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.
Finally back up to date with Gaming Life in Japan! Let’s see what gamers have been playing in Japan and if there have been any changes to hardware sales.
First of all, the highest selling game for the past week was Atlus’ new entry, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, for the PS3 while second was also a new entry for Koei Tecmo with Toukiden Kiwami on the PS Vita.
Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke for the 3DS slips a few spots to end up at third. Another new entry from Kadokawa Games takes fourth spot for the PS Vita with an impressively long name (clears throat) Love Live! School Idol Paradise Vol. 1: Printemps Unit / Vol 2. BiBi Unit / Vol 3. Lily White Unit. Quite a few new entries this week with another one for the PS Vita, this time around it’s from Compile Heart with Hyperdimension Neptunia U in fifth spot. Sixth position sees a 3DS new game, Medarot 8: Kabuto Ver. / Kuwagata Ver., from Rocket. Seventh spot sees a PS3 game, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin F Coffin of the End from Bandai Namco, another new entry. The PSP version of Toukiden Kiwami takes ninth as Bullet Girls for the PS Vita rounds off the charts in number ten.
Looking at hardware sees the unstoppable juggernaut that is the Nintendo 3DS still in the top spot with 30,111 units sold this week as the PS Vita sees 19,578 units sold, enough to seal second spot. Wii U sales dipped just slightly with 8,584 units sold which sees it land in third place. The PS4 see slightly better sales than the previous week with 6,502 units sold and sits in fourth spot, exactly where it ended up the previous week.
[PS3] Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Atlus, 08/28/14) – 89,498 (New)
Enjoy this pretty cool ad screening in Japan for the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros. This ad is specifically for the 3DS version and features a blend of animation, live action and CGI. It’s pretty cool!
The game punches its way into Japan on September 13.
Late again but here’s last week’s sales figures straight from Japan!
The top spot was taken once again by Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke for the Nintendo 3DS while a new entry for the PS4 takes second place. That game is The Last Of Us, the remastered version.
The PS Vita enjoys a new game in third spot with Bullet Girls. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition for the PS4 and the PS3 took out positions four and five, another new release with a Playstation one-two attack! The Wii U is enjoying some success with Hyrule Warriors in sixth place while Yoshi’s New Island for the 3DS sits in seventh. Mario Kart 8 is still hanging around in ninth as Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the 3DS rounds out the top ten. Bit of a mixed bag last week for the charts with no real domination by any company.
Having a look at hardware sales, the unbeatable 3DS is still the hardware king in Japan with 28,788 units sold last week.
Sony’s PS Vita took second place with 15,309 units shifted while 8,985 units sold was enough to see the Wii U take third place. It’s as if the Wii U and the PS4 have swapped places with 5,923 units sold for the PS4 enough to land it in fifth place.
Stop the press! Nintendo, not content with pretty much ruling the handheld market, have announced some groundbreaking news. A new 3DS model has been announced in both regular and XL size versions. However the changes to the new model go beyond purely aesthetic with some major changes under the hood.
First of all, it’s known as the “New Nintendo 3DS” and one of the more hotly debated and asked for hardware revisions looks like it’s finally going to be a reality. The new models will be coming with a slider pad which will function as a second circle pad which will hopefully open up a different avenue for game developers. A new more responsive operating system will come loaded, can’t wait to see that! More exciting is the addition of new shoulder buttons known as ZL and ZR buttons. The bottom touch screen will be able to be used as a NFC reader while the new model will also be compatible with the recently announced Amiibo characters. The 3D viewing sweet spot area has also been vastly improved while the headphone jack, game card slot and stylus have all been shifted to the bottom of the until. The START and SELECT buttons have also been revamped and moved to the bottom right.
Looking at the back of the unit, the plate also comes off to facilitate the microSD card slot and you’ll be able to wirelessly sync the New 3DS data to your PC…that’s right, wirelessly. The volume control sees a shift to the other side of the 3D slider. The new regular sized model will also come with interchangeable faceplates (like the Gameboy Micro) however the XL version looks unlikely to support the cool feature.
They been priced at ¥18,800 (XL) and ¥16,000 (regular) with no launch date or window as yet.
After a week or so on hiatus, Gaming Life in Japan is back!
Topping the software charts this week was Level 5’s entry for the Nintendo 3DS, Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke with nearly 121k units sold. That brings up the grand total to 2,093,992 units sold, a very tidy figure.
Second on the charts Bandai Namco’s new entry on the 3DS, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2. Quite a few new entries this week with third spot being held by Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson from Marvelous software also for the 3DS. The aging PS3 gets a mention with Ultra Street Fighter IV from Capcom debuting at number four this week as everyone’s karting game, Mario Kart 8, sits pretty at number five. Number six sees a new debut for the PS Vita this time from NIS with Shin Hayarigami. The PS3 version of the same game rounds out the chart this week taking out the tenth spot.
Looking at hardware, we see the 3DS LL hold a commanding lead with 33,172 units sold as the PS Vita contends with second spot selling 17,084 handhelds.
Good to see the Wii U finally find some stability in Japan with the console holding the fort down in third with 13,598 units sold the past week.
Here we go again…let’s see what’s selling overseas with Gaming Life in Japan!
Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke has climbed back up the charts and reclaimed the top spot on the software chart.
A new entry for the PS Vita from SCEJ, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, takes second spot while Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea from Gust for the PS3 takes third. That’s also a new entry into the Japanese chart. Bandai Namco sees a new title enter in fourth spot for the 3DS, that game being Gundam Try Age SP. No more new entries after that with Mario Kart 8 and Yokai Watch taking fifth and sixth spots, respectively. Freedom Wars with over 1.2 million units sold, takes seventh place while looking ahead to tenth spot, we see Watch Dogs for the PS3 raking up just under 60K in sales.
Checking out hardware sales, are you really expecting anything different by now? Nope! The 3DS is still the favourite handheld for Japan with 31,192 units sold for the week. The PS Vita manages to take the second spot with 27,352 units sold while the once struggling Wii U seems to be alright with 8,209 units sold. The Wii U seems to be constantly in third place which is different from months ago where it was constantly in a lot lower in the charts. Sony’s latest console, the PlayStation 4, looks like it hasn’t struck a chord yet with gamers languishing in fifth spot behind the older PS3.
Time for another look at Japanese gaming with Gaming Life in Japan!
Just for a change, there weren’t too many new releases the past week when compared to the previous week. But it’s enough to see Freedom Wars on the PS Vita hold onto the coveted number one spot.
Yokai Watch for the 3DS took out second position while Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure also for the 3DS took third spot. Mario Kart 8 is still a crowd favourite in fourth place while spots five and six sees a Watch Dogs double with the PS4 and PS3 respectively taking their spots. Looking at the other end of the scale, we have a surprise entry with Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version for the PS3 at number ten.
Checking out hardware, we see no real surprise with the unstoppable Nintendo 3DS LL holding strong in first place while the PS Vita enjoys healthy sales of over 18K units sold. The Wii U sees some attention as well with enough units sold to enjoy fourth place. The Playstation family makes another appearance with the PS4 and PS3 in fourth and fifth places respectively.
[PSV] Freedom Wars – 43,160 (232,048)
[3DS] Yokai Watch – 28,933 (1,176,134)
[3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 24,412 (77,508)
[Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 19,386 (512,223)
[PS4] Watch Dogs – 12,783 (78,378)
[PS3] Watch Dogs – 12,656 (43,684)
[PS3] Kamen Rider: Battride War II – 10,651 (73,300)
[3DS] Pokemon Art Academy – 10,003 (56,456)
[PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen – 7,607 (144,500)
[PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version – 5,717 (12,448)