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News: Youkai Watch Releasing This Summer in Japan

Youkai Watch Releasing This Summer in Japan

One to watch out for

Level-5's latest project is Youkai Watch, a 3DS game about a young boy who acquires a special wristwatch that allows him to see ghostly creatures in his environment. Using his own ghosts he can battle them and stop townsfolk from being haunted - such a nice boy. Youkai Watch has now been given a more concrete release, with...

Ninterview: Anna The Red

Anna The Red

The Amazing Bento Lady!

We've always been told that you shouldn't play with your food, but we'll make an exception for the art of Bento. For the uninitiated, Bento is kind of like a Japanese packed lunch - it's a single-portion meal which is often arranged in a visually appealing manner. In Japan, mothers often spend a large amount of time...

News: Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode is Double The Length of The PSP Version

Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode is Double The Length of The PSP Version

Will feature over 160 digital monsters

Last month we reported that the 3DS would be getting an updated version of the PSP game Digimon World Re:Digitize in Japan. All we knew was that it will include a couple more story chapters and would have an extra word chucked on the end of it for good measure. Yes, Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode certainly...

News: Vita Knocks 3DS Down to Second in the Japanese Charts

Vita Knocks 3DS Down to Second in the Japanese Charts

Hell hath indeed frozen over

It's Japanese charts time and, to the astonishment of the world, the Gods and all creatures of the Universe, the 3DS is only the second highest selling system in Nintendo's homeland. Sony's PS Vita, combining last week's price drop and this week's release of Soul Sacrifice (as well as, to a lesser extent, Tales of Hearts...

News: Pokémon Scramble U Set To Be The First Wii U Title To Use The NFC Feature

Pokémon Scramble U Set To Be The First Wii U Title To Use The NFC Feature

We can hear our wallets crying

The latest edition of CoroCoro magazine has released some new information on upcoming Pokémon title for the Wii U, Pokémon Scramble U. The game will be released in Japan on the 24th April, and it'll be the first title to utilize the console's NFC (Near Field Communication) feature. NFC allows the player to place...

News: Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy Announced for 3DS in Japan

Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy Announced for 3DS in Japan

We're counting down the years to localisation

During the recent Nintendo 3DS Direct in Europe, it was announced that the third entry in the Inazuma Eleven handheld series would be coming to Europe this summer. As it's the 3DS version (not DS) it seems to be the enhanced edition that was part of a trilogy release in Japan — no trilogy was...

News: Wii U Error Preventing Access To eShop And Firmware Updates In Japan

Wii U Error Preventing Access To eShop And Firmware Updates In Japan

Fix expected this weekend

Wii U owners in Japan are reporting that an error with the system is preventing them from accessing the eShop, as well as downloading firmware updates. According to Nintendo, a patch will be issued to fix the error — officially titled 105-3102 — this weekend, but the timing couldn't be worse. Beta testing for the Wii...

News: Sayonara Umihara Kawase Confirmed For 3DS

Sayonara Umihara Kawase Confirmed For 3DS

Super Famicom classic gets an update

It has been revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu that Umihara Kawase — a series which started life on the Super Famicom and has since enjoyed instalments on the PlayStation, PSP and DS — is getting another sequel, this time on the 3DS. A platformer in which the lead protagonist uses a fishing line to hook...

Hardware Classics: Nintendo Super Famicom

Nintendo Super Famicom

Still super after all these years

To many, it's the greatest video game console ever made. The Super Famicom — or Super Nintendo Entertainment System as it is more commonly known outside of its native Japan — is host to some of the finest pieces of interactive entertainment ever made. It was on this console that Nintendo refined so many of the...

News: 3DS Stays on Top in Japan, but Wii U Falls Behind Vita

3DS Stays on Top in Japan, but Wii U Falls Behind Vita

Like two bald men fighting over a comb...

Some things seem to be ever-lasting in the Japanese video game charts, one of which is continued dominance for the 3DS. It goes like this — the two models outsell every other platform combined, and rivals or those not inclined to like the system curse the skies and wonder how it came to such a position of...

News: Shiny Blue and Pink 3DS Models Coming to Japan

Shiny Blue and Pink 3DS Models Coming to Japan

Making the move from Taiwan and Hong Kong

Over the past 25 years or more Nintendo's liked to give consumers a lot of choices with handhelds, with colours and design variations to keep almost anyone happy. It's now emerged that the pictured light blue and pink 3DS models — not XL — will arrive in Japan on 20th March; not that Japan has a shortage...

News: Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode Coming To 3DS in Japan

Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode Coming To 3DS in Japan

Going head to head with Pokémon X & Y

Last year Digimon World Re:Digitize was released on the PSP in Japan, but it never made it to the 3DS — or to the West for that matter. Well, Namco Bandai has now revealed that an updated version of the game called Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode is on its way to the 3DS in Japan. Digimon World Re:Digitize...

News: You, Me, and the Cubes Designer Dies Ages 42

You, Me, and the Cubes Designer Dies Ages 42

Kenji Eno passes away

Respected game designer and musician Kenji Eno passed away yesterday. Cause of death was heart failure induced by high blood pressure. He was 42 years old. Best known for founding the game studio WARP, Inc. and creating the Sega Saturn RPG adventure D, Eno was also involved in the WiiWare title You, Me, and the Cubes. He...

News: Guild02 Coming To Japan As Three Separate eShop Downloads

Guild02 Coming To Japan As Three Separate eShop Downloads

Trio of treats

It has been confirmed during today's Japanese Nintendo Direct that Guild01 is being followed up by Guild02 - a trio of 3DS eShop titles developed by some of Japan's leading designers. Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune is contributing a tank shooter with insect-sized enemies. Mini Kitchen's Kazu Ayabe is working on The Friday When The...

News: The Legend of Zelda Oracle Titles Coming to Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

The Legend of Zelda Oracle Titles Coming to Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

We'd be amazed if the same doesn't happen in the West

Nintendo has hosted a Japanese 3DS Direct, focused on titles on the way in the big N's homeland. While a number of games on show may never make it to the West, two upcoming Virtual Console titles seem inevitable for worldwide appearances. It was confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of...

Nintendo Direct: Watch the Japanese 3DS Direct - Live!

Watch the Japanese 3DS Direct - Live!

Focused on third party games

Last week we told you about a planned Japanese 3DS Direct with a focus on third-party games, and rather late last night Nintendo confirmed a time for this latest extravaganza. Naturally we're interested to see what's on the way, even if there's a danger of it featuring some games that won't make it West. It all kicks...

News: Shin Megami Tensei IV Special Edition 3DS XL Coming To Japan

Shin Megami Tensei IV Special Edition 3DS XL Coming To Japan

Sure looks pretty

Shin Megami Tensei IV is coming out in Japan this May, and to mark the event lucky Japanese fans will also have the chance to pick up a rather fetching limited edition 3DS XL (or LL as it is known in that part of the world). The release date is May 23rd, to coincide with the stand-alone game. People who pick up the first-print...

News: Dragon Quest X Release Date Announced For Japan

Dragon Quest X Release Date Announced For Japan

The quest begins in the east

Square Enix has revealed today that it is set to release Dragon Quest X in Japan on 30th March. Boasting the same content as the Wii release, the Wii U version has enhanced graphics and the option to play the game entirely on the Wii U GamePad. The MMO RPG will retail at 6,980 yen (that's around €55 / £48 / $75) and...