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News: Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Shareholders Meeting

Business as usual

Nintendo's 74th annual general meeting (AGM) for shareholders took place today in Japan and we can confirm that Satoru Iwata has retained his position as Nintendo's president. Iwata of course was not present at today's meeting due to his recovery from recent surgery. We are yet to learn what this year's investor approval rating...

News: Pokémon Art Academy Sneaks Top Spot in Japanese Charts as Console Sales Dip

Pokémon Art Academy Sneaks Top Spot in Japanese Charts as Console Sales Dip

3DS still top, Wii U remains as number one console

It's time once again for the Media Create Japanese chart results, and this week tells a tale of modest sales across the board. Though the numbers are low Nintendo still has plenty to cheer. Pokémon Art Academy makes its début this week and sneaks into top spot, narrowly out-selling more...

News: The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

Finally old enough to run Conker's Bad Fur Day

Time flies when you're having fun, especially for those of us who grew up spending excessive amounts of time playing GoldenEye 007 and Mario Kart 64. That's because the Nintendo 64 was released a whopping 18 years ago today in its native territory of Japan. Released on 23 June 1996, the N64 served as a...

News: Capcom and Treasure Team Up Again for Gaist Crusher Sequel

Capcom and Treasure Team Up Again for Gaist Crusher Sequel

Don't hold your breath for a Western release

Back in January, we took a look at Capcom's Gaist Crusher. Developed by renowned Japanese game studio Treasure, the title — perhaps most accurately described as Diet Monster Hunter — is part of a multimedia franchise spanning manga, anime, and a line of collectible toys. Gaist Crusher met with a...

News: New Japanese Law Bans Child Abuse Images, Yet Anime and Games Still Allowed Suggestive Depictions

New Japanese Law Bans Child Abuse Images, Yet Anime and Games Still Allowed Suggestive Depictions

Fines and prison terms introduced for the former

One challenging reality that faces gamers, and the press, is the sexualised portrayal of children in some games and anime from Japan. Though some examples can occasionally be seen in Western products, it's an issue prevalent in Japan due to different laws and attitudes in the country. Recent examples...

News: Mario Kart 8 Claims Top Spot in Japanese Charts, Wii U Remains as Number One Home Console

Mario Kart 8 Claims Top Spot in Japanese Charts, Wii U Remains as Number One Home Console

3DS top overall, Yo-kai Watch keeps on going

Nintendo's enjoying a run of pleasing sales-related headlines right now, with the recent NPD results for May showing strong performance for Mario Kart 8 and a related bump in Wii U sales, in particular. The latest weekly Media Create charts for Japan are out, and they continue the positive trend, albeit...

News: The New Taiko Drum Master RPG Has Some Interesting Crossovers

The New Taiko Drum Master RPG Has Some Interesting Crossovers

Monster Hunter, Yo-kai Watch, The Idolmaster, and a peary strange mascot

Banking on the huge popularity of crossovers in Japan, Bandai Namco's Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu's Great Space-Time Adventure features a number of interesting tie-ins. The gameplay itself features a crossover as well, blending the tried and true rhythm genre with...

Video: Robot Battle Action Is On The Cards In This Gundam Try Age SP Trailer

Robot Battle Action Is On The Cards In This Gundam Try Age SP Trailer

Almost five minutes of footage for this forthcoming 3DS title

We reported a while back on the 3DS port of Gundam Try Age, an arcade title which mixes massive robots with strategic card battling. An impressively-proportioned trailer has now been issued for the game which not only includes a rather overenthusiastic voice-over, but also details the...

News: Final Fantasy Explorers Official Website Opens

Final Fantasy Explorers Official Website Opens

Another beautiful 3DS RPG to preorder

It may be plastered with "coming soon" placeholder boxes and "to be confirmed" text where we were hoping for release dates, but what little there is on the freshly-opened Final Fantasy Explorers Japanese website offers a tantalising glimpse into what could be another great 3DS RPG, and hopefully a fun...

News: Japanese Airline Offering Limited Time Pokémon-Themed Travel Deals

Japanese Airline Offering Limited Time Pokémon-Themed Travel Deals

Fly with Pikachu and friends this summer!

All Nippon Airway’s 2014 summer travel campaign is currently inviting Pokémon fanatics and their families to join Pikachu and company on a “one-of-a-kind” journey. Trainers who fly from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport between July 17th and August 3rd — or Okinawa’s...

News: Brain Training / Brain Age Makes DS Début on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Brain Training / Brain Age Makes DS Début on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Suddenly released for free

Nintendo caused a minor stir earlier this year when it announced DS titles for the Wii U Virtual Console, with the accompanying concept image showing both screens side-by-side on the GamePad; it's an idea that may not suit all games released on the portable, at least not without some alternative formatting. In any case...

News: 3DS Tops Japanese Hardware Chart as Wii U Secures Home Console Crown

3DS Tops Japanese Hardware Chart as Wii U Secures Home Console Crown

Put away the champagne, the numbers are still low

It's time for the weekly Japanese Media Create results, and they bring a couple of notable headlines this week. We see a boost for Wii U ahead of the 29th May launch — it's a day earlier in Japan — of Mario Kart 8, while Level-5's latest success story keeps on going. The software charts see...

News: Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Units Separate PS4 and Wii U

Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Units Separate PS4 and Wii U

Yo-kai Watch approaches one million retail sales

The Japanese chart results are in from Media Create, and unfortunately they continue the recent trends of poor sales across software and hardware. There are some bright-spots from a Nintendo perspective, though not necessarily radiant enough to lighten up the overall picture. To start with software,...

News: Gargoyle's Quest II Swoops Onto the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Gargoyle's Quest II Swoops Onto the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

3DS or Wii U is fine in the West, really...

So, Gargoyle's Quest II may be on its way to the Virtual Console in the West, perhaps. Up to now we've seen the NES version arrive on the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan, while it's been rated by the Australian Classification Board — it's on the cards, then. This sequel — a prequel in terms of the plot...

Matters of Import: Tomodachi Collection

Tomodachi Collection

The best of friends?

Tomodachi Collection is more a toy than a game in that very special Nintendo way: your own mad little island full of Miis that you never knew you wanted but you suddenly find yourself unable to live without, and while it may be the five-year-old prequel to the upcoming English language Tomodachi Life, that doesn't mean the...