It’s a very sad morning to wake up to and hear that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55. Nintendo have released a short statement which is below:
Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.
Many people will be familiar with Satoru through his Nintendo Direct presentations and his Iwata Asks sessions. Iawata joined Nintendo in 2000 and became the 4th President in 2002. He was also the first President to succeed the company who wasn’t related to the original founding family, the Yamauchi’s. Through his time in the top job, he saw many strengths such as the Wii and the DS and a few not so commercially strong, the Wii U and the Gamecube.
In yet another “Japan is awesome” bit of news, we hear that something really cool and retro is heading for the Nintendo 3DS. Fans of the Sega Dreamcast will be pleased to hear that a new theme, based around Sega’s console, is headed to the 3DS.
The theme has awesome effects like the sound of the spinning drive, the beeping VMU and even the spinning fan. Like all good things, you need to have a Japanese 3DS and access to the Japanese eShop to download this. But fingers crossed that maybe sometime in the future, it makes its way to the West as well.
Japan gets getting those awesome exclusives, this time it’s in the form of a faceplate for the Nintendo New 3DS. The faceplate is a Xenoblade Chronicles themed edition and it looks absolutely stunning.
Looks completely amazing, right? No word if this faceplate will make it to the West but it’s definitely worthy of an import!
After what has to be an eternity, one of the most popular segments on japandaman.com is back…it’s time for Gaming Life in Japan! Time to take a look at what’s been the biggest sellers in both software and hardware for the past week.
[3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 8,950 (2,140,261)
New 3DS LL – 21,650 (21,880)
PlayStation 4 – 18,758 (17,392)
PlayStation Vita – 10,013 (11,871)
New 3DS – 7,916 (7,700)
Wii U – 6,517 (6,807)
PlayStation 3 – 6,426 (7,211)
3DS LL – 3,084 (3,641)
3DS – 2,642 (3,187)
PlayStation Vita TV – 560 (521)
Xbox One – 238 (222)
So is that what everyone expected, any surprises in there for anyone? Dragon Ball has such a huge fanbase so it isn’t a big surprise to see positions 1 and 2 occupied by these titles. The Nintendo 3DS is continues to have a huge impact on both software and hardware sales.
Fans of Bravely Default, the action packed JPRG from Square Enix for the Nintendo 3DS, has received it’s full name thanks to the recent announcement of the subtitle. The full title is Bravely Second: End Layer and as well as that reveal, SE also shared some more information. Players will be able to upload their save game from the sequel until May 31 at 23:59, local Japan time, to receive special outfits for the game characters.
Watch out for the game in Japan when it releases on April 23rd, 2015.
The Jump Twitter feed has exciting news for fans of the popular basketball anime, Kuroko’s Basketball. There’s a new game coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Jump announced the title of Kuroko’s Basketball: Ties to the Future but there was no mention of release date or pricing in the Twitter post.
The game will feature the ability to move your character around the various scenes and being able to talk to other NPC’s, new exploration sections and brand new event scenes with basketball events.
A new powerhouse from Japan has jumped into the fray to help promote the 3DS launch of Super Smash Bros. Japanese girl group AKB48 features in the new commercial screening on Japanese TV in a cute Mii style. The ad also serves to show exactly how the Miis can be used in the game and what kind of action you can expect from the game when it releases.
A demo has just hit the 3DS for the sequel Square Enix’s Theatrhythm game from a couple of years ago. The forthcoming Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call can now be tried and test by 3DS gamers. If you loved the first one then this one will be right up your alley as it continues the same frantic rhythm action from the first game. And if you never experienced the first game, then don’t miss out on this, it’s a unique adventure.
Two songs feature on the demo, they’re “Sabin’s Theme” from Final Fantasy VI and “J-E-N-O-V-A” from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The demo can be played up to 30 times and if you download the demo, you’ll have extra characters unlocked when you upgrade to the full game when it releases.