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News: Dragon Quest X All-In-One Retail Package Will Include Wii, Wii U and PC Copies in Japan

Dragon Quest X All-In-One Retail Package Will Include Wii, Wii U and PC Copies in Japan

Let the package design nightmare begin

Update: It seems that there will still be three distinct SKUs for this 'all-in-one' version, identifiable with Wii U, Wii and PC branding. Each will still, nevertheless, contain copies for all three platforms. Original Article: Square Enix has announced that the upcoming Dragon Quest X 'all-in-one' retail...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Maintains Dominance as Hardware Sales Fall in Japan

Yokai Watch 2 Maintains Dominance as Hardware Sales Fall in Japan

Home console sales continue summer decline

In last week's Media Create chart results for Japan, Yokai Watch stormed the charts with 1.3 million sales. A combination of the growing popularity of Level-5's franchise and the decision to release two versions helped it surpass the lifetime sales of its predecessor in just one week. As expected, Yokai...

News: Japanese Video Site Niconico Live Streaming Hyrule Warriors Tomorrow

Japanese Video Site Niconico Live Streaming Hyrule Warriors Tomorrow

Footage of new characters in action?

We've already had news regarding new additions to the Hyrule Warriors roster, and tomorrow Japanese video sharing site Niconico will be live streaming footage of the game — presumably showing these fresh combatants in action. The event will take place at 9PM Japanese time, which is 1PM if you're based in

News: This Pokémon Food Looks Too Good to Eat

This Pokémon Food Looks Too Good to Eat

Pokénom-nom

Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction — more accurately known as Pokémon XY The Movie - The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie in Japan — arrives in theatres in the country this weekend, on 19th July. Japan loves Pokémon at the best of times, but with the movie's imminent release there are a variety of special...

News: New Fatal Frame Will Be Spooking The Wii U In Japan This September

New Fatal Frame Will Be Spooking The Wii U In Japan This September

Photo finish

Nintendo and Tecmo Koei have lifted the lid on a new Fatal Frame title for the Wii U, which is due to arrive in Japan on 27th September 2014. In a special presentation which featured Nintendo's own Shigeru Miyamoto, the game's Japanese title was revealed to be Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko (Zero: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden). As...

Video: Returning To Rainbow Skies with Fantasy Zone II Double

Returning To Rainbow Skies with Fantasy Zone II Double

Twice the fun or double the trouble?

After a brief break with the excellent 3D port of racing classic Outrun, M2 has turned its attention back to shooters with this release of Fantasy Zone II Double in Japan, a neat little compilation of the previously Playstation 2-exclusive System 16 remake of the Master System game Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Sells a Whopping 1.3 Million Copies in Launch Week, Boosts 3DS Sales

Yokai Watch 2 Sells a Whopping 1.3 Million Copies in Launch Week, Boosts 3DS Sales

Wii U sales drop again, but retains top home console spot

The latest Media Create chart results are in for Japan, and they bring an extraordinary début week for Yokai Watch 2, along with a boost in 3DS hardware sales and another dip in the equivalent Wii U figure. To begin with software, Level 5's Yokai Watch 2 — released as separate Ganso and...

News: Golden Sun: The Lost Age Hitting Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Next Week

Golden Sun: The Lost Age Hitting Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Next Week

Western release should be on the cards

We've already seen the excellent Golden Sun on the Wii U Virtual Console, and next week Japanese players will be getting their hands on the equally brilliant sequel. Golden Sun: The Lost Age was originally released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan in 2002 (and a year later in North America and Europe) and...

News: The NES Story Began On This Day 31 Years Ago

The NES Story Began On This Day 31 Years Ago

We are Family (Computer)

31 years ago today, Nintendo Co., Ltd. released the Famicom console in Japan, an event which would herald the beginning of the firm's wildly successful relationship with home video games. Hitting store shelves at 14,800 Yen (around $145 / £84 / 107 Euros), the system wasn't an instant hit with the Japanese public. Sales...

News: Yo-Kai Watch 2 On Course For A Phenomenal Début Week of Sales in Japan

Yo-Kai Watch 2 On Course For A Phenomenal Début Week of Sales in Japan

Set to be first million-seller in Japan this year

Earlier this week we brought you some comments from Level 5's head honcho, Akihiro Hino, outlining the formula for the success of Yo-Kai Watch on 3DS. The first title had a reasonable but modest start in Japan, before the accompanying anime series boosted its popularity and took it beyond one million...

News: Final Fantasy Explorers Is Hitting Japan This Winter

Final Fantasy Explorers Is Hitting Japan This Winter

Still no word on a western release, though

It has been confirmed in today's Japan-only Nintendo Direct that Square Enix's new 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers will be hitting Japanese stores in the winter. The four player title is intended as a stepping-stone into the world of RPGs and will boast famous creatures from the history of the esteemed...

News: Nintendo Direct Confirmed For Japan on 11th July

Nintendo Direct Confirmed For Japan on 11th July

Focused on 3rd Party 3DS Games

Just days ago we outlined key areas and details that can still be revealed in upcoming Nintendo Direct broadcasts this year; there's plenty of ground that the big N can still cover post-E3. Of course, the Nintendo Direct fever is back up and running in Japan already — not only has there already been a Yokai Watch 2...

News: 3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Home Console in Japan

3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Home Console in Japan

Mario Kart 8 passes half a million physical retail sales

The latest Media Create chart results for Japan are in, and they continue the trends established over recent week in terms of hardware and software. There are certainly yet more positives for Nintendo, albeit against a backdrop of modest overall industry sales in the company's homeland. The...

News: Japanese 3DS Owners Can Enter Sega's Fantasy Zone Again Next Week

Japanese 3DS Owners Can Enter Sega's Fantasy Zone Again Next Week

Another Sega 3D Classic inbound

We may not have been blessed with 3D Fantasy Zone here in the west yet, but lucky Japanese players will be able to get their hands on the sequel when it launches on the 3DS eShop next week. 3D Fantasy Zone II will be released on July 16th for 762 yen, including tax. The package includes the arcade version, the Master...

News: Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Both feature new content, both out this month

Those of you wise enough to have purchased the rather excellent Kirby: Triple Deluxe will be aware that the mini-games included with the title — Kirby Fighters and DeDeDe's Drum Dash — are jolly good fun, and stand-out releases in their own right. It would appear that Nintendo agrees, because the...