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As of July 11th, Nintendo has made a press release over the sad announcement that the President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, has passed away due to bile duct tumor (a form of cancer). Iwata died at the age of 55.
 

 
News of his passing came via Nintendo through a .PDF press release.....which only contained one sentence (Press Release can be read here)
 
Iwata has held many positions within Nintendo but his earlier days within the company started with him as a programmer for Hal Laboritories where he worked on games such as Balloon Fight, Pokemon Gold & Silver, and even reworked on coding Earthbound (Mother 2) all by himself. It wasn't until 2000 where he was assigned as a director but then being appointed as president in 2002. At one point of time, Iwata was also appointed as CEO of Nintendo of America up to 2013.
 

 
Iwata skipped E3 and Nintendo's annual meeting for shareholders last year due to health reason and underwent surgery to remove the bile duct growth.
 
 
There isn't much else left to say about him. Iwata was a man who has brought us years of fun through many generations of Nintendo products and games....some good and some bad but overall fun. Being a prominent figure of Nintendo Direct, it makes one wonder how it will go on without him as he was mostly the figure head of the broadcasts. He loved his work and even the people he worked with as it was proven that to prevent layoffs within Nintendo, Iwata volunteered to cut back on his pay when he did not meet Nintendo's 2013 projections. We will miss all of his funny catch phrases and even his apologies which have since became the sources of some awesome memes. The last of his legacy that he has left us is "Mario Maker", a game which allows you to create any idea for a Mario (2D versions) into a reality.


 
The gaming world mourns over the loss of such a great man. Nintendo flies their flags at half mass in honor of this man. Mr.Iwata....please know...."We Understand".
 



#Nintendo #RIPIwata #SatoruIwata #WeUnderstand
 
Sources: Nintendo, Siliconera, GoBoiano
Square Enix has announced that Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded, a 3rd Person team shooter/fighting game that was originally in arcades, will go into its PC open beta on August 6th. Players can now sign up for the upcoming Pre-Open Beta test that will be conducted a week prior to the Open Beta test. New content  will be added to this build of the game such as new stages, characters, custom matches, friend system, title system, costumes, character re-balancing, & so on.
 
:: Pre-Open Beta Recruiting Phase ::
June 12 - July 18
:: Pre-Open Beta Testing Phase ::
August 1st - 2nd
:: Open Beta ::
August 6
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woER0VfUyd8
 
You will need to register for a Japanese Square-Enix Members account in order to have a chance to participate. More news will come as we get closer to Open Beta.
Pre-Open Beta Entry: http://gsreloaded.jp/preopenbetatest_entry/
Developer: Square-Enix
Publisher: Square-Enix
Official Website: http://gsreloaded.jp
 
Source: Square-Enix, Steparu
With the new site now running smoothly (so far), we at Anime Toshokan can now concentrate with refilling this site with content for our users as well as open new doors for people who are willing to help in any way.
 
As the news title suggests, we are looking for gamers who are open minded with their opinions in giving feedback on Japanese doujin games that have potential for the US/EU market. Before anyone asks, yes, this is a volunteer position but this is also official work on our part as you'll be helping companies make decisions on games they want to try and bring to the western market but would like opinions on various aspects of the games such as:
 
Is the game fun?Do you enjoy playing X game?How is the gameplay to you? Does it make you want to continue playing?What are some of the things you would change before being officially released?Questions of these matters are just an example of what you'll be asked. Anime Toshokan will not be releasing these games and we're not becoming a US publisher of these games but rather our feedback will go to the company that wants a public opinion on a product they have in mind. We will not disclose any information as to who our clients are but if you've known MikuruX for a while then you probably know who he is helping.
 
Being in this group, however, you will be instructed and to hold your part as a tester of Anime Toshokan to never disclose any information or data of any game you test with us. You will not allowed to talk about anything regarding your work here at Anime Toshokan or about our clients regarding the testing out in public or family/friends. Breaking these rules of the group will automatically cause for your termination from the group and possibly a life-time ban from this site (These are serious offenses and we will not tolerate insubordination). If this sounds like something for you and something that you can do, please inform us in the comments or private message Mikuru//X.
Off the press this week of E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), it's been said that Square-Enix are indeed developing a Final Fantasy VII remake for the Playstation 4.
 
The Final Fantasy VII remake will use the more modern / recent art style for Cloud, that being his design from his appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy or Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The remake is being created as part of the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII.
 
(We would like to point out that we're not talking about the Final Fantasy VII  port for the Playstation 4 that was previously announced by Square-Enix back last year during the Playstation Experience convention.....you know, the one where everyone was trolled.)
 
We'll update more on this story as more information comes to us.
 
Source: Siliconera
It has only been about a month since Nitro+ Blasterz ~Heroine Infinite Duel~, the fighting game developed by EXAMU (Arcana Heart, Daemon Bride, Aquapazza) with characters from the visual novel games developed by Nitro+ (Saya no Uta, Super Sonico, & lots of others), was released in Japanese arcades. Early this month, Marvelous Entertainment (publishers of the Senran Kagura series), has announced that they will be porting over the game to the Playstation 3 & Playstation 4 this year during the Winter. During this time, lots of news regarding the game has been released in regards to the console version.
 
Senran Kagura's Homura has been announced that she will appear as a guest character for the console version of the game. It's not known if she will appear in the arcade version but given that the arcade versions of games usually serve as the testing grounds for new characters & mechanics or vice versa, there is a good possibility of her appearing in a later update along with Saber, Ethica, & Oka.
 
Yesterday, it was teased by XSeed Entertainment - the US publishing company owned by Marvelous Entertainment Japan - that Nitro+ Blasterz would be appearing to the west for a home release. It has been officially announced today by XSeed that the game will be making its way for a western release (NA & EU) at the same time as its Japanese counterpart (This is not known as they're both are just given a tentative Winter 2015 release date....no specifics).
 
https://twitter.com/XSEEDGames/status/609406173910069248/photo/1
 
Stay tuned for more news regarding Nitro+ Blasterz as more developments take place.
 
Source: XSeed Twitter, Siliconera
It has been announced in this week's issue of Famitsu magazine that Nitro+ Blasterz: Heroine Infinite Duel, a 2 vs 2 fighter developed by Examu (Arcana Heart series, Aquapazza, Daemon Bride: Additional Gain) & Nitro+ (Super Sonico, Saya no Uta, Steins;Gate) will be making its way to home consoles for the Playstation 3 & Playstation 4.
 
 
 
The upcoming console version will have slight changes made from its arcade release. Most notable will be the addition of Super Sonico to the playable cast. Super Sonico was originally promoted in the game as one of the support characters you get to choose along with the playable cast. There will also be more new characters announced for the home version in the near future.
Come on Examu, you know you want to promote Angela Blazac from the support cast to a playable character.
 
Source: Siliconera, Gematsu, Hachima Kikou
Due to complete & utter lack of customer service with our former site hosting company "Globat", Anime Toshokan was forced to move to another host in order to gain the full benefits of the latest version of Invision Power Board which is version 4.0 that is currently now in testing (we're using the current release candidate as of right now).
 
Because of this move and other issues with Globat & compatiability with the database, again, the site has been wiped a new. Also, Anime Toshokan will for now be closed off from the public until we feel that it is ready to open for the general public to use. We are unsure of our vision of the site but we'll keep working till we find one that both pleases us and our users.
 
We apologize for all of the trouble that this may cause for everyone but we hope you all will work with us during out testing phase of the new Anime Toshokan website.