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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...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Ships Over Two Million Units in Just Five Days

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Ships Over Two Million Units in Just Five Days

Monstrous success

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate arrived in Japan — where's it's known as Monster Hunter 4G — on 11th October, alongside the New Nintendo 3DS models. An expansion of the original Monster Hunter 4, it looks set to recreate the success of that release. Capcom has issued a press release outlining the early progress of the new title,...

News: New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By Almost Three To One In Japan

New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By Almost Three To One In Japan

Despite those oh-so-gorgeous Kisekae plates

The New 3DS and New 3DS LL (XL to us westerners) launched in Japan at the end of last week, and with the standard model offering the ability to fit new front and back plates, many predicted that shoppers would pick customisation over screen size this time around. However, according to figures published by...

News: Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Doesn't Sell Over Two Million Copies

Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Doesn't Sell Over Two Million Copies

No plans for future Darkstalkers games, either

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono has revealed that the company is chasing big sales right now, and that sequels won't be given the go ahead unless the previous title cleared two million units sold. The comment was made in an interview with Famitsu, where Ono also said that there would be no future Darkstalkers...

News: Super Smash Bros. Takes the Lead in Japan Once Again, 3DS Sales Dip Further

Super Smash Bros. Takes the Lead in Japan Once Again, 3DS Sales Dip Further

But we're not worried

Once again Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has obliterated the competition and sold over 100,000 units in the past week in Japan. This coupled with the recent announcement of 2.8 million copes sold worldwide is a very sturdy figure to be leaning upon. The PS3's new entry in the Kingdom Hearts series couldn't beat the bea

News: Square Enix's Latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers Won't Support Stereoscopic 3D

Square Enix's Latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers Won't Support Stereoscopic 3D

Still likes the Circle Pad Pro, though

If you're one of those people who likes to move that 3D slider up to "max" then you might want to stop reading now. Square Enix has confirmed that its upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Final Fantasy Exporers will not feature stereoscopic 3D graphics output. It's not all bad news, though — Final Fantasy Explorers...

News: Japan Is Getting A Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Nintendo Direct This Week

Japan Is Getting A Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Nintendo Direct This Week

What's that coming over the hill?

As we all know, Japan is pretty bonkers about Monster Hunter. The series is one of the country's most popular video game franchises, and after the amazing commercial success of Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS, Japanese fans are getting an improved version in the form of Monster Hunter 4G (known as Monster Hunter 4...

Video: Volga Unleashes Flames of Justice in Hyrule Warriors Trailer

Volga Unleashes Flames of Justice in Hyrule Warriors Trailer

Another freebie playable villain in Japan

Just recently we outlined some of the details for the upcoming Master Quest DLC in Hyrule Warriors, which will include a new scenario playable with Cia, along with Epona as a 'weapon', a new Adventure Mode area and clothing. A new video released by Koei Tecmo now shows the villain with the deadliest goatee...

Video: Japanese Commercial For New 3DS Highlights Those Fetching "Kisekae Plate" Covers

Japanese Commercial For New 3DS Highlights Those Fetching "Kisekae Plate" Covers

Dressing up time

The Japanese launch of the New 3DS is just around the corner, and Nintendo is running commercials in its homeland to promote the customisable nature of the system. The standard New 3DS — not the New 3DS XL — features interchangeable "Kisekae Plate" covers which are sold separately and come in a wide range of eye-catching...

News: Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination in Japan as Bayonetta 2 Grabs Third Place

Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination in Japan as Bayonetta 2 Grabs Third Place

3DS rules again as Wii U enjoys a minor boost

It's that time once again for the Media Create chart results in Japan, which brought good news for Nintendo last week with the launch of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS bringing nearly one million sales — Nintendo's figure had it passing the landmark by including eShop downloads. The latest results...