend — who made a speech — and a real human priest.
In this funny web-based golf game called Eki Golf, you’re a balding business man waiting for the train with an umbrella, practicing your golf swing.
There’s a lot of buzz about this new dating sim for the DS called Love Plus. This one takes the virtual girlfriend idea a step further than most — getting the girl is one step, but one you’re officially an item, you’re supposed to engage with your new girlfriend in real time by taking her out on dates, making plans, and planning things together. Some men have become so hooked on it that their wives are complaining publicly about it — one husband even sleeps with Love Plus near his pillow, and takes his virtual girlfriend into the bathtub with him. On online discussion boards, these complaints have spawned debates on whether “cheating” with a virtual girlfriend is the sign of a bad husband or not.Very interesting…
There’s a wonderful cookbook in bookstores & on Amazon now called Face Food:The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes. It’s a bento book that teaches you how to make delicious, nutritious meals that resemble your favorite anime, video game, or zoo animal. The art is simply amazing — here are Astro Boy and Zelda.
Face Food:The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes by Christopher Salyers
TokyoMango reader Ian S. just sent me this silly web-based game he made, where you have to match Japanese snack cards with each other. The ones you acquire get skewered on the left. It’s pretty basic but may be fun if you’re bored at work and like to think about eating Japanese food.
This may just be the most awesome cell phone strap ever. It looks just like a basic video game controller, but it’s actually a toy for Street Fighter otaku, or for people who want to practice their gaming moves while on-the-go. Every time you perfectly replicate the combo of moves for Ryu, Ken, Dhalsim, and Chun-Li, it makes the corresponding sound. Just imagine, you could be busting out Hadokens all day.
Product page (Strap-ya)
A new Wii game that debuts on 5/21 lets you pretend you’re a bodybuilder, and makes you run through holes in the wall in funny muscle man poses.