Category Archives: Hardware

Sword Art Online Games Might Come To Nintendo Switch

Exciting news out of Bandai Namco with the announcement that they may consider bringing their range of games based around the hugely popular series, Sword Art Online, to the Nintendo Switch.

The statement was recently dropped by Sword Art Online series Producer Yosuke Futami and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Producer Keishi Minami in the middle of a Bandai Namco hosted livestream event. Nothing is confirmed at this early stage but just the fact that they’re talking is exciting news for fans of the Nintendo Switch and fans of SAO *puts hand up*

We’ll let you know if we hear any more news around this amazing development.

SNES Mini Coming To Australia

This post is a bit moot seeing as how every man and his dog knows about this but here it is anyways. Nintendo are following up the mega successful release off the NES Mini with the news that now a SNES Mini is being released in September. It will retail for $119.95 and it’ll ship with the following games:


  • Contra 3: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy 3
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox (originally released as Starwing in Australia)
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania 4
  • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

STAR FOX 2!! WTF??!!

And if you haven’t seen what it looks like, here’s a pic of the awesomeness that is the SNES Mini…

However as of writing this, both EB Games and JB Hi Fi have announced that their stock has sold out preventing more pre-orders from being taken. But have faith that there’ll be a second batch announced soon so keep it locked to the Japandaman Twitter feed to hear when it happens!


Japan/Australia Nintendo Switch Launch

Yes, it’s the 03/03/17 and while that may seem like just another date, it’s also the launch day for Nintendo’s latest home console, the Nintendo Switch! I was lucky enough to attend the launch in Melbourne which took place at Federation Square which was attended by many Nintendo fans eager to get their hands on the new console at the stroke of midnight. There was heaps going on with cosplay comps on stage, a live DJ and plenty of hands on mini contests with the Switch. It was a great vibe with plenty to keep the crowd amused while we all waited for the inevitable countdown. But don’t just take my word for it, here’s a look at the event launch, courtesy of Nintendo Australia and EB Games:

Meanwhile over across the sea in the Switch’s native Japan, queues were building and people were just as keen to get their hands on the Switch and braved the cold weather to be among the first gamers in the world to play some new Nintendo action.


The following pics are courtesy of Twitter user Jon Cousins who has been recording the proceedings in Japan for the Switch launch.

And lastly…the first thing I did after I got home this morning at 1:30AM was to do an unboxing, of course. You can check that out below.

Hope everyone who wanted a Nintendo Switch at launch were lucky enough to receive one and are having loads of fun with it!










Swiss Pikachu Watch Sells For $20,000

Yep, you read that heading correct. Swiss watch maker, Romain Jerome, has decided to join in the Pokemon 20th Anniversary celebrations and release a limited edition Pikachu watch that has a retail price of US$20,000!


It comes packaged with a very swish Moon Invader titanium case and black baseplate with a cool lightning engraving. Still…flipping expensive and only for the biggest of fanboys/fangirls!

Japan To Receive Yakuza 6 PS4 Bundle

Here’s a great looking piece of hardware bound for Japan. To mark the December 8 release of Yakuza 6 on PS4 in Japan, a very sexy Yakuza 6 themed PS4 is being released to snap up as well.


Here’s what the bundle contains:

  • Yakuza 6
  • Jet black 500GB Yakuza 6 PS4
  • Yakuza 6 Playstation theme

To give it its full name, the“PlayStation 4 Yakuza 6 Starter Limited Pack,” can be yours for ¥35, 980 and looks like this:


While the PS4 theme looks like this:


There’s also a “PlayStation 4 Yakuza 6 Edition,” which releases on the same day in both 500GB and 1TB versions for ¥33, 480 and ¥38, 480 respectively.


Let’s hope they do something this cool for Australia as well!

Nintendo Switch Revealed

Nintendo had a big night last night finally revealing the covers off of their next home console. Known for the longest time as the “NX”, we now know that it’s called the “Nintendo Switch” and it looks very interesting.

There seems to be a couple of different control methods consisting of a controller that has two ends that slide off and slide into the tablet console itself. This then enables you to take it with you and play on the game for literally a console on the go experience. You can then play it as a traditional handheld or prop the tablet up with a handy kickstand on the back, slide the two ends off and have one in each hand.

There also appears to be a more standard looking controller much like the Wii U had the Wii U Pro controller for when you didn’t want to use the tablet as a controller. The games they showed in the clip looked very cool as well. Zelda, Mario Kart, Splatoon and a basketball all looked really vibrant with nice visuals. The end of the video mentions a March 2017 release date which isn’t that far away at all. I’m pretty much sold already, it looks amazing!!

A Look At The Mini Famicom Controller

I recently ran a post about the mini Famicom releasing soon in Japan which comes preloaded with a load of original 8-bit retro titles. Today let’s take a look at the mini controller that comes with the unit.


Clearly it’s made for small hands but look how cute it is! Nintendo also posted some specs for the mini Famicom as well. At the bottom, the Katakana says that the controller isn’t included in the specs.


So it sounds like 9cm is what the mini controller measures in at while the original NES controller was approx. 3cm bigger.


Damn, that is some sexy packaging right there!


It’s tiny so admittedly it wouldn’t be comfortable for long time use but still, that is one cute controller!