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News: Super Mario Maker Tops The Charts In Japan, Causes Wii U Sales To Double

Super Mario Maker Tops The Charts In Japan, Causes Wii U Sales To Double

Almost 140,000 copies sold, additional 10,000 consoles shifted

Super Mario Maker has made its début in Japan and has claimed the top spot in this week's Media Create Sales charts. The DIY platformer has sold 138,242 copies in its first week on sale. In second place is Capcom's 3DS exclusive Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX, which...

News: Genei Ibun Roku #FE Japanese Release Date And Bundles Revealed

Genei Ibun Roku #FE Japanese Release Date And Bundles Revealed

Swimsuit sets included, because why not?

Nintendo has revealed that Genei Ibun Roku #FE - also known as Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem - will launch in Japan on December 26th. As well as offering up this all-important piece of info, three bundles have been announced for the game. The bog-standard regular edition comes with a set of costumes as...

News: Super Mario Maker DLC Confirmed, Famitsu's Mascot Necky The Fox Coming Soon

Super Mario Maker DLC Confirmed, Famitsu's Mascot Necky The Fox Coming Soon

Necky the Fox to be a playable costume in Japan

Super Mario Maker hits the shops in Europe and North America tomorrow (just in case you hadn't heard!). Out of the box it supports a staggering variety of amiibo figurines; for example if you tap a Kirby amiibo against the Wii U GamePad while creating your level you can give Mario an 8-bit Kirby...

News: Dragon Quest VIII and 3DS Overtaken by Metal Gear Solid V and PS4 in Japan

Dragon Quest VIII and 3DS Overtaken by Metal Gear Solid V and PS4 in Japan

VIII is not greater than V, after all

It's Japanese Media Create chart results time again, and after a sustained spell of ruling the roost the 3DS and its games take a backseat this week, though that was always on the cards. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hideo Kojima's final entry in the series and with Konami, has naturally taken the two...

News: This Monster Hunter X New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plate Makes Us Want the Game Even More

This Monster Hunter X New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plate Makes Us Want the Game Even More

Just look at it

Based on the ease with which we're still able to fill an online lobby, plenty of gamers are still enjoying Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in the West. Of course, lucky Japanese gamers have Monster Hunter X (Cross) to look forward to later this year, a fresh take on the series that introduces new approaches to combat and an action-centric...

News: Some Western Splatoon Players Would Prefer Not To Compete With Japan

Some Western Splatoon Players Would Prefer Not To Compete With Japan

Online technicalities causing tension?

Reports have recently surfaced via Japanese video game blogs that certain clusters of Western Wii U owners do not enjoy playing Nintendo's competitive online squid shooter Splatoon with players from Japan. Some have even taken to social media to demand that Nintendo enforce regional servers for the game. The...

News: Dragon Quest VIII Storms to Number One in Japan and Boosts New 3DS Sales

Dragon Quest VIII Storms to Number One in Japan and Boosts New 3DS Sales

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer creeps towards 1 million sales

Wednesday is Media Create results day in Japan, in which we see whether Nintendo and its system's games can maintain strong form in the company's homeland. On that score this week brings more positive news. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, the 3DS port of the PS2...

Feature: Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

Handheld LCD Gaming Past And Present

For those times when an original Game Boy just isn’t retro-chic enough

Nintendo first hit the LCD game scene all the way back in 1980 with Ball, a simple but thoroughly playable affair at the time that may be familiar to fans of the Game Boy Camera or those brave souls who ventured onto the DSi shop. From these humble beginnings Nintendo's LCD...

Video: Japanese TV Commercials For Super Mario Maker Take The Reserved Approach

Japanese TV Commercials For Super Mario Maker Take The Reserved Approach

Low on CGI, high on charm

The launch of Super Mario Maker is just around the corner, and Nintendo is giving the game one final push in Japan with a raft of new TV commercials. Compared to the CGI-heavy nature of the US ads, these are a little more reserved and showcase one man and his quest to create the most entertaining Super Mario level...

Video: Check Out These Delightful Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Japanese Trailers

Check Out These Delightful Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Japanese Trailers

Dungeon crawl with your pocket monsters

The upcoming release of Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon promises to take the now long-running series to new heights with a more extensive game experience than ever before – with enhancements such as randomly generated dungeons that change each time a player enters, and the chance to battle alongside both...

News: We're Pretty Sure We Need These Earthbound Techo Planners In Our Lives

We're Pretty Sure We Need These Earthbound Techo Planners In Our Lives

Shigesato Itoi mines his past for future greatness

One of the many modern-day pursuits of Earthbound / Mother creator Shigesato Itoi is creating planners, or "Techos" as they're known in Japan. His company Hobonichi makes many of these useful items, which can be used as a diary, notebook or scrapbook. Hobonichi has had plenty of success in its...

Weirdness: Dancing Electric Rodents Infest The Japanese Coastal Town Of Yokohama

Dancing Electric Rodents Infest The Japanese Coastal Town Of Yokohama

Pika-pi, Pikachu!!

Japan appears to be absolutely obsessed with the cute, cuddly and electric Pokémon, Pikachu. To celebrate the nation’s cultural obsession with the adorable pocket monster, for a second year in a row now, Nintendo has infested the coastal Japanese town of Yokohama with dancing Pikachu. These giant-sized Pikachu are actually a...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Leads as Splatoon Passes Half a Million Sales in Japan

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Leads as Splatoon Passes Half a Million Sales in Japan

Wii U sales increase, too

The latest Media Create Japanese charts have arrived, bringing with them more positive news of Summer sales for Nintendo. On the software side Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer stays on top with over 180,000 sales in its second week, pushing it beyond 700,000 retail sales already. The two iterations of Yo-Kai Watch...

News: CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version For Wii U

CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version For Wii U

A Level-5 & Ubisoft collaboration

After selling millions and becoming a cultural phenomenon in Japan, it has been revealed the popular Yo-Kai Watch series will receive a Just Dance spin-off. The latest issue of Japan’s CoroCoro Magazine explains Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version is on the way to the Wii U courtesy of a surprising...