Pokkén Fighters is Now Pokkén Tournament

August 26th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

Bandai Namco and The Pokémon Company are collaborating on Pokkén Tournament, a Pokémon fighting game coming to Japanese arcades next year. The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara announced the game earlier today during their live stream event.

Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada and Soul Calibur producer Masaaki Hoshino both appear to be involved with the project, showing up to discuss the game on stream.

Despite no confirmation of a Western release, The Official Pokémon Channel on YouTube released an English version of the Pokkén Tournament reveal trailer.

The Japanese Pokkén Tournament website is live, along with the official Twitter account.

Source: Gamasutra, Serebii

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Marvelous Updates Story of Seasons With A Mode for Beginners

July 18th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

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The Japanese version of Story of Seasons is getting an update that will lower the prices of items and decrease players’ stamina use to make things easier for farming-sim newbies.

The version 2.0.0 update goes live in Japan on July 24, the same day the digital version of the game debuts in the eShop.

Source: Siliconera

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Japanese Wii Us to Accept SUICA Smart Cards Next Week

July 18th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

SUICA Wii U

Beginning July 22, Japanese Wii Us will be able to take payments in the form of contactless smart cards, like SUICA, PASMO, Kitaca, TOICA, manaca, ICOCA, SUGOCA and nimoca.

To encourage cardholders to use this method of payment, Nintendo created a promotional eShop game called Buta Medal. According to NeoGAF user L~A, for every ¥100 spent with a smart card in the eShop, cardholders will earn 30 coins to use in Buta Medal. It’s a little unclear what these medals do, but the game’s description seems to suggest that users will get money back.

The promotion will only be around for a limited time. Wii U owners can download Buta Medal until August 31.

Source: NeoGAF

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Azure Striker Gunvolt Dated for Japan

July 18th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

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Inti Creates’ first independently published title Azure Striker Gunvolt is heading to Japan’s 3DS eShop on August 20. It will go for ¥1960 (≈$19).

Currently, the English release is still tentatively dated for “Summer 2014.”

Inside-Games has a huge collection of new screenshots, showing off a few of Gunvolt‘s stages and bosses.

Source: Inside-Games [via GoNintendo]

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New Nintendo Direct to Cover Third-Party 3DS Games

July 10th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo Direct JP 7-11-14

Nintendo of Japan announced a new Nintendo Direct for tomorrow, July 11, that will focus mainly on third-party titles for the 3DS.

The stream starts at 8 p.m. JST and can be viewed on Nintendo.co.jp.

As of now, Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America have yet to announce a similar Direct for their territories.

Source: Nintendo.co.jp

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Kirby Fighters Z and Dedede’s Drum Dash Z Announced for the 3DS eShop

July 09th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

Enhanced versions of the Kirby Fighters and Dedede’s Drum Dash mini games from Kirby: Triple Deluxe will be released as standalone titles in the Japanese eShop on July 23.

They will play almost identically to their Triple Deluxe counterparts, but include new modes, stages and cosmetic add-ons.

As a bonus, people who already own Triple Deluxe will be able to unlock exclusive content in the downloadable games, like the Bell and Beetle abilities in Kirby Fighters Z and masks in Dedede’s Drum Dash Z.

Kirby Fighters Z will go on sale for ¥500 (≈$4.90), while Dedede’s Drum Dash Z will go for ¥750 (≈$7.40).

Source: NeoGAF

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Bayonetta 2 Comes With Physical Disc Copies of Bayonetta in Japan

June 16th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

Bayonetta 1 2 JP Box

While the rest of the world will have to deal with digital-only copies of Bayonetta coming with Bayonetta 2, Japan gets to enjoy physical discs with theirs. The first game will be included on a separate disc, instead of an eShop download code.

Source: @NintendoTweet

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Daidouji and Rin Confirmed for Senran Kagura 2

May 30th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

Rin Daidouji Senran Kagura 2

Publisher Marvelous AQL confirmed that the perpetual senior Daidouji and the composed teacher Rin/Suzune will return as playable characters in Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson.

The two were playable characters in Senran Kagura Burst for the 3DS and were paid DLC in Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus for the Vita.

Senran Kagura 2 is set to launch on August 7 in Japan. There are currently no plans for a Western release.

Source: Gematsu

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Wii Sports Club Getting Physical Release in Japan

May 19th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

Wii Sports Club JP Box

The Twitter account for Japanese retail blog Sinobi reports that a physical disc version of Wii Sports Club will launch in Japan on July 17.

Unlike the original eShop release, which allowed users to buy or rent each sport individually, the boxed version will have all 5 sports, including the yet-to-be-released in the eShop baseball and boxing.

Amazon Japan already has the game listed. It will apparently retail for ¥3,996 (≈$39).

Source: Siliconera

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Pokémon Trainer Red

May 10th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

Pokemon Trainer Red Nendo

The pokémon trainer from FireRed/LeafGreen is being turned into a Nendoroid figure. Sadly, it appears he’s gonna be pretty hard to get in the West.

The figure is being sold exclusively Pokémon Center stores in Japan and Amazon.co.jp. Orders from the figure are only being taken from May 24 through June 29.

It will be released on September 24 for ¥4,500 (≈$44).

Source: Plastikitty

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