Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia President Atsushi Morita claims that the company has a 78% market share for home consoles in Japan. The 78% includes the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4. However, they wouldn’t mention the handheld space where both Sony and Nintendo are competing against smartphone and tablet gaming which has proved a massive hit in Japan.
Koei Tecmo has announced Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 will release in Japan on December 4 for the Nintendo 3DS. The hack and slash spin-off title from the game’s main series was revealed last month in Japanese magazine Famitsu, and will feature more than 50 military characters, along with new events and character edit slots.
Along with the game’s release date, Koei Tecmo also unveiled to fans that a limited edition of Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 would also be available to purchase on December 4. Fans can expect an original soundtrack CD with 32 songs from the franchise, a character art book detailing the Chronicles characters, as well as a special character post card. The limited edition for Nintendo 3DS will reportedly retail for 8,800 yen, excluding tax, while the standard edition will be available for approximately 5,800 yen, again excluding tax.
Nintendo Japan confirmed during today’s Nintendo Direct that Bravely Second will be released this winter on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. We’ve yet to hear when Bravely Second will be coming to the west, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out.
During today’s Japan only Nintendo Direct the company revealed that they have two new models for the Nintendo 3DS. They include enhanced 3D viewing, a second circle pad, and better battery life. Here’s the details about the new and improved models.
- Better 3D
- Second stick
- NFC built-in
- Coloured buttons
- More buttons
- Better battery (up to 7h)
- Now compatible with microSDCard
- You can back up data on your PC via wireless.
- Browser improved, now works with HTML5
- CPU improved, makes browsing Miiverse / eShop much faster.
- Can switch designs now (covers)
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Nintendo Japan has confirmed that it will be holding a Nintendo Direct tomorrow which is focussed on Nintendo 3DS software. Nintendo of America and Nintendo Europe have yet to mention whether they will also be broadcasting a Nintendo Direct. Here’s the times for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS Direct.
- Japan: 8PM
- Europe: 1PM
- UK: 12PM
- USA (East Coast): 7AM
- USA (West Coast): 4AM
Koei Tecmo has announced via Twitter that its free update for Hyrule Warriors will arrive for Japanese Wii U owners on September 1. Along with the usual bug fixes, the free to download Version 1.2.0 will include a new challenge game mode, which allows players to complete a series of specific events against a countdown clock.
The update will also give players the opportunity to change the background music setting for their preference on the battle field, along with adding a brand new weapon for Link: an 8-bit Sword. Other additional tweaks to the game include fixes for the Wii U GamePad’s off-TV play function, stabilising and syncing the in-game sound, as well as enhancements to the game’s overall stability. Screenshots can be viewed in the gallery below, or on the Hyrule Warriors official Japanese website, here.
Amazon Japan has officially opened a new digital store for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS games. The games on offer range from first-party exclusives to third-party titles, as well as Japanese eShop exclusives. The selection of games can also differ in price, with Amazon Japan reportedly selling some online codes cheaper than those currently in the eShop.
Unfortunately, consumers must input a Japanese address for purchasing and pre-ordering online codes from Amazon Japan. However, given a Nintendo digital store has opened for Japanese consumers, a digital store for Europe and North America may not be too far behind on the retail website.