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Lasers ,Kimonos and Cosplay -Hyper Japan -Day 2 / 3

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes we know we wanted to update this the other day, but we where not to know getting back from Hyper Japan that our internet connection would be slower then a dead snail. we just could not do anything creative.

So here it is the final teaser of Hyper Japan 2014 before we publish our ful feature on site.

Saturday saw another hot day and we got there early to get some gaming in and we had to see Hiroki Ninja perofm again as we where amazed at his feats. Plus it gave us a chance to get some alternative pictures of the show.



Tradditonal music and dance  was in full swing to with the re-appearence of Minyo group last year consisting of Hibiki Ichikawa,Akari Mochizuki and the  London Okinawa Sanshinkai  and they gave various perfomances through out the weekend on the Main,Fringe and Martial arts stages.


Saturday also saw the Martial arts stage at it's busiest with demonstrations of Karate,Iaido,Kendo and Jiujitsu among the performers.



Cosplay was also more evident on Saturday ,with many in costume and more so in the afternoon session as the cosparade was on the main stage in the afternoon.

Fans of more modern music where not left out either with Jpop and Jrock stars appearing to get the crowds bopping along. While they partook in Japanese delicacies  and traddianal drinking in the form of Sake as well as the many Japanese beers to buy to.

From browsing the stalls to visiting the pandemonium which was the Nintendo stand for some gaming action.

Hyper Japan is back in November on the 14th to the 16th at Olympia for the Hyper Japan Christmas Market , where be there to get in on the action , but that about wraps up our teaser for Hyper Japan 2014 .

Our full site feature will be up in a few days ,once we recall all our shenanigans of the three days and we sift through all the photos we took,sorting the good from the bad and what will go where..


But for now .Be Safe,Train Hard and most all ,  of have Fun.

The Snake

Martial Arts to Bonsai at Hyper Japan 2014-day1

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 25, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Hyper Japan is back in London Town and we where there on the opening day on Friday 25th at London's Earls Court.


This year the Hyper Japan team have taken over the larger hall at Earls Court one, added a number of dedicated stages apart from the main stage and though the Friday is never filled to capacity it looks like the bigger venue may hold up well when the weekend crowds arrive on Saturday and Sunday.


Today we where still treated to some great acts on stage and it gave us time to browse the stalls and even get some play time on Nintendo's and Bandai Namco's stand..


Real Life Ninja Warrior Hiroki appeared on stage today (he's back Saturday/Sunday)  and delivered a heart pounding perfomance.. as well as holding a small workshop for all those who wish to learn his training techniques with the aid of a Towel. I suppose you can't give visitors Nunchucks ,we would have people knocked out on the floor as they hit themselves ,

a towel in your face won't render you unconsious .



Karate and Ninja Hiroki performs on stage on Friday


He's back both Saturday and Sunday and the workshops are short and free ,you just have sign a disclaimer that you can exert yourself .. because they don't want people actually keeling over from just  hitting themselves with a towel.


There where a couple of other Martial art displays on the Martial arts Tatami ,Karate and Battado Samurai swordmanship.



Workshops,Bonsai  and Ninjas , all at Hyper Japan 2014


They even had another art form on display ,the art of the Bonsai tree , with a huge range of Bonsai to view and Buy.

The Bonsai Kai Club are  passionette about their art ,but the arts council won't recognise it as a art and so they get no funding.. . Well I'm sorry Arts Council ,Bonsai ia art form that's been around for century's . Compared to some of the things they throw money at ..Bonsai is a art that teaches care ,Paitence through how one sees ones self.  Something we could all learn from..

For more info visit www.bonsaikai.org.uk



We had JPOP to close the show from Jpop duo Yanakiku and Saturday where back to  indulge in entertainment and view other arts and hopefully get loads of pictures for you all to see.

Check back tomorrow for another mini update before our fully fledged feature goes live..

Sertes Nake ..

E3- The biggest game show on earth part 3- Nintendo comes out swinging!

Posted by Bruno B on June 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello I'm Bruno B. back with another segment in our e3 break down. if your wondering where part 2 went to well it's on our sister site Cosplay Heroes and you can view it here..

Right it's the time for Nintendo to reveal their big hitters for the following year.

Again for going a tradditional conference like Sony or Microsoft. for another year , it looks like Nintendo's fresh take on things may pay of.

Riding high of the back off the release of Mario Kart 8 less then two weeks ago, which amassed over 1.2million sales in just three days and saw in the UK alone Wii U sales spike by 666% ,yes you read that right.

Nothing could prepare me or any other game fan for what in just 46 minutes Nintendo gave firm release dates and announced new game after new game for Wii U and 3DS.

But the focus here was on Wii U.

Starting of with a fun filled intro it was Smash Brothers on Wii U and 3DS that got the ball rollin.with more footage and more announcements about the game ,like the use of Mii characters in the game which can take on the form of a brawler ' Swordfighter or Gunner.. Also from the demo on view the game turns your Mii into a fully fledged fighter that's capable of competitng with the best in Smash.


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So now those Mii's of Bruce Lee,Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan can now confront eachother in the greatest battle on earth.

Releasing in OCTOBER on 3DS and in the holiday season on Wii U. Why sucha big gap you ask ,well Nintnedo's next announcement answered that in one word....



''Amiibo''   Ammibo is Nintendo's answer to Disney's Infinity or Activision's Skylanders. but  the comparisons are thin when you start to look at Amiibo.  Using Nintendo's NFC tech bulit into the Nintendo Wii U ,yes that little emblem on the left  of your Wii U Gamepad is the NFC ( Near Field Communication) emblem , Yes using figurines of your favorite Nintendo franchises your be able to personalise each of your players yur using in the forthcoming Smash Brothers for Wii U.

By placing the figure on the gamepad NFC reader the charcter will appear instantly within the game giving extra abilities to help combat your opponents, but your also be able to train your fighter and and as he progressess and improves your be able to take your figure to saya friends house and import the data to his game and use your charcter their , why ? because the Nintendo Figures not only transfer data from the figure to the game they also collect data and save to the figurine , thus making each figures abilities unique to you.

Nintendo are also working on bringing the Amiibo figures to the 3DS version of Smash by use of a portal which will come in 2015.

But Amiibo does not stop there ,these figures are not just used for one game ,the very same figures with what ever data transferred to them will also be used in other game styles ,thus making the figures you buy usable in a vast range of games.

And the next game to to get Amiibo abilities after Smash will be the recently released Mario Kart 8 which will be upated once the figures are released .

If you watch the Amiibo announcment your also get other clues to what games may take advantage of the characters ,but one things for sure ,Nintendo are on to asure fire winner here and they know it.


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So already Nintendo had announced some cool new ideas and a new concept ,but it didn't stop there.

The offical announcment and showing of of Yarn Yoshi or what is known now as Yoshi's Wooley World looked amazing with textures i have never seen in a video game to the effect that the programmers have gone to. Releasing in 2015 Yoshi looks set to warm the hearts of thousands.





Yoshi's Wooley World - out 2015 on Wii U


But one game many Wii U owners have been waiting for and many have also tried at various gaming  events is Bayonetta 2 by Platinium Games..  With a new trailer shwoing some cool gamplay it 'was announced that the game will arrive this fall but that's not all ,many Nintendo owners where asking Platinium to port Bayonetta One so they could play the series from the start , you know maybe a eshop release at a special price. . But no Nintendo go one better ,Bayonetta One will be included on the Bayonetta 2 disc free .  Now we know why the wait was so long . we can't wait.



Bayonetta on Wii U - twice the fun for the price of one.



The games kept coming to with announcmenet after announcment ,but to find out the rest your have to wait for part 2 of this our Nintendo at E3 breakdown , which will be appearing on our sister site Cosplay Heroes.

This is Bruno B calming down before i have a Nintendo meltdown ,it's just to much to take in..

Back soon

What's the Time? Time to get a cool watch!

Posted by THE SNAKE on April 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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Play Expo Blackpool / Wii U,PS4,Xbox One at war

Posted by Bruno B on April 9, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello all ,i know not been on here in a short while, but been busy at compliling a dedicated gaming site for the K.I.T.G. Group.

Anyhow quite a lot has happened over the past three months ,well in one way but nothing to get to excited about.

Yes the PS4 is selling like hotcakes ,but why is the question, with very little exclusive content and most of the big new games coming to PS3 and 360 anyway it seems spending all those bucks on a new console to play something you could have played on your old one makes no sense to me.

To the same extent it applies to the Xbox One to with only the recent Titanfall giving any reason to own the console (though even that's on 360 and PC) ,also the recent price drop on the Xbox may have sold a few more consoles to ,though i feel sorry for those who only three months ago spent £429 on the console only and if they had waited could have got the console with Titanfall for £399. .




£399.99 with Tiatnfall - not bad if you ask us.

Of course the current gen console with the best games line up now is the Humble Wii U ,which still struggles to gain ground and is fighting a losing battle against the competiton.

But then Nintendo always said they where not in competetion with the other two.

Wii U has a stella line up of  games inc Mario 3D World, Sonic Lost World, Wii U party and the recent Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze.


We can't wait for Eight


With Mario Kart 8 just 7 weeks away it should be a interesting time for gamers.

Wii U also has a lot of indie games in the pipeline ,as does the PS4

Of course the Wii U biggest problem is third party surport but  Owners have Lego Hobbit and Amazing Spiderman 2 coming before Mario Kart 8 ,so at least  that's a couple of games to look forward to.


But fear not you can get back to your roots in gaming by visiting the Play Expo in Blackpool on the bank holiday weekend of May 3rd and 4th.

Being held at Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre , get to grips with that Coleco vision console you yearned for as a child or play some retro Imports on the classic PC engine or relive your youth on the classic consles of our time from the Snes,Megadrive,NES ,Dreamcast and many more .for more info visit the official site below.

Play Expo Blackpool website.




Where heading to Play Expo

Posted by THE SNAKE on October 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi All

This weekend where of to Play Expo ,a Retro Gaming event by Replay Events  like no other. Where be getting hands on with machines from the past right up to the present.



Classic Arcade action


So if you crave the Old Arcade games from jamma or even the have a soft spot for the Master System from Sega ,your find it at Play expo. But it's not just retro .

The big boys are here to ,Nintendo will be showcasing there latest forthcoming titles for Wii U and 3DS including Super Mario 3DWorld and Pokemon X&Y.


Super Mario 3D World -playable at the show


Ubisoft are here with Assassins Creed IV on the PS4 ,yes play it on Sony's new uber console beofre it's out .

With Cosplay shows and Fighting game tournaments featuring Street Fighter IV  and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Injustice Gods. .



Fighting Game Tournaments


Full Feature by our Games expert with loads of photos to follow.

The Place :Event City Manchester

The Dates: 12th and 13th October 2013.


Rob Van Dam at MCM Comic Con May 2013

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The K.I.T.G. team was at MCM Comic Con this Sunday gone , We got to play some of the newest games from Tekken Card Captors on Android and Metro Last  Light on 360 . The copslay crowd where in full force with attendees in cosplay outnumbering ones not ,or so it seemed.

The stars from TV,Film,games and Animation where on hand for budding autograph hunters as well as Photo booths set up for a proffesional photo with your favorite star ,all for a price of course.Stars included WWE wrestling icon Rob Van Dam ,Tom Hopper ( Merlin) ,Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf,CSI,CSINY) and many more along with Shinichiro Watanabe ,director of Cowboy Beebop and Samurai Champloo.

The Japan area which played host to the Cosplay stage Manga ,arts and crafts and a selection of Japanese food looked busy as ever.

It was a hot day and to ,which meant the MCM fringe festival was in full swing with music and guest DJ's playing the latest tunes outside the venue by the river. .

A full report will be published on the K.I.T.G. cosplay site ,Cosplay Heroes shortly.


WWE and TNA star Rob Van Dam at MCM on Sunday 26th May 2013

Gangnam Style imposter lives it up in Cannes

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

PSY adament he was not at Cannes this year


PSY was at the Cannes film festival this year ,mixing with the stars and living the high life, but truth be told when people got reports that the South Korean Rapper was thousands miles away in Singapore the cookie was crumbled.

A look a like had gone to Cannes and passed himself of as the Korean Rapper who has become a worldwide star since his single Gangnam style went global last year.

For two days the imposter lived it up ,mixing with the stars and getting a free ride ,with meals and drinks.

It was PSY that saw reports of himself being at Canne that sparked the security scare that a imposter was on the loose ,but for two days the security personel were treating the guy like a mega star .

PSY was not impressed ,thinking what damage a guy like this could do for his career.

Hmmm! who can i be i wonder. This year McDonalds next year Cannes.

You gotta Laugh .

Sertes ...


For a video of PSY latest hit ''Gentle Man'' click here!

PimpShuei - London's Chop Socky Bar - crowdfunder

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

London has been the source of good underground Martial arts film events for many years, Eastern Heroes,Beymark International,Shaolin Club put on many events during the 80's/90's . It popularised the genre and made it more mainstream and accessable to all.

Of course the internet has made finding those old films and trinkets easier. ,Events still happen ,but with the genre of Asian cinema being more global the events are lavish affairs now ,with the Terracotta Film Festival and Korean film festivals taking pride of place in everyones diary.

But how about a place you can go ,whatever night and meet and mix with Eastern Action fans ,while having some munch and a drink.

Well one man by the name of Sipheng You has started a crowdfunder at Indiegogo for such a place in London.

Go check out the crowdfunder page and see if it's something you would indulge in.

PimpShuei Chop Socky Bar

Kung Fu Bob's Art

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Came across some terrific artwork ,all inspired by classic and newer films. with  a large selection available in posters measuring 24'' by 36'' and smaller prints measuring 11'' by 17'' ,these are a great additon to spruce up your cinema room , dojo,or Kwoon. Prices start from $14.99 dollars and rise .

Here's a sample of Bob's artwork to get you thinking if your wallet can take it. And of course a link to his online store.

http://kungfubob.blogspot.co.uk/


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