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News: Train Simulating Shenanigans Live On With the 3DS in Japan

Train Simulating Shenanigans Live On With the 3DS in Japan

If Densha de Go! 64 is out of your price range

Just recently we published a retro review for Densha de Go! 64, a remarkably tricky and realistic train simulator that even came with a unique controller. If you want to experience the trials, tribulations and challenges of being a train driver, that's a title for you. While slightly quirky simulator...

Review: Densha de Go! 64 (Nintendo 64)

Densha de Go! 64 (Nintendo 64)

Lost in "trainslation"

The massive surge in the number of simulation games over the past few years has been nothing short of baffling. Years ago, Microsoft Flight Simulator was essentially the sole attraction in this specialist genre, but now it seems virtually anything can and should be turned into a simulation. Road Works Simulator, Farming...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Continues to Devour Competition in Japan

Monster Hunter 4 Continues to Devour Competition in Japan

Passes 2.5 million physical retail sales

It's time for the weekly Japanese sales progress report via Media Create, and Monster Hunter 4 continues its strong momentum, hopefully boding well for the future of the series' growing partnership between Capcom and Nintendo. While that blows all competition away in the software chart, the 3DS is doing a...

News: Iwata: We Never Fear Failure And Always Seek To Challenge The Status Quo

Iwata: We Never Fear Failure And Always Seek To Challenge The Status Quo

"Opening the first door is when things are most interesting"

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has been speaking at the recent B Dash Camp Osaka 2013 about his company's outlook on business and where it sees itself in the industry, as well as making the Pokémon series a success in the west. Iwata says that Nintendo doesn't fear failure, and that...

News: New 3DS Harvest Moon Game Coming To Japan Early Next Year

New 3DS Harvest Moon Game Coming To Japan Early Next Year

Harvest Moon: Linking the New World is 80 percent complete

It has been revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu that a new Harvest Moon title is in development for the 3DS. Harvest Moon: Linking the New World is due out in Japan in February and is being produced by Yoshifumi Hashimoto. Character design is being handled by Igusa Matsuyama. The...

News: Pokémon Hanafuda Playing Cards Hitting Japan This Month

Pokémon Hanafuda Playing Cards Hitting Japan This Month

Is Nintendo going back to its roots?

As we all know, Nintendo started life not as a video game maker (that would have been hard in the 1880s) but as a card manufacturer. The company seems to be going back to its roots to celebrate the launch of Pokémon X & Y, as a site has just gone live in Japan with the title "Pokémon Hanafuda". There's a...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Dominates in Japan as The Wind Waker HD Has a Modest Debut

Monster Hunter 4 Dominates in Japan as The Wind Waker HD Has a Modest Debut

No notable hardware boost for Wii U

Monster Hunter 4 has successfully maintained its momentum in the Japanese charts this week, remaining at the top of the software list despite a range of new releases arriving in stores. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD also arrived on 26th September, but despite some figures within Nintendo's departments...

News: More Mega Man Love Is Coming To Japanese Virtual Console Services

More Mega Man Love Is Coming To Japanese Virtual Console Services

Game Boy and Super Famicom sequels on the way next week

Mega Man is 25 this year, and Capcom is wasting no time in pumping out as many of his classic adventures as possible onto Nintendo's Virtual Console services. Next week — October 9th, to be exact — will see the release of Mega Man III on the 3DS eShop and Mega Man X2 on the Wii U eShop...

News: Nintendo Set To End Production of the Wii

Nintendo Set To End Production of the Wii

Wii don't want to hear any more

Update: Nintendo of Europe has provided a statement to Eurogamer regarding this news. Yes, NCL did update their website on 29th August with a small notice to state that Wii hardware production will stop in the near future. This specific message was referring to the Japanese market. No specific time frame has been...

News: New Wii U System Update Goes Live Across Europe, North America and Japan

New Wii U System Update Goes Live Across Europe, North America and Japan

Brings Wii Off-TV play, but with a twist

A brand new firmware update has pushed its way across the Mushroom Kingdom and landed on Wii U consoles across Europe, North America and Japan. The prompt for the update began after the scheduled extended maintenance for the Nintendo Network and Miiverse ended. One of the big changes included is the use of...

News: Lifetime Sales for the 3DS Have Now Surpassed the Wii in Japan

Lifetime Sales for the 3DS Have Now Surpassed the Wii in Japan

Cripes...

It's a weekly theme here at Nintendo Life that we report the ups and downs in the Japanese software and hardware charts, yet in the case of the 3DS it's often almost exclusively ups. It tops the hardware results almost every week, occasionally outselling all other system combined, and has a reliable set of ever-green titles in the...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Maintains Japanese Chart Dominance

Monster Hunter 4 Maintains Japanese Chart Dominance

As does the 3DS, naturally

Last week we reported that Monster Hunter 4 sold a staggering 1.7 million retail units in just two days, a figure not too far off two million when estimated download sales were also considered. In its first full week and its second appearance on the Media Create Japanese software chart it's continued that strong form,...

Video: Level-5's Wii U RPG Wonder Flick Gets A Gameplay-Laden Trailer

Level-5's Wii U RPG Wonder Flick Gets A Gameplay-Laden Trailer

Next-gen role playing with old school sensibilities

We revealed recently that Level-5's next big project is an RPG for the Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita. Wonder Flick is due in Japan next year and will feature connectivity with a mobile application for smartphones and tablets. Level-5's Akihiro Hino insists that this link "goes beyond the...

News: Wii U Family Hardware Bundles Revealed in Japan

Wii U Family Hardware Bundles Revealed in Japan

Mario, partying, fitness and karaoke all in one box

When it comes to the Wii U, Nintendo is undoubtedly working hard to line-up offers and deals to make an impression on the market. We've recently seen a special bundle for The Wind Waker HD in North America — which is also coming to Europe — and more bundles are rumoured, such as one featuring...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Launch Sales Estimated to be a Series High

Monster Hunter 4 Launch Sales Estimated to be a Series High

Surpassing PSP release Monster Hunter Portable 3rd

Earlier this week we reported that Monster Hunter 4 had surged to number one in the Japanese charts, selling an outstanding 1,715,060 units at physical retail in just two days. Those figures were impressive, but Media Create has estimated that the latest release may have enjoyed the biggest-selling...

Video: Here's What Puzzle & Dragon Z's Japanese Commercial Looks Like

Here's What Puzzle & Dragon Z's Japanese Commercial Looks Like

Spoiler: plenty of wide-eyed anime characters lie within

Mobile smash hit Puzzle & Dragons is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in the shape of Puzzle & Dragons Z, an enhanced version which creator GungHo hopes will sell over one million copies. The Japanese commercial for the game is below, and shows some of the graphical refinements that have...