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News: New 3DS eShop App Brings Voice and Text Chat to Japan

New 3DS eShop App Brings Voice and Text Chat to Japan

Odds of Western release, about a million to one?

The 3DS is not only a continuing sales success in Japan, topping the weekly hardware charts week after week, but its positioning as a device is arguably a fair bit different. In the West we'd suggest that its role is primarily that of a gaming system — of course — whereas in the Japanese market...

News: Pikmin 3 Makes Japanese Chart Debut at Number One, Boosts Wii U Hardware Sales

Pikmin 3 Makes Japanese Chart Debut at Number One, Boosts Wii U Hardware Sales

Light on the horizon

The Wii U has endured a largely consistent loss of momentum in 2013, which a release lineup that — despite some excellent titles — has largely failed to inspire substantial sales. Nintendo has, unsurprisingly, lined up a significant range of titles for the second half of 2013, starting off with Pikmin 3. The latest title...

News: Pikmin 3 Causes Wii U Sales Growth In Japan

Pikmin 3 Causes Wii U Sales Growth In Japan

Launch sales comparable to those of New Super Mario Bros. U

Pikmin 3 launched this week in Japan, and appears to have had the desired effect on the Wii U's retail health. According to Japanese store Tsutaya, the sequel is selling very well indeed and has triggered "greater sales" of its host console. Here's Taketo Matsuo, Tsutaya’s Director of...

News: Namco Bandai Is Teasing A New 3DS Game, But What Could It Be?

Namco Bandai Is Teasing A New 3DS Game, But What Could It Be?

Your guess is as good as ours

Namco Bandai has opened a countdown site for its new mystery title, which is now confirmed as coming to the 3DS. Aside from some abstract artwork, the enigmatic site gives us very little to go on at present. The countdown timer indicates the reveal will take place in just under four days (at the time of writing, of...

News: Capcom Reveals More of Monster Hunter 4's Chico Village

Capcom Reveals More of Monster Hunter 4's Chico Village

Felyne good

While Monster Hunter 4 still represents a distant dream for many of us, its Japanese release on 14th September creeps ever closer. As a result Capcom is dishing up regular snippets of information for the Japanese market, while those of us elsewhere can look on as interested parties that can only hope. As translated by Siliconera, more...

News: 8-Bit Titles Nuts & Milk And Mach Rider Hitting Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

8-Bit Titles Nuts & Milk And Mach Rider Hitting Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

500 Yen a pop

Nintendo has confirmed that two new 8-bit titles are coming to the Japanese 3DS eShop next week. The excellently-titled Nuts & Milk was in fact the first third-party game for the Famicom, and launched way back in 1984. It's a curious puzzle / platfomer hybrid which involves linking up Milk with his girlfriend whilst avoiding the...

News: 3DS eBook App Details Emerge in Japan

3DS eBook App Details Emerge in Japan

Let us tell you about it, dear readers

Last week we reported on the news that eBooks are coming to the 3DS in Japan this Fall, with the slim details stating there'd be around 300 books aimed mostly at children. Dai Nippon Printing has now stepped forward as the company launching the service, confirming and showing the online store at the Tokyo...

News: Cooking Mama 5 Development Heats Up for 3DS Sequel

Cooking Mama 5 Development Heats Up for 3DS Sequel

Keep on cooking

The Cooking Mama franchise never seems to be out of the development oven, with titles regularly gracing Nintendo systems over recent years. The character has also dabbled with gardening and crafting, of course, but when we're not simulating chopping carrots with a stylus, it doesn't necessarily feel like the real deal. The good...

News: New Loveplus+ Heading To 3DS in Japan

New Loveplus+ Heading To 3DS in Japan

Now with extra plus

Loveplus is one of Konami's more niche franchises. Essentially, the game is a dating sim that has you choose a virtual girlfriend to carry about on your handheld. It was released on the Nintendo DS way back in 2009 and it became a cult hit among the Japanese. A sequel was made in the form of New Loveplus for the 3DS and now an...

Nintendo Direct: Denpa Men 3 And Chibi-Robo AR App Confirmed In Japanese Broadcast

Denpa Men 3 And Chibi-Robo AR App Confirmed In Japanese Broadcast

That was a surprise

Nintendo has unleashed a totally unexpected Chotto Nintendo Direct broadcast which showcases The Denpa Men 3 — the next in the series of popular 3DS eShop RPGs — and Chibi-Robo Live Action!, an Augmented Reality app which tasks players with snapping real-world items to match outlines within the game. The Denpa Men 3 includes...

Video: Yakuza Wii U Commercial Highlights Ability To Smooch Privately With Virtual Hostesses

Yakuza Wii U Commercial Highlights Ability To Smooch Privately With Virtual Hostesses

Just make sure no one peeks over your shoulder

Yakuza 1 & 2 HD may be a serious game featuring serious burly men who throw serious punches in the serious underbelly of the Japanese criminal world, but that doesn't mean the TV commercial has to be quite so...serious. As you can see from the Japanese advert below, the game is being promoted on...