Nagoya, Japan once had a whole museum dedicated to robotics, so it comes to no surprise (at leas to us here at The PractitioNERD) that a local hospital will add robots developed by Toyota Industries — a subsidiary of the automaker that produces auto parts and electronics — to its medical staff. While these bots won’t be conducting surgeries (yet, anyway), come this February, four robots will be deployed at Nagoya University Hospital will transport medicine and test samples from floor-to-floor for a one-year trial period during its 5PM to 8AM night shift. Should the trial succeed in assisting the staff during times when fewer people are walking the floors, the hospital may elect to deploy more units. Continue reading Next Month, A Japanese Hospital will use Robots to help during the Night Shift
Konami has teamed up with Starlight Media, a Chinese media giant, to create a live-action Contra movie AND a TV drama series. In fact, the film project was originally revealed earlier this year, and movie’s plot, according to the press release, appears to be taking elements from the varying storylines from both the Japanese and English versions of the game. Continue reading The Live-Action Contra TV Series & Film Will Get A Worldwide Release
Oh dear Lord, we DEFINITELY have to talk about THIS championship! In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, hilarity, and…just…plain-awesome-absurdity of the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship title from Dramatic Dream Team, a.k.a. DDT, Wrestling.
1) Dramatic Dream Team Pro-Wrestling [ddtpro.com, youtube.com/ddtofficial]
2) Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship Title History [https://goo.gl/XuBK8s]
3) “Here’s how Two Wrestling Bloggers won an actual Japanese Championship Title” from The PractitioNERD, August, 31,2016 [https://goo.gl/EBkbqE] Continue reading The DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship – Doc’D #68
In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the ongoing Japanese superhero parody webcomic, manga and anime series, One-Punch Man.
1) One-Punch Man Anime [Hulu: https://goo.gl/FjaF7i; Daisuki: https://goo.gl/tufAlD]
2) One-Punch Man Webcomic & Manga [Webcomic: http://galaxyheavyblow.web.fc2.com; Manga: http://amzn.to/2jfajlu]
3) One-Punch Man Wikia/Fandom webpage [Wikia/Fandom: https://goo.gl/AZwl4p; Reddit: https://goo.gl/5bHixg; My Anime List: https://goo.gl/nTQq6A] Continue reading One-Punch Man – Geek Me Five #22
Howdy Maiya; you should enjoy this…
Four lost Kirby minigames from the Super Famicom’s Satellaview peripheral (we’ll get to that in a bit…) have made their way into the hands of gaming preservationists after a surprise auction and some help from fans of the franchise. Here’s the story: Kirby no Omocha Hako (「カービィのおもちゃ箱, aka “Kirby’s Toy Box”) was a Satellaview title consisting of 10 mini-games. The Japan-exclusive device let players download games via a satellite connection, and while many games were made available for the Satellaview, most have been lost after the service discontinued. However, when some ARE found, they can take quite a while to get them working and playable again. Continue reading Four Long Last ‘Kirby’ Games Found At A Japanese Auction
Since Sega debuted this game series back in 2005 on the PlayStation 2, the Yakuza games have brought a unique flavor of open-world brawling to consoles worldwide. Think of it as modern Grand Theft Auto meets old-school River City Ransom set in Japan. I recall Area5 (you know, the former “1Up Show” people) referring to the series as “Shenmue done right.” Anyway, the PlayStation 4-exclusive Yakuza 6 is coming out soon in Japan, and it’s been reported by a Japanese gaming publication that New Japan Pro Wrestling stars will be appearing in the game as a rival gang. I love this; I want this; ALL of this; IN MY FACE! Continue reading New Japan Pro Wrestling Invades The Upcoming ‘Yakuza 6’ Game
In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, influence, tragedy and legacy of the popular Japanese wrestling promotion, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling. Continue reading The Ballad of Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling – Doc’D #52
Yes, you read that right… In this game, you meet a girl, fall in love, have your soul stolen, fight Hitler and get strung up by the KKK. Maybe this is why Nintendo barely promoted the game, gave it a very generic cover and never re-released it. For the sake of comparison, Nintendo re-releases PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING; if you don’t believe me, ask yourself how many times you’ve re-purchased Super Mario Bros. and/or The Legend of Zelda. Continue reading Here’s ‘Time Twist’, an old Nintendo game with Nazis, Baby Jesus & the KKK…
This past weekend was the fourth-annual BitSummit, an exposition dedicated to promoting the Japanese independent development scene. The expo was created by James Mielke, Q Games founder Dylan Cuthbert, and others. Unlike the E3 and more akin to PAX and MAGFest, BitSummit is open to the public and features panels with game industry luminaries, live musical performances, and live demos from Japanese and western independent game developers. It also serves as a place for Japanese and western developers to meet up, make contacts, and do their share to promote the Japanese game development scene. Continue reading BitSummit, Japan’s Independent Gaming Expo