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Video: These Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus Trailers Will Have You Bopping In Your Seat

These Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus Trailers Will Have You Bopping In Your Seat

The haircuts are pretty rad, too

Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus launches in Japan on June 11th, and Nintendo has released a couple of new trailers which show off two of the title's mini-games. The trailers are as infectious as the game itself, and if you're anything like us then you'll be bopping along to the music despite the fact that you're...

News: Be As Stunning As A Squid With This Fashionable Splatoon Attire In Girls Mode 3

Be As Stunning As A Squid With This Fashionable Splatoon Attire In Girls Mode 3

Fabulous, inkling!

It appears the latest entry in the Girls Mode series (known locally as Style Savvy or New Style Boutique depending on where you live) will be borrowing outfits from the fashionably streetwise inklings featured in Splatoon. With a large list of clothing and accessories already available in Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code, this latest...

News: Pearl White Is The Latest New Nintendo 3DS XL Colour, Arrives In Japan On 11th June

Pearl White Is The Latest New Nintendo 3DS XL Colour, Arrives In Japan On 11th June

Launches alongside Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus

Nintendo has revealed a Pearl White New 3DS XL will be released in Japan on 11th June alongside the launch of the latest entry in the Rhythm Heaven series, Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus. Pearl White joins the existing New 3DS XL colours Metallic Blue and Metallic Black. Let us know in the...

News: Dragon Quest VIII Won't Support The 3DS Console's Autostereoscopic Display

Dragon Quest VIII Won't Support The 3DS Console's Autostereoscopic Display

An adventure in two dimensions

Square Enix made a lot of Dragon Quest fans happy - Japanese ones, at least - when it confirmed that it would be bringing the eighth game in the series to the Nintendo 3DS. However, there's a bit of bad news to report - the forthcoming RPG won't include autostereoscopic 3D support. We can only assume this move has...

News: Dark Half Is A Twisted SNES JRPG From The Makers Of Wonder Boy, And It Now Has An English Translation

Dark Half Is A Twisted SNES JRPG From The Makers Of Wonder Boy, And It Now Has An English Translation

Another Japan-only release gets localised

When you say Westone, you think Wonder Boy. The recently-defunct Japanese studio created a series of amazing action-RPG titles for Sega which have since become legendary slices of retro gaming, but outside of that particular franchise the company's work is somewhat less well known - at least in the West...

Video: This New PoPoLoCrois: Harvest Moon Trailer Will Scratch Your Fantasy Life Itch

This New PoPoLoCrois: Harvest Moon Trailer Will Scratch Your Fantasy Life Itch

Who needs Fantasy Life 2 anyway?

PoPoLoCrois: Harvest Moon is a mash-up of two famous Japanese RPGs and is coming to Japanese Nintendo 3DS systems on June 18th. Another trailer has just been released in Japan which shows off some gameplay footage, as well as some charming animated sequences. While the Harvest Moon series needs no introduction, the...

News: The Most Recent Media Create Japanese Charts Brought the Lowest Sales Since 2001

The Most Recent Media Create Japanese Charts Brought the Lowest Sales Since 2001

Tough times

The Media Create Japanese chart results for this week were particularly bad, with lousy software numbers and falling hardware sales. Nintendo had enjoyed a strong few weeks in terms of units sold and number of games in the top 20, yet the overall numbers were so low this time that little cheer could be taken; the fresh release from...

News: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Fails to Chart in Week of Poor Sales in Japan

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Fails to Chart in Week of Poor Sales in Japan

Xenoblade Chronicles X clears 100,000 sales

In recent weeks there have been some decent game and hardware sales in Japan, so a tumble was always on the agenda. Even with that in mind, it's nevertheless been a rather lousy week of sales for Japanese retailers according to the latest Media Create results. Kicking off with the software charts, Final...

News: This 3DS Carry Case Has A StreetPass Window, Because Those Puzzle Pieces Won't Find Themselves

This 3DS Carry Case Has A StreetPass Window, Because Those Puzzle Pieces Won't Find Themselves

Say hello to the Signal Pouch

Is there a better feeling in life than pulling your beloved 3DS out of your bag and seeing that reassuring green glow which indicates that StreetPasses await within? No, no there is not. And now thanks to the industrious guys and gals at Keys Factory, you can protect your console yet still see quite clearly when...

News: Cyber Gadget's Retro Freak System Is Looking To Topple The RetroN 5 In The Downright Awesome Stakes

Cyber Gadget's Retro Freak System Is Looking To Topple The RetroN 5 In The Downright Awesome Stakes

Plays Sega, Nintendo and NEC games

We reviewed the RetroN 5 a while back and found it to be an excellent way of playing your original retro game cartridges in glorious HD. However, Hyperkin's wonder-console has a challenger in the shape of Cyber Gadget's Retro Freak - a clone system which out-does the RetroN 5 by offering support for PC Engine...

News: Fashionable Japanese 3DS Owners Can Strut Their Stuff In Nico ☆ Petit Girls Runway This Winter

Fashionable Japanese 3DS Owners Can Strut Their Stuff In Nico ☆ Petit Girls Runway This Winter

There's a brand new dance, but I don't know its name

During Nintendo's recent Financial Results Briefing, president Satoru Iwata explained that the company was hoping to maintain the commercial momentum of its ageing 3DS system in Japan by targeting female players. We've already seen the likes of Girls Mode / Style Savvy and Animal Crossing: New...

News: Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Leads in Japan as 3DS Tops Hardware Sales

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Leads in Japan as 3DS Tops Hardware Sales

Xenoblade Chronicles X holds firm in fourth

It's the week after Golden Week in Japan, which typically brings a drop-off in sales as the public holiday becomes a fading memory. With that in mind, and in the absence of new releases, the latest Media Create sales for the country bring positives for Nintendo. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros...

News: Square Enix Announces Dragon Quest VIII For The 3DS

Square Enix Announces Dragon Quest VIII For The 3DS

Launches in Japan on 27th August

The 3DS is four years old now and Nintendo knows sales momentum of the system is important to maintain. At a recent Financial Results Briefing, Iwata reiterated this, explaining the 3DS could use with a boost in its homeland of Japan. With this in mind, Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest VIII – originally...

Matters Of Import: Take A Guided Tour Of Super Potato, The Ultimate Retro Gaming Paradise

Take A Guided Tour Of Super Potato, The Ultimate Retro Gaming Paradise

Japan-based Brit David Coyles explains the appeal of this legendary shop

"I don't know where to start! I'm so excited" blurted out in an enclave of retro gaming memorabilia, and a phrase which saved me from my own funk in a number of ways. Japanese store Super Potato has a certain uplifting effect on most of the people who visit – be it one of...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X and Dragon Quest Help Wii U to Top Spot in Japan

Xenoblade Chronicles X and Dragon Quest Help Wii U to Top Spot in Japan

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition tops software results

In recent weeks the Media Create Japanese charts have shown Sony systems and its releases nicking ahead of Nintendo's offerings, so with that in mind this week brings happier news for the big N. The company and supportive third-parties have topped the software and hardware results to...