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Satoru Iwata Passes Away

It’s a very sad morning to wake up to and hear that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55. Nintendo have released a short statement which is below:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.


Many people will be familiar with Satoru through his Nintendo Direct presentations and his Iwata Asks sessions. Iawata joined Nintendo in 2000 and became the 4th President in 2002. He was also the first President to succeed the company who wasn’t related to the original founding family, the Yamauchi’s. Through his time in the top job, he saw many strengths such as the Wii and the DS and a few not so commercially strong, the Wii U and the Gamecube.

Rest In Peace, Satoru Iwata.

Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection Bonuses For Japan

Weren’t we just saying the other day about the cool stuff that Japan gets for otakus? Well, as if you need another reminder, we’re giving you one anyways. Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection collects the first 3 adventures of Phoenix Wright and puts them conveniently on a 3DS cartridge. Being originally DS games, they’ve been revamped with 3D vision and by pre-ordering at different outlets in Japan, lucky gamers will receive cool collectables.

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So let’s a take a look going clockwise and starting with top left. A 305x205mm bromide from Animate, cleaning cloth from AmiAmi, a sliding tile puzzle game courtesy of HMV Online and lastly, a 2L bromide from Stella Worth.

The game unleashes on Japan on April 17.

Japan’s Top Selling Games For 2012

2013 is in full swing so this would be a great time to cast an introspective eye back on 2012 to see which games sold like hotcakes for 2012.

No real surprise for number one with Pokemon taking out the top gong while Animal Crossing did well to come in second considering how late it was released in the year. Great to see some gems in there ranging from the Resident Evil series, Kingdom Hearts, Fire Emblem plus more.

Check out the complete list below.


TITLE1. Pokémon Black/White 2 2012 Sales2,919,977 Total Sales2,919,977 PlatformDS
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 1,969,955 1,969,955 3DS
3. New Super Mario Bros. 2 1,743,791 1,743,791 3DS
4. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 919,870 919,870 3DS
5. Resident Evil 6 833,012 833,012 PS3
6. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 828,150 828,150 PS3
7. Mario Kart 7 748,797 1,908,966 3DS
8. Super Mario 3D Land 689,374 1,769,566 3DS
9. Mario Party 9 641,348 641,348 3DS
10. Dragon Quest X 609,783 609,783 Wii
11. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 602,058 1,587,556 3DS
12. Yakuza 5 518,224 518,224 PS3
13. Dragon’s Dogma 467,375 467,375 PS3
14. Fire Emblem: Awakening 455,268 455,268 3DS
15. Tales of Xillia 2 428,913 428,913 PS3
16. Paper Mario: Sticker Star 402,133 402,133 3DS
17. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 399,340 399,340 PS3
18. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates of Infinity 373,699 373,699 3DS
19. New Super Mario Bros. U 369,392 369,392 Wii U
20. Wii Sports Resort (with Wii Motion Plus pack-in) 358,627 1,161,600 Wii
21. The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z 344,018 344,018 PSP
22. Pokémon Conquest 341,250 341,250 DS
23. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 340,533 340,533 3DS
24. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 338,889 338,889 PS3
25. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance 338,812 338,812 3DS
26. Run for Money Tousouchuu 337,472 337,472 3DS
27. Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition 321,959 321,959 Wii
28. Kid Icarus: Uprising 316,133 316,133 3DS
29. Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppu/Raimei 314,016 314,016 3DS
30. Resident Evil: Revelations 296,040 296,040 3DS


Strangely, no PS Vita games or Xbox 360 games? We all know that that the 360 is pretty much non existent in Japan but the PS Vita, while struggling with sales, was released in December 2011. Still no impact on the charts, disappointing.

Some Black Friday Sales Figures

So Black Friday has come and gone for another year and the pandemonium seems to be finally subsiding. Now we can see what actually sold like hotcakes as some sales figures begin to be released.

Black Friday week saw 750,000 Xbox 360 consoles sold which should keep Microsoft happy however Sony still managed to  pull their weight with 525,000 PS3’s sold for the same time, both beating Wii U sales.

The PS Vita didn’t seem to perform as well as expected selling through 160,000 units helped along by some Vita bundles in the form of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified.

Nintendo managed to shift 250,000 3DS units while the DS sold 275,000, no doubt the cheaper price helping sales of the older handheld. There were no figures provided for sales of the PSP by Sony.

3DS Cracks 19 Million Units Sold

We’ve all been watching the Nintendo 3DS print money for a while now but just how well is it doing outside of its native Japan? As of June 31, the 3DS has shifted 19 million units worldwide which, for the statisticians out there, will note that this figure is a but shy of the Gamecube’s 21.74 million units during its lifetime.

This new figure for the 3DS has actually broken Nintendo’s projection of 18.5 million units while incredibly, the forerunner to the 3DS, the humble DS, is still selling and at last count had sold an absolutely staggering and awe-inspiring 152.05 million units sold. The Wii is holding its own shifting 96.56 million units for the same time period, worldwide.


Pokemon Black & White 2 Launches In Japan

Japan recently saw the launch for the massively awaited, Pokemon Black & White 2, across the land and to say there were long queues and happy gamers everywhere would be an understatement.

It’s still a bit early for the official sales figures but based on pre-orders, we’re able to take a quick look at what Nintendo and The Pokemon Company are expecting. As of June 17, there were 1.16 million pre-orders for the game according to official stat keepers, Media Create.

Sometime next week the official sales figures will be in and we’ll be able to see exactly how big a success these sequels are compared to the first two games. It will also be interesting to see if this DS game does anything to push the sales of the 3DS as well or if gamers are just playing Pokemon Black & White 2 on their standard DS unit.

Down below, you’ll be able to see some pics from the launch around Japan including the Pokemon Centre across the road from Hamamatsucho train station.

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Kingdom Hearts 3D Reporting Healthy Sales

Great news for Square Enix coming out of Japan with the news that Kingdom Hearts 3D has sold through 64% of its allocated stock in retail outlets across Japan. To be exact, the title has shifted 64.2% which equates to 213,579 units sold, nice.

However the title hasn’t managed to reach the stellar heights of its predecessors like Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for the DS which sold 295, 000 units which translates to 72.35%.

The pre-orders for the the 3DS edition however were higher than Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days 150, 000 against 90, 000 pre-orders.

So far it looks like it’s going to be another success for SE and for the hard core KH fans, we’ll see what happens with the figures once it’s released in other territories outside of Japan.

Pokemon + Nobunaga Commercials

Just a a couple of quick commercials being shown on Japanese television at the moment to advertise the Pokemon + Nobunaga crossover which is hitting the DS on March 17. Give them a look, there’s some pretty cool action going on.

Most people will know what Pokemon are but for those who are unsure about Nobunaga, they’re a series of  turn-based grand strategy role-playing simulation console and handheld games, first released in 1983 by  Koei.


15 second commercial 


30 sec commercial 

Ni No Kuni Nears Release Date


Muchly anticpated title from two Japanese powerhouse, namely developer Level-5 and animation house Studio Ghibli, Ni no Kuni is one game that’s looking amazing. Seen last year at TGS and again this year, we may finally be nearing a release date for this game. Level-5 President, Akihiro Hino, spoke at a press conference held by Sony Computer Entertainment, recently where he announced that an English version of the PS3 RPG was also in the works.

He mentioned that Japan will be seeing the game on store shelves in early 2012 while also mentioning that the PS3’s storyline will be very similar to the DS version until about halfway through. The PS3 version will continue the story at that point and will also be featuring some DLC in the near future for it. The full title of the game will be Ni no Kuni: Queen of the Holy White Ash.

There will also be a Ni no Kuni themed PS3 which will be available in Japan which looks amazing as seen in the pic below from TGS. The PS3 model looks amazing and a must have!