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News: Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Both feature new content, both out this month

Those of you wise enough to have purchased the rather excellent Kirby: Triple Deluxe will be aware that the mini-games included with the title — Kirby Fighters and DeDeDe's Drum Dash — are jolly good fun, and stand-out releases in their own right. It would appear that Nintendo agrees, because the...

News: Dragon Quest X Is Now Adventuring Onto 3DS

Dragon Quest X Is Now Adventuring Onto 3DS

Still no word of an overseas release though

We've lamented before on Square Enix's baffling decision to keep Dragon Quest X a strictly Japan-only affair, and now it appears that fans outside Japan have another format to direct their frustrations at with the announcement that the game will hit Japanese 3DS' on the 4th of September this year. The...

Nintendo Direct: Yokai Watch 2 Gets Its Own Broadcast in Japan

Yokai Watch 2 Gets Its Own Broadcast in Japan

Play the 'figure out what's happening' game

Although it's said to be on the way to the West, we're yet to receive firm release details on Yokai Watch, the 3DS title from Level-5 that's enjoying continued success in Japan. That success has certainly been assisted by the accompanying anime series, with the brand as a whole capturing the imagination in...

Weirdness: Japanese Rocker Gackt Plays Mega Man 2 While His Expensive Sports Car Gleams In The Background

Japanese Rocker Gackt Plays Mega Man 2 While His Expensive Sports Car Gleams In The Background

Wearing shades indoors, naturally

Unless you're really keen on Japanese rock music, the name Gackt might not mean that much to you, but take it from us — he's a big name in his own country. Gackt — real name Kamui Gakuto — found fame as a member of the band Malice Mizer, and since going it alone has gained the male soloist record for most top...

News: The Denpa Men Are Going Free-To-Play In Japan

The Denpa Men Are Going Free-To-Play In Japan

A reaction to low sales in the west?

The next entry in the popular RPG series The Denpa Men will be a free-to-play title. Denpa Ningen no RPG Free! will launch in Japan on July 23rd, and will feature items which can only be obtained by spending real-world cash. Aside from the teaser trailer below and the rather spare website, we don't have any more...

Matters of Import: Genso Suikoden Card Stories - Konami's Other Trading Card Game

Genso Suikoden Card Stories - Konami's Other Trading Card Game

Suikoden 2 on GBA? Sort of

Konami is certainly comfortable with the popular and profitable Trading Card Game genre, their Yu-Gi-Oh series reportedly selling in excess of twenty-two billion cards all over the world since it was first launched. The digital equivalents have always been warmly welcomed on Nintendo hardware too, stretching all the way...

First Impressions: The Thieves And The 1000 Pokémon Steals Its Way Onto 3DS In Japan

The Thieves And The 1000 Pokémon Steals Its Way Onto 3DS In Japan

But is it Robin Hood or Dick Turpin?

We've taken a look at The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon before, but now the free eShop title has been released in Japan we can share some more info and screenshots of this delightfully bonkers little game. You start out by picking one of the three initial Pokémon from Pokémon X and Y, and then you basically...

News: Iwata's Approval Rating Rises While Miyamoto's Drops Slightly

Iwata's Approval Rating Rises While Miyamoto's Drops Slightly

Small shifts across the board

The results from Nintendo's AGM are in, and as we already know, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata isn't going anywhere — his approval rating has actually risen over the past year by 3 percent. Last year, his rating was 77.26 percent, but this year's figure is a slightly better 80.64 percent. However, this rise was...

News: Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre of Their Own

Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre of Their Own

“I really think there needs to be a Nintendo genre"

Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently did an interview with the LA Times where he discussed Nintendo's focus on creating games which entertain, as opposed to simply trying to be "cool". He even went on to say that Nintendo should have a genre of their own. Nintendo isn’t one...

News: Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Business as usual

Nintendo's 74th annual general meeting (AGM) for shareholders took place today in Japan and we can confirm that Satoru Iwata has retained his position as Nintendo's president. Iwata of course was not present at today's meeting due to his recovery from recent surgery. We are yet to learn what this year's investor approval rating...

News: Pokémon Art Academy Sneaks Top Spot in Japanese Charts as Console Sales Dip

Pokémon Art Academy Sneaks Top Spot in Japanese Charts as Console Sales Dip

3DS still top, Wii U remains as number one console

It's time once again for the Media Create Japanese chart results, and this week tells a tale of modest sales across the board. Though the numbers are low Nintendo still has plenty to cheer. Pokémon Art Academy makes its début this week and sneaks into top spot, narrowly out-selling more...

News: The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

Finally old enough to run Conker's Bad Fur Day

Time flies when you're having fun, especially for those of us who grew up spending excessive amounts of time playing GoldenEye 007 and Mario Kart 64. That's because the Nintendo 64 was released a whopping 18 years ago today in its native territory of Japan. Released on 23 June 1996, the N64 served as a...

News: Capcom and Treasure Team Up Again for Gaist Crusher Sequel

Capcom and Treasure Team Up Again for Gaist Crusher Sequel

Don't hold your breath for a Western release

Back in January, we took a look at Capcom's Gaist Crusher. Developed by renowned Japanese game studio Treasure, the title — perhaps most accurately described as Diet Monster Hunter — is part of a multimedia franchise spanning manga, anime, and a line of collectible toys. Gaist Crusher met with a...

News: New Japanese Law Bans Child Abuse Images, Yet Anime and Games Still Allowed Suggestive Depictions

New Japanese Law Bans Child Abuse Images, Yet Anime and Games Still Allowed Suggestive Depictions

Fines and prison terms introduced for the former

One challenging reality that faces gamers, and the press, is the sexualised portrayal of children in some games and anime from Japan. Though some examples can occasionally be seen in Western products, it's an issue prevalent in Japan due to different laws and attitudes in the country. Recent examples...

News: Mario Kart 8 Claims Top Spot in Japanese Charts, Wii U Remains as Number One Home Console

Mario Kart 8 Claims Top Spot in Japanese Charts, Wii U Remains as Number One Home Console

3DS top overall, Yo-kai Watch keeps on going

Nintendo's enjoying a run of pleasing sales-related headlines right now, with the recent NPD results for May showing strong performance for Mario Kart 8 and a related bump in Wii U sales, in particular. The latest weekly Media Create charts for Japan are out, and they continue the positive trend, albeit...

News: The New Taiko Drum Master RPG Has Some Interesting Crossovers

The New Taiko Drum Master RPG Has Some Interesting Crossovers

Monster Hunter, Yo-kai Watch, The Idolmaster, and a peary strange mascot

Banking on the huge popularity of crossovers in Japan, Bandai Namco's Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu's Great Space-Time Adventure features a number of interesting tie-ins. The gameplay itself features a crossover as well, blending the tried and true rhythm genre with...

Video: Robot Battle Action Is On The Cards In This Gundam Try Age SP Trailer

Robot Battle Action Is On The Cards In This Gundam Try Age SP Trailer

Almost five minutes of footage for this forthcoming 3DS title

We reported a while back on the 3DS port of Gundam Try Age, an arcade title which mixes massive robots with strategic card battling. An impressively-proportioned trailer has now been issued for the game which not only includes a rather overenthusiastic voice-over, but also details the...