Pokémon GO Likely Not Coming to Japan Until Late July

July 18th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Pokémon GO recently launched in 27 more countries this past weekend, but Japan was not among them. Even though the country is a prime market for the AR-enabled mobile game, it is that very reason that is also preventing it from coming out, as developer Niantic CEO John Hanke told Forbes.

“At present, the server capacity in Japan is not powerful enough. We are working hard with our partners in Japan to enable the servers to keep up with demand once the game goes online there. We expect it to be released by the end of July.”

According to Forbes’ sources, they expect the Japanese launch of Pokémon GO to actually be pushed back to mid-September due to the complexities of Japan’s networks.

Source: Forbes

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Three More amiibo Announced for Monster Hunter Stories

July 07th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Even though the first wave of amiibo for Monster Hunter Stories has not yet come out, Capcom already unveiled a second wave of figures for the Monster Hunter spinoff RPG.

Set to come out on December 8 in Japan, the new batch of figures include:

  • Cheval riding a Rathian
  • Ayuria riding a Barioth
  • Dan riding a Qurupeco

Like the previous Monster Hunter Stories amiibo, the riders on these can be removed and swapped between monsters. The amiibo are priced at ¥1,800 (≈$18) each.

Monster Hunter Stories launches for the 3DS on October 8 in Japan. Capcom has not announced plans to release the game in other regions.

Source: 4Gamer [via Perfectly Nintendo], Mh-stories.jp

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New Playable Character Coming to Arcade Version of Pokkén Tournament

July 01st, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

The official Pokkén Tournament Twitter account announced that Bandai Namco will unveil a new playable character for the arcade version of the game during a Niconico live stream on July 14. This new fighter will be added to the game as part of the next major update on July 20.

Source: @pokken_official [via Gematsu]

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Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice DLC Announced for Japan

May 17th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice is getting an additional court case as DLC shortly after its launch in Japan.

Loosely translated as the “Turnabout that Crosses Time,” the case revolves around Phoenix Wright, his childhood friend Larry Butz, sidekick Maya Fey and rival prosecutor Miles Edgeworth. It will be available as a free download beginning June 30.

The case has only been announced for Japan. Capcom has not said whether the DLC will come out in other regions.

Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice is scheduled to launch for the 3DS on June 9 in Japan and this September in North America and Europe.

Source: Gematsu

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Nintendo Making Splatoon Playing Cards for Japan

May 12th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Nintendo is planning to put out a line of Splatoon playing cards this July in Japan.

Priced at ¥1,080 (≈$10) a deck, the cards will be available in three varieties, each featuring different art.

Standard:

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Coordinate:

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Weapons:

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Source: Nintendo.co.jp [via Siliconera]

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Mega Man X, Donkey Kong Country 3 and More Out Today for the Japanese New 3DS Virtual Console

May 09th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

There are five new Super Famicom games now available in for the New 3DS Virtual Console in Japan: Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble, Mega Man X, Mega Man 7 and Contra III: The Alien Wars. They are each priced at ¥823 (≈$7.60).

Nintendo also went ahead and announced the selection of Super Famicom games coming out in June. So, Japanese New 3DS owners can look forward to playing Kirby’s Dream Course, Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja and Super Street Fighter II on the go sometime next month.

Source: Nintendo.co.jp

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Shovel Knight Getting an amiibo Bundle in Japan

April 12th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Shovel Knight JP Bundle

The 3DS version of Shovel Knight is launching in Japan this June, and when it does, it will also be available as part of a bundle with the Shovel Knight amiibo.

The bundle is listed for ¥3,083 (≈$28) on Amazon Japan. A similar bundle has not been announced for North America or Europe.

Source: Amazon.co.jp [via My Nintendo News]

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amiibo Dioramas Go On Sale in Japan Later This Month

April 07th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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For people who want to prominently display their amiibo collections, Nintendo revealed a couple of diorama kits that are set to go on sale on April 28 in Japan.

Available in Kirby and Super Smash Bros. varieties, the displays have space for about four to five amiibo and include a small array of props. They are priced at ¥864 (≈$8) each.

Nintendo also plans to release a bundle that pairs the Kirby diorama with the new Kirby amiibo for ¥2,160 (≈$20). It will launch alongside the other dioramas.

Source: Nintendo.co.jp

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Zero Time Dilemma Bonus Book Included With Pre-Orders in Japan

April 06th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Japanese pre-orders for Zero Time Dilemma, the third game in the Zero Escape series, will come with a 48-page “premium booklet,” featuring art from character artist Rui Tomono, a piece by series director and writer Kotaro Uchikoshi, and additional content exclusive to the bonus.

Zero Time Dilemma comes to the 3DS and Vita on June 30 in Japan. The game releases a couple of days earlier on June 28 in North America and Europe. A PC release was confirmed and will be released later this year.

Source: Siliconera

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Nintendo Ending Original DS Repair in Japan

April 04th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Due to difficulties acquiring necessary parts, Nintendo Japan will discontinue repair services for the original DS (model NTR-001) on April 30 or until their repair supplies run out, whichever comes first.

The parts issue appears to only affect the original DS, as the company’s official statement says that they will continue to accept repairs for the DS Lite (USG-001), DSi (TWL-001), and DSi LL (UTL-001).

Source: Nintendo.co.jp (Google Translate) [via Nintendo Everything]

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