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News: 3DS and Bravely Default Flying High in Japanese Charts

3DS and Bravely Default Flying High in Japanese Charts

As expected, really

We've often reported that 3DS is performing particularly well in Japan, and that trend is continuing this week with the release of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, the eagerly anticipated RPG from Square Enix. When considered alongside recent positive news about 3DS software sales in North America, it seems as if Nintendo's...

News: Amazon Japan Releases Online Pokémon Store Into The Wild

Amazon Japan Releases Online Pokémon Store Into The Wild

Time to waste some money

Amazon Japan has opened a special online Pokémon Store today. Nintendo and developers Game Freak have partnered up to launch the awesome virtual store, which includes various items such as figures, plushes, Pokémon trainers and kitchen equipment. They even have a life-size Pikachu plush on sale for 3,800 Yen. There are...

News: Monster Hunter 3 G Traps an eShop Discount in Japan

Monster Hunter 3 G Traps an eShop Discount in Japan

Re-packaged "Best Price" offer also on the way

Fans of the Monster Hunter series that live outside of Japan have been a little hard done by, casting envious glances to gamers in Japan who are looking forward to Monster Hunter 4, while the rest of us wait for the expanded version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. While Ultimate is also coming to Wii U...

News: Pokémon Train Hitting The Rails This Holiday

Pokémon Train Hitting The Rails This Holiday

In Japan, obviously

Sometimes the Western world just isn't enthusiastic enough about video games. Sure, gamers in Europe and North America in particular buy an enormous volume of video games on a yearly basis and pay plenty of cash for new consoles, but do we, in our various individual cultures, love gaming enough to have anything as awesome as this...

First Impressions: Fire Emblem: Awakening

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Could this be the best entry in the Fire Emblem series yet?

The Fire Emblem series has long been famous and hugely successful in Japan. With a long string of titles stretching back to the days of the Nintendo Famicom, the franchise is now starting to catch on in the west. Arguably the most famous tactical RPG in the world right now, Fire Emblem fans...

Rumour: Super C Coming to 3DS Virtual Console in The West

Super C Coming to 3DS Virtual Console in The West

Third party NES classics make it out of Japan?

Up until now, Nintendo retro lovers have only had first-party NES titles to play on the 3DS Virtual Console. Although Japan has seen a steady stream of non-Nintendo games - including the awesome Mega Man 3 - those games haven't shown any sign of coming to the west - until now, that is. Konami has just...

First Impressions: Dopamix

Dopamix

Is this Japan-only eShop release going to be music to your ears?

As games get more complicated, with motion controls and complex button layouts, is it still possible to have fun while playing a game using only one button? With the Japan-exclusive eShop title Dopamix (made by G-mode, the current owners of the Data East back catalogue, which includes...

News: File Sizes Revealed For 3DS eShop Retail Downloads

File Sizes Revealed For 3DS eShop Retail Downloads

Better stock up on those SD cards, this could get ugly

Last week, Nintendo of Japan confirmed during a Nintendo Direct presentation that a list of current 3DS titles would soon be available for download from the Nintendo eShop. It's good to see Nintendo pushing their retail games as digital downloads, but just how much space will they actually take...

News: Computer Virus Responsible For Bomb Scare at Nintendo's Japanese HQ

Computer Virus Responsible For Bomb Scare at Nintendo's Japanese HQ

"This week, I'm going to blow up Nintendo headquarters"

A rather worrying computer virus has hit Japan which allows hackers to take control of another person's machine and use it for whatever means they wish. This virus has already claimed its first high-profile victim in the shape of animator Masaki Kitamura, who was arrested (and subsequently...

News: Our Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Translation Awaits Forest Folk Within

Our Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Translation Awaits Forest Folk Within

A complete summary of the Japanese presentation

Last week there was a special Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation covering the forthcoming Animal Crossing: Jump Out on 3DS. As usual, we've got a summary of the entire video, saving you the bother of having to actually learn Japanese in order to understand it. Iwata starts out by introducing us to...

News: More 3DS Download Titles Coming To Japan's eShop

More 3DS Download Titles Coming To Japan's eShop

Zelda, Mario and Starfox to be made available in digital form

Nintendo of Japan has confirmed via a special Nintendo Direct presentation that a series of existing 3DS retail releases will soon be available on the eShop. From November 1st, Japanese 3DS owners will be able to download copies of Mario Tennis Open, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games,...

News: Japan Is Getting These Awesome Animal Crossing and New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS Bundles

Japan Is Getting These Awesome Animal Crossing and New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS Bundles

Bundles of joy

Nintendo has confirmed that it is releasing new 3DS XL hardware bundles in Japan, with Animal Crossing and New Super Mario Bros. 2 themed consoles expected to hit store shelves in November. At the start of November Nintendo will push the all-black 3DS XL onto store shelves for 18,900 yen ($240 / £150). That's just the console on its...

News: Take a Look at Capcom's New Monster Hunter Merchandise

Take a Look at Capcom's New Monster Hunter Merchandise

Wallets at the ready

Capcom is catching on to popular Japanese fashion by bringing out its own Monster Hunter Sukajan. Sukajan-style jackets have been a tourist favourite for many years, blending American varsity jackets and Japanese embroidery, and can be commonly found being flogged to bewildered tourists in the busy streets of Tokyo. This...

News: Mega Man 3 Leaps Onto The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

Mega Man 3 Leaps Onto The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

For those about to rock

The third instalment of Capcom's popular Mega Man series is launching on the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console this week. Mega Man 3 - known in Japan as Rockman 3: The End of Dr. Wily!? - will go live on the Japanese 3DS eShop tomorrow (September 26th) for 500 yen. Even harsher than its already tough predecessor, Mega Man 3 has...

News: Men Like Metroid, Women Prefer Animal Crossing, But Both Like Mario

Men Like Metroid, Women Prefer Animal Crossing, But Both Like Mario

The tastes of Japanese gamers revealed

Men and women have different tastes as a rule - hence the fact that you'll struggle to get the average red-blooded male to sit through an entire season of Sex and the City, while your typical lady is unlikely to find the notion of a weekend-long NASCAR marathon all that appealing. Taking this into account, it...

News: Project X Zone Could See A Western Release Yet

Project X Zone Could See A Western Release Yet

Tekken boss is pushing for localisation

We're all painfully aware that Project X Zone is looking pretty sweet right now. It's always been an outside bet for release outside of Japan though; the fact that its prequel Namco × Capcom never got released in the West doesn't exactly inspire confidence. However, the chances of the game making it to these...

News: 3DS "Bookstore Anywhere" App Bringing eBooks to Japan

3DS "Bookstore Anywhere" App Bringing eBooks to Japan

Read into that what you what you will

There's been some talk about what apps will be available on Wii U, with its GamePad controller bringing its own possibilities, but we shouldn't forget that the functionality of 3DS has plenty to offer. A new app coming to Japan on 20th October is Bookstore Anywhere, which according to Japanese publication Nikkei...