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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...

News: Nintendo Senior Managing Director Nobuo Nagai Passes Away

Nintendo Senior Managing Director Nobuo Nagai Passes Away

Sad times

Nintendo senior managing director Nobuo Nagai has died aged 66 after a battle with stomach cancer. Nagai joined Nintendo in 1967, becoming a director in 2000 before moving up to managing director, eventually becoming senior managing director and representative director in 2004. Among Nintendo's board of directors, Nagai had worked at...

News: Code of Princess Takes the Fight Online

Code of Princess Takes the Fight Online

Getting better all the time

3DS action RPG Code of Princess — from the same team behind SEGA Saturn stunner Guardian Heroes — is set to get online multiplayer, according to 7net (via Andriasang). The site states up to four players — two fewer than on Saturn — can engage in the battle mode, with cooperative quests on offer for those who like to team up to throw down. There'll also be free..

News: Kid Icarus: Uprising Comes With This 3DS Stand

Kid Icarus: Uprising Comes With This 3DS Stand

In Japan at least

Kid Icarus: Uprising will be bundled with an arm-saving display stand for the 3DS. The folding stand sits on a desk and cradles the console itself while you use the stylus and face buttons to control Pit. Uprising supports the Circle Pad Pro for left-handed players but don't worry if you're not planning to pick up the peripheral...

News: 3DS Still Top of the Japanese Charts

3DS Still Top of the Japanese Charts

A Happy New Year for Nintendo

In recent weeks Nintendo has been enjoying significant 3DS sales worldwide, making the most of the Holiday period. In Japan, the 3DS set a new console sales record for December, based on records that began in 1997. Although the festive period has now passed, it appears that sales of the handheld are continuing to do...

News: Resident Evil: Revelations Art Book and CD Soundtrack Announced

Resident Evil: Revelations Art Book and CD Soundtrack Announced

For Japan, so far

The hype is starting to build for Resident Evil: Revelations, not surprising as it's the first major release of the year on 3DS. With that in mind, it seems that Capcom is ready to go the extra mile to give fans of the series all of the content they need to get them excited. According to Andriasang, Capcom has announced a rather attractive 'Navigation and Art' book — or strategy..

News: 3DS Sets New Japanese Console Sales Record

3DS Sets New Japanese Console Sales Record

Blazing a trail

Nintendo 3DS sold more consoles in Japan during December than any other machine on record. Enterbrain (via Andriasang, naturally) has been tracking console sales since 1997. Nintendo sold 1,492,931 3DS systems between 28th November and 25th December, beating any other console in Enterbrain's books. Last week it was revealed that 3DS...

News: 3DS Hardware and Software Tops Japan's 2011 Charts

3DS Hardware and Software Tops Japan's 2011 Charts

Outselling the rest

Nintendo 3DS has achieved the 2011 chart double in Japan by topping the hardware and software charts for the year. Statistics from Enterbrain (via Andriasang) show 3DS shifted 4,135,739 units since its February launch, twice as many as the second place — and now seven years old — PSP with 1,960,177 sales. Wii didn't make it past the million mark, sat on 937,451. The news..

News: Japanese Developers Wrap Up 2011, Look Forward to 2012

Japanese Developers Wrap Up 2011, Look Forward to 2012

What did they make of Nintendo?

Japanese website 4Gamer (via Andriasang) recently asked a huge selection of Japanese developers about their best moments of 2011, and what they look forward to in the coming year. Predictably the 3DS featured heavily, with Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba calling the console "a revolution in...

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - January 2012

Japanese Virtual Console List - January 2012

Ringing in the new year

Nintendo of Japan continues to deliver the goods, with three more games slated for release on the Wii Virtual Console this month. Will we see any release in the west at all? The full list for Japan this month is as follows: Famicom Ganbare Goemon 2 — The second game in the classic series (not counting its arcade origins), this was still before any of the titles made it out..

News: Japanese 3DS Sales Hit New High in Christmas Week

Japanese 3DS Sales Hit New High in Christmas Week

How high can it go?

3DS sales have been steadily growing in Japan over the past few weeks, with the week leading up to Christmas the busiest for the console yet. Enterbrain (via Andriasang) reports Nintendo sold a staggering 510,629 3DS consoles in the week before Christmas, topping the record of 367,691 set in the previous week. Since February,...

News: Fire Emblem to Start Japanese 3DS DLC Service in 2012

Fire Emblem to Start Japanese 3DS DLC Service in 2012

Get more quests

We haven't heard much about Fire Emblem on 3DS for the past few months, but Nikkei (via Andriasang) report the game will kick off the system's add-on DLC service in early 2012. Now called Fire Emblem: Awakening, the game will release in Japan on 19th April, with a new "free map" system letting you explore the world with a...

News: First NES Game Hits 3DS Virtual Console in Japan Today

First NES Game Hits 3DS Virtual Console in Japan Today

It's Zelda

Japanese 3DS owners can now download The Legend of Zelda for Virtual Console for 500 Yen. It's the first of the 3DS Ambassador games to be sold on the service, and goes for around £4/€6.40. The game now comes with a digital manual and a new VC menu that offers improved save and suspend features. We'll update you when we know more about...

News: Japanese eShop Gets Picross e Sequel Next Week

Japanese eShop Gets Picross e Sequel Next Week

Picture this

Japanese puzzle fans are well catered-for already on the 3DS eShop, with Mario's Picross on Virtual Console and the eShop-exclusive Picross e available too. Next week sees another picture puzzle crossword added to the store: Picross e2. The 500 Yen download includes another 150 puzzles and a new Micross mode, where you're given a series...

News: Nintendo Japan's Website Has Swapnote Videos

Nintendo Japan's Website Has Swapnote Videos

You should watch them

Swapnote — aka Nintendo Letter Box — is the 3DS messaging service, and it's out in Japan today. Nintendo Japan's website has videos of the application in motion, and now we have a better understanding of how it'll work. You can create notes of up to four pages long to be sent to a friend over the Internet (i.e. SpotPass) or...

News: Pluck a New Trailer for Harvest Moon: First Earth

Pluck a New Trailer for Harvest Moon: First Earth

Ripe and ready

Harvest Moon: First Earth — or Bokujou Monogatari: Hajimari no Daichi — is coming to Japan in early 2012 and we have a little more footage of the 3D farm 'em up. The trailer below doesn't show us much more than we knew already, with character customisation and the ability to throw houses both displayed, but it does contain cute pictures of your sprogs and finished with a shot of..