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Pokemon 20th Anniversary

February 27th 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Pokemon in Japan and what a momentous couple of decades it’s been! Most gamers across the globe have played Pokemon in some form or another and it’s a series that has spawned it’s fair share of rabid fanboys/girls. It’s also the inspiration behind some amazingly complex and kawaii cosplays!

From Pokemon specific conventions, fan meetups, countless hours dedicated to the game, merchandise and a hot anime TV series, it’s safe to say that it’s changed lives of a huge numbers of people. Some dedicated hardcore players have grown up with the series and have fond memories of playing Pokemon Red on the original Gameboy (puts hand up!).

This weekend sees a number of Pokemon related events happening all around the world. There’s also a dedicated website for this amazing milestone which you can check out here. Melbourne will be seeing a Pokemon event hosted by the EB store in Swanston St at The Nintendo Experience, come down if you have nothing to do, it promises to be a fun day!

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Japandaman’s laptop is all ready for the celebrations!

And don’t forget to use the hashtag #Pokemon20 on all your social media. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and anything else you use…go bananas with it!!

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.

Japanese Art For Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii was an astounding JRPG full of action, amazing scenes, stunning music and heart pounding action. It’s all these reasons plus more that make it highly coveted and expensive to pick up these days. So it’s with bated breath that many a fan is eagerly anticipating the release of Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U. Recently the artwork for the Japanese cover released and it looks amazing!


The game is being touted by many as the spiritual successor to the Wii title so it makes the Japanese launch date of April 29th all so far away.

Gaming Life In Japan ~ 2/12/13 – 8/12/13

Very late this week but back again, it’s Gaming Life in Japan. Time is short so let’s just jump straight into it!

Taking the top spot for software sales this week is a new entry with sales of well over 200k, Gran Turismo 6 for the PS3. And showing that the Wii still has life left in it, Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Sworn Friend Online takes out the 2nd spot. That ‘gotta catch ’em all’ mentality is still going strong with Pokemon X/Y taking out the 3rd spot.

Game based on successful anime Attack on Titan, sees the portable entry Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind for the 3DS taking the 4th spot. Another new entry for the 3DS, Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy Big Bang / Supernova, takes out the 5th spot. The Wii U version of the Dragon Quest X game has managed to land safely in 6th spot. The Square Enix Final Fantasy entry, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, rounds out the top 10 with 21,600 units sold.

Let’s go and take a look at hardware sales where things this week are very interesting. The 3DS LL (XL) is still in top spot, not sure if that will ever change to be honest, but the Wii U has enjoyed a Herculean surge in sales to jump into the 2nd spot. This week the struggling console saw sales of over 48k compared to 28k last week. No doubt the release of Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Sworn Friend Online helped things along. The regular 3DS model and the PS Vita took out 3rd and 4th spot, respectively, both with healthy sales. Hopefully the healthy sales the Wii U is currently enjoying will stick around for a while. We’ll keep you posted as next week’s figures aren’t too far away.

Gaming Life in Japan ~ 28/10/13 – 3/11/13

Yes, that time of the week that always put a smile on our face, Gaming Life in Japan! Let’s jump right in and have a look at the sales figures for the past week straight from Japan!

Looking at the software chart, we can see that Pokemon X/Y is still in the top spot with over 160k units shifted the past week. Positions 2 and 3 were taken up by Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu (PS3) and Danball Senki Wars (3DS) respectively. While Japan’s love of hunting is still on display with Monster Hunter 4 taking up the 4th spot which is where it was last week. Surprisingly though, the Wii U is also in the top 10 this week with the release of Wii Party U. Who would have thought that this would be the game to introduce the Wii U to the top 10? The latest Zelda game couldn’t do it but it looks Japan has a love for party games. Selling just over 37k units sees Wii Party U take the 6th spot this week. The PS Vita is still being represented in 9th spot with Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth. With a Wii U game making the top 10, that means that all the major consoles, apart from the Xbox 360, were represented this week, even the PSP had a title in there.

Looking at the hardware chart sees no surprise in the top spot with the Nintendo 3DS still up there but what is a massive surprise is seeing the Wii U taking out the 2nd spot with over 38k units sold. This is a massive difference from last week’s paltry figure of 2,598 units. The regular 3DS model took out the 3rd spot with just under 30k units shifted for the week. Will the Wii U continue these sales numbers or will it just plummet next week? We hope that this might be the start of some momentum for the Wii U, we do expect a dip in numbers but nothing like what we’ve been seeing for a while now.

We’ll see how it all turns out next week.

Wii production officially stops

The day that we all knew was coming has finally arrived. Wii production in Japan ceased operations today as confirmed by the Nintendo Japan page. There was a simple message, “Manufacturing has ended.” That puts the grand number of total Wii’s sold thus far at 100.4 million consoles across the globe.



Farewell Wii, you came into our lives when motion control in home gaming barely existed and introduced gaming to the mainstream audience. You’ve earned a good rest.

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Wii sees the end of line in Japan

Nintendo have confirmed a fact that we’ve been wondering for a whole now. What exactly is the status of the Wii in Japan as far as manufacturing is concerned? After all, the Wii U has been out for a while now and despite slower than expected sales, having both the Wii and the Wii U in production is just dead money we think.


Well, Nintendo have announced that the end is near with an inconspicuous sign posted on their website which simply says, “production will soon end.” The Wii has been around in Japan since 2006 and has sold in excess of 12.7 million units.

Wii Channel Services Begin To Shutdown

Nintendo has recently announced their intention to begin shutting down some of their channel services on the Wii console. In total, 5 channels will be receiving the cut, those channels being the News Channel, the Mii Contest Channel, the Nintendo Channel, the Everybody Votes Channel and the Forecast Channel will all be saying bye bye on June 28.


In addition, gamers will no longer be able to use the Wii message board to send and receive message however at this point, the Nintendo Wii Shop channel will still be open for business.

“We at Nintendo sincerely thank you for your continued patronage of our company’s products. We apologize to those of you currently using these services, and ask for your understanding,” company statement.

“The above services will no longer be available even if they are started up from the Wii Menu. However, services other than those mentioned above, such as the Wii Shop Channel and ‘Today’s Accomplishments’ on the Wii Message Board, will remain available.”

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.

Japanese Sales Figures For Wii U

So Nintendo’s next gen console, the Wii U, has launched in Japan and other parts of the world but just how well did it sell in Japan? We can tell you that 307,471 Wii U units were sold at launch, this stacks up to 350,358 Wii units sold.

As fars as software sold at launch, here’s what was picked up gamers:

  • New Super Mario Bros U: 160.140
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: 106.454
  • Nintendo Land: 66.583
  • Zombi U: 10.680
  • Warriors Orichi 3 Hyper: 7.252
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2: 4.951

Interesting that the Wii U didn’t exceed Wiil launch figures. Seems like gamers might be showing the 3DS more love?