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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..

News: Nintendo of Japan Shows Off Upcoming DS Games

Nintendo of Japan Shows Off Upcoming DS Games

New Kirby title and more (now with video!)

As part of its recent conference, Nintendo's released screen shots of six upcoming DS titles including a new Kirby adventure, a Pokémon typing-based game and the next entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, Mini-Land Mayhem. There are some friendly dogs and fearsome dinos to see as well, not to mention some new screens from Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, so..

News: Japan Receives Red DSi XL in Honour of Mario's 25th Anniversary

Japan Receives Red DSi XL in Honour of Mario's 25th Anniversary

Limited edition console on the way

Yes, it's the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., and even the most ardent plumbing fan might be getting just a little fed-up of the fanfare. Just show that person this upcoming Mario edition DSi XL and watch their face light up again, though. Released in Japan on October 28th, the machine is of course in Mario-style red with classic icons emblazoned across its..

News: Nintendo Japan Humbly Attending to Metroid: Other M Bug Fix

Nintendo Japan Humbly Attending to Metroid: Other M Bug Fix

No word on other territories yet

There's a serious bug in Metroid: Other M that requires gamers who encounter it to restart their game from the beginning, unless they've been saving in multiple slots along the way. Nintendo of Japan is the first company out of the blocks to arrange for those unlucky souls to receive help. Affected Japanese gamers can either send their save files on an SD card or..

News: You'll be Shocked by Japan's Most Wanted 3DS Franchises

You'll be Shocked by Japan's Most Wanted 3DS Franchises

Better sit down

We all want 3DS, and we all know the games we want to see on the system, but what do our gaming counterparts in Japan want to play? If you said "Square Enix RPGs", you just scored five points. Japanese site 4gamer surveyed over 20,000 gamers to find out which title – announced or otherwise – they were most excited about. Unsurprisingly, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest..

News: Pikachu Wants to Charge Your DSi Console with Love

Pikachu Wants to Charge Your DSi Console with Love

But where is it plugged in?

Pikachu's been in the licensing business for a long time, so he knows what he's doing: stand here, smile please, hold this. You'd think he'd get tired, but no: witness the love he's showing this DSi as he charges its battery using only smiles and electricity. Launching in Japan on September 18th – the same day as Pokémon Black and White – and costing a mammoth..

News: Here's a Pokemon Black & White Video Chat Video For You

Here's a Pokemon Black & White Video Chat Video For You

And another mysterious beast revealed

A few weeks ago we brought you news that video chat could be coming to Pokémon Black & White for DSi and 3DS owners. Now the feature's been confirmed, with its television debut on the Pokémon Sunday show, and it seems you can even draw on your friends' faces using the touchscreen for some on-the-fly facial...

News: Grasshopper Podcast Gives You the Inside Scoop

Grasshopper Podcast Gives You the Inside Scoop

Webcast from deep within GhM

You may remember a few months ago Japanese developer Grasshopper Manufacture hosted a live webcast in celebration of the European release of No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle. It seems the show was successful, as the studio's new weekly audio podcast started last Friday. Hosts Esteban Salazar and John Davis will be grilling development staff about their upcoming titles..

News: Mario Enters the Shuffle with Nintendo Playing Cards

Mario Enters the Shuffle with Nintendo Playing Cards

Super paper Mario

In recent years, we've seen video game companies harken to their histories with such successful releases as New Super Mario Bros., Mega Man 9 and the Virtual Console itself. Always one to outdo themselves and the competition, Nintendo's set to top all of these by returning to what started it in the first place: playing cards. While seemingly available only in Japan, these three..

News: DSi XL Brightens Up with Three New Colours

DSi XL Brightens Up with Three New Colours

Blue, yellow and green to reach Japan

With its enormous screens and somewhat muted colour palette, the DSi XL is very much aimed at the more distinguished gamer. What about a slightly brighter take on the portable, though? Well, Japan is about to get the first wave of new colours for the XL as these pictures show. Sticking to simple blue, yellow and green, these new colours put us in mind of the..

News: Man Who Sold Modded Wiis Was In It for the Money

Man Who Sold Modded Wiis Was In It for the Money

Not a story from The Onion, we promise

It may not be a huge deal but Japanese police have arrested a 52-year old man for selling modified Wii consoles and copied games after he made over £20,000 (about $28,000) selling the units over a two-year period. Selling the consoles for around ¥32,000 – ¥12,000 more than a standard Wii – the man reportedly made over ¥3,000,000 through the sale of..

News: Nintendo's Next Winning DSiWare Combination: Monkeys and Music

Nintendo's Next Winning DSiWare Combination: Monkeys and Music

Mickey Dolenz not included

This one may have got lost in the recent maelstrom of financial reports and Kirby sightings, but a new DSiWare game featuring monkeys playing instruments deserves your full attention. Titled Make and Sing: Monkey Band, it's a pseudo-music creation game that writes songs for you based on certain themes and musical styles. If you've always dreamt of having a band of super..

News: Nintendo's 2010 Release Schedule is Predictably Vague

Nintendo's 2010 Release Schedule is Predictably Vague

Zelda, Golden Sun for 2010, Famicom Wars DS 2 and Kirby there too

Some of the recent doom and gloom surrounding Nintendo's recent and projected sales results may have put some fans in a melancholic state, but the company's upcoming release schedule should provide a welcome bit of optimism, though as always it's tempered with calls for caution. Big titles on the list Legend of Zelda and Golden Sun..

News: Sales Charts, Meet Your Future King: Wii Party

Sales Charts, Meet Your Future King: Wii Party

Marquee game coming sometime before March 2011

In a presentation to investors this week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata filled in the blank for the next marquee "Wii ____" game with the word "Party." As the next entry in the barn-burning series – whose previous games include million-sellers Wii Sports and its follow up Resort, Play, Fit and the less-successful Music – Iwata..