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

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

Steampunk shooting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obon Festival boosts retail results

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

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

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

Can our heroes gather up higher numbers?

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

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

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

Oh dear

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

News: New Footage For Medabots: DUAL Blasts into View

New Footage For Medabots: DUAL Blasts into View

Still no news on a Western release

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

News: 3D Streets Of Rage Will Come With One Hit Deathblow Mode

3D Streets Of Rage Will Come With One Hit Deathblow Mode

Bare Knuckle becomes Fist of the North Star?

Sega's 3D Classics range — which has so far only seen the light of day in Japan but is due to hit the west soon — is a selection of the company's past titles adapted for the 3DS console's auto-stereoscopic display. In the games released so far, Sega has made other enhancements — such as extra game...

News: Platinum: Nintendo's Focus On Perfection Can Be "Unnerving", But They Give "Great Advice"

Platinum: Nintendo's Focus On Perfection Can Be "Unnerving", But They Give "Great Advice"

Director Yusuke Hashimoto and producer Atsushi Inaba talk Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 is currently in development at Platinum Games and is shaping up to be one of the Wii U's most important titles. Gamasutra has been speaking to director Yusuke Hashimoto and producer Atsushi Inaba about the game's path to release, its finely-balanced combat mechanics...

News: Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Remake Coming to 3DS in Japan

Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Remake Coming to 3DS in Japan

Alas, unlikely to come to the West

Earlier in the year a trademark emerged suggesting a Dragon Quest Monsters 2 remake, which seemed likely to be for the 3DS following the success in Japan of Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D. Square Enix has now made it official, unveiling Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious...

News: Nintendo Feels That Working On Smartphones And Tablets Would "Decrease Brand Value"

Nintendo Feels That Working On Smartphones And Tablets Would "Decrease Brand Value"

"You can’t get a true feel for Mario on smartphone or tablet"

Once upon a time — year ending March 31, 2009, to be precise — Nintendo managed to post a profit of 555.2 billion yen. Those days feel like a lifetime away now, what with the Wii passing into memory and its successor — the Wii U — struggling to sell in meaningful quantities...