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First Impressions: Shinobi Karakuri-den 2

Shinobi Karakuri-den 2

Double the ninjas, double the fun

Retro gaming fans surely enjoyed the first Ninja Karakuri Den (as it's known outside of Japan), playing like a cutsey combination of Ninja Jajamaru Kun and Mappy. This sequel is pretty much the same game with a few tweaks to the formula, as with the other G.G. Series sequels we've seen thus far, continuing the impression that Suzak still have the magic 8-bit touch..

Nintendo Download: 14th & 15th September 2010 (Japan)

14th & 15th September 2010 (Japan)

Another triple threat for Japan next week: BIT.TRIP, VCA and DSiWare

WiiWare: BIT.TRIP RUNNER: Rhythm Alien no Geki Sō (500 Points, Arc System Works) — A lot of Japanese Wii owners are going to be happy next week as BIT.TRIP RUNNER finally arrives in Japan. The fact that the price is the same 500 Points as the rest of the series kind of makes up...

Nintendo Download: 7th & 8th September 2010 (Japan)

7th & 8th September 2010 (Japan)

The gang's all here: WiiWare, Virtual Console and DSiWare next week in Japan

WiiWareSurinuke Anatōsu (800pts - Nintendo) -- Though we've gotten the distinct impression that third parties have abandoned WiiWare in Japan, Nintendo certainly hasn't. Keys Factory is credited as the developer – a bit odd since all they seem to make are Wii and DSi accessories like stands and cases. If this is their..

First Impressions: G.G Series Chō Hero Ōga 2

G.G Series Chō Hero Ōga 2

This sequel is MIGHTY difficult

Having collected the first wave of G.G Series titles, Genterprise and Suzak have decided to go back to the well and release their sequels. As with ZONE 2, Chō Hero Ōga 2 takes the fundamentals of the original and extends them whilst maintaining the same level of fun. The transition is not unlike moving from early arcade games to those of the late 1980s onwards,..

Rumour: Nintendo Japan Celebrating Mario's Birthday with Super Mario Collection

Nintendo Japan Celebrating Mario's Birthday with Super Mario Collection

Super Mario All-Stars may be Wii-bound after all

It's a source of constant frustration to Virtual Console fans that Super Mario All-Stars isn't available on the download platform: the inability to enjoy some of Mario's greatest adventures with improved Super NES graphics and sound has annoyed many, but fear not, for an end to the frustration may be in sight. Nintendo of Japan held a retailer..

First Impressions: G.G Series Collection+

G.G Series Collection+

The arcade collection you never knew about

Genterprise certainly appears to be a big fan of the Nintendo DSi, having released nearly a score of titles under the G.G Series banner, all of which have been previewed on this very site. Having them collected into a DS retail release to reach a broader audience makes sense, but even if you've already downloaded every last one of the DSiWare releases..

Nintendo Download: 31st August & 1st September 2010 (Japan)

31st August & 1st September 2010 (Japan)

VC Tennis for the Wii and three new DSiWare titles next week in Japan

Virtual ConsoleMario Tennis 64 (1000pts N64 - Nintendo) — The original 3D Nintendo tennis experience and, (in the opinion of many) the best, is the final Virtual Console title of the month. Read our Mario Tennis review to get the full story! DSiWareAction Puzzle Rabi x Laby (200pts - Silver Star Japan) — A platforming puzzler..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - September 2010

Japanese Virtual Console list - September 2010

More well-known games we'll never see (and some we might)

Japan keeps up the pace with five more Virtual Console games this next month. Three of them are arcade titles which could all possibly get a release elsewhere, if the publishers can be bothered. The other two are Japan-exclusive Super Famicom RPGs, which are highly unlikely to be released anywhere else. Here's the full list of titles they..

News: Guilty Gear Spin-Off Side-Scrolling Its Way to DSiWare

Guilty Gear Spin-Off Side-Scrolling Its Way to DSiWare

A new Chimaki adventure from Arc System Works

Spin-offs by their nature usually offer something recognisable yet in different surroundings, but it seems Arc System Works has taken a very different approach for the Guilty Gear spin-off title it has coming up. Arc Style: Furo Jump!! Guilty Gear Gaiden!? is a new entry into the side-scrolling platform genre and is a long way from the cult beat 'em ups..

News: Nintendo Download 25th August 2010 (Japan)

Nintendo Download 25th August 2010 (Japan)

The Wii takes a break with just two new DSiWare games as the only downloads next week

Apparently Nintendo has nothing new up their sleeve for the Wii at the end of August – odd, considering the 2nd week of the month was a holiday and we still haven't seen Mario Tennis published, which was previously announced for release this month. In any event, Japanese DSi owners have the following two games..

First Impressions: DOT MAN

DOT MAN

Classic Atari rip-off does the business

Silver Star Japan has decided to do with DOT MAN what Atari don't: put one of their 8-bit console classics on the DS. In this case it's the classic 2600 game Dodge 'Em. For the uninitiated, Dodge 'Em had a pretty basic concept: two cars racing in opposite directions around a box-shaped track consisting of nested lanes with one trying to collect all the dots..

Nintendo Download: 17th & 18th August (Japan)

17th & 18th August (Japan)

A break for the Virtual Console and a mini-update for the DSi next week in Japan

All good things must come to an end - weekly Virtual Console releases in Japan, for example. Ah well, it's summer, so people should be playing outside anyway! WiiWareItem Sagashi ★ Yōsei to Fushigi no Tō (500pts - Ateam Inc.) -- More party games centred around finding objects from the folks who last brought us..

Nintendo Download: 3rd & 4th August (Japan)

3rd & 4th August (Japan)

Fish and VC goodness for the Wii; the DSi gets the usual bumper crop of new titles

WiiWareBlue Oasis: Michi naru Shinkai (500pts - Hudson) — People in the know will recognise Blue Oasis as the Japanese name for Hudson's perennially popular virtual fish tank, My Aquarium. Apparently not satisfied with what has to be one of the best-selling WiiWare titles of all time, more than two years on Hudson..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - August 2010

Japanese Virtual Console list - August 2010

Survival horror from Sunsoft and more

Just three games for Japan this month, which is pretty much to be expected by now. One of them is a Nintendo 64 game everybody else has already gotten, while the other two games are both great, but Japan-exclusive. The only way we'll be seeing either of them is through import releases! The full, short list for Japan next month is as follows: Super Famicom:..

Nintendo Download: 27th & 28th July 2010 (Japan)

27th & 28th July 2010 (Japan)

WiiWare and VC releases and four new DSiWare titles next week for Japan.

It's been awhile since we've seen any new WiiWare in Japan, though the drought is only being broken by a single title from Nintendo. The weekly Virtual Console parade is also continuing and the DSi has its usual mix of education and entertainment apps to choose from. WiiWareLine Attack Heroes (1000pts - Nintendo) – This is a..

Nintendo Download: 20th & 21st July 2010 (Japan)

20th & 21st July 2010 (Japan)

Street Hoops on the Wii; dolphins, Dasshutsu and dating (or ditching) for DSi next week

Virtual ConsoleDunk Dream (900pts Neo Geo - D4 Enterprise) -- Sold in Europe as Street Slam and North America as Street Hoop, it's a tournament game of 3-on-3 street basketball with a choice of teams from various nations around the world. DSiWare@Simple DS Series Vol. 4: The Misshitsu Kara no Dasshutsu -..

Nintendo Download: 13th & 14th July 2010 (Japan)

13th & 14th July 2010 (Japan)

Virtual Console RPG for the Wii; lifestyle apps, edutainment and a couple of games for the DSi next week in Japan

WiiWare is MIA yet again, so Wii owners will have to make do with an old Super Famicom RPG originally published by dear departed Data East. Virtual ConsoleMetal Max 2 (800pts Super Famicom - Enterbrain) -- The Data East IP parade continues next week with a Final Fantasy-style RPG..

News: Budget Japanese DSiWare Headed to North American Shores

Budget Japanese DSiWare Headed to North American Shores

The land of the rising fun

If you've read some of our coverage of Japanese gaming with forlorn longing, you might want to stifle some of those sighs - a few games from Genterprise and Tasuke Co. are unexpectedly making their way westward. Recently evaluated by the North American ratings board, the ESRB, are G.G. Series: Super Hero Ogre and G.G. Series: Ninja Karakuri Den from Genterprise as well as..

Nintendo Download: 6th & 7th July 2010 (Japan)

6th & 7th July 2010 (Japan)

Neo Geo puzzling for the Wii; Spartans, handwriting and hockey for DSi next week in Japan

The WiiWare drought continues with only the VC to comfort Wii fans next week and things aren't much more exciting on the DSi with only two games and an educational title to start out July. Virtual ConsoleMagical Drop III (900pts Neo Geo - D4 Enterprise) – You might dismiss this game as a rip-off of Puzzle..