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News: Yo-Kai Watch 2 On Course For A Phenomenal Début Week of Sales in Japan

Yo-Kai Watch 2 On Course For A Phenomenal Début Week of Sales in Japan

Set to be first million-seller in Japan this year

Earlier this week we brought you some comments from Level 5's head honcho, Akihiro Hino, outlining the formula for the success of Yo-Kai Watch on 3DS. The first title had a reasonable but modest start in Japan, before the accompanying anime series boosted its popularity and took it beyond one million...

News: Final Fantasy Explorers Is Hitting Japan This Winter

Final Fantasy Explorers Is Hitting Japan This Winter

Still no word on a western release, though

It has been confirmed in today's Japan-only Nintendo Direct that Square Enix's new 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers will be hitting Japanese stores in the winter. The four player title is intended as a stepping-stone into the world of RPGs and will boast famous creatures from the history of the esteemed...

News: Nintendo Direct Confirmed For Japan on 11th July

Nintendo Direct Confirmed For Japan on 11th July

Focused on 3rd Party 3DS Games

Just days ago we outlined key areas and details that can still be revealed in upcoming Nintendo Direct broadcasts this year; there's plenty of ground that the big N can still cover post-E3. Of course, the Nintendo Direct fever is back up and running in Japan already — not only has there already been a Yokai Watch 2...

News: 3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Home Console in Japan

3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Home Console in Japan

Mario Kart 8 passes half a million physical retail sales

The latest Media Create chart results for Japan are in, and they continue the trends established over recent week in terms of hardware and software. There are certainly yet more positives for Nintendo, albeit against a backdrop of modest overall industry sales in the company's homeland. The...

News: Japanese 3DS Owners Can Enter Sega's Fantasy Zone Again Next Week

Japanese 3DS Owners Can Enter Sega's Fantasy Zone Again Next Week

Another Sega 3D Classic inbound

We may not have been blessed with 3D Fantasy Zone here in the west yet, but lucky Japanese players will be able to get their hands on the sequel when it launches on the 3DS eShop next week. 3D Fantasy Zone II will be released on July 16th for 762 yen, including tax. The package includes the arcade version, the Master...

News: Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Both feature new content, both out this month

Those of you wise enough to have purchased the rather excellent Kirby: Triple Deluxe will be aware that the mini-games included with the title — Kirby Fighters and DeDeDe's Drum Dash — are jolly good fun, and stand-out releases in their own right. It would appear that Nintendo agrees, because the...

News: Dragon Quest X Is Now Adventuring Onto 3DS

Dragon Quest X Is Now Adventuring Onto 3DS

Still no word of an overseas release though

We've lamented before on Square Enix's baffling decision to keep Dragon Quest X a strictly Japan-only affair, and now it appears that fans outside Japan have another format to direct their frustrations at with the announcement that the game will hit Japanese 3DS' on the 4th of September this year. The...

Nintendo Direct: Yokai Watch 2 Gets Its Own Broadcast in Japan

Yokai Watch 2 Gets Its Own Broadcast in Japan

Play the 'figure out what's happening' game

Although it's said to be on the way to the West, we're yet to receive firm release details on Yokai Watch, the 3DS title from Level-5 that's enjoying continued success in Japan. That success has certainly been assisted by the accompanying anime series, with the brand as a whole capturing the imagination in...

Weirdness: Japanese Rocker Gackt Plays Mega Man 2 While His Expensive Sports Car Gleams In The Background

Japanese Rocker Gackt Plays Mega Man 2 While His Expensive Sports Car Gleams In The Background

Wearing shades indoors, naturally

Unless you're really keen on Japanese rock music, the name Gackt might not mean that much to you, but take it from us — he's a big name in his own country. Gackt — real name Kamui Gakuto — found fame as a member of the band Malice Mizer, and since going it alone has gained the male soloist record for most top...

News: The Denpa Men Are Going Free-To-Play In Japan

The Denpa Men Are Going Free-To-Play In Japan

A reaction to low sales in the west?

The next entry in the popular RPG series The Denpa Men will be a free-to-play title. Denpa Ningen no RPG Free! will launch in Japan on July 23rd, and will feature items which can only be obtained by spending real-world cash. Aside from the teaser trailer below and the rather spare website, we don't have any more...

Matters of Import: Genso Suikoden Card Stories - Konami's Other Trading Card Game

Genso Suikoden Card Stories - Konami's Other Trading Card Game

Suikoden 2 on GBA? Sort of

Konami is certainly comfortable with the popular and profitable Trading Card Game genre, their Yu-Gi-Oh series reportedly selling in excess of twenty-two billion cards all over the world since it was first launched. The digital equivalents have always been warmly welcomed on Nintendo hardware too, stretching all the way...

First Impressions: The Thieves And The 1000 Pokémon Steals Its Way Onto 3DS In Japan

The Thieves And The 1000 Pokémon Steals Its Way Onto 3DS In Japan

But is it Robin Hood or Dick Turpin?

We've taken a look at The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon before, but now the free eShop title has been released in Japan we can share some more info and screenshots of this delightfully bonkers little game. You start out by picking one of the three initial Pokémon from Pokémon X and Y, and then you basically...

News: Iwata's Approval Rating Rises While Miyamoto's Drops Slightly

Iwata's Approval Rating Rises While Miyamoto's Drops Slightly

Small shifts across the board

The results from Nintendo's AGM are in, and as we already know, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata isn't going anywhere — his approval rating has actually risen over the past year by 3 percent. Last year, his rating was 77.26 percent, but this year's figure is a slightly better 80.64 percent. However, this rise was...

News: Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre of Their Own

Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre of Their Own

“I really think there needs to be a Nintendo genre"

Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently did an interview with the LA Times where he discussed Nintendo's focus on creating games which entertain, as opposed to simply trying to be "cool". He even went on to say that Nintendo should have a genre of their own. Nintendo isn’t one...

News: Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Business as usual

Nintendo's 74th annual general meeting (AGM) for shareholders took place today in Japan and we can confirm that Satoru Iwata has retained his position as Nintendo's president. Iwata of course was not present at today's meeting due to his recovery from recent surgery. We are yet to learn what this year's investor approval rating...

News: Pokémon Art Academy Sneaks Top Spot in Japanese Charts as Console Sales Dip

Pokémon Art Academy Sneaks Top Spot in Japanese Charts as Console Sales Dip

3DS still top, Wii U remains as number one console

It's time once again for the Media Create Japanese chart results, and this week tells a tale of modest sales across the board. Though the numbers are low Nintendo still has plenty to cheer. Pokémon Art Academy makes its début this week and sneaks into top spot, narrowly out-selling more...

News: The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

Finally old enough to run Conker's Bad Fur Day

Time flies when you're having fun, especially for those of us who grew up spending excessive amounts of time playing GoldenEye 007 and Mario Kart 64. That's because the Nintendo 64 was released a whopping 18 years ago today in its native territory of Japan. Released on 23 June 1996, the N64 served as a...