Japan News - Page 9

Video: This Steel Empire Footage Makes Us Jealous of Those With a Japanese 3DS

This Steel Empire Footage Makes Us Jealous of Those With a Japanese 3DS

Gosh...

Our past coverage of Steel Empire, a 3DS conversion of the cult Mega Drive / Genesis shooter, may have betrayed the fact that some of the Nintendo Life team have fond — and increasingly distant — memories of Sega's 16-bit machine. More importantly, however, this shooter was loved by those who played it because it's rather good, so the...

News: Latest Mana Game Rises To The Challenge

Latest Mana Game Rises To The Challenge

Now we're hoping for a 3DS port

Launched just a few hours ago in Japan on iOS (due on Android later in the year), Rise of Mana is the most recent title in Square's long running RPG series, perhaps most fondly remembered by Western gamers for the first SNES entry Secret of Mana. In keeping with some of the more iconic Mana games, Rise of Mana is an...

News: Harvest Moon: Connect To A New World Dominates for 3DS in Japan

Harvest Moon: Connect To A New World Dominates for 3DS in Japan

Hardware sales for the region aren't pretty as PS4 drops

The latest Media Create Japanese chart results are in, and they have some interesting numbers to consider. Software sees the latest Harvest Moon title enjoy an impressive début, while a substantial drop in the PS4 system's sales — which some reports suggest is due to stock shortages —...

News: Hamatora: Look At Smoking World Announced For 3DS

Hamatora: Look At Smoking World Announced For 3DS

"Shared World" concept tying together multiple mediums into one setting

Shuuhou Imai, best known for his work on the Tokyo Majin Gakuen series that's been on everything from the original Playstation to the Nintendo DS, has just released some details on a new title — Hamatora: Look At Smoking World — for 3DS through his blog. The game is set...

Feature: Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Everything not saved will be lost

The end of the millennium was a turbulent time for Nintendo – the N64 hadn’t quite turned out to be the SNES Mk.II success it’d hoped the hardware would be, the 64DD add-on got off to a cautious launch in Japan and in 2001 both the N64 and the Game Boy Color would be completely replaced with younger and more...

News: Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Economy "Can Learn From" Nintendo

Japanese Prime Minister Says the Country's Economy "Can Learn From" Nintendo

Keeping the faith

Nintendo's stock market value and current financial results may be a long way short of the recent glory days of the Wii and DS era, yet despite that drop in fortunes the company still has substantial cash reserves and is emphasizing plans to evolve its business and return to significant success. The 3DS continues to perform —...

Matters Of Import: Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Making cute robots girls cry

The N64 never did get much 2D love when it was around, but games like Wonder Project J2 — as well as Treasure’s Bangai-O — show that other developers were missing a trick by ignoring the untapped potential of this side of Nintendo’s hardware. First published by Enix in 1996, Josette’s adventures on Blueland...

News: Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire Hits The Japanese 3DS eShop Later This Month

Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire Hits The Japanese 3DS eShop Later This Month

The 16-bit Sega release is getting a new lease of life

We first told you about the 3DS eShop conversion of the cult Mega Drive / Genesis shooter Steel Empire in August last year, but things have been pretty quiet since then. Thankfully, we can now update you with some more info — the game hits Japan later this month and will retail for 2940 yen...

News: Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbox 360

Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbox 360

Hey, it's a landmark

At the end of 2014 we're hopeful, even optimistic, that we'll be looking at a far brighter scenario for the Wii U. We don't have the facts and figures to start talking comebacks at the time of writing, however, so are restricted to looking ahead and taking the positives that we can. There is one, too. Earlier today we reported...

News: PS4 Launch Sales Close to Wii U Equivalents, 3DS Remains Best of the Rest

PS4 Launch Sales Close to Wii U Equivalents, 3DS Remains Best of the Rest

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze swings past 50,000 sales to date

It's been a big week for the games industry in Japan, with Sony's PS4 arriving in the market. Naturally it's made a splash in both the hardware and software charts, leaving efforts on 3DS, Wii U and other systems up against a new group of launch games. To start with software,...

News: Gargoyle's Quest II and Street Fighter 2010 Could Be Heading to the 3DS Virtual Console

Gargoyle's Quest II and Street Fighter 2010 Could Be Heading to the 3DS Virtual Console

Retro-heads Rejoice!

The Virtual Console has been an incredible asset to Nintendo over the years. Not only has it served as a method of playing yesterday’s games today, but it’s also come in handy when bridging the gap between retail releases. One of its downsides of course is that with every new console’s release, the back catalogue of games...

News: The Harvest Goddess Appears In Harvest Moon: Connect To A New World

The Harvest Goddess Appears In Harvest Moon: Connect To A New World

Not a moment too soon

We've looked at the upcoming 3DS Harvest Moon a few times before, so it's with some relief that just three days before the game launches in Japan the Harvest Goddess has shown her face, alongside two more new neighbours that will no doubt make life on your farm much more interesting than it would be otherwise. The Goddess...

News: New Characters, Monsters And Modes Join Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

New Characters, Monsters And Modes Join Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Faces old, new and import-only are now part of the crew

We've already looked at the demo before, but now Square Enix have released some new information about Curtain Call's new versus mode as well as artwork for Makina and Rem, both from the currently Japan-only Final Fantasy Type-0. Versus mode can be played against either a friend or against...