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  • News 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience Hits DVD

    Blu-Ray and digital launch expected this year, too

    Those of you with exceptionally good powers of recollection will no doubt remember that we reported on the production of 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience last year. A love letter to the coin-op scene in Japan, the film has been completed thanks to two IndieGoGo campaigns which raised a...

  • News Poster Hints At An Eevee-Themed 3DS XL Set For Japan Next Month

    What? Eevee is evolving?

    At the start of the week, we reported that a new Pokémon-themed 3DS XL would be available in Japan in May to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pokémon Center stores. It was rumoured that the handheld would feature the 133rd Pokémon in the Pokédex, Eevee; and to add further speculation, wild posters have appeared...

  • News Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Launches With 14 Titles Available To Download

    Three more games to be released next week

    The Wii U Virtual Console is now available in North America, with eight games available to download, and in Europe where there are seven titles to choose from. Japan's version of the download service has also launched and there are a total of 14 games already in the catalogue, with three more on the way...

  • News Tomodachi Collection: New Life Storms the Japanese Charts

    3DS LL (XL) sales double

    Another week of Japanese chart results, and another happy story for the 3DS. In recent weeks we've seen consistent success for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and the ever-green Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but the release of Tomodachi Collection: New Life, the life-simulation game currently exclusive to Japan, has given another...

  • News Meet The Wii U Karaoke System Which Costs $16,000

    Big in Japan

    With many retailers complaining that the Wii U costs too much, it's odd that we're reporting on a variant of the console which retails for an eye-watering $16,000, but such is the weird and wacky world of the video game industry. Produced by Japanese company Xing, the JoySound Festa is so large it has to be wheeled around on a trolley...

  • News New Pokémon 3DS XL to be Available Through Lottery Next Month in Japan

    You lucky Japanese gamers

    To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pokémon Center outlets in Japan, news has emerged that a brand new Pokémon-themed 3DS XL will become available in the region next month. Similar to the Charizard 3DS XL (pictured), you'll need to enter into a lottery to be in with a chance to purchase the system. It's rumoured...

  • News Japanese 3DS Owners Can Now Post Images Directly To Social Networks

    New tool supports Twitter and Tumblr

    Sharing is apparently caring — we're told — and Japanese 3DS owners can now share to their heart's delight by posting in-game screens shots from Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection to Twitter and Tumblr. Twitter user Cheesemeister gives some more information: [tweet...

  • News Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Remains Spookily Resilient Atop Japanese Charts

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf shows impressive legs, too

    2013 is well and truly the Year of Luigi, with Mario's sibling locking out the Japanese sales charts again this week. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sold another 56,562 copies, bringing its lifetime total to over half a million units. Card Fight!! Vanguard Ride to Victory!! was in second place,...

  • News Special Luigi 3DS XL System Coming To Japan

    The XL stands for "Xtra Luigi"

    The Year of Luigi has seen some promising products on the way for the Cult of the Green, but what may be the piece de resistance is currently limited to Japan. A special edition Luigi 3DS XL system was announced during the Japan Nintendo Direct Wednesday. Similar to the Animal Crossing: New Leaf system that was...

  • News Nintendo Direct Luigi Special Announced For Japan

    Continuing the Year of Luigi celebrations

    Nintendo of Japan has revealed via its Twitter account that it will be holding its own Nintendo Direct presentation, alongside the European and North American broadcasts. The Japanese presentation — titled Nintendo Direct Luigi Special 2 — will take place at 10 AM Eastern Time / 7 AM Pacific Time / 3PM...

  • News Twenty Years On, It's Time To Check Out Benimaru Itoh's Awesome Star Fox Artwork

    Freshly translated into English, too

    Star Fox is twenty years old this year, and to celebrate that fact, translating powerhouse GlitterBerri has taken the comic intro to the Japan-only Star Fox: Mission File Printout guide and adapted it for English audiences. Featuring the artwork of Benimaru Itoh, the guide reveals the back story of the game...

  • Rumour Ni no Kuni Could Yet See A Western Release, According To Publisher Namco Bandai

    DS role-player could find a new lease of life on the 3DS

    You might be familar with Level-5 and Studio Ghibli collaboration Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch from its recent release on the PlayStation 3, but the origin of the series actually stretches back to a Nintendo DS game, released in Japan in 2010. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-black Mage shares...

  • News Ace Attorney 5 Release Date Accidentally Revealed By Capcom

    Someone made a boo boo in the courtroom

    It seems that Capcom has let the release date for Ace Attorney 5 slip in a recent blog post about a Nico Nico developer Q&A on the upcoming 3DS title. The game is set to have fingers pointing in Japan on the 25th July this year. Capcom objected by removing the evidence of the release date from the blog...

  • News Nintendo Stock Rises By 11%

    The largest increase since 2008

    The Japanese yen has reached a three-year low against the euro meaning many successful exporters are enjoying a rise in stock. Nintendo has seen an 11% rise in stock value, which now stands at 11,850 yen, the largest gain since 2008. The yen has weakened against all 16 major counterparts this year as speculation...

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Passes Three Million Sales in Japan

    Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon still number one in the charts

    Update: As correctly pointed out on Twitter by NintenDaan, it's worth remembering that Media Create charts only account for physical retail sales. The full sales for Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be further beyond three million due to its success on the 3DS eShop. Original Article: Last...

  • News KORG M01D Music Workstation Hitting 3DS eShop This Summer

    What sweet music you'll make

    Some of you may fondly recall KORG DS-10, a "musical workstation" for your humble Nintendo DS. If you enjoyed making bizarre aural creations with this cult release then you'll be please to learn that it's getting a sequel for the 3DS eShop, entitled KORG M01D. Essentially a souped-up version of the DS original, KORG...

  • News Level 5's Fantasy Life Ships 300,000 Copies In Japan

    Another 3DS smash-hit is on the cards

    Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino has revealed that total shipments to date of 3DS title Fantasy Life have reached the 300,000 mark in Japan. Back in January, we reported that the game — which is a collaboration between the Professor Layton studio and Brownie Brown — had sold out upon release, an event which no...

  • News Japanese Games Market Makes Long Due Return to Growth

    5% boost in hardware offsets drop in software sales

    Quite often we share the latest weeks' Japanese sales charts with you, to highlight how a new release is performing and to track hardware sales in Nintendo's homeland. A trend that's been consistent for well over a year has been 3DS dominance, with some occasions where the combined sales of the...

  • News New eShop Game Cards Surface in Japan

    For the retail shopper in us all

    While Nintendo's made great strides in improving its digital download services, there are still many players who prefer to buy their games at retail. Japanese gamers will soon have a new way to get download-only games like Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger and Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!, in the form...

  • News Children Of The '80s, Here's That Battle Beasts Game You Always Wanted

    "Fire burns wood!"

    If you're old enough to remember the original Transformers, He-Man and G.I. Joe toy lines, then chances are you'll also be aware of Battle Beasts. These small plastic figures were launched back in the late 1980s and came with heat-sensitive stickers on their chests which revealed the figure's affinity, such as wood, fire and...

  • News Wii U Sales Double in Japanese Charts Following New Releases

    3DS is still King

    Earlier today we reported on more woes for the struggling Square Enix, with Dragon Quest X posting poor launch week sales in Japan. The overall Media Create results for last week do also tell a few other tales, including a modest improvement for Wii U and some good results for a famous green brother. In terms of the software...

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