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News: Pokémon and 3DS Still Top of the Japanese Charts

Pokémon and 3DS Still Top of the Japanese Charts

Happy days for Nintendo

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that we haven't reported on the Japanese software and hardware charts every week recently, mainly because very little has changed. Despite that, we thought that we'd share the latest results, as at the very least the software chart includes some interesting games that we're pretty...

News: Pokémon Company Was June's Top Publisher in Japan

Pokémon Company Was June's Top Publisher in Japan

We'll give you one guess why

While game and hardware sales information can be limited or tough to get hold of for Europe and North America, we can always rely on Japan to bare all and reveal the movers and shakers in the country. One monthly chart that normally sees Nintendo nestling in top spot has had a bit of a shake-up today, though the news is...

News: Dragon Quest X Advert is a Call to Arms

Dragon Quest X Advert is a Call to Arms

In Japanese

Dragon Quest X will no doubt storm the Japanese charts with or without any advertising, but that hasn't stopped Square Enix putting together a cutesy trailer showing off the enemies and action in store. Japanese players can pick up the MMO from 2nd August, with a particularly snazzy black Wii Dragon Quest X bundle on sale too. The game...

News: Escape! Zombie City Set to Infest Japanese eShop

Escape! Zombie City Set to Infest Japanese eShop

The latest from Tom Create

Tom Create is a Japanese developer that may be familiar to gamers who enjoy a lot of download titles from the GO series. The studio has produced DSiWare titles such as GO Series: Earth Saver and GO Series: Tower of Deus, with many being thoroughly decent downloads at a budget price. It now seems that the developer is...

News: Time Travelers Live Action Advert is All Tears

Time Travelers Live Action Advert is All Tears

Why so serious?

Level-5 has been very cryptic so far with information about its upcoming release of Time Travelers in Japan this week, and things aren't about to get any clearer with these two latest trailers. Even with only three days before its launch on Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita, and ten days until Time Travelers releases on PSP, Level-5 are...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Director Says It's All About 'Adventure'

Monster Hunter 4 Director Says It's All About 'Adventure'

As opposed to 'grinding', perhaps?

Plenty of gamers, including various members of the Nintendo Life team, thoroughly enjoyed Monster Hunter Tri, not least because it was a terrific Wii title that had the impressive scale and online functionality often reserved for its HD rivals. There was a nagging feeling amongst some, however, that the story in...

News: Project X Zone Trailer is 10 Minutes of Chaos

Project X Zone Trailer is 10 Minutes of Chaos

And thirty seconds of clarity

Capcom-Namco-SEGA strategy RPG Project X Zone might not make sense just yet — we blame all that pesky Japanese writing and dialogue — but its blend of tactical turns-based battles and all-out chaos makes it fun to watch. The trailer below shows what the game looks like in action (though you'd probably already...

News: Here's the Monster Hunter 4 Trailer You Wanted

Here's the Monster Hunter 4 Trailer You Wanted

Beastly

Yesterday we told you about Monster Hunter 4's spring release in Japan, announced yesterday alongside a new trailer. This is that trailer. Like last year's Monster Hunter 4 concept video, this trailer shows off new terrain features, the ability to climb on monsters and destructible surroundings. It also teases new monsters alongside...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Attacks Japan in Spring 2013

Monster Hunter 4 Attacks Japan in Spring 2013

Take cover

Capcom's Summer Jam event has revealed a Spring 2013 release window for the much anticipated Monster Hunter 4. The 3DS-exclusive game includes brand new monsters as well as series mainstays Tigrex, Rathalos and Rathian, according to Andriasang. Capcom showed off a new trailer for the game but, as of the time of writing, it hasn't made it...

News: 3DS Leads Japanese Market to Year-on-Year Gains

3DS Leads Japanese Market to Year-on-Year Gains

Nintendo dominates home country

Strong performances from 3DS software and hardware saw the Japanese games market grow for the first time in two years. Between 26th December and 24th June, the Japanese market was worth 193.4 billion Yen, a 0.07% increase from 191.98bn over the same period last year. 63% of that figure came from software sales, up...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Steps Up as Keynote Speaker at CEDEC

Masahiro Sakurai Steps Up as Keynote Speaker at CEDEC

Talking about video games, presumably

Masahiro Sakurai has gained a reputation as the go-to man for some of Nintendo's key franchises that don't necessarily have Mario in the title. As a young employee at Nintendo he created Kirby, and has also masterminded the three entries in the Super Smash Bros. series, while also taking on the upcoming Wii U...

News: Project X Zone Hits Japan on 11th October

Project X Zone Hits Japan on 11th October

Now, about that worldwide release...

Project X Zone, the RPG mash-up featuring well-known characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai franchises, has been generating a lot of hype in Japan. Teasing details about battle mechanics, featured characters and even the in-game music have been coming thick and fast, with the most important reveal so far...

News: Pokémon Black & White 2 Sells 1.6m in Two Days

Pokémon Black & White 2 Sells 1.6m in Two Days

Still big in Japan

Pokémon Black & White 2 landed in Japan on Saturday 23rd June and racked up an astonishing 1,618,621 sales across the country in its first weekend. It's the fastest-selling game of the year, the first 2012 game on any platform to pass 1m sales and the third fastest-selling DS game of all time. It's a big drop-off in sales...

News: Official 3DS XL Japanese Website Launches

Official 3DS XL Japanese Website Launches

No blue in Nintendo's homeland

Now that the new 3DS XL has been announced, Nintendo has wasted little time in launching an official website in Japan. Interestingly, Japan has red + black and silver + black models, like Europe and North America, but doesn't have the blue + black version, opting instead for an all-white console. The all-white version...

News: New Animal Crossing 3DS Trailer Straight from Japan

New Animal Crossing 3DS Trailer Straight from Japan

Serene mode engaged

Angry that Animal Crossing won't reach Europe until 2013 and North America until... well, who knows when? Watch this new Japanese trailer for the game and all your stress might just melt away or, perhaps, become more strongly amplified. The video shows tonnes of new touches like solar panels to install outside, new shops and...