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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...

News: Poster Hints At An Eevee-Themed 3DS XL Set For Japan Next Month

Poster Hints At An Eevee-Themed 3DS XL Set For Japan Next Month

What? Eevee is evolving?

At the start of the week, we reported that a new Pokémon-themed 3DS XL would be available in Japan in May to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pokémon Center stores. It was rumoured that the handheld would feature the 133rd Pokémon in the Pokédex, Eevee; and to add further speculation, wild posters have appeared...

News: Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Launches With 14 Titles Available To Download

Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Launches With 14 Titles Available To Download

Three more games to be released next week

The Wii U Virtual Console is now available in North America, with eight games available to download, and in Europe where there are seven titles to choose from. Japan's version of the download service has also launched and there are a total of 14 games already in the catalogue, with three more on the way...

News: Tomodachi Collection: New Life Storms the Japanese Charts

Tomodachi Collection: New Life Storms the Japanese Charts

3DS LL (XL) sales double

Another week of Japanese chart results, and another happy story for the 3DS. In recent weeks we've seen consistent success for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and the ever-green Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but the release of Tomodachi Collection: New Life, the life-simulation game currently exclusive to Japan, has given another...

News: Meet The Wii U Karaoke System Which Costs $16,000

Meet The Wii U Karaoke System Which Costs $16,000

Big in Japan

With many retailers complaining that the Wii U costs too much, it's odd that we're reporting on a variant of the console which retails for an eye-watering $16,000, but such is the weird and wacky world of the video game industry. Produced by Japanese company Xing, the JoySound Festa is so large it has to be wheeled around on a trolley...

News: Special Luigi 3DS XL System Coming To Japan

Special Luigi 3DS XL System Coming To Japan

The XL stands for "Xtra Luigi"

The Year of Luigi has seen some promising products on the way for the Cult of the Green, but what may be the piece de resistance is currently limited to Japan. A special edition Luigi 3DS XL system was announced during the Japan Nintendo Direct Wednesday. Similar to the Animal Crossing: New Leaf system that was...

News: Nintendo Direct Luigi Special Announced For Japan

Nintendo Direct Luigi Special Announced For Japan

Continuing the Year of Luigi celebrations

Nintendo of Japan has revealed via its Twitter account that it will be holding its own Nintendo Direct presentation, alongside the European and North American broadcasts. The Japanese presentation — titled Nintendo Direct Luigi Special 2 — will take place at 10 AM Eastern Time / 7 AM Pacific Time / 3PM...

Rumour: Ni no Kuni Could Yet See A Western Release, According To Publisher Namco Bandai

Ni no Kuni Could Yet See A Western Release, According To Publisher Namco Bandai

DS role-player could find a new lease of life on the 3DS

You might be familar with Level-5 and Studio Ghibli collaboration Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch from its recent release on the PlayStation 3, but the origin of the series actually stretches back to a Nintendo DS game, released in Japan in 2010. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-black Mage shares...

News: Nintendo Stock Rises By 11%

Nintendo Stock Rises By 11%

The largest increase since 2008

The Japanese yen has reached a three-year low against the euro meaning many successful exporters are enjoying a rise in stock. Nintendo has seen an 11% rise in stock value, which now stands at 11,850 yen, the largest gain since 2008. The yen has weakened against all 16 major counterparts this year as speculation...

News: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Passes Three Million Sales in Japan

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Passes Three Million Sales in Japan

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon still number one in the charts

Update: As correctly pointed out on Twitter by NintenDaan, it's worth remembering that Media Create charts only account for physical retail sales. The full sales for Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be further beyond three million due to its success on the 3DS eShop. Original Article: Last...

News: KORG M01D Music Workstation Hitting 3DS eShop This Summer

KORG M01D Music Workstation Hitting 3DS eShop This Summer

What sweet music you'll make

Some of you may fondly recall KORG DS-10, a "musical workstation" for your humble Nintendo DS. If you enjoyed making bizarre aural creations with this cult release then you'll be please to learn that it's getting a sequel for the 3DS eShop, entitled KORG M01D. Essentially a souped-up version of the DS original, KORG...

News: Level 5's Fantasy Life Ships 300,000 Copies In Japan

Level 5's Fantasy Life Ships 300,000 Copies In Japan

Another 3DS smash-hit is on the cards

Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino has revealed that total shipments to date of 3DS title Fantasy Life have reached the 300,000 mark in Japan. Back in January, we reported that the game — which is a collaboration between the Professor Layton studio and Brownie Brown — had sold out upon release, an event which no...

News: Japanese Games Market Makes Long Due Return to Growth

Japanese Games Market Makes Long Due Return to Growth

5% boost in hardware offsets drop in software sales

Quite often we share the latest weeks' Japanese sales charts with you, to highlight how a new release is performing and to track hardware sales in Nintendo's homeland. A trend that's been consistent for well over a year has been 3DS dominance, with some occasions where the combined sales of the...