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Sony Evangelion Walkman Update

We featured a piece on Sony releasing Evangelion branded walkmans a while back, today we give you an update on this exciting release with more information and specifications.

They release on April 24th and will be available in 3 different from the Android WALKMAN F series “NW-F887 (64GB).

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Here are the 3 different flavours which will be available at launch:

NW-F887/EVA1 - ¥43,000
This version features one of three Rebuild of Evangelion soundtrack albums installed

NW-F887/EVA3 - ¥51,000
All three album are installed

NW-F887/EVA3 with special earphone - ¥87,000
The Hi-Res audio compatible inner ear receiver “XBA-H3″ is also included

You can even select the rear image for the walkman to be based on the same one that Shinji uses on his DAT player in the series.

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The players support FLAC, HE-AAC support and, like the E series, plays MP3, WMA, L-PCM, and AAC format audio. There’s also the option to integrate it with Sony’s Music Unlimited service.

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Gaming Life In Japan ~ 31/3/14 – 6/4/14

Time for Gaming Life in Japan so let’s jump straight in!

Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS takes out the coveted top spot on the software chart with over 47K units shifted this past week. PS3 title, Samurai Warriors 4, takes out the second spot as Yokai Watch (3DS) takes the third.

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Everyone’s favourite action hero, Snake, is back in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes as he takes out fourth spot with stealth. A new entry for the Wii U takes out fifth position with Just Dance Wii U. The Shonen 45th anniversary game, J-Stars Victory VS, takes 2 spots with 7 and 8 taken by the PS3 and PS Vita, respectively. Rounding out the top ten is Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 for the PS3. Pretty interesting to see that this week, Nintendo only has 3 titles in the top 10, different from their usual stranglehold on the software chart.

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Looking over at the hardware chart, here’s where we can see that the various games for the PS Vita in the top 10 are having an impact on sales. The PS Vita takes the top spot this week with 25,017 units sold, down from last week’s figure but enough to take the number 1 position. The Nintendo 3DS LL is 2nd with 22,947 units shifted and PS4 third with 13,401 sold. As usual though, when you add sales on the 3DS LL and the standard 3DS, it still sells more than the PS Vita with a grand total of 32, 038 sold through.

Software chart

  1. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 47,106 (257,873)
  2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 – 25,572 (192,514)
  3. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 23,663 (686,387)
  4. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – 20,799 (179,031)
  5. [Wii U] Just Dance Wii U – 18,403 (New)
  6. [PSV] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd – 16,111 (114,738)
  7. [PS3] J-Stars Victory VS – 13,417 (114,738)
  8. [PSV] J-Stars Victory VS – 11,876 (134,522)
  9. [PS3] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd – 10,278 (70,243)
  10. [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 – 10,081 (90,876)

Hardware chart

  1. PlayStation Vita – 25,017 (39,752)
  2. 3DS LL – 22,947 (52,124)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 13,401 (23,327)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 10,871 (17,154)
  5. 3DS – 9,091 (12,508)
  6. Wii U – 7,962 (13,026)
  7. PSP – 2,892 (4,206)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,371 (2,115)
  9. Xbox 360 – 276 (304)
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Gaming Life In Japan ~ 24/3/14 – 30/3/14

It’s that awesome time of the week…Gaming Life in Japan!

Japan has shown they love their vocaloids with the newest entry to the rhythm game genre, Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd, taking out the top spot on the PS Vita. Second on the software charts is Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS selling a neat 78,098 units the past week.

Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd PS Vita version

Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd PS Vita version

The 3rd spot sees Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd for the PS3 finding its home this week. A new entry for the 3DS from a popular dating simulation series takes the 7th position, that game being New Love Plus+. Positions 8 and 9 are taken up J-Stars Victory VS for the PS3 and PS Vita, respectively. Rounding out the software chart top 10 is another entry, this time for the PS Vita, which is Hakuoki SSL: Sweet School Life.

Great looking box art!

Great looking box art!

Let’s take a look at the hardware charts where we can see that once again the Nintendo 3DS XL is back at the top with sales over 52,124 units this week.

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The PS Vita takes 2nd with 39,752 units shifted. Meanwhile the new kid on the block, the PS4, seems to be holding its own in 3rd place shifting 23,327 consoles for the week, the figure is down from last week but it isn’t all doom and gloom. Which brings us to the Wii U, I mean that in a good way, the system shifted 13,026 units this week which is great considering it doesn’t have a game in the top 10. So it managed to break double figures on its own strength which is something new for Nintendo. We can’t wait to see if this indicates a change in fortunes for Nintendo with their home console, we’ll see what the latest charts say soon.

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Liberation Maiden Touches Down On PS Vita

After having a successful debut on the Nintendo and a followup sequel on the PS3,  an installment from Level-5′s Liberation Maiden series is bound for the PS Vita.

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Japanese publication Famitsu has revealed that the visual novel sequel follow-up, Liberation Maiden SIN, will be making the leap to Sony’s handheld. The game will launch on July 31st for Japan and will be retailing for ¥6, 800 while a digital download version will cost ¥6, 000. There’s also a limited version in the works that will set you back ¥8, 800.

The Vita version will also have some new features added in such as new CG cutscenes for one with some other touches being on the production side. Not much else is known about it at this point.

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Gaming Life In Japan ~ 17/3/14 – 23/3/14

Late again but let’s dive straight into Gaming Life in Japan!

Nintendo have a number one on the software charts this week in the form of Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS which managed to shift 132,668 units. A new entry for the PS3 from Tecmo Koei, Samurai Warriors 4, has taken out the 2nd spot with 120,452 units sold. The long-awaited Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes takes the 3rd position for the PS3 while a game we’ve been covering extensively, J-Stars Victory VS, takes 4th spot on PS3. The Vita version meanwhile takes the 5th spot. The Playstation 4 enjoys some time in the top 10 with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes taking out 6th spot. Tecmo Koei have another entry at number 9 with Samurai Warriors 4 for the PS Vita.

It’s a very mixed bag this week for software with not the usual Nintendo domination as seems to be the case on a week by week basis. Let’s jump right in to hardware sales.

On the strength of a couple of AAA titles for the PS Vita released this week, we see the handheld taking out the top spot this week with 35, 374 units sold. The PS4 takes the second spot with 30, 201 units sold with the 3DS XL (LL) shifting 28, 291 units this week. However when we combine the sales of the XL model and the regular sized 3DS, we see that sales jump to over 40k this week for Nintendo. This means that once again, Nintendo takes out the hardware sales with the 3DS. For full sales and number sold, check out the charts below.

Software chart

  1. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, 03/20/14) – 132,668
  2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 120,452
  3. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) – 119,615
  4. [PS3] J-Stars Victory VS (Namco Bandai, 03/20/14) – 118,240
  5. [PSV] J-Stars Victory VS (Namco Bandai, 03/20/14) – 97,821
  6. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) – 91,903
  7. [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2014 (Konami, 03/20/14) – 63,898
  8. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 44,659 (614,379)
  9. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 39,597
  10. [PS3] Dark Souls II (From Software, 03/13/14) – 37,285 (292,482)

Hardware chart

  1. PlayStation Vita – 35,374 (28,270)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 30,201 (29,677)
  3. 3DS LL – 28,291 (23,372)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 15,455 (14,128)
  5. 3DS – 11,985 (10,772)
  6. Wii U – 9,982 (7,654)
  7. PSP – 3,563 (3,461)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,754 (1,447)
  9. Xbox 360 – 288 (278)
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Snazzy Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 Hard Drive Cover

Here’a another unique item that lucky Final Fantasy fans in Japan can get their hands on. It’s a beautiful Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn cover for your PS4 hard drive. The cover has just been announced for pre-order and will be available on the web store for Sony Japan.

A price hasn’t been revealed as yet however it will be strictly limited as only 1400 units will be produced.

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Evangelion Walkman From Sony

Proving that once again, Japan is the home of crossovers and collaborations, word has trickled out that Sony is teaming up with Evangelion to produce a unique walkman. Details are scant but there is a page on the Sony site (here it is), that outlines some loose details about pre-orders starting next month for the Evangelion branded walkman.

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The walkman is part of the F-series and will be able to playback MP3, WMA, L-PCM, AAC format audio as well as adding, FLAC and HE-AAC support. I haven’t even seen it and I want one!

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Gaming Life In Japan ~ 10/3/14 – 16/3/14

Rolling around once again…it’s time for Gaming Life in Japan! Time to take a look at the gaming world straight from Japan and see what’s been selling and moving.

A new entry for the PS3 takes that software top spot this week, that game being Dark Souls 2Yokai Watch (3DS) from Level-5 and Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys (3DS) from Square Enix take out positions 2 and 3 respectively. Hanging in the top 5 is a PS Vita title in Soul Sacrifice Delta while Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi from Marvelous AQL also on the 3DS sits in the middle at number 5. Numbers are 9 and 10 are holding with PS3 titles, Yakuza: Ishin and Grand Theft Auto V, while the PS4 is conspicuously absent from the top ten. Hmm.

Looking at the hardware charts, you could be forgiven for thinking that the PS4 sold the most units seeing as how it;s in the number one spot. But when you add the sales of the 3DS LL (XL) and the regular 3DS, the combined sales pip to the PS4 to the post. This means the 3DS is still on top with the PS4 second and the PS Vita in the third spot. Meanwhile, sales for the Wii U are still low however they are holding steady which is a good thing at least. They could be dropping even lower but they to be around the same mark, week in week out.

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We’ll see what fortunes await us next week!

Software chart

  1. [PS3] Dark Souls II (From Software, 03/13/14) – 255,197 (New)
  2. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 37,247 (569,720)
  3. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys (Square Enix, 02/06/14) – 18,728 (737,593)
  4. [PSV] Soul Sacrifice Delta (SCEJ, 03/06/14) – 17,357 (66,143)
  5. [3DS] Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Marvelous AQL, 02/27/14) – 15,883 (176,180)
  6. [3DS] Kaseki Horider: Mugen Gear (Nintendo, 02/27/14) – 13,362 (93,900)
  7. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/09/14) – 12,225 (501,835)
  8. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Pokemon, 10/12/13) – 10,106 (3,994,938)
  9. [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) – 10,034 (222,147)
  10. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) – 7,910 (736,810)

Hardware chart

  1. PlayStation 4 – 29,677 (35,294)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 28,270 (31,325)
  3. 3DS LL – 23,372 (24,192)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 14,128 (12,102)
  5. 3DS – 10,772 (10,876)
  6. Wii U – 7,654 (7,773)
  7. PSP – 3,461 (3,425)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,447 (1,962)
  9. Xbox 360 – 278 (300)
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Freedom Wars Dated For Japan

One of the more exciting games we’ve been keeping a keen eye on is the upcoming Freedom Wars for the PS Vita. The game was recently given a release of June 26 so better start putting those pennies aside for launch day.

The game will be shipping minus a few extras on launch as we hear that player-versus-player mode, eight-player multiplayer, and infrastructure mode won’t be included. However, post launch, an update will be released that will open up these features. Maybe they need time to iron out some wrinkles? Who knows but if it’s going to make the game better, we’re cool with that.