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News: Rainy Frog Launches to Focus on Bringing Western Download Titles to Japan

Rainy Frog Launches to Focus on Bringing Western Download Titles to Japan

Kicks off with a re-named version of Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party

Whenever we refer to the continual growth of the eShop platforms here on Nintendo Life, and in particular the continuing rise of download-only and 'Indie' developers, we're specifically referring to territories outside of Japan. At present a game can only be released in Japan if...

News: Pokémon X & Y Return to Top of Japanese Charts as 3DS Leads in Hardware

Pokémon X & Y Return to Top of Japanese Charts as 3DS Leads in Hardware

Wii U sales drop to 60,548

Update: Our original Japanese Charts post cited Media Create results from 4Gamer, but these appear to be incorrect. Our apologies for the error, and as an alternative below are the latest results from Famitsu. Earlier this week we found out how Nintendo had performed over the festive period in Japan, with 3DS and Wii U...

Matters of Import: Drop Matching And Dragon Evolving In Puzzle & Dragons Z

Drop Matching And Dragon Evolving In Puzzle & Dragons Z

This 3DS smash proves there is life after microtransactions

Puzzle & Dragons is popular wherever it’s available, but perhaps in its native Japan most of all. GungHo’s cash cow not only has regular tie-ins with big franchises like Monster Hunter, Taiko no Tatsujin and Hunter X Hunter, but has also generated an extensive range of merchandise...

News: Pokémon Bank Remains Offline in Japan as Nintendo Apologises for Issues

Pokémon Bank Remains Offline in Japan as Nintendo Apologises for Issues

An economic crash

During the festive break the Nintendo Network encountered issues for over two days, with a number of new system owners combining with Christmas Day Pokémon Bank gamers in Japan to cause major problems. The downtime of the eShop platforms in particular was damaging in such a busy period; yet while the online stores have been back...

News: Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Is Bouncing Towards Japanese 3DS Consoles This August

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Is Bouncing Towards Japanese 3DS Consoles This August

Best of the breast

It has been revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu that Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is currently in development for the 3DS and will be hitting Japanese store shelves in August. Like Senran Kagura Burst, the game will be a side-scrolling fighter packed with scantly-clad, large-chested female combatants. Burst developer Tamsoft...

News: Pokemon X and Y Come Out on Top in Japanese Software Rankings for 2013

Pokemon X and Y Come Out on Top in Japanese Software Rankings for 2013

Hardware figures for 3DS and Wii U also revealed

Famitsu is reporting that Nintendo didn't just dominate the Japanese Christmas charts, but it almost cleaned up the entire year too, taking nine out of the top ten total sales spots for the year. The only game to break that hold over Japanese gamers was Grand Theft Auto V on Playstation 3, and even...

Matters of Import: Welcome To The Terrifying Yet Accessible World Of Monster Hunter 4

Welcome To The Terrifying Yet Accessible World Of Monster Hunter 4

Something to get your teeth stuck into

Monster Hunter 4 is the latest and greatest in Capcom’s endlessly popular series of wildlife-bothering games, bringing even more areas to explore and new monsters to turn into breastplates and boots. Thankfully hunters come prepared for these new challenges with two new weapon types and the all-new ability...

First Impressions: 3D After Burner II

3D After Burner II

GET READY!

Japanese code-shop M2’s range of Sega 3D Classics consistently puts everyone else’s retro remaster efforts in the shade, and the time we've spent with the Japanese version of 3D After Burner II yet again shows that the studio simply cannot be beaten when it comes to getting an arcade-accurate port running smoothly on the relatively...

News: Nintendo Dominates Japanese Charts At Christmas

Nintendo Dominates Japanese Charts At Christmas

Not bad

Famitsu has released its multi-format sales figures for Japan, covering 23rd to 29th December. The title of this news post has given away who "won", but can you guess by how much? Wii U and 3DS games took eight out of the top ten positions, with the only non-Nintendo game to break it up being the Vita and Playstation 3 releases of Final...

Matters of Import: Dessert-Based Adventures With Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru

Dessert-Based Adventures With Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru

That Zelda-ish game with the frog guy

Twenty one years ago, Game Boy fans were graced with the wonderful Link’s Awakening, an action-adventure classic that has quite rightfully taken its place in gaming history as one of the greatest games in both the Game Boy’s library and The Legend of Zelda series. But a year before that, Japanese gamers...

News: Genius Sonority Has Something "Challenging" In Store For Fans In 2014

Genius Sonority Has Something "Challenging" In Store For Fans In 2014

Denpa Men studio working on new software this year

Genius Sonority has revealed in an interview with 4Gamer that it is hard at work on new content for 2014, and that it could prove to be quite a stern test for players. The Japanese company — famous for its Denpa Men series — isn't able to give a name to this new project yet, but president...

Matters Of Import: Conflict Is Always On The Cards In Sega's Sangokushi Taisen Ten

Conflict Is Always On The Cards In Sega's Sangokushi Taisen Ten

Like Magic the Gathering and Dynasty Warriors after a stint in a blender

Sangokushi Taisen is a long-running and popular series in Japanese arcades, its initially strange mix of collectable trading cards and real-time strategy turning out to not only be incredibly good fun but also commercially successful; it has spawning multiple sequels,...

Video: Capcom's Local Japanese Commercials For Monster Hunter 4 Are Pretty Funny

Capcom's Local Japanese Commercials For Monster Hunter 4 Are Pretty Funny

Cats, singers and wrestlers all feature

Monster Hunter 4 launched in Japan last year but Capcom is giving the title another promotional push on home soil with a series of commercials which are exclusive to different regions in the country. These ads — which you can view below — range from strange to downright hilarious, and only serve to make...

Matters Of Import: Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

'80s popstar Gary Numan sadly not involved

Nintendo’s Virtual Console service has been a constant treasure trove of classic gaming for many years now, covering hundreds of titles across some of the greatest systems to ever exist. It’s thrown up more than a few unexpected surprises along the way too – including this Japan-only port of the...

News: Sega Looking To Bring More Free-To-Play Titles To The 3DS

Sega Looking To Bring More Free-To-Play Titles To The 3DS

Initial D: Perfect Drift Online just the beginning, says Toshihiro Nagoshi

Sega is currently working on Initial D: Perfect Drift Online, a Free-to-Play 3DS title which is scheduled for release in Japan this Winter. Speaking to Famitsu, Toshihiro Nagoshi has revealed that the game is merely the start of a prolonged campaign to see how freemium gaming...

Video: Persona Q Website Shows New Footage

Persona Q Website Shows New Footage

Some downloadable goodies for your PC too!

The Persona Q website has been updated with a new trailer showing off a lot of new event scenes in both movie and real-time forms, as well as some brief and irritatingly small screens of actual gameplay. Sharp-eyed readers may also spot a quick cameo from Catherine's Vincent Brooks! The trailer closes with...

News: Nintendo Dominates Festive Hardware Charts in Japan

Nintendo Dominates Festive Hardware Charts in Japan

Wii U sales increase to over 100,000 units

The most recent Japanese Media Create game charts were revealed on Christmas Day, and will have certainly brought festive cheer to Nintendo HQ. In the last full shopping week before the big day there were major successes for the company in terms of both hardware and software, with the 3DS dominant and the...

Guide: Understanding The Basics Of Japanese For Import Gaming Goodness

Understanding The Basics Of Japanese For Import Gaming Goodness

Prospective import players: We've got you covered

Buying and playing Japanese imports is one of gaming's little adventures. It can be exciting and rewarding, but it's not without its pitfalls — the most obvious of which is the language barrier. While many import games will feature a small amount of English text, most will be impenetrable to those...

Video: Bravely Second Teaser Trailer Goes Live

Bravely Second Teaser Trailer Goes Live

An even bigger tease than presents under the Christmas tree

Square Enix has just released a short teaser trailer for Bravely Second, the sequel to the beautiful 3DS RPG Bravely Default. Like all good teaser videos it reveals absolutely nothing and yet somehow still leaves you gasping for more - the video opens with a fantastic shot of Istantahl...