Japan - News

February2013

  • Nintendo Direct Watch the Japanese 3DS Direct - Live!

    Focused on third party games

    Last week we told you about a planned Japanese 3DS Direct with a focus on third-party games, and rather late last night Nintendo confirmed a time for this latest extravaganza. Naturally we're interested to see what's on the way, even if there's a danger of it featuring some games that won't make it West. It all kicks...

  • News Shin Megami Tensei IV Special Edition 3DS XL Coming To Japan

    Sure looks pretty

    Shin Megami Tensei IV is coming out in Japan this May, and to mark the event lucky Japanese fans will also have the chance to pick up a rather fetching limited edition 3DS XL (or LL as it is known in that part of the world). The release date is May 23rd, to coincide with the stand-alone game. People who pick up the first-print...

  • News Dragon Quest X Release Date Announced For Japan

    The quest begins in the east

    Square Enix has revealed today that it is set to release Dragon Quest X in Japan on 30th March. Boasting the same content as the Wii release, the Wii U version has enhanced graphics and the option to play the game entirely on the Wii U GamePad. The MMO RPG will retail at 6,980 yen (that's around €55 / £48 / $75) and...

  • Hardware Classics Nintendo AV Famicom

    Give the dog a bone

    The Nintendo Entertainment System — or NES, for short — is arguably the console on which Nintendo's current lofty status was built. Launched in Japan as the Famicom, the 8-bit platform is home to an almost endless list of solid-gold classics, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid,

  • News Nintendo Direct Set For Japan Next Week, 3DS Third-Party Content Only

    It's not over yet, it seems

    We've only just gotten over one Nintendo Direct, and now there's another on the horizon. Yes, you read that right. This broadcast, however, will be Japanese only, and will focus directly on third-party content. Details are scarce at the moment, so it's unclear if European and North American announcements will unfold at...

  • News 3DS Remake Of Dragon Quest VII Sells 800,000 Copies In Just Four Days

    3DS continues to dominate Japan

    The Nintendo 3DS doesn't seem to be releasing its vice-like grip on the Japanese gaming public, with Square Enix's Dragon Quest VII proving to be the next in a long line of smash hit titles for the format in The Land of the Rising Sun. Square Enix's remake of the PlayStation original launched in Japan on February 7th...

  • News Nintendo Japan Is Joining The Nintendo Direct Love This Valentine's Day

    Not one, not two, but three dates this Valentine's Day

    Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe both have Nintendo Direct presentations happening today, and now the inevitable Japanese broadcast has been announced - with the presentation streaming at 9 AM ET / 6 AM PT. Similar to the European broadcast, the 3DS will be the star of the show in the...

  • News Dragon Quest VII Tweaks on 3DS Explained by Developers

    Satoru Iwata interviews the team behind the 3DS remake

    The Dragon Quest VII remake for 3DS is out now in Japan, so it seemed only right for Nintendo President Satoru Iwata to interview a few of the people involved with the making of the game in his Iwata Asks series. In the interview, helpfully translated by Siliconera, the series creator Yuuji...

  • News Pokémon Scramble U Confirmed For Spring Arrival in Japan

    Download-only follow up to Pokémon Rumble

    When it comes to the Pokémon industry, it's about more than the main series releases, with a variety of off-shoots and alternatives regularly gracing our gaming machines. One series that made its début on WiiWare was Pokémon Rumble, which we rather liked for its boggling premise and simple fun, and...

  • News New Information on Pokémon X & Y Coming Soon

    Soon? This week to be precise

    The latest episode of Japanese TV show Pokémon Smash has confirmed that new information regarding Pokémon X & Y for the 3DS will be making its way to our needy little ears during next week's episode, as well as being featured in this week's CoroCoro magazine. CoroCoro — a Japanese manga magazine published by...

  • News Wii Street U App Finds Its Way to Wii U eShop in Japan

    Nosiness from the comfort of the living room

    Last year Satoru Iwata confirmed that the Google Maps Street View functionality would be coming to Wii U, an app that makes sense given the GamePad's screen and motion sensors. It may not be a big hit or a system seller, but this potentially fun app — called Wii Street U — has now arrived in Japan...

  • News 3DS Software and Hardware Still Leading Japanese Charts

    Wii U momentum remains low

    It's that time again, when the Japanese chart results emerge and show us that Nintendo's homeland is still in love with the 3DS. It's been a period of sustained success for the handheld in the region, and in light of the Q3 financial report listing 29.84 million sales — as of 30th December — we can be pretty confident...

  • News Here's What The Next Mario Kart Looks Like

    Just one catch - it's the arcade version

    Screenshots of the next entry in the popular Mario Kart series have hit the web - but before you get too excited about laying your eyes on the recently-announced Wii U sequel, we should point out that we're talking about Mario Kart: Arcade GP DX, developed by Namco Bandai. It's the third game in the coin-op...

  • Nintendo Direct Animal Crossing Developers Reply To Fan Feedback

    Read our translation of events right here

    Because of the overwhelming response to the Animal Crossing: New Leaf in Japan, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and some of the game's staff decided to have a another special Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct to share some of the comments they've received about the game. We start with game producer Eguchi...

January2013

  • News Iwata Implies That He Could Step Down Over Sluggish Sales Performance

    "We feel greatly accountable for this severe outlook"

    Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has hinted that he will step down if goals for the next fiscal year are not met. Speaking in a Corporate Management Policy Briefing, Iwata addressed the thorny issue of two consecutive years of losses and recent financial troubles: We feel greatly accountable...

  • News XSEED Talks Wii Support And Why It Isn't Touching Retro Game Challenge 2

    "Our love for the game blinded our business reasoning"

    XSEED Games has a reputation for localising great Japanese-only titles for the west. The publisher has been very successful with its choices, with The Last Story becoming its most successful title of all time. Another highly-regarded title is Pandora's Tower, a game that has already made it to...

  • News Charizard 3DS XL Will Be Available To Pokémon Daisuki Club Members

    We'd choose it over Pikachu any day

    In October we reported that Japan would be getting a very special treat in the form of a Charizard 3DS XL, but it would only be available through a lottery across Pokémon Centres in Japan. It has now been revealed that members of the Pokémon Daisuki Club in the Nintendo's homeland are being offered the...

  • News Pokémon Black and White 2 Claims Top Spot for Japan in 2012

    A year to remember for Nintendo's handheld business

    Media Create, the most trusted source for the weekly hardware and software charts in Japan, has released details of the top selling games in the region for the whole of 2012. As anyone who follows our regular posts on the weekly Japanese chart will know, Nintendo's been having a good time in its...

  • News Game & Wario Is Hitting Japan March 28th

    Mini game madness

    Nintendo has confirmed that Wii U title Game & Wario will be coming to Japanese stores on March 28th. The US and European release dates have yet to be confirmed, but we'd imagine they won't be far behind. Game & Wario is the next instalment in the popular WarioWare series, and is made up of various mini games. You can...

  • News Capcom Reveals Resident Evil Revelations Special Edition Bundle For Japan

    It's all kinds of expensive

    This week, Capcom revealed that it is set to release a revamped version of the previously "3DS exclusive" Resident Evil Revelations - Biohazard Revelations in Japan - this year for the Wii U. The company is currently putting together a flashy bundle for gamers in Japan - with a flashy price tag to match. Feast your...

  • News Platinum Games Is Interested In Acquiring The Darksiders Franchise

    A match made in heaven?

    Yesterday, we reported that THQ's time was up and the company's studios were being sold off to the highest bidders. One of the shocks of the process has been the fact that nobody has come forward to purchase Darksiders II studio Vigil Games. However, it would seem that there are interested parties out there. Platinum...

  • News Prepare To Be Jealous At This Amazing Nintendo Collection

    Japanese collector Isao Yamazaki shows off his stunning haul

    As we move towards a totally digital age, the attraction of collecting physical gaming media is going to become even more unusual - pretty soon, there will be kids who don't understand the concept of actually buying a physical cartridge. Thankfully, so long as people like Isao Yamazaki...

  • Rumour Monster Hunter 4 Delay Is Due To PS Vita Port

    We hope this isn't true

    If we could give the "Rumour" prefix on this news story additional emphasis, then we would - because this one needs to be taken with a sizable pinch of salt. Japanese magazine GameLab is reporting that the delay of Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS isn't due to quality improvements - as stated by Capcom - but because the game is...

  • News 3DS Maintains Dominance of the Japanese Charts

    Wii U slips just behind PlayStation 3

    The latest round of sales results from Japan, covering the period from 7th to 13th January, give us an early indication of sales levels in the region after the boosted business of the Holiday season. They tell a mixed tale, with 3DS still ruling the roost and Wii U scrapping it out within the main pack. In...

  • News Nintendo Maintains Momentum and Dominance in Japanese Charts

    3DS still comfortably out-performing Wii U

    It's a New Year, but the same old story in the Japanese hardware and software charts. In recent times it's not been a question of how dominant Nintendo (particularly 3DS) is, but the extent to which it's outperforming rival systems. The most recent results (covering the first week of the New Year)...

  • News Enhanced Version Of Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask Releasing In Japan

    With added extra content

    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask launched almost 2 years ago in Japan, and will finally be making its way to the 3DS eShop over there, which comes with a plus. We literally mean 'plus', as the game will be released on the eShop as Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask+ to distinguish between it and the original...

  • News 3DS RPG Fantasy Life Already Sold Out In Japan

    Hopes of a Western release boosted

    Level 5 has a few 3DS games out in Japan that are yet to be confirmed for Western release. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney has been out since the end of November and just before the New Year the ultra-cute Fantasy Life was made available in both physical and digital form. Fantasy Life is actually developed by...

  • News 3DS Surpasses 10 Million Sales in Japan

    It keeps on rolling

    While worldwide performance and firm figures are either hard to find or occasionally shown to be modest, one thing is certain — the 3DS is emerging as a major sales success in Japan. Perhaps due to the power of franchises — Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been a monster hit — the handheld's performance is such that it's...

  • News New Pokémon Nintendo Direct Appearing On 8th January

    Pokéballs on the ready

    Last weekend we reported that Game Freak had promised new Pokémon information on the 8th January. Looks like the big announcement is set to be released, as both Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America have revealed via Twitter that a special Nintendo Direct focusing on Pokémon news will be hosted by Nintendo President...

  • Hardware Classics Game Boy Micro Famicom Edition

    Micro Marvel

    For more than a decade, the name "Game Boy" was as synonymous with handheld gaming as "iPod" is with portable music playback today. Following the launch of the original monochrome Game Boy console in the late '80s, Nintendo ruled the market with total dominance thanks to an incredibly popular line of million-selling systems. When the...

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Has Been Downloaded Half A Million Times In Japan

    Iwata reveals that smartphones have played a huge part in the game's success

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf has become something of a smash hit in its native Japan; as of December, it has sold 2 million copies, becoming one of the most popular 3DS games yet and illustrating just how massive Nintendo's console is in the far east. Download sales haven't...

  • News Streets Of Rage 4 Almost Happened, But Sega Decided Otherwise

    Series composer spills the beans

    Sega's Streets of Rage franchise - known in Japan as Bare Knuckle - is arguably one of the most beloved 16-bit series of all time. It's not just popular with Sega fans, either; the legendary second outing is seen by many retro experts as the finest side-scrolling fighter ever conceived. Amazingly, the franchise...

  • News Wii U Version Of Need For Speed: Most Wanted Will Feature Off-Screen Play

    Japanese release date confirmed as 14th March

    We know that Need For Speed: Most Wanted is coming to the Wii U in 2013, but up until recently there was no solid indication of when that would be. That's now changed as EA Japan has listed the release date as 14th March in that region - presumably North American and European dates will follow shortly...

  • News Project X Zone Suffers Massive Price Drop In Japan

    3DS tactical role-player discounted by 85%

    Namco Bandai's cross-over RPG Project X Zone has seen its price slashed by an incredible 85% by one Japanese retailer in what appears to be an effort to shift unsold stock. To make matters even more embarrassing, it would appear that the version of the game being discounted is the first-print limited...

December2012

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Hits 2 Million Sales In Japan

    Not even Mario or Monster Hunter could win the race

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been doing extremely well in Japan since its release at the beginning of November this year. A couple of days after hitting stores the game had sold out across Japan, leaving many fans disappointed who never managed to grab a physical copy. Not long before the month...

  • News 3DS Continues To Dominate Sales In Japan

    Not even Wii U can stop it

    Last week Wii U launched in Japan and clocked up some impressive sales, so impressive that it even outsold the 3DS, which has been dominating hardware sales in Japan for a sustained period and outselling the competition by 2.5 times. However, the Wii U wasn't on top for long as this week the 3DS came back with a...

  • News Capcom's Projections Tumble As Monster Hunter 4 Is Delayed In Japan

    3DS smash hit now set for summer debut

    Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter 4 will miss its March 2013 release date in Japan. The company has revealed that the eagerly-awaited game will be pushed to a vague summer launch, and added that the delay was "based on the decision that further quality enhancements are needed in order to meet the...

  • News Space Harrier 3D Is Real, Hits Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

    Welcome to the fantasy zone

    Back on November we reported on a rumour that stated SEGA was about to bring some of its classic arcade titles to the 3DS with fancy 3D visuals, and that Space Harrier was set to see release first. Turns out it was more than just a rumour, and SEGA is launching Space Harrier 3D on the Japanese 3DS eShop on December 26th...

  • News Riki Densetsu Footage Roughhouses Its Way Out Of Japan

    River City Ransom sequel is now available on the Japanese 3DS eShop

    Footage from Arc System Works' River City Ransom spin-off Riki Densetsu has appeared online, showing off some impressive old-school brawling action. The game is available in Japan now but there's no word on a western release at present. It features series antagonist Riki as the...

  • News Square Enix Working On 3DS Game Featuring Transforming Cars

    Robots in disguise

    Square Enix is working on a brand new 3DS title based on its shounen TV series, Gyrozetter. The game, titled Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross, is slated for a Spring 2013 release. The actual series itself features cars made from famous manufacturers - such as Toyota - transforming into robots. Sounds awful familiar, doesn't it?...

  • News Japanese 3DS Lifetime Sales Overtake PlayStation 3

    Nintendo consoles dominating on home soil

    Recently we learnt that the 3DS was dominating sales in Japan with the portable console shifting 2.5 times more units than all other platforms combined. It seems this momentum isn’t showing any signs of slowing down either, as this week’s impressive sales have seen it leapfrog a big rival in total sales...

  • News Here's A Special Edition 3DS XL And First Trailer For Super Robot Taisen UX

    Robot rock

    Namco Bandai has released the first trailer for its upcoming 3DS title, Super Robot Taisen UX. Due to hit the portable console on 14th March 2013, the game is classed as a 2D side-scrolling action game based on the popular Japanese series - featuring plenty of anime mech battles with notable characters from the show. To commemorate the...

  • News Nintendo Land Was Originally Going To Feature Star Fox And Excitebike

    Developers reveal the ideas that didn't make it into the final game

    In this week's issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu, the developers behind the Wii U title Nintendo Land have spoken about its creation in a roundtable interview. Interestingly, they revealed that ideas for potential mini-game settings had to be put aside as development progressed...

  • News Japan Clocks Up Impressive Wii U Launch Sales

    New Super Mario Bros. U and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate most popular titles

    Wii U launched in Japan on Saturday, a whole three weeks after North America got its hands on the new console. As you'd expect Nintendo's homeland went wild for it, and that's been reflected in the opening weekend's sales. According to Famitsu Wii U sold 308,570 units in just...

  • News Wii U Launches In Japan To Great Fanfare

    Japanese gamers join the party

    Western Wii U owners may have noticed in the last few days that there’s been a few Japanese Miis wandering around the WaraWara and Nintendo Land plazas. That’s because it is now official: the Land of the Rising Sun has Wii U. The console launched on Saturday and Japanese gamers flocked to their nearest store in...

  • News 3DS Remake Of Dragon Quest VII Features Visible Encounters

    Random battles are no more

    It was revealed a couple of months back that Dragon Quest VII would be making a return with a remake on the 3DS in Japan. The game will largely stay true to the original, but it’s been confirmed that the random encounters system found in the PlayStation version have been changed to visible encounters on 3DS. Dragon...

  • News 3DS Continues To Decimate The Competition in Japan

    Nintendo's handheld outsells all other platforms by more than 2.5 times

    The recent release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf in Japan has enabled the 3DS to further increase its dominance in that part of the world. According to Media Create, the system shifted 167,408 units during the week of 26th November to 2nd December, bringing its lifetime sales...

  • News Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Rises From The Dead For Japanese eShop Release

    Updated version also allows you to wipe save data

    Capcom has confirmed that 3DS title Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is getting an eShop release in Japan, alongside a "Best Price" physical release. The game was an early release for the 3DS back in 2011, and is possibly more famous for its undeletable save data than the quality of its...

  • News River City Ransom Sequel Punching Its Way To Japanese 3DS eShop This Month

    Villain Riku becomes the hero

    The WiiWare sequel may be on hold, but that doesn't mean that 3DS gamers won't get their fix of River City Ransom in 2012. Arc System Works is launching a spin-off title for the Japanese 3DS eShop called Riki Densetsu. As the title suggests ("Densetsu" means "Legend" in Japanese), the game will focus on series...

  • News Panorama View to be Sighted on Wii U eShop in Spring 2013

    Confirmed in Japan, at least

    One of the first concepts that was shown off for Wii U, and which made an appearance at various demo opportunities and expo appearances for the system, was Panorama View. It's a relatively simple app that uses real-life video and allows you to view the action from any angle you desire, simply by moving the GamePad. It's...

  • Nintendo Direct Watch The Japanese Wii U Presentation Live

    Covering the Wii U launch in Japan

    You may not realise it, but the Wii U hasn't actually launched in its native Japan yet. Us lucky westerners may already be knee-deep in Mario, ZombiU and Miiverse, but in the Land of the Rising Sun the system doesn't hit store shelves until the 8th of December. While the Nintendo Direct presentations for North...

  • News You Need This Legend Of Zelda Figure In Your Life

    We go hands-on with Max Factory's amazing Figma Link action figure

    As much as it pains us to admit it, you never really grow out of toys. And it's pretty much official that toys based on popular video games are the bomb. Don't believe us? Then check out the photos below of the amazing Figma Link action figure from Japanese manufacturer Max...

  • News You Can Use PlayStation 2 Pads On Your Wii U, Should You Want To

    Optional extra

    Are you a bit bummed about the fact that the Wii U Pro Controller isn't compatible with original Wii titles? Do you consider Sony's iconic Dual Shock pad to be one of the best in the business? Well you're in luck - Datel Japan has released an adapter which allows you to use your PlayStation 2 joypad on the Wii U or Wii. All you have...

November2012

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Surpasses One Million Sales

    E.X. Troopers has an underwhelming start

    When Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released in Japan, demand was so high that physical copies of the game sold out, while eShop download sales returned some rather impressive results. Subsequent weeks have remained solid, with the latest Media Create results showing that the title has passed the one million...

  • News TVii Application Will Be Available In Japan At Launch

    But not all of its features will be free

    Nintendo has revealed that TVii - the application that allows users to merge all of their video streaming packages together and change TV channels - will be available in selected European regions at some point in 2013. It looked as though Japan was being left in the lurch but this is not the case as the Land...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Players Have Snagged Over 300 Billion Coins

    Nintendo Direct delivers the happy news, DLC launched to celebrate

    Nintendo Japan released a new Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday in which president Satoru Iwata announced that over 300 billion coins had been collected by New Super Mario Bros. 2 players worldwide. To mark the proud occasion, a DLC level pack has been made available free of...

  • News Wii U Can be Used as a Portable Home Console

    Not something we ever considered...

    We never thought we'd see a Wii U treated as a portable system, but that's exactly what's happened with a keen Japanese gamer — importing a system ahead of time clearly wasn't enough on its own. The console isn't portable, of course, but on select games you don't technically need to use the TV; a power outlet is...

  • News Level-5 Discusses Guild 01 Localization Details And More

    Maybe some new titles on the way too?

    As you're no doubt already aware, Guild 01 is an interesting compilation of games spanning from four unique developers. Liberation Maiden has already graced our 3DS consoles, with Aero Porter and Crimson Shroud making their way to the west in the not-too-distant future. One title that hasn't been mentioned for...

  • News Pokémon Pokédex Is Coming To iOS Devices In Japan

    A smart move?

    Japan has had Pokédex 3D Pro available to download on the 3DS since July, and it seems the demand for Pokéknowledge knows no bounds in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Pokémon Company has announced today that it will be bringing a new Pokédex to iOS devices from November 16th. The base application, which costs 170 Yen, is similar...

  • News 3DS Passes Eight Million Sales in Japan

    Turning over a new leaf

    When it comes to keeping the accountants and shareholders happy, Nintendo can always point to its 3DS sales in Japan. While there's undoubtedly improvement needed in North America and, particularly, Europe when it comes to sales figures for the handheld, Nintendo's homeland consistently shows healthy sales that simply blow...

  • News Wii U External Hard Drive Usage Outlined by Satoru Iwata

    Up to 2TB supported

    For those of you that have watched today's Nintendo Direct broadcast — you can check it out here — you'll have seen lots of graphics of external hard drives, Wii U systems and some interesting demonstrations with large science lab-style glass jars. There was some pretty good news from Satoru Iwata, and a few small things that...

  • News Wii U GamePad Will Not Have Backward Compatibility

    Not just yet, anyway...

    We've already argued that backwards compatibility is an important aspect when purchasing a console, and Wii U is no different. The latest Nintendo Direct provides us with new infomation on playing previous software titles — including WiiWare and Virtual Console — and how they will not be playable on the Wii U GamePad,...

  • News Unexpected Wii U Nintendo Direct Details Storage And Online

    Nintendo loves surprises

    Nintendo is always great at surprises, especially when it comes to not letting anybody know about its forthcoming Nintendo Direct presentations. True to form, Nintendo Japan uploaded a new video literally just minutes ago without telling anyone, so excuse us if we seem a little dazed. We'll be breaking down the video and...

  • Interview The Team Behind Paper Mario: Sticker Star

    We speak to the team behind the biggest 3DS title this Christmas

    The dust has barely settled on our Paper Mario: Stick Star review, but we're far from finished with Mario's latest handheld outing. Prior to launch we were lucky enough to speak with director Mr Naohiko Aoyama (Intelligent Systems), director and scenario writer Mr Taro Kudo (Vanpool)...

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Already Sold Out In Japan

    Iwata reassures fans on Twitter

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of the most anticipated games in the West right now, with fans of the series foaming at the mouth at the prospect of becoming the mayor of their own little town in 2013. Japanese gamers have had the game for a few days now, and it appears they loved it so much it has already sold...

  • News 3DS Continues Hardware Sales Dominance in Japan

    Sony platforms dominate software, however

    The 3DS LL (or XL, as it is known over here) saw a massive sales spike in Japan last week, jumping from the previous week's total of 38,089 to 63,993 units sold, according to the latest chart information. It was followed by the standard 3DS model, which racked up just under half of its larger counterpart's...

  • Nintendo Direct Watch The Japanese Wii U Presentation Live

    Miiverse time, at last

    So here we are, another Nintendo Direct broadcast to sink our teeth into, with the focus expected to be on Miiverse. The great news is that you can watch it right here: 11am UK time, 12pm Central European time, 6am Eastern, 5am Central and 3am Pacific. It'll be in Japanese, of course, but we'll be watching with you and...

  • News Japanese Nintendo Direct Confirmed For 7th November

    Miiverse will be the main focus

    With Wii U on the horizon, Nintendo has revealed yet another Nintendo Direct broadcast for Japan at short notice. The presentation will focus on Miiverse, which isn't a surprise as we reported last month that this was expected to happen close to the console's launch. The presentation will be approximately 35 minutes...

  • News XSEED Hints at Rune Factory 4 Localisation

    The big tease

    The thing about developers and publishers being on social networks is that they have another means to poke and tease us gamers. Gone are the days of big announcements being exclusively in gaming magazines, and now we have pre-announcement hints of teasers. Still, it sure keeps us interested. The latest publisher to join in is XSEED,...

October2012

  • News Sin And Punishment Developer Treasure Working On 3DS Exclusive

    3D action shooter inbound

    Veteran studio Treasure - the team behind the amazing Sin and Punishment: Star Successor - has confirmed that it is working on a 3DS exclusive. Speaking to UK magazine gamesTM, Treasure CEO Masato Maegawa revealed the exciting news: We are making a new game on Nintendo 3DS now. Not multiplatform, but exclusive to 3DS...

  • News Dragon Quest VII Set to Venture Onto 3DS

    If in doubt, release a re-make

    While Dragon Quest X for Wii U was shown off recently during a Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcast — though it's already been released on Wii in the Land of the Rising Sun — Square Enix hasn't yet finished re-releasing earlier entries in the series. According to JUMP magazine, at least. A scanned page from the...

  • News Elminage Gothic Is Dungeon Crawling To The Nintendo 3DS

    Remixed and renewed

    Starfish's dungeon crawler Elminage Gothic is coming to the 3DS in 2013. A remix of the PSP edition, the developer hasn't yet said how this new version will differ from the original. It's not the first time the series has graced a Nintendo portable - Elminage DS Remix came out a while back in Japan, and was an update of a...

  • News Project X Zone Struggles At Japanese Retail

    Crossover RPG limps to 100,000 copies

    Namco Bandai's much-hyped tactical RPG Project X Zone isn't performing as well as expected in its native Japan, with just 12,450 sold during the week of Monday 15th October. That brings the game's total sales to 97,989 units since its launch a week before. In contrast, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy has...

  • News Watch the Translated GameCenter CX vs. Iwata Asks Segment Right Here

    Fresh from Japan

    If you watched last week's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation you'll know that at the end there was a special GameCenter CX segment featuring none other than Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. For those of you that don't know, GameCenter CX (known in the west as Retro Game Master) is a TV show starring Shinya Arino, who plays...

  • News Charizard 3DS XL Blasting Its Way To Japan

    A thing of beauty

    The Pokémon Company released a special Pikachu themed 3DS XL last month in Japan; now it has another similar Pokémon-themed 3DS XL coming soon, this one featuring Charizard. You're going to need a Masterball to catch this one, as it won't be so easy to obtain. Between 3rd November and 26th November, at Pokémon Center shops...

  • News 3DS eShop Title The Denpa Men 2 Is Coming To The West

    Skin tight delight

    The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave developer Genius Sonority has confirmed that the Japanese sequel will be localised for western markets. Speaking to Siliconera before the recent release of The Denpa Men 2 in Japan, Genius Sonority president Manabu Yamana revealed the good news: Yes, we are releasing Denpa Men 2 on the Japanese...

  • News Nintendo Reveals Its Version of iTunes For 3DS

    Music to our ears

    Nintendo has unveiled a new partnership with RecoChoku today during its Japanese Nintendo Direct which finally brings a music store to the 3DS console. The service is scheduled to begin this December in Japan, and looks set to be Nintendo's take on iTunes for your 3DS. RecoChoku has one million songs in its catalogue and 3DS users...

  • Nintendo Direct Watch The Japanese Presentation Live

    Live analysis provided at no additional cost

    Nintendo of Japan will host a new Nintendo Direct presentation today at 8PM JST (around 4AM PST for North American readers, and 12PM BST for those of you in UK). The presentation is expected to focus on both the Wii U and 3DS, and will last around an hour. It will be followed by a selection of trailers...

  • News Monster Hunter 4 Screenshots Stomp Into View

    Monster mash

    To neatly complement this morning's news regarding the European release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, here's a large helping of Monster Hunter 4 goodness in the form of 24 entirely fresh screenshots, issued by those lovely folks at Capcom Japan. The 3DS exclusive is due to launch in Japan in March next year, with a western release...

  • News Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Running Onto The Japanese eShop

    Game Gear returns

    The Game Gear version of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is coming to the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console next week. It'll be available for download on 31 October for 300 yen, so gamers in Nintendo's homeland can give themselves a treat this Halloween. This 8-bit version of the game was also released on the Sega Master System featuring...

  • News Japanese eBook Service Delayed For Nintendo 3DS

    Will be turning pages in the near future

    We reported last month that Librica was to launch a 3DS application - Bookstore Anywhere - for the 3DS this month in Japan. Sadly, it has since been confirmed that the service has been delayed. Librica has said the hold up is due to the team's desire to make further improvements to the app, and that a new...

  • News This Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Soundtrack Packaging is Rather Special

    Pop up CD case, anyone?

    We've been paying a lot of attention to Bravely Default: Flying Fairy here at Nintendo Life, mainly because it looks like a high quality 3DS RPG from Square Enix. With an attractive art-style and seemingly plenty of interesting gameplay to offer, we're sure that others are also keen to see a Western release. One thing that's...

  • News Takumi: Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney Has a "Double Layered Story"

    Who could object to that?

    Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney arrives in Japan at the end of November, which will lift the lid on one of the year's most intriguing cross-over titles. Combining the two different worlds — and their distinctive styles — within a medieval setting may sound slightly crazy, and that's probably because it is. That...

  • News 3DS and Bravely Default Flying High in Japanese Charts

    As expected, really

    We've often reported that 3DS is performing particularly well in Japan, and that trend is continuing this week with the release of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, the eagerly anticipated RPG from Square Enix. When considered alongside recent positive news about 3DS software sales in North America, it seems as if Nintendo's...

  • News Amazon Japan Releases Online Pokémon Store Into The Wild

    Time to waste some money

    Amazon Japan has opened a special online Pokémon Store today. Nintendo and developers Game Freak have partnered up to launch the awesome virtual store, which includes various items such as figures, plushes, Pokémon trainers and kitchen equipment. They even have a life-size Pikachu plush on sale for 3,800 Yen. There are...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 G Traps an eShop Discount in Japan

    Re-packaged "Best Price" offer also on the way

    Fans of the Monster Hunter series that live outside of Japan have been a little hard done by, casting envious glances to gamers in Japan who are looking forward to Monster Hunter 4, while the rest of us wait for the expanded version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. While Ultimate is also coming to Wii U...

  • News Pokémon Train Hitting The Rails This Holiday

    In Japan, obviously

    Sometimes the Western world just isn't enthusiastic enough about video games. Sure, gamers in Europe and North America in particular buy an enormous volume of video games on a yearly basis and pay plenty of cash for new consoles, but do we, in our various individual cultures, love gaming enough to have anything as awesome as this...

  • First Impressions Fire Emblem: Awakening

    Could this be the best entry in the Fire Emblem series yet?

    The Fire Emblem series has long been famous and hugely successful in Japan. With a long string of titles stretching back to the days of the Nintendo Famicom, the franchise is now starting to catch on in the west. Arguably the most famous tactical RPG in the world right now, Fire Emblem fans...

  • News Castlevania, Mega Man 4 And Donkey Kong Heading To Japanese eShop

    Popular NES titles making their way to the 3DS Virtual Console next week

    Japanese gamers are in for a treat next week, as Castlevania, Mega Man 4 and Donkey Kong will all be released for the 3DS Virtual Console on October 17th, priced at 500 yen each. Both Mega Man 4 and Donkey Kong are the original Famicom versions of the games, whereas...

  • Rumour Super C Coming to 3DS Virtual Console in The West

    Third party NES classics make it out of Japan?

    Up until now, Nintendo retro lovers have only had first-party NES titles to play on the 3DS Virtual Console. Although Japan has seen a steady stream of non-Nintendo games - including the awesome Mega Man 3 - those games haven't shown any sign of coming to the west - until now, that is. Konami has just...

  • First Impressions Dopamix

    Is this Japan-only eShop release going to be music to your ears?

    As games get more complicated, with motion controls and complex button layouts, is it still possible to have fun while playing a game using only one button? With the Japan-exclusive eShop title Dopamix (made by G-mode, the current owners of the Data East back catalogue, which includes...

  • News File Sizes Revealed For 3DS eShop Retail Downloads

    Better stock up on those SD cards, this could get ugly

    Last week, Nintendo of Japan confirmed during a Nintendo Direct presentation that a list of current 3DS titles would soon be available for download from the Nintendo eShop. It's good to see Nintendo pushing their retail games as digital downloads, but just how much space will they actually take...

  • News Computer Virus Responsible For Bomb Scare at Nintendo's Japanese HQ

    "This week, I'm going to blow up Nintendo headquarters"

    A rather worrying computer virus has hit Japan which allows hackers to take control of another person's machine and use it for whatever means they wish. This virus has already claimed its first high-profile victim in the shape of animator Masaki Kitamura, who was arrested (and subsequently...

  • News Our Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Translation Awaits Forest Folk Within

    A complete summary of the Japanese presentation

    Last week there was a special Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation covering the forthcoming Animal Crossing: Jump Out on 3DS. As usual, we've got a summary of the entire video, saving you the bother of having to actually learn Japanese in order to understand it. Iwata starts out by introducing us to...

  • News Watch The Japanese Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Here

    Not hosted by Tom Nook, sadly

    Today, Nintendo Japan ran a special Animal Crossing-themed Nintendo Direct, which you can watch using the video link below. The video was devoted to the forthcoming 3DS release Animal Crossing: Jump Out. The game is released in Japan on November 8th.

  • News Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Confirmed for Japan

    Remember to breathe

    If Nintendo has one focus this week, it seems to be to remind us about 3DS. The handheld is only in its second year, after all, and has its share of big releases due in the coming months. One upcoming title that's high on a lot of 3DS wish-lists is Animal Crossing: Jump Out, which isn't due in North America and Europe until...

  • News More 3DS Download Titles Coming To Japan's eShop

    Zelda, Mario and Starfox to be made available in digital form

    Nintendo of Japan has confirmed via a special Nintendo Direct presentation that a series of existing 3DS retail releases will soon be available on the eShop. From November 1st, Japanese 3DS owners will be able to download copies of Mario Tennis Open, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games,...

  • News Japan Is Getting These Awesome Animal Crossing and New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS Bundles

    Bundles of joy

    Nintendo has confirmed that it is releasing new 3DS XL hardware bundles in Japan, with Animal Crossing and New Super Mario Bros. 2 themed consoles expected to hit store shelves in November. At the start of November Nintendo will push the all-black 3DS XL onto store shelves for 18,900 yen ($240 / £150). That's just the console on its...

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  • News Take a Look at Capcom's New Monster Hunter Merchandise

    Wallets at the ready

    Capcom is catching on to popular Japanese fashion by bringing out its own Monster Hunter Sukajan. Sukajan-style jackets have been a tourist favourite for many years, blending American varsity jackets and Japanese embroidery, and can be commonly found being flogged to bewildered tourists in the busy streets of Tokyo. This...

  • News Mega Man 3 Leaps Onto The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

    For those about to rock

    The third instalment of Capcom's popular Mega Man series is launching on the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console this week. Mega Man 3 - known in Japan as Rockman 3: The End of Dr. Wily!? - will go live on the Japanese 3DS eShop tomorrow (September 26th) for 500 yen. Even harsher than its already tough predecessor, Mega Man 3 has...

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