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News: River City Ransom 2 Gives WiiWare a Wallop this Summer

River City Ransom 2 Gives WiiWare a Wallop this Summer

Beat it

Last week we shared news that River City Ransom 2 had been announced, but at the time it was still up in the air whether the game would come to WiiWare. Will it? Won't it? It will, says Miracle Kidz. Andriasang pegs the game for a release on WiiWare this summer, though that's likely to be a Japanese release only at this stage, so don't expect a localised version this side of Autumn. This..

News: Chrono Trigger is Coming to Virtual Console in Japan

Chrono Trigger is Coming to Virtual Console in Japan

Will the Western world follow?

It's one of the most requested games for Virtual Console: Square's Super NES classic Chrono Trigger, but its chances of coming to the Wii's download services in North America and Europe just got a bit of a boost as the game is coming to Japanese Virtual Console next month. In its native country the game would retail for 900 Nintendo Points, and is due to land in..

Rumour: Using Piracy Devices May Disable Your 3DS

Using Piracy Devices May Disable Your 3DS

So don't do it

Nintendo has spoken before about the strong anti-piracy measures in 3DS, but there's been little more specific said. Now a rumour has surfaced that using a flash cartridge or similar device will actually render the console useless through a firmware update. A rough translation of a poster outside Japanese retailer Enterking reveals...

News: Japanese Gamers Have Bought Plenty of Consoles Already

Japanese Gamers Have Bought Plenty of Consoles Already

All gone?

Saturday saw the Japanese release of the Nintendo 3DS, and predictably the console sold extremely well, with newspaper Nikkei (via Andriasang) reporting the initial shipment of 400,000 units of the machine have all sold out across the country. Shop shelves shouldn't be bare for too long though, with Nintendo promising to deliver a total of 1.5 million consoles for Japan before the end of..

News: Cast Envious Eyes at Japanese Gamers Buying their 3DS Today

Cast Envious Eyes at Japanese Gamers Buying their 3DS Today

Go on, give 'em a scowl

Today's the day: Nintendo's new handheld, the 3DS, is officially available to buy for the first time in Japan, for ¥25,000 (around $305 / £190 / €220). Kotaku reports the majority of Tokyo stores sold out of their stocks all-but immediately, and has put together a short video below showing some of the sights of the first truly new Nintendo hardware launch since Wii's..

News: Last Story Tops the Japanese Sales Charts

Last Story Tops the Japanese Sales Charts

Is there hope for a localisation?

While Nintendo may not have any concrete localisation plans to announce with regards to Japanese RPG Last Story, but the news it's shot to the top of the all-format charts in its home country can't do its chances of heading Westward any harm. In its first week on sale the game shifted 114,722 copies, according to...

Rumour: The D in DSi May Soon Stand for "Discontinued"

The D in DSi May Soon Stand for "Discontinued"

From two screens to zero

Nintendo has already announced plans to continue to support the DS once the 3DS is released. Some disquieting information from a Japanese retailer, however, suggests that the Big N is already discontinuing one popular incarnation, the DSi, which hit store shelves there in fall of 2008. The source states that the Nintendo DSi seems to be out of production and that some..

News: Wii Balance Board Gets its First Horror Title Next Year

Wii Balance Board Gets its First Horror Title Next Year

From Marvelous Entertainment, surprisingly

Fitness, physiotherapy, monkeys: that's largely the array of gaming styles you can play with the Wii Balance Board, but Marvelous Entertainment is about to introduce the horror genre to the board's repertoire with next year's Ikenie no Yoru, or Night of the Sacrifice. Players will be using the Wii Remote like a flashlight to explore a spooky abandoned..

News: Japanese Retailer Sells Wii & Entire Games Catalogue Dirt Cheap

Japanese Retailer Sells Wii & Entire Games Catalogue Dirt Cheap

Although some will be second hand copies

Ever wondered what it would be like to own a console and every single game available for that system? Sankei News has reported that Japanese retailer Enterking will be making that a reality for someone as part of the fukubukuro tradition this New Year's. Fukubukuro is a custom in Japan where retailers offer mystery bags to customers, filled with random..

News: We Want Skinless Mr Science to Reach the Western World

We Want Skinless Mr Science to Reach the Western World

DS's oddest game ever

You don't need to have a very vivid imagination to guess what a skinless chap named Mr Science might look like, and you'd probably be right. Japanese TV show Tobidase! Kagaku-kun features the muscular man going on adventures and teaching kids about science, the perfect basis for a DS game, of course. Roughly translated as Fly Mr. Science – Great Expedition of the Earth!..

News: Japanese Public Get to Play the 3DS at Nintendo World 2011

Japanese Public Get to Play the 3DS at Nintendo World 2011

Might a similar demo event be planned for the West?

With the 3DS only months away from release, Nintendo of Japan has announced its upcoming Nintendo World 2011 event where members of the public can finally get their hands on the handheld system and see the wonder machine in all its glory. The Japanese site has launched and reveals the demo event will run from 8th January to 10th January 2011 in..

News: Take a Stroll Through Miyamoto's DSiWare Audio Guide

Take a Stroll Through Miyamoto's DSiWare Audio Guide

Free app for Japan

Based on his previous games, Shigeru Miyamoto's first DSiWare application could have been a handy guide for finding a local plumber, gardener or dog-walker, but instead it's a handy tool for creating and listening audio guides for museums, journeys and almost anything else. A free download available in Japan today, Make It Yourself: Nintendo DS Guide lets DSi owners take..

News: Nintendo's DS Line Out-Sells Competition in Mid-October

Nintendo's DS Line Out-Sells Competition in Mid-October

Gotta buy 'em all!

Japanese shoppers are still snapping up Nintendo's portable hardware more than any other range of systems as sales figures for the week ending 17th October shows the various DS models are top of the pile. Although Sony's PSP sold the most on an individual basis with 37,127 units, a total of 47,101 units of the Nintendo DS and all...

News: Harvest Moon and Little King's Story Creators Join Grasshopper

Harvest Moon and Little King's Story Creators Join Grasshopper

Suda51, Kimura and Wada create new dream team

Goichi Suda's Grasshopper Manufacture should need no introduction to fans of Japanese gaming: its No More Heroes series has attracted plenty of praise from gamers across the world. Former Marvelous Entertainment men Yasuhiro Wada and Yoshiro Kimura, while not necessarily such familiar names, have both...

News: Japanese 3DS Surveys Reveal Awareness Low, Price Too High

Japanese 3DS Surveys Reveal Awareness Low, Price Too High

Not a winning combination

There's just four months until the 3DS lands on Japanese shores, so you'd expect the excitement to be mounting in the Land of the Rising Sun. Two surveys have uncovered intriguing information however, which may not be good news for Nintendo. The first survey by Macromill polled 1,000 people, with 56% responding to say they...

News: How Nintendo Manufactured the Famicom on the Cheap

How Nintendo Manufactured the Famicom on the Cheap

Recently revealed report hints at Scrooge-like attitude

As we all know, the Nintendo Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES, in case you were wondering) was pretty damn successful back in the day. In fact, it would be no exaggeration to state that the machine practically created the modern console market - certainly in Japan, at least. Nintendo made a considerable amount of cash off the back of..

News: Japan Receives Red Wii in Honour of Mario's 25th

Japan Receives Red Wii in Honour of Mario's 25th

Super special limited edition on the way

Nintendo already announced a limited edition red DSi XL to celebrate Mario's anniversary, but it's also put together a very special edition Wii console for Japan only. Not only is the Wii itself in the plumber's favourite hue of red, the Wii Remote is one of the new Wii Remote Plus designs containing MotionPlus built-in. The machine also comes with classic..

News: Capcom's Okamiden Limps to Retail in Japan

Capcom's Okamiden Limps to Retail in Japan

DS sequel lags behind PS2 and Wii versions in day one sales

We're absolute suckers for cute animals here at Nintendo Life so the high expectations we hold for Capcom's DS title Okamiden are entirely understandable - it's just a shame that Japan doesn't seem to feel the same way. First-day sales figures for the Okami sequel suggest that only 10,000 copies have made their way into the sweaty palms of..

News: Nintendo Predicts 4 Million 3DS Units to Sell in Debut Month

Nintendo Predicts 4 Million 3DS Units to Sell in Debut Month

That's Nintendo with its conservative hat on

It's all very well showering us with release dates and pricing (well, for Japan anyway) and the trailers and screenshots certainly don't do any harm, but how well does Nintendo think the 3DS will perform sales-wise? Nintendo is predicting the 3DS to shift more than 4 million units by the end of the fiscal year ending March 2011. With the Japanese launch..