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News: Pokémon Director Hypes up Sunday Announcement

Pokémon Director Hypes up Sunday Announcement

Oh Masuda, you tease...

At the start of this week you may have seen the news that Pokémon Director Junichi Masuda teased something for Sunday, saying that all would be revealed on Japanese TV show Pokémon Smash. Speculation naturally followed, and Masuda has decided to up the ante with a post on his English-translated Game Freak blog page. His...

News: Iwata Hits Out at Nikkei's "Gossip Magazine" Tactics

Iwata Hits Out at Nikkei's "Gossip Magazine" Tactics

Don't annoy the big man

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was very unhappy a quote attributed to him in Nikkei's report about Nintendo resurrecting Seaman for 3DS, and took to Twitter to give his side of the story. While most outlets — including this one — picked up just on the Seaman story, apparently the original Japanese article quoted Iwata as...

News: Mario and Luigi 3DS Pouches Hit Club Nintendo Japan

Mario and Luigi 3DS Pouches Hit Club Nintendo Japan

Hats off

The Japanese Club Nintendo rewards just got a little cooler, with Mario and Luigi hats added to the roster. They're not just normal hats though — in fact, they fail to fulfil the primary function of a hat by not staying on your head — but they can be used to hold a 3DS console. These pocket pouches have actually been around before when...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles Team Recruiting for 3DS Game

Xenoblade Chronicles Team Recruiting for 3DS Game

Is that a Monolith in your pocket or..?

Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft is recruiting for an unannounced 3DS project. The Japanese developer has several positions available, including motion designers, 3D CG designers and motion designers. The title doesn't have a name, but considering the jobs specifically mention monsters, maps and...

News: Code of Princess Battle Movie is Guardian Heroes-Esque

Code of Princess Battle Movie is Guardian Heroes-Esque

Most wanted?

In case you were still in any doubt that Code of Princess is the spiritual sequel to legendary SEGA Saturn co-op fighter Guardian Heroes, here's some quick footage of the game's battles in action. Featuring four of the cast of playable characters the movie gives you a short introduction to the chaos of battles, with combos, magic, bombs...

News: Nintendo Resurrects Dreamcast's Seaman for 3DS

Nintendo Resurrects Dreamcast's Seaman for 3DS

Nothing fishy here

Bizarre Japanese fish conversation simulator Seaman is coming to 3DS, according to Andriasang. The Dreamcast original boasted a microphone that let you talk to the titular fish-with-a-face, giving him commands and building a relationship; in the English version, the voice over was provided by none other than Spock himself, Leonard...

News: Nintendo Japan Hosts Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

Nintendo Japan Hosts Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

Why tomorrow..?

Nintendo Japan will host another of its Nintendo Direct internet broadcasts tomorrow at 8pm Japan time (11am GMT / 6am EST / 3am PST). Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will discuss the latest Wii and 3DS developments, so you never know what we might see. The last broadcast, on 27th December, showcased Fire Emblem: Kakusei and Kid...

News: Pokémon Director Teases Something for Sunday

Pokémon Director Teases Something for Sunday

We're not sure what

Game Freak director Junichi Masuda has brushed off a fan question about a sequel to Pokémon Black & White with a hint to watch out this Sunday. Asked at a public Q&A for information on a follow-up to Black and White — likely the inevitable Pokémon Grey — Masuda said: I can't answer that yet. Well, I can say to...

News: Theatrhythm Gets the Nobuo Uematsu Tears of Approval

Theatrhythm Gets the Nobuo Uematsu Tears of Approval

Tracks of his tears

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is released in Japan tomorrow, combining rhythm action with — you guessed it — Final Fantasy. Long-time series composer Nobuo Uematsu just played the game for the first time, and it certainly seemed to strike a chord (sorry) with the legendary musician. Uematsu tweeted: I played Theatrhythm Final...

News: Nintendo Japan Releases First 3DS Paid DLC

Nintendo Japan Releases First 3DS Paid DLC

Stealing Theatrhythm's thunder

After Nintendo's announcement last year that DLC would arrive on 3DS, it looked like Theatrhythm Final Fantasy — due for release in Japan on 16th Feburary — would be the first title with paid extra content on the handheld. Not to be upstaged, Nintendo has jumped ahead and released three small download packs for a...

News: Kirby's Dream Land 2 On the Way to Japanese eShop

Kirby's Dream Land 2 On the Way to Japanese eShop

Sweet dreams

Kirby's Dream Land is one of the best-selling Virtual Console games on 3DS, so it's no surprise Nintendo is preparing 1995 follow-up Kirby's Dream Land 2 for Japan's eShop next week. The portable platformer heads to Japan's store on 15th February, and will hopefully bound its way over to Europe and North America before too long. In the...

News: 3DS Big Three Keep on Selling in Japan

3DS Big Three Keep on Selling in Japan

Nearly 4 million served

Nintendo's Christmas trio of top titles continues to sell in Japan into January, with Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and Monster Hunter 3 G still topping the country's sales charts. Between them the games have sold 3.94 million copies in Japan, an incredible figure as the most recent hardware sales put the machine at 3.6m units in Japan. We're guessing there's either..

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - February 2012

Japanese Virtual Console List - February 2012

Neo Geo support continues

Japan is getting three more Wii Virtual Console games this month. The scale is clearly tipped in the favour of the Neo Geo once more, as it will see yet another two games. If only we'd see some more Neo Geo games in the West. Japan's full list for this month is as follows: Super Famicom Kunio-Kun no Dodge Ball Dayo Zenin Shuugo! — Essentially the SNES version of Super..

News: Genius Sonority's eShop AR RPG Looks Mad

Genius Sonority's eShop AR RPG Looks Mad

Cute, though

Japanese developer Genius Sonority — best known for its work on various Pokémon spin-offs over the years — has revealed its next title, due out in the Japanese eShop next week. Called Denpa Ningen RPG — or Electric Wave Person RPG, believe it or not — is an augmented reality RPG where you use the 3DS's cameras to reveal hidden...

News: DS Speech Recognition Could Help Disabled Children

DS Speech Recognition Could Help Disabled Children

Trials underway in Japan

The DS, in its various forms, has not only been the biggest selling handheld console of all time, but has also played a role beyond that of a simple gaming machine. As we reported last year, Art Academy has helped students with their creative skills, while there are plenty of educational software options available. Reports in Japan are now suggesting that the role of the DS..

News: Punch-Out!! is Japan's Next NES 3DS VC Game

Punch-Out!! is Japan's Next NES 3DS VC Game

OK?

NES pugilist title Punch-Out!! is the next game coming to Japan's 3DS Virtual Console. Due next week for 500 Yen, it's the third NES game to join the service but the first that wasn't released to 3DS Ambassadors: both Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda are available to buy in Japan. Looks like hopes for a 3D Classics: Punch-Out!! just...