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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...

News: First Pokémon Black & White 2 Footage Revealed

First Pokémon Black & White 2 Footage Revealed

Unova drill

Japanese show Pokémon Smash led with the first gameplay footage of Pokémon Black & White 2 this past weekend, showing the newly frosty Unova in motion. In the trailer below you can see new areas, trainers, gym leaders and much more. It's pretty exciting. Pokémon Black & White 2 is due out in Japan in June, and we'll get it a...

News: Monsters Abound in Terry's Wonderland 3D Trailer

Monsters Abound in Terry's Wonderland 3D Trailer

When in Rome

The very first Dragon Warrior Monsters is getting a full 3D makeover in the scaly form of Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D to give its full title. Square Enix just released a four minute trailer of the 3DS game, and boy is it full of monsters. Of course, being a Monsters title you're not just battling against the slimy...

News: Donkey Kong Jr. and Sonic Blast Head to Japan 3DS VC

Donkey Kong Jr. and Sonic Blast Head to Japan 3DS VC

G, Sonic

Two more for the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan: NES title Donkey Kong Jr. and Sonic Blast (aka G Sonic) for Game Gear. Neither title is the most fondly remembered in its respective canon, though Sonic Blast has the dubious distinction of being the last game commercially released for the Game Gear in Japan. Knuckles is playable too, which is...

News: Pit and Pokémon Share Strong March Sales in Japan

Pit and Pokémon Share Strong March Sales in Japan

Not in the top spot though

Pokémon Conquest — aka Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition in Japan — was the best-selling Nintendo title in the Land of the Rising Sun last month. The strategy crossover was released on 17th March, meaning it shifted 242,192 units in two weeks. In third place was Kid Icarus: Uprising, with 144,468 sales in the ten days...

News: 3DS Sales Jump in Japan Thanks to Kingdom Hearts

3DS Sales Jump in Japan Thanks to Kingdom Hearts

Another big week

Last week 3DS sales jumped 50% thanks to Kid Icarus: Uprising; this week it's Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance bringing about the rise. Square Enix's Disney crossover RPG sold 213,579 units in its first week. By comparison, Kid Icarus shifted 132,526 copies in its first seven days on sale, but this week dropped to fourth place...

News: Japan Gets Customisable Club Nintendo Polo Shirts

Japan Gets Customisable Club Nintendo Polo Shirts

Get Rover here

Want to be the best dressed gamer out there? These customisable polo shirts are just the thing. Club Nintendo in Japan is offering the shirts to all members for the cost of 550 points. You can choose from one of eight colours and one of six embroidered icons: Donkey Kong, a Fire Flower, Rover from Animal Crossing, Mr Game & Watch...

News: Japanese Virtual Console List: April 2012

Japanese Virtual Console List: April 2012

Slowing down

It's a bit of a slow month this time for Japan, as only two new games will be released. Neither are big surprises: Europe already got one a while ago and the other has already been announced for European release. Both of them are pretty nice games though, so although the offerings are slim compared to normal, at least they're of good...

News: Two Code of Princess Trailers Fight to the Fore

Two Code of Princess Trailers Fight to the Fore

Full of heart

3DS scrapper Code of Princess — from the same team behind SEGA Saturn classic Guardian Heroes, remember — is shaping up to be one intriguing title, as these two new trailers show off. The first video is what you'd expect: anime cut scenes, Japanese singing and a jester fighting with a guitar. The second shows off the game's chaotic...

News: Kid Icarus Ignites 3DS Sales Spike in Japan

Kid Icarus Ignites 3DS Sales Spike in Japan

Up nearly 50%

Kid Icarus: Uprising is doing the business for Nintendo in Japan, as hardware sales following its release increased nearly 50% week-on-week. As Masahiro Sakurai's game sold 132,526 units in Japan to top the software chart, 3DS hardware sales hit 94,011, up almost exactly 30,000 on the previous week's tally of 64,017. 3DS accounted for...

News: Five Glorious Minutes of Fire Emblem: Awakening Video

Five Glorious Minutes of Fire Emblem: Awakening Video

What more do you need to know?

It's all in Japanese, but that won't stop you enjoying this video of Fire Emblem: Kakusei (aka Fire Emblem: Awakening), will it? From dialogue and cut scenes to battles and maps, it's got all the daily Fire Emblem nutrition you need. The game's out in Japan next month. Nintendo of Europe has confirmed it'll release the...

News: Coro Coro Comics 3DS Console Announced

Coro Coro Comics 3DS Console Announced

Japanese gamers win again

We often tell you about limited edition 3DS consoles being released in Japan, simply because Nintendo's homeland has so many. There have been hardware exclusives dedicated to various themes, games and anniversaries, though the latest is arguably the most attractive. The console shown in this article's image is celebrating...

News: Dynasty Warriors' Samus & Link Costumes Move Like This

Dynasty Warriors' Samus & Link Costumes Move Like This

Zero-ing in

Those Samus and Link costumes in Dynasty Warriors Vs. certainly look nice in stills, but how about in motion? Your wish is Tecmo Koei's command. The trailer below shows small snippets of Dynasty Warriors' characters clad in the garb of Nintendo's famous blond/e hero/ine, plus footage of Dead or Alive: Dimensions' Ryu Hayabusa and Ayane...

News: Intelligent Systems Rejected Modern-Day Fire Emblem Idea

Intelligent Systems Rejected Modern-Day Fire Emblem Idea

Gunfire Emblem?

As we prepare for Fire Emblem: Awakening to reach the Western world, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata sat down with some of the game's development staff to discuss this latest entry in the tactical fantasy series. Producer Hitoshi Yamagami and project manager Higuchi Masahiro began discussing the 3DS instalment while working on 2010's...