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News: Nintendo Land Was Originally Going To Feature Star Fox And Excitebike

Nintendo Land Was Originally Going To Feature Star Fox And Excitebike

Developers reveal the ideas that didn't make it into the final game

In this week's issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu, the developers behind the Wii U title Nintendo Land have spoken about its creation in a roundtable interview. Interestingly, they revealed that ideas for potential mini-game settings had to be put aside as development progressed...

News: Japan Clocks Up Impressive Wii U Launch Sales

Japan Clocks Up Impressive Wii U Launch Sales

New Super Mario Bros. U and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate most popular titles

Wii U launched in Japan on Saturday, a whole three weeks after North America got its hands on the new console. As you'd expect Nintendo's homeland went wild for it, and that's been reflected in the opening weekend's sales. According to Famitsu Wii U sold 308,570 units in just...

News: Wii U Launches In Japan To Great Fanfare

Wii U Launches In Japan To Great Fanfare

Japanese gamers join the party

Western Wii U owners may have noticed in the last few days that there’s been a few Japanese Miis wandering around the WaraWara and Nintendo Land plazas. That’s because it is now official: the Land of the Rising Sun has Wii U. The console launched on Saturday and Japanese gamers flocked to their nearest store in...

News: 3DS Remake Of Dragon Quest VII Features Visible Encounters

3DS Remake Of Dragon Quest VII Features Visible Encounters

Random battles are no more

It was revealed a couple of months back that Dragon Quest VII would be making a return with a remake on the 3DS in Japan. The game will largely stay true to the original, but it’s been confirmed that the random encounters system found in the PlayStation version have been changed to visible encounters on 3DS. Dragon...

News: 3DS Continues To Decimate The Competition in Japan

3DS Continues To Decimate The Competition in Japan

Nintendo's handheld outsells all other platforms by more than 2.5 times

The recent release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf in Japan has enabled the 3DS to further increase its dominance in that part of the world. According to Media Create, the system shifted 167,408 units during the week of 26th November to 2nd December, bringing its lifetime sales...

News: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Rises From The Dead For Japanese eShop Release

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Rises From The Dead For Japanese eShop Release

Updated version also allows you to wipe save data

Capcom has confirmed that 3DS title Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is getting an eShop release in Japan, alongside a "Best Price" physical release. The game was an early release for the 3DS back in 2011, and is possibly more famous for its undeletable save data than the quality of its...

News: Panorama View to be Sighted on Wii U eShop in Spring 2013

Panorama View to be Sighted on Wii U eShop in Spring 2013

Confirmed in Japan, at least

One of the first concepts that was shown off for Wii U, and which made an appearance at various demo opportunities and expo appearances for the system, was Panorama View. It's a relatively simple app that uses real-life video and allows you to view the action from any angle you desire, simply by moving the GamePad. It's...

Nintendo Direct: Watch The Japanese Wii U Presentation Live

Watch The Japanese Wii U Presentation Live

Covering the Wii U launch in Japan

You may not realise it, but the Wii U hasn't actually launched in its native Japan yet. Us lucky westerners may already be knee-deep in Mario, ZombiU and Miiverse, but in the Land of the Rising Sun the system doesn't hit store shelves until the 8th of December. While the Nintendo Direct presentations for North...

News: You Need This Legend Of Zelda Figure In Your Life

You Need This Legend Of Zelda Figure In Your Life

We go hands-on with Max Factory's amazing Figma Link action figure

As much as it pains us to admit it, you never really grow out of toys. And it's pretty much official that toys based on popular video games are the bomb. Don't believe us? Then check out the photos below of the amazing Figma Link action figure from Japanese manufacturer Max...

News: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Surpasses One Million Sales

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Surpasses One Million Sales

E.X. Troopers has an underwhelming start

When Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released in Japan, demand was so high that physical copies of the game sold out, while eShop download sales returned some rather impressive results. Subsequent weeks have remained solid, with the latest Media Create results showing that the title has passed the one million...

News: TVii Application Will Be Available In Japan At Launch

TVii Application Will Be Available In Japan At Launch

But not all of its features will be free

Nintendo has revealed that TVii - the application that allows users to merge all of their video streaming packages together and change TV channels - will be available in selected European regions at some point in 2013. It looked as though Japan was being left in the lurch but this is not the case as the Land...

News: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Players Have Snagged Over 300 Billion Coins

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Players Have Snagged Over 300 Billion Coins

Nintendo Direct delivers the happy news, DLC launched to celebrate

Nintendo Japan released a new Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday in which president Satoru Iwata announced that over 300 billion coins had been collected by New Super Mario Bros. 2 players worldwide. To mark the proud occasion, a DLC level pack has been made available free of...

News: Wii U Can be Used as a Portable Home Console

Wii U Can be Used as a Portable Home Console

Not something we ever considered...

We never thought we'd see a Wii U treated as a portable system, but that's exactly what's happened with a keen Japanese gamer — importing a system ahead of time clearly wasn't enough on its own. The console isn't portable, of course, but on select games you don't technically need to use the TV; a power outlet is...

News: Pokémon Pokédex Is Coming To iOS Devices In Japan

Pokémon Pokédex Is Coming To iOS Devices In Japan

A smart move?

Japan has had Pokédex 3D Pro available to download on the 3DS since July, and it seems the demand for Pokéknowledge knows no bounds in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Pokémon Company has announced today that it will be bringing a new Pokédex to iOS devices from November 16th. The base application, which costs 170 Yen, is similar...

News: 3DS Passes Eight Million Sales in Japan

3DS Passes Eight Million Sales in Japan

Turning over a new leaf

When it comes to keeping the accountants and shareholders happy, Nintendo can always point to its 3DS sales in Japan. While there's undoubtedly improvement needed in North America and, particularly, Europe when it comes to sales figures for the handheld, Nintendo's homeland consistently shows healthy sales that simply blow...

News: Wii U External Hard Drive Usage Outlined by Satoru Iwata

Wii U External Hard Drive Usage Outlined by Satoru Iwata

Up to 2TB supported

For those of you that have watched today's Nintendo Direct broadcast — you can check it out here — you'll have seen lots of graphics of external hard drives, Wii U systems and some interesting demonstrations with large science lab-style glass jars. There was some pretty good news from Satoru Iwata, and a few small things that...

News: Wii U GamePad Will Not Have Backward Compatibility

Wii U GamePad Will Not Have Backward Compatibility

Not just yet, anyway...

We've already argued that backwards compatibility is an important aspect when purchasing a console, and Wii U is no different. The latest Nintendo Direct provides us with new infomation on playing previous software titles — including WiiWare and Virtual Console — and how they will not be playable on the Wii U GamePad,...