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News: Nintendo Shows Off Mario Party 10, amiibo and Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars in Japan

Nintendo Shows Off Mario Party 10, amiibo and Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars in Japan

Bowser wearing glasses, that is all...

We're big fans of Nintendo's Japanese YouTube channel, for the simple reason that it often publishes relatively long videos of upcoming releases and - more importantly - awesome TV commercials. The latest batch includes a man with glasses transforming into Bowser, still wearing glasses; is that possibly the...

News: Series Producer Ichiro Hazama Says Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Will Have About 60 tracks

Series Producer Ichiro Hazama Says Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Will Have About 60 tracks

More will likely be added as DLC

In case you weren't aware, the third instalment in the Theatrhythm series - due out in Japan on 26th March - will be themed around the Dragon Quest series, now that the Final Fantasy franchise has been just about been mined dry between the previous two entries. The rhythm-based music series aims to celebrate beloved...

News: New River City Ransom Game Announced For The Japanese 3DS

New River City Ransom Game Announced For The Japanese 3DS

Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki is coming in May

It has been revealed in the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu that Arc System Works is creating a follow up to Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zenin Shugo - better known as River City Ransom in North America and Street Gangs in Europe - and it will be released on the Japanese...

News: ​Here's A Sneak Peek At The New Theatrhythm Dragon Quest 3DS Theme

​Here's A Sneak Peek At The New Theatrhythm Dragon Quest 3DS Theme

Available as an early purchase bonus in Japan

Square Enix caused quite a stir when it announced that Theatrhythm Dragon Quest is coming to the 3DS, and as the Japanese launch date of March 26th gets ever closer, fans have something else to get excited about - another 3DS theme. Japanese fans will be pleased to know that Square Enix will be...

News: Nintendo Are Releasing Stylish Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Playing Cards In Japan

Nintendo Are Releasing Stylish Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Playing Cards In Japan

Japan gets all the good stuff

With Nintendo starting out as a card company, it’s no surprise it still pays respect to its beginnings with regular releases of both classic Japanese hanafuda cards and more commonly known card games here in the west. The latest addition to this long-line is a set of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire playing...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Tops Japanese Charts and Boosts New Nintendo 3DS Sales

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Tops Japanese Charts and Boosts New Nintendo 3DS Sales

The XL is still the model of choice

We already know that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D has been an early success since its launch last week, and we now have strong début sales in Japan to add to the picture; it gave the New Nintendo 3DS hardware a boost, too. The Zelda remake was the comfortable winner in the Media Create software top 20...

News: Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Budoten is Fighting Its Way to Japanese 3DS Systems This Summer

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Budoten is Fighting Its Way to Japanese 3DS Systems This Summer

Over 100 fighters to be included

Fans of Japanese culture, including games and TV, are sure to be familiar with Dragon Ball Z, a franchise that's been relatively common on Nintendo hardware since the days of the original Famicom. Though not all modern entries make it to Nintendo systems there's still decent support, particularly in the handheld...

Reaction: Satoru Iwata Holds Off on Major Announcements as Investors Appear Settled

Satoru Iwata Holds Off on Major Announcements as Investors Appear Settled

A comfortable, unremarkable Investor Briefing

As those that follow Nintendo closely know only too well, major announcements and shocks aren't just reserved for E3 and the occasional Nintendo Direct. The company has a habit of dropping major news like it's a minor affair, and in the past couple of years has also reserved some notable news for...

Video: Kadokawa Games Showcases Rodea The Sky Soldier Footage and Hands-On Event

Kadokawa Games Showcases Rodea The Sky Soldier Footage and Hands-On Event

Kid Icarus X Sonic

Rodea The Sky Soldier has had a difficult route to release: originally developed by Prope under the leadership of Yuji Naka - a founding father of Sonic the Hedgehog - it was apparently largely complete for the Wii and 3DS, yet publisher Kadokawa Games was largely silent. Prope dropped away and, somewhat surprisingly, Kadokawa...

Weirdness: These Nifty 8-bit Super Mario Collectables May Make Canned Coffee Taste Better

These Nifty 8-bit Super Mario Collectables May Make Canned Coffee Taste Better

Prepare to get wired

Japanese beverage company DyDo has teamed up with Nintendo to make canned coffee even more appealing. Starting on 17th February the drinks manufacturer will be putting a range of 8-bit Super Mario themed collectables on top of their cups. It appears that lucky Japanese customers will be able to collect 8-bit style Mario,...

News: GBA Classics Sonic Advance And Mega Man & Bass Arrive On The Japanese Wii U eShop Next Week

GBA Classics Sonic Advance And Mega Man & Bass Arrive On The Japanese Wii U eShop Next Week

Two welcomed additions

SEGA and Capcom continue their strong support for Nintendo’s digital eShop platform next week, with the simultaneous release of Sonic Advance and Mega Man & Bass on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console. Priced at 702 yen each, the 2001 and 2002 Game Boy Advance titles will be unleashed on 18th February. Sonic Advance is...

News: 'Apprentice Witch and Fluffy Friends' Aims to Take Advantage of the Yo-Kai Watch Fever on 3DS in Japan

'Apprentice Witch and Fluffy Friends' Aims to Take Advantage of the Yo-Kai Watch Fever on 3DS in Japan

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery

Today has brought news of yet another RPG title on the way with the newly announced Apprentice Witch and Fluffy Friends (translation via GoNintendo); it's due for release on 23rd April in Japan on the 3DS. The game is published by Nippon Columbia and the first screenshots drew many comparisons to...

News: This Xenoblade Chronicles X Hardware Bundle for Japan is Rather Lovely

This Xenoblade Chronicles X Hardware Bundle for Japan is Rather Lovely

Dual-sided sleeve! Art Book! Map! More!

Nintendo has streamed a live presentation of Xenoblade Chronicles X, which brought 24 minutes of footage that showed off the game's world. It also announced some practical details ahead of the Japanese release on 29th April, such as the availability of pre-purchase downloads on the eShop to speed up launch day...

News: Yokai Watch Trading Card Game Deals 100 Million Cards In Eight Months

Yokai Watch Trading Card Game Deals 100 Million Cards In Eight Months

Another success for the franchise

The Pokémon trading card series has been running for years and continues to generate revenue for Game Freak and Nintendo, but it's not the only game of this type that Nintendo has up its sleeve. The recent Level-5 3DS hit Yokai Watch - which has since been followed by Yokai Watch 2 - has its own collectable card...

News: Here's What Pokémon Fighter Pokkén Tournament's Arcade Cabinet Looks Like

Here's What Pokémon Fighter Pokkén Tournament's Arcade Cabinet Looks Like

Fighting in the streets

Bandai Namco's Pokémon-themed one-on-one brawler Pokkén Tournament is getting ever closer to its Japanese release, and the company has now released an image of what the final cabinet will look like. The image shows that a control guide has been placed above the screen - which will prove handy when you forget which button...

News: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Joins New Nintendo 3DS at Peak of Japanese Charts

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Joins New Nintendo 3DS at Peak of Japanese Charts

Wii U hardware sales dip a little further

As per normal on a Wednesday the Media Create charts in Japan have emerged, with this week's results bringing a few new releases and a subtle shift in the hardware battle in Nintendo's homeland. To start with software, Atlus RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker has made its début at...

News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Misses Out on Topping Japanese Charts at Launch

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Misses Out on Topping Japanese Charts at Launch

New 3DS LL continues to top hardware charts

Despite having gorgeous claymation-inspired visuals and lashings of colour, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse only managed to reach the third spot in the Japanese charts, being beaten by Tales of Zestiria on PS3 and The Legend of Legacy on the 3DS. It's a shame given just how charming the game looks, but...