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News: Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Remake Coming to 3DS in Japan

Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Remake Coming to 3DS in Japan

Alas, unlikely to come to the West

Earlier in the year a trademark emerged suggesting a Dragon Quest Monsters 2 remake, which seemed likely to be for the 3DS following the success in Japan of Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D. Square Enix has now made it official, unveiling Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious...

News: Nintendo Feels That Working On Smartphones And Tablets Would "Decrease Brand Value"

Nintendo Feels That Working On Smartphones And Tablets Would "Decrease Brand Value"

"You can’t get a true feel for Mario on smartphone or tablet"

Once upon a time — year ending March 31, 2009, to be precise — Nintendo managed to post a profit of 555.2 billion yen. Those days feel like a lifetime away now, what with the Wii passing into memory and its successor — the Wii U — struggling to sell in meaningful quantities...

Video: The Pokémon Tretta Lab Add-On Makes the Circle Pad Pro XL Look Streamlined

The Pokémon Tretta Lab Add-On Makes the Circle Pad Pro XL Look Streamlined

You can't get this monster in your pocket

A little while ago we told you about Pokémon Tretta Lab coming to the 3DS in Japan, an app accompanied by fairly bulky hardware to bring an arcade experience home. It arrives in the region on 10th August, with the app being free but the hardware costing 3,800 yen (approx. £25 / €30 / $38). This provides...

News: Wii U Finally Hits One Million Sales in Japan

Wii U Finally Hits One Million Sales in Japan

It's a marathon, not a sprint

The Wii U has had a tough opening eight months on the market, which doesn't rule out the system's prospects but, nevertheless, has been a source of disappointment for Nintendo as it's missed various sales targets. While it may not be moving the number of units that the company would hope, it's nevertheless reached a...

News: Mario & Luigi Has a Dreamy Japanese Chart Debut, Wii U Hardware Sales Drop by a Third

Mario & Luigi Has a Dreamy Japanese Chart Debut, Wii U Hardware Sales Drop by a Third

3DS hardware SKUs occupy both top spots

It's Media Create Sales time in Japan, which is our weekly insight into the best-selling software and hardware in Nintendo's homeland. Once again the 3DS rules the roost, even if last week's pleasing jump in Wii U hardware sales has dropped away in Pikmin 3's first full week in the market. In terms of...

News: Nintendo Tops Japanese Software Sales in First Half of the Year

Nintendo Tops Japanese Software Sales in First Half of the Year

Not a surprise, really

With data for the first half the year now long-since collated, we've gradually been given more information on Nintendo's positives and negatives so far in 2013. One major positive has been the Japanese market, where the 3DS has reigned supreme and a number of software releases have set up residence in the country's top 20...

News: Nintendo Not Accepting Independent Wii U Developers Based in Japan "At This Time"

Nintendo Not Accepting Independent Wii U Developers Based in Japan "At This Time"

GDC form rules studios out

Update: Nintendo has issued the following statement to Eurogamer, which unfortunately says relatively little. Ultimately, it's the decision of each regional body of Nintendo to decide on licensing policies, so this is a decision squarely on the shoulders of the Japanese licensing department. The policy in question is...

News: New 3DS eShop App Brings Voice and Text Chat to Japan

New 3DS eShop App Brings Voice and Text Chat to Japan

Odds of Western release, about a million to one?

The 3DS is not only a continuing sales success in Japan, topping the weekly hardware charts week after week, but its positioning as a device is arguably a fair bit different. In the West we'd suggest that its role is primarily that of a gaming system — of course — whereas in the Japanese market...

News: Pikmin 3 Makes Japanese Chart Debut at Number One, Boosts Wii U Hardware Sales

Pikmin 3 Makes Japanese Chart Debut at Number One, Boosts Wii U Hardware Sales

Light on the horizon

The Wii U has endured a largely consistent loss of momentum in 2013, which a release lineup that — despite some excellent titles — has largely failed to inspire substantial sales. Nintendo has, unsurprisingly, lined up a significant range of titles for the second half of 2013, starting off with Pikmin 3. The latest title...

News: Pikmin 3 Causes Wii U Sales Growth In Japan

Pikmin 3 Causes Wii U Sales Growth In Japan

Launch sales comparable to those of New Super Mario Bros. U

Pikmin 3 launched this week in Japan, and appears to have had the desired effect on the Wii U's retail health. According to Japanese store Tsutaya, the sequel is selling very well indeed and has triggered "greater sales" of its host console. Here's Taketo Matsuo, Tsutaya’s Director of...