Two New Game Boy Games for the Collection!

I had another couple of great finds while shopping for Game Boy games and they are in such great condition I would be doing you wonderful people a disservice by not showing them off. This post will basically just be pictures of the games, boxes, and little inserts for Pokemon Blue and Donkey Kong Land 2 (Donkey Kong Land in Japan), so if you’re into that sort of thing, give it a look!

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Reading Books (Based on Games)

I recently did something I should have done a long time ago. I read two books. They were about Kirby and the gang but… I say it still counts! Reading a book may not be quite as fun as playing a game, but it’s pretty close and arguably better practice so I wanted to write a bit about the challenges and give a couple of tips to get started.

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Retro Game Shopping in Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya, Japan
That’s nice, but where are the games?

I’ve been going through the dreaded visa renewal process so I had to make a couple of trips to my nearest immigration office which means hoping on the train and going to Nagoya. Nagoya is Japan’s 4th largest city, but doesn’t really seem to have a claim to fame, at least as far as I can tell after some low effort Google searching. I think it’s actually a great place to make a day (or two) trip out of though so that’s what we did!

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Let Me Introduce You to Pallet Town

If you’re around my age, Pokemon may have been your first RPG. The start of a grand adventure in the world of Pokemon and the start of a lifelong love of the genre. I’ve mentioned this a couple of other places on the site, but Pallet Town was also the start of my gaming in Japanese adventures. I took a stab at playing gen 1 really early on in my studies and now I’m going to put up side-by-side English and Japanese from Pallet Town in Pokemon Let’s Go.

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part VI

Akitoshi Kawazu in an Iwata Asks
Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part VI of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. We’ve finally reached the final page! If you’re just finding this, you can start with part I here. I also have a translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part V

Satoru Iwata in an Iwata Asks
Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part V of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. If you’re just finding this, you can start with part I here. I also have a translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part IV

Akitoshi Kawazu
Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part IV of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. If you’re just finding this, you can start with part I here. We also have a translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part III

Satoru Iwata
Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part III of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. If you’re just finding this, you can start with part I here. We also have a translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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Japanese Practice Through Games – a Beginner’s Guide

Playing games in Japanese can be a great way to learn. It shows you real life language written by Japanese people for Japanese people. There’s no worry about whether the vocabulary you’re learning is relevant because you’re seeing it right there in front of you. You might even have these resources sitting in your house, right now! Hundreds of learning opportunities ready to be taken advantage of!

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part II

Akitoshi Kawazu
Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part II of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check out part 1 here and my translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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