Here’s What The Xenoblade Chronicles X Japanese Box-Art Could Look Like

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We are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U. We already know that development has nearly been wrapped up on the title, but we’ve yet to see the box-art looks like. Thankfully VG Chartz forum member cycycychris has found and snapped a picture of what the box-art could look like once it’s released in Japan. It’s not official by any means, but it looks neat.

Thanks, WhiteEagle

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Was Best-Selling Gaming Device And Wii U Was The Fourth In 2014

Wondering which consoles and handhelds were the best-selling in Japan during 2014? Well wonder no more. Japanese sales tracker Famitsu has revealed that it was the Nintendo 3DS that was the best-selling gaming device in the country by a long shot. Interestingly, the Nintendo 3DS was followed by the PlayStation Vita which has remained popular on Japan. The Wii U came in fourth place.

  1. Nintendo 3DS – 3.153.045 / 17.847.056
  2. PlayStation Vita – 1.147.936 / 3.423.075
  3. PlayStation 4 – 925.570
  4. Wii U – 604.856 / 2.123.283
  5. PlayStation 3 – 450.034 / 10.018.534
  6. PSP – 83.985 / 19.692.478
  7. Xbox One – 45.958
  8. Xbox 360 – 8.569 / 1.616.128

Thanks, lamatsucubo

Nintendo Was The Number One Video Games Publisher In Japan During 2014

It probably won’t come as too big a surprise to many, but Famitsu has revealed that Nintendo was the number one video games publisher in Japan during 2014. You can check out the best-selling video games in Japan during 2014 below, but note that these figures do not include digital downloads. Bundles are included.

01. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke <RPG> (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937) – 3.050.178
02. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.937) – 2.464.850
03. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # <ACT> (Capcom) {2014.10.11} (¥6.264) – 2.381.177
04. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS <FTG> (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616) – 2.066.022
05. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Shin Uchi <RPG> (Level 5) {2014.12.13} (¥4.968) – 2.007.327
06. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch <RPG> (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 994.346 / 1.280.799
07. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # <RCE> (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) – 842.053
08. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru to Ruka no Fushigi na Fushigi na Kagi # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2014.02.06} (¥5.490) – 748.139
09. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe <ACT> (Nintendo) {2014.01.11} (¥4.800) – 687.957
10. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2014.12.06} (¥7.776) – 478.366

Top 5 Publisher

1. Nintendo – 8.380.000
2. Level 5 – 6.210.000
3. Bandai Namco – 4.810.000
4. Capcom – 3.440.000
5. Pokemon Co. – 3.020.000

Other info

Software sales were 87,3% compared to last year.
Hardware sales were 93,5% compared to last year.
Overall sales were 91,0% compared to last year.
The market declined another year.

Thanks, lamatsucubo

Edea Will Return As Main Character In Bravely Second, Plus New Details

Japanese magazine Famitsu has revealed new details for Square Enix’s upcoming RPG sequel Bravely Second. After a successful stream last week in Japan, producer Tomoya Asano confirmed fan-favourite character Edea Lee from Bravely Default would return for the sequel. Famitsu reports – and as translations suggest – that the brave soldier is now the leader of the Imperial Knights and stars as a main character in the game. The scan shown below depicts her as a couple of years older, however, it’s not yet confirmed whether fans will be able to play as her in-game just yet.

Aside from Edea’s return, a new feature named the Barter Sub-Scenario system and a new pâtisserie or Pastry Chef job has been revealed for the sequel. More details are set to come on the above in next week’s issue of Famitsu. Bravely Second is due to arrive in Japan on April 23. A western release has yet to be confirmed.

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Japan: Aside from Nintendo 3DS Wii U Was Only Platform That Saw Increase In Software Sales In 2014

You’ll be interested to know that aside from the Nintendo 3DS, the Wii U was the only console that saw an overall increase in software sales in 2014 in Japan. Wii U software sales were up 112.95% compared to 2013 which can only be good news for Nintendo. However, Siliconera says that the Nintendo 3DS was the only healthy platform in Japan during the end-of-year season. This is presumably because all platform holders are facing stiff competition from mobile devices.

Pokemon And Yokai Watch 2 Made Up Nearly Half Of Japan’s Holiday Sales

We know that Japan loves both the Pokemon franchise and the Yokai Watch 2 series. But just how much? Well, apparently they accounted for nearly half of Japan’ holiday sales. Media Create reports that Yokai Watch 2 has sold 2.447 million across all versions. The sales tracker also says that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold 2.591 million copies across two versions. However that’s only if the double pack was counted as two copies per one unit. Both Yokai Watch and Pokemon accounted for over 45 percent of total video game sales in the holiday season. That’s a great performance from Level 5 and the Pokemon Company.

New Rodea: The Sky Soldier Footage Shown During Japanese Nintendo Direct

With the western Nintendo Direct concluded, translated news has filtered in from the Japanese stream earlier today. Alongside new footage of the game, which is embedded above, Nintendo has reconfirmed Rodea: The Sky Soldier will be arriving for the Wii U and 3DS on April 2 for Japan. Though it was originally intended to be released on the Wii console, Rodea has yet to be confirmed for a western release on the aforementioned consoles. The action game’s price is set for 7,200 Yen on the Wii U, while the 3DS version will cost 5,800 Yen.