Wow. It's been an incredibly long time since I posted - about a month and a half. I went to America, came back, and am counting down the days until I can go back for good (6 months). I played quite a few games in the last 45 days, but I also sort of stopped keeping track of how many hours it's been.

My main interest right now is waiting for Super Smash Bros. Brawl (or Dairantou Smash Brothers X), which comes out Thursday here in Japan. Originally, I wasn't very interested in it, wasn't gonna buy it at all, and maybe would buy it for $20 sometime in the future in the U.S. But the Brawl hype machine has hit me with a big ol' smash ball, and I can't wait to get this game. It looks huge and amazing, with dozens of characters and stages, and a pretty extensive degree of customizability and hidden secrets. I was going to go grab it on Saturday before a dinner party, but if the weather's decent, I might make the half hour hike through the snow to Uki-Uki on Thursday instead. Plus, I've heard rumors that only 300-400,000 copies were made for the initial release, and many people are anticipating a sellout around launch. We'll see. I'm just praying for clear skies and a little sunshine to light my way to the Nintendo self-love fest that's being released in 2 days. Impressions soon to come, if you can tear the controller out of my cold, sweaty hands.