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News: Final Fantasy Explorers Official Website Opens

Final Fantasy Explorers Official Website Opens

Another beautiful 3DS RPG to preorder

It may be plastered with "coming soon" placeholder boxes and "to be confirmed" text where we were hoping for release dates, but what little there is on the freshly-opened Final Fantasy Explorers Japanese website offers a tantalising glimpse into what could be another great 3DS RPG, and hopefully a fun...

News: Japanese Airline Offering Limited Time Pokémon-Themed Travel Deals

Japanese Airline Offering Limited Time Pokémon-Themed Travel Deals

Fly with Pikachu and friends this summer!

All Nippon Airway’s 2014 summer travel campaign is currently inviting Pokémon fanatics and their families to join Pikachu and company on a “one-of-a-kind” journey. Trainers who fly from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport between July 17th and August 3rd — or Okinawa’s...

News: Brain Training / Brain Age Makes DS Début on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Brain Training / Brain Age Makes DS Début on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Suddenly released for free

Nintendo caused a minor stir earlier this year when it announced DS titles for the Wii U Virtual Console, with the accompanying concept image showing both screens side-by-side on the GamePad; it's an idea that may not suit all games released on the portable, at least not without some alternative formatting. In any case...

News: 3DS Tops Japanese Hardware Chart as Wii U Secures Home Console Crown

3DS Tops Japanese Hardware Chart as Wii U Secures Home Console Crown

Put away the champagne, the numbers are still low

It's time for the weekly Japanese Media Create results, and they bring a couple of notable headlines this week. We see a boost for Wii U ahead of the 29th May launch — it's a day earlier in Japan — of Mario Kart 8, while Level-5's latest success story keeps on going. The software charts see...

News: Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Units Separate PS4 and Wii U

Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Units Separate PS4 and Wii U

Yo-kai Watch approaches one million retail sales

The Japanese chart results are in from Media Create, and unfortunately they continue the recent trends of poor sales across software and hardware. There are some bright-spots from a Nintendo perspective, though not necessarily radiant enough to lighten up the overall picture. To start with software,...

News: Gargoyle's Quest II Swoops Onto the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Gargoyle's Quest II Swoops Onto the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

3DS or Wii U is fine in the West, really...

So, Gargoyle's Quest II may be on its way to the Virtual Console in the West, perhaps. Up to now we've seen the NES version arrive on the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan, while it's been rated by the Australian Classification Board — it's on the cards, then. This sequel — a prequel in terms of the plot...

Matters of Import: Tomodachi Collection

Tomodachi Collection

The best of friends?

Tomodachi Collection is more a toy than a game in that very special Nintendo way: your own mad little island full of Miis that you never knew you wanted but you suddenly find yourself unable to live without, and while it may be the five-year-old prequel to the upcoming English language Tomodachi Life, that doesn't mean the...

News: Nintendo Confirms Five New Titles for 3DS LL "Recommended Software" Promotion in June

Nintendo Confirms Five New Titles for 3DS LL "Recommended Software" Promotion in June

Three Pokémon games, New Leaf again and puzzling dragons...

Not so long ago we told you about the rather neat 3DS LL (XL) "Recommended Software" promotion in Japan, which rewards those that pick up the model with a voucher for a free retail game. This runs until 30th September, but the twist is that the available free games will change every month...

News: The 2014 My Famicase Exhibition Is Packed With Fascinating Flights Of Fictional Famicom Fancy

The 2014 My Famicase Exhibition Is Packed With Fascinating Flights Of Fictional Famicom Fancy

Too bad none of them are real games

Japanese game store Meteor has been running its "My Famicase" art exhibition for the past few years, and each year the entries go above and beyond our expectations. The idea is that artists create "fake" Famicom cartridge labels which are in keeping with the designs of the '80s and ''90s, but have a modern vibe...

Weirdness: Monster Hunter 10th Anniversary Merchandise Includes Electric Guitars and Golf Gear

Monster Hunter 10th Anniversary Merchandise Includes Electric Guitars and Golf Gear

Turn the nerdy up to 11

The Monster Hunter franchise turns ten this year, and to celebrate Capcom has licensed all sorts of fun (and expensive) MH-themed merchandise in Japan; everything from jewellery to golfing goods to electric guitars. A few highlights: Japanese heavy metal guitar manufacturer ESP has created this gorgeous monster-hunting...

News: Theatrhythm: Curtain Call Helps 3DS XL Double Its Sales, But Japanese Retail Continues To Struggle

Theatrhythm: Curtain Call Helps 3DS XL Double Its Sales, But Japanese Retail Continues To Struggle

Square Enix's new game shifts 80,523 copies, with 27,914 3DS XL units sold

The Japanese launch of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call allowed the Nintendo 3DS XL to double its weekly sales total, but on the whole the Japanese games market remains stuck in something of a rut, with hardware sales at a five year low in the period between April 14th...

News: Get Artistic With Pikachu In 3DS Title Pokémon Art Academy

Get Artistic With Pikachu In 3DS Title Pokémon Art Academy

Brushes at the ready for a June release in Japan

Nintendo has confirmed that Pokémon Art Academy will be hitting Japan on June 19th. 40 lessons will be included, all of which will focus around a famous Pokémon. It will be released as both a retail and digital product and will retail for 3,619 Yen. The 3DS console's 3D screen will not be supported...

News: Satoru Iwata Speaks Of The Need To "Redefine" Nintendo's Position In The Entertainment Industry

Satoru Iwata Speaks Of The Need To "Redefine" Nintendo's Position In The Entertainment Industry

"Nintendo is a company that can do whatever they want"

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata may be under the cosh at the moment thanks to the growing discontent of the company's shareholders, but he has revealed to Japanese site Diamond Online that he feels he is carrying on the will of the late Hiroshi Yamauchi by ensuring that the firm is always...

Weirdness: This Monster Hunter Fan Will Keep You Cool On Those Epic Quests

This Monster Hunter Fan Will Keep You Cool On Those Epic Quests

Something for true "fans" of the series

Monster Hunter is pretty big in Japan, in case you hadn't noticed. This is made abundantly clear by the sheer volume of merchandise that is available, and we think we may have found the "coolest" item yet. Ahem. The official Monster Hunter USB fan features a rather burly-looking knight carrying an impressive...