Japan - News

July2012

  • News What Do You Make of this Hello Kitty Sonic Crossover?

    Straw poll

    Two of the world's most recognisable animals combined today in what scientists are probably calling "disgusting". This Hello Kitty and Sonic the Hedgehog plush toy — officially called the Sonic x Hello Kitty Super Jumbo Plushy — is heading to Japan this weekend to commemorate the reopening of SEGA's flagship Joypolis arcade. It's...

  • News Time Travelers Live Action Advert is All Tears

    Why so serious?

    Level-5 has been very cryptic so far with information about its upcoming release of Time Travelers in Japan this week, and things aren't about to get any clearer with these two latest trailers. Even with only three days before its launch on Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita, and ten days until Time Travelers releases on PSP, Level-5 are...

  • News Monster Hunter 4 Director Says It's All About 'Adventure'

    As opposed to 'grinding', perhaps?

    Plenty of gamers, including various members of the Nintendo Life team, thoroughly enjoyed Monster Hunter Tri, not least because it was a terrific Wii title that had the impressive scale and online functionality often reserved for its HD rivals. There was a nagging feeling amongst some, however, that the story in...

  • News Project X Zone Trailer is 10 Minutes of Chaos

    And thirty seconds of clarity

    Capcom-Namco-SEGA strategy RPG Project X Zone might not make sense just yet — we blame all that pesky Japanese writing and dialogue — but its blend of tactical turns-based battles and all-out chaos makes it fun to watch. The trailer below shows what the game looks like in action (though you'd probably already...

  • News Here's the Monster Hunter 4 Trailer You Wanted

    Beastly

    Yesterday we told you about Monster Hunter 4's spring release in Japan, announced yesterday alongside a new trailer. This is that trailer. Like last year's Monster Hunter 4 concept video, this trailer shows off new terrain features, the ability to climb on monsters and destructible surroundings. It also teases new monsters alongside...

June2012

  • News Monster Hunter 4 Attacks Japan in Spring 2013

    Take cover

    Capcom's Summer Jam event has revealed a Spring 2013 release window for the much anticipated Monster Hunter 4. The 3DS-exclusive game includes brand new monsters as well as series mainstays Tigrex, Rathalos and Rathian, according to Andriasang. Capcom showed off a new trailer for the game but, as of the time of writing, it hasn't made it...

  • News 3DS Leads Japanese Market to Year-on-Year Gains

    Nintendo dominates home country

    Strong performances from 3DS software and hardware saw the Japanese games market grow for the first time in two years. Between 26th December and 24th June, the Japanese market was worth 193.4 billion Yen, a 0.07% increase from 191.98bn over the same period last year. 63% of that figure came from software sales, up...

  • News Masahiro Sakurai Steps Up as Keynote Speaker at CEDEC

    Talking about video games, presumably

    Masahiro Sakurai has gained a reputation as the go-to man for some of Nintendo's key franchises that don't necessarily have Mario in the title. As a young employee at Nintendo he created Kirby, and has also masterminded the three entries in the Super Smash Bros. series, while also taking on the upcoming Wii U...

  • News Project X Zone Hits Japan on 11th October

    Now, about that worldwide release...

    Project X Zone, the RPG mash-up featuring well-known characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai franchises, has been generating a lot of hype in Japan. Teasing details about battle mechanics, featured characters and even the in-game music have been coming thick and fast, with the most important reveal so far...

  • News Pokémon Black & White 2 Sells 1.6m in Two Days

    Still big in Japan

    Pokémon Black & White 2 landed in Japan on Saturday 23rd June and racked up an astonishing 1,618,621 sales across the country in its first weekend. It's the fastest-selling game of the year, the first 2012 game on any platform to pass 1m sales and the third fastest-selling DS game of all time. It's a big drop-off in sales...

  • News Official 3DS XL Japanese Website Launches

    No blue in Nintendo's homeland

    Now that the new 3DS XL has been announced, Nintendo has wasted little time in launching an official website in Japan. Interestingly, Japan has red + black and silver + black models, like Europe and North America, but doesn't have the blue + black version, opting instead for an all-white console. The all-white version...

  • News New Animal Crossing 3DS Trailer Straight from Japan

    Serene mode engaged

    Angry that Animal Crossing won't reach Europe until 2013 and North America until... well, who knows when? Watch this new Japanese trailer for the game and all your stress might just melt away or, perhaps, become more strongly amplified. The video shows tonnes of new touches like solar panels to install outside, new shops and...

  • News Japan Gets New Skyward Sword Link Figure in October

    Go Figma

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's interpretation of Link gets immortalised in resin later this year, when Japanese manufacturer Max Factory puts out its Master Sword Link figurine. The ¥3,800 statue — that's about £30 or $47 — comes with Link, a Master Sword and Hylian Shield (of course), as well as an effects piece for his sword...

  • News Yoshinori Ono Still Overworked Despite Health Scare

    Strong arm tactics

    On a press tour of Asia earlier this year, Yoshinori Ono was admitted to hospital and stepped down from his role as Street Fighter producer following the health scare. While you might have expected Ono's hectic work schedule to slow down after the incident, a new interview with Eurogamer.net reveals that's not the case. Ono...

  • News Dragon Quest 3D Smashes 500k Sales in Its First Week

    Terry's wonderful

    3DS remake Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D has shot to the top of the Japanese charts with an incredible 513,183 units sold in its first week. The much-anticipated release sent 3DS hardware sales over 100,000 units, shifting 101,075 in a week, a near-90% increase on the previous week's 55,212 sales. Thanks to Dragon...

May2012

  • News We'll Learn New Monster Hunter 4 Details Next Month

    Get ready for a tail spin

    Last year's revelation of 3DS exclusive Monster Hunter 4 was a big moment, but since then we haven't heard much more about Capcom's inevitably monstrous hit. Well, that'll end at the end of June, when the publisher releases more details at a Japanese event. Capcom Summer Jam takes place in Tokyo from 30th June to 1st July...

  • News DS Car Navigation Arrives in Japan

    Courtesy of Toyota

    A lot of modern cars have satellite navigation and as many buttons as Apollo 11, but Toyota has decided that perhaps the whole experience can be a bit more easy-going in the Japanese market, if a bit of Nintendo is thrown into the mix. The car manufacturer has created the Smart Navi car navigational system that uses a DS — and...

  • News Japanese 3DS Television Service To Be Cancelled

    Itsu no Ma ni Terebi no more

    Since June last year 3DS owners in Japan have had access to Itsu no Ma ni Terebi, a video service that has produced regular and exclusive content via SpotPass. Like the former Wii service Wii no Ma, Nintendo has decided to take the service off the air. In the past year the channel has offered content from Fuji Television...

  • News Nintendo Japan Discontinues Aqua Blue 3DS

    Cobalt from the blue

    Nintendo of Japan will soon end production of the Aqua Blue 3DS console. The company's 3DS page lists the currently available colours, with Aqua Blue bearing the note "scheduled to end production shortly" (近日生産終了予定). In March, Nintendo released the Cobalt Blue 3DS for Japan, so it makes sense to stick...

  • News Dynasty Warriors VS Won't Come Westward

    Region locked

    Dynasty Warriors VS won't leave Japan. Tecmo Koei community manager Chin Soon Sun made the pronouncement on Twitter: Dynasty Warriors VS (for the Nintendo 3DS) - This title is for Japan only & will not be localized and released for / in overseas. Shame — we wanted to enjoy some feudal fighting dressed as Link and Samus.

  • News Level-5 CEO Raises Possibility of Inazuma Eleven MMORPG

    Possible, but strange

    The Inazuma Eleven series is still relatively unknown outside of Japan. The first two DS titles have arrived in Europe, though only after a fair bit of waiting, while the third for the system, the series debut on 3DS and two Wii spin-offs are yet to arrive outside of Nintendo's homeland. We can safely assume, due to the volume...

  • News Mario Party 9 has Sales to Celebrate in the Japanese Chart

    3DS still having a good time

    Although it's been available in PAL regions and North America since March, Mario Party 9 has only just been released in Japan. The Media Create charts, as reported by Andriasang, report that it sold 152,883 copies in its debut week, earning it second place in the charts behind the PS3 version of Resident Evil: Operation...

April2012

  • News Dragon Quest X Wii Lands in Japan on 2nd August

    Wii U version still a secret

    Square Enix will release its online RPG Dragon Quest X in Japan this August. The Wii game lands on 2nd August in two editions: the standard game costs ¥6,980, or you can buy it with a USB memory card for ¥8,980. If you buy the solus game, you'll need to provide your own USB memory stick with at least 16GB capacity,...

  • News Nintendo Posts First Annual Loss in 30 Years

    But lower than expected

    Nintendo made a 43 billion Yen net loss in the past financial year. A straight currency conversion puts the loss at $529m USD or £327m GBP. The company had originally predicted a 65 billion Yen net loss, but clawed back some of the deficit with strong software, particularly in Japan. The Yen also devalued compared to the...

  • News Fire Emblem: Awakening Battles to Number One in Japanese Chart

    An early victory

    The latest Media Create Japanese chart results are in, and Fire Emblem: Awakening has stormed to the software number one position with an impressive 242,600 sales: more than the other nine top ten titles combined. The intriguing Code of Princess, an action-brawler on 3DS, made its debut at number two with a more modest 19,554 units...

  • News Animal Crossing Tobidase Reaches Japan This Fall

    Come inside

    Animal Crossing 3DS has an official title and release window for Japan, those lucky blighters. Its full Japanese title is Doubutsu no Mori: Tobidase. Tobidase means 'jumping out' of something, a phrase often used to describe the 3DS's 3D capabilities but which Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says also refers to the game's wireless...

  • News 3DS Gets Pokémon Black & White 2 AR Apps

    Gotta snap 'em all

    Pokémon Black & White 2 is coming to DS, but 3DS owners who want to beef up their experience can do so with the release of two new eShop applications. One is a follow-up to Pokédex 3D, updated with the new moves and information from Black and White 2. In Japan at least, the original Pokédex 3D will be removed from sale,...

  • News Organise Your Home Menu With New 3DS Update

    All the fun of folders

    If your Home Menu's looking a little cluttered these days, you might want to anticipate the new 3DS system update in a few days that adds folders to the mix. You'll be able to create folders to hold as many as 60 tiles each, which should certainly de-clutter that menu. You can name your folders too, which should make finding...

  • News Nintendo Reveals New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS

    Wa-ha!

    We knew Nintendo is working on a new 2D Mario for 3DS, and now we know it's New Super Mario Bros. 2. Satoru Iwata revealed the game during the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, pledging it'll see release in Japan this August. Nintendo of America has also confirmed an August release via Twitter. Iwata didn't go into much detail on the...

  • News "Too Many Hurdles" to Ni No Kuni DS Translation

    Magic book blamed

    Level-5 and Studio Ghibli collaboration Ni No Kuni is getting an English release on PS3 in 2013, but its DS counterpart won't be leaving Japan. Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino explained to Famitsu (via Andriasang) some of the difficulties preventing the portable adventure reaching the West. The DS game comes with a large Magic Master...

  • News First Pokémon Black & White 2 Footage Revealed

    Unova drill

    Japanese show Pokémon Smash led with the first gameplay footage of Pokémon Black & White 2 this past weekend, showing the newly frosty Unova in motion. In the trailer below you can see new areas, trainers, gym leaders and much more. It's pretty exciting. Pokémon Black & White 2 is due out in Japan in June, and we'll get it a...

  • News New Trainers and Town in Pokémon Black & White 2

    All change

    Worried that Pokémon Black & White 2 is just a rehash of the original? New details from Coro Coro comics should put your mind to rest. The Japanese magazine has revealed B&W2 will feature new playable trainers, a new town and new gym leaders. Set two years after Pokémon Black and White, it's still set in Unova (Isshu in Japan)...

  • News Monsters Abound in Terry's Wonderland 3D Trailer

    When in Rome

    The very first Dragon Warrior Monsters is getting a full 3D makeover in the scaly form of Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D to give its full title. Square Enix just released a four minute trailer of the 3DS game, and boy is it full of monsters. Of course, being a Monsters title you're not just battling against the slimy...

  • News Donkey Kong Jr. and Sonic Blast Head to Japan 3DS VC

    G, Sonic

    Two more for the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan: NES title Donkey Kong Jr. and Sonic Blast (aka G Sonic) for Game Gear. Neither title is the most fondly remembered in its respective canon, though Sonic Blast has the dubious distinction of being the last game commercially released for the Game Gear in Japan. Knuckles is playable too, which is...

  • News Pit and Pokémon Share Strong March Sales in Japan

    Not in the top spot though

    Pokémon Conquest — aka Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition in Japan — was the best-selling Nintendo title in the Land of the Rising Sun last month. The strategy crossover was released on 17th March, meaning it shifted 242,192 units in two weeks. In third place was Kid Icarus: Uprising, with 144,468 sales in the ten days...

  • News 3DS Sales Jump in Japan Thanks to Kingdom Hearts

    Another big week

    Last week 3DS sales jumped 50% thanks to Kid Icarus: Uprising; this week it's Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance bringing about the rise. Square Enix's Disney crossover RPG sold 213,579 units in its first week. By comparison, Kid Icarus shifted 132,526 copies in its first seven days on sale, but this week dropped to fourth place...

  • News Japan Gets Customisable Club Nintendo Polo Shirts

    Get Rover here

    Want to be the best dressed gamer out there? These customisable polo shirts are just the thing. Club Nintendo in Japan is offering the shirts to all members for the cost of 550 points. You can choose from one of eight colours and one of six embroidered icons: Donkey Kong, a Fire Flower, Rover from Animal Crossing, Mr Game & Watch...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List: April 2012

    Slowing down

    It's a bit of a slow month this time for Japan, as only two new games will be released. Neither are big surprises: Europe already got one a while ago and the other has already been announced for European release. Both of them are pretty nice games though, so although the offerings are slim compared to normal, at least they're of good...

March2012

  • News Two Code of Princess Trailers Fight to the Fore

    Full of heart

    3DS scrapper Code of Princess — from the same team behind SEGA Saturn classic Guardian Heroes, remember — is shaping up to be one intriguing title, as these two new trailers show off. The first video is what you'd expect: anime cut scenes, Japanese singing and a jester fighting with a guitar. The second shows off the game's chaotic...

  • News Kid Icarus Ignites 3DS Sales Spike in Japan

    Up nearly 50%

    Kid Icarus: Uprising is doing the business for Nintendo in Japan, as hardware sales following its release increased nearly 50% week-on-week. As Masahiro Sakurai's game sold 132,526 units in Japan to top the software chart, 3DS hardware sales hit 94,011, up almost exactly 30,000 on the previous week's tally of 64,017. 3DS accounted for...

  • News Five Glorious Minutes of Fire Emblem: Awakening Video

    What more do you need to know?

    It's all in Japanese, but that won't stop you enjoying this video of Fire Emblem: Kakusei (aka Fire Emblem: Awakening), will it? From dialogue and cut scenes to battles and maps, it's got all the daily Fire Emblem nutrition you need. The game's out in Japan next month. Nintendo of Europe has confirmed it'll release the...

  • News Wario Land 2 is Japan-Bound

    Stolen treasure recovered

    Japanese 3DS owners can continue their journey through Wario's wicked world next week when Wario Land II reaches the Virtual Console. While here in the West we got two versions of Wario's sophomore outing — one for Game Boy and a revamped Game Boy Color release — Japan only got the colour game, so that's the version...

  • News Coro Coro Comics 3DS Console Announced

    Japanese gamers win again

    We often tell you about limited edition 3DS consoles being released in Japan, simply because Nintendo's homeland has so many. There have been hardware exclusives dedicated to various themes, games and anniversaries, though the latest is arguably the most attractive. The console shown in this article's image is celebrating...

  • News Dynasty Warriors' Samus & Link Costumes Move Like This

    Zero-ing in

    Those Samus and Link costumes in Dynasty Warriors Vs. certainly look nice in stills, but how about in motion? Your wish is Tecmo Koei's command. The trailer below shows small snippets of Dynasty Warriors' characters clad in the garb of Nintendo's famous blond/e hero/ine, plus footage of Dead or Alive: Dimensions' Ryu Hayabusa and Ayane...

  • News Intelligent Systems Rejected Modern-Day Fire Emblem Idea

    Gunfire Emblem?

    As we prepare for Fire Emblem: Awakening to reach the Western world, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata sat down with some of the game's development staff to discuss this latest entry in the tactical fantasy series. Producer Hitoshi Yamagami and project manager Higuchi Masahiro began discussing the 3DS instalment while working on 2010's...

  • News New Film "100 Yen" Looks at Japan's Arcade History

    Insert coin

    A new documentary exploring Japan's still-thriving arcade scene is about to hit the 'net. 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience — a reference to the nationwide shortage of 100 Yen coins following the release of the original Space Invaders — investigates what's helped Japanese arcades stay alive, while those in the West have all-but...

  • News SEGA Drops Four Sonic Games from Japanese VC

    Are we next?

    SEGA is taking four Sonic games off the Virtual Console in Japan. The Mega Drive/Genesis games Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic & Knuckles will all be removed from sale on 30th March, along with Sonic the Hedgehog on Master System. There's currently no word on whether these games will re

  • News Game & Watch Gallery 2 Coming to Japan

    Having a ball

    What comes after Game & Watch Gallery? If you said Game & Watch Gallery 2, you get a cookie. The Japanese Virtual Console service gets the second compilation next week, retailing for 400 Yen. The original game was released on Game Boy and later revamped for Game Boy Color in the West, but as Japan only got the black and white...

  • News Samus and Link Suits Pop Up in Dynasty Warriors Vs.

    Suits you

    Tecmo Koei's next Dynasty Warriors game for 3DS, Dynasty Warriors Vs., features some interesting sartorial options for discerning Nintendo fans. The Japan-only scrapper lets you dress up as Link or Samus in her Zero Suit. They're included on the cart, but you'll have to get far enough in the tutorial mode to unlock them. Note that these...

  • News Castlevania: The Adventure Whips Japan Next Week

    3DS VC gets spooky

    Castlevania: The Adventure will take a bite out of the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan next week. The Game Boy game reaches Japan on 14th March alongside the previously-announced launch of Game Gear. Christopher Belmont's solo outing will cost ¥400, and while it's not the best 'vania title on Nintendo's humble black and white...

  • News Capcom Japan Reprints GameCube Game Gotcha Force

    No, we don't know either

    Think back to Capcom's GameCube classics: Viewtiful Joe. Killer 7. Resident Evil 4. Good games, one and all, making it all the more baffling the publisher has reprinted Gotcha Force for Japan. The 2003 action RPG didn't review too well and never flourished into a full-on franchise, but Capcom's giving it another shot with a...

  • News This is Meloetta, Pokémon Number 648

    Nice to meet you

    Say hello to Pokémon #648: Meloetta. The new 'mon was leaked recently on a movie poster but here's your first good look at official artwork of the musical-themed character. Meloetta has two Formes: Aria is a Normal/Psychic type, while Pirouette Forme is Normal/Fighting, which should result in some interesting strategies...

  • News Two New MH3G 3DS Bundles to Hit Japan

    Roar power

    Not content with releasing a cobalt blue 3DS console this month, Nintendo of Japan is also putting together two more hardware bundles for Monster Hunter 3 G. Japanese consumers can pick a red or black 3DS console packaged with a copy of the game and an official MH3G cleaning cloth, all for 19,800 Yen — about £153 / $244 / €183. Has...

  • News Nintendo Japan Reveals Cobalt Blue 3DS Console

    More colour coming

    Nintendo of Japan just pulled the sheet off its newest 3DS colour: Cobalt Blue. The darker blue — which you may remember from a DS Lite that hit Japan and North America — is scheduled to go on sale across the country from 22nd March, the same day Kid Icarus: Uprising goes on sale. Even more beautiful is the special edition...

February2012

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - March 2012

    Four more

    For the first time in a long while, Japan will actually be receiving fewer Wii Virtual Console games than another region. Europe, to be precise, all because of the truckload of Virtual Console games scheduled for March. Japan will still receive four games though, so let's take a look at what they are. Japan's full list for March is as...

  • News SEGA AM2's First 3DS Project is Not Virtua Fighter

    No, it's not Daytona or OutRun either

    Legendary SEGA development team AM2 has created some of the greatest arcade games ever: Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, OutRun and more. So the studio's first game for 3DS has to be something really exciting, right? Well, it is if you like super-deformed vocaloids with blue hair. That's not to say that Hatsune Miku...

  • News Pokémon Director Hypes up Sunday Announcement

    Oh Masuda, you tease...

    At the start of this week you may have seen the news that Pokémon Director Junichi Masuda teased something for Sunday, saying that all would be revealed on Japanese TV show Pokémon Smash. Speculation naturally followed, and Masuda has decided to up the ante with a post on his English-translated Game Freak blog page. His...

  • News Iwata Hits Out at Nikkei's "Gossip Magazine" Tactics

    Don't annoy the big man

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was very unhappy a quote attributed to him in Nikkei's report about Nintendo resurrecting Seaman for 3DS, and took to Twitter to give his side of the story. While most outlets — including this one — picked up just on the Seaman story, apparently the original Japanese article quoted Iwata as...

  • News Mario and Luigi 3DS Pouches Hit Club Nintendo Japan

    Hats off

    The Japanese Club Nintendo rewards just got a little cooler, with Mario and Luigi hats added to the roster. They're not just normal hats though — in fact, they fail to fulfil the primary function of a hat by not staying on your head — but they can be used to hold a 3DS console. These pocket pouches have actually been around before when...

  • News This is How Game Gear Games Will Look on 3DS

    Better than before, naturally

    Now we know that Game Gear games are coming to 3DS in March, SEGA has revealed how the titles will actually look on the console. The games use their own Virtual Console menu with options for screen mode, system colour, "performance" and control over after-image/ghosting, a common facet of the original Game...

  • News Xenoblade Chronicles Team Recruiting for 3DS Game

    Is that a Monolith in your pocket or..?

    Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft is recruiting for an unannounced 3DS project. The Japanese developer has several positions available, including motion designers, 3D CG designers and motion designers. The title doesn't have a name, but considering the jobs specifically mention monsters, maps and...

  • News SEGA, Capcom and Namco Bandai Tease 3DS Project

    Big names, secret game

    SEGA, Capcom and Namco Bandai are collaborating on a secret Nintendo 3DS project. The game, which Namco Bandai will publish, has no name or genre so far, just a teaser site available. What do you think these three giant companies could be cooking up for 3DS?

  • News Game Gear Games Reach Japan VC Next Month

    Are we far behind?

    The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console service will get its first Game Gear games next month. Andriasang reports the service will get its next new system on 14th March, launching with Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble, Dragon Crystal and Shinobi. The games will cost ¥300 each — that's about £2.40 or $3.75. Ho

  • News Code of Princess Battle Movie is Guardian Heroes-Esque

    Most wanted?

    In case you were still in any doubt that Code of Princess is the spiritual sequel to legendary SEGA Saturn co-op fighter Guardian Heroes, here's some quick footage of the game's battles in action. Featuring four of the cast of playable characters the movie gives you a short introduction to the chaos of battles, with combos, magic, bombs...

  • News Nintendo Resurrects Dreamcast's Seaman for 3DS

    Nothing fishy here

    Bizarre Japanese fish conversation simulator Seaman is coming to 3DS, according to Andriasang. The Dreamcast original boasted a microphone that let you talk to the titular fish-with-a-face, giving him commands and building a relationship; in the English version, the voice over was provided by none other than Spock himself, Leonard...

  • News Nintendo Japan Hosts Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

    Why tomorrow..?

    Nintendo Japan will host another of its Nintendo Direct internet broadcasts tomorrow at 8pm Japan time (11am GMT / 6am EST / 3am PST). Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will discuss the latest Wii and 3DS developments, so you never know what we might see. The last broadcast, on 27th December, showcased Fire Emblem: Kakusei and Kid...

  • News Pokémon Director Teases Something for Sunday

    We're not sure what

    Game Freak director Junichi Masuda has brushed off a fan question about a sequel to Pokémon Black & White with a hint to watch out this Sunday. Asked at a public Q&A for information on a follow-up to Black and White — likely the inevitable Pokémon Grey — Masuda said: I can't answer that yet. Well, I can say to...

  • News Theatrhythm Gets the Nobuo Uematsu Tears of Approval

    Tracks of his tears

    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is released in Japan tomorrow, combining rhythm action with — you guessed it — Final Fantasy. Long-time series composer Nobuo Uematsu just played the game for the first time, and it certainly seemed to strike a chord (sorry) with the legendary musician. Uematsu tweeted: I played Theatrhythm Final...

  • News In Fire Emblem 3DS, Death Isn't Always Permanent

    It's up to you

    The Fire Emblem series is probably best known for its "when it's gone, it's gone" approach to units: if they die in battle, they're gone for ever. That's not the case in every Fire Emblem game though: Japan-only DS remake Fire Emblem: Hero of Light and Shadow let you turn this feature on or off, and that option returns in...

  • News Nintendo Japan Releases First 3DS Paid DLC

    Stealing Theatrhythm's thunder

    After Nintendo's announcement last year that DLC would arrive on 3DS, it looked like Theatrhythm Final Fantasy — due for release in Japan on 16th Feburary — would be the first title with paid extra content on the handheld. Not to be upstaged, Nintendo has jumped ahead and released three small download packs for a...

  • News Kirby's Dream Land 2 On the Way to Japanese eShop

    Sweet dreams

    Kirby's Dream Land is one of the best-selling Virtual Console games on 3DS, so it's no surprise Nintendo is preparing 1995 follow-up Kirby's Dream Land 2 for Japan's eShop next week. The portable platformer heads to Japan's store on 15th February, and will hopefully bound its way over to Europe and North America before too long. In the...

  • News 3DS Big Three Keep on Selling in Japan

    Nearly 4 million served

    Nintendo's Christmas trio of top titles continues to sell in Japan into January, with Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and Monster Hunter 3 G still topping the country's sales charts. Between them the games have sold 3.94 million copies in Japan, an incredible figure as the most recent hardware sales put the machine at 3.6m units in Japan. We're guessing there's either..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - February 2012

    Neo Geo support continues

    Japan is getting three more Wii Virtual Console games this month. The scale is clearly tipped in the favour of the Neo Geo once more, as it will see yet another two games. If only we'd see some more Neo Geo games in the West. Japan's full list for this month is as follows: Super Famicom Kunio-Kun no Dodge Ball Dayo Zenin Shuugo! — Essentially the SNES version of Super..

January2012

  • News Genius Sonority's eShop AR RPG Looks Mad

    Cute, though

    Japanese developer Genius Sonority — best known for its work on various Pokémon spin-offs over the years — has revealed its next title, due out in the Japanese eShop next week. Called Denpa Ningen RPG — or Electric Wave Person RPG, believe it or not — is an augmented reality RPG where you use the 3DS's cameras to reveal hidden...

  • News DS Speech Recognition Could Help Disabled Children

    Trials underway in Japan

    The DS, in its various forms, has not only been the biggest selling handheld console of all time, but has also played a role beyond that of a simple gaming machine. As we reported last year, Art Academy has helped students with their creative skills, while there are plenty of educational software options available. Reports in Japan are now suggesting that the role of the DS..

  • News Punch-Out!! is Japan's Next NES 3DS VC Game

    OK?

    NES pugilist title Punch-Out!! is the next game coming to Japan's 3DS Virtual Console. Due next week for 500 Yen, it's the third NES game to join the service but the first that wasn't released to 3DS Ambassadors: both Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda are available to buy in Japan. Looks like hopes for a 3D Classics: Punch-Out!! just...

  • News Nintendo Senior Managing Director Nobuo Nagai Passes Away

    Sad times

    Nintendo senior managing director Nobuo Nagai has died aged 66 after a battle with stomach cancer. Nagai joined Nintendo in 1967, becoming a director in 2000 before moving up to managing director, eventually becoming senior managing director and representative director in 2004. Among Nintendo's board of directors, Nagai had worked at...

  • News Code of Princess Takes the Fight Online

    Getting better all the time

    3DS action RPG Code of Princess — from the same team behind SEGA Saturn stunner Guardian Heroes — is set to get online multiplayer, according to 7net (via Andriasang). The site states up to four players — two fewer than on Saturn — can engage in the battle mode, with cooperative quests on offer for those who like to team up to throw down. There'll also be free..

  • News Kid Icarus: Uprising Comes With This 3DS Stand

    In Japan at least

    Kid Icarus: Uprising will be bundled with an arm-saving display stand for the 3DS. The folding stand sits on a desk and cradles the console itself while you use the stylus and face buttons to control Pit. Uprising supports the Circle Pad Pro for left-handed players but don't worry if you're not planning to pick up the peripheral...

  • News 3DS Still Top of the Japanese Charts

    A Happy New Year for Nintendo

    In recent weeks Nintendo has been enjoying significant 3DS sales worldwide, making the most of the Holiday period. In Japan, the 3DS set a new console sales record for December, based on records that began in 1997. Although the festive period has now passed, it appears that sales of the handheld are continuing to do...

  • News Resident Evil: Revelations Art Book and CD Soundtrack Announced

    For Japan, so far

    The hype is starting to build for Resident Evil: Revelations, not surprising as it's the first major release of the year on 3DS. With that in mind, it seems that Capcom is ready to go the extra mile to give fans of the series all of the content they need to get them excited. According to Andriasang, Capcom has announced a rather attractive 'Navigation and Art' book — or strategy..

  • News 3DS Sets New Japanese Console Sales Record

    Blazing a trail

    Nintendo 3DS sold more consoles in Japan during December than any other machine on record. Enterbrain (via Andriasang, naturally) has been tracking console sales since 1997. Nintendo sold 1,492,931 3DS systems between 28th November and 25th December, beating any other console in Enterbrain's books. Last week it was revealed that 3DS...

  • News 3DS Hardware and Software Tops Japan's 2011 Charts

    Outselling the rest

    Nintendo 3DS has achieved the 2011 chart double in Japan by topping the hardware and software charts for the year. Statistics from Enterbrain (via Andriasang) show 3DS shifted 4,135,739 units since its February launch, twice as many as the second place — and now seven years old — PSP with 1,960,177 sales. Wii didn't make it past the million mark, sat on 937,451. The news..

  • News Japanese Developers Wrap Up 2011, Look Forward to 2012

    What did they make of Nintendo?

    Japanese website 4Gamer (via Andriasang) recently asked a huge selection of Japanese developers about their best moments of 2011, and what they look forward to in the coming year. Predictably the 3DS featured heavily, with Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba calling the console "a revolution in...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - January 2012

    Ringing in the new year

    Nintendo of Japan continues to deliver the goods, with three more games slated for release on the Wii Virtual Console this month. Will we see any release in the west at all? The full list for Japan this month is as follows: Famicom Ganbare Goemon 2 — The second game in the classic series (not counting its arcade origins), this was still before any of the titles made it out..

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  • News Japanese 3DS Sales Hit New High in Christmas Week

    How high can it go?

    3DS sales have been steadily growing in Japan over the past few weeks, with the week leading up to Christmas the busiest for the console yet. Enterbrain (via Andriasang) reports Nintendo sold a staggering 510,629 3DS consoles in the week before Christmas, topping the record of 367,691 set in the previous week. Since February,...

  • News Fire Emblem to Start Japanese 3DS DLC Service in 2012

    Get more quests

    We haven't heard much about Fire Emblem on 3DS for the past few months, but Nikkei (via Andriasang) report the game will kick off the system's add-on DLC service in early 2012. Now called Fire Emblem: Awakening, the game will release in Japan on 19th April, with a new "free map" system letting you explore the world with a...

  • News First NES Game Hits 3DS Virtual Console in Japan Today

    It's Zelda

    Japanese 3DS owners can now download The Legend of Zelda for Virtual Console for 500 Yen. It's the first of the 3DS Ambassador games to be sold on the service, and goes for around £4/€6.40. The game now comes with a digital manual and a new VC menu that offers improved save and suspend features. We'll update you when we know more about...

  • News 3DS to Hit 4 Million Sold in Japan Sooner Than Expected

    Ahead of schedule

    With Monster Hunter 3 G, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 all out now in Japan, it's no surprise the system's sales have picked up significantly, but according to Andriasang it's outstripping Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's predictions. Just two weeks ago we reported

  • News Japanese eShop Gets Picross e Sequel Next Week

    Picture this

    Japanese puzzle fans are well catered-for already on the 3DS eShop, with Mario's Picross on Virtual Console and the eShop-exclusive Picross e available too. Next week sees another picture puzzle crossword added to the store: Picross e2. The 500 Yen download includes another 150 puzzles and a new Micross mode, where you're given a series...

  • News Nintendo Japan's Website Has Swapnote Videos

    You should watch them

    Swapnote — aka Nintendo Letter Box — is the 3DS messaging service, and it's out in Japan today. Nintendo Japan's website has videos of the application in motion, and now we have a better understanding of how it'll work. You can create notes of up to four pages long to be sent to a friend over the Internet (i.e. SpotPass) or...

  • News Pluck a New Trailer for Harvest Moon: First Earth

    Ripe and ready

    Harvest Moon: First Earth — or Bokujou Monogatari: Hajimari no Daichi — is coming to Japan in early 2012 and we have a little more footage of the 3D farm 'em up. The trailer below doesn't show us much more than we knew already, with character customisation and the ability to throw houses both displayed, but it does contain cute pictures of your sprogs and finished with a shot of..

  • News Nintendo Japan to Release Stunning Zelda Art Book

    Cover to covet

    We might be two weeks from 2012 but the Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary festivities aren't over just yet. Nintendo Japan is to release a Legend of Zelda art book on 22nd December for ¥3255 (£27/$41/€32). At 274 pages long it's a seriously weighty tome, with character and location concept art taken from Zelda's quarter-century. According to Zelda Universe the book also deals..

  • News 3DS Games Take Top Three in Japanese Sale Charts

    Hardware a best seller too

    Japanese firm Media Create has revealed sales data between 5th December and 11th December, with 3DS games and hardware leading the field. As expected, Monster Hunter 3 G's phenomenal first week sales ensured it took the top spot, but Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land also had strong show

  • News Nintendo Japan Preparing Skyward Sword Save File Fixer

    Will it reach the West?

    You may remember we posted how to avoid Skyward Sword's game-ending glitch, but if that advice came too late then Nintendo of Japan is preparing a solution in the form of a program to fix glitched save files. Full details aren't available yet but Nintendo will offer two options. Users with internet access will be able to download software that will fix the issue; those..

  • News Club Nintendo Japan Gets Gold Nunchuks

    Jealous?

    GoldenEye 007 has a gold Classic Controller Pro, Club Nintendo members can get a gold Wii Wheel for Mario Kart Wii and of course there's a gold Wii Remote Plus for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but there's not been a gold Nunchuk — until now. Japanese Club Nintendo members can now get a gold Nunchuk to go with their other golden...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 G Helps 3DS to Its Best Ever Sales in Japan

    Staggering numbers inside

    In news equivalent to the revelation that the Pope is head of the Catholic church, Monster Hunter 3 G has racked up phenomenal sales in its first week in Japan. The game sold a staggering 471,055 copies in its first two days. As a point of comparison, Super Mario 3D Land accumulated 343,492 sales in its first week. Monster...

  • News Expect the Circle Pad Pro Battery to Last for 480 Hours

    Or thereabouts

    The Circle Pad Pro attachment needs its own AAA battery, but don't think you'll need to shell out on new ones every time you fancy a game of Resident Evil Revelations. According to one eager Japanese early adopter, the device's instructions claim it can last for up to 480 hours on a single AAA battery. Good job too, as the battery...

  • News Japan's eShop Gets Its First Demos

    Try before you buy

    The 3DS system update paves the way for paid add-on content and free demos to reach the eShop, but while Europe and North America has to wait a little while for demos Japan's store has a few to choose from. Owners of Japanese consoles can choose free trials of the following games: Dead or Alive: Dimensions Monster Hunter 3 G Co

  • News Japanese eShop Takes a Trip to Wario Land Next Week

    He's-a gonna ween

    Japan's Super Mario Land trilogy reaches completion next week, as Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 reaches the Virtual Console. Regarded as one of the best platformers on the Game Boy, Wario Land was OFLC rated so we expect to see it in Europe and North America pretty soon, perhaps even before Christmas. Cross those fingers now.

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