Last week we told you about a planned Japanese 3DS Direct with a focus on third-party games, and rather late last night Nintendo confirmed a time for this latest extravaganza. Naturally we're interested to see what's on the way, even if there's a danger of it featuring some games that won't make it West.
It all kicks off very soon - 6am Eastern U.S., 11am UK time and 12pm in Europe — and you can see it live here. We'll be watching and live texting as always, though as this will be in Japanese we're mainly in it for the game footage. Will this be a re-tread of already confirmed games or a broadcast full of surprises? We'll soon find out.
Be sure to hit us up in the comments with your reaction to the broadcast and the games it shows.
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Well, that was packed with games, some of which may even come to the West. Ending with Monster Hunter and DQX was no surprise, and the software lineup looks rather healthy in Japan. We're signing off, and a couple of the bigger stories will make their way onto the front page. Thanks for joining us!
And with a mention of Dragon Quest X beta on Wii U, the broadcast ends.
Monster Hunter 4 looks excellent, it must be said.
It seems that a Wii U LAN adapter will allow online play in Monster Hunter 3G on 3DS.
It appears that 3DS online play in Monster Hunter 3G may be possible through the Wii U, via LAN. We're trying to get details.
Monster Hunter IV trailer time, the West can look forward to this years from now...
That gorgeous Shin Megami Tensei IV 3DS LL hits Japan on 23rd May, too.
Shin Megami Tensei IV looks rather cool, as we would expect.
Epic music, lots of running around and battles, it's Atlus time...
It's Atlus time, we predict a meaty RPG...
Like the Western release of 3/4 of Guild01, Guild02's 3 games to be separate eShop downloads.
Oh snap, Guild02 project is coming to Japan.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate hits Japan on 20th March.
Familiar ground now, with Castlevania goodness. A good looking game for the handheld.
Super Robot Taisen UX 3DS LL bundle also coming to Japan.
Super Robot Taisen UX has pretty sweet music, if you're into that sort of thing.
Oh yeah, this one has awesome music...
Dragonball Heroes: Ultimate Mission bringing the crazy to Japan on 28th February
Either the demo player is super-human, or this puzzle game is particularly frantic.
This looks like the kind of game that probably won't make it outside of Japan. In other words, colourful and intriguing.
Lots of Layton footage, and it looks like the usual goodness.
Zelda games were only confirmed for Japanese VC, obviously...
Shaun the Sheep! Some reverse localisation there, excellent animation series.
The Legend of Zelda Oracles of Seasons and Ages on VC 27th February
Tomodachi Collection arrives in Japan on 18th April.
Everyone is green!
10/10 for peculiar but strangely enjoyable music...
10/10 for peculiar but strangely enjoyable music
Footage of Tomodachi Collection, with Mii integration being a focus.
To be precise, mini 3DS Iwata was from Tomodachi Collection
It's mini 3DS Iwata.
And so it begins.
5 minutes to go now; as this is 3rd party our dreams of the Luigi hat may be denied...
Tea has been brewed, we're waiting Nintendo.
With 3DS dominating Japanese sales, it'd be interesting to know whether this broadcast is getting much hype in Nintendo's homeland, or whether a certain competitor's reveal has taken the sting out of it.
The description on the stream has (sub) in brackets, and we'd be delighted if that means "subtitles"...
This broadcast will be 33 minutes long, just long enough to necessitate refreshments
30 minutes until the Japanese 3DS Direct. What 3rd Party delights will we see?