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News: Max Factory to Unleash New Metroid: Other M Figures

Max Factory to Unleash New Metroid: Other M Figures

Comes in two flavours

Compared to Nintendo's other main franchises, there's an undeniable lack of Metroid merchandise out there in the wild, but Japanese figurine manufacturer Max Factory is taking a stab at correcting that with two new figures based on Metroid: Other M as spotted at a recent Japanese toy fair. One figure will be a small replica of Samus in her Power Suit and will be fully..

News: Rhythm Heaven Wii & 3DS Take Japan Chart Top Spots

Rhythm Heaven Wii & 3DS Take Japan Chart Top Spots

A good week

Last week 3DS sales leapt in Japan after the console dropped from 25,000 Yen to 15,000 Yen, and it's still ruling the roost this week according to Media Create's figures. The console sold 105,639 units to sit pretty at the top of the chart, outselling all other consoles combined. It was still a sharp decline from the previous week though, when Nintendo shifted nearly 200,000 consoles..

News: Japan Gets Cool Zelda-Themed Prepaid Cards

Japan Gets Cool Zelda-Themed Prepaid Cards

Grab the Skyward Sword

Over in Japan, Nintendo releases all kinds of themed cards for its digital stores, from Mario and Link eShop cards to a new range of Zelda 25th Anniversary eShop cards. The cards each focus on a different game, from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to the latest design promoting Skyward Sword. Each costs 1,000 Yen. There's a third, mystery card still to be revealed next month..

News: SEGA's New 3DS Rhythm Game Has the Best Name Ever

SEGA's New 3DS Rhythm Game Has the Best Name Ever

Are you ready?

SEGA's supporting 3DS with some of its well-known franchises — Sonic Generations and Shinobi, for instance — but the company is preparing to unleash a brand new series on the console with one of the greatest game names we've ever heard. Are you ready? According to Famitsu, SEGA's readying Rhythm Phantom Thief R: Inheritance of the Emperor Napoleon, a combination of adventure and..

Rumour: Nintendo Readying Big Announcement Next Month

Nintendo Readying Big Announcement Next Month

What could it be?

According to a collection of rumours rounded-up by Andriasang, Nintendo will make a big announcement on 13th September. A Japanese analyst told Bloomberg that Nintendo share prices had increased on the back of reports of a 3DS-related event to take place on 13th September, two days before the Tokyo Games Show where Nintendo once...

News: 3DS Price Cut Helps Machine to Huge Sales Hike in Japan

3DS Price Cut Helps Machine to Huge Sales Hike in Japan

Back on course?

Last week Nintendo sliced 10,000 Yen from the price of the 3DS with the aim of boosting sales, and it's done just that as the console has leapt to over 200,000 sales in the past week. While exact figures differ — Enterbrain says 215,000, Nikkei reports 207,000 — they're both head and shoulders above any week's sales figures since...

News: Japanese 3DS Sales Slump Coincided with Price Cut Announcement

Japanese 3DS Sales Slump Coincided with Price Cut Announcement

No doubt sales will pick up again soon

How do you temporarily halt sales of the 3DS? In Japan's case at least, an announcement of a price cut that will come into effect the following month will do it. According to Media Create and as reported by Andriasang, the 3DS sold about 16,415 units during the week that ran from 25th to 31st July in Japan...

News: Iwata Writes Open Letter to 3DS Owners to Say Sorry

Iwata Writes Open Letter to 3DS Owners to Say Sorry

Mail from the boss man

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata speaks to all the key players in Nintendo's company: investors, shareholders, developers and more all meet with the big boss to share concerns and discuss the industry's future. Iwata is a busy man then, but he still took the time to pen a letter to 3DS owners, thanking them for their purchase and apologising for the price drop. As translated..

News: 3DS Gets Big Price Drop in Japan Next Month

3DS Gets Big Price Drop in Japan Next Month

Shaving zeroes

The 3DS has had a sluggish sales start so far but Nintendo is hoping to give the machine a kick start in Japan with a huge price drop effective 11th August. The recommended retail price will drop from 25,000 Yen (around $317 / £196) to 15,000 Yen ($190 / £117), a huge decrease this early in the console's life span. A similar price drop will come to Europe and North America between..

News: 3DS Double Sales in Japan After Star Fox and Flare Red Launch

3DS Double Sales in Japan After Star Fox and Flare Red Launch

The Fox effect

Star Fox 64 3DS hits the West on 9th September, but it's already out in Japan and has given the console's sales a sizeable boost. Between 11th and 17th July, the game shifted 32,475 units across the country, putting it in sixth position behind two PlayStation baseball games, Taiko Drum Master Portable DX on PSP, Puyo Puyo!! on DS and the first Wii entry in Level-5's popular football..

News: Get Up Close and Personal with Your Lover in Rune Factory 4

Get Up Close and Personal with Your Lover in Rune Factory 4

See it all in 3D

Marvelous's popular marriage of farming and action RPG battling Rune Factory is coming to 3DS in the well-rounded form of Rune Factory 4. Whereas previous instalments have jumped you from the "we're in love" stage straight to "marriage, now", Rune Factory 4 wants to slow things down. It's been hurt, you know? Before getting hitched, your character and partner..

News: Here's How You Play Capcom's 3D Sound Game

Here's How You Play Capcom's 3D Sound Game

You know, Nazo Waku Mansion

Capcom's Nazo Waku Mansion isn't content with just 3D graphics — it's using 3D sound too, along with almost every other 3DS feature imaginable, as you can see in this video below. The young lady playing the game uses the console's gyro sensor, motion detection, microphone, touch screen and more in ways that include pushing a child on a swing, DJing at a concert,..

News: First Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Screens and Art Appear

First Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Screens and Art Appear

To the Cloud!

The 3DS's first taste of Final Fantasy gaming is coming in the unexpected form of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, a rhythm game in a Chibi style. Contrary to early reports, the game is not developed by Jupiter, the team behind the phenomenal The World Ends With You, but instead Electroplankton and Retro Game Challenge team indieszero is handling development duties. Square Enix's official..

News: Let's Get Ready to Super Pokemon Rumble on 3DS

Let's Get Ready to Super Pokemon Rumble on 3DS

Gotta bash 'em all

WiiWare monster fans will remember Pokémon Rumble, in which your toy Pokémon fought others in a last-one-standing battle royale. That excitement is coming to 3DS soon with Super Pokémon Rumble (also known as Super Pokémon Scramble) out in Japan this summer. The game uses the classic top-down viewpoint as you battle other toy...

News: Iwata Discusses More Built-In 3DS StreetPass Games

Iwata Discusses More Built-In 3DS StreetPass Games

Find Mii again

Nintendo's built-in StreetPass games Find Mii (also known as StreetPass Quest) and Puzzle Swap are rather neat incentives to carry your 3DS console around, but once finished there's less reason to venture out into the world with your 3DS in your pocket. Nintendo realises this, and president Satoru Iwata acknowledged the issue at a recent meeting. Noting that many Nintendo employees..

News: Square Enix's Final Fantasy 3DS Game is a Little Off-Beat

Square Enix's Final Fantasy 3DS Game is a Little Off-Beat

Cloud used Rhythm Stick!

Square Enix's first foray into 3DS for its beloved Final Fantasy series hasn't come in the expected RPG or Chocobo racing; it's something very different. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a "theater rhythm action game" according to Square Enix, with players tapping the screen in rhythm to progress. Of course the game's big ace up its sleeve is the music will all be..