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News: Monster Hunter 3 G Helps 3DS to Its Best Ever Sales in Japan

Monster Hunter 3 G Helps 3DS to Its Best Ever Sales in Japan

Staggering numbers inside

In news equivalent to the revelation that the Pope is head of the Catholic church, Monster Hunter 3 G has racked up phenomenal sales in its first week in Japan. The game sold a staggering 471,055 copies in its first two days. As a point of comparison, Super Mario 3D Land accumulated 343,492 sales in its first week. Monster Hunter had a healthy effect on 3DS hardware sales..

News: Japan's eShop Gets Its First Demos

Japan's eShop Gets Its First Demos

Try before you buy

The 3DS system update paves the way for paid add-on content and free demos to reach the eShop, but while Europe and North America has to wait a little while for demos Japan's store has a few to choose from. Owners of Japanese consoles can choose free trials of the following games: Dead or Alive: Dimensions Monster Hunter 3 G Co

News: Japanese eShop Takes a Trip to Wario Land Next Week

Japanese eShop Takes a Trip to Wario Land Next Week

He's-a gonna ween

Japan's Super Mario Land trilogy reaches completion next week, as Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 reaches the Virtual Console. Regarded as one of the best platformers on the Game Boy, Wario Land was OFLC rated so we expect to see it in Europe and North America pretty soon, perhaps even before Christmas. Cross those fingers now.

News: 3DS Nears 3 Million Sales in Japan

3DS Nears 3 Million Sales in Japan

Mario Kart does the business too

3DS is selling better than ever, with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata telling the Nikkei newspaper (via Andriasang) the system is about to tip the scales at 3 million units sold in Japan — two weeks quicker than the DS reached the same milestone. The news comes a week after Nintendo confirmed 3DS beat the DS's...

News: Capcom Committed to Monster Hunter in the West

Capcom Committed to Monster Hunter in the West

Wants it to be big

Monster Hunter 3 (~Tri) is the only taste of Monster Hunting action Nintendo fans in Europe and North America have been able to savour, but it's safe to say it's left them wanting more if the interest in Monster Hunter 3 G and Monster Hunter 4 is anything to go by. Capcom USA senior vice president Christian Svensson knows that, recently speaking to Silico

News: Japan Buys Half a Million Copies of Super Mario 3D Land

Japan Buys Half a Million Copies of Super Mario 3D Land

Off to a flyer

Super Mario 3D Land saw release in Japan last month and made light work of the competition, selling over 500,000 copies across the country. Andriasang reports the game shifted 542,842 copies across Japan between 31st October and 27th November, with the best first-week sales of any 3DS game yet. In North America Super Mario 3D Land set series sales records, selling over 500,000 units..

News: Monster Hunter 3 G Demo Stomping to Japan's eShop

Monster Hunter 3 G Demo Stomping to Japan's eShop

You asked for it

3DS-enhanced monster mash Monster Hunter 3 G is set to be one of the first 3DS games to offer a downloadable demo in Japan. The 169MB demo contains two quests and a choice of 12 weapons, with quests lasting around 20 minutes. Most interesting is Capcom's confirmation the demo is playable a maximum of 30 times before it becomes inert. Here's the game's opening movie to get you all..

News: No Good at Monster Hunter? Buy Quest Rewards Instead

No Good at Monster Hunter? Buy Quest Rewards Instead

StreetPass mode explained

While every hunter this side of Japan anxiously awaits a release date for Monster Hunter 3 G, Capcom has revealed more of the game's StreetPass features including an intriguing method of clearing quests. StreetPassed players will appear in a tavern by the harbour; for a fee, you can send them out to clear any quest they've previously completed. Wait a few minutes and..

News: New Harvest Moon: First Earth 3DS Videos Ripen Up

New Harvest Moon: First Earth 3DS Videos Ripen Up

Don't soil yourself

North America has already had one Harvest Moon game on 3DS — Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns — but that was really a slightly different version of the DS original rather than a just-for-3DS deal. The console's first original entry in the series is Harvest Moon: First Earth, or Bokujou Monogatari: Hajimari no Daichi in Japanese, and we have a set of videos to show off..

News: Japan Gets His 'n' Hers Wii Remote Plus Bundle This Month

Japan Gets His 'n' Hers Wii Remote Plus Bundle This Month

The perfect match

While the rest of the world rejoices in the gold Wii Remote Plus included in the limited edition of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Japan is also getting a double pack of MotionPlus-packing controllers this month. The set of two controllers — one pink, one blue — launches across the country for a pretty reasonable ¥5,800, equivalent to around £48, $75 or €56. Plus, you..

News: Match Those 3D Animals in Zoo Keeper for 3DS

Match Those 3D Animals in Zoo Keeper for 3DS

Elephants all in a row

Remember Zoo Keeper? Remember how many hours you lost to it? Want to play it again in 3D? Eager fans crying out "yes!" to all three questions, rejoice: Zoo Keeper is on the way to 3DS in early 2012. Siliconera spotted a listing at the Japanese website of retailer HMV, pitching the match-three-in-3D game for a 26th January release, complete with a quest mode and..

News: Super Famicom Reaches 21 Years Old Today

Super Famicom Reaches 21 Years Old Today

Finally able to drink

It might seem like just yesterday, but it's 21 years ago today that Nintendo's 16-bit leviathan took its first step onto Japanese soil. The Super Famicom launched on in Japan on Wednesday 21st November for ¥25,000, selling out of its first shipment of 300,000 units within a few hours: hardly surprising considering it launched...

News: Blaster Master: Enemy Below Joins Japan's GBC VC Library

Blaster Master: Enemy Below Joins Japan's GBC VC Library

Always growing

The options for colourful Virtual Console games in Japan keep on growing: after The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX kicked off the chromatic revolution back in June, the Japanese service has grown to welcome three more GBC titles, while Western gamers still have just the one. Next week the gap widens further, with Blaster Master:...

News: Japan Gets Super Street Fighter II with Online Play on VC

Japan Gets Super Street Fighter II with Online Play on VC

Hadouken!

While the Wii Virtual Console continues to decompose in the West, Japan's still getting the goods, with a few enhancements to boot. The latest game to hit the service is the Mega Drive version of Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, brought up to date with online play via Nintendo WiFi Connection. By comparison, in the West we...

News: Super Mario 3D Land Leaps to a Strong Start in Japan

Super Mario 3D Land Leaps to a Strong Start in Japan

Bigger than galaxies

By now you've read in our Super Mario 3D Land review that Mario's latest outing is very good indeed, but has it succeeded in lifting the console's sales in Japan? Yes, and how. In its first week the game shifted a staggering 343,492 copies, according to figures from Media Create (via Andriasang). That's nearly triple the amount of all 3DS software sold throughout the entirety..

News: Capcom Considering Monster Hunter 3 G Western Release

Capcom Considering Monster Hunter 3 G Western Release

Never say never

Despite rumours to the contrary, Monster Hunter 3 G is still not confirmed for release outside of Japan. Does that mean it will never leave the Land of the Rising Sun though? Capcom fielded that exact question during a recent investor Q&A call, and although the answer isn't the life-changing announcement some might hope for it's...