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.
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…
Love to protect your 3DS XL but also have a penchant for anything retro? Third party manufacturer, Cool Clown, have put out these amazing cases with either a Famicom or a PC Engine on it. There’s room in the case for some accessories and extra game cases. It’s a nice package available from Play-Asia for $20.
That most awesome moment in time is back again for the week, it’s Gaming Life in Japan! Let’s delve into the sales charts for the past week and see what the Japanese gaming public is up to for the past week.
The PSP sees a comeback with a new game taking the number 1 spot in software sales, that game being “Uta no Prince-sama: Music 2”. It’s a bit of a quiet week for Nintendo with only 4 games in the top 10 and the first game from the House of Mario doesn’t appear until number 6. That game being “Tomodachi Collection: New Life”. We have a feeling this will change very son with the impending release of “Monster Hunter 4” for the 3DS tomorrow.
Which brings up to hardware sales where the 3DS still reigns supreme as the handheld platform of choice for the Japanese gaming public. The 3DS XL managed to sell through a shade over 60k units this week which up from last week’s figure of 49k and some loose change. This could be a sigh of gamers stocking up on the 3DS for fear of a shortage when MH4 releases. We’ll see what the charts say to that next week. But moving right along, the PS Vita dropped sales just marginally, nothing too major. More worries for Nintendo on the home console front with just over 5,700 units sold of the Wii U, the system just can’t seem to strike a chord with the Japanese public.
Another round of gaming life in Japan is upon us again. Let’s see what the top selling games and hardware were for the past week.
A PS3 title, Earth Defense Force 2025, has taken out the top spot for software with a massive figure of over 154K copies sold while last week’s number 1, Toukiden for the PS Vita has taken out the 2nd position. Earth Defense Force has also made a dent for the Xbox 360 with that version sitting in the 6th spot.
On the hardware front, the 3DS XL is still selling like there’s no tomorrow while the PS Vita take out the 2nd spot with a little over 20K units shifted. The PS Vita is down from last week’s 31K units shifted but hopefully it’s starting to find a place amongst the Japanese gamers.
I’ve decided to change the name of this weekly post as between this, the weekly music charts and the weekly anime music charts with the occasional Japan box office report. So from now on, the weekly charts on gaming will be known as the “software & hardware weekly sales charts”. Now with that bit of administration out of the way, let’s get down to some reporting on gaming sales.
Topping the software chart is Tomodachi: New Life for the Nintendo 3DS selling through with 145,000 units. The previous number one game, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, is still doing good business with 38,884 units shifted. With hardware though, Nintendo isn’t doing as strongly with the Wii U selling only 8,262 consoles which only put it slightly ahead of the 9 year old Sony PSP.
The Nintendo 3DS is still on top of the hardware charts, the PS Vita is doing better than last week selling 21,399 units as compared to last week’s figure of 15,011 units which puts it in 2nd place. However when you combine the sales od the 3DS LL and the standard 3DS, the PS Vita is still far behind Nintendo’s handheld.
Have a look at the charts below and see how your favourites are doing.
Awesome pics have just been released of a Mega Man case that will encapsulate your Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL while proclaiming your love for an iconic character.
Capcom is putting the finishing touches on the Blue Bomber case in commemoration of the NES game coming to the Virtual Console and also to simultaneously celebrate the 25th anniversary. Capcom Unity have confirmed that the case isn’t on sale as yet however the case will be at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con. The case will be available for both the standard 3DS and the 3DS XL.
For those of you that missed out on the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 3DS case, Capcom have confirmed that they’ll be back in stock soon.
Our favourite time at Japandaman HQ has rolled around again. That time when we have a look at the hardware and software charts in Japan to see how your favourite games and consoles are selling? So what do you think, will Nintendo keep continuing to dominate or will Sony manage to claw back some ground?
Well, on the software front, the 3DS is kicking some major goals with Tomodachi Collection: New Life and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon both doing great in sales, taking the number one and number four positions, respectively. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is still in there, selling a ton of units proving to be quite the fan favourite. And big surprise with the Xbox 360 showing it still has some life left in it by taking out number 10 with Monster Hunter Frontier G1 Premium Package.
As far as hardware, the 3DS XL and the standard 3DS have an unassailable lead and it’s hard to imagine the PS Vita taking the top spot away from them. Despite the price drop and some quality titles coming out for the PS Vita, it doesn’t seem to strike a chord with the Japanese gaming crowd. They all love the Nintendo 3DS!
[3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life
[PS3] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
[PSP] Seven Dragon 2020 II
[3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
[3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf
[PSP] Amnesia Crowd
[3DS] Card Fight!! Vanguard Ride to Victory!!
[PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2
[3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History
In yet another reason why Japan is awesome, the Japanese Club Nintendo will be offering different coloured 3DS XL, or LL, charging cradles in exchange for points earned by purchasing and registering selected Nintendo titles.
The photo below shows the different colours on offer which are red, blue, yellow, green and white. You can have a look at what else is on offer on the Japan Club Nintendo site here.