Game Freak and Nintendo have confirmed that the Pokemon X & Y Trump Card sets will go on sale in the middle of December in Japan. The Pokemon X & Y Trump Cards sets are priced up at 525 Yen. The size of the playing cards will be 58 x 89mm, and the Jokers will be based on the Legendary Pokemon. The Trump Cards have only been confirmed for Japan.
Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s 3DS title KAIO: King of Pirates has been pushed back to 2014. Originally, the action adventure game was due for release in 2012, after it was announced way back in 2011. However, Marvelous AQL and Comcept together pushed the date back once again to 2013, and nothing had been heard since. Now, according to the official website, the date has been pushed back once more to an unspecified date in 2014.
In 2011, we reported that the developer had set its sights on bringing the game over to western shores, but there’s been no mention that it will be released outside of Japan. To refresh your memory of KAIO: King of Pirates, you can find the trailer, here.
Last week it was revealed that Bravely Default would be getting a sequel named Bravely Second. Now, we’ve got more details on the game, and though it’s still a Japan-only title, we’re sure Square Enix will deliver it to Western gamers in the future. Make sure you check out the details below, as well as the game’s teaser site, here.
First up, the story will be set in Luxendarc, several years after the events in Bravely Default, with the magical University town named Istantarl. Built in the Nadarakes continent, the town is nicknamed “Magic University Town” as it delves deep into the study of magic.
From the reveal of the sequel, we also caught wind that a new character would be introduced named Magnolia Arch. She sees herself as the “Devil Buster who came from the moon” and can appear in random places, rather unexpected to the player. Although she may be a sociable eccentric, she has incredibly fierce fighting skills, so one would be wise to steer clear of her dark side.
Bravely Default is due to release later this week in Europe, but there’s some exciting news for Japanese 3DS users brewing. Confirmed in this week’s Jump Magazine, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy – as it’s titled in Japan – is getting ready to spread those wings for a sequel aptly named “Bravely Second”.
From the scan above, there’s a new character named Magnolia, with the game set in the same world as its predecessor. Though no other details have been confirmed, we’ll surely hear some interesting tidbits, as well as its confirmation for Western 3DS users some time in the future. Make sure you check out the recent trailer for Bravely Default, here, in order to get suitably hyped up.
This week’s Media Create sales figures are now in from Japan. The highly regarded Super Mario 3D World slipped from number two to number four in the all-formats charts. Wii U sales saw a slight rise from 21,002 to 28,518, but it’s still performing below Nintendo’s expectations. However, the Nintendo 3DS continues to sell well in Japan. This week it sold 108.373 units. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.
- [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 (Sega, 11/28/13) – 88,708 (New)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 86,391 (3,089,129)
- [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21/13) – 60,073 (337,155)
- [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 39,812 (139,400)
- [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (Tecmo Koei, 11/28/13) – 35,472(New)
- [PS3] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft, 11/28/13) – 35,348 (New)
- [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 25,166 (212,844)
- [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 24,623 (108,228)
- [PS3] Super Robot Wars OG Infinite Battle (Namco Bandai, 11/28/13) – 22,833(New)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 21,969 (2,981,758)
- 3DS LL – 82,409 (63,709)
- Wii U – 28,518 (21,002)
- 3DS – 25,964 (20,797)
- PlayStation Vita – 20,202 (21,044)
- PlayStation 3 – 13,311 (12,436)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 5,391 (7,868)
- PSP – 4,232 (3,546)
- Wii – 588 (457)
- Xbox 360 – 309 (342)
New magazine scans have emerged from various Japanese magazines to reveal a few tidbits for Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Releasing for the 3DS in Japan next month, the first few translations have given us some interesting details.
First up, our pink friend’s got a new bell power-up, where he can hold a bell in each hand, as well as one on his head – see the scan above. Translations suggest that Kirby can even hide inside the bell to protect himself from enemies. Adding to this, there’s also a new beetle power-up confirmed from the scans. Another new power, which allows Kirby to turn into a rainbow and “hoover” items and enemies up, is called the Big Bang – you may have spotted this in the previous Nintendo Direct trailer.
Other new details from translations report that a few stages require players to tilt the 3DS, you can collect over 250 key chains which can then be traded over StreetPass, plus there’s a number of mini-games for one to four players – one of which requires you to jump on drums to reach the goal. You can check out the rest of the scans, here, and some close-ups, here.
This week’s Media Create sales revealed that Super Mario 3D World sold just under 100k, whereas Famitsu sales recorded just under 107k. Despite glowing reviews from the critics, the game has seen the lowest debut sales for a 3D Mario game on Nintendo’s consoles.
However, there are some positives to glean from this information as the Wii U has, at the moment, a low install base, plus Super Mario 3D World should continuously sell well on the system. Here’s a comparison to previous 3D Mario games and their first week sales – asterisked titles equates to a launch game and figures in parentheses are total game sales to date.
1) Super Mario 3D Land – 344,698 (1,861,023)
2) Super Mario Galaxy 2 – 337,569 (1,032,853)
3) Super Mario Sunshine – 280,610 (789,989)
4) Super Mario Galaxy – 256,341 (1,025,664)
5) Super Mario 64* – 162,113 (1,639,914)
6) Super Mario 64 DS* – 120,062 (1,231,535)
7) Super Mario 3D World – 106,967
This week’s Media Create sales charts are now in from Japan. The recently released Super Mario 3D World entered in the all-formats chart at number two, but was beaten to the number one position by Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for the PlayStation 3. The Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling format, however the Wii U continues to struggle as it only sold 21,002 units. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.
- [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21/13) – 277,082(New)
- [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 99,588 (New)
- [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 83,605(New)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 72,932 (3,002,738)
- [3DS] Aikatsu! 2-ri no My Princess (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 72,087 (New)
- [PSV] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 39,052 (305,378)
- [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 35,879 (187,678)
- [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts (Square Enix, 11/14/13) – 29,252 (219,883)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 21,120 (2,959,789)
- [PSP] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 20,508 (132,531)
- 3DS LL – 63,709 (47,852)
- PlayStation Vita – 21,044 (46,350)
- Wii U – 21,002 (15,906)
- 3DS – 20,797 (22,250)
- PlayStation 3 – 12,436 (12,019)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 7,868 (42,172)
- PSP – 3,546 (4,353)
- Wii – 457 (518)
- Xbox 360 – 342 (404)
A 25-year-old Japanese man has been arrested on suspicion for targeting two Nintendo executives and threatening to take their lives. According to Sankei News, the man had allegedly sent death threats via Nintendo’s online inquiry form on his home computer, naming both executives – whose identities have remained anonymous – saying he was going to kill them “sooner or later”.
This morning, the man was arrested by Kyoto police and has since admitted to his actions. It has also been reported that the man allegedly wrote other death threats on the Nintendo site, which have now been tracked from the IP address on the suspect’s home computer. One of the threats stated:
I’d planted bombs at Nintendo headquarters, tomorrow afternoon they’re going to blow up, Nintendo go bankrupt.
Kyoto police are currently investigating other such incidents from September which could be connected.
This week’s Media Create sales from Japan are now in. While the Wii U’s sales slip slightly, it’s not by much, still managing to shift just under 16k units. Of course, the big contender this week is the PlayStation Vita TV, but it still doesn’t have the power to knock off the 3DS LL, which remains the best-selling console in the hardware chart.
Although there’s not much new in software this week with Super Mario 3D World due out in Japan tomorrow, Wii Party U suffers a considerable decrease in sales and only shifts 7k down from its party-popping 60k last week, pushing it into 17th place. However, the 3DS title Daigasso! Band Brothers P, which had its own Chotto Direct at the end of October, has sold just over 40k copies and places in 6th – now that’s some sweet music. The top 10 software and hardware charts can be found below.
- [PSV] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 266,326 (New)
- [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts (Square Enix, 11/14/13) – 190,631 (New)
- [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 151,800 (New)
- [PSP] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 112,024 (New)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 82,705 (2,929,806)
- [3DS] Daigasso! Band Brothers P (Nintendo, 11/14/13) – 40,196 (New)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 26,358 (2,938,669)
- [3DS] Medabots Dual Kabut Ver. / Kuwagata Ver. (Rocket, 11/14/13) – 21,454 (New)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) – 29,144 (579,822)
- [PS3] Battlefield 4 (EA, 11/07/13) – 19,291 (140,990)
- 3DS LL – 47,852 (53,190)
- PlayStation Vita – 46,350 (21,764)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 42,172 (New)
- 3DS – 22,250 (28,627)
- Wii U – 15,906 (17,737)
- PlayStation 3 – 12,019 (11,867)
- PSP – 4,353 (4,010)
- Wii – 518 (579)
- Xbox 360 – 404 (346)