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News: Time Travelers Live Action Advert is All Tears

Time Travelers Live Action Advert is All Tears

Why so serious?

Level-5 has been very cryptic so far with information about its upcoming release of Time Travelers in Japan this week, and things aren't about to get any clearer with these two latest trailers. Even with only three days before its launch on Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita, and ten days until Time Travelers releases on PSP, Level-5 are...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Director Says It's All About 'Adventure'

Monster Hunter 4 Director Says It's All About 'Adventure'

As opposed to 'grinding', perhaps?

Plenty of gamers, including various members of the Nintendo Life team, thoroughly enjoyed Monster Hunter Tri, not least because it was a terrific Wii title that had the impressive scale and online functionality often reserved for its HD rivals. There was a nagging feeling amongst some, however, that the story in...

News: Project X Zone Trailer is 10 Minutes of Chaos

Project X Zone Trailer is 10 Minutes of Chaos

And thirty seconds of clarity

Capcom-Namco-SEGA strategy RPG Project X Zone might not make sense just yet — we blame all that pesky Japanese writing and dialogue — but its blend of tactical turns-based battles and all-out chaos makes it fun to watch. The trailer below shows what the game looks like in action (though you'd probably already...

News: Here's the Monster Hunter 4 Trailer You Wanted

Here's the Monster Hunter 4 Trailer You Wanted

Beastly

Yesterday we told you about Monster Hunter 4's spring release in Japan, announced yesterday alongside a new trailer. This is that trailer. Like last year's Monster Hunter 4 concept video, this trailer shows off new terrain features, the ability to climb on monsters and destructible surroundings. It also teases new monsters alongside...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Attacks Japan in Spring 2013

Monster Hunter 4 Attacks Japan in Spring 2013

Take cover

Capcom's Summer Jam event has revealed a Spring 2013 release window for the much anticipated Monster Hunter 4. The 3DS-exclusive game includes brand new monsters as well as series mainstays Tigrex, Rathalos and Rathian, according to Andriasang. Capcom showed off a new trailer for the game but, as of the time of writing, it hasn't made it...

News: 3DS Leads Japanese Market to Year-on-Year Gains

3DS Leads Japanese Market to Year-on-Year Gains

Nintendo dominates home country

Strong performances from 3DS software and hardware saw the Japanese games market grow for the first time in two years. Between 26th December and 24th June, the Japanese market was worth 193.4 billion Yen, a 0.07% increase from 191.98bn over the same period last year. 63% of that figure came from software sales, up...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Steps Up as Keynote Speaker at CEDEC

Masahiro Sakurai Steps Up as Keynote Speaker at CEDEC

Talking about video games, presumably

Masahiro Sakurai has gained a reputation as the go-to man for some of Nintendo's key franchises that don't necessarily have Mario in the title. As a young employee at Nintendo he created Kirby, and has also masterminded the three entries in the Super Smash Bros. series, while also taking on the upcoming Wii U...

News: Project X Zone Hits Japan on 11th October

Project X Zone Hits Japan on 11th October

Now, about that worldwide release...

Project X Zone, the RPG mash-up featuring well-known characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai franchises, has been generating a lot of hype in Japan. Teasing details about battle mechanics, featured characters and even the in-game music have been coming thick and fast, with the most important reveal so far...

News: Pokémon Black & White 2 Sells 1.6m in Two Days

Pokémon Black & White 2 Sells 1.6m in Two Days

Still big in Japan

Pokémon Black & White 2 landed in Japan on Saturday 23rd June and racked up an astonishing 1,618,621 sales across the country in its first weekend. It's the fastest-selling game of the year, the first 2012 game on any platform to pass 1m sales and the third fastest-selling DS game of all time. It's a big drop-off in sales...

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...