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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...

News: Japan Gets New Skyward Sword Link Figure in October

Japan Gets New Skyward Sword Link Figure in October

Go Figma

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's interpretation of Link gets immortalised in resin later this year, when Japanese manufacturer Max Factory puts out its Master Sword Link figurine. The ¥3,800 statue — that's about £30 or $47 — comes with Link, a Master Sword and Hylian Shield (of course), as well as an effects piece for his sword...

News: Dragon Quest 3D Smashes 500k Sales in Its First Week

Dragon Quest 3D Smashes 500k Sales in Its First Week

Terry's wonderful

3DS remake Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D has shot to the top of the Japanese charts with an incredible 513,183 units sold in its first week. The much-anticipated release sent 3DS hardware sales over 100,000 units, shifting 101,075 in a week, a near-90% increase on the previous week's 55,212 sales. Thanks to Dragon...

News: We'll Learn New Monster Hunter 4 Details Next Month

We'll Learn New Monster Hunter 4 Details Next Month

Get ready for a tail spin

Last year's revelation of 3DS exclusive Monster Hunter 4 was a big moment, but since then we haven't heard much more about Capcom's inevitably monstrous hit. Well, that'll end at the end of June, when the publisher releases more details at a Japanese event. Capcom Summer Jam takes place in Tokyo from 30th June to 1st July...

News: DS Car Navigation Arrives in Japan

DS Car Navigation Arrives in Japan

Courtesy of Toyota

A lot of modern cars have satellite navigation and as many buttons as Apollo 11, but Toyota has decided that perhaps the whole experience can be a bit more easy-going in the Japanese market, if a bit of Nintendo is thrown into the mix. The car manufacturer has created the Smart Navi car navigational system that uses a DS — and...

News: Japanese 3DS Television Service To Be Cancelled

Japanese 3DS Television Service To Be Cancelled

Itsu no Ma ni Terebi no more

Since June last year 3DS owners in Japan have had access to Itsu no Ma ni Terebi, a video service that has produced regular and exclusive content via SpotPass. Like the former Wii service Wii no Ma, Nintendo has decided to take the service off the air. In the past year the channel has offered content from Fuji Television...

News: Nintendo Japan Discontinues Aqua Blue 3DS

Nintendo Japan Discontinues Aqua Blue 3DS

Cobalt from the blue

Nintendo of Japan will soon end production of the Aqua Blue 3DS console. The company's 3DS page lists the currently available colours, with Aqua Blue bearing the note "scheduled to end production shortly" (近日生産終了予定). In March, Nintendo released the Cobalt Blue 3DS for Japan, so it makes sense to stick...

News: Dynasty Warriors VS Won't Come Westward

Dynasty Warriors VS Won't Come Westward

Region locked

Dynasty Warriors VS won't leave Japan. Tecmo Koei community manager Chin Soon Sun made the pronouncement on Twitter: Dynasty Warriors VS (for the Nintendo 3DS) - This title is for Japan only & will not be localized and released for / in overseas. Shame — we wanted to enjoy some feudal fighting dressed as Link and Samus.

News: Level-5 CEO Raises Possibility of Inazuma Eleven MMORPG

Level-5 CEO Raises Possibility of Inazuma Eleven MMORPG

Possible, but strange

The Inazuma Eleven series is still relatively unknown outside of Japan. The first two DS titles have arrived in Europe, though only after a fair bit of waiting, while the third for the system, the series debut on 3DS and two Wii spin-offs are yet to arrive outside of Nintendo's homeland. We can safely assume, due to the volume...

News: Mario Party 9 has Sales to Celebrate in the Japanese Chart

Mario Party 9 has Sales to Celebrate in the Japanese Chart

3DS still having a good time

Although it's been available in PAL regions and North America since March, Mario Party 9 has only just been released in Japan. The Media Create charts, as reported by Andriasang, report that it sold 152,883 copies in its debut week, earning it second place in the charts behind the PS3 version of Resident Evil: Operation...

News: Dragon Quest X Wii Lands in Japan on 2nd August

Dragon Quest X Wii Lands in Japan on 2nd August

Wii U version still a secret

Square Enix will release its online RPG Dragon Quest X in Japan this August. The Wii game lands on 2nd August in two editions: the standard game costs ¥6,980, or you can buy it with a USB memory card for ¥8,980. If you buy the solus game, you'll need to provide your own USB memory stick with at least 16GB capacity,...

News: Nintendo Posts First Annual Loss in 30 Years

Nintendo Posts First Annual Loss in 30 Years

But lower than expected

Nintendo made a 43 billion Yen net loss in the past financial year. A straight currency conversion puts the loss at $529m USD or £327m GBP. The company had originally predicted a 65 billion Yen net loss, but clawed back some of the deficit with strong software, particularly in Japan. The Yen also devalued compared to the...

News: Fire Emblem: Awakening Battles to Number One in Japanese Chart

Fire Emblem: Awakening Battles to Number One in Japanese Chart

An early victory

The latest Media Create Japanese chart results are in, and Fire Emblem: Awakening has stormed to the software number one position with an impressive 242,600 sales: more than the other nine top ten titles combined. The intriguing Code of Princess, an action-brawler on 3DS, made its debut at number two with a more modest 19,554 units...

News: Animal Crossing Tobidase Reaches Japan This Fall

Animal Crossing Tobidase Reaches Japan This Fall

Come inside

Animal Crossing 3DS has an official title and release window for Japan, those lucky blighters. Its full Japanese title is Doubutsu no Mori: Tobidase. Tobidase means 'jumping out' of something, a phrase often used to describe the 3DS's 3D capabilities but which Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says also refers to the game's wireless...

News: 3DS Gets Pokémon Black & White 2 AR Apps

3DS Gets Pokémon Black & White 2 AR Apps

Gotta snap 'em all

Pokémon Black & White 2 is coming to DS, but 3DS owners who want to beef up their experience can do so with the release of two new eShop applications. One is a follow-up to Pokédex 3D, updated with the new moves and information from Black and White 2. In Japan at least, the original Pokédex 3D will be removed from sale,...

News: Organise Your Home Menu With New 3DS Update

Organise Your Home Menu With New 3DS Update

All the fun of folders

If your Home Menu's looking a little cluttered these days, you might want to anticipate the new 3DS system update in a few days that adds folders to the mix. You'll be able to create folders to hold as many as 60 tiles each, which should certainly de-clutter that menu. You can name your folders too, which should make finding...

News: Nintendo Reveals New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS

Nintendo Reveals New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS

Wa-ha!

We knew Nintendo is working on a new 2D Mario for 3DS, and now we know it's New Super Mario Bros. 2. Satoru Iwata revealed the game during the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, pledging it'll see release in Japan this August. Nintendo of America has also confirmed an August release via Twitter. Iwata didn't go into much detail on the...

News: "Too Many Hurdles" to Ni No Kuni DS Translation

"Too Many Hurdles" to Ni No Kuni DS Translation

Magic book blamed

Level-5 and Studio Ghibli collaboration Ni No Kuni is getting an English release on PS3 in 2013, but its DS counterpart won't be leaving Japan. Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino explained to Famitsu (via Andriasang) some of the difficulties preventing the portable adventure reaching the West. The DS game comes with a large Magic Master...