Google and Nintendo Team-Up for Pokémon-Related April Fools Joke

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Whether you've managed to catch all 649 Pokémon to date or are just beginning to walk your very first steps out of Kanto, Google's latest April Fools joke will have you screaming like a 9 year-old girl who just caught her very first Jigglypuff. Teaming up with Nintendo, Google has released their 2014 April Fools Joke, "Google Maps: Pokemon Challenge" where players explore around map apps on their smartphones in their quest to become a Pokémon master and catch them all.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 Live Painting and Auction

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Art Director Yusuke Naora and Producer Yoshinori Kitase were present at the opening of THE ART OF FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 charity exhibition held at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California on March 16, 2014.

Naora did a special live digital painting of Yuna and Tidus from the game which you can view below. The original file was deleted intentionally (what a shame!) after it was printed and signed and is currently available for auction at $3500 USD as of this article. Along with the painting, other items are also available including signed concept art pieces, signed giclee prints, and original sketches by some of the production team such as Character Designer Tetsuya Nomura.

Proceeds for the auctions will go towards the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. You have until March 26, 2014 at 11PM PDT to bid.
With a lot of Final Fantasy X fans out there, bidding are expected to be fierce.

You can head over to the auction page here or check out the photos of the opening of the exhibition here.

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Aksys Games’s 999: Zero Escape, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Escaping to iOS this March

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The prequel to the award-winning 2012 mystery adventure title Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, Aksys Games announced that they will be releasing Chunsoft's 999: Zero Escape, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors as a "traditional" visual novel on the iOS on March 17th for $4.99.

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Atlus USA Announces Four New Persona Games for 2014/2015

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In a rather non-surprising move for Persona fans, Atlus USA has announced two new Persona games for release later this year: Persona Q (3DS) and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3/Xbox 360). Coming 2015 is the much-anticipated JRPG Persona 5 for the PlayStation 3, as well as the dancing spinoff Persona 4: Dancing All Night for the Vita.

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Watch JASTUSA's Official English Trailer for Upcoming Visual Novel Steins;Gate

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Last week, English visual novel novel publisher JASTUSA posted an official trailer for their much-anticipated release of nitroplus' visual novel Steins;Gate. In addition to the trailer, it was announced that the game has gone "golden master" status. Which means that the limited edition of the game is already heading towards the pressers and will be released on March 31st, 2014 in both hard copy and download forms for $59.95. The standard physical edition will be released a month later on April 30th for $39.95.

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