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Nerds Without Pants Special: The Dragons of Dojima

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Wait, what's this? Two special episodes of Nerds Without Pants in a row? Yes, friends, it's true! Our...modified recording schedule led to some, er, confusion. Luckily, we had special guest and long time NWP commenter SuperStep on hand to pick up the slack. So buckle up for a non-spoiler, deep dive discussion about Yakuza Kiwami 2 and the Yakuza series as a whole.

Oh,you're still here? Just listen to the episode. I basically explained what we do in the first paragraph. Enjoy!



Super Step Contributing Writer

09/12/2018 at 11:13 PM

Yakuza, aka The Red Shirt Who Could. 

And now that I've made a Star Trek reference, I am REALLY hoping they have Yakuza-themed cons in the near future. 


09/18/2018 at 08:03 AM

So I just listened to this tonight and I liked it. You guys did a good job with this. I love me some Yakuza as well and I have a few random things I want to add. When you guys were talking about the actors being real Japanese celebrities, I thought of the story of how I figured that out... And it's kind of funny. So I played through Zero a while back andI loved the cabaret club stuff. I was super addicted to the mini game. I spent more time than I needed to playing it, and I would absolutely play a mobile version of just that. ((Personally) For what ever reason, I googled one of the girls name's and I got a bunch of porn links... And so I :Clears throat: investigated them, and sure enough... The girls in the cabaret club are actual japanese adult film stars. So that's a thing that happened to me. I'm not sure if they're full blown porn stars or how that works in Japan to be honest, but google them sometime if you're brave, I swear this is a thing. You will immediately recognize the name and the faces to match, its weird.

I really need to play through the Kiwami games. I've played the original Yakuza when it was released, but I never got all the way through it for whatever reason. {I think I rented it actually} I remember Michael Madsen was the main bad guy's voice... Or maybe he was just one of the bad guys, I didn't get far enough in to see, but it was unmistakenly Michael Madsen, and it was weird he was doing the voice of an evil Japanese crime boss. The Kiwami games are definitely on my backlog for now, I'm currently saving them for a rainy day.

I'm currently Patricking Yakuza 6. I'm at the very last mission, and I can't bring myself to complete the game. I only visit the cabaret club to hang out with the pro wrestling girl. And the current NJPW guys who are in Yakuza 6 have some of the best cameos I've ever seen in a game. It is worth playing just for those alone, especially if you know who they are. It's friggen great and hearing that the old school Japanese wrestlers are in Kiwami 2 means I need to play that game now.

Also I think the chances of a Kiwami 3/4/5 may be a little slim, but I can definitely see them remastering them. I believe (And please correct me if I'm wrong. I am wrong a lot} they came out on the PS3, which is what Zero was originally made for? So I think for those games they will just translate them, give them the HD treatment and release them that way. Which I prersonally would be cool with. I think those would probably hold up. The PS2 games would have been a hard sell for a somewhat obscure franchise, and so remaking them makes sense.

Anyways, you guys did great, don't let anyone tell you differently.

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