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News: 3DS Surpasses 10 Million Sales in Japan

3DS Surpasses 10 Million Sales in Japan

It keeps on rolling

While worldwide performance and firm figures are either hard to find or occasionally shown to be modest, one thing is certain — the 3DS is emerging as a major sales success in Japan. Perhaps due to the power of franchises — Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been a monster hit — the handheld's performance is such that it's...

News: New Pokémon Nintendo Direct Appearing On 8th January

New Pokémon Nintendo Direct Appearing On 8th January

Pokéballs on the ready

Last weekend we reported that Game Freak had promised new Pokémon information on the 8th January. Looks like the big announcement is set to be released, as both Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America have revealed via Twitter that a special Nintendo Direct focusing on Pokémon news will be hosted by Nintendo President...

Hardware Classics: Game Boy Micro Famicom Edition

Game Boy Micro Famicom Edition

Micro Marvel

For more than a decade, the name "Game Boy" was as synonymous with handheld gaming as "iPod" is with portable music playback today. Following the launch of the original monochrome Game Boy console in the late '80s, Nintendo ruled the market with total dominance thanks to an incredibly popular line of million-selling systems. When the...

News: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Has Been Downloaded Half A Million Times In Japan

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Has Been Downloaded Half A Million Times In Japan

Iwata reveals that smartphones have played a huge part in the game's success

Animal Crossing: New Leaf has become something of a smash hit in its native Japan; as of December, it has sold 2 million copies, becoming one of the most popular 3DS games yet and illustrating just how massive Nintendo's console is in the far east. Download sales haven't...

News: Streets Of Rage 4 Almost Happened, But Sega Decided Otherwise

Streets Of Rage 4 Almost Happened, But Sega Decided Otherwise

Series composer spills the beans

Sega's Streets of Rage franchise - known in Japan as Bare Knuckle - is arguably one of the most beloved 16-bit series of all time. It's not just popular with Sega fans, either; the legendary second outing is seen by many retro experts as the finest side-scrolling fighter ever conceived. Amazingly, the franchise...

News: Wii U Version Of Need For Speed: Most Wanted Will Feature Off-Screen Play

Wii U Version Of Need For Speed: Most Wanted Will Feature Off-Screen Play

Japanese release date confirmed as 14th March

We know that Need For Speed: Most Wanted is coming to the Wii U in 2013, but up until recently there was no solid indication of when that would be. That's now changed as EA Japan has listed the release date as 14th March in that region - presumably North American and European dates will follow shortly...

News: Project X Zone Suffers Massive Price Drop In Japan

Project X Zone Suffers Massive Price Drop In Japan

3DS tactical role-player discounted by 85%

Namco Bandai's cross-over RPG Project X Zone has seen its price slashed by an incredible 85% by one Japanese retailer in what appears to be an effort to shift unsold stock. To make matters even more embarrassing, it would appear that the version of the game being discounted is the first-print limited...

News: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Hits 2 Million Sales In Japan

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Hits 2 Million Sales In Japan

Not even Mario or Monster Hunter could win the race

Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been doing extremely well in Japan since its release at the beginning of November this year. A couple of days after hitting stores the game had sold out across Japan, leaving many fans disappointed who never managed to grab a physical copy. Not long before the month...

News: 3DS Continues To Dominate Sales In Japan

3DS Continues To Dominate Sales In Japan

Not even Wii U can stop it

Last week Wii U launched in Japan and clocked up some impressive sales, so impressive that it even outsold the 3DS, which has been dominating hardware sales in Japan for a sustained period and outselling the competition by 2.5 times. However, the Wii U wasn't on top for long as this week the 3DS came back with a...

News: Capcom's Projections Tumble As Monster Hunter 4 Is Delayed In Japan

Capcom's Projections Tumble As Monster Hunter 4 Is Delayed In Japan

3DS smash hit now set for summer debut

Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter 4 will miss its March 2013 release date in Japan. The company has revealed that the eagerly-awaited game will be pushed to a vague summer launch, and added that the delay was "based on the decision that further quality enhancements are needed in order to meet the...

News: Square Enix Working On 3DS Game Featuring Transforming Cars

Square Enix Working On 3DS Game Featuring Transforming Cars

Robots in disguise

Square Enix is working on a brand new 3DS title based on its shounen TV series, Gyrozetter. The game, titled Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross, is slated for a Spring 2013 release. The actual series itself features cars made from famous manufacturers - such as Toyota - transforming into robots. Sounds awful familiar, doesn't it?...

News: Japanese 3DS Lifetime Sales Overtake PlayStation 3

Japanese 3DS Lifetime Sales Overtake PlayStation 3

Nintendo consoles dominating on home soil

Recently we learnt that the 3DS was dominating sales in Japan with the portable console shifting 2.5 times more units than all other platforms combined. It seems this momentum isn’t showing any signs of slowing down either, as this week’s impressive sales have seen it leapfrog a big rival in total sales...

News: Here's A Special Edition 3DS XL And First Trailer For Super Robot Taisen UX

Here's A Special Edition 3DS XL And First Trailer For Super Robot Taisen UX

Robot rock

Namco Bandai has released the first trailer for its upcoming 3DS title, Super Robot Taisen UX. Due to hit the portable console on 14th March 2013, the game is classed as a 2D side-scrolling action game based on the popular Japanese series - featuring plenty of anime mech battles with notable characters from the show. To commemorate the...

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...