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News: Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Running Onto The Japanese eShop

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Running Onto The Japanese eShop

Game Gear returns

The Game Gear version of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is coming to the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console next week. It'll be available for download on 31 October for 300 yen, so gamers in Nintendo's homeland can give themselves a treat this Halloween. This 8-bit version of the game was also released on the Sega Master System featuring...

News: Japanese eBook Service Delayed For Nintendo 3DS

Japanese eBook Service Delayed For Nintendo 3DS

Will be turning pages in the near future

We reported last month that Librica was to launch a 3DS application - Bookstore Anywhere - for the 3DS this month in Japan. Sadly, it has since been confirmed that the service has been delayed. Librica has said the hold up is due to the team's desire to make further improvements to the app, and that a new...

News: This Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Soundtrack Packaging is Rather Special

This Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Soundtrack Packaging is Rather Special

Pop up CD case, anyone?

We've been paying a lot of attention to Bravely Default: Flying Fairy here at Nintendo Life, mainly because it looks like a high quality 3DS RPG from Square Enix. With an attractive art-style and seemingly plenty of interesting gameplay to offer, we're sure that others are also keen to see a Western release. One thing that's...

News: 3DS and Bravely Default Flying High in Japanese Charts

3DS and Bravely Default Flying High in Japanese Charts

As expected, really

We've often reported that 3DS is performing particularly well in Japan, and that trend is continuing this week with the release of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, the eagerly anticipated RPG from Square Enix. When considered alongside recent positive news about 3DS software sales in North America, it seems as if Nintendo's...

News: Amazon Japan Releases Online Pokémon Store Into The Wild

Amazon Japan Releases Online Pokémon Store Into The Wild

Time to waste some money

Amazon Japan has opened a special online Pokémon Store today. Nintendo and developers Game Freak have partnered up to launch the awesome virtual store, which includes various items such as figures, plushes, Pokémon trainers and kitchen equipment. They even have a life-size Pikachu plush on sale for 3,800 Yen. There are...

News: Monster Hunter 3 G Traps an eShop Discount in Japan

Monster Hunter 3 G Traps an eShop Discount in Japan

Re-packaged "Best Price" offer also on the way

Fans of the Monster Hunter series that live outside of Japan have been a little hard done by, casting envious glances to gamers in Japan who are looking forward to Monster Hunter 4, while the rest of us wait for the expanded version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. While Ultimate is also coming to Wii U...

News: Pokémon Train Hitting The Rails This Holiday

Pokémon Train Hitting The Rails This Holiday

In Japan, obviously

Sometimes the Western world just isn't enthusiastic enough about video games. Sure, gamers in Europe and North America in particular buy an enormous volume of video games on a yearly basis and pay plenty of cash for new consoles, but do we, in our various individual cultures, love gaming enough to have anything as awesome as this...

First Impressions: Fire Emblem: Awakening

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Could this be the best entry in the Fire Emblem series yet?

The Fire Emblem series has long been famous and hugely successful in Japan. With a long string of titles stretching back to the days of the Nintendo Famicom, the franchise is now starting to catch on in the west. Arguably the most famous tactical RPG in the world right now, Fire Emblem fans...

Rumour: Super C Coming to 3DS Virtual Console in The West

Super C Coming to 3DS Virtual Console in The West

Third party NES classics make it out of Japan?

Up until now, Nintendo retro lovers have only had first-party NES titles to play on the 3DS Virtual Console. Although Japan has seen a steady stream of non-Nintendo games - including the awesome Mega Man 3 - those games haven't shown any sign of coming to the west - until now, that is. Konami has just...

First Impressions: Dopamix

Dopamix

Is this Japan-only eShop release going to be music to your ears?

As games get more complicated, with motion controls and complex button layouts, is it still possible to have fun while playing a game using only one button? With the Japan-exclusive eShop title Dopamix (made by G-mode, the current owners of the Data East back catalogue, which includes...

News: File Sizes Revealed For 3DS eShop Retail Downloads

File Sizes Revealed For 3DS eShop Retail Downloads

Better stock up on those SD cards, this could get ugly

Last week, Nintendo of Japan confirmed during a Nintendo Direct presentation that a list of current 3DS titles would soon be available for download from the Nintendo eShop. It's good to see Nintendo pushing their retail games as digital downloads, but just how much space will they actually take...

News: Computer Virus Responsible For Bomb Scare at Nintendo's Japanese HQ

Computer Virus Responsible For Bomb Scare at Nintendo's Japanese HQ

"This week, I'm going to blow up Nintendo headquarters"

A rather worrying computer virus has hit Japan which allows hackers to take control of another person's machine and use it for whatever means they wish. This virus has already claimed its first high-profile victim in the shape of animator Masaki Kitamura, who was arrested (and subsequently...

News: Our Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Translation Awaits Forest Folk Within

Our Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Translation Awaits Forest Folk Within

A complete summary of the Japanese presentation

Last week there was a special Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation covering the forthcoming Animal Crossing: Jump Out on 3DS. As usual, we've got a summary of the entire video, saving you the bother of having to actually learn Japanese in order to understand it. Iwata starts out by introducing us to...

News: More 3DS Download Titles Coming To Japan's eShop

More 3DS Download Titles Coming To Japan's eShop

Zelda, Mario and Starfox to be made available in digital form

Nintendo of Japan has confirmed via a special Nintendo Direct presentation that a series of existing 3DS retail releases will soon be available on the eShop. From November 1st, Japanese 3DS owners will be able to download copies of Mario Tennis Open, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games,...

News: Japan Is Getting These Awesome Animal Crossing and New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS Bundles

Japan Is Getting These Awesome Animal Crossing and New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS Bundles

Bundles of joy

Nintendo has confirmed that it is releasing new 3DS XL hardware bundles in Japan, with Animal Crossing and New Super Mario Bros. 2 themed consoles expected to hit store shelves in November. At the start of November Nintendo will push the all-black 3DS XL onto store shelves for 18,900 yen ($240 / £150). That's just the console on its...