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Weirdness: Slowpoke Reggae Exists, and it's Terrifying

Slowpoke Reggae Exists, and it's Terrifying

Kind of catchy, still nightmare inducing

Everyone's Friday jut got a little weirder with the official Pokémon YouTube channel's latest post, a nearly four minute reggae epic of Slowpoke doing Slowpoke things like attempting to swallow other Slowpokes' tails, Busby Berkeley water number-style: One theory states that this video is related to an...

News: Wii U Sales Continue to Rise with the Release of Hyrule Warriors – 3DS Sales Also Strong

Wii U Sales Continue to Rise with the Release of Hyrule Warriors – 3DS Sales Also Strong

Yokai Watch 2 still top banana

Hyrule Warriors was released in Japan last week, and it appears that the unprecedented level of promotion and advertising the game received has paid off. The crossover game holds second place in Japan's charts this week with just shy of 70,000 copies sold. This is certainly a promising figure, and we can only hope for...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS File Size is 2.1GB, According to Japanese Packaging

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS File Size is 2.1GB, According to Japanese Packaging

Let the battle for space commence!

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is a huge release for Nintendo's portable in October, and it also looks like it'll be a sizeable title in another key respect. If images of Japanese packaging are to be believed this will demand a fair bit of space on many SD cards. According to the images posted on NeoGaf, the...

Weirdness: How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

Headline may be somewhat misleading

They may not be a must-have item for Lolita fashion, but the uniquely Japanese undergarment called haramaki has shed its reputation of being for grandparents only and enjoyed a resurgence of popularity among the young and fashionable in the last decade or so. A haramaki, or belly warmer, is a sweater-like...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

3DS hardware also holds momentum

To the surprise of no one, Yokai Watch 2 has once again dominated the Japanese charts, bringing its sales to 2 million, and this figure doesn't even take into account any digital downloads so the total number is bound to be significantly higher than that. Not only this, but Level-5's original Yokai Watch takes ninth...

News: Sega Announces Chopper Action Title Thunder Blade As Its Latest 3DS Classic

Sega Announces Chopper Action Title Thunder Blade As Its Latest 3DS Classic

Flying your way soon?

Sega's 3D Classic range shows no sign of slowing down, with Japanese gamers still getting to grips with Fantasy Zone II Double's new Link Loop Land mode while looking forward to this latest announcement - 3D Thunder Blade. Originally released in arcades back in 1987, Thunder Blade was another game to use Sega's impressive...

News: Nintendo Hardware and Exclusives Hold Firm at Top of Japanese Charts

Nintendo Hardware and Exclusives Hold Firm at Top of Japanese Charts

3DS and Wii U see small increases

It's Media Create Japanese chart results time, once again, and they continue the usual trends — though there are a few talking points to consider. In terms of software, the two iterations of Yokai Watch 2 had another dominant week, now just one week away — in all likelihood — from passing two million physical...

News: Etrian Odyssey 2 3DS Remake Confirmed for Japan

Etrian Odyssey 2 3DS Remake Confirmed for Japan

They weren't kidding. There is no broccoli.

The "that game" teased by Atlus several weeks ago has finally been revealed, if this was in fact the game it was referring to. The somewhat infamous former "not broccoli" teaser site now presents a lovely smorgasbord of information in Japanese on a 3DS remake of Etrian Odyssey II, replacing somewhat...

Video: Mario Battles Through Real Life Tokyo to Get to Super Smash Bros. Event

Mario Battles Through Real Life Tokyo to Get to Super Smash Bros. Event

A smashing fan made trailer

We've seen some awesome fan made Nintendo videos in the past, and this certainly ranks as one of the best. YouTuber Dean Wright has faithfully created a trailer of everyone's favourite portly plumber dashing through the streets of real life Tokyo in order to get to a Super Smash Bros. event on time. Not only is Mario's...

News: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright Art Books Coming West from UDON Entertainment

Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright Art Books Coming West from UDON Entertainment

Top-notch finger-pointing for your coffee table

Art direction fanatics who can read this are in for a treat now that UDON Entertainment will be bringing two new art books to English-speaking territories; one for Phoenix Wright's latest "I can't shout OBJECTION! on the bus" screen-tapping epic Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies and...

News: Pocket Monsters Invade Arcades In Bandai Namco's Pokémon: Battle Nine

Pocket Monsters Invade Arcades In Bandai Namco's Pokémon: Battle Nine

Japan-only, for the time being

We've seen Pokémon arcade games in the past from the likes of Sammy and Takara Tomy, and now Bandai Namco is trying its hand at bringing those famous pocket monsters to amusement centres — in Japan, at least. It has just revealed a promotional trailer for Pokémon: Battle Nine, an arcade title which uses the famous...

News: The Japanese Console Market Fell in 2013, With Revenues Behind the Mobile Gaming Sector

The Japanese Console Market Fell in 2013, With Revenues Behind the Mobile Gaming Sector

A 16% fall from 2012 to 2013

It's been a day of financial figures and reflections on Nintendo's latest results, yet a report emerging from Japan demonstrates that conventional gaming systems as a whole are under a heavy strain in the country. This should be no surprise to those that regularly follow the Media Create chart results, with sale numbers...