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News: Japanese Virtual Console list - June 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - June 2011

Two games each for the Super Famicom, Neo Geo and Arcade

Japan's seeing a bit of a resurgence in Virtual Console releases, as recently it's been receiving five or six games per month. This month is no different, with six games divided equally across three systems. It includes another Square Enix game, but sadly, it's one of Square's lesser known titles, and not another game from the Enix catalogue..

News: Beyond the Labyrinth Headed to 3DS in Japan

Beyond the Labyrinth Headed to 3DS in Japan

An RPG to watch

Pandora's Tower is among the highly anticipated games slated for the Japanese market but without any current plans for Western release. You can add to that list Beyond the Labyrinth, an upcoming 3DS RPG from tri-Ace, developer of such games as Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile and published in Japan by Konami. Directed by Takayuki Suguro, little is known besides the fact that it stars..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2011

Five games for this year's fifth month

Normally, Nintendo reveals its Japanese Virtual Console plans for the upcoming month on the last Friday of the month, but this time we have it a day early. Next month sees a bit of a Neo Geo resurrection, with three new games being released for the system. Japan will also get the fifth NES outing of the Blue Bomber, as well as a SNES fighter already released..

News: New Kirby Game Details Gathered, Now Absorb Them

New Kirby Game Details Gathered, Now Absorb Them

A gang of Kirbies embark on their latest DS adventure

Since Nintendo announced the development of a new Kirby game at a conference it held last September, things have been rather quiet until now. As reported by 1UP, Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has detailed some initial game info on Atsumete! Kirby (roughly translated as Gather! Kirby.) Fruit will be dotted across the stages and as players con

News: Pandora's Tower Will Require Players to Collect Monster Meat

Pandora's Tower Will Require Players to Collect Monster Meat

It's for a noble cause

With the recent Pandora's Tower trailer hitting our computer screens, gamers are finally catching a glimpse of what the game is all about. Thanks to tidbits gleaned from Japanese retailers, we now know a little bit more. The central character is Ende, equipped with a chain as seen in the trailer. As he progresses through the...

News: Star Fox 64 3D Entering Japanese Airspace on 14th July

Star Fox 64 3D Entering Japanese Airspace on 14th July

The fox that can fly makes his return this summer

Fox McCloud and his motley crew of wingmen are back this summer as they barrel roll their way into an upcoming Japanese release. Announced back at E3 2010, Star Fox 64 3D is an updated 3DS instalment of Star Fox 64 on the Nintendo 64, and thanks to the depth perception achieved by the handheld's 3D visuals, it will hopefully be a prime example of..

News: Japan's Minna No Theater Channel Closes Its Curtains

Japan's Minna No Theater Channel Closes Its Curtains

It's a wrap for the WiiWare video rental service

Since its launch back in January 2009, Japan's Minna No Theater (Everyone's Wii Theater) service allowed users to stream rented video content on their Wii consoles, and half a year later, the service got a boost when homegrown and international films were added to the selection of various television shows. So it's unfortunate to see that the..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2011

Square and Capcom battle for supremacy

You've already heard that a Chrono Trigger is coming to Virtual Console in Japan next month, but that's not the only thing to get excited over. Capcom is also releasing a big title next month, which happens to be the first of another series many have requested to make an appearance on the service. Here's a hint: It's the successor to a series of (mostly) NES..

News: Summon Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 this Summer

Summon Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 this Summer

Atlus' RPG sequel is almost complete

In the latest issue of Famitsu, details have emerged on the upcoming sequel to the 2009 tactical role-playing game, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 is currently under development for the DS by Atlus and once again features a 7-day attack on Earth by an outside force; if the threat isn't neutralised within a week, the game..

News: Capcom's 3DS Adventure Game Sounds Very Different

Capcom's 3DS Adventure Game Sounds Very Different

3D visuals? How about 3D sound?

Who needs buttons when you have sound? That's the approach that Capcom is taking with regards to its upcoming adventure game for the 3DS. As detailed in the latest issue of Famitsu and translated by AndriaSang, Nazo Waku Yakata (Nazo Waku Mansion) is a game that has been loosely termed as a "sound adventure" because of its unique control scheme that omits..

News: Super Dodge Ball's Attack Line Drawn for WiiWare this May

Super Dodge Ball's Attack Line Drawn for WiiWare this May

Updated and aiming for your head

Originally developed for the arcades and the NES in the late '80s, Super Dodge Ball is making a return as Miracle Kidz announces more details on the remake set for WiiWare release this year. Known in Japan as Downtown Nekketsu Dodgeball, the game will be taking after Nekketsu Koko Dodgeball Bu (known as Super Dodge...

News: Japan Selling More 3DS Consoles Than Other Platforms Combined

Japan Selling More 3DS Consoles Than Other Platforms Combined

Last week's figures are in

Following the highly successful Japanese launch of the 3DS, Nintendo's hardware sales have been continually dominant as the handheld stays at the top of the charts after its first full week. According to digital entertainment data tracker Media Create, the 3DS sold 374,764 units during the launch weekend of 26th February, and for the week running 28th February - 6th..

News: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2 Scrapping with Europe this Year

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2 Scrapping with Europe this Year

Arc System Works' 2D fighting game going 3D

Having already developed the BlazBlue spinoff title BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale for DSiWare, Arc System Works' latest BlazBlue title returns to its more traditional one-on-one beat 'em up roots and will also make it outside of Japan too. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2 is a port of the Japanese arcade game which was released last December and..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - March 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - March 2011

It's that time of the month again

Japan has a relatively big month coming up for them, with five new Virtual Console games on the release list. On top of that, there's not a bad game in the bunch, with every single one of them being a well-liked classic. Let's hope we get some of them as well! The full list for March in Japan is as follows: Famicom: Hebereke (The first game in the Hebereke series,..

News: DSiWare Users Going Back to BASIC with PetitComputer

DSiWare Users Going Back to BASIC with PetitComputer

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DSiWare releases have not only included the traditional games we expected to see, but also the growth of design-orientated applications aimed at users who enjoy creating as much as they do playing. From music applications to animation software, DSi owners have enough creative input to work on relatively advanced projects, but it seems Japanese developer SmileBoom's..

News: Launching This Spring is Nintendo's Secretive Title, Pandora's Tower

Launching This Spring is Nintendo's Secretive Title, Pandora's Tower

It's about death, or something...

During Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's presentation at the company's Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing, a new Nintendo title for the Wii was announced and should be hitting Japan in the first half of 2011. Not much is known about the game at the moment, with the most solid of facts being the game will carry the title of Pandora's Tower. Iwata revealed that the..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2011

Just three games this time

It doesn't look like Capcom is ready to release more arcade game even in Japan, with next month's releases featuring nothing from their catalogue. The games being released are all part of fairly big franchises, though only one of them is likely to see release elsewhere. The full list is as follows: Famicom: SD Gundam World Gachapon Senshi 2: Capsule Senki (A fairly..

News: Sakaguchi: To Succeed Internationally, JRPGs Need to Change

Sakaguchi: To Succeed Internationally, JRPGs Need to Change

Will Last Story lead the way by example?

There have been many Japanese games that never made it out of their own country but far from publishers being lazy or concerned that localisations won't be profitable enough for the hassle, perhaps the reason genres like Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) sometimes struggle to find success in the Western...