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Nintendo Account launches in Japan, shows your purchase history

Here we go!
Dec 01
// Vikki Blake
Nintendo Account - the snappily-titled new account service for Nintendo - has begun rolling out in Japan. The new membership scheme will act as a single log-in for all your Nintendo stuffs, current and future, including ...
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Monster Hunter X

Monster Hunter X has outsold Monster Hunter 4G in less than a week on the Japanese eShop

That's a lot of monsters being slayed
Dec 01
// Joe Parlock
Japan likes Monster Hunter. They like Monster Hunter a lot. The series sometimes doesn’t get the love it deserves in the West, but in Japan it’s a bona fide gaming phenomenon. They like Monster Hunter so much that Monster Hunter X, which only came out a few days ago, has already outsold last year’s Monster Hunter 4G on the Nintendo eShop.
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Xbox 360 shmup Strania - The Stella Machina sups on Steam

From Ikaruga co-developers
Nov 24
// Steven Hansen
Who wants to read a Destructoid review from 2011? Strania - The Stella Machina has come to Steam today apropos of nothing (the product page notes it's developer G.rev's "long-awaited debut on Steam," by whom I do not know). ...
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Clannad releases

Clannad visual novel on Steam, briefly outsells Call of Duty

Cheap this week, too
Nov 24
// Steven Hansen
Visual novel Clannad released on PC in Japan back in 2004 and since spawned various adaptations, including an anime series. Publisher Sekai Project ran a Kickstarter last year for an official English release that was funded ...

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Itoi has a good reason for not doing Mother 4

He cares about quality
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
Mother 4? Not going to happen. Not with Shigesato Itoi, anyway. "Totally impossible." Speaking to Game Watch Impress, as translated by Kotaku, he said, "Among big-time pop stars, if they, you know, put out ten albums, around ...
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Call of Duty sales

Call of Duty: Black Ops III tops Japanese charts

Two weeks and counting
Nov 21
// Kyle MacGregor
You typically don't see first-person shooters topping the Japanese software charts, but that's exactly what Treyach's Call of Duty: Black Ops III has done since its launch two weeks ago. The first-person shooter moved 18...
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Doujin bundle

Humble Weekly brings back the Japanese indies

Good variety
Nov 21
// Jordan Devore
The doujin scene isn't my usual beat, but Astebreed is cool as hell and I like sharing deals whenever possible. As such, hey, you may want to take a look at this Japan-centric Humble Weekly Bundle. No rush! You've got several...
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Attack on Titan PS4

That new Attack on Titan game freaks me out

There can be no survivors
Nov 21
// Jordan Devore
It's not like I was going to sleep tonight, anyway, Attack on Titan. A handful of audio-less gameplay clips from Koei Tecmo's upcoming PS4, PS3, and PS Vita action game have surfaced on the official Japanese site. Lots of zooming around, slashing titan flesh. A couple of the videos are more mundane and feature the protagonists chatting with one another. Let's not focus on the mundane.
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First trailer and way more screenshots
So I jumped the gun yesterday when I said Valkyria: Azure Revolution and Valkyria Chronicles Remaster (PS4) news was petering off. Yesterday's plain, boring website is now home to a bunch of new screens, the first footage of...

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Panty lines

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 gets rope tug and buoy hopping

And tan line tech
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
It's not just volleyball, clapping titties, and virtual reality you're getting with Dead or Alive Xtreme 3. No, no, no. As shown off in this new video, there's also tug-of-war and pool crossing minigames. The latter would be...
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Imperial SaGa

Sad new PC SaGa videos let you relive the old art

Imperial SaGa nods to series' past
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
For the 25th anniversary of SaGa, Square announced a new entry for Vita, SaGa 2015. With it, there's Imperial SaGa, a free-to-play PC RPG executive produced by SaGa creator Akitoshi Kawazu and featuring a few other key SaGa ...
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Valkyria PS4 details

Valkyria: Azure Revolution, Valkyria Chronicles Remaster get websites

Plus box art
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
Two days ago an announcement, yesterday the first screens, and today...web pages. Well, yes, things do get less exciting after their initial release. Gotta slow the pace down to be able to blow you out of the water with the n...
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Shantotto will be returning for the new Dissidia Final Fantasy

Nov 19
// Chris Carter
Shantotto is an immensely popular Final Fantasy character among the fanbase, even though you don't hear about her often outside of it. After a modest start in Final Fantasy XI, she invaded other games, including the Dissidia...
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Valkyria shots

First shots of Valkyria: Azure Revolution and the PS4 remaster

New Valkyria series game coming to PS4
Nov 18
// Steven Hansen
I don't know if it was the Valkyria Chronicles Steam release success or Sega just doing its regular couple years of apologizing with good releases before falling into a funk again, but there is a new, anime-as-hell Valkyria C...
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Puzzle & Dragons X

X comes after Z as far as new Puzzle & Dragons is concerned

Puzzle & Dragons X coming to 3DS
Nov 17
// Steven Hansen
Puzzle & Dragons X is confirmed for a 2016 3DS release in Japan. The money-printing series' (50 million downloads as of a couple months ago) next dedicated console entry is a follow up to Puzzle & Dragons Z, which was...
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Valkyria Chronicles

A new Valkyria Chronicles and a remaster are coming to PS4

Next year in Japan
Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
As it turns out, Sega's recent Valkyria trademark was worth getting excited over after all. The company has a new game in the series and a remaster of the original Valkyria Chronicles in development for PlayStation 4, accordi...
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All hail the Onion Knight

More Dissidia footage
Nov 14
// Chris Carter
You didn't think I'd miss the next Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade video just because it was the weekend, did you?Following up the Warrior of Light and Firion, here's the classic Onion Knight. Hailing from Final Fanta...
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Boobs, boobs never change

Boobie mouse pads included with Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Collector's Editions

Also some playing cards and photo books
Nov 13
// Jed Whitaker
Sample images of items included with the collector's editions of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in Japan have been released, and as you could have guessed, they feature young girls wearing next to nothing.
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Free eBook

Amazon has The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers for free

Download Volume 1
Nov 13
// Jordan Devore
Just yesterday, I was reading up on a canceled decades-old Konami fighting game whose character sketches are, uh, better seen than described. What a what-if! The information originated from author John Szczepaniak and his boo...
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Watch Firion smack up Lightning in this Dissidia Final Fantasy vignette

l'Cie? More like l'Lame
Nov 13
// Chris Carter
I think one of my favorite pastimes, as I've come to realize over the years, is watching character-specific trailers for fighting games and brawlers. It may seem excessive for those of you who don't partake in these genres, t...
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Mother 3... in Japan

Such a tease! Mother 3 is headed to Wii U in Japan

Virtual Console
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
There was at least one noticeable difference between today's Nintendo Direct in North America and Japan, and of course it involved Mother 3. The latter region is getting the treasured role-playing game on the Wii U Virtual Console next month. It's not our year, apparently. Will it ever be? Perhaps in my lifetime. The port will be available digitally in Japan on December 17, 2015.
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Can I...have Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade now?

I've always dug this series
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
A lot of people have been down on Dissidia in the past, but I see it as a spiritual successor of sorts to Square Enix's Ehrgeiz (good God that game could use a remake). I'm a bit bummed, then, that the arcade versi...
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Monster Hunter X

Here's when you can download the Monster Hunter X demo

Japanese-language only, though. Sorry!
Nov 09
// Vikki Blake
A Monster Hunter X demo will be available from November 19, 2015. In a 90 minute livestream last night, Capcom also shared a new trailer, dropped information about your playable cat companion, new monsters and new upcoming weapons, too.
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Mega Man Legacy Collectio

Japan is getting a hella expensive Mega Man Legacy Collection package

For 3DS
Nov 05
// Chris Carter
You win again, Japan. Sort of. Capcom has announced that come February 25, 2016, when the physical package of Mega Man Legacy Collection is released, Japan will be getting a special edition. It's going on sale for 9,709 ...
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Hit the lever!

SNK Playmore is abandoning pachinko machines entirely

Popularity of the machines is waning
Nov 05
// Joe Parlock
Pachinko. The word brings terror to any person’s heart after Konami did well… Konami things… and made it seem like it was the best thing to happen to any Japanese publisher since video games. Don’t w...
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Splatoon concept art reveals urinal warp zones

Putting the 'ink' in 'tinkle'
Nov 03
// Jonathan Holmes
A 320-page Splatoon art book was recently released in Japan and it's chock full of never-before-seen images and notes about the game's production. A lot of it is the kind stuff you might expect to see in a book of this type, ...
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Pokemon fighter

Dark Mewtwo is actually Shadow Mewtwo

Adjust monogrammed towels accordingly
Nov 03
// Steven Hansen
Just a bit of housekeeping. The new Mewtwo form copped over the weekend is officially Shadow Mewtwo, not Dark Mewtwo as early sleuths sussed. Makes sense what with its "Shadow ___" moves. Not too much else revealed in the ch...
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Neko Atsume

Super cute Japanese cat-collecting game now in English

Neko Atsume!
Nov 02
// Jordan Devore
Step 1: Place playthings and snacks in your yard. Step 2: Wait for cats to visit! That's advice for Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector (iOS, Android) and life in general. As of a recent update, the Japanese app is now also in Engli...
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Big ass E. Honda

Giant Street Fighter graffiti towers over Tokyo

Big ass E. Honda
Nov 02
// Steven Hansen
E. Honda is big in Japan thanks to German graffiti artist Andreas von Chrzanowski, known as CASE. CASE is known for his big art and his latest towering piece is so different, as he spent a day last week painting this 12 story Street Fighter character near the Tennōzu Isle Station in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
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Nintendo mobile

Nintendo's first mobile app is Miitomo

Releasing next year
Oct 28
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo is finally entering the mobile space with DeNA. Its first app to come out of the collaboration, Miitomo, is a Mii-centric free-to-play title about communicating with others. Miitomo was originally scheduled to launch...

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