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15 of top 20 selling games in Japan are on handhelds

Media Create Sales is taking at least this week off due to the holidays, but thanks to Famitsu we can get an idea of Japanese game sales for this past week. You'll never guess what's at number one (hint: it starts with a P). The only new re...   read

 
 
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Nintendo Download: Mario Kart 64

It's the holidays, so it's expected to be a light eShop drop, but this is really light. I wonder if anyone is going to try to capitalize on the zero competition going into the Switch's release? Either way, we have Mario Kart 64 on the ...   read

 
 
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That Metroid Prime Blast Ball demo will be going offline soon

Metroid Prime: Blast Ball, otherwise known as the only part of Federation Force worth a damn, had a demo that included online support. It was basically the entirety of that extra mode which had amiibo support along with allowing you to tran...   read

 
 
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Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 just got its first DLC drop in Japan

Inti Creates is rolling out the DLC for Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, and unfortunately, none of it involves a sequel to Mighty Gunvolt (even if Mighty No. 9 is taken out back and shot, I still want to see a follow-up with Gunvolt and Ekoro...   read

 
 
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Rumor: Crashmo sequel cancelled for Wii U

All over the world, the series that started with Pushmo on 3DS is known by several names and sequel variations (Crashmo, Fallblox, Pullblox), but it might be at the end of its rope. According to a rumor from Liam Robertson, famed Nintendo l...   read

 
 
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Let's hope the second Pokemon Sun and Moon mission goes smoother

The debut Global Mission in Pokémon Sun and Moon was a disaster. This limited-time challenge ran from November 29 to December 12 and asked players to collectively catch 100 million Pokémon. That's obviously a lot, but still ma...   read

 
 
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Insanely cute Yoshi clip runs through the little guy's history

My most fond memories of Yoshi usually involve flinging him over a chasm to survive in Super Mario World. But in this amazingly adorable clip from Nintendo promoting Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, we clearly see he has other ideas. The ...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Sun and Moon is getting a second guide

This was also sort of known roughly around launch, but given that the second Pokemon Sun and Moon guide was just dated, it's worth talking about. Just in time for the National Pokedex, this second edition will go through the entire Alo...   read

 
 
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Level-5 is holding a big sale on the 3DS eShop

Hey, remember the two "Guild" compilations that were released on the 3DS several years back? I do! I even have my own special folder for them. They were a great set of seven games that were originally released in Japan as two bundles, ...   read

 
 
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Destructoid's award for Best 3DS Game of 2016 goes to...

There was a lot of competition for the Best 3DS Game for 2016, including a handful of other JRPGs, but in a landslide victory (taking almost half the votes among nine entries), the award goes to Pokémon Sun and Moon. There was a ton ...   read

 
 
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Nintendo Download: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

It's a really brief Christmas drop for the eShop -- I guess most developers figure people already spent all their holiday cash on gifts. But then again, post-Christmas eShop gift cards are a thing! Either way, on Wii U we have Shantae:...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Sun and Moon are still going strong, but are dethroned for now

Pokémon Sun & Moon has been one of the top two selling games every week since it's release nearly five weeks ago. It slid into second place only in weeks where Final Fantasy XV and Yakuza 6 released, but then overt...   read

 
 
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Drone Fight for 3DS looks like a minature version of Virtual On

It's only confirmed for Japan at the moment with a December 28 release date (and a cheap 500 yen price), but Drone Fight looks cooler than most of the third-party games released on the 3DS eShop lately. It's part racer part action game...   read

 
 
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New Sega Archives game features first works from Sonic and Shenmue creators

We've only had one Sega Archive releases on 3DS in the west, but Japan is getting its third this week, and Famitsu has revealed an interesting little tidbit. Apparently, you can unlock Girls Garden and Champion Boxing&nb...   read

 
 
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What's new in Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World?

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World is out in early February, and I feel like we don't know a whole lot about it other than that it's a port of the Wii U platformer from 2015. Thankfully there's this brief overview video to help people out if...   read

 
 
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Nintendo UK shows off Dragon Quest VIII's new features

We're less than a month away from the US and European release of Dragon Quest VIII (DQ8), and Nintendo UK just put up a video to show off the new features added to this version. DQ8 was meant to come out this year, but both Dragon...   read

 
 
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Nintendo is sending some holiday goodies to Animal Crossing players

Animal Crossing: New Leaf recently got a free update after being available for three years (four in Japan). While that is unprecedented in modern gaming, Nintendo isn't content to simply push that out and be done. To celebrate the holidays,...   read

 
 
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Check out the gorgeous new trailer for Dragon Quest XI

Square Enix showed off a new trailer for the upcoming Dragon Quest XI yesterday at Jump Festa, an anime convention held annually in Tokyo. It's the most we've seen of the title so far, and it looks like this may serve as the game's attract ...   read

 
 
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Drive your very own Mario Kart through the streets of Japan

I'm sure many of us have fantasized about driving in a real life Mario Kart race. The joy of whisking past players you've toppled with a red shell while casually dodging a Bob-omb would be a real treat for anyone. According to Good Morning ...   read

 
 
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Catch up on Snack World, Level-5's latest attempt at world domination

Level-5 is once again trying its hand in a "cross-media" series, where they attempt to corner as many markets as possible to get people interested in something. They did that with Yo-Kai Watch, which enjoyed a hefty amount of sales in Japan...   read

 
 
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Nominees for Destructoid's Best 3DS Game of 2016

Big budget console role-playing games can take forever to release and be huge events; take Final Fantasy XV's ten-year development as an example. But on the humble 3DS, great RPGs show up every few months. Of our nine favorite 3DS game...   read

 
 
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Nintendo Download: Super Mario Run

Weird! Today I get to talk about the release of a Nintendo mobile game -- it's been months since Miitomo dropped, but Super Mario Run is set to debut today worldwide on iOS. It's free-to-play (and $10 to buy), and will feature a non-endless...   read

 
 
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Final Fantasy XV sees 88% sales drop in second week, Yakuza 6 takes top spot

After its initial week's lukewarm 670,000, Final Fantasy XV sales are down to 79,792 in Japan for the week of December 5 - December 11, 2016, the game's second week. That 88% decrease drops it to number five on the software sales ranki...   read

 
 
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Review: Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

Way back in the day, console ports of arcade games were expected to typically pale in comparison to their quarter-sucking counterparts, and we were okay with that. Flash forward twenty or so years and parity is essentially expected between ...   read

 
 
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The first Pokemon Global mission was a failure

The first Global Mission for Pokémon Sun and Moon ended last night, and unfortunately, the global Pokémon community didn't manage to meet the target. Players were challenged to catch 100 million Pokémon during...   read

 
 


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