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News: 3D Ecco The Dolphin Splashing Onto 3DS eShop, Galaxy Force II Coming Soon

3D Ecco The Dolphin Splashing Onto 3DS eShop, Galaxy Force II Coming Soon

They're doing this on porpoise

Sega has confirmed that the next entry in its 3D range will be Ecco The Dolphin. A port of the Mega Drive / Genesis original, the game will feature a 3D effect, save states, international editions of the game and some custom screen filters. Ecco will splash into the Japanese 3DS eShop on June 26th, with a retail price...

News: StreetPass Mii Plaza Update Brings New Paid Downloadable Games

StreetPass Mii Plaza Update Brings New Paid Downloadable Games

Immerse yourself in four new quests, Europeans

Along with the new System Update for the 3DS, which Nintendo delightfully sprung upon us without an announcement, European and Japanese firmware updates were treated to a new and improved StreetPass Mii Plaza. The new plaza still includes Puzzle Swap and StreetPass Quest 1 & 2, which we've grown to...

News: Capitalism Wins In Sega's New 3DS RPG, Hero Bank

Capitalism Wins In Sega's New 3DS RPG, Hero Bank

Coming to Japan this December

Sega has revealed that it is working on a 3DS RPG by the name of Hero Bank, where the ultimate goal isn't to save mankind, but to earn as much moolah as possible by taking part in a cyber sport known as "Hero Battle". Apparently, players can download "hero data" based on real-life individuals and use it in the game. It...

News: Cooking Mama Returns For A Spot Of Gardening In Japan

Cooking Mama Returns For A Spot Of Gardening In Japan

Mama and the Forest Friends heading to the 3DS

The Cooking Mama series has a plethora of games within it now and its developer hasn't restricted Mama to the kitchen over the years. She's also partaken in babysitting duties and also showed off her green fingers in the DS title Gardening Mama. She really is a woman of many talents. Well Mama will get...

News: Call Off The Search, Katsuhiro Harada Was At Home Playing Games And Drinking Tequila

Call Off The Search, Katsuhiro Harada Was At Home Playing Games And Drinking Tequila

Tekken producer was suffering from a cold

Yesterday we reported on the strange announcement from the Tekken project support team, which commandeered the Twitter account of Katsuhiro Harada, the series producer, to state he hadn't been turning up for work and that they were now out looking for him. This naturally prompted some concern from all...

News: Tomodachi Collection: New Life Reinstated At Number One In Japanese Sales Charts

Tomodachi Collection: New Life Reinstated At Number One In Japanese Sales Charts

3DS continues to shine

Tomodachi Collection: New Life has been reinstated at the top of the sales charts in Japan after taking a week off to accommodate for several new releases. The Mii-based life-sim has been doing good business for Nintendo in Japan and shot up from 4th position to number one, knocking last week's new entry Shin Megami Tensei IV...

News: Alarm Raised After Tekken Producer Goes AWOL, Doesn't Turn Up For Work

Alarm Raised After Tekken Producer Goes AWOL, Doesn't Turn Up For Work

Something to worry about, or publicity stunt?

Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has been working on the franchise for almost two decades, and is one of the most recognisable faces within the walls of Namco Bandai. However, it has been reported by his co-workers that Harada-san hasn't been turning up at work lately — prompting a rather worrying...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Release Date and 3DS Systems Confirmed for Japan

Monster Hunter 4 Release Date and 3DS Systems Confirmed for Japan

The extended trailer looks awesome, too

Although initially set for a Spring release in Japan, Monster Hunter 4 has taken longer than expected to arrive on the 3DS. After a bit of a wait it's been confirmed, in the latest Japan-only Nintendo Direct, that the title will arrive in the region on 14th September, with a price tag of 5,990 yen — that's...

News: GungHo's CEO Wants To Surpass Nintendo's Sales By His Retirement

GungHo's CEO Wants To Surpass Nintendo's Sales By His Retirement

"I respect Nintendo"

GungHo Online Entertainment is one of Japan's rising stars, thanks largely to the amazing success of its iOS and Android title Puzzle & Dragons, which has been downloaded more than 14 millon times and generates $3.4 million a day in revenue. When you're a growing company, it's natural to aim high — and GungHo CEO Kazuki...

News: 32GB White Wii U, Rechargeable Wii Remote Battery And 2550mAh GamePad Battery Announced

32GB White Wii U, Rechargeable Wii Remote Battery And 2550mAh GamePad Battery Announced

I love the smell of new hardware in the morning

Nintendo has confirmed a new Premium SKU for its Wii U console. The system will be released in white with 32GB of internal memory — a configuration which was previously only available in black. It launches in Japan on July 13th for 31,500 Yen (that's about $312 / £206). New accessories have also...

News: Shin Megami Tensei IV Storms to Number One in Japanese Charts

Shin Megami Tensei IV Storms to Number One in Japanese Charts

Wii U version of Resident Evil Revelations sneaks into top ten

For fans of the franchise, Shin Megami Tensei IV can't come to the West soon enough. The Atlus title will arrive in North America on 16th July with some collectible goodies, while a European release is confirmed but, as yet, doesn't have a solid date. It landed in Japan last week,...

First Impressions: 3D Altered Beast

3D Altered Beast

Wise fwom your gwave

Altered Beast occupies a strange place in Sega's library; when it was first released it garnered a lukewarm response, and its choice as a pack-in title for the freshly-launched Mega Drive / Genesis was a curious one — although its large, bold sprites were impressive for the time, it certainly wasn't strong enough in terms of...

News: Namco Bandai Developing Devils and Realist Game For 3DS

Namco Bandai Developing Devils and Realist Game For 3DS

Upcoming manga series will have its own game in Japan

Namco Bandai has announced it is developing a 3DS title based on the upcoming manga series Devils and Realist, which is due to air in Japan this Summer. The anime centres around a young fellow called William Twining who is in fact the reincarnation of King Solomon and has accidentally summoned...

News: Japan Getting Special Monster Hunter 4 And Ace Attorney 5 Nintendo Direct

Japan Getting Special Monster Hunter 4 And Ace Attorney 5 Nintendo Direct

May 31st, 8PM

Nintendo of Japan has confirmed that it will be airing a special Nintendo Direct broadcast for Monster Hunter 4 and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies on May 31st at 8PM in Japan. Both titles are key 3DS exclusives for 2013, and both will be hitting the west at some point. It has already been confirmed that Phoenix Wright:...

News: Western Journalist Looking To Chart The Untold History Of Japanese Game Devs

Western Journalist Looking To Chart The Untold History Of Japanese Game Devs

Unprecedented project looking to Kickstarter for funding

Although many will argue that Japan's status in the games development world has lessened over the past few hardware generations, there once was a time when all the world's best software seemed to flow from that modestly-proportioned selection of islands. Back in the days of the 8 and 16-bit...