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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...

News: Crazy Taxi Wannabe Coming to the Japanese eShop

Crazy Taxi Wannabe Coming to the Japanese eShop

Oh, if only it would come West

While in many respects the West is better off than Japan on the eShop platforms — due to publishing rules in Nintendo's homeland — there are some releases exclusive to the region. One of these is the @Simple DL Series from D3 Publisher, which is a sequence of budget 3DS games that have followed on from an...

News: Japanese 3DS Owners Can Download Double Dragon II Next Week

Japanese 3DS Owners Can Download Double Dragon II Next Week

8-bit classic is punching its way to the 3DS eShop in Japan

Nintendo has confirmed that the popular side-scrolling fighter Double Dragon II: The Revenge will be coming to the Japanese 3DS eShop on 29th May, priced at 500 Yen. Once again, the heroes of the hour are Billy & Jimmy Lee, who must avenge the brutal murder of Marian at the hands of...

News: Japanese Hardware Sales Slow Down For the Second Consecutive Week

Japanese Hardware Sales Slow Down For the Second Consecutive Week

Tomodachi Collection: New Life knocked off top spot

This week's Japanese chart results are in, and show that the slow software release schedule in the past couple of weeks is causing a hit on hardware sales across the board. Only the PSP enjoyed a small boost, which can be attributed to the fact that this week's number one is for Sony's ageing...

News: Fantasy Life Expansion Heading to 3DS in Japan

Fantasy Life Expansion Heading to 3DS in Japan

We're still hoping for localisation

Level-5's Fantasy Life, which was developed along with Nintendo subsidiary 1-Up Studios — formerly Brownie Brown — has performed well in Japan, so much so that the publisher has announced a new upgraded version of the title, called Fantasy Life Link!. As an RPG that allows you to choose a career, set off on...

News: Recent Taiko Drum Master Games Ship Over 500,000 in Japan

Recent Taiko Drum Master Games Ship Over 500,000 in Japan

Rhythm games aren't fully dead just yet

While the manic clacking of plastic guitars has largely fallen quiet across the world, Japan still has a place in its rhythm gaming heart for a different instrument: the humble-yet-iconic taiko drum. According to Siliconera, Namco Bandai has announced more than 500,000 combined units shipped for two titles in...

News: Nintendo Announces Metallic Red 3DS, Cobalt Blue And Misty Pink To Be Phased Out

Nintendo Announces Metallic Red 3DS, Cobalt Blue And Misty Pink To Be Phased Out

Nintendo giveth and Nintendo taketh away

Nintendo has announced yet another new 3DS colour for gamers in Japan: Metallic Red. Announced yesterday — though the Eevee 3DS XL stole a majority of the limelight — the new system is a more vibrant shade of red than the previous Flame Red 3DS. It'll launch on the 13th June for 15,000 yen, along with a...

News: Pokémon Tretta Lab Coming to the 3DS This Summer in Japan

Pokémon Tretta Lab Coming to the 3DS This Summer in Japan

Includes a large Tretta Scanner

Last year, Nintendo and Marvelous AQL joined forces to develop an arcade game for Japan, Pokémon Tretta. Players collect different Tretta - small discs that you scan into a machine - call out whichever Pokémon it features and send them off to battle; if you win, you get more Tretta. It has come to light that the...

News: Nintendo Accused Of Infringing Trademark With Wii U WaraWara Plaza

Nintendo Accused Of Infringing Trademark With Wii U WaraWara Plaza

Restaurant owner Monteroza is less than happy

Restaurant chain owner Monteroza has filed a claim against Nintendo over the use of its "WaraWara Plaza" trademark. Monteroza — which operates 300 restaurants in the far east and runs a chain of Japanese-style public houses under the brand Wara-wara — filed a request with the Japanese Patent Office...

News: Trio Of Kirby Games Hitting Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Next Week

Trio Of Kirby Games Hitting Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Next Week

Three Super Famicom classics incoming

Japanese Wii U owners are being treated to three Kirby titles in a single week. Some folks have all the luck, right? The games in question are all Super Famicom titles. Kirby’s Super Star Stacker (Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu), Kirby’s Dream Course (Kirby Bowl), and Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (Hoshi no Kirby 3) will...

News: 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience Hits DVD

100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience Hits DVD

Blu-Ray and digital launch expected this year, too

Those of you with exceptionally good powers of recollection will no doubt remember that we reported on the production of 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience last year. A love letter to the coin-op scene in Japan, the film has been completed thanks to two IndieGoGo campaigns which raised a...