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News: Hardware Sales Drop in Japan as Wii U Falls Into Four Figures

Hardware Sales Drop in Japan as Wii U Falls Into Four Figures

Can January be over now?

When considering important sales months in the calendar year, we suspect that plenty within the game development and publishing industry have January near the bottom of the list. It does bring some new games, such as Kirby: Triple Deluxe in Japan, but it generally represents a notable downturn after the highs of November and...

News: Iwata And Miyamoto Both Take Pay Cuts In Response To Nintendo's Poor Financial Results

Iwata And Miyamoto Both Take Pay Cuts In Response To Nintendo's Poor Financial Results

Iwata halves his salary, Miyamoto takes a 30 percent cut

It has been revealed that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will be taking a 50 percent pay reduction following Nintendo's recent financial results. He's not the only one taking a cut; legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto will see his wage slashed by 30 percent, as will fellow Nintendo...

Matters of Import: E.X. Troopers Brings The Heat To 3DS

E.X. Troopers Brings The Heat To 3DS

Capcom however, remains frosty

Capcom’s E.X. Troopers may not be the latest or biggest Japanese 3DS game around, but it’s certainly no less worthy of inclusion here than any other game we’ve previously covered on Matters of Import and — as this and its high-resolution PS3 port are the only E.X. Troopers games so far — it is sadly still...

News: 3DS Hardware Sales Pass 15 Million Units in Japan

3DS Hardware Sales Pass 15 Million Units in Japan

It took 153 weeks

While the 3DS may not have sales tracking alongside those of the DS family of systems, it's achieved a great deal after a poor start and — as most would agree — performed well in an increasingly crowded, volatile market. Nintendo had hoped for better, naturally, having revised its yearly target down just recently, but that's...

Video: Persona Q Website Unveils Two More Characters

Persona Q Website Unveils Two More Characters

We really can't wait to get started on this one

We've had a look at the official Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth website a few times before, and now we drop back in just as Atlus releases videos focussing on Persona 3's Shinjiro Aragaki and Persona 4's Yukiko Amagi. They may struggle to even hit the one minute mark, but as they're almost entirely...

Video: The First Thirty Minutes Of The Best 3DS Action Game You've Never Played

The First Thirty Minutes Of The Best 3DS Action Game You've Never Played

That's E.X. Troopers, by the way

"Like Lost Planet, but anime" could easily have been the most cynical boardroom pitch ever, but thankfully Capcom couldn't have any poured any more love into E.X. Troopers if it had tried. We've got a full Matters of Import feature coming up soon on this amazing title, so in the meantime grab yourself a hot beverage...

Video: Ace Attorney Collection Promotional Trailer Is Now Available As Hard Evidence

Ace Attorney Collection Promotional Trailer Is Now Available As Hard Evidence

No objections here (sorry)

In addition to yesterday's news, we've got a few further details and a lovely little trailer for the Ace Attorney Collection, courtesy of the official website. The e-Capcom exclusive limited edition set, priced at ¥5,240 (about £30 / $50 USD / €37), will include a drama CD (cover to be determined) and a set of three...

Video: Levi and Sasha Slay Some Giants In This Attack On Titan DLC Mission Footage

Levi and Sasha Slay Some Giants In This Attack On Titan DLC Mission Footage

Scratch that Titan-hating itch

We've taken an in-depth look at Attack on Titan before, but we couldn't resist sharing some more footage — this time showing DLC-exclusive characters Levi and Sasha doing their thing. Levi's mission is a straightforward Titan-killing exercise, while Sasha has the much tougher task of hunting for hidden items whilst...

News: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Remains Number One in Japan as Hardware Sales Dip

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Remains Number One in Japan as Hardware Sales Dip

Well, it is January

It's Wednesday, which means Media Create Japanese chart results, and this week brings further cheer for everyone's favourite pink ball, as Kirby: Triple Deluxe retains top spot in the software chart. The hardware positions remain the same, but with every system seeing a drop in sales. To start with the software top 20, Kirby...

News: Cody, Haggar And Guy Are Scrapping Their Way To The Japanese 3DS eShop In Mighty Final Fight

Cody, Haggar And Guy Are Scrapping Their Way To The Japanese 3DS eShop In Mighty Final Fight

While we get Mighty Bomb Jack

Next week, Japanese 3DS owners will be able to step into the super-deformed shoes of Metro City's famous wrestling mayor Mike Haggar thanks to the release of Mighty Final Fight on the 3DS Virtual Console. Capcom's side-scrolling fighter originally launched on the Famicom and NES back in 1993, and offers the same kind...

Video: Puzzle Mashup Puyo Puyo Tetris Works Better Than You Might Think

Puzzle Mashup Puyo Puyo Tetris Works Better Than You Might Think

Two puzzle giants collide, with interesting results

We've dished out info on Sega's curious Puyo Puyo and Tetris fusion before, but now the playable demo has finally hit the Japanese eShop we've been able to get our grubby mitts on it and give you a real look at how it all works. It sounds quite jarring to play Puyo Puyo against someone else who's...

News: Ace Attorney Collection Coming To Japanese 3DS Consoles This April

Ace Attorney Collection Coming To Japanese 3DS Consoles This April

The first three adventures in one handy package

Capcom is releasing a special Ace Attorney collection for the 3DS which contains the first three games in the best-selling series. While the 3DS console's unique screen will be used to give each game a sense of depth, they will remain effectively unchanged from a graphical perspective. English...

Matters of Import: Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict Joins The 3DS Library

Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict Joins The 3DS Library

Like a light Shining in the Darkness

Thanks to Sega’s continuing support of the 3DS Virtual Console service we now have all three Game Gear Shining Force games available to buy on Nintendo’s much loved handheld — in Japan, at least. The emulation is so consistently brilliant on the 3DS it’s hardly worth mentioning these days: we’ll...

Matters of Import: Taking Initial D: Perfect Shift Online For A Spin

Taking Initial D: Perfect Shift Online For A Spin

A Not-So-Hot Rod

Free-to-play is all the rage these days, with in-app purchases proving profitable for developers while allowing users to decide exactly how much they want to spend and everyone — from Square-Enix to Capcom to probably your Gran — has an iOS game or MMO available to install for free with optional micro-transactions attached...

Feature: Monster Hunting With Kerry: Taking Baby Steps With Great Jaggi

Monster Hunting With Kerry: Taking Baby Steps With Great Jaggi

Warning: Article contains gross incompetence

Hello! Kerry here, your inept but endlessly enthusiastic guide through the dangerous and thrilling world of Monster Hunter 4. At the behest of the kind and gracious Nintendo Life overlords, I've been locked away in a small room for days on end and tasked with playing as much of the Japanese version as...

News: We Cannot Continue Without Winning, But It's Not As Simple As Moving Mario To Smartphones, Insists Iwata

We Cannot Continue Without Winning, But It's Not As Simple As Moving Mario To Smartphones, Insists Iwata

"We are thinking about a new business structure"

The news that Nintendo has reduced its hardware sales projections for this financial year and expects to make a loss has come as quite a blow to dedicated followers of the company, and has led some critics to repeat claims that the firm needs to move away from making its own hardware and embrace rival...