Marvelous is celebrating Rune Factory 4‘s achievement of shipping more than 200,000 units (digital and physical) in Japan.
The game is the best-selling entry in the series in its home country, taking the crown from Rune Factory 2.
There are no hard numbers for the North American release, but publisher XSEED Games mentioned a couple of months ago that the game was selling beyond their expectations.
Fortunately, much of the Rune Factory staff have stuck together and are currently working on the sim/RPG Forbidden Magna for the 3DS.
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A while back, Nintendo released a firmware update allowing them to send software, like Netflix and YouTube, to their systems through SpotPass. In Japan, it’s being used to push the online FPS Steel Diver: Sub Wars.
With the free-to-play nature of the game, it makes sense that Nintendo would want to expand the player base as much as it can by putting it in the hands of every 3DS owner with an internet connection. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a similar move made in North America.
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It seems like every territory except North America is getting something cool for Mario Kart 8‘s launch. Europe has the Limited Edition set that comes with a blue shell, and now Japan gets a set of playing cards from Amazon.co.jp.
But hey, at least North America gets a red game case. That more than makes up for things, right?
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Nintendo is ceasing production on the Premium Wii U Set in Japan and they appear to be replacing it with the Wii Sports Club bundle announced last month.
The Japanese Wii U hardware page has the original Premium bundle marked with the note “近日生産終了,” which roughly translates to “production ending soon.”
The Wii Sports Club bundle launches in Japan on March 27.
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We knew Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth was getting a special edition 3DS XL (LL) in Japan, but we haven’t seen what it looked like. Until now, that is.
Atlus released the first images of the handheld that will be bundled with Persona Q when it launches on June 5. It will cost ¥25,380 (≈$251).
The front is styled after Elizabeth from Persona 3‘s book Le Grimoire du Coeur. It also features the phrase “La personnalité change le monde,” which roughly translates to ” the personality changes the world.”
On the other side, the handheld has the entire cast of Persona Q.
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Nintendo can now say the Wii U isn’t the worst selling console currently on the market in Japan.
Figures from Media Create show that the console has recently surpassed the Xbox 360 in lifetime-to-date sales, with 1,643,095 Wii Us sold in the region. That’s just a little more than 1,500 units more than the 360.
Famitsu’s numbers are a bit higher, with a reported 1,647,620 Wii U’s sold. If we go off their figures, the Wii U passed the 360 in LTD sales weeks ago.
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I have to believe the Japanese 3DS market is just entirely comprised of Monster Hunter and special edition 3DS models at this point.
Joining the massive tower of different 3DS units is the special edition 3DS XL for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, which launches alongside the game itself on April 24 in Japan.
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Nintendo of Japan never bundled Wii Sports with the original Wii, but that won’t be the case with the Wii U. The company recently announced a new Wii U bundle for the region that comes pre-installed with Tennis, Bowling and Golf from Wii Sports Club, along with a Wii Remote Plus and a sensor bar.
It’s planned to launch on March 27 for ¥30,000.
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The upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will get a limited edition 3DS XL bundle in Japan, developer Atlus recently confirmed. However, there are no pictures of the design yet.
As for the game itself, the company announced that first-print copies will come with the Persona Q: Sound of the Labyrinth soundtrack.
Persona Q launches in Japan on June 5.
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Monster Hunter 4 is still moving like gangbusters in Japan.
Last December, Capcom announced that the game shipped four million units in its home country, and during a recent investor’s meeting, they revealed they’ve shipped 4.1 million units as of February 13 with a high sell-through rate.
The company is gearing up to release Monster Hunter 4G (Ultimate outside of Japan) this fall. A western release is confirmed for 2015.
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