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News: Wii U Sales Jump Again as Nintendo Maintains Hardware Dominance in Japan

Wii U Sales Jump Again as Nintendo Maintains Hardware Dominance in Japan

It's the most wonderful time of the year

After a year of enjoying the triumph of 3DS in Japan while wincing at Wii U sales, it seems both of Nintendo's systems are now showing strong form in Japan. This week's results see another major leap for the Wii U, while the 3DS has an outstanding week along with the highest selling software titles. To start...

News: PC Engine And MSX Games Coming To Japanese 3DS And Wii U Virtual Console Services

PC Engine And MSX Games Coming To Japanese 3DS And Wii U Virtual Console Services

Retro goodies promised for next week

Nintendo has confirmed that it is expanding both the 3DS and Wii U Virtual Console services in Japan to cover additional systems. On the 25th December, PC Genjin (600 Yen) and Parodius (800 Yen) will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console — titles which originally released on the PC Engine and MSX respectively...

News: Shift Into Fifth With These New Screenshots Of Initial D On 3DS

Shift Into Fifth With These New Screenshots Of Initial D On 3DS

New info as well

Open-road racing, manga-inspired visuals, wage battles – it’s all there according to fresh translations and screenshots for Sega’s free-to-play Initial D Perfect Shift Online. As previously reported, this new title is headed to the 3DS and will allow wannabe delivery drivers to experience the thrill of high speed mountain...

Feature: Why I Love Import Gaming

Why I Love Import Gaming

Import gaming addict Kerry Brunskill explains the appeal of overseas gaming

I’ve been fascinated by Japanese games for as long as I can remember, going right the way back to faux-Japanese Amiga games like Leander and Apidya II. There's something appealing about Japanese game design and art which can't quite be matched by western titles, and...

News: Cast Your Gaze Over These Rare 3DS Models

Cast Your Gaze Over These Rare 3DS Models

Open to Flets Hikari customers, or you can go to China

We often hear of limited edition 3DS hardware models available around the world, though many of the best examples are typically reserved for the Japanese market. That's going to be the case once again, though this time around Chinese gamers did get in there first. The two 3DS XL models...

News: Wii U Hardware Sales Take a Significant Leap in Japan

Wii U Hardware Sales Take a Significant Leap in Japan

A new Dragon Quest X release certainly helps

The Wii U has enjoyed an upward trend of sales in Japan in the last couple of weeks, a welcome respite from troubling figures and disappointing news. This week gives even more cause for optimisim, as Nintendo's home console achieved the sort of numbers we haven't seen since its launch weeks in late 2012;...

News: Sega's Free-To-Play Racer Initial D Perfect Shift Online Is Coming To The 3DS

Sega's Free-To-Play Racer Initial D Perfect Shift Online Is Coming To The 3DS

Based in the hit manga and anime series

The latest issue of Famistu magazine has revealed that Sega is bringing the latest in its long line of Initial D games to the 3DS. Based on the long-running manga series — which has been adapted in both anime and live-action forms — Initial D Perfect Shift Online is a free-to-play offering which...

News: Nothing Would Make XSEED Happier Than Localising GameCenter CX 3, But It Isn't Happening

Nothing Would Make XSEED Happier Than Localising GameCenter CX 3, But It Isn't Happening

Retro-themed sequel could remain Japan-only

US publisher XSEED has ruled out localising the third GameCenter CX title, which means that the game could well remain a Japanese exclusive. The same fate befell GameCenter CX: Arino's Challenge 2, which XSEED passed on due to poor sales of Retro Game Challenge, the English version of the first GameCenter...

News: Bravely Default Sequel Confirmed for 3DS in Japan

Bravely Default Sequel Confirmed for 3DS in Japan

To be called Bravely Second

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy — shortened to Bravely Default in the West — has been a commercial success for Square Enix in its homeland. That's likely contributed to its localisation (along with support from Nintendo) in its follow-up and improved form that's known as Bravely Default: For The Sequel in Japan. As that...

News: Super Mario 3D World Sells 57% of Its Initial Shipment in Japan

Super Mario 3D World Sells 57% of Its Initial Shipment in Japan

Roughly 175,000 copies shipped at launch

Last week we reported that Super Mario 3D World had sold 99,588 copies in its first week in Japan, making it the lowest debut for a 3D Mario platformer, although this does not take into account eShop download sales. The game came in at number 2 in the Japanese charts behind Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy...

News: SEGA Working on Second Round of 3D Classics

SEGA Working on Second Round of 3D Classics

May come worldwide if the first set sells well

This week saw the arrival of the first two titles in SEGA's range of 3D re-releases on the 3DS eShop, with 3D Space Harrier and 3D Super Hang-On. There are another six games coming in the next three weeks to give retro SEGA fans — and perhaps those trying them for the first time — a taste of...

News: New LovePlus Launching With Limited Edition 3DS Consoles Next Spring

New LovePlus Launching With Limited Edition 3DS Consoles Next Spring

Looks lovely

Konami’s popular dating simulator returns next year with a new entry in the series, along with three limited edition 3DS XL designs. New LovePlus+ will feature new story scenarios and locations to visit, and will also be available in a deluxe package. “The Manaka Deluxe” set of New LovePlus+ includes a copy of the game, a 40...

News: Nintendo Launches New Wii U Christmas Advertising In Japan

Nintendo Launches New Wii U Christmas Advertising In Japan

'Tis the season to be jolly

Although Nintendo's advertising in various regions arguably took a while to ramp up, a fresh campaign in Japan appears to tick all the right boxes. It promotes the fun of Wii U with friends and family, as well as some of the exclusive first-party titles on offer this holiday season. The “Atsumareba” advertising...

Video: This New Puzzle & Dragons Z Trailer Has A Monstrous Amount Of Detail

This New Puzzle & Dragons Z Trailer Has A Monstrous Amount Of Detail

3DS outing expands dramatically on the popular mobile game

December will see the Japanese release of Puzzle & Dragons Z, the 3DS port of the insanely successful smartphone puzzle / RPG hybrid. Developer GungHo has released another trailer to crank up interest even further, and it contains more details about the game's massive over-world, the...

Video: Check Out This Puyo Puyo Tetris Trailer and Dream of Localisation

Check Out This Puyo Puyo Tetris Trailer and Dream of Localisation

We may be lucky, right?

A little while ago we told you about Puyo Puyo Tetris, which is exactly what it sounds like. It's a puzzle mashup that dreams are made of courtesy of SEGA, and arrives on Wii U and 3DS in Japan on 6th February 2014. Sadly there's been no hint of localisation yet, though we certainly hold out hope that, at the very least,...