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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..

News: Nintendo Invests 16 Billion Yen in Kyoto R&D Building

Nintendo Invests 16 Billion Yen in Kyoto R&D Building

Got to spend money to make money!

Japanese news publication Nikkan has recently reported on Nintendo's new Kyoto, Japan facility and the amount of investment the company has put into the project. As translated by Andriasang, Nintendo is investing ¥16billion (approximately $204million or £127million) into the new building which will be situated at Kyoto's Minami Ward, occupying a 40,582 square..

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - July 2011

Japanese Virtual Console List - July 2011

Four more for the Wii

The 3DS Virtual Console is only getting its titles revealed every week, but the Wii Virtual Console is still sticking with the tried and true method of revealing the entire next month's plans at the end of the previous month. There's not really any big surprises this time, though there is one small one in the form of G-mode finally bringing a certain classic Data East..

News: Nintendo Directors Have Spent 285 Years Shaping the Industry

Nintendo Directors Have Spent 285 Years Shaping the Industry

EXP off the charts

Nintendo's joint position as the venerable grandfather of gaming and constant innovator is a combination of imagination, intelligence and experience, and the latter is something the company's guiding lights certainly are not short of. Nintendo's annual general meeting is coming up next week, and the company will be electing ten directors, a slight slimming down from its current..

News: Two Japanese Minutes of Star Fox 64 3D Video

Two Japanese Minutes of Star Fox 64 3D Video

Barerurōru o okonaimasu

Star Fox 64 3D is out in Japan in a few weeks, and Nintendo is keen to let the public know about it with a new trailer for the game. By now you likely know what to expect from Fox and team's next adventure: a reimagining of the N64 original (known as Lylat Wars in Europe), this new 3D version also boasts local multiplayer...

News: Over 1 Million 3DS Consoles Sold in Japan

Over 1 Million 3DS Consoles Sold in Japan

Software sales aren't too bad, either

The 3DS is approaching its forth month on the Japanese market, and video gaming magazine Enterbrain has reported that the handheld console has reached an important milestone in terms of hardware sales. It's taken the 3DS 13 weeks to surpass one million domestic sales, slightly slower than the original DS which...

News: Here's Japan's 3DS eShop Launch Day Line-Up

Here's Japan's 3DS eShop Launch Day Line-Up

3D classics and 3DSWare abound

The eShop launches next week, and Nintendo Japan has revealed the games that will get the ball rolling. In the 3D Classics stakes, there's the already-confirmed Excitebike as well as a new 3D version of classic top-down shooter Xevious. Both games will sell for 600 Yen in Japan, though Excitebike is free for a limited time, as it will be in the West. For Virtual..

News: Japanese Gamers Put Off by High Price of 3DS

Japanese Gamers Put Off by High Price of 3DS

Are you the same?

3DS had a decent start in Japan but its sales have notably fallen behind the Monster Hunter-powered juggernaut that is the PSP. Japanese survey firm Goo Research quizzed over 1,000 Japanese citizens about why they haven't bought the console yet, with the most common reason simply being "it's too expensive". Other reasons...

News: Mario and Link Make eShop Cards Look Good

Mario and Link Make eShop Cards Look Good

Is this to trick us into buying more?

With the worldwide 3DS system update just around the corner, Nintendo still hasn't officially announced what the new prepaid cards will look like, and as Japanese gamers start snapping theirs up, we can't help but think: "The eShop Cards in Japan look cool!" In revamping its virtual currency system,...

News: 16-Shot Legend Takahashi Meijin Leaves Hudson

16-Shot Legend Takahashi Meijin Leaves Hudson

No parting shots

Takahashi Meijin, known to many as Master Higgins or as the master of rapid fire button-tapping, has announced he is leaving Hudson after nearly 30 years at the company. Joining the company in 1982, Takahashi rose to prominence for his ability to fire 16 shots per second in Hudson's Star Soldier, a skill that led to the creation of a specific practice tool, the 16 Shot! Shooting..

News: Kirby's New DS Game Has a July Date with Japan

Kirby's New DS Game Has a July Date with Japan

So we Gather

The pink puffball's next appearance is locked down for Japan: Atsumete! Kirby — which roughly translates to Gather! Kirby — is coming to DS on 7th July. Last month we brought you the first Atsumete! Kirby gameplay details, which revealed the player will control multiple Kirbies and use their combined power to overcome puzzles and enemies. Should a Kirby die, it floats up to heaven..

News: Pandora's Tower Trailer is Very Japanese in A Good Way

Pandora's Tower Trailer is Very Japanese in A Good Way

Chains of love

Wii adventure Pandora's Tower may be Japan-only for now, as neither Nintendo's American or European arms have revealed any plans to bring the game to the West. Whether or not the game stays in Japan, the trailer below is too good not to share. Key to Pandora's Tower is hero Ende's chains, which can be used to attack enemies, scale...

Rumour: Famitsu Details 3DS eShop Launch Line-Up

Famitsu Details 3DS eShop Launch Line-Up

What have we here?

Everyone's still waiting for details of the 3DS eShop launch: when, what, when, how, when. Apparently a translation by The Magic Box of this week's Famitsu Magazine contains the details of what Japanese gamers will be able to play when the eShop goes live. The firmware update — a date for which was not given — will include several 3D Classics, as well as 3DSWare and Virtual..

News: Japanese Hardware / Software Sales Show the 3DS Needs a Boost

Japanese Hardware / Software Sales Show the 3DS Needs a Boost

Launching more decent games might help

If there's anything to be learnt from the Japanese hardware and software sales numbers, it's that Nintendo is struggling to recapture the dominant performance of the 3DS when it first launched. After reclaiming the top spot in the hardware chart, the 3DS was once again overtaken by the PlayStation Portable and now the latest sales f

News: Nintendo Expected Higher 3DS Sales

Nintendo Expected Higher 3DS Sales

Slips from the top of the Japanese hardware chart

It's been on the Japanese market for a couple of months now and worldwide for about half that time, but the 3DS simply isn't selling as expected by Nintendo. During Satoru Iwata's presentation at Nintendo's Financial Results Briefing, the president admitted that sales of the handheld started to slow...

News: 3DS Soars Back to the Top of the Japanese Hardware Chart

3DS Soars Back to the Top of the Japanese Hardware Chart

The back and forth struggle between 3DS and PSP begins

After a dominating start, sales of the 3DS in Japan have slowly been on the decrease and more recently, have been overtaken by the PlayStation Portable in the hardware sales chart. Now, it seems the 3DS is regaining momentum as the sales figures from last week are revealed. For the period starting 11th and ending 17th April, Nintendo sold..