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News: New Taiko Drum Master Game Revealed for 3DS

New Taiko Drum Master Game Revealed for 3DS

...in Japan, that is. Alas.

Popular Namco rhythm series Taiko no Tatsujin (known as Taiko: Drum Master in the West) will get a new instalment on 3DS in Japan, as reported by Famitsu. Entitled Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure, the new drumming game will arrive 26th June for ¥4,740 (roughly $46 or £28). It will support...

Review: Galaga (3DS eShop / NES)

Galaga (3DS eShop / NES)

Space: The Original Frontier

There are a few reasons so many early video games took place in space. While the most obvious one is budgetary — a flat black background being quite literally the easiest possible background to render, thereby making "space" a pretty natural choice of setting — there's a psychological reason as well: space is a...

News: GBA Titles Super Mario Ball And Pac-Man Collection Rated By Australian Classification Board

GBA Titles Super Mario Ball And Pac-Man Collection Rated By Australian Classification Board

Headed for Wii U Virtual Console

Following the trend of the past few weeks, another pair of Game Boy Advance titles — expected to arrive sometime soon on the Wii U Virtual Console — have been classified by Australian Classification Board. The classifications have revealed Super Mario Ball (also known as Mario Pinball Land) and Pac-Man...

News: Namco's Klonoa: Empire of Dreams & Mr. Driller 2 rated by Australian Classification Board

Namco's Klonoa: Empire of Dreams & Mr. Driller 2 rated by Australian Classification Board

Expected to arrive on Wii U VC soon

As reported last week, Game Boy Advance titles will finally be released on the Wii U Virtual Console from April onwards. While there’s still no pricing or release dates beyond the initial month, what we do know is the first batch arriving on the service will include Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar...

Matters Of Import: Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

'80s popstar Gary Numan sadly not involved

Nintendo’s Virtual Console service has been a constant treasure trove of classic gaming for many years now, covering hundreds of titles across some of the greatest systems to ever exist. It’s thrown up more than a few unexpected surprises along the way too – including this Japan-only port of the...

Video: Namco Bandai Salutes the Tales Series and its 15th Anniversary

Namco Bandai Salutes the Tales Series and its 15th Anniversary

Includes the major titles since its debut

Namco Bandai has released an anniversary trailer in honour of fifteen years of the Tales series, as well as celebrating its upcoming release for the franchise, Tales of Xillia. The new addition to its family may not be arriving on the Wii U or 3DS - exclusive to the PS3, if you must know - but previous...

News: Second Project X Zone Demo Hitting 3DS eShop On June 27th

Second Project X Zone Demo Hitting 3DS eShop On June 27th

Lucky, lucky Europe

European 3DS owners are currently getting their hands on the recently-released Lethal Surprise demo for Project X Zone, which showcases characters from Sakura Wars, Cyberbots, Space Channel 5 and Valkyria Chronicles and offers a glimpse of what the final game will look like when it launches in the region on July 5th (the North...

News: Tekken Boss Thinks Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft Should Get Cosy

Tekken Boss Thinks Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft Should Get Cosy

Tri-Force?

It's nice to want things. For example, I'm sure many people reading this would love to have a Wii U console sitting under their TV set right now. Or perhaps a brand-new Ferrari on the driveway. Heck, why not wish for your own personal tropical island paradise while you're at it? Go crazy. It's tempting to surmise that Tekken producer...

News: Turns Out You Can Delete Pac-Man & Galaga Save Data

Turns Out You Can Delete Pac-Man & Galaga Save Data

And here's how

That single save file issue in Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions? Bit of a mistake on Namco's part, but not for the reason you might think. Despite earlier reports that came from the publisher itself, it is possible to delete your save data on the cartridge if you want to. A company rep confirmed to Eurogamer that with a simple six-button combination you can wipe all you

News: Uh Oh, Now Namco Goes for Single 3DS Save File

Uh Oh, Now Namco Goes for Single 3DS Save File

List is getting longer

Last month's Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D save file debacle might seem a long time ago now, but it's about time it got dredged up again as it appears Namco has stuck the unpopular system in Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions. According to a report from Wired, the cartridge only stores your most recent high score rather than the traditional leaderboard, and that these scores..

News: Tales of Graces Wii Will Not Be Released In the West

Tales of Graces Wii Will Not Be Released In the West

More bad news

Japanese RPGs and Wii consoles are like Superman and Clark Kent at the moment: we're sure they're related, but they're rarely seen in the same place at the same time. While Operation Rainfall continues to campaign for Nintendo to bring its infamous three across the Atlantic, Namco has confirmed Tales of Graces won't be making it to the West either. Producer Makoto Yoshizumi delivered..

News: eShop Update May Cause Crashes in Ridge Racer 3D

eShop Update May Cause Crashes in Ridge Racer 3D

Patch coming soon

A recent SpotPass message from Nintendo let 3DS owners know about the upcoming eShop update, but right at the bottom lies an interesting statement: the update might cause issues with Ridge Racer 3D. Important notice: Users of Ridge Racer 3D who install this Nintendo 3DS system update may experience gameplay disruption under...

News: Japan Gets 20 More Namco Arcade Games

Japan Gets 20 More Namco Arcade Games

As if the lack of Namco arcade game support in the west wasn't bad enough already.

There's still no sign of more Namco games for Virtual Console Arcade outside Japan - We're still stuck with their initial three releases. Meanwhile, Japan has gotten over 20 arcade releases from Namco alone (That's about 2/3 of all the arcade games available in Japan), including classics like Splatterhouse, Rolling..

News: Klonoa 3? Depends On Wiimake's Sales

Klonoa 3? Depends On Wiimake's Sales

Series creator has ideas for sequel but needs financial incentive.

Cartoony platformer Klonoa's Wiimake has enjoyed critical success, which must make Namco pleased as punch over the decision to resurrect the series. So does that mean sequels are imminent? That one falls under a big fat "maybe," as the series creator, Hideo Yoshizawa, told Nintendo Power that critics ain't everything,..

First Impressions: Muscle March

Muscle March

Namco delivers possibly the most bizarre game to come from Japan in years.

If you've gotten into the Japanese import scene at all you've probably discovered that there's games released in Japan that never see localisation outside of Japan. Japanese game developers have a knack for coming up with some pretty unusual game concepts and Japanese publishers seem to be willing to bring these to a..

News: Korogashi Puzzle Katamari Comes to DSiWare!

Korogashi Puzzle Katamari Comes to DSiWare!

According to Famitsu, Korogashi Puzzle Katamari will be DSiWare's entry in the tremendously popular (and tremendously fun) Katamari series. But it won't look a lot like its bigger brothers.

Korogashi Puzzle Katamari looks (and appears to play) very similar to Pac-Attack, but you can judge for yourself by watching the trailer below. The game should be released in Japan this coming week for 500..