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News: GungHo Looking To Sell One Million Copies Of Puzzle & Dragons Z On 3DS

GungHo Looking To Sell One Million Copies Of Puzzle & Dragons Z On 3DS

Hoping to appeal to kids without smartphones

GungHo's Puzzle & Dragons mobile game is the kind of success story that many development studios can only dream of. It's been downloaded over 18 million times in Japan alone, and generates almost $4 million of revenue every single day. The company is currently preparing a 3DS version by the name of...

News: Stardust Amazoness Is The New RPG In Development By Arc System Works

Stardust Amazoness Is The New RPG In Development By Arc System Works

Females only

The latest issue of Famitsu magazine reveals developer Arc System Works — best known for the Guilty Gear and Blazblue series of fighting games — has a new game in development for the 3DS: Stardust Amazoness. The RPG is set for release in Japan on 14th November this year. Players are thrown into Prison Planet, an asylum in which the...

News: The Wonderful 101 Struggles In Its First Week At Japanese Retail

The Wonderful 101 Struggles In Its First Week At Japanese Retail

Just 5,258 copies sold - a less than wonderful start

The Wonderful 101 is a truly fantastic piece of software, and one of the best Wii U games we've played this year. Sadly, the quality of product hasn't translated into sales, as the game has shifted less than 5,500 copies in its native Japan, according to Media Create's data. Platinum's Wii U...

News: Bravely Default: For the Sequel Confirmed for Japan

Bravely Default: For the Sequel Confirmed for Japan

Think of it as Bravely Default: Flying Fairy 1.5

While it's unclear when exactly it's coming, either late 2013 or 2014 for Europe and North America, Square Enix RPG Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is coming to the 3DS in the West. That's news that delighted fans of the genre that were also charmed by images and impressions of the title, though we...

News: XSEED Admits That Chances Of It Localising Medabots: Dual Are Slim

XSEED Admits That Chances Of It Localising Medabots: Dual Are Slim

"We don’t have anyone here familiar with that series"

Publisher XSEED has admitted that it won't be bringing Medabots: Dual to the west. The news follows Natsume's admission that the previous game in the series, Medabots 7, also won't be making the jump from Japan to North America and Europe. When asked about Medabots: Dual on its

News: Nintendo Expects To Sell 5 Million 3DS Consoles In Japan This Year

Nintendo Expects To Sell 5 Million 3DS Consoles In Japan This Year

Global sales to hit 18 million in 2013

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has stated that his company expects to sell 5 million 3DS consoles in Japan this fiscal year, contributing to a global target of 18 million units. Speaking at a Capcom event in Tokyo, Iwata backed up his prediction by explaining that 5.5 million 3DS consoles were sold in Japan...

News: SEGA Genesis Shooter, Steel Empire, to Get the 3DS eShop Remake Treatment

SEGA Genesis Shooter, Steel Empire, to Get the 3DS eShop Remake Treatment

Steampunk shooting

We may have reported this week that the publisher of Kokuga sees "difficult crossroads" for the shoot-em-'up genre in Japan, but that hasn't deterred others from flying into the market. One upcoming release is promising to bring back a side-scrolling shooter from the 16-bit era, as Japanese developers Starfish are preparing...

News: Kokuga Publisher Believes The Shoot-em-‘up Genre Faces a "Very Difficult Crossroads" in Japan

Kokuga Publisher Believes The Shoot-em-‘up Genre Faces a "Very Difficult Crossroads" in Japan

"You are not able to make a living on just making shooters"

Kokuga's arrival on the 3DS eShop this Summer was certainly welcomed by shoot-em-‘up fans, especially as Hiroshi Iuchi's name was on the project. As was made clear to us in our interview with G.rev CEO Hiroyuki Maruyama, however, the market for these titles is smaller than it perhaps was...

News: Disney Magic Castle Prospers in Japan, Wii U Sales Return to Five Figures

Disney Magic Castle Prospers in Japan, Wii U Sales Return to Five Figures

Obon Festival boosts retail results

The latest Japanese sales figures are in, and despite the lack of any major releases the results have brought welcome boosts in software and hardware. This increase in sales is being widely attributed to the Obon Festival (known natively as "Hachigatsu Bon") in Japan, a public holiday that often improves retail...

News: The Wonderful 101 Reportedly Shipping Just 30,000 Copies for Japanese Launch

The Wonderful 101 Reportedly Shipping Just 30,000 Copies for Japanese Launch

Can our heroes gather up higher numbers?

It looks like The Wonderful 101 will be seeing an underpowered start in Japan with a limited number of copies available at launch. Siliconera is citing Japanese retail blog Sinobi, which is stating that PlatinumGames’ colourful action title will apparently ship only 30,000 copies for its 24th August...

News: Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Reportedly Sells Less Than 2000 Copies in Debut Week

Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Reportedly Sells Less Than 2000 Copies in Debut Week

Oh dear

Earlier this year, as part of a 'SEGA Direct' segment broadcast in Japan, Satoru Iwata and Toshihiro Nagoshi introduced Yakuza 1 & 2 HD, a bundled re-release of the two PlayStation 2 games. A potential problem for this title was that it was already released in the region on PS3 in November 2012, with the very real possibility that most...

News: New Footage For Medabots: DUAL Blasts into View

New Footage For Medabots: DUAL Blasts into View

Still no news on a Western release

Natsume's Medabots series has quite the following around the world but the games rarely make it outside of Japan, which is a shame. Earlier this year, Medabots: DUAL was announced for 3DS and this adaptation will feature online play and team battles. The developer Rocket Company has now released some in-game...