Japan - News

October2010

  • News Japan Receives Red Wii in Honour of Mario's 25th

    Super special limited edition on the way

    Nintendo already announced a limited edition red DSi XL to celebrate Mario's anniversary, but it's also put together a very special edition Wii console for Japan only. Not only is the Wii itself in the plumber's favourite hue of red, the Wii Remote is one of the new Wii Remote Plus designs containing MotionPlus built-in. The machine also comes with classic..

  • News Capcom's Okamiden Limps to Retail in Japan

    DS sequel lags behind PS2 and Wii versions in day one sales

    We're absolute suckers for cute animals here at Nintendo Life so the high expectations we hold for Capcom's DS title Okamiden are entirely understandable - it's just a shame that Japan doesn't seem to feel the same way. First-day sales figures for the Okami sequel suggest that only 10,000...

September2010

  • News Nintendo Predicts 4 Million 3DS Units to Sell in Debut Month

    That's Nintendo with its conservative hat on

    It's all very well showering us with release dates and pricing (well, for Japan anyway) and the trailers and screenshots certainly don't do any harm, but how well does Nintendo think the 3DS will perform sales-wise? Nintendo is predicting the 3DS to shift more than 4 million units by the end of the fiscal year ending March 2011. With the Japanese launch..

  • News Nintendo of Japan Shows Off Upcoming DS Games

    New Kirby title and more (now with video!)

    As part of its recent conference, Nintendo's released screen shots of six upcoming DS titles including a new Kirby adventure, a Pokémon typing-based game and the next entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, Mini-Land Mayhem. There are some friendly dogs and fearsome dinos to see as well, not to mention some new screens from Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, so..

  • News Nintendo of Japan Showcases Wii Line-up in New Video

    Includes footage of (presumably) a new Rhythm Heaven game

    As part of their recent conference, Nintendo of Japan's just released a video showcasing some hotly anticipated games in the upcoming Japanese Wii line-up. Everything from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to Super Mario Collection Special Pack and Mario Sports Mix

  • News Japan Receives Red DSi XL in Honour of Mario's 25th Anniversary

    Limited edition console on the way

    Yes, it's the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., and even the most ardent plumbing fan might be getting just a little fed-up of the fanfare. Just show that person this upcoming Mario edition DSi XL and watch their face light up again, though. Released in Japan on October 28th, the machine is of course in...

  • News Nintendo Japan Humbly Attending to Metroid: Other M Bug Fix

    No word on other territories yet

    There's a serious bug in Metroid: Other M that requires gamers who encounter it to restart their game from the beginning, unless they've been saving in multiple slots along the way. Nintendo of Japan is the first company out of the blocks to arrange for those unlucky souls to receive help. Affected Japanese gamers can either send their save files on an SD card or..

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Named Game of the Year in CESA Awards

    Top Japanese designers give Mario the nod

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii was Nintendo's big Christmas hit of 2009, sweeping all before it in a multi-coloured wave of shells, fire flowers and multiplayer rage. It wasn't just a big hit with consumers though, netting a range of awards, the latest being the Grand Award from Japan's Computer Entertainment...

  • News Super Mario Collection Special Pack Revealed

    Game details, box art, promo video and more

    We've been bringing you all the news regarding the enticing yet vague announcement of the Japan-exclusive Super Mario Collection Special Pack, including a posting from an online retailer somewhat obliquely detailing its contents. Now comes the definitive announcement regardin

  • News You'll be Shocked by Japan's Most Wanted 3DS Franchises

    Better sit down

    We all want 3DS, and we all know the games we want to see on the system, but what do our gaming counterparts in Japan want to play? If you said "Square Enix RPGs", you just scored five points. Japanese site 4gamer surveyed over 20,000 gamers to find out which title – announced or otherwise – they were most excited about. Unsurprisingly, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest..

August2010

  • News Pikachu Wants to Charge Your DSi Console with Love

    But where is it plugged in?

    Pikachu's been in the licensing business for a long time, so he knows what he's doing: stand here, smile please, hold this. You'd think he'd get tired, but no: witness the love he's showing this DSi as he charges its battery using only smiles and electricity. Launching in Japan on September 18th – the same day as Pokémon Black and White – and costing a mammoth..

  • News Get Ready for a Story Mode Full of New Pokemon in Black & White

    And there'll be no old monsters until you've finished

    Video chat, three-on-three battles and a brand new graphical style are just some of the surprises awaiting folks who plan to pick up the new Pokémon Black & White, out in Japan next month and reaching the Western world next Spring.

July2010

  • News Here's a Pokemon Black & White Video Chat Video For You

    And another mysterious beast revealed

    A few weeks ago we brought you news that video chat could be coming to Pokémon Black & White for DSi and 3DS owners. Now the feature's been confirmed, with its television debut on the Pokémon Sunday show, and it seems you can even draw on your friends' faces using the touchscreen for some on-the-fly facial...

  • News Grasshopper Podcast Gives You the Inside Scoop

    Webcast from deep within GhM

    You may remember a few months ago Japanese developer Grasshopper Manufacture hosted a live webcast in celebration of the European release of No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle. It seems the show was successful, as the studio's new weekly audio podcast started last Friday. Hosts Esteban Salazar and John Davis will be grilling development staff about their upcoming titles..

June2010

  • News Mario Enters the Shuffle with Nintendo Playing Cards

    Super paper Mario

    In recent years, we've seen video game companies harken to their histories with such successful releases as New Super Mario Bros., Mega Man 9 and the Virtual Console itself. Always one to outdo themselves and the competition, Nintendo's set to top all of these by returning to what started it in the first place: playing cards. While seemingly available only in Japan, these three..

  • News DSi XL Brightens Up with Three New Colours

    Blue, yellow and green to reach Japan

    With its enormous screens and somewhat muted colour palette, the DSi XL is very much aimed at the more distinguished gamer. What about a slightly brighter take on the portable, though? Well, Japan is about to get the first wave of new colours for the XL as these pictures show. Sticking to simple blue, yellow and green, these new colours put us in mind of the..

May2010

  • News Man Who Sold Modded Wiis Was In It for the Money

    Not a story from The Onion, we promise

    It may not be a huge deal but Japanese police have arrested a 52-year old man for selling modified Wii consoles and copied games after he made over £20,000 (about $28,000) selling the units over a two-year period. Selling the consoles for around ¥32,000 – ¥12,000 more than a standard Wii – the man reportedly made over ¥3,000,000 through the sale of..

  • News Hiroshi Yamauchi Gives Millions to Cancer Treatment Hospital

    Former Nintendo president opens new centre in Kyoto

    Under the fifty-year reign of Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo went from a tiny company to the multi-billion pound giant we know today, so it's no surprise to hear Mr Yamauchi is still pretty well-off when it comes to cash. He's not buying solid gold race cars and diamond-encrusted TVs though: he's...

  • News Nintendo's Next Winning DSiWare Combination: Monkeys and Music

    Mickey Dolenz not included

    This one may have got lost in the recent maelstrom of financial reports and Kirby sightings, but a new DSiWare game featuring monkeys playing instruments deserves your full attention. Titled Make and Sing: Monkey Band, it's a pseudo-music creation game that writes songs for you based on certain themes and musical styles. If you've always dreamt of having a band of super..

  • News Nintendo's 2010 Release Schedule is Predictably Vague

    Zelda, Golden Sun for 2010, Famicom Wars DS 2 and Kirby there too

    Some of the recent doom and gloom surrounding Nintendo's recent and projected sales results may have put some fans in a melancholic state, but the company's upcoming release schedule should provide a welcome bit of optimism, though as always it's tempered with calls for caution. Big...

  • News Sales Charts, Meet Your Future King: Wii Party

    Marquee game coming sometime before March 2011

    In a presentation to investors this week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata filled in the blank for the next marquee "Wii ____" game with the word "Party." As the next entry in the barn-burning series – whose previous games include million-sellers Wii Sports and its follow up Resort, Play, Fit and the less-successful Music – Iwata..

  • News Unreal Famicom Games are... Well, Unreal

    Famicase project shows off 2010 line-up

    The humble Famicom cartridge may not seem like the perfect canvas on which to create art, but every year Japanese game shop Meter hosts Famicase, a project aiming to prove just the opposite. Artists are asked to create artwork for a fictitious game and display it on a Famicom cart, and predictably the results range from the brilliant to the bizarre. If you're..

  • News Japan to Cool Off with Mario and Animal Crossing Fans

    Club Nintendo Japan gets all the cool stuff - literally

    While the rest of the world can satisfy itself with tiny cards and Wii Remote baskets, Japan just got an item to once again pique the rest of the world's envy – Mario and Animal Crossing themed handheld fans for 150 coins a pop at their local Club Nintendo. This is especially distressing news for the rest of the world, who will most likely..

April2010

  • News Only 8.8% of Japanese Consumers Want to Buy a 3DS

    The next Virtual Boy?

    Though Nintendo hasn't released much information on the system itself, a recent survey of 1,059 consumers by Japanese goo Research shows that only 8.8% want to buy Nintendo's next handheld, while 55.8% are interested in it and 35.3% don't want it at all. Perhaps once the system is debuted at this year's E3 as anticipated, people will develop a greater interest in the product..

  • News Nintendo's Room Migration Kit Makes it Even Easier to Move a Wii

    Free yourself from the hassle of carrying cables

    Although the Wii is meant to be a great living room experience for all the family, sometimes you just want to smuggle it away to a shady corner and indulge in some private gaming time. The only downside is unplugging all the myriad cables and setting it up again though, right? Here comes Nintendo with a helpful idea: a box of exactly those cables to..

  • News Google Teams Up with Nintendo to Release Search Engine-Based Game

    The world furrows its collective brow

    Google is the type of company that makes people feel like their best friends are in charge. They even joke around with their users, playing a creative April Fool's joke on them annually. Lately, though, it seems that Google's gone a little screwy (Buzz, anyone?). And their big April Fool's prank this year was to remove all of the vowels from their GMail..

March2010

  • News It's Tough at the Top for Nintendo

    Japanese newspaper reveals the strain of being number one

    Nintendo's consoles are massive sellers and the company is arguably more successful now than it has ever been, but at what cost? Japanese newspaper Nikkei Sangyou Shimbun has given a brief insight into the strain of being the best of the best. Apparently Nintendo's employees have been under increased pressure lately due to the firm's..

  • News Nintendo's 3DS Announcement Wasn't Supposed to Happen Like That

    Analyst: early reveal was meant to prevent further leaks

    When a company announces new hardware, especially the successor to a massively popular one, it's usually done with much more pomp than what happened with Nintendo's recent 3DS announcement. The fanfare of the two-sentence press release was only slightly less than if Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata mumbled it to a half-empty room, shrugged and..

February2010

  • First Impressions Pinball Attack!

    Pinball and shooters: two tastes that go great together

    ArtePiazza is better recognised for its work on RPGs like Enix's Dragon Quest series and more recently Koei's Wii RPG Opoona, so it's interesting that their freshman effort on DSiWare is a marriage of video pinball and shooter called Pinball Attack! There are currently no other pinball games on the Japanese DSiWare service, but even taking..

January2010

  • News Final Fantasy Creator Working on Last Story for Wii

    Nintendo trademark is for a new Mistwalker RPG

    Remember that mystifying trademark that Nintendo registered a while back? Turns out it's not the subtitle of the next Mario adventure (as we half-jokingly predicted) but an RPG from the creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi. Nintendo has confirmed the launch of a new Web site dedicated to the game (alas, in Japanese) which has a logo and little..

  • News Japan to Get Wii Budget Range

    Rest of the world left waiting

    Nintendo of Japan have finally introduced the "Minna no Osusume Collection" (or, for us English-speaking folk, the "Everyone's Recommendation Collection"), a range of re-released Wii titles to combat the 360 Classics and PS3 Platinum range. Titles with high user rankings from the Japanese Nintendo Channel seem to be the way Nintendo are going about..

  • News Two More WiiWare Demos for Lucky Japan

    Phoenix Wright and Pokémon for Japanese Wiis

    It appears that Nintendo are continuing to back the new WiiWare demo service, as they have added two new titles: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Aim! Light Adventure Team and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Although different in nature, both titles offer a massive amount of entertainment, whether it be rescuing those in need using a crack team of Pokémon or..

December2009

  • News Its-a Me! Fungus Mario!

    Japanese researchers recreate Mario in a petri dish.

    Evidentally, Japanese science folk at nanobiological laboratories of the University of Osaka got bored whilst solving real problems and decided to do something significantly more light-hearted to cheer us all up. Here we present Fungus Mario in all his fluorescent glory! Those Osaka University...

  • News Nintendo to Introduce New Touch Screen Kiosks in Japan

    Ignorance no longer an excuse when buying games

    Nintendo has revealed new kiosks for display in major retail outlets in Japan. They come in two flavours: flat screen devices for counters and retail kiosks for floor display. Both come with wonderfully hi-tech touch screens and cameras. Customers will be able to pick up any DS or Wii game and flash...

  • News Just What Is The Nintendo Zii?

    A new trademark registered in Japan is fuelling speculation on the internet

    Silicon Era has reported that a new trademark registration has appeared in the Japanese trademark database for the word "Zii." Nintendo submitted the application on the 30th of October, though there's no indication of what it's for. It could be trying to block the sale of any more Wii wannabes trying to cash using..

  • News Sunsoft To Release Telenet Titles On Virtual Console

    Resurgent publisher confirms acquisition of defunct company's catalogue

    If the recent news of Sunsoft's glorious return to the west has whipped you into a frenzy then you might want to take a deep breath before reading the press release below. The company has confirmed that it has bought up the rights to Nihon Telenet's software library. While younger gamers might not recognise the name, veterans..

  • News WiiWare Phoenix Wright Makes Most Of Wii Remote

    Shouting "Objection" never felt so natural

    While some might be grumbling about the fact that the upcoming WiiWare editions of Capcom's Phoenix Wright series are little more than straight ports of the DS/GBA originals, one element is likely to bring a smile to the face of pretty much every fan. As this zany Japanese TV commercial illustrates, it's possible to use the Wii Remote to object to things..

  • News Nintendo Cutting Back On Wii Production?

    Has the machine reached its zenith?

    The Nintendo Wii may have sold a shed-load of units over the past few weeks but reports from Japan indicate that even this increase in revenue is unlikely to completely turnaround the machine's flagging fortunes. A report issued by Japanese news firm Nikkei has revealed that two Japanese companies involved with the production of the Wii - Mitsumi and Hosiden -..

November2009

  • News DSi LL Shifts 100K Units In Japan

    Two-day launch sales beat the competition

    No matter how much head-scratching came out of the arguably non-portable portable's announcement, we've now learned one thing: it sells. According to Famitsu and sales tracker Enterbrain, the giant handheld sold 103,524 units in two days. While an impressive number, it's still not too surprising given the massive popularity of the DS in Japan. Last year,..

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Gets Perfect Score in Famitsu

    Japanese magazine gives Mario's latest top marks

    Print media might be suffering at the moment but that hasn't stopped Japanese magazine Famitsu's influence in the industry. The veteran publication is still seen as something of an authority - both in its native homeland and the West - so the news that it has awarded New Super Mario Bros. Wii a...

  • News Japanese Club Nintendo Members Get Game & Watch Goodness

    Retro-themed freebies = WIN

    Western Nintendo fans are used to getting rubbish gifts from Club Nintendo while their Japanese cousins take home some seriously amazing kit, but this latest news is especially depressing for anyone outside the Land of the Rising Sun. Nintendo of Japan is offering actual Game & Watch "Ball" units to Platinum members. The units are replicas of the very first..

  • News DS XL Promo Footage Shows Off Generous Proportions, Family-friendly Nature

    Fun for the entire family

    The DS XL - known as the DS LL in Japan - is something of a monster. Want proof? Check out this official promotional video, which has been released by Nintendo to advertise the impending Japanese launch of the console. The footage shows an almost unbearably happy Japanese family fawning over their new DS LL, and gives a good impression of just how chunky the new console..

  • News Club Nintendo Japan Adds WiiWare Game Ultrahand

    Cook from afar for 50 points

    Club Nintendo Japan yesterday reminded the other Club Nintendos around the world just how much better it was by adding the first all-member game download to its service. Take that, Mario Party playing cards! Ultrahand is a bit of an oddity and centers around using the titular object to grab meat off a grill; at 50 Club Nintendo points it's one of the cheapest rewards on..

October2009

  • News Nintendo Announces Wii Line-Up For THE WORLD

    North America, Europe and Japan get tentative release schedules

    In case you were wondering about a release window for Metroid: Other M or any other Nintendo-published title, lo and behold, we have a list. Read with your eyes (or voice software) and mark your calendar with your hand (or voice software). Hey look, Japan is getting a Kirby game. North AmericaNew Super Mario Bros. Wii – Nov. 15,..

  • News First Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth Screens Appear

    Latest issue of Famitsu provides a closer look at the highly-anticipated dose of retro goodness.

    Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has provided the world with a first look at Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth. The screens show the typical Gothic look we've come to love and expect from Konami's vintage series. The game appears to follow the...

  • News Nintendo Shows Off Its History at Kyoto Cross Media Event

    Lots of cool retro gear on display

    This weekend the Kyoto Cross Media Experience 2009 took place in - you guessed it - Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo was in attendance and had plenty of goodies for avid gamers to ogle at. As well as showing off new games for the Wii and DS, the video game veteran had a massive display which illustrated the company's long and proud gaming history. Machines on show included..

August2009

  • News If the PS3 is an F1 Car, the Wii is a Go-Kart

    Japanese TV show compares the current consoles to four-wheeled vehicles for no good reason

    Wii owners are used to being told by their PS3 and 360-owning buddies that their console is underpowered, but such insults usually backfire thanks to the fact that Sony and Microsoft's machines don't have anything as awesome as Super Mario Galaxy. It also helps that Wii is outselling its competitors and..

  • News Japanese Monster Hunter 3 Sales Slump

    Is Capcom's mega-hit running out of steam?

    The Monster Hunter series is massive in Japan. Stupidly massive. The Japanese simply cannot seem to get enough of it...or so we thought. Latest reports from the Land of the Rising Sun appear to indicate that Monster Hunter 3 - which saw release earlier this month - has stalled at retail. The game sold a staggering one million copies in its first week and..

  • News Dragon Quest IX: 3.5 Million Served

    RPG is selling like hot cakes in Japan

    Saying that Dragon Quest is popular in Japan is like saying that Americans are rather partial to hamburgers or that Brits like to indulge in a hot cup of tea every now and then. Since going on sale July 14th, Dragon Quest IX - the latest entry in the long-running franchise - has shifted an incredible 3.39 million units. The game is developed by Level-5 and is..

July2009

  • News Capcom Ships 1 Million Copies of Monster Hunter 3

    High demand wagered for Saturday's Japan release.

    Monster Hunter 3 Tri isn't even out yet, but Capcom is already bracing itself for massive sales figures. So massive, they've already shipped 1 million copies of the game in Japan According to the publisher, that's the highest pre-release shipment for a third-party Wii game in Japan. Considering the monstrous success of the series in Japan, its black..

  • News Wii Sports Resort Goes Big In Japan

    360,000 copies sold in first week

    The sequel to Nintendo's astonishingly successful Wii Sports has smashed its way to the top of the Japanese sales charts, according to figures released by Media Create. Wii Sports Resort sold a whopping 360,000 copies in its first week on sale. According to Japanese magazine Famitsu, 353,000 of that figure were shifted in its first four days at retail, making it..

June2009

  • News Marvelous Sad Over Poor Sales

    Overseas price cuts hitting Japanese publisher hard; company "feels like crying."

    Fact: The world economy is in dire straits. Do you have any money? I don't have any money. Marvelous Entertainment, publishers of the upcoming Little King's Story and Muramasa: The Demon Blade as well as the Harvest Moon series, No More Heroes and Rune Factory...

  • News Japan Gets Wii Movie Rental Service

    Stream Tom Cruise into your living room.

    Video services are breaking through on consoles in the West: Netflix is up and running on Xbox 360 in the US, with SkyTV coming soon for the UK, and Sony has their own iTunes-like video store. Nintendo? Not so much over here, but in the company's homeland it's a totally different story. In addition to the Nintendo's own quirky Wii no Ma service, Fuji Soft..

  • Feature Tending and Feeding Your Japanese Wii

    If you're considering getting a Japanese Wii, here's some tips and suggestions on getting the most out of it.

    Ever since the Japanese took over the home video game console market in the mid-80s there's been a major gulf between game releases in the consoles' country of origin and nations importing them, either because Japanese publishers lacked...

  • News Doki Majo Plus Set To Interfere With Little Girls

    Avert your eyes - SNK Playmore's worrying sequel gets the trailer treatment.

    Doki Doki Majo Shinpan is a DS title produced by SNK Playmore that revolves around touching little girls in order to see if they're witches. Unsurprisingly, it failed to get a western release. However, the Japanese absolutely lapped it up and a sequel is now inbound...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Gets A Black Bundle In Japan

    Capcom and Nintendo sure do like money.

    There's no doubt that the newfangled black Wii will light up the charts when it hits Japan. And it wouldn't be much of a stretch to predict that Monster Hunter 3 will print money, too. Capcom's planned bundle must surely be some kind of impending supernova then, because this much star power is sure to light up the charts. Out on August 1, the bundle will..

  • News Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver "PokeWalker" unveiled

    Pedometer accessory to ship with copies of upcoming Pokémon DS games in Japan.

    Today's episode of the Japanese Pokémon Sunday officially revealed the "PokeWalker", a pedometer-like accessory that will come bundled with copies of the upcoming Pokémon remakes, Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver The Poke Ball-shaped device allows you to...

  • News Club Nintendo Japan offers limited edition Wii Sports Resort controller pack

    Faithful Japanese customers rewarded with exclusive sky-coloured controller collection.

    Hot off the heels of Nintendo's announcement concerning the stylish new black Wii and red DSi designs, Japanese Wii owners will soon have another chance to snag some colourful new swag. Customers who register their Wii Sports Resort game through the Club Nintendo Japan website between June 25 and August 1 will..

  • News New Console Colours to Hit Japan

    Finally, the white Wii's monopoly is over!

    When the Wii was first revealed all those years ago, Nintendo showed off a wide range of colours you'd be able to buy the machine in, ranging from fire red to vomit green. Sadly when it came to launch only the white console was available, but Nintendo Japan are finally ready to deliver on some of that early pigmentary promise by releasing their popular..

May2009

  • News Square Enix Confirms Dragon Quest Wars For DSiWare

    More top-notch RPG action coming to the DSi

    Famitsu magazine has revealed that Square Enix is to release Dragon Quest Wars on the Japanese DSiWare service some time in June. The game appears to be a mixture of turn-based strategy and a traditional board game. Both local and online multiplayer modes are expected to feature. Development duties are being handled by Intelligent Systems (Advance Wars,..

  • News Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) Gets Japanese Release Date

    Capcom finally comes clean with a launch window

    Capcom has confirmed that its long-awaited Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) will be launched in Japan on the 1st of August. A limited edition bundle will be available for collectors to wet themselves over. Capcom has confirmed that a Western release is happening, but given the late arrival of the Japanese version it's probably not going to come out here until..

  • News Infinite Space Gameplay Trailer

    Sega shows off some battle footage from its upcoming space-sim/RPG.

    Just weeks away from release in Japan, Sega has finally released some combat footage from the upcoming DS space opera Infinite Space (known as Infinite Line in Japan). The top screen displays the action via a cinematic battle camera, with the touch screen used to give commands and display the inside of the player's cockpit. Epic,..

  • News Fan-made Mother 3 Guide is All Kinds of Awesome

    The English guide for the English version that never was

    Nintendo's Mother series might not be all that well known here in the West, but the name Earthbound certainly is. You see, Earthbound is actually the English-language version of the Japanese Super Famicom game Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushū. Its sequel - which took 11 years to produce and was...

  • News Pokémon Gold and Silver To Be Remade?

    A recent episode of the Japanese-only Pokémon Sunday TV show has provided the biggest hint yet that Nintendo is currently working on remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver. The classic duo originally appeared on the Game Boy Color and remain two of the best-loved entries in the insanely successful series. Apparently a "world-exclusive first announcement" will be made on May 10 during the..

  • News Monster Hunter G Gives Wii a Sales Boost In Japan

    But it's still not enough to catch the 'reborn' PS3

    Capcom's Monster Hunter G has given Wii a much-needed kick up the arse in Japan, where the console is currently being outsold by Sony's resurgent PS3. Sony's machine has been enjoying a rare period of sales supremacy thanks largely to killer titles such as Resident Evil 5, Yakuza 3 and - although it's not actually a video game - Final Fantasy VII:..

April2009

  • News Hollow Victory for Nintendo as Latest Pokémon Title Tops Japanese Charts

    Oh noes! Mystery Dungeon sales down!

    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky (AKA: Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai) was recently released in Japan and promptly sold 141,000 copies, which equates to around a 30% sell-through. This retail performance was enough to place it at the top of the Japanese multi format games chart. However, when looking at the figures posted by the..

  • News Game Center CX Looks at the Virtual Console

    Is Arino up to the challenge?

    If you don't already know what Game Center CX is well, I'll tell you: a Japanese T.V. show which started out being about Japanese arcades and retro games, with a "challenge" featuring Shinya Arino, a Japanese comedian with meagre gaming skills. The series has had its own DS game (released in the west as Retro Game Challenge) and a sequel has just been..

  • News The Wii is in 8 Million Japanese Homes

    The Japanese simply cannot get enough of this machine

    According to Japanese magazine Famistu, the Nintendo Wii crossed the '8 million sold' mark in Japan on April 19th. Enterbrain has also released the top five selling Wii games in Japan (it's worth pointing out that Wii Sports was not bundled with the console): 1. Wii SportsLaunch: 12/2/06Life-to-date: 3,481,469 copies 2. Wii FitLaunch:..

  • News No Fatal Frame IV for North America

    Tecmo's survival-horror title denied a stateside release by Nintendo.

    Wii-exclusive survival-horror title Fatal Frame IV: Mask Of The Lunar Eclipse has been out in Japan since late July. Co-developed by Tecmo (Ninja Gaiden, Dead Or Alive) and Grasshopper Manufacture (Killer7, Contact, No More Heroes) and published by Nintendo, many assumed a worldwide release was inevitable. An official statement..

  • News PS3 Outsells the Wii in Japan

    But is Nintendo concerned?

    The answer is "not particularly." Nintendo responded to Sony's Playstation 3 outselling the Wii by just under 50,000 units in Japan in March by saying "it is still the first few months of the year when sales are slow for the industry" and that the plan of action is "to line up strong software to support hardware sales in the second half of the..

  • News A DSi You Cannot Object To

    Capcom and Nintendo team up to bring a special edition Ace Attorney DSi to Japan.

    Fans of the Ace Attorney series will probably go wild at the prospect of owning the recently announced limited edition DSi that features the emblem of the game's police force, Taihokun. Over the years the series has been going from strength to strength, and now has 4 localised Western DS versions along with a string..

  • News Infinite Space clears for launch in Japan

    PlatinumGames' epic space-sim/RPG gets a Japanese release date

    Publisher Sega has announced that Japanese DS owners will be able to get their hands on sci-fi space-opera Infinite Space (known as Infinite Line in Japan) on June 11. Co-developed by PlatinumGames (ex-Clover Studios team and makers of MadWorld) and Nude Maker (Steel Battalion), Infinite Space allows you to craft and customise your own..

March2009

  • News New Arc Rise Fantasia gameplay video

    Less than ninety days to release and this Wii-exclusive RPG just looks better and better

    New footage of the upcoming Wii-exclusive RPG Arc Rise Fantasia has emerged and can be viewed below. From Marvelous Entertainment and Image Epoch, the same tandem that created the strategy RPG Luminous Arc, comes Arc Rise Fantasia, an epic RPG exclusively developed for the Wii. Arc Rise Fantasia is a product..

  • News Mario & Luigi 3 Makes Its Mark In Japan

    Bowser takes the front seat in this zany RPG adventure.

    Mario and Bowser have a long running history in gaming as rivals. Occasionally though, the pair cooperate to accomplish a common goal. In Mario & Luigi 3, a new DS RPG which just released in Japan, this is only half the case. In a strange series of events, Bowser ends up ingesting some Mushroom Kingdom residents, including red and green..

April2008

  • News Japan To Get Dracula X And Metal Slug Next Tuesday

    Even the most optimistic Nintendo fan would be hard pressed to deny that this week’s European Virtual Console update was a tad underwhelming. Just to make you feel even worse about it, not only is Japan getting four (count ‘em) games this coming Tuesday (22nd), but two of those releases are Castlevania Dracula X: Rondo of Blood and Metal Slug.

    Envy is a terrible thing, isn’t it? Rondo is..

  • News Wii SNES Controller Hits Japan

    We don’t get jealous often here at Virtual Console Reviews – we don’t need to, being the famous international playboys that we are – but when we spotted some shots of one particularly lucky chap unpacking his limited edition Wii Super Famicom (SNES in the West) controller, we couldn’t help but go a little green with envy.

    It was reported...

  • News White GameCube Pad Coming To Japan

    Nintendo keeps the memory of the Cube alive

    Although many Nintendo fans will have relegated their once-treasured GameCube consoles to the great console heaven in the sky, the trusty Cube pad is proving to be a near-essential piece of hardware for Wii owners. We dread to think about how many Cube consoles have been offloaded at carboot sales or charity shops minus their controllers. Nintendo is..

February2008

  • News Sony Continues To Be Nintendo’s Bitch In Japan

    Wii outselling the PS3 by 4-to-1

    Since the dawn of the new year Sony fans have been constantly twittering on about how “2008 is the year of the PS3” and that the console will have “doubled its installed user base” by the year end (which isn’t that hard when you consider how poorly it performed in 2007). Sales figures from January seem to give some credence to this viewpoint, with Sony’s..

  • News Hitachi And Sharp In Illegal DS Screen Cartel?

    Shock! Horror! Hold the front page!

    Scandal has rocked the very foundations of the Japanese consumer electronics industry as Hitachi and Sharp – the two companies tasked with producing those lovely little screens you have on your DS – found their offices raided by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission on suspicion of fixing the price of said displays. Nintendo is pleading ignorance on the matter..

  • News Wii Outsells PS3 3-to-1 In Japan

    Normal service resumed as Nintendo dominate in The Land of the Rising Sun

    Nintendo has started 2008 with a bang by outselling nearest rival Sony by 3-to-1. After a storming year in 2007, with both the Wii and DS topping their respective markets, the veteran videogame company started the new year in the same fashion, effortlessly dominating the competition and basically making lots of lovely money..

  • News Smash Bros Brawl Selling For $240 On EBay

    Money, Money, Money

    Brawl is now out in Japan, but if you were to walk the streets of Tokyo you probably wouldn’t know this fact as the game has promptly sold out all over the country with Nintendo unable to satisfy the seemingly insatiable demand for the hugely anticipated Wii title. But this is a world where money talks and one particularly enterprising individual has put his copy on eBay and..

January2008

  • News Brawl Awarded Top Score By Famitsu

    New character also added to the rapidly increasing roster

    It may have been delayed yet again but if Japanese magazine Famitsu’s latest review is anything to go by, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is going to be worth waiting for. The highly respected publication has awarded the top score of 40/40 for the eagerly awaited Nintendo fighter. In other news, Nintendo has confirmed yet another character for the..

  • News Wii Fit Gets Its Own Wii Mat

    The Wii is looking more and more like a successor to Reebok's STEP fitness system

    Despite confirmation from many sites (including us) that the Wii Balance Board is perfectly stable on even the most polished wooden floors, Nintendo has nevertheless endorsed the production of what can only be described as the most bizarre videogame accessory we’ve ever seen. And yes, we include the Power Glove in..

  • News Mario Party DS Tops Japanese Charts

    Nintendo conquer the entire top ten

    Nintendo’s dominance in Japan is becoming quite scary now. Mario Party DS was the biggest selling title for the period 31st December to 6th January and the latest figures show that the top 13 slots of the chart are ALL titles for either the DS or Wii, with the first non-Ninty game (PSP title Monster Hunter Portable 2nd) clocking in at a lowly 14th position. The..

  • News No More Heroes - Another Wii Flop?

    More doom and gloom for third party publishers

    Regular readers of NintendoLife would be forgiven for thinking that we’ve been getting out of the wrong side of the bed for the past week or so. The number of downbeat and negative news stories appearing is on the rise and sadly we’re about to add yet another. Although we’re a bit on the late side with this news it appears that Grasshopper..

  • News Infinite Frontier Super Robot Wars OG Saga

    Features robots and large breasts, in that order

    Fans of obscure Japanese RPGs should rejoice - Famitsu magazine has recently revealed that Nintendo's Monolithsoft is working with Banpresto to create a new title called "Infinite Frontier Super Robot Wars OG Saga". I'm sure you'll agree, that's quite a mouthful. Coding duties are being handled by Terada-san, who is responsible for the..

  • News PES 2008 Gameplay Video Revealed

    Lots of shaking and dribbling involved

    Konami of Japan has released a gameplay video for the upcoming Winning Eleven: Play Maker 2008. The more astute amongst you will know that Winning Eleven is the Japanese title for the Pro Evolution Soccer series. The video shows us two things: firstly, the game is looking mighty fine graphically and secondly, the controls are going to make those heated..

  • News Nintendo Triumphant In Japan This Christmas

    Videogame giant is unstoppable on home soil

    Early figures from Famitsu magazine indicate that Nintendo has dominated the Japanese sales charts over the Christmas period. Although a PS2 title (Super Robot Taisen Original Generation Gaiden) took the number one position, a quick glance at the rest of the top 20 shows that the Big N is firmly in control; 7 of the top 10 titles are for Nintendo consoles..

  • News Wii Fit: Famitsu Preview Scans

    Thanks to Nintendo, the promise of a God-like physique is almost with us

    Japanese magazine Famitsu has just published a pretty in-depth guide to all things Wii Fit. The game has done impressive business over in Japan and looks certain to repeat this performance when it’s released alongside the Wii balance board controller in the West this year. Check out the scans by clicking the link below. We..

November2006

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List

    Nintendo has released the launch list for the Japanese virtual console.

    Today Nintendo has announced the final Japanese launch list, boasting an impressive 39 titles! Of course I doubt this list will be of much use to anyone. Most people will be importing from America. This can be used as a good reference to compare the different areas. Hopefully Nintendo will release more Nintendo 64 games..

  • News Famitsu Wii Scores

    Just in-case you missed them, the infamous Japanese magazine scores on the Wii, we'll remind you.

    Whenever it comes to Japanese gaming media, there is only one magazine that's important, that is of course Famitsu. Although I'm alittle late posting these, they still might prove interesting to someone. "Famitsu is known worldwide for its extremely harsh grading of current videogames. Video games..

May2006

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Rocks Japan

    Kotaku report sales of 480,000 units of New Super Mario Bros. on day one, train your brain!

    Kotaku have today posted a brief article about the launch of New Super Mario Bros. in Japan. Sure, New Super Mario Bros. is popular in Japan. But, just how popular? The game moved 480,000 units in its first day, compared to 414,556 units the second edition of Brain Training sold over its first four days..

  • News Nintendo Storms Famitsu Survey

    The news from Japan is good, Nintendo tops the Famitsu reader survey, long live Nintendo.

    Wii all expect the Wii to do pretty well in the US and EU, but almost accept that it's not going to out gun the 360 or PS3 from the off, its just something about the Western market that saddens me, the so called "PlayStation generation" that only buy games that 1) have extreme violence or 2) have extreme..

  • News Resident Evil G.S.

    Mysterious Japanese magazine scan suggests what we could expect from Resident Evil Wii

    After Capcom's announcement that we'll be getting an exclusive Resident Evil title for Wii the minds of the gaming elite have been at work. Capcom restrained themselves and told us nothing about the game. Would it play like Resident Evil 4? Would it be like Dead Aim? Would it be like Gun Survivor? The truth is,..

April2006

  • News Nintendo Sees Strong Home Performance

    Reports confirm Nintendo's dominance for handhelds in the Japanese market.

    After reports late last month suggesting DS out selling PSP by 2 to 1, a new report shows that four of the top 5 selling games in 2005 were for the Nintendo DS. "Animal Crossing: Wild World was the best-selling game of the year, with 2.34 million units shifted. PS2 title Final Fantasy XII, which sold 2.05 million units,..

  • News Opera DS To Reach Japan In June

    News comes that the DS version of the Opera Web Browser will be released in June for the Japanese.

    Nintendo announced its partnership with Opera to deliver a Web Browser for the Nintendo DS unit earlier this year. They have now announced that the first version of the software will be released in Japan this coming June. Date for North America and Europe are still unknown. The browser will be..

March2006

  • News DS Lite: Sold Out

    Japanese go crazy for DS. Just like a new iPod the DS Lite sells out only within hours of its official release.

    Today marks the release of the reformed Nintendo DS dubbed DS Lite. Taking on its smaller form and Apple like good looks its unsurprising that the Japanese Nintendo faithful were out in force as the new unit sells out within hours of going on sale. Nintendo originally expected to have..

February2006

  • News Nintendo Announce DS TV Tuner

    That's right folks, just as you wanted, a TV Tuner for the Nintendo DS... in Japan.

    Nintendo today announced a TV tuner add on for the Nintendo DS to be available in Japan. With most portable devices, its never long until a TV tuner gizmo comes along, people will always want them. "The TV tuner add-on will occupy the standard DS game slot, protruding out behind the DS top-screen with an aerial..

January2006

  • News Patented Nintendo Floor Vision

    Japanese patent office shows record for Nintendo's "Floor Vision" technology.

    The Japanese giants are going full force into the interactive gaming experience, first with the DS, then the Revolution controller, followed by interest in VR headsets and now interactive floor vision! It seems late last year Nintendo secured the "Nintendo Floor Vision"...

December2005

  • News Japanese DS Sales Hit 5 Million

    Just over 12 months were needed to sell over 5.4 million Nintendo DS units.

    Reuters has today reported Nintendo's Satoru Iwata confirming that domestic sales of the DS portable game machine reached 5 million units in less than 13 months after its launch in early December 2004, becoming the fastest-ever pace in Japan's video game market. Whatever the...

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