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News: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Knocked Off The Top Spot in Japanese Sales Charts

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Knocked Off The Top Spot in Japanese Sales Charts

The 3DS continues to dominate both software and hardware charts

Last week saw Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D swing into pole position in the Japanese sales charts in its first week of release. The title was one of five 3DS games placed in the top five but that dominance is now over as the PlayStation 3 title The Last of Us fought through the hoards...

News: Watch the Japanese Pikmin 3 Nintendo Direct - Live!

Watch the Japanese Pikmin 3 Nintendo Direct - Live!

Look at the pretty graphics, if you don't speak Japanese

It's that time again — the first occasion since that bombast and noise-making of E3 — for a new Nintendo Direct. This may not be a landmark presentation to enrapture us all — it's focused exclusively on Pikmin 3 and will be in Japanese — but will allow us to see more of the upcoming...

News: Namco Bandai Releasing Mushibugyo RPG For 3DS In Japan

Namco Bandai Releasing Mushibugyo RPG For 3DS In Japan

Popular manga series gets its own game

The Japanese manga Mushibugyo, which is written and illustrated by Hiroshi Fukuda, is getting its own game in Japan, Namco Bandai has announced. It's on its way to the 3DS, which is doing quite well in Nintendo's homeland, and will be available on 19th September as both a physical and download release. So far...

News: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Swings In At Number One In Japanese Sales Charts

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Swings In At Number One In Japanese Sales Charts

Nintendo celebrating an all 3DS top five

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D has only just made it over to Japan and the 3DS title has swung right into number one position in the sales charts after shifting 104,569 units. It takes the place of Tomodachi Collection: New Life, which has been a consistent seller for Nintendo in the Land of the Rising...

News: Epic Mickey 2's Eventual Arrival in Japan to be Nintendo Exclusive

Epic Mickey 2's Eventual Arrival in Japan to be Nintendo Exclusive

An interesting choice

We doubt that Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will go down in the gaming history books as a release to remember, as it fell short of its predecessor's success (despite being released on more platforms), received various poor reviews and saw to the closure of the Warren Spector-led development studio Junction Point. It was a...

News: 3D Ecco The Dolphin Splashing Onto 3DS eShop, Galaxy Force II Coming Soon

3D Ecco The Dolphin Splashing Onto 3DS eShop, Galaxy Force II Coming Soon

They're doing this on porpoise

Sega has confirmed that the next entry in its 3D range will be Ecco The Dolphin. A port of the Mega Drive / Genesis original, the game will feature a 3D effect, save states, international editions of the game and some custom screen filters. Ecco will splash into the Japanese 3DS eShop on June 26th, with a retail price...

News: StreetPass Mii Plaza Update Brings New Paid Downloadable Games

StreetPass Mii Plaza Update Brings New Paid Downloadable Games

Immerse yourself in four new quests, Europeans

Along with the new System Update for the 3DS, which Nintendo delightfully sprung upon us without an announcement, European and Japanese firmware updates were treated to a new and improved StreetPass Mii Plaza. The new plaza still includes Puzzle Swap and StreetPass Quest 1 & 2, which we've grown to...

News: Capitalism Wins In Sega's New 3DS RPG, Hero Bank

Capitalism Wins In Sega's New 3DS RPG, Hero Bank

Coming to Japan this December

Sega has revealed that it is working on a 3DS RPG by the name of Hero Bank, where the ultimate goal isn't to save mankind, but to earn as much moolah as possible by taking part in a cyber sport known as "Hero Battle". Apparently, players can download "hero data" based on real-life individuals and use it in the game. It...

News: Cooking Mama Returns For A Spot Of Gardening In Japan

Cooking Mama Returns For A Spot Of Gardening In Japan

Mama and the Forest Friends heading to the 3DS

The Cooking Mama series has a plethora of games within it now and its developer hasn't restricted Mama to the kitchen over the years. She's also partaken in babysitting duties and also showed off her green fingers in the DS title Gardening Mama. She really is a woman of many talents. Well Mama will get...

News: Call Off The Search, Katsuhiro Harada Was At Home Playing Games And Drinking Tequila

Call Off The Search, Katsuhiro Harada Was At Home Playing Games And Drinking Tequila

Tekken producer was suffering from a cold

Yesterday we reported on the strange announcement from the Tekken project support team, which commandeered the Twitter account of Katsuhiro Harada, the series producer, to state he hadn't been turning up for work and that they were now out looking for him. This naturally prompted some concern from all...

News: Tomodachi Collection: New Life Reinstated At Number One In Japanese Sales Charts

Tomodachi Collection: New Life Reinstated At Number One In Japanese Sales Charts

3DS continues to shine

Tomodachi Collection: New Life has been reinstated at the top of the sales charts in Japan after taking a week off to accommodate for several new releases. The Mii-based life-sim has been doing good business for Nintendo in Japan and shot up from 4th position to number one, knocking last week's new entry Shin Megami Tensei IV...

News: Alarm Raised After Tekken Producer Goes AWOL, Doesn't Turn Up For Work

Alarm Raised After Tekken Producer Goes AWOL, Doesn't Turn Up For Work

Something to worry about, or publicity stunt?

Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has been working on the franchise for almost two decades, and is one of the most recognisable faces within the walls of Namco Bandai. However, it has been reported by his co-workers that Harada-san hasn't been turning up at work lately — prompting a rather worrying...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Release Date and 3DS Systems Confirmed for Japan

Monster Hunter 4 Release Date and 3DS Systems Confirmed for Japan

The extended trailer looks awesome, too

Although initially set for a Spring release in Japan, Monster Hunter 4 has taken longer than expected to arrive on the 3DS. After a bit of a wait it's been confirmed, in the latest Japan-only Nintendo Direct, that the title will arrive in the region on 14th September, with a price tag of 5,990 yen — that's...

News: GungHo's CEO Wants To Surpass Nintendo's Sales By His Retirement

GungHo's CEO Wants To Surpass Nintendo's Sales By His Retirement

"I respect Nintendo"

GungHo Online Entertainment is one of Japan's rising stars, thanks largely to the amazing success of its iOS and Android title Puzzle & Dragons, which has been downloaded more than 14 millon times and generates $3.4 million a day in revenue. When you're a growing company, it's natural to aim high — and GungHo CEO Kazuki...

News: 32GB White Wii U, Rechargeable Wii Remote Battery And 2550mAh GamePad Battery Announced

32GB White Wii U, Rechargeable Wii Remote Battery And 2550mAh GamePad Battery Announced

I love the smell of new hardware in the morning

Nintendo has confirmed a new Premium SKU for its Wii U console. The system will be released in white with 32GB of internal memory — a configuration which was previously only available in black. It launches in Japan on July 13th for 31,500 Yen (that's about $312 / £206). New accessories have also...