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News: The 3DS Proves to Be a Popular Music Player in Japan

The 3DS Proves to Be a Popular Music Player in Japan

Exposed shoulder buttons not an issue

Contrary to the West, Japan has an app that allows 3DS owners to download and listen to music, and despite the prominence of smaller and more dedicated media devices, many Japanese gamers are taking full advantage of the system. Recently hitting 3 million downloads, RecoChoku is the app in question. The site...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Thrown off its Perch by Call of Duty, Wii U Sales Spike Upwards

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Thrown off its Perch by Call of Duty, Wii U Sales Spike Upwards

Captain Toad makes a stand in Japan

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has finally been knocked from first place in the Japanese charts in the wake of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Sony must be fairly pleased with their success this week, but we wouldn't be at all surprised to see Monster Hunter right back up at the top next week once the hype has died...

News: Keep All Your Treasured amiibo Figures Safe With Hori's Special Carry Case

Keep All Your Treasured amiibo Figures Safe With Hori's Special Carry Case

This is my bag, baby

Choosing which amiibo you're going to buy when they hit store shelves is just one part of the problem — you've then got to figure out where you're going to store them when you're out and about. Thankfully, Hori has this all sorted out. Available from December 6th, this handy carry bag from Play-Asia costs $17 / £11 and will...

Video: Feast Your Eyes On Etrian Odyssey Untold II's Lush Opening Cinematic

Feast Your Eyes On Etrian Odyssey Untold II's Lush Opening Cinematic

And then cross your fingers for a western release

Etrian Odyssey Untold II hits Japanese stores on the 27th of this very month, and in order to build some hype in its homeland publisher Atlus has made the opening cinematic public. It's the next instalment in a series which has been active since the days of the Nintendo DS and follows on from the...

News: Japanese Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call DLC To Include Bravely Default Tunes

Japanese Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call DLC To Include Bravely Default Tunes

Bravely soldiering on

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call's track list and DLC offerings are an already impressive offering, encompassing titles like the iconic SNES classic Final Fantasy VI to experimental GameCube spinoff Crystal Chronicles, but next week in Japan the game branches out into new territory, as four tracks from

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Dominate in Japan as New Nintendo 3DS Leads Hardware Sales

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Dominate in Japan as New Nintendo 3DS Leads Hardware Sales

Wii U awaits new releases, still

It's Media Create charts time for Japan, once again, and this week brings more steady reassurance for Nintendo in the portable space, if not necessarily for Wii U. This is also a relatively quiet spell ahead of the Holiday season in Japan, so familiar names continue to make their presence felt. At the top, still, is...

News: 3DS Version Of Petit Computer Hits Japan November 19th, Global Programming Contest Announced

3DS Version Of Petit Computer Hits Japan November 19th, Global Programming Contest Announced

No date for the western release as yet

Programming tool Petit Computer — known in Japan as SmileBASIC — is getting a new 3DS version in Japan this month. Developer SmileBoom Co.Ltd confirmed the release today, and also announced that the third programming contest will be held in conjunction with the Japanese launch. Although this contest will...

News: Rodea the Sky Soldier Now Flying Into a Spring 2015 Release in Japan, for Wii U and 3DS

Rodea the Sky Soldier Now Flying Into a Spring 2015 Release in Japan, for Wii U and 3DS

Wii version dropped, unsurprisingly

Rodea the Sky Soldier has had a troubled history. When originally announced for Wii and 3DS this flying action title certainly caught the eye, with the development team at Prope being led by the highly regarded Yuji Naka, one of the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog. It then seemed to enter the publishing void,...

News: Bandai Namco Announces Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus For 3DS

Bandai Namco Announces Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus For 3DS

Will include amiibo support

Rookie pilots – at least in Japan – will soon be able to take to the skies once again, with Bandai Namco earlier this week announcing Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus for 3DS in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine. This new entry in the series is essentially an enhanced version of the 2012 3DS title, Ace...

News: Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future

Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future

"We have been making progress"

In Nintendo's recent investor Q&A, Genyo Takeda described the possible directions Nintendo is considering for its future hardware: The integration of architecture is our fundamental policy, and we have been making progress. Now that our new hardware systems are on the market, I would need to comment in terms of...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Sells 2 Million Physical Copies, New 3DS Sales Begin to Slow

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Sells 2 Million Physical Copies, New 3DS Sales Begin to Slow

A fairly uneventful week otherwise

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has managed to reach over 2 million physical sales in Japan, and continues to dominate the competition. Keeping things healthy for the 3DS, Yokai Watch 2 comes in at second just ahead of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS by less than a hundred copies. The popularity of Yokai Watch 2 is...

News: Luigi's Mansion Arcade May Potentially Be a Thing in Japan

Luigi's Mansion Arcade May Potentially Be a Thing in Japan

Can you survive the night?

Arcade machines are a medium that has waned in the West over the past few decades, but it's still an important part of Japanese gaming. An eagle-eyed Japanese blogger spied an interesting poster advertising an arcade machine that seems to be heavily based on the second entry in the Luigi's Mansion series, with the...

News: Region-Locking May Be a Thing of the Past Soon According to Nintendo

Region-Locking May Be a Thing of the Past Soon According to Nintendo

Unlocking business benefits

During the Q&A session which followed the Nintendo of Japan's investor briefing last week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata indicated that Nintendo are reconsidering the unpopular policy of region locking on its consoles. An unofficial translation made by the ever-reliable Cheesemeister on NeoGAF turned up the...

News: Nintendo Boasts New 3DS is its Best-Selling Remodelled Handheld System to Date

Nintendo Boasts New 3DS is its Best-Selling Remodelled Handheld System to Date

Grossly outselling its predecessors

Nintendo has announced that the New Nintendo 3DS and its bigger brother the New Nintendo 3DS LL have been privy to a success more uproarious than expected. In its latest financial report, Nintendo has claimed that over 400,000 New 3DS units have been sold in the mere three weeks that it has been available in...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Rushes Towards 2 Million Sales, New 3DS Continues to Sell Well

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Rushes Towards 2 Million Sales, New 3DS Continues to Sell Well

A monster success in sight

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is utterly thwarting its competition with nearly 2 million physical copies sold, even with new Sony-system titles being released thick and fast such as the acclaimed The Evil Within. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS drops down a good number of places, but this is largely due to the fact that...

Video: Let's Celebrate The Game Boy That The West Never Got

Let's Celebrate The Game Boy That The West Never Got

Shedding some light on a handheld classic

Nintendo's Game Boy range was massively successful all over the world — heck, even Kurt Cobain had one — but not every variant of the system made it out of Japan. Just before the launch of the Game Boy Color, Nintendo produced a revised backlit version of the original monochrome system which was...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Thrash its Competition in Japan, Wii U Sales Drop Further

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Thrash its Competition in Japan, Wii U Sales Drop Further

Huntin' and relaxin'

It seems Capcom's latest entry in the Monster Hunter series has proved its worth even further in Japan by outselling Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS not only this week, but in lifetime physical sales. Smash Bros. has still done well, placing it behind Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but in front of everything else. Unfortunately...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Takes Smash Bros.' Crown in Japanese Charts, New Nintendo 3DS Sales Explode

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Takes Smash Bros.' Crown in Japanese Charts, New Nintendo 3DS Sales Explode

A very healthy week for the 3DS

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate — known as Monster Hunter 4G in Japan — has utterly decimated the competition in its launch week, selling nearly 1,500,000 physical copies, but Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS still stands up as a strong contender in second place. Yokai Watch 2 also makes its way back up the charts as the...