After being spotted in recent update data, Bandai Namco officially announced the Water- and Steel-type starter evolution Empoleon for the Pokkén Tournament arcade roster. It is expected to join Darkrai, Scizor and Croagunk in the game on December 15.
Pokkén Tournament is also available on the Wii U. However, none of the new characters announced have been confirmed for the home version of the game.No comments
For the Japanese market, the Wii U is nearing its final days. On Nintendo’s hardware page, the company confirmed that production of the system is scheduled to end soon.
A representative for Nintendo issued a statement to IGN re-confirming the message and addressed the system’s availability in North America.
“As recently posted by Nintendo on the Wii U website in Japan, Wii U production will end in the near future for the Japanese domestic market. We have nothing to announce in terms of exact timing.
“We can confirm that as of today, all Wii U hardware that will be made available in the North American market for this fiscal year has already been shipped to our retail partners. We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability.”
Nintendo’s next home console the Nintendo Switch is slated to launch this March. A global livestream presentation to talk about price, launch date and games currently in development is scheduled to air on January 12.No comments
Amazon Japan is offering special Pokémon Sun and Moon bundles that come with exclusive microfiber pouches. The pouches measure 110mm x 190mm and feature the series iconic mascot Pikachu either sitting or resting, depending on which version of the game customers get.
The bundles are available for both physical and digital copies and cost ¥5,378 (≈$51) each. Standalone copies of the games are priced at ¥4,398 (≈$42) for physical and ¥4,840 (≈$46) for digital.
Pokémon Sun and Moon launch in most of the world on November 18 and in Europe on November 23.
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The next fighter to join the Pokkén Tournament arcade roster is one that was already part of it. Originally a support character that would be called in to assist players, the Toxic Mouth Pokémon Croagunk will become a playable character on November 10 in Japan.
The reveal comes as a surprise to many, who believed reports of leaked update data pointing to the new character being Empoleon from Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum.
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Nintendo recently announced a new 2DS color for Japan and they are planning to bundle it with New Super Mario Bros. 2 this holiday season.
The ¥12,938 (≈$124) package includes: A white and yellow 2DS, 4GB SD card, pre-installed copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2, six AR cards and an AC adapter.
The bundle is set to go on sale on December 15. No word on a release outside for Japan.
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An updated release of Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 is coming the 3DS on February 9 in Japan.
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional adds more content, appearances from characters and monsters from past Joker games and the ability to import monsters they’ve collected in the original Joker 3.
Square Enix has not announced plans for a global launch. The original Joker 3 never saw release outside of Japan.
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The rechargeable IC cards used in Japan to pay for public transportation fares will be the central focus of Capcom’s newest, untitled 3DS game.
Tapping IC cards into the game, via the New 3DS’ NFC reader (0r the separate 3DS accessory) will unlock items and receive messages from in-game characters commenting on that person’s riding history.
So far, at least 10 different kinds of cards are confirmed to be supported: Kitaca, Suica, Pasmo, Toica, Manaca, Icoca, PiTaPa, Sugoca, Nimoca, and Hayakaken.
The game is being worked on with the help of JR East Japan (East Japan Railway Company) Planning, along with several other railways.
A release date has not yet been announced.
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Following its announcement earlier this week, SEGA put out the first trailer for Puyo Puyo Chronicle, which gives a closer look at the upcoming 3DS puzzle RPG’s main story.
The official site for the game is now also up, but there isn’t much in the way of new information. It mostly goes over what was revealed when the game was first announced.
Puyo Puyo Chronicle is dated for December 8 in Japan, where it will also get a special Anniversary Box release.No comments
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.
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