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  • First Impressions Dopamix

    Is this Japan-only eShop release going to be music to your ears?

    As games get more complicated, with motion controls and complex button layouts, is it still possible to have fun while playing a game using only one button? With the Japan-exclusive eShop title Dopamix (made by G-mode, the current owners of the Data East back catalogue, which includes...

  • News Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 3DS Getting Japanese November Release

    Enter the Magna Gate and the Infinite Labyrinth

    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magna Gate and the Infinite Labyrinth will launch on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on November 23rd, it has been confirmed. The latest instalment in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, this first 3DS entry apparently allows you to take photos of real-world objects using the 3DS...

September2012

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June2012

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List: June 2012

    The Neo Geo assault carries on

    Three more games for the Wii Virtual Console in Japan this month, and as is to be expected now the majority are Neo Geo games. With Metal Slug 3's recent western release, we hope to see some more games for the system coming to the Virtual Console outside of Japan as well. The full list for June is as follows: Super...

May2012

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List: May 2012

    The fun continues

    There were just two games last month, but this time the count will be slightly creeping up again as Japan is scheduled to get three new Wii Virtual Console games. Just like the past few months, D4 continues to show strong support, as two of the new games will be Neo Geo games, while the remaining one is a Famicom title unlikely to...

April2012

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List: April 2012

    Slowing down

    It's a bit of a slow month this time for Japan, as only two new games will be released. Neither are big surprises: Europe already got one a while ago and the other has already been announced for European release. Both of them are pretty nice games though, so although the offerings are slim compared to normal, at least they're of good...

February2012

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - March 2012

    Four more

    For the first time in a long while, Japan will actually be receiving fewer Wii Virtual Console games than another region. Europe, to be precise, all because of the truckload of Virtual Console games scheduled for March. Japan will still receive four games though, so let's take a look at what they are. Japan's full list for March is as...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - February 2012

    Neo Geo support continues

    Japan is getting three more Wii Virtual Console games this month. The scale is clearly tipped in the favour of the Neo Geo once more, as it will see yet another two games. If only we'd see some more Neo Geo games in the West. Japan's full list for this month is as follows: Super Famicom Kunio-Kun no Dodge Ball Dayo Zenin Shuugo! — Essentially the SNES version of Super..

January2012

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - January 2012

    Ringing in the new year

    Nintendo of Japan continues to deliver the goods, with three more games slated for release on the Wii Virtual Console this month. Will we see any release in the west at all? The full list for Japan this month is as follows: Famicom Ganbare Goemon 2 — The second game in the classic series (not counting its arcade origins), this was still before any of the titles made it out..

November2011

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - December 2011

    Keep on trucking

    Japan got seven Wii Virtual Console games last month while other regions got zero, but they still show no signs of stopping, as next month will offer another four. It's evenly divided between the Super Famicom and Neo Geo, with one of the games being another instalment in a certain Capcom series that ends with "X". The...

October2011

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List: November 2011

    A whopping seven new titles

    Europe is now getting frightfully close to going five entire months without a Wii Virtual Console game, and North America also hasn't had anything in a while, but that isn't stopping Japan from trucking on. Although most of their previous months only had three or four games, this month has a whopping seven, one of the...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - October 2011

    Four score

    The amount of releases for Wii Virtual Console in the West has gotten woefully small as of late. Europe hasn't had a new title since early June, while the last handful of releases North America has gotten were all simply to catch up to Europe. The situation isn't so dire in Japan: they've been getting four or more new games per month for...

September2011

August2011

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - September 2011

    Japan keeps getting the goodies

    The Wii Virtual Console might barely be getting any games in the West now — Europe hasn't had any new ones for almost three months — but that isn't stopping Japan from continuing at the same pace as always. This month Japanese Wii owners will get another four new titles to download. Atlus keeps supporting the service with another Megami Tensei title, while the..

  • News Twinbee is Your Next 3D Classic on 3DS

    What do you mean, 'what's Twinbee?'

    Top-down shooters are ripe for resurrection in Nintendo's 3D Classics line: recent release 3D Classics Xevious did a decent job, and next it's Konami's turn with a version of classic arcade shooter Twinbee. The revamped game takes flight to Japan on 10th August for 600 Yen, the same price as Xevious. Interestingly...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - August 2011

    Three more classics

    We've reached the start of a new month again, which means Nintendo of Japan has once again revealed its upcoming plans for the Wii Virtual Console. There are just three new games this August, with the Neo Geo still enjoying a good bit of a resurgence. All three games are pretty good, though there's no particular surprises this time. The full list of games Japan will get next..

July2011

June2011

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - July 2011

    Four more for the Wii

    The 3DS Virtual Console is only getting its titles revealed every week, but the Wii Virtual Console is still sticking with the tried and true method of revealing the entire next month's plans at the end of the previous month. There's not really any big surprises this time, though there is one small one in the form of G-mode finally bringing a certain classic Data East..

  • News Japanese TV Service Launches on 3DS this Tuesday

    Fuji Television and Nippon Television providing content

    With the launch of the Nintendo eShop earlier this month, the 3DS has picked up momentum after a period of flagging hardware sales, and that momentum is continuing to build as Nintendo is about to launch its television service on its handheld console. As translated by Andriasang, Nintendo's collaboration with Japanese networks Fuji Television..

May2011

  • News 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 Listen Up, Capcom's 3D Sound Adventure Launches in August

    In Japan, that is

    Capcom's experimentation with 3D sound in its upcoming adventure game Nazo Waku Yakata (roughly translated as Nazo Waku Mansion) certainly gathered interest when initial game details were revealed in March. Now courtesy of the game's official website, the Japanese release date has been announced, a move that's sure to remind some...

April2011

  • News 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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

  • News Capcom Brings New Super Mario Bros. Wii to the Arcades

    With a twist, or shall we say "spin"?

    A Mario game from Capcom? That's what Japanese arcade gamers will be playing, although it's not exactly what you would expect. Capcom has announced its medal machine New Super Mario Bros. Wii Coin World has hit arcades in Japan. Based on New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the cabinet supports four players and the object...

March2011

  • News 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

    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...

  • News 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

    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

    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

    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

    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..

February2011

  • News 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

    INPUT "Insert subheading here:"

    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...

January2011

  • News 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

    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

    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...

  • News Save the Earth Soon with the Imaginatively Titled Earth Saver

    More localised Japanese budget fun from the GO Series

    We've seen many Japanese DSiWare titles that we never thought would reach us thanks to the GO and G.G Series, featuring simple but entertaining experiences over a wide variety of genres and usually retailing for 200 Points. The latest to get a rating by the North American board, the ESRB, is GO Series: Earth Saver, published by Gamebridge and..

  • News All Ten Disciplines in Deca Sports 3D Now Revealed

    A couple of surprises

    Last December left us scratching our heads over what the complete list of sports were in Hudson's upcoming 3DS title, Deca Sports 3D, known as Sports Island in Europe. Aside from the initial four that were revealed, the remaining six were largely recognisable but a couple left us guessing. In the lead-up to the 3DS's Japanese...

  • News Fighters can be Voyeurs too in Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition

    When not sweating it out with combos, kick back and just watch

    With last weekend's Nintendo World 2011 event comes fresh new details on several anticipated 3DS titles, one of which is Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition from Capcom. We've previously reported on the game featuring an action figure collection mode which utilises the 3DS's StreetPass feature whilst in sleep mode, and the Arcade..

  • News Third-Parties Take the Lead for Japan 3DS Launch

    Only one first-party game launching alongside the handheld

    With the 3DS launching in Japan on 26th February, it's perhaps surprising that there's only going to be one first-party title that will be sitting on the shelves when the wonder machine hits retailers. Nintendo has updated its website with a line-up of upcoming 3DS titles, with a total of nine launching alongside the system itself. Courtesy..

  • News See Yourself in Ridge Racer on the 3DS

    Reiko Nagase won't be the only pretty face in-game

    Last October, we brought you the list of launch window titles for the Japanese release of the 3DS sytem, and although not every title will have a guaranteed spot next to the handheld when it launches on 26th February, racing fans will be greeted at some point with Namco Bandai Games' Ridge Racer, of...

December2010

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2011

    Square Enix delivers another RPG epic

    There's still another Friday left this month, but Nintendo of Japan has already added the next month's upcoming Virtual Console games to their site. Maybe they're taking a well-deserved break next week! Only three games are on the list, but as one of them is a highly requested title, it alone could probably keep people happy for an entire month. The full list..

  • News Night of the Sacrifice Will Get Hearts Pumping and Feet Walking

    A horror game with a twist

    Earlier this month it was announced that Marvelous would be bringing a horror game to the Wii that utilises the Wii Balance Board. With the peripheral predominantly used for health and fitness games, the idea of using the board for something as unrelated as the horror genre was both interesting and puzzling. Well, Famitsu has now shed some light on how the board will be..

  • News The Sims 3 Will Make Use of the 3DS StreetPass Mode

    For getting rid of... we mean, exchanging Sims with other players

    Not satisfied with just bringing The Sims 3 to the Wii and DS, EA will also be allowing gamers the option of raising their family in 3D too when it launches in Japan for the 3DS in Spring 2011. Famitsu has published some game details on the latest instalment of the life-simulation strategy game and it looks set to utilise the 3DS..

  • News Opening Round of Info on Deca Sports for the 3DS

    4 out of 10 sports officially revealed

    Hudson is keeping itself busy with its line-up of 3DS titles and the company's Japanese website has been updated with some screenshots of the upcoming instalment in the Deca Sports franchise (otherwise known as Sports Island in Europe). Deca Sports 3D (not final title) will feature ten different sports, and from the icons on the website's game page, they..

November2010

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - December 2010

    Hudson and Capcom serve up some more games

    Japan maintains a small lead on the rest of the world next month, by both catching up on two titles that were already released in Europe, and releasing three new games which everybody else will also likely see. There's nothing really surprising here this time! The games Japan will be getting next month are:...

October2010

September2010

  • Nintendo Download 28th & 29th September 2010 (Japan)

    Two each for Wii and DSi next week

    Could predictions of the death of WiiWare in Japan have been premature? It appears so as there's two new titles coming next week, both from 3rd parties. Import gaming fantatics should reign in their excitement, however as both appear to be "lifestyle" apps rather than games. The DSi offerings are unlikely to engender any excitement either since one of..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - October 2010

    Three more for Japan next month

    Japan is taking it a bit easy again next month with just three new releases. Two of them could have been predicted quite easily - Both were rated by the OFLC not too long ago and should thus also be heading to other regions. The last is yet another Japan-exclusive RPG which is very unlikely to see the light of day...

  • First Impressions Surinuke Anatōsu

    Thrill-seeking for puzzler fans

    One doesn't often think of thrills and puzzles as belonging in the same sentence. You can get a bit of excitement from kicking off a combo in a fast-paced game, but to actually get a rush in the same sense as riding a rollercoaster is something else entirely. Whilst it might be an exaggeration to say Surinuke Anatōsu is the equivalent of an amusement park ride, the..

  • Nintendo Download 21st & 22nd September 2010 (Japan)

    VCA and DSiWare next week in Japan

    Japan receives a mix of RPGs, shooters, mathematics training for youngsters and short quizzes about feudal Japanese history. Virtual ConsoleRomancing Saga 3 (800pts, Super Famicom - Square-Enix) – The third in a series of RPGs from one of the RPG masters. Exed Exes (800pts, Arcade - Capcom) – An early Capcom shooter we cannot say we're great fans of, but it's..

  • News Super Mario Collection Special Pack Revealed

    Game details, box art, promo video and more

    We've been bringing you all the news regarding the enticing yet vague announcement of the Japan-exclusive Super Mario Collection Special Pack, including a posting from an online retailer somewhat obliquely detailing its contents. Now comes the definitive announcement regardin

  • First Impressions 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)

    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)

    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

    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

    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...

August2010

  • First Impressions 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...

  • Nintendo Download 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

    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

    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)

    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

    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)

    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..

July2010

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