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Book Review: The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

Charting a golden era

When journalist and novelist John Szczepaniak launched his Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 to record the hitherto undocumented story of Japan's game development community, there were a few raised eyebrows around the web. His funding goal was a lofty one, and the task seemed almost herculean in scope — he planned to travel...

News: Work On Your Taiko Drumming Skills While Beating Creatures In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Work On Your Taiko Drumming Skills While Beating Creatures In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

No bemani required

Not to leave the humans in the dark when it comes to new equipment options, Capcom has announced a Taiko: Drum Master-themed hunting horn for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. This friendly-looking smacker of things has been confirmed for American and European versions of the game: And also has its own typically restrained themed...

News: The Original Final Fantasy Is Getting The 3D Classics Treatment In Japan

The Original Final Fantasy Is Getting The 3D Classics Treatment In Japan

Owners of Final Fantasy Explorers will receive the game for free

While western gamers are still waiting on a possible announcement from Square Enix regarding the release of its latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers in both Europe and North America, Japanese gamers are currently bracing themselves for the title’s release towards the end of this...

News: Sonic-Themed Felyne Drag Races into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Sonic-Themed Felyne Drag Races into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Tails armour still just a rumour

Not to be upstaged at the den of weird and wonderful that is the Tokyo Game Show 2014, Capcom has announced a Sonic the Hedgehog-themed suit of armour for the felyne fighting compadres (also known as Palicoes) of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, complete with Sonic's legendary sword Caliburn. To properly accessorise the...

News: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Thrashes the Competition in Japan – 3DS Sales Increase

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Thrashes the Competition in Japan – 3DS Sales Increase

Sells more than ten times second placed Destiny

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS hit Japanese shops late last week – some even released it before the agreed date – and it's safe to say that no one is surprised by seeing it at number one in the charts today; Nintendo has already announced over one million launch weekend sales when downloads are...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Sells Over One Million Copies in Launch Week

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Sells Over One Million Copies in Launch Week

Super Smash!

While we've been waiting for the Media Create chart results in Japan to see just how smashing the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS sales have been, Nintendo has been unable to contain its excitement and has announced launch week results. They're rather good, to put it mildly. The portable's first entry in the series has sold over one...

Video: Here, Have A Generous Helping Of Super Smash Bros. 3DS Minigame Mania

Here, Have A Generous Helping Of Super Smash Bros. 3DS Minigame Mania

Bombs, bats, and brawls!

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS players that fancy a change from the usual brawling have always been able to take a break from the action with some compelling minigames, and the latest game is no different. From the familiar Home-Run Contest to the all-new Target Blast, join us as we take you on a whirlwind tour of...

News: Japanese Pokémon Centres Will Receive New 3DS Consoles With Suede Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Faceplates

Japanese Pokémon Centres Will Receive New 3DS Consoles With Suede Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Faceplates

At least the West has these nice pictures to enjoy

There is a clean-freak hiding away within everyone, and this includes Nintendo fans. So if you like your game systems to remain in pristine condition, don’t even consider putting your grubby mitts on these New 3DS consoles with suede Pokémon-themed faceplates – if they do somehow wash up on...

News: The GameCube is 13 Years Old

The GameCube is 13 Years Old

Happy Birthday to the handled innovator

The GameCube, the system with a look like no other, is now 13 years old. Released in Japan on 14th September 2001, it holds a special place in the hearts of many Nintendo gamers, and was memorable not just for the fact it had a handle, but due to its line-up of exceptional games. While it holds the...

Weirdness: Playing as Peach Online is Triggering Auto-Bans in Japan

Playing as Peach Online is Triggering Auto-Bans in Japan

Would be autobahns in Germany (Google it)

In a special Smash Bros. Direct earlier this year Masahiro Sakurai announced a feature that made as gaze skywards to praise the divine idea — moderating in online play. If players are constantly rage-quitting, playing with an awful connection, targeting a particular player or being naughty in any other...

Weirdness: Here Is A Super Famicom On Top Of Mount Fuji

Here Is A Super Famicom On Top Of Mount Fuji

Reaching new heights since the '90s

The Super Nintendo goes down in history as one of the greatest video game systems of all-time, for a variety reasons – be it the at the time revolutionary controller design, the cutting edge graphics and audio, or the stunning library of games. So how do you make one of the most legendary Nintendo consoles to...

Video: We Battle Through Our First Twenty-Five Minutes Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

We Battle Through Our First Twenty-Five Minutes Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

Smash hit, or a (Ninten)dog?

In our first video with the retail version from Japan, Kerry jumps straight into Classic Mode, completing a run and tackling a recently leaked new character. Don't watch if you want to avoid spoilers. The latest version of Nintendo's epic brawler finally hits 3DS — in Japan. Luckily Nintendo Life is on the case and...

News: Impending Japanese Launch Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Brings New Character Reveals

Impending Japanese Launch Of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Brings New Character Reveals

If you don't want the surprise to be ruined, look away now...

The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. launches in Japan later this week, but as you might expect some lucky players already have their copies of the game and have been putting the hours in to unlock all of the lovely secrets contained within. Predictably, the full roster of characters...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Back at Number One in Japan - Wii U Sales Remain Average, 3DS Drops

Yokai Watch 2 Back at Number One in Japan - Wii U Sales Remain Average, 3DS Drops

Microsoft adds a third home console to the mix

The Japanese charts show that Yokai Watch 2 can't be put down for long as it rises back to the coveted number one position. Even with the release of the Xbox One in Japan, the game simply cannot be shaken, it seems. Elsewhere in the software charts things are looking a bit grim for Nintendo, only two...

News: This New Fatal Frame Trailer Highlights the GamePad's Functionality

This New Fatal Frame Trailer Highlights the GamePad's Functionality

Send those ghouls packing

We've known for a long time that the new title in the Fatal Frame series would be using the GamePad as though it were a real camera, but this is the first good look at how it plays out within gameplay. The trailer shows the player battling numerous ghosts and spirits with the GamePad by taking photographs of them, rotating...

Video: Watch Us Crack Some Skulls In The 3DS Super Smash Bros. Demo

Watch Us Crack Some Skulls In The 3DS Super Smash Bros. Demo

Looks like we're in for a Smashing time

3DS owners across Japan — as well as those international Nintendo fans dedicated enough to import Japanese hardware — are currently abandoning their friends, family, and careers while they get busy with the Super Smash Bros. demo that has just been released on the Japanese eShop. Of course being a demo,...

News: Square Enix Temporarily Pulls 3DS Dragon Quest X From Sale Due To Unexpected Success

Square Enix Temporarily Pulls 3DS Dragon Quest X From Sale Due To Unexpected Success

Sales of both physical and digital versions suspended

Dragon Quest X came to the Japanese 3DS recently, and as expected, the game sold very well — in fact, the first shipment of physical copies went in the space of a single week. However, such success has caused serious headaches not only for Square Enix, but for the hordes of existing Dragon...

News: NicoNico Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Broadcast Confirmed for 12th September

NicoNico Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Broadcast Confirmed for 12th September

New character and mode in line for reveals

Japanese 3DS gamers have cause for excitement ahead of this weekend's launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, as a broadcast has been confirmed for the game on NicoNico — it's taking place on 12th September at 3am Pacific / 6am Eastern / 11am UK / noon CET / 7pm Japan; that's just hours before the...

News: Diggin' In The Carts Aims To Give Japanese Video Game Music The Exposure It Deserves

Diggin' In The Carts Aims To Give Japanese Video Game Music The Exposure It Deserves

Chip tune greatness

Red Bull might be an energy drink, but the company is going all kinds of other cool stuff that doesn't involve beverages — and the Red Bull Music Academy is one of them. Diggin' In The Carts is a new web series which aims to explore the rich — and some would say under-appreciated — history of the Japanese video game music...