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Feature: Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

For those times when an original Game Boy just isn’t retro-chic enough

Nintendo first hit the LCD game scene all the way back in 1980 with Ball, a simple but thoroughly playable affair at the time that may be familiar to fans of the Game Boy Camera or those brave souls who ventured onto the DSi shop. From these humble beginnings Nintendo's LCD...

Video: Japanese TV Commercials For Super Mario Maker Take The Reserved Approach

Japanese TV Commercials For Super Mario Maker Take The Reserved Approach

Low on CGI, high on charm

The launch of Super Mario Maker is just around the corner, and Nintendo is giving the game one final push in Japan with a raft of new TV commercials. Compared to the CGI-heavy nature of the US ads, these are a little more reserved and showcase one man and his quest to create the most entertaining Super Mario level...

Video: Check Out These Delightful Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Japanese Trailers

Check Out These Delightful Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Japanese Trailers

Dungeon crawl with your pocket monsters

The upcoming release of Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon promises to take the now long-running series to new heights with a more extensive game experience than ever before – with enhancements such as randomly generated dungeons that change each time a player enters, and the chance to battle alongside both...

News: We're Pretty Sure We Need These Earthbound Techo Planners In Our Lives

We're Pretty Sure We Need These Earthbound Techo Planners In Our Lives

Shigesato Itoi mines his past for future greatness

One of the many modern-day pursuits of Earthbound / Mother creator Shigesato Itoi is creating planners, or "Techos" as they're known in Japan. His company Hobonichi makes many of these useful items, which can be used as a diary, notebook or scrapbook. Hobonichi has had plenty of success in its...

Weirdness: Dancing Electric Rodents Infest The Japanese Coastal Town Of Yokohama

Dancing Electric Rodents Infest The Japanese Coastal Town Of Yokohama

Pika-pi, Pikachu!!

Japan appears to be absolutely obsessed with the cute, cuddly and electric Pokémon, Pikachu. To celebrate the nation’s cultural obsession with the adorable pocket monster, for a second year in a row now, Nintendo has infested the coastal Japanese town of Yokohama with dancing Pikachu. These giant-sized Pikachu are actually a...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Leads as Splatoon Passes Half a Million Sales in Japan

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Leads as Splatoon Passes Half a Million Sales in Japan

Wii U sales increase, too

The latest Media Create Japanese charts have arrived, bringing with them more positive news of Summer sales for Nintendo. On the software side Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer stays on top with over 180,000 sales in its second week, pushing it beyond 700,000 retail sales already. The two iterations of Yo-Kai Watch...

News: CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version For Wii U

CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version For Wii U

A Level-5 & Ubisoft collaboration

After selling millions and becoming a cultural phenomenon in Japan, it has been revealed the popular Yo-Kai Watch series will receive a Just Dance spin-off. The latest issue of Japan’s CoroCoro Magazine explains Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version is on the way to the Wii U courtesy of a surprising...

News: Not Only Does Japan Have Awesome Arcades, it Has Cool 30th Anniversary Mario Prizes

Not Only Does Japan Have Awesome Arcades, it Has Cool 30th Anniversary Mario Prizes

We'll happily buy these, given the chance

The arcade scene in the West isn't completely dead, but it's certainly less vibrant and varied than in Japan. It's not just that Japanese arcades have incredible machines, old and new, but some of the amusements also offer awesome prizes. As an example we have the following prizes that, if we're making...

News: 3DS Version Of Dragon Quest VIII To Feature Brand New Ending

3DS Version Of Dragon Quest VIII To Feature Brand New Ending

As well as a new dungeon to tackle once you complete the game

Dragon Quest VIII hits the 3DS in Japan on August 27th, and to build on the already intense interest for the game in its homeland, Jump magazine has delivered some more details. The most striking addition is that the game will feature a brand-new ending. There isn't a lot more detail...

News: SNK Playmore's New Chinese Owners Aim To "Do A Marvel" With Its Famous Franchises

SNK Playmore's New Chinese Owners Aim To "Do A Marvel" With Its Famous Franchises

$63.5 million paid for 81.25 percent of the gaming veteran

SNK Playmore has been acquired by a a group of Chinese investors, Gameindustry.biz is reporting. Ledo Millennium has paid $63.5 million for 81.25 percent of the company's shares, purchased from former SNK CEO Eikichi Kawasaki and his wife Natsuyo Kawasaki. Chinese companies Oriental...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Dominates Japanese Charts, Boosts 3DS Sales

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Dominates Japanese Charts, Boosts 3DS Sales

Wii U sales increase, too

It's that time of the week, once again, for the Japanese Media Create sales charts. Pleasingly for Nintendo a spin-off for one of its most successful franchises has had a strong start, allaying fears that it would struggle to grab attention. That title is Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, which launched with various...

Weirdness: Keep Your French Fries Toasty Hot With These Yo-Kai Watch Holsters

Keep Your French Fries Toasty Hot With These Yo-Kai Watch Holsters

Only in Japan, of course

Yo-Kai Watch is massive in Japan, and that means there are plenty of opportunities for all kinds of cross-promotional activity. However, few ideas are as zany as these McDonald's French Fry holsters, which allow you to slot in your pack of chopped potatoes and keep them warm during your quests to locate naughty spirits...

News: Capcom Continues to Go Big With a Monster Hunter X Limited Edition and New Trailers

Capcom Continues to Go Big With a Monster Hunter X Limited Edition and New Trailers

For those always on the hunt

Monster Hunter X (Cross) is being given a big push by Capcom ahead of its late November release in Japan, a fresh entry that brings a slight switch in dynamic to the core play. Considering the huge success of previous 3DS releases in the franchise the projections for millions of sales don't seem excessive. A pricey...

News: Splatoon And Nintendo Dominated Japanese Retail During June

Splatoon And Nintendo Dominated Japanese Retail During June

Over 50 percent of the top 30 were 3DS titles

Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has published sales figures for the month of June, and Nintendo's online shooter Splatoon has come out on top. The Wii U release sold 368,538 copies between May 25th and June 21st - almost 20,000 of which were digital - making it one of the most impressive débuts for...

News: Nintendo Is Licensing Hudson Soft IP From Konami

Nintendo Is Licensing Hudson Soft IP From Konami

New Momotaro Dentetsu title in development

Earlier this morning, we posted some rather worrying news regarding the current situation at Konami, including claims that staff are being used as cleaners and security guards. If there's one positive to come out of the whole situation it's that Konami is so disinterested in harnessing its catalogue of IP...