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Weirdness: How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

Headline may be somewhat misleading

They may not be a must-have item for Lolita fashion, but the uniquely Japanese undergarment called haramaki has shed its reputation of being for grandparents only and enjoyed a resurgence of popularity among the young and fashionable in the last decade or so. A haramaki, or belly warmer, is a sweater-like...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

3DS hardware also holds momentum

To the surprise of no one, Yokai Watch 2 has once again dominated the Japanese charts, bringing its sales to 2 million, and this figure doesn't even take into account any digital downloads so the total number is bound to be significantly higher than that. Not only this, but Level-5's original Yokai Watch takes ninth...

News: Sega Announces Chopper Action Title Thunder Blade As Its Latest 3DS Classic

Sega Announces Chopper Action Title Thunder Blade As Its Latest 3DS Classic

Flying your way soon?

Sega's 3D Classic range shows no sign of slowing down, with Japanese gamers still getting to grips with Fantasy Zone II Double's new Link Loop Land mode while looking forward to this latest announcement - 3D Thunder Blade. Originally released in arcades back in 1987, Thunder Blade was another game to use Sega's impressive...

News: Nintendo Hardware and Exclusives Hold Firm at Top of Japanese Charts

Nintendo Hardware and Exclusives Hold Firm at Top of Japanese Charts

3DS and Wii U see small increases

It's Media Create Japanese chart results time, once again, and they continue the usual trends — though there are a few talking points to consider. In terms of software, the two iterations of Yokai Watch 2 had another dominant week, now just one week away — in all likelihood — from passing two million physical...

News: Etrian Odyssey 2 3DS Remake Confirmed for Japan

Etrian Odyssey 2 3DS Remake Confirmed for Japan

They weren't kidding. There is no broccoli.

The "that game" teased by Atlus several weeks ago has finally been revealed, if this was in fact the game it was referring to. The somewhat infamous former "not broccoli" teaser site now presents a lovely smorgasbord of information in Japanese on a 3DS remake of Etrian Odyssey II, replacing somewhat...

Video: Mario Battles Through Real Life Tokyo to Get to Super Smash Bros. Event

Mario Battles Through Real Life Tokyo to Get to Super Smash Bros. Event

A smashing fan made trailer

We've seen some awesome fan made Nintendo videos in the past, and this certainly ranks as one of the best. YouTuber Dean Wright has faithfully created a trailer of everyone's favourite portly plumber dashing through the streets of real life Tokyo in order to get to a Super Smash Bros. event on time. Not only is Mario's...

News: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright Art Books Coming West from UDON Entertainment

Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright Art Books Coming West from UDON Entertainment

Top-notch finger-pointing for your coffee table

Art direction fanatics who can read this are in for a treat now that UDON Entertainment will be bringing two new art books to English-speaking territories; one for Phoenix Wright's latest "I can't shout OBJECTION! on the bus" screen-tapping epic Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies and...

News: Pocket Monsters Invade Arcades In Bandai Namco's Pokémon: Battle Nine

Pocket Monsters Invade Arcades In Bandai Namco's Pokémon: Battle Nine

Japan-only, for the time being

We've seen Pokémon arcade games in the past from the likes of Sammy and Takara Tomy, and now Bandai Namco is trying its hand at bringing those famous pocket monsters to amusement centres — in Japan, at least. It has just revealed a promotional trailer for Pokémon: Battle Nine, an arcade title which uses the famous...

News: The Japanese Console Market Fell in 2013, With Revenues Behind the Mobile Gaming Sector

The Japanese Console Market Fell in 2013, With Revenues Behind the Mobile Gaming Sector

A 16% fall from 2012 to 2013

It's been a day of financial figures and reflections on Nintendo's latest results, yet a report emerging from Japan demonstrates that conventional gaming systems as a whole are under a heavy strain in the country. This should be no surprise to those that regularly follow the Media Create chart results, with sale numbers...

News: Looks Like You Can Only Install 300 Games And Apps On Your 3DS

Looks Like You Can Only Install 300 Games And Apps On Your 3DS

Still enough to keep you busy for a while

We've all experienced the irksome problem of running out of storage space on our 3DS consoles, but it would appear that even the most spacious SD card in the world won't help overcome this issue totally — the hardware seems to have a maximum ceiling of 300 applications. Reddit user Rayquaza3010 received...

News: Wii U and 3DS Hardware Sales See Slight Increase in Japan as Yokai Watch 2 Stays on Top

Wii U and 3DS Hardware Sales See Slight Increase in Japan as Yokai Watch 2 Stays on Top

Yoshi's New Island makes chart début in second

It's time again for Media Create chart results from Japan, with Nintendo hoping for good news in both the software and hardware stakes; the 3DS sees a game release that the West has been enjoying since Spring. It should surprise no-one that Level 5's Yokai Watch 2, available in two versions, remains...

News: One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X Will Cram 85 Different Characters Into Your Humble 3DS

One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X Will Cram 85 Different Characters Into Your Humble 3DS

Confirmed for Japanese launch this Winter

The One Piece juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down. We've only just had One Piece: Unlimited World Red here in the west, and Bandai Namco has now announced the next video game adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's famous anime and manga series: One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X. This 3DS offering will feature...

News: Dragon Quest X All-In-One Retail Package Will Include Wii, Wii U and PC Copies in Japan

Dragon Quest X All-In-One Retail Package Will Include Wii, Wii U and PC Copies in Japan

Let the package design nightmare begin

Update: It seems that there will still be three distinct SKUs for this 'all-in-one' version, identifiable with Wii U, Wii and PC branding. Each will still, nevertheless, contain copies for all three platforms. Original Article: Square Enix has announced that the upcoming Dragon Quest X 'all-in-one' retail...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Maintains Dominance as Hardware Sales Fall in Japan

Yokai Watch 2 Maintains Dominance as Hardware Sales Fall in Japan

Home console sales continue summer decline

In last week's Media Create chart results for Japan, Yokai Watch stormed the charts with 1.3 million sales. A combination of the growing popularity of Level-5's franchise and the decision to release two versions helped it surpass the lifetime sales of its predecessor in just one week. As expected, Yokai...