Sony sells share of Square Enix - Sony sells share of Square Enix

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Sony, has just announced that they gave up all 9,520,000 shares they have (equivalent to 4.8 billion yen) of the Japanese video gaming developing company, Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd, and have transferred them to SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Square Enix is well-know for its Final Fantasy series and the Dragon Quest series.




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The Igarashi Lab. at the University of Tokyo is developing a new type of physics engine which can faithfully recreate in 3D the stylizations common to 2D anime.

"Physics engines are used in 3D animation, to generate the motions of hair and clothes. They can do physically correct computing, but the problem is, that's all they can do. The engine we've created makes it possible for artists to adjust such physics computations, in other words, to deform things."

Nissan and Polyphony Digital officially unveiled Nissan "Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo". It is a virtual sport car made for "Gran Turismo 6" (a game software) for PlayStation3.

Polyphony Digital is a subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment and develops video games. They are well known as a developer of the Gran Turismo Series.  

Eurotechnology Japan KK - October 09, 2013

Since last financial year (ended March 31, 2013), three newcomers (GungHo, DeNA, and GREE) combined achieved higher operating income and higher net income than all 9 iconic Japanese game companies (Nintendo + SONY-Games + SegaSammy + BandaiNamco + Konami + TakaraTomy + SquareEnix + Capcom + TecmoKoei) combined.

While the newcomer’s revenues are increasing (except for GREE), the traditional 9 game companies’ revenues peaked in 2008, and have been falling rapidly ever since.

Gaming Giant, Nintendo's Hiroshi Yamauchi - A Special Thank You

We would like to pay tribute to Hiroshi Yamauchi, the visionary who transformed Nintendo into one of the leading games companies in the world and one of the towering figures in gaming who made it what it is today.  He has died in Japan at age 85.

We thank him and his team at Nintendo for Super Mario Bros., Zelda, Star Fox, Game Boy, etc., etc., and for those old enough to remember, Donkey Kong!!

Links International, Japanese computer peripherals distributer, will release a gaming keyboard CORSAIR Gaming Keyboards Vengeance K65 Compact JP produced by the American computer peripherals production company, Corsair. It will be available for about ¥12,000 on February 8.

It features Cherry MX Red switches built-in, has a full-sized keyboard layout, with big keys, but it is shorter and more compact by not having a ten-key number input.

Smash Tokyo!
Bandai Namco
has been developing a GODZILLA game for PS3 and they will release it to the market in winter (late) 2014.

The GODZILLA game is made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first GODZILLA movie as well as the release of a new Hollywood version of GODZILLA which will be out on July 25 in Japan.

Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:

Mouse Computer has started accepting advance orders of a super-geeky gaming laptop computer from their gaming brand G-Tune yesterday in a limited quantity - Only 100 units.

The model is called unity-chan! Collaboration Pasokon NEXTGEAR-NOTE i540BA1-Unity. Pasokon means "personal computer" in Japanese.

Editor - August 26, 2014

Fujimoto Dengyo released an iPhone 5s/5 case, the STREET FIGHTER II iPhone+.

On the back of each of the iPhone cases, 4 different moments of the main characters (Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li) firing the special attack are shown:

- Hadoken
- Shoryuken by Ken
- Tatsumaki Senpukyaku (Tornado Whirlwind Leg) by Ryu
- Hyakuretsukyaku (Hundred Rending Legs) by Chun-Li

  • Price: 2,300 yen


Final Fantasy Cafe
Square Enix
and Pasela Resorts, which sets up and runs leisure facilities, jointly opened a Final Fantasy XIV concept cafe - Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe - in Akiharabara, Tokyo yesterday.

The Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe is a replica of the Carline Canopy tavern in the town of Gridania as it appeared in FFXIV.