BRISTOL (Wednesday  5 th December  2012) Zen United and PQube are pleased to announce the launch of an all new portal, Rice Digital - dedicated to the release of Japanese indie or ‘doujin’ games.

http://ricedigital.net is a curated site dedicated to educating and informing gamers of the finest PC indie content available from Japan.

“The Japanese indie games scene is one of the most misunderstood in gaming – with a belief that it’s either non-existent, or focused predominantly on adult content”. Explains Geraint Evans Director of Zen United. “The Japanese doujin scene is thriving and is a hotbed of quality titles. Our aim is to highlight what’s out there and to create an entertaining and informative gateway to make these great games more accessible”.

Rice Digital will focus on bringing gamers the latest news from the Japanese indie scene as well as carefully selecting the finest games and making them available for purchase via the Rice Digital store.

Rice Digital launches today, with eight fully localised titles courtesy of doujin game publisher Nyu Media Ltd - with further announcements and products to come in the New Year.

Rice Digital will launch with the following titles:

Ether Vapor Remaster

Stunning perspective-shifting 3D shooter from Edelweiss, one of the finest doujin developers working today.

Cherry Tree High

A high-school drama where you have to form a comedy club – a charming sprite-based adventure with unique social-link gameplay.

eXceed Collection

The renowned series of Bullet Hell shooters, including Gun Bullet Children, 2 nd Vampire Rex and Jade Penetrate Black Package. Also available individually.

Fairy Bloom Freesia

An innovative, visually spectacular fighter with superb mechanics – including the ability to level up and customise your character’s move set.


Retro arcade shooting action, polished to a shine and featuring great weapon customisation. Gradius fans will be in heaven with this one.

Eryi’s Action

The cute platformer with a vindictive dark side. Turning classic platforming stereotypes and tropes on their head, this is a challenge like no other.

All titles are available to download via ricedigital.net today.

For more information about Rice Digital please contact: info@ricedigital.net

Or through our online communities on:


twitter: @ricedigital

About Zen United

Zen United is a consortium of Japanese and Asian game developers targeting European Markets. Zen United provide international business development and 'culturisation' (localisation + naturalisation) services to independent, high quality, long standing studios to establish foundations for European business and a pipeline to collect feedback from European markets.

About PQube

PQube is a publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products.  Based in the UK and Germany ,  PQube has direct relationships with key UK retailers and with local partners across Europe.  Publishing and distributing on all key platforms, PQube is a licensed publisher of Sony and Nintendo and offers a range of traditional, digital and direct-to-consumer delivery platforms.   PQube has an established team of industry professionals with a passion for the interactive entertainment business, an innovative approach to marketing and sales and a track record of success in building key franchises for its publisher and developer partners.

About Nyu Media, Ltd.

Nyu Media is an independent video games publisher that partners with Japanese developers to bring top indie video games to gamers around the world. By combining high quality localizations, broad distribution, accessible price points, and working with developers to add extra value such as in-game achievements, Nyu Media enables global gamers to fully enjoy excellent indie titles as well as support the indie developers by purchasing their games.

We are proud to work with some of the cream of the doujin world, including the renowned Edelweiss and souvenir circ., bullet hell leaders Tennen-sozai and the ground-breaking SITER SKAIN. We have also brought talented Japanese indie game music artists Saitama Saisyu Heiki, Shibayan and Samlie to overseas audiences on through music distribution services such as Bandcamp.com.

Nyu Media as placed more than double the number of games on Valve’s marketing-leading Steam distribution platform than any other localizer of Japanese independent video games and are the only Japanese indie game publisher to have established a publishing partnership with a major video games publisher.  Current distribution partners include Capcom USA, GamersGate AB, Desura.com, Green Man Gaming, Atomblock, BMT Micro and Rice Digital.

For more information about Nyu Media:

Homepage: http://www.nyu-media.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NyuMediaLtd

Twitter: @nyumedia


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