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Matters Of Import: Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

'80s popstar Gary Numan sadly not involved

Nintendo’s Virtual Console service has been a constant treasure trove of classic gaming for many years now, covering hundreds of titles across some of the greatest systems to ever exist. It’s thrown up more than a few unexpected surprises along the way too – including this Japan-only port of the...

News: Sega Looking To Bring More Free-To-Play Titles To The 3DS

Sega Looking To Bring More Free-To-Play Titles To The 3DS

Initial D: Perfect Drift Online just the beginning, says Toshihiro Nagoshi

Sega is currently working on Initial D: Perfect Drift Online, a Free-to-Play 3DS title which is scheduled for release in Japan this Winter. Speaking to Famitsu, Toshihiro Nagoshi has revealed that the game is merely the start of a prolonged campaign to see how freemium gaming...

Video: Persona Q Website Shows New Footage

Persona Q Website Shows New Footage

Some downloadable goodies for your PC too!

The Persona Q website has been updated with a new trailer showing off a lot of new event scenes in both movie and real-time forms, as well as some brief and irritatingly small screens of actual gameplay. Sharp-eyed readers may also spot a quick cameo from Catherine's Vincent Brooks! The trailer closes with...

News: Nintendo Dominates Festive Hardware Charts in Japan

Nintendo Dominates Festive Hardware Charts in Japan

Wii U sales increase to over 100,000 units

The most recent Japanese Media Create game charts were revealed on Christmas Day, and will have certainly brought festive cheer to Nintendo HQ. In the last full shopping week before the big day there were major successes for the company in terms of both hardware and software, with the 3DS dominant and the...

Guide: Understanding The Basics Of Japanese For Import Gaming Goodness

Understanding The Basics Of Japanese For Import Gaming Goodness

Prospective import players: We've got you covered

Buying and playing Japanese imports is one of gaming's little adventures. It can be exciting and rewarding, but it's not without its pitfalls — the most obvious of which is the language barrier. While many import games will feature a small amount of English text, most will be impenetrable to those...

Video: Bravely Second Teaser Trailer Goes Live

Bravely Second Teaser Trailer Goes Live

An even bigger tease than presents under the Christmas tree

Square Enix has just released a short teaser trailer for Bravely Second, the sequel to the beautiful 3DS RPG Bravely Default. Like all good teaser videos it reveals absolutely nothing and yet somehow still leaves you gasping for more - the video opens with a fantastic shot of Istantahl...

News: Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth Website Launched

Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth Website Launched

Demons and dungeons coming soon!

The Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth website opened today, giving us a touch of artwork and info on the upcoming 3DS dungeon crawler as well as a handy place to view the trailer released last month. At the moment there are a few short character bios for members of the Persona 3 and 4 cast, as well as the all-new...

Video: Unlock This Footage Of Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca's Wonderful Mysterious Keys

Unlock This Footage Of Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca's Wonderful Mysterious Keys

Gotta catch 'em all?

We've reported before on Square Enix's upcoming 3DS remake of the Game Boy Colour Dragon Quest Monsters 2, but now we've got some footage to show, too. As you'd expect, much of the video focuses on showing off the enormous G-sized monsters and giving us a quick peek at small portion of the 800+ beasts in the game, but there are...

News: Puzzle & Dragons Z Shifts Almost 80% Of Its Initial Shipment With Half A Million Copies Sold

Puzzle & Dragons Z Shifts Almost 80% Of Its Initial Shipment With Half A Million Copies Sold

GungHo is hoping for one million units sold

As we reported yesterday, GungHo's smartphone RPG port Puzzle & Dragons Z has sold more than half a million units in its first week on sale in Japan. That's impressive in anyone's book, but we're now hearing reports that the figure accounts for 78% of the initial shipment — which means that more...

Video: Watch The Chickens Come Home To Roost In The New 3DS Harvest Moon

Watch The Chickens Come Home To Roost In The New 3DS Harvest Moon

It's going to be moo-velous

Due out in Japan on the 27th of February 2014, Bokujou Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (roughly: Harvest Moon: Connect to the New World") will be the latest entry in the evergreen farming series and the third outing on 3DS. The theme of the game is "connectedness", interacting with other farmers online and via local...

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;...