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News: Panorama View to be Sighted on Wii U eShop in Spring 2013

Panorama View to be Sighted on Wii U eShop in Spring 2013

Confirmed in Japan, at least

One of the first concepts that was shown off for Wii U, and which made an appearance at various demo opportunities and expo appearances for the system, was Panorama View. It's a relatively simple app that uses real-life video and allows you to view the action from any angle you desire, simply by moving the GamePad. It's...

Nintendo Direct: Watch The Japanese Wii U Presentation Live

Watch The Japanese Wii U Presentation Live

Covering the Wii U launch in Japan

You may not realise it, but the Wii U hasn't actually launched in its native Japan yet. Us lucky westerners may already be knee-deep in Mario, ZombiU and Miiverse, but in the Land of the Rising Sun the system doesn't hit store shelves until the 8th of December. While the Nintendo Direct presentations for North...

News: You Need This Legend Of Zelda Figure In Your Life

You Need This Legend Of Zelda Figure In Your Life

We go hands-on with Max Factory's amazing Figma Link action figure

As much as it pains us to admit it, you never really grow out of toys. And it's pretty much official that toys based on popular video games are the bomb. Don't believe us? Then check out the photos below of the amazing Figma Link action figure from Japanese manufacturer Max...

News: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Surpasses One Million Sales

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Surpasses One Million Sales

E.X. Troopers has an underwhelming start

When Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released in Japan, demand was so high that physical copies of the game sold out, while eShop download sales returned some rather impressive results. Subsequent weeks have remained solid, with the latest Media Create results showing that the title has passed the one million...

News: TVii Application Will Be Available In Japan At Launch

TVii Application Will Be Available In Japan At Launch

But not all of its features will be free

Nintendo has revealed that TVii - the application that allows users to merge all of their video streaming packages together and change TV channels - will be available in selected European regions at some point in 2013. It looked as though Japan was being left in the lurch but this is not the case as the Land...

News: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Players Have Snagged Over 300 Billion Coins

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Players Have Snagged Over 300 Billion Coins

Nintendo Direct delivers the happy news, DLC launched to celebrate

Nintendo Japan released a new Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday in which president Satoru Iwata announced that over 300 billion coins had been collected by New Super Mario Bros. 2 players worldwide. To mark the proud occasion, a DLC level pack has been made available free of...

News: Wii U Can be Used as a Portable Home Console

Wii U Can be Used as a Portable Home Console

Not something we ever considered...

We never thought we'd see a Wii U treated as a portable system, but that's exactly what's happened with a keen Japanese gamer — importing a system ahead of time clearly wasn't enough on its own. The console isn't portable, of course, but on select games you don't technically need to use the TV; a power outlet is...

News: Pokémon Pokédex Is Coming To iOS Devices In Japan

Pokémon Pokédex Is Coming To iOS Devices In Japan

A smart move?

Japan has had Pokédex 3D Pro available to download on the 3DS since July, and it seems the demand for Pokéknowledge knows no bounds in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Pokémon Company has announced today that it will be bringing a new Pokédex to iOS devices from November 16th. The base application, which costs 170 Yen, is similar...

News: 3DS Passes Eight Million Sales in Japan

3DS Passes Eight Million Sales in Japan

Turning over a new leaf

When it comes to keeping the accountants and shareholders happy, Nintendo can always point to its 3DS sales in Japan. While there's undoubtedly improvement needed in North America and, particularly, Europe when it comes to sales figures for the handheld, Nintendo's homeland consistently shows healthy sales that simply blow...

News: Wii U External Hard Drive Usage Outlined by Satoru Iwata

Wii U External Hard Drive Usage Outlined by Satoru Iwata

Up to 2TB supported

For those of you that have watched today's Nintendo Direct broadcast — you can check it out here — you'll have seen lots of graphics of external hard drives, Wii U systems and some interesting demonstrations with large science lab-style glass jars. There was some pretty good news from Satoru Iwata, and a few small things that...

News: Wii U GamePad Will Not Have Backward Compatibility

Wii U GamePad Will Not Have Backward Compatibility

Not just yet, anyway...

We've already argued that backwards compatibility is an important aspect when purchasing a console, and Wii U is no different. The latest Nintendo Direct provides us with new infomation on playing previous software titles — including WiiWare and Virtual Console — and how they will not be playable on the Wii U GamePad,...

Interview: The Team Behind Paper Mario: Sticker Star

The Team Behind Paper Mario: Sticker Star

We speak to the team behind the biggest 3DS title this Christmas

The dust has barely settled on our Paper Mario: Stick Star review, but we're far from finished with Mario's latest handheld outing. Prior to launch we were lucky enough to speak with director Mr Naohiko Aoyama (Intelligent Systems), director and scenario writer Mr Taro Kudo (Vanpool)...

News: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Already Sold Out In Japan

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Already Sold Out In Japan

Iwata reassures fans on Twitter

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of the most anticipated games in the West right now, with fans of the series foaming at the mouth at the prospect of becoming the mayor of their own little town in 2013. Japanese gamers have had the game for a few days now, and it appears they loved it so much it has already sold...

News: 3DS Continues Hardware Sales Dominance in Japan

3DS Continues Hardware Sales Dominance in Japan

Sony platforms dominate software, however

The 3DS LL (or XL, as it is known over here) saw a massive sales spike in Japan last week, jumping from the previous week's total of 38,089 to 63,993 units sold, according to the latest chart information. It was followed by the standard 3DS model, which racked up just under half of its larger counterpart's...

News: Japanese Nintendo Direct Confirmed For 7th November

Japanese Nintendo Direct Confirmed For 7th November

Miiverse will be the main focus

With Wii U on the horizon, Nintendo has revealed yet another Nintendo Direct broadcast for Japan at short notice. The presentation will focus on Miiverse, which isn't a surprise as we reported last month that this was expected to happen close to the console's launch. The presentation will be approximately 35 minutes...

News: XSEED Hints at Rune Factory 4 Localisation

XSEED Hints at Rune Factory 4 Localisation

The big tease

The thing about developers and publishers being on social networks is that they have another means to poke and tease us gamers. Gone are the days of big announcements being exclusively in gaming magazines, and now we have pre-announcement hints of teasers. Still, it sure keeps us interested. The latest publisher to join in is XSEED,...