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News: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Only Sells Just Over 35,000 Units in Japanese Launch

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Only Sells Just Over 35,000 Units in Japanese Launch

No notable Wii U hardware boost

The latest Media Create Japanese chart results are in, and while there are positives for the 3DS there's little cheer for Wii U. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze arrived in Japan on 13th February and, despite coming in second in the charts, has failed to make a significant impact. Top honours in the software...

Video: Hanging Out With Arino In The Japanese GameCenter CX 3 Demo

Hanging Out With Arino In The Japanese GameCenter CX 3 Demo

Short and sweet

Japanese 3DS users are now able to get their hands on a demo of GameCenter CX 3, perhaps better known outside Japan as the latest game in the Retro Game Challenge series. The demo's a short slice of the story mode, with your chosen character (male or female) bumping into a youthful Arino back in a little 80's shop and eventually...

News: R-Type, Street Fighter And Alien Crush Are All Flocking To The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

R-Type, Street Fighter And Alien Crush Are All Flocking To The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

Retro heavyweights flex their muscles on Nintendo's handheld

If you're a fan of blasting aliens, punching robots and playing demented pinball tables, then next week's Japanese 3DS Virtual Console releases should be right up your street. Irem's iconic 2D shooter R-Type is on the way (the PC Engine version), along with fellow PC Engine title Alien...

News: Famicom Remix 1 + 2 Coming to Retail in Japan

Famicom Remix 1 + 2 Coming to Retail in Japan

A one-two nostalgic combo right in Japan's childhood

NES Remix was a pleasant surprise when suddenly announced for the Wii U eShop, and the appearance of its slightly more mature cousin NES Remix 2 is a good sign that this particular brand of retro carnival play is taking off. It may come to the delight and/or great envy of others, then, that Japan...

News: More Forbidden Magna Images Are Released

More Forbidden Magna Images Are Released

The innkeeper and his... spirits?!

We briefly mentioned Marvelous AQL's new RPG when the details first surfaced in Famitsu last week, but since then the official Forbidden Magna website's opened up; we can finally share some quality images with you of Lux and three of the spirits he'll encounter — Charlotte, Diana and Beatrice. Each of these...

News: Sega's New Shining Game Is Rather Different From What You Might Have Been Expecting

Sega's New Shining Game Is Rather Different From What You Might Have Been Expecting

Turn-based action is replaced by 2D fighting

Sega's Shining series is one of gaming's most beloved franchises, but for the past few years western fans haven't been able to join the party, as all of the recent instalments have been strictly Japan only. However, that doesn't mean that we haven't been keeping a keen eye on upcoming entries, largely in...

Matters of Import: Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Shows Us How Remakes Should Be Done

Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Shows Us How Remakes Should Be Done

A monster masterpiece

Iru and Luca’s (or Tara and Cobi’s, if you prefer) adventure first graced the world with its presence thirteen years ago on the Game Boy Color, had a very brief fling with the PlayStation (Japan only, of course) in 2002, and then lay dormant for over a decade before Square Enix dusted it off and gave it an excellent...

Video: Two Fan Favourites Are Added To The Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth Line-Up

Two Fan Favourites Are Added To The Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth Line-Up

Welcome Aigis and Teddie

Valentine's Day is the perfect time for Atlus to show Persona fans some love, and what better way to do it than share new videos of Aigis and Teddie in action? They're as painfully short as all the others but we can't help but get excited about what's looking to be another excellent 3DS dungeon crawler. If the Japanese...

News: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Finally Hitting the Track in Japan

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Finally Hitting the Track in Japan

"You're too--uh... what was it, again...?"

Most often, a cool game gets released in Japan and the rest of the world languishes, wondering when it will ever hit their corner of the planet — if it even will in the first place. However, now and then Japan is the last to receive a title, and that is most definitely the case with Sonic & All-Stars...

News: Details of Forbidden Magna Emerge, a New 3DS Title From Marvelous AQL

Details of Forbidden Magna Emerge, a New 3DS Title From Marvelous AQL

The Rune Factory team try something different

Just recently there was a tantalising reveal of a new Marvelous AQL 3DS title called Forbidden Magna; some additional details have now come to light, thanks to a kind soul with a copy of Famitsu and a bit of patience. The game will apparently mostly closely resemble the 3DS Harvest Moon titles, using a...

News: Radirgy De Gojaru Website Shows Off The Firepower Behind The 3DS eShop Exclusive Blaster

Radirgy De Gojaru Website Shows Off The Firepower Behind The 3DS eShop Exclusive Blaster

Only one week to go before release

Late last year we covered the announcement of Radirgy De Gojaru, a Japanese eShop exclusive shmup which serves as a sequel to the Dreamcast blaster Radirgy. We've now got a bit more information to share with you before the game launches on the 19th of February, courtesy of the game’s incredibly orange official...

News: Now There's a Kirby You Can Wear

Now There's a Kirby You Can Wear

You won't look ridiculous either

Gaming fashion is sadly all-too-often nothing more than a current-gen logo or character ripped from some art you've already seen plastered everywhere, and then printed on a "one size fits all" (allegedly) black t-shirt, or an ironed-on bit of pixel art slapped roughly in the middle of the chest area if you're after...

Feature: Monster Hunting with Kerry: Kechawacha – That's A Name, Not A Sneeze

Monster Hunting with Kerry: Kechawacha – That's A Name, Not A Sneeze

Drinking potions like they're going out of style

With the recent announcement of both Monster Hunter 4G and a confirmed Western release in 2015, the self-titled "Greatest Editors In The World" have stuffed me back in my cupboard, denying me anything not directly related to creating Monster Hunter articles for you lovely people. I've been promised...

Weirdness: There's More To This Megatron Transformers Toy Than Meets The Eye

There's More To This Megatron Transformers Toy Than Meets The Eye

The worlds of Transformers and video gaming collide

Like any successful toy line, Transformers has seen its fair share of video game adaptations — earliest of which can be traced all the way back to the Famicom, the Japanese version of the NES. However, this latest Transformers gaming crossover has "weird" written all over it. Manufactured by...

Feature: Your Guide Through Dragon Quest Monsters 2

Your Guide Through Dragon Quest Monsters 2

The adventure starts here!

We know there are a lot of Nintendo Life readers who’d love to get their hands on Dragon Quest Monsters 2 but can’t, either because of Nintendo's ongoing region-locking policy or simply due to the language barrier. So we’re hoping to give you the next best thing – a front-row seat on Kerry’s run through the...

Video: Slime Fighting And Pie Stealing Abound In The First 30 Minutes of Dragon Quest Monsters 2

Slime Fighting And Pie Stealing Abound In The First 30 Minutes of Dragon Quest Monsters 2

Half an hour of RPG action awaits you

We've had a look at Square Enix's 3DS remake of the Game Boy Color RPG before, but now the wait is finally over — the title has launched in Japan and gamers lucky enough to be equipped with a Japanese 3DS can at last enjoy this Slime-filled RPG. In case you were wondering, we're lucky enough. We've played the...

Weirdness: Resident Evil Creator Shinji Mikami Got A Copy Of Willow On The NES When He Joined Capcom

Resident Evil Creator Shinji Mikami Got A Copy Of Willow On The NES When He Joined Capcom

That's some incentive

Shinji Mikami may now be working hard on The Evil Within at his new studio Tango Gameworks, but he made his name creating titles for Capcom — most notably Resident Evil. He's been speaking to Famitsu about how he got started in the game industry, and has revealed that he was given a rather unusual gift when his employment...