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News: Level 5's Fantasy Life Ships 300,000 Copies In Japan

Level 5's Fantasy Life Ships 300,000 Copies In Japan

Another 3DS smash-hit is on the cards

Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino has revealed that total shipments to date of 3DS title Fantasy Life have reached the 300,000 mark in Japan. Back in January, we reported that the game — which is a collaboration between the Professor Layton studio and Brownie Brown — had sold out upon release, an event which no...

News: Japanese Games Market Makes Long Due Return to Growth

Japanese Games Market Makes Long Due Return to Growth

5% boost in hardware offsets drop in software sales

Quite often we share the latest weeks' Japanese sales charts with you, to highlight how a new release is performing and to track hardware sales in Nintendo's homeland. A trend that's been consistent for well over a year has been 3DS dominance, with some occasions where the combined sales of the...

News: New eShop Game Cards Surface in Japan

New eShop Game Cards Surface in Japan

For the retail shopper in us all

While Nintendo's made great strides in improving its digital download services, there are still many players who prefer to buy their games at retail. Japanese gamers will soon have a new way to get download-only games like Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger and Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!, in the form...

News: Children Of The '80s, Here's That Battle Beasts Game You Always Wanted

Children Of The '80s, Here's That Battle Beasts Game You Always Wanted

"Fire burns wood!"

If you're old enough to remember the original Transformers, He-Man and G.I. Joe toy lines, then chances are you'll also be aware of Battle Beasts. These small plastic figures were launched back in the late 1980s and came with heat-sensitive stickers on their chests which revealed the figure's affinity, such as wood, fire and...

News: Wii U Sales Double in Japanese Charts Following New Releases

Wii U Sales Double in Japanese Charts Following New Releases

3DS is still King

Earlier today we reported on more woes for the struggling Square Enix, with Dragon Quest X posting poor launch week sales in Japan. The overall Media Create results for last week do also tell a few other tales, including a modest improvement for Wii U and some good results for a famous green brother. In terms of the software...

News: Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi Slumps To 13th In Japan's Rich List

Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi Slumps To 13th In Japan's Rich List

Nintendo's former figurehead impacted by tumbling share value

Having $2.1 billion in the bank would make us very happy indeed, but that amount of cash can only secure you 13th place in Japan's rich list, according to Forbes. Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi used to be sitting pretty at the top of Japan's richest people, but his fortunes...

News: Dragon Quest X Posts Poor Sales Figures In Japan

Dragon Quest X Posts Poor Sales Figures In Japan

Wii U version shifts just 33,000 units

Square Enix is certainly in a tricky spot right now, with under-performing games and a major reshuffle at the top thanks to some poor financial results. Things have just gotten worse for the firm with the news that one of its big titles for 2013 — Dragon Quest X on Wii U — has only mana

Rumour: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Is Taking Flight To The West

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Is Taking Flight To The West

Localisation may be in the works as we speak

It may have one of the strangest names, but Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is high on the "most wanted" 3DS games list for many western RPG lovers. There hasn't been an official announcement on a release date outside of Japan, but earlier last month the game's Twitter page hinted that localisation could...

News: Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger Gets Japanese Release Date

Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger Gets Japanese Release Date

Should be coming this month in the West

During the latest Chotto Nintendo Direct Satoru Iwata revealed some new footage as well as a release date for Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger. The downloadable game stars an armadillo ranger called Dillon and is the sequel to last year's Dillon's Rolling Western. It's set to feature the same style...

News: Special AR Pre-Paid Cards Coming To Japan

Special AR Pre-Paid Cards Coming To Japan

Satoru Iwata shows them off during a Chotto Direct

Satoru Iwata has announced a selection of new special pre-paid cards will be coming to Japan during a Chotto Nintendo Direct. What's so special about them? Well, they double up as augmented reality cards, which can be used in conjunction with new 3DS downloadable AR software called Isshoni Photo...

News: Club Nintendo Japan Rocking Five New 3DS LL Cradle Colours

Club Nintendo Japan Rocking Five New 3DS LL Cradle Colours

Let your 3DS LL sit in style

There are some new additions in the Japanese Club Nintendo rewards catalogue in the form of five different coloured 3DS LL cradles. As you can see from the image below, club members can choose from a red, green, white, blue and yellow cradle. Any of these colourful cradles can be redeemed for 200 points from Club...

News: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Tops Japanese Charts

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Tops Japanese Charts

3DS remains best selling hardware, too

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon has successfully spooked its way to the top of the Japanese sales charts. The 3DS adventure sold 280,151 copies in its first week on sale. The arrival of Luigi's latest outing helped the 3DS shift 76,553 units, putting it ahead of the PS Vita, which sold 41,073 consoles in the same...

News: Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl Revealed In Famitsu Magazine

Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl Revealed In Famitsu Magazine

Remake of the DS original hitting Japan in June

Yesterday, we reported that the latest issue of Famitsu magazine could well be featuring some news on a fresh instalment in the Etrian Odyssey series. Leaks from Japan suggest that the magazine will be unveiling Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is expected to launch in...

News: 3DS is Back on Top of the Japanese Charts

3DS is Back on Top of the Japanese Charts

Normal service is resumed

Last week the House that Mario Built may have been a little rattled, as 3DS was knocked off the top of the Japanese Media Create hardware charts for the first time — at least by our memory — since late 2011. Sony's Vita handheld combined a healthy price drop with the release of Soul Sacrifice to improve on its major...