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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...

Matters of Import: Bahamut Lagoon Roars Onto The Japanese Wii U eShop

Bahamut Lagoon Roars Onto The Japanese Wii U eShop

Here be dragons

Due for re-release on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console service today, Bahamut Lagoon is (another) one of Squaresoft’s lost RPG treasures, a game that eighteen years after its original release still doesn’t officially exist to those of us living outside Japan. The game most closely resembles a strategy RPG, similar to Shining...

News: Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call Gets A Japanese Release Date

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call Gets A Japanese Release Date

There's a limited edition 3DS, too!

We've had a look at Curtain Call's demo before, but now Japanese gamers finally have a release date to impatiently wait for, too: the 24th of April, to be precise. The retail version of the game will cost 5800 Yen before tax (£35 / €42 / $57 USD), with the download copy a bit cheaper at 4444 Yen (£27 / €32...

Weirdness: This is How Monster Hunter Beasts Spring to Life at Universal Studios Japan

This is How Monster Hunter Beasts Spring to Life at Universal Studios Japan

Monstrous monsters on the prowl

We recently reported on Monster Hunter Real 2014, a Monster Hunter-themed extravaganza at the Universal Studios theme park in Osaka, Japan. The exhibit, which is open until 11th May, features Monster Hunter themed food and drink, elaborate models of gear from the game and quests that visitors can go on. One of the...

Interview: Rainy Frog Talks About eShop Publishing in Japan

Rainy Frog Talks About eShop Publishing in Japan

"The Wii U in Japan is more family orientated"

Earlier this year we told you about Rainy Frog, a publisher with ambitions to bring a number of Western download games to the Japanese eShop stores and, in the future, vice versa. Its one of a group of companies that establish offices in Japan — in order to be eligible as publishers in the region...

First Impressions: We Shine A Light On Arc System Works Action RPG Swords & Darkness

We Shine A Light On Arc System Works Action RPG Swords & Darkness

It's not very bright

You can’t beat a bit of side-scrolling beat ‘em up action as far as we’re concerned, but we’ve been left twiddling our thumbs on 3DS since Code of Princess first hit Nintendo’s handheld in 2012. Arc System Works aim to fill that gap in Japan with the eShop exclusive Swords & Darkness, a moody action RPG set in a...

Video: Japanese Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Trailer Swings Into View

Japanese Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Trailer Swings Into View

The Kongs go bananas when they get the cold shoulder

A new Japanese video showcasing footage from the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has appeared, and it's chock-full of gameplay bits that may help tide fans over until the game's February launch. The video — which may contain spoilers for players who are trying to avoid seeing too...

News: Hardware Sales Drop in Japan as Wii U Falls Into Four Figures

Hardware Sales Drop in Japan as Wii U Falls Into Four Figures

Can January be over now?

When considering important sales months in the calendar year, we suspect that plenty within the game development and publishing industry have January near the bottom of the list. It does bring some new games, such as Kirby: Triple Deluxe in Japan, but it generally represents a notable downturn after the highs of November and...

News: Iwata And Miyamoto Both Take Pay Cuts In Response To Nintendo's Poor Financial Results

Iwata And Miyamoto Both Take Pay Cuts In Response To Nintendo's Poor Financial Results

Iwata halves his salary, Miyamoto takes a 30 percent cut

It has been revealed that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will be taking a 50 percent pay reduction following Nintendo's recent financial results. He's not the only one taking a cut; legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto will see his wage slashed by 30 percent, as will fellow Nintendo...

Matters of Import: E.X. Troopers Brings The Heat To 3DS

E.X. Troopers Brings The Heat To 3DS

Capcom however, remains frosty

Capcom’s E.X. Troopers may not be the latest or biggest Japanese 3DS game around, but it’s certainly no less worthy of inclusion here than any other game we’ve previously covered on Matters of Import and — as this and its high-resolution PS3 port are the only E.X. Troopers games so far — it is sadly still...

News: 3DS Hardware Sales Pass 15 Million Units in Japan

3DS Hardware Sales Pass 15 Million Units in Japan

It took 153 weeks

While the 3DS may not have sales tracking alongside those of the DS family of systems, it's achieved a great deal after a poor start and — as most would agree — performed well in an increasingly crowded, volatile market. Nintendo had hoped for better, naturally, having revised its yearly target down just recently, but that's...

Video: Persona Q Website Unveils Two More Characters

Persona Q Website Unveils Two More Characters

We really can't wait to get started on this one

We've had a look at the official Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth website a few times before, and now we drop back in just as Atlus releases videos focussing on Persona 3's Shinjiro Aragaki and Persona 4's Yukiko Amagi. They may struggle to even hit the one minute mark, but as they're almost entirely...

Video: The First Thirty Minutes Of The Best 3DS Action Game You've Never Played

The First Thirty Minutes Of The Best 3DS Action Game You've Never Played

That's E.X. Troopers, by the way

"Like Lost Planet, but anime" could easily have been the most cynical boardroom pitch ever, but thankfully Capcom couldn't have any poured any more love into E.X. Troopers if it had tried. We've got a full Matters of Import feature coming up soon on this amazing title, so in the meantime grab yourself a hot beverage...

Video: Ace Attorney Collection Promotional Trailer Is Now Available As Hard Evidence

Ace Attorney Collection Promotional Trailer Is Now Available As Hard Evidence

No objections here (sorry)

In addition to yesterday's news, we've got a few further details and a lovely little trailer for the Ace Attorney Collection, courtesy of the official website. The e-Capcom exclusive limited edition set, priced at ¥5,240 (about £30 / $50 USD / €37), will include a drama CD (cover to be determined) and a set of three...

Video: Levi and Sasha Slay Some Giants In This Attack On Titan DLC Mission Footage

Levi and Sasha Slay Some Giants In This Attack On Titan DLC Mission Footage

Scratch that Titan-hating itch

We've taken an in-depth look at Attack on Titan before, but we couldn't resist sharing some more footage — this time showing DLC-exclusive characters Levi and Sasha doing their thing. Levi's mission is a straightforward Titan-killing exercise, while Sasha has the much tougher task of hunting for hidden items whilst...