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September2017

  • News Japanese Gaming Magazine Famitsu Celebrates 1500 Issues

    Long live the king of game magazines!

    The 14 September issue of Famitsu is one for the record books. The iconic magazine, which is the longest running gaming publication in Japan, reached its 1500th issue. Though Famitsu celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, 1500 issues is quite a big round number and also worthy of recognition.  The...

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  • News Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl Revealed In Famitsu Magazine

    Remake of the DS original hitting Japan in June

    Yesterday, we reported that the latest issue of Famitsu magazine could well be featuring some news on a fresh instalment in the Etrian Odyssey series. Leaks from Japan suggest that the magazine will be unveiling Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is expected to launch in...

  • News News on Etrian Odyssey, Devil Survivor 2 Expected In Next Famitsu

    More RPG goodness on the way for 3DS owners?

    While fans in the West are just forging into Etrian Odyssey IV or eagerly awaiting its arrival, time marches on in Japan: news on what’s next for the series is expected to arrive soon. Tweets from Atlus Japan have teased an announcement regarding the Etrian Odyssey series which will appear in the...

  • News Sayonara Umihara Kawase Confirmed For 3DS

    Super Famicom classic gets an update

    It has been revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu that Umihara Kawase — a series which started life on the Super Famicom and has since enjoyed instalments on the PlayStation, PSP and DS — is getting another sequel, this time on the 3DS. A platformer in which the lead protagonist uses a fishing line to hook...

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  • News Kid Icarus Uprising Gets Perfect Review Score in Famitsu

    Now it's really flying

    The anticipation and hype for Kid Icarus: Uprising seems to be growing with each passing day, with AR card giveaways and regular trailers ensuring a high profile. Despite all of the build-up it's surely the game itself that matters most, and it's received a major boost from renowned Japanese magazine Famitsu. In the latest...

September2011

  • Talking Point The Second Circle Pad and the 3DS Evolution

    What next for the 3DS?

    Another week, another major 3DS announcement. That may be an exaggeration, but it is nevertheless true that the 3DS has had a busy first six months in the market. Since the device launched we’ve already heard about disappointing sales, a number of delayed 3DS titles from third party developers, Nintendo’s decision to...

  • News Analogue Stick Add-On for 3DS Revealed

    First look inside

    Update: A Nintendo UK representative has confirmed the device is real, saying: We can confirm that Nintendo does plan to release the attachment but that any further announcements on the attachment will be made at some later time by Nintendo. The rumours of a second analogue stick add-on for Nintendo 3DS continue to strengthen,...

July2011

  • News Level-5 May Consider Wii U Professor Layton Ports

    Staff members talk Wii U

    This week's issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu features a section where game developers and producers talk about Nintendo's next home console the Wii U, and among those that took part were Level-5 president and CEO Akihiro Hino and Jiro Ishii, who's working on the upcoming 3DS title Time Travelers. As reported by...

June2011

  • News Yasumi Matsuno's Gaming Skills Have Reached Level-5

    Just the right kind of experience

    This week's issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu contains an interview with Yasumi Matsuno, a former staff member at Square Enix who now finds himself under the employment of Professor Layton studio Level-5. As translated by Andriasang, the video game designer with acclaimed titles such as Vagrant Story, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, Final Fantasy:..

April2011

  • News New Kirby Game Details Gathered, Now Absorb Them

    A gang of Kirbies embark on their latest DS adventure

    Since Nintendo announced the development of a new Kirby game at a conference it held last September, things have been rather quiet until now. As reported by 1UP, Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has detailed some initial game info on Atsumete! Kirby (roughly translated as Gather! Kirby.) Fruit will be dotted across the stages and as players con

January2011

  • News Rabbids Prepare to Invade 3DS with Travel in Time

    Bwwaaaagh, of course

    If you wondered why Ubisoft's latest outing for its chaotic creatures, Raving Rabbids Travel in Time, only made its way to Wii this might go some way to explaining: the white terrors are heading to 3DS instead. Famitsu has the game pegged for a Japanese release on March 24th, but unlike its Wii counterpart it looks set to be a 2D platform adventure, with the lapine layabouts..

  • News See Yourself in Ridge Racer on the 3DS

    Reiko Nagase won't be the only pretty face in-game

    Last October, we brought you the list of launch window titles for the Japanese release of the 3DS sytem, and although not every title will have a guaranteed spot next to the handheld when it launches on 26th February, racing fans will be greeted at some point with Namco Bandai Games' Ridge Racer, of...

December2010

  • News Night of the Sacrifice Will Get Hearts Pumping and Feet Walking

    A horror game with a twist

    Earlier this month it was announced that Marvelous would be bringing a horror game to the Wii that utilises the Wii Balance Board. With the peripheral predominantly used for health and fitness games, the idea of using the board for something as unrelated as the horror genre was both interesting and puzzling. Well, Famitsu has now shed some light on how the board will be..

  • News The Sims 3 Will Make Use of the 3DS StreetPass Mode

    For getting rid of... we mean, exchanging Sims with other players

    Not satisfied with just bringing The Sims 3 to the Wii and DS, EA will also be allowing gamers the option of raising their family in 3D too when it launches in Japan for the 3DS in Spring 2011. Famitsu has published some game details on the latest instalment of the life-simulation strategy game and it looks set to utilise the 3DS..

  • News Konami Wants You to Meet Doctor Lautrec on 3DS

    Professor Layton's French cousin, perhaps

    Just because 3DS is seeing an outing from the top hat professor in the form of Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle doesn't mean that Konami won't try to steal a little of the astute one's thunder. This week's Famitsu magazine contains a reveal of Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights, an archaeology-themed game starring a Doctor wearing a top hat..

  • News Resident Evil: Revelations Returns to Series' Exploration Roots

    Oh, can you smell the fear?

    The E3 announcement trailer of Resident Evil: Revelations had gamers scratching their heads over the identity of the mysterious man held captive by protagonists Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, among other unanswered questions. It's a good thing that Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has had a chat with some of the...

September2010

  • News Tecmo Finally Masters the Single Entendre with Dead or Alive: Dimensions

    3DS fighter gets named

    Tecmo's Dead or Alive series has walked a fine line between serious and absurd ever since its first home conversion offered the option to boost the bounce of its female fighters. Plenty of conversation (amongst other things) arose after the game's unveiling at E3 for 3DS, under the then-uninspiring title of Dead or Alive 3D...

  • News New Ace Attorney Investigations Title Outed by Famitsu

    Miles Edgeworth returns!

    The Ace Attorney series has a proud and well-regarded heritage on DS – less so on WiiWare – with this year's Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth another excellent entry in the series. Now Japanese über-mag Famitsu has outed a second instalment in the Investigations series and Edgeworth looks set to feature again. Although the initial scan is blurrier than a..

November2009

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Gets Perfect Score in Famitsu

    Japanese magazine gives Mario's latest top marks

    Print media might be suffering at the moment but that hasn't stopped Japanese magazine Famitsu's influence in the industry. The veteran publication is still seen as something of an authority - both in its native homeland and the West - so the news that it has awarded New Super Mario Bros. Wii a...

  • News Phoenix Wright Series Coming To WiiWare

    Courtroom drama will adopt an episodic format

    The latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu has confirmed that Capcom's cult legal video gaming series Phoenix Wright is coming to Nintendo's WiiWare service, with the first instalment hitting the Japanese Wii Store next month. The series, which is known in Japan as "Gyakuten Saiban", has previously been released on the Game Boy Advance and..

October2009

  • News Sin and Punishment 2 Comes into Focus

    Famitsu reveals new details, with more to come!

    Thanks to Nintendo's lovely Virtual Console service, thousands of lucky Western Wii owners have experienced the wonders of Treasure's seminal shooter Sin and Punishment, its first appearance in the West after years out in the Japanese N64 wilderness. Then, as the delicious icing on the cake, a sequel...

  • News First Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth Screens Appear

    Latest issue of Famitsu provides a closer look at the highly-anticipated dose of retro goodness.

    Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has provided the world with a first look at Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth. The screens show the typical Gothic look we've come to love and expect from Konami's vintage series. The game appears to follow the...

September2009

  • News Okami to Hit DS in 2010!

    Famitsu print the first screenshots

    Everybody loves a paintbrush-wielding white wolf game, but if there's on criticism we could level at the genre it's that there just aren't enough titles like the stellar Okami, released on Wii to great critical acclaim last year. Well, the genre is about to bulge again next year, with the announcement of Okamiden,...

June2009

  • News Tingle Gets a New DS Adventure, and a Surprise DSiWare Game

    The Zelda series's unsung hero gets not one, but two new games!

    The last two editions of weekly Japanese magazine Famitsu had mysterious teasers hinting at a sequel to 2006/2007's Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland for the DS. This week's edition has finally spilled the beans! Today just so happens to be the day of Japan's weekly Wii and DSi update - And from out of nowhere, Nintendo has..

  • News Tingle to Star in Another Game?

    Everybody's favourite green spandex-wearing fairy wannabe might get another game.

    The latest issue of Famitsu has a page-sized teaser for what appears to be a new Tingle game for the DS. Logic assumes that this will be a sequel to his 2007 RPG, Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, which was only released in Japan and Europe. As it's just a teaser advertisement that's really all there is to say..

March2009

  • News New Wii Resident Evil Game Confirmed

    Capcom lifts the lid on Umbrella Chornicles sequel

    With Capcom hinting pretty heavily that another Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan) game would be coming out for Nintendo’s premier system it should come as no surprise to discover that the latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu contains news on the subject. This new instalment in the popular franchise will take the form of another..

January2009

  • News Pole's Big Adventure Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    What do you get when you cross the original Super Mario Bros. game with some extremely over-the-top risque humor? You basically get Sega's upcoming Japanese WiiWare title Pole's Big Adventure. Yes, you read that correctly. The character's name is Pole. And if you're dirty mind immediately thought of a certain male appendage, you're on the right track.

    Pole's Big Adventure looks to be a very..

  • News Bubble Bobble Wii - Now With 4 Player Support

    The latest edition of Famitsu has more goodness - The first screens of Taito's Bubble Bobble remake, Bubble Bobble Wii!

    The screens are very small, but we can at least tell a few things by looking at them closely - It has the same minimalistic graphical style as the original game (Available on VC), features new levels, and has 4-player support! The...

  • News More Square Enix Goodness on WiiWare - Crystal Defenders

    If you've got one of the popular iPhones and have checked out the library of downloadable games for it, you might have noticed that last month, they released a game for it called Crystal Defenders. In this shameless Tower Defense copy, you put down various character classics from Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (DS) and hope that they manage to kill all enemies before they can get to the end of the path.

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July2008

  • News More Mega Man 9 WiiWare News In The Latest Famitsu

    Some people were still a bit unsure about Mega Man 9's existence, despite having seen the Nintendo Power having screenshots. If you were one of those people who still had doubt, you can drop it all now - The latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu features a section about Mega Man 9 as well.

    The game's Japanese title appears to be Rockman 9: Revival of the Wild Ambition (Every Mega Man game has a..

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