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News: Match Those 3D Animals in Zoo Keeper for 3DS

Match Those 3D Animals in Zoo Keeper for 3DS

Elephants all in a row

Remember Zoo Keeper? Remember how many hours you lost to it? Want to play it again in 3D? Eager fans crying out "yes!" to all three questions, rejoice: Zoo Keeper is on the way to 3DS in early 2012. Siliconera spotted a listing at the Japanese website of retailer HMV, pitching the match-three-in-3D game for a 26th January release, complete with a quest mode and..

News: Super Famicom Reaches 21 Years Old Today

Super Famicom Reaches 21 Years Old Today

Finally able to drink

It might seem like just yesterday, but it's 21 years ago today that Nintendo's 16-bit leviathan took its first step onto Japanese soil. The Super Famicom launched on in Japan on Wednesday 21st November for ¥25,000, selling out of its first shipment of 300,000 units within a few hours: hardly surprising considering it launched...

News: Blaster Master: Enemy Below Joins Japan's GBC VC Library

Blaster Master: Enemy Below Joins Japan's GBC VC Library

Always growing

The options for colourful Virtual Console games in Japan keep on growing: after The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX kicked off the chromatic revolution back in June, the Japanese service has grown to welcome three more GBC titles, while Western gamers still have just the one. Next week the gap widens further, with Blaster Master:...

News: Japan Gets Super Street Fighter II with Online Play on VC

Japan Gets Super Street Fighter II with Online Play on VC

Hadouken!

While the Wii Virtual Console continues to decompose in the West, Japan's still getting the goods, with a few enhancements to boot. The latest game to hit the service is the Mega Drive version of Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, brought up to date with online play via Nintendo WiFi Connection. By comparison, in the West we...

News: Super Mario 3D Land Leaps to a Strong Start in Japan

Super Mario 3D Land Leaps to a Strong Start in Japan

Bigger than galaxies

By now you've read in our Super Mario 3D Land review that Mario's latest outing is very good indeed, but has it succeeded in lifting the console's sales in Japan? Yes, and how. In its first week the game shifted a staggering 343,492 copies, according to figures from Media Create (via Andriasang). That's nearly triple the amount of all 3DS software sold throughout the entirety..

News: Capcom Considering Monster Hunter 3 G Western Release

Capcom Considering Monster Hunter 3 G Western Release

Never say never

Despite rumours to the contrary, Monster Hunter 3 G is still not confirmed for release outside of Japan. Does that mean it will never leave the Land of the Rising Sun though? Capcom fielded that exact question during a recent investor Q&A call, and although the answer isn't the life-changing announcement some might hope for it's...

News: Nintendo's 3D Samurai Game Slices eShop in Japan

Nintendo's 3D Samurai Game Slices eShop in Japan

A cut above?

Nintendo has revealed a new piece of downloadable 3DS software for Japan — swordfighting game Samurai Hirari Sakura, or Nimble Sakura Warrior, roughly translated. The download, due for release in Japan next week for 700 Yen, puts you in the shoes of a passionate swordfighting student who must prove his skill. At first you'll take on...

News: Go Beyond the Labyrinth With New 3D Screenshots

Go Beyond the Labyrinth With New 3D Screenshots

RPG gets Japanese date

Konami just revealed a release date for gorgeous 3DS RPG Beyond the Labyrinth, and bundled in a load of new 3D screenshots too. The game — developed by experienced RPG studio tri-Ace — will reach Japan on 19th January, and follows a mysterious and anonymous white-haired girl as she chances upon an ancient sealed magic. There's been no announcement of any Western release..

News: Nintendo Posts 70 Billion Yen Net Loss in Past Quarter

Nintendo Posts 70 Billion Yen Net Loss in Past Quarter

The results are in

Nintendo's quarterly financial results just appeared on the company's Japanese site and, as expected, the company is still struggling in the market. Nintendo failed to meet its sales targets set in July 2011, with DS software and the 3DS still dropping short of expectations, missing its ¥240 billion income target by 10%. This in...

News: ThruSpace Slides Through the 3DS eShop Keyhole

ThruSpace Slides Through the 3DS eShop Keyhole

A game about fitting in

WiiWare's ThruSpace is in line for a 3DS eShop update, as a sequel has just hit the Japanese download service. The trailer below shows what to expect, but anyone familiar with the WiiWare original should already have a pretty good idea: you fit different shapes through holes. The translation of the Japanese genre is...

News: New Monsters and Weapons Ahoy in Monster Hunter 3 G Video

New Monsters and Weapons Ahoy in Monster Hunter 3 G Video

A new twist on old favourites

Monster Hunter 3 G looks good in screenshots, but it looks even better in the video below. We already knew that new monsters would appear, but the trailer also shows off variants on some of Monster Hunter 3 (~Tri)'s most fearsome challenges: there's a purple Jhen Moran and a white Lagiacrus for starters, as well as a...

News: We Wish These Mario 3DS Consoles Weren't Japan Only

We Wish These Mario 3DS Consoles Weren't Japan Only

Too cool for words

It's a complaint we've heard countless times over the years: "Japan gets all the cool stuff." It's not always true of course — just look at StarTropics — but these limited edition Mario-themed 3DS consoles are definitely some of the coolest things we've seen. The Mario, Peach and Super Mushroom machines are special...

News: Nikkei Leads with Nintendo Firmware Update Details

Nikkei Leads with Nintendo Firmware Update Details

10 minutes of 3D recording

Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports that the upcoming 3DS firmware update will land in late November and allow up to 10 minutes of 3D video recording. The paper (via Andriasang) also states that these videos can be uploaded to sites like YouTube, though it doesn't specify that this is possible directly from the 3DS, meaning your method of upload could be as dull as sticking..

News: Nintendo Holding Online 3DS Press Conference on Friday

Nintendo Holding Online 3DS Press Conference on Friday

Learn more about Mario Kart

Nintendo of Japan has announced an online press conference for 3DS taking place this Friday at 8pm Japanese time. Dubbed the "Nintendo 3DS New Information Internet Presentation", the event will be a pre-recorded video of Satoru Iwata going over some of the information that couldn't fit into the company's pre-Tokyo Games Show press event. We expect to find out..

News: New Fantasy Life Trailer is the Cutest Thing You'll See Today

New Fantasy Life Trailer is the Cutest Thing You'll See Today

Also contains giant dragon

Level-5 and Brownie Brown collaboration Fantasy Life is shaping up to be pretty special, if the super-cute video below is anything to go by. Revealed this past weekend at Level-5's regular press event, the video shows off some of the game's anime-styled cut scenes as well as in-game footage of the fantasy world itself. As you'd expect from a collaboration between..

News: Monster Hunter 3G Definitely Doesn't Have Online Play

Monster Hunter 3G Definitely Doesn't Have Online Play

The final word

Capcom's confirmed its much anticipated 3DS title Monster Hunter 3 G, due out in Japan in December, definitely won't have online play. The game's official Japanese site restates that the 3DS's online capabilities are only used to download extra content, and that anyone wanting to play multiplayer will need to get together with...

News: Guild 01 Is a 3DS Compilation by Japan's Brightest Lights

Guild 01 Is a 3DS Compilation by Japan's Brightest Lights

A dream team of talent

Level-5 is extremely busy on 3DS these days: we know a little more about Fantasy Life but the company also just announced a new project called Guild 01, a collaboration between some of Japan's best designers. Grasshopper Manufacture's Suda 51, Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen director Yasumi Matsuno and Seaman creator...