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News: Strategic Card Battler Gundam: Try Age SP Announced For The Nintendo 3DS

Strategic Card Battler Gundam: Try Age SP Announced For The Nintendo 3DS

Suit up, soldier

It's no secret that we love Gundam here at Nintendo Life — our resident import expert Kerry has a collection of scale-model Mobile Suits that would make even the most seasoned Otaku green with envy. Taking this into account, you can imagine how excited we are by reports that the latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu carries an...

News: Japanese Persona Q Limited Edition 3DS Revealed

Japanese Persona Q Limited Edition 3DS Revealed

Velvety smooth

It feels like a long wait for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus' fascinating mix of Persona fan-favourites with the dungeon crawling of the Etrian Odyssey series, but as that 5th June Japanese release date draws nearer — it's a Fall arrival in North America — more details continue to be unveiled. Today's treat is a...

News: 3DS Faces a Renewed Vita Challenge in Japan as Home Consoles Underperform

3DS Faces a Renewed Vita Challenge in Japan as Home Consoles Underperform

3DS software continues strong run

It's Wednesday, so it's Media Create Japanese charts day. After a 2013 where each week could roughly be summarised as "3DS crushing all in its way", this year is shaping up to be a more competitive, dynamic contest. To begin with software, top spot is taken by PS Vita newcomer Soul Sacrifice Delta, an expanded and...

News: These Nintendo Illustrations to Highlight The Wii U Difference are Just Too Good

These Nintendo Illustrations to Highlight The Wii U Difference are Just Too Good

Hardware advertising, Japanese style

It's little secret that Nintendo will be aiming to up its game, in territories all around the world, in selling the Wii U concept to the masses. We expect that these marketing efforts will retain the hallmark style for which Nintendo is famous — in other words, there'll probably be plenty of light-hearted,...

News: Sega's Classic Shooter Fantasy Zone Is Blasting Onto Japanese 3DS eShop This Month

Sega's Classic Shooter Fantasy Zone Is Blasting Onto Japanese 3DS eShop This Month

Welcome to the... ah, you know

If you're a fan of Sega's 3D Classics range then you'll be pleased to know that the company has revealed that a new version of Fantasy Zone — entitled 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa Opa Brothers — will hit the Japanese 3DS eShop on the 19th of March. As with all previous 3D re-releases, the usual Sega love is on show —...

News: Pikachu And His Pokémon Pals Are Throwing Their Support Behind Japan's World Cup 2014 Campaign

Pikachu And His Pokémon Pals Are Throwing Their Support Behind Japan's World Cup 2014 Campaign

Pocket Monsters join forces with kit maker Adidas

One of the biggest sporting events of 2014 is the World Cup in Brazil, which will attract an audience of millions of fans from all over the globe. That of course means ample opportunities for advertising, and Adidas — which makes the kit of the Japanese national soccer team — has announced that...

Video: This Steel Empire Footage Makes Us Jealous of Those With a Japanese 3DS

This Steel Empire Footage Makes Us Jealous of Those With a Japanese 3DS

Gosh...

Our past coverage of Steel Empire, a 3DS conversion of the cult Mega Drive / Genesis shooter, may have betrayed the fact that some of the Nintendo Life team have fond — and increasingly distant — memories of Sega's 16-bit machine. More importantly, however, this shooter was loved by those who played it because it's rather good, so the...

News: Latest Mana Game Rises To The Challenge

Latest Mana Game Rises To The Challenge

Now we're hoping for a 3DS port

Launched just a few hours ago in Japan on iOS (due on Android later in the year), Rise of Mana is the most recent title in Square's long running RPG series, perhaps most fondly remembered by Western gamers for the first SNES entry Secret of Mana. In keeping with some of the more iconic Mana games, Rise of Mana is an...

News: Harvest Moon: Connect To A New World Dominates for 3DS in Japan

Harvest Moon: Connect To A New World Dominates for 3DS in Japan

Hardware sales for the region aren't pretty as PS4 drops

The latest Media Create Japanese chart results are in, and they have some interesting numbers to consider. Software sees the latest Harvest Moon title enjoy an impressive début, while a substantial drop in the PS4 system's sales — which some reports suggest is due to stock shortages —...

News: Hamatora: Look At Smoking World Announced For 3DS

Hamatora: Look At Smoking World Announced For 3DS

"Shared World" concept tying together multiple mediums into one setting

Shuuhou Imai, best known for his work on the Tokyo Majin Gakuen series that's been on everything from the original Playstation to the Nintendo DS, has just released some details on a new title — Hamatora: Look At Smoking World — for 3DS through his blog. The game is set...

Feature: Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Everything not saved will be lost

The end of the millennium was a turbulent time for Nintendo – the N64 hadn’t quite turned out to be the SNES Mk.II success it’d hoped the hardware would be, the 64DD add-on got off to a cautious launch in Japan and in 2001 both the N64 and the Game Boy Color would be completely replaced with younger and more...

News: Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Economy "Can Learn From" Nintendo

Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Economy "Can Learn From" Nintendo

Keeping the faith

Nintendo's stock market value and current financial results may be a long way short of the recent glory days of the Wii and DS era, yet despite that drop in fortunes the company still has substantial cash reserves and is emphasizing plans to evolve its business and return to significant success. The 3DS continues to perform —...

Matters Of Import: Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Making cute robots girls cry

The N64 never did get much 2D love when it was around, but games like Wonder Project J2 — as well as Treasure’s Bangai-O — show that other developers were missing a trick by ignoring the untapped potential of this side of Nintendo’s hardware. First published by Enix in 1996, Josette’s adventures on Blueland...

News: Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire Hits The Japanese 3DS eShop Later This Month

Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire Hits The Japanese 3DS eShop Later This Month

The 16-bit Sega release is getting a new lease of life

We first told you about the 3DS eShop conversion of the cult Mega Drive / Genesis shooter Steel Empire in August last year, but things have been pretty quiet since then. Thankfully, we can now update you with some more info — the game hits Japan later this month and will retail for 2940 yen...

News: Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbox 360

Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbox 360

Hey, it's a landmark

At the end of 2014 we're hopeful, even optimistic, that we'll be looking at a far brighter scenario for the Wii U. We don't have the facts and figures to start talking comebacks at the time of writing, however, so are restricted to looking ahead and taking the positives that we can. There is one, too. Earlier today we reported...