Category Archives: Hardware

Japan To Receive A Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom

Hot on the heels of Australia receiving a NES mini system filled with retro 8-bit titles now Japan is to receive a similar release but with their version of the NES, the Famicom.


Straight off the bat, this looks amazingly gorgeous! It’ll be available in Japan from November 10, 2016 and will retail for ¥5,980 with an AC adaptor sold separately for ¥1,000.

Here’s a video which will sell it to you:

Here’s a list of games that will come included which varies from the mini NES released in Australia.

Donkey Kong
Mario Bros.
Balloon Fight
Ice Climber
Yie Ar Kung-Fu
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Atlantis no Nazo
Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Solomon’s Key
Zelda II – Adventure of Link
Tsuppari Oozumou
Super Mario Bros. 3
Ninja Gaiden
Mega Man 2
River City Ransom
Double Dragon II
Super Contra
Final Fantasy III
Dr. Mario
Downtown Nekketsu March: Let’s Go to the Great Athletic Meet
NES Open Tournament Golf
Super Mario Bros. 2
Kirby’s Adventure

2016 PlayStation® Press Conference Japan (English)

I’ve been doing a whole bunch of posting tonight about the major news to come out of the 2016 Playstation Conference which was held today in Roppongi Midtown Hall, Japan. If you missed the telecast, you can catch it below in English. I’ve taken the liberty to start the video from where the conference actually started as it was literally 14 minutes of the conference logo 🙂 Enjoy!

Final Fantasy XV ‘Lunar Edition’ PS4 slim model Coming To Japan

Seems like we had a whole bunch of Playstation software related news today from the 2016 Playstation Conference in Japan but there’s also some hardware in addition to the new PS Vita units.

Courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia is this gorgeous looking Final Fantasy XV “Lunar Edition” PlayStation 4 slim which is bring released on November 29th, 2016. It’ll set you back ¥39,980 and come with a copy of the game (Final Fantasy XV), an original theme and a rental for Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.

How beautiful is this FF PS4 slim model?

November 29th, 2016 is the release date for Final Fantasy XV on both Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

PS Vita Receives 2 New Colours For Japan

It’s funny how the PS Vita does pretty good business in Japan which is evident by the amount of support it receives from developers releasing games for it. Yet at the same time, it’s failed miserably in pretty much every other territory outside Japan.

The success of the Sony handheld in Japan is enough to warrant two new colour models being released on December 1 as outlined today at the 2016 Playstation Conference. So what are the new colours? They’re Silver and Metallic Red PS Vita colour variations which actually look pretty good as seen in the pic:

How hot are these colours? But look at that metallic red!!

But if the pic isn’t enough, here’s a video showing them off better:

Oh man…that red one though! I actually tried to track down the red OLED model a few years back in Japan but I missed out on it. This red one…*drool*

A Look At the SNES Themed 3DS XL For Japan

Now here’s some tech from nintendo that’s just dead sexy. It’s a Super Famicom (SNES) themed Nintendo 3DS XL that’s going to be released in Japan. Here’s a look at the handheld console packaging:

And now a look at the actual tech itself:

So beautiful, right?

It only gets better once you open the handheld:

Here’s a look at the opened unit from the outside:

And here’s the handheld compared with an actual Super Famicom:

Ok, I know I want one…who’s with me?

Super Famicom 3DS *drool*

And now for something that will bring drool, a smile and maybe even something else to the face of a lot of gamers, straight from Japan. Releasing in mid April for the Japanese market will be this absolutely sublime looking 3DS XL themed to look like a Super Nintendo, or Super Famicom as it was known in Japan.

superfamicom 3ds

How good does this look? If you want to get your mitts on it, be prepared to shell out ¥21,600 and you also get a 4GB memory card with it. Now the important question, how can you get one? Head to Nintendo’s website via this handy link. No news as yet whether it will come to West 🙁 But let’s have one more look at that sexy 3DS XL…

superfamicom 3ds_1

Wii U Gamepads On Sale In Japan

In a not so surprising move, Nintendo Japan have started to sell Wii U pads on their online store, presumably to replace broken pads. As announced in the past, Nintendo have gone on record saying that the Wii U is unable to support two gamepads due to issues with resolutions being beamed to multiple gamepads. In Australia, most people purchase their replacement pads from Ebay or Gumtree so here’s hoping that Nintendo make this sales shift present in Australia as well.


Just to give you an idea of cost, they’re selling for $112 in Japan.

Sega Dreamcast Theme For Nintendo 3DS

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.

Metal Gear Solid PS4 Shows Up In Japan

Fans of Metal Gear Solid will have heard by now that the fifth installment, The Phantom Pain, has been given a release date of September 1st. Thanks to a clever partnership between Sony and Konami, one of the smexiest Playstation 4 units ever seen has just been announced.

phantom pain ps4

Sporting a stunning colour palette of gold, burgundy, and of course black, the design is said to have been inspired by the bionic arm that Snake wears in the game. With a design this impressive looking, it’s sure to be a fan favourite. Here’s a better look at the console and a closer look at the DualShock 4 which comes with a Diamond Dogs logo on the right hand side.

As with everything this good looking, there’s no word yet on whether this will make it to the West but we can have hope…and keep our fingers tightly crossed.

Gaming Life In Japan ~ 9/2/15 – 15/2/15

Time for another round of gaming life in Japan! Let’s see what’s been selling on the charts the past week.


Software chart

  1. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 230,065 (New)
  2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 44,574 (New)
  3. [3DS] The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin (Bandai Namco, 02/11/15) – 33,270 (New)
  4. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 23,844 (2,479,724)
  5. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 23,519 (New)
  6. [PS4] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 22,468 (New)
  7. [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 16,406 (60,627)
  8. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 12,922 (2,513,921)
  9. [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 12,513 (47,203)
  10. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 9,532 (2,149,794)

Hardware chart

  1. New 3DS LL – 41,821 (21,650)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 21,381 (18,758)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 10,901 (10,013)
  4. New 3DS – 9,584 (7,916)
  5. Wii U – 7,007 (6,517)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,683 (6,426)
  7. 3DS LL – 4,126 (3,084)
  8. 3DS – 3,214 (2,642)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 588 (560)
  10. Xbox One – 191 (238)