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News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Ships Over Two Million Units in Just Five Days

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Ships Over Two Million Units in Just Five Days

Monstrous success

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate arrived in Japan — where's it's known as Monster Hunter 4G — on 11th October, alongside the New Nintendo 3DS models. An expansion of the original Monster Hunter 4, it looks set to recreate the success of that release. Capcom has issued a press release outlining the early progress of the new title,...

News: New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By Almost Three To One In Japan

New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By Almost Three To One In Japan

Despite those oh-so-gorgeous Kisekae plates

The New 3DS and New 3DS LL (XL to us westerners) launched in Japan at the end of last week, and with the standard model offering the ability to fit new front and back plates, many predicted that shoppers would pick customisation over screen size this time around. However, according to figures published by...

News: Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Doesn't Sell Over Two Million Copies

Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Doesn't Sell Over Two Million Copies

No plans for future Darkstalkers games, either

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono has revealed that the company is chasing big sales right now, and that sequels won't be given the go ahead unless the previous title cleared two million units sold. The comment was made in an interview with Famitsu, where Ono also said that there would be no future Darkstalkers...

News: Super Smash Bros. Takes the Lead in Japan Once Again, 3DS Sales Dip Further

Super Smash Bros. Takes the Lead in Japan Once Again, 3DS Sales Dip Further

But we're not worried

Once again Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has obliterated the competition and sold over 100,000 units in the past week in Japan. This coupled with the recent announcement of 2.8 million copes sold worldwide is a very sturdy figure to be leaning upon. The PS3's new entry in the Kingdom Hearts series couldn't beat the bea

News: Square Enix's Latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers Won't Support Stereoscopic 3D

Square Enix's Latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers Won't Support Stereoscopic 3D

Still likes the Circle Pad Pro, though

If you're one of those people who likes to move that 3D slider up to "max" then you might want to stop reading now. Square Enix has confirmed that its upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Final Fantasy Exporers will not feature stereoscopic 3D graphics output. It's not all bad news, though — Final Fantasy Explorers...

News: Japan Is Getting A Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Nintendo Direct This Week

Japan Is Getting A Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Nintendo Direct This Week

What's that coming over the hill?

As we all know, Japan is pretty bonkers about Monster Hunter. The series is one of the country's most popular video game franchises, and after the amazing commercial success of Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS, Japanese fans are getting an improved version in the form of Monster Hunter 4G (known as Monster Hunter 4...

Video: Volga Unleashes Flames of Justice in Hyrule Warriors Trailer

Volga Unleashes Flames of Justice in Hyrule Warriors Trailer

Another freebie playable villain in Japan

Just recently we outlined some of the details for the upcoming Master Quest DLC in Hyrule Warriors, which will include a new scenario playable with Cia, along with Epona as a 'weapon', a new Adventure Mode area and clothing. A new video released by Koei Tecmo now shows the villain with the deadliest goatee...

Video: Japanese Commercial For New 3DS Highlights Those Fetching "Kisekae Plate" Covers

Japanese Commercial For New 3DS Highlights Those Fetching "Kisekae Plate" Covers

Dressing up time

The Japanese launch of the New 3DS is just around the corner, and Nintendo is running commercials in its homeland to promote the customisable nature of the system. The standard New 3DS — not the New 3DS XL — features interchangeable "Kisekae Plate" covers which are sold separately and come in a wide range of eye-catching...

News: Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination in Japan as Bayonetta 2 Grabs Third Place

Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination in Japan as Bayonetta 2 Grabs Third Place

3DS rules again as Wii U enjoys a minor boost

It's that time once again for the Media Create chart results in Japan, which brought good news for Nintendo last week with the launch of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS bringing nearly one million sales — Nintendo's figure had it passing the landmark by including eShop downloads. The latest results...

News: Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Hardware Sales, Says Mitchell Corp Boss

Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Hardware Sales, Says Mitchell Corp Boss

"They want more people to buy their hardware"

Mitchell Corp founder Roy Ozaki thinks that Nintendo's region locking policy has more to do with shifting additional units than it does with controlling releases in different territories. While Nintendo has always exercised some kind of regional lock in its home systems, its portable devices have...

Video: New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

Wait a second...

In some respects the 3DS is representative of rapidly ageing technology, with low resolution screens and modest processing power necessitating the 'New' model upgrades to make a Xenoblade Chronicles port possible, for example. Some developers clearly struggle to make the hardware sing, yet there are numerous examples of games that...

News: Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Along with many of its other arcade titles

Mitchell Corp might not be a household name with most gamers, but the more astute among you will recognise the name from such hits as Pang, Puzz Loop and Polarium. Founded by former Data East staffer Roy Ozaki, the firm has enjoyed a very close relationship with Nintendo in recent years, with its last title...

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...