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News: 3DS Double Sales in Japan After Star Fox and Flare Red Launch

3DS Double Sales in Japan After Star Fox and Flare Red Launch

The Fox effect

Star Fox 64 3DS hits the West on 9th September, but it's already out in Japan and has given the console's sales a sizeable boost. Between 11th and 17th July, the game shifted 32,475 units across the country, putting it in sixth position behind two PlayStation baseball games, Taiko Drum Master Portable DX on PSP, Puyo Puyo!! on DS and the first Wii entry in Level-5's popular football..

News: Get Up Close and Personal with Your Lover in Rune Factory 4

Get Up Close and Personal with Your Lover in Rune Factory 4

See it all in 3D

Marvelous's popular marriage of farming and action RPG battling Rune Factory is coming to 3DS in the well-rounded form of Rune Factory 4. Whereas previous instalments have jumped you from the "we're in love" stage straight to "marriage, now", Rune Factory 4 wants to slow things down. It's been hurt, you know? Before getting hitched, your character and partner..

News: Here's How You Play Capcom's 3D Sound Game

Here's How You Play Capcom's 3D Sound Game

You know, Nazo Waku Mansion

Capcom's Nazo Waku Mansion isn't content with just 3D graphics — it's using 3D sound too, along with almost every other 3DS feature imaginable, as you can see in this video below. The young lady playing the game uses the console's gyro sensor, motion detection, microphone, touch screen and more in ways that include pushing a child on a swing, DJing at a concert,..

News: First Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Screens and Art Appear

First Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Screens and Art Appear

To the Cloud!

The 3DS's first taste of Final Fantasy gaming is coming in the unexpected form of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, a rhythm game in a Chibi style. Contrary to early reports, the game is not developed by Jupiter, the team behind the phenomenal The World Ends With You, but instead Electroplankton and Retro Game Challenge team indieszero is handling development duties. Square Enix's official..

News: Let's Get Ready to Super Pokemon Rumble on 3DS

Let's Get Ready to Super Pokemon Rumble on 3DS

Gotta bash 'em all

WiiWare monster fans will remember Pokémon Rumble, in which your toy Pokémon fought others in a last-one-standing battle royale. That excitement is coming to 3DS soon with Super Pokémon Rumble (also known as Super Pokémon Scramble) out in Japan this summer. The game uses the classic top-down viewpoint as you battle other toy...

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...

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,...