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News: 3DS Stays on Top in Japan, but Wii U Falls Behind Vita

3DS Stays on Top in Japan, but Wii U Falls Behind Vita

Like two bald men fighting over a comb...

Some things seem to be ever-lasting in the Japanese video game charts, one of which is continued dominance for the 3DS. It goes like this — the two models outsell every other platform combined, and rivals or those not inclined to like the system curse the skies and wonder how it came to such a position of...

News: Shiny Blue and Pink 3DS Models Coming to Japan

Shiny Blue and Pink 3DS Models Coming to Japan

Making the move from Taiwan and Hong Kong

Over the past 25 years or more Nintendo's liked to give consumers a lot of choices with handhelds, with colours and design variations to keep almost anyone happy. It's now emerged that the pictured light blue and pink 3DS models — not XL — will arrive in Japan on 20th March; not that Japan has a shortage...

News: Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode Coming To 3DS in Japan

Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode Coming To 3DS in Japan

Going head to head with Pokémon X & Y

Last year Digimon World Re:Digitize was released on the PSP in Japan, but it never made it to the 3DS — or to the West for that matter. Well, Namco Bandai has now revealed that an updated version of the game called Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode is on its way to the 3DS in Japan. Digimon World Re:Digitize...

News: You, Me, and the Cubes Designer Dies Ages 42

You, Me, and the Cubes Designer Dies Ages 42

Kenji Eno passes away

Respected game designer and musician Kenji Eno passed away yesterday. Cause of death was heart failure induced by high blood pressure. He was 42 years old. Best known for founding the game studio WARP, Inc. and creating the Sega Saturn RPG adventure D, Eno was also involved in the WiiWare title You, Me, and the Cubes. He...

News: Guild02 Coming To Japan As Three Separate eShop Downloads

Guild02 Coming To Japan As Three Separate eShop Downloads

Trio of treats

It has been confirmed during today's Japanese Nintendo Direct that Guild01 is being followed up by Guild02 - a trio of 3DS eShop titles developed by some of Japan's leading designers. Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune is contributing a tank shooter with insect-sized enemies. Mini Kitchen's Kazu Ayabe is working on The Friday When The...

News: The Legend of Zelda Oracle Titles Coming to Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

The Legend of Zelda Oracle Titles Coming to Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

We'd be amazed if the same doesn't happen in the West

Nintendo has hosted a Japanese 3DS Direct, focused on titles on the way in the big N's homeland. While a number of games on show may never make it to the West, two upcoming Virtual Console titles seem inevitable for worldwide appearances. It was confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of...

Nintendo Direct: Watch the Japanese 3DS Direct - Live!

Watch the Japanese 3DS Direct - Live!

Focused on third party games

Last week we told you about a planned Japanese 3DS Direct with a focus on third-party games, and rather late last night Nintendo confirmed a time for this latest extravaganza. Naturally we're interested to see what's on the way, even if there's a danger of it featuring some games that won't make it West. It all kicks...

News: Shin Megami Tensei IV Special Edition 3DS XL Coming To Japan

Shin Megami Tensei IV Special Edition 3DS XL Coming To Japan

Sure looks pretty

Shin Megami Tensei IV is coming out in Japan this May, and to mark the event lucky Japanese fans will also have the chance to pick up a rather fetching limited edition 3DS XL (or LL as it is known in that part of the world). The release date is May 23rd, to coincide with the stand-alone game. People who pick up the first-print...

News: Dragon Quest X Release Date Announced For Japan

Dragon Quest X Release Date Announced For Japan

The quest begins in the east

Square Enix has revealed today that it is set to release Dragon Quest X in Japan on 30th March. Boasting the same content as the Wii release, the Wii U version has enhanced graphics and the option to play the game entirely on the Wii U GamePad. The MMO RPG will retail at 6,980 yen (that's around €55 / £48 / $75) and...

Hardware Classics: Nintendo AV Famicom

Nintendo AV Famicom

Give the dog a bone

The Nintendo Entertainment System — or NES, for short — is arguably the console on which Nintendo's current lofty status was built. Launched in Japan as the Famicom, the 8-bit platform is home to an almost endless list of solid-gold classics, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid,

News: Nintendo Direct Set For Japan Next Week, 3DS Third-Party Content Only

Nintendo Direct Set For Japan Next Week, 3DS Third-Party Content Only

It's not over yet, it seems

We've only just gotten over one Nintendo Direct, and now there's another on the horizon. Yes, you read that right. This broadcast, however, will be Japanese only, and will focus directly on third-party content. Details are scarce at the moment, so it's unclear if European and North American announcements will unfold at...

News: 3DS Remake Of Dragon Quest VII Sells 800,000 Copies In Just Four Days

3DS Remake Of Dragon Quest VII Sells 800,000 Copies In Just Four Days

3DS continues to dominate Japan

The Nintendo 3DS doesn't seem to be releasing its vice-like grip on the Japanese gaming public, with Square Enix's Dragon Quest VII proving to be the next in a long line of smash hit titles for the format in The Land of the Rising Sun. Square Enix's remake of the PlayStation original launched in Japan on February 7th...

News: Nintendo Japan Is Joining The Nintendo Direct Love This Valentine's Day

Nintendo Japan Is Joining The Nintendo Direct Love This Valentine's Day

Not one, not two, but three dates this Valentine's Day

Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe both have Nintendo Direct presentations happening today, and now the inevitable Japanese broadcast has been announced - with the presentation streaming at 9 AM ET / 6 AM PT. Similar to the European broadcast, the 3DS will be the star of the show in the...

News: Pokémon Scramble U Confirmed For Spring Arrival in Japan

Pokémon Scramble U Confirmed For Spring Arrival in Japan

Download-only follow up to Pokémon Rumble

When it comes to the Pokémon industry, it's about more than the main series releases, with a variety of off-shoots and alternatives regularly gracing our gaming machines. One series that made its début on WiiWare was Pokémon Rumble, which we rather liked for its boggling premise and simple fun, and...

News: New Information on Pokémon X & Y Coming Soon

New Information on Pokémon X & Y Coming Soon

Soon? This week to be precise

The latest episode of Japanese TV show Pokémon Smash has confirmed that new information regarding Pokémon X & Y for the 3DS will be making its way to our needy little ears during next week's episode, as well as being featured in this week's CoroCoro magazine. CoroCoro — a Japanese manga magazine published by...

News: Wii Street U App Finds Its Way to Wii U eShop in Japan

Wii Street U App Finds Its Way to Wii U eShop in Japan

Nosiness from the comfort of the living room

Last year Satoru Iwata confirmed that the Google Maps Street View functionality would be coming to Wii U, an app that makes sense given the GamePad's screen and motion sensors. It may not be a big hit or a system seller, but this potentially fun app — called Wii Street U — has now arrived in Japan...

News: 3DS Software and Hardware Still Leading Japanese Charts

3DS Software and Hardware Still Leading Japanese Charts

Wii U momentum remains low

It's that time again, when the Japanese chart results emerge and show us that Nintendo's homeland is still in love with the 3DS. It's been a period of sustained success for the handheld in the region, and in light of the Q3 financial report listing 29.84 million sales — as of 30th December — we can be pretty confident...

News: Here's What The Next Mario Kart Looks Like

Here's What The Next Mario Kart Looks Like

Just one catch - it's the arcade version

Screenshots of the next entry in the popular Mario Kart series have hit the web - but before you get too excited about laying your eyes on the recently-announced Wii U sequel, we should point out that we're talking about Mario Kart: Arcade GP DX, developed by Namco Bandai. It's the third game in the coin-op...