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Interview: The Team Behind Paper Mario: Sticker Star

The Team Behind Paper Mario: Sticker Star

We speak to the team behind the biggest 3DS title this Christmas

The dust has barely settled on our Paper Mario: Stick Star review, but we're far from finished with Mario's latest handheld outing. Prior to launch we were lucky enough to speak with director Mr Naohiko Aoyama (Intelligent Systems), director and scenario writer Mr Taro Kudo (Vanpool)...

News: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Already Sold Out In Japan

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Already Sold Out In Japan

Iwata reassures fans on Twitter

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of the most anticipated games in the West right now, with fans of the series foaming at the mouth at the prospect of becoming the mayor of their own little town in 2013. Japanese gamers have had the game for a few days now, and it appears they loved it so much it has already sold...

News: 3DS Continues Hardware Sales Dominance in Japan

3DS Continues Hardware Sales Dominance in Japan

Sony platforms dominate software, however

The 3DS LL (or XL, as it is known over here) saw a massive sales spike in Japan last week, jumping from the previous week's total of 38,089 to 63,993 units sold, according to the latest chart information. It was followed by the standard 3DS model, which racked up just under half of its larger counterpart's...

News: Japanese Nintendo Direct Confirmed For 7th November

Japanese Nintendo Direct Confirmed For 7th November

Miiverse will be the main focus

With Wii U on the horizon, Nintendo has revealed yet another Nintendo Direct broadcast for Japan at short notice. The presentation will focus on Miiverse, which isn't a surprise as we reported last month that this was expected to happen close to the console's launch. The presentation will be approximately 35 minutes...

News: XSEED Hints at Rune Factory 4 Localisation

XSEED Hints at Rune Factory 4 Localisation

The big tease

The thing about developers and publishers being on social networks is that they have another means to poke and tease us gamers. Gone are the days of big announcements being exclusively in gaming magazines, and now we have pre-announcement hints of teasers. Still, it sure keeps us interested. The latest publisher to join in is XSEED,...

News: Dragon Quest VII Set to Venture Onto 3DS

Dragon Quest VII Set to Venture Onto 3DS

If in doubt, release a re-make

While Dragon Quest X for Wii U was shown off recently during a Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcast — though it's already been released on Wii in the Land of the Rising Sun — Square Enix hasn't yet finished re-releasing earlier entries in the series. According to JUMP magazine, at least. A scanned page from the...

News: Elminage Gothic Is Dungeon Crawling To The Nintendo 3DS

Elminage Gothic Is Dungeon Crawling To The Nintendo 3DS

Remixed and renewed

Starfish's dungeon crawler Elminage Gothic is coming to the 3DS in 2013. A remix of the PSP edition, the developer hasn't yet said how this new version will differ from the original. It's not the first time the series has graced a Nintendo portable - Elminage DS Remix came out a while back in Japan, and was an update of a...

News: Project X Zone Struggles At Japanese Retail

Project X Zone Struggles At Japanese Retail

Crossover RPG limps to 100,000 copies

Namco Bandai's much-hyped tactical RPG Project X Zone isn't performing as well as expected in its native Japan, with just 12,450 sold during the week of Monday 15th October. That brings the game's total sales to 97,989 units since its launch a week before. In contrast, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy has...

News: Watch the Translated GameCenter CX vs. Iwata Asks Segment Right Here

Watch the Translated GameCenter CX vs. Iwata Asks Segment Right Here

Fresh from Japan

If you watched last week's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation you'll know that at the end there was a special GameCenter CX segment featuring none other than Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. For those of you that don't know, GameCenter CX (known in the west as Retro Game Master) is a TV show starring Shinya Arino, who plays...

News: Charizard 3DS XL Blasting Its Way To Japan

Charizard 3DS XL Blasting Its Way To Japan

A thing of beauty

The Pokémon Company released a special Pikachu themed 3DS XL last month in Japan; now it has another similar Pokémon-themed 3DS XL coming soon, this one featuring Charizard. You're going to need a Masterball to catch this one, as it won't be so easy to obtain. Between 3rd November and 26th November, at Pokémon Center shops...

News: 3DS eShop Title The Denpa Men 2 Is Coming To The West

3DS eShop Title The Denpa Men 2 Is Coming To The West

Skin tight delight

The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave developer Genius Sonority has confirmed that the Japanese sequel will be localised for western markets. Speaking to Siliconera before the recent release of The Denpa Men 2 in Japan, Genius Sonority president Manabu Yamana revealed the good news: Yes, we are releasing Denpa Men 2 on the Japanese...

News: Nintendo Reveals Its Version of iTunes For 3DS

Nintendo Reveals Its Version of iTunes For 3DS

Music to our ears

Nintendo has unveiled a new partnership with RecoChoku today during its Japanese Nintendo Direct which finally brings a music store to the 3DS console. The service is scheduled to begin this December in Japan, and looks set to be Nintendo's take on iTunes for your 3DS. RecoChoku has one million songs in its catalogue and 3DS users...

Nintendo Direct: Watch The Japanese Presentation Live

Watch The Japanese Presentation Live

Live analysis provided at no additional cost

Nintendo of Japan will host a new Nintendo Direct presentation today at 8PM JST (around 4AM PST for North American readers, and 12PM BST for those of you in UK). The presentation is expected to focus on both the Wii U and 3DS, and will last around an hour. It will be followed by a selection of trailers...

News: Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Running Onto The Japanese eShop

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Running Onto The Japanese eShop

Game Gear returns

The Game Gear version of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is coming to the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console next week. It'll be available for download on 31 October for 300 yen, so gamers in Nintendo's homeland can give themselves a treat this Halloween. This 8-bit version of the game was also released on the Sega Master System featuring...

News: Japanese eBook Service Delayed For Nintendo 3DS

Japanese eBook Service Delayed For Nintendo 3DS

Will be turning pages in the near future

We reported last month that Librica was to launch a 3DS application - Bookstore Anywhere - for the 3DS this month in Japan. Sadly, it has since been confirmed that the service has been delayed. Librica has said the hold up is due to the team's desire to make further improvements to the app, and that a new...

News: This Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Soundtrack Packaging is Rather Special

This Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Soundtrack Packaging is Rather Special

Pop up CD case, anyone?

We've been paying a lot of attention to Bravely Default: Flying Fairy here at Nintendo Life, mainly because it looks like a high quality 3DS RPG from Square Enix. With an attractive art-style and seemingly plenty of interesting gameplay to offer, we're sure that others are also keen to see a Western release. One thing that's...