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.

Rhythm Heaven Project For Nintendo 3DS Coming To Japan This Year

A new Rhythm Heaven based game was announced for the Nintendo 3DS. Details about the project are fairly thin on the ground but it’s definitely coming to Japan this year. The game is thought to consist of partial or full remakes of the three existing games in the series though this hasn’t been confirmed.

Thanks, Dimitri

Wii U Has The Least Games Out Of All The Consoles Releasing Through Till March In Japan

This is bound to surprise quite a few of you as it seems that it’s Sony’s PlayStation Vita that has the most games coming out from now till March in Japan. The handheld is closely followed by the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 which have 22 games due for release between now and March. The Wii U has the least games with only two scheduled for release which are Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. The Xbox One and the Xbox 360 both have more games coming out between now and March. Here’s how many games are coming.

  • Nintendo 3DS: 17
  • Wii U: 2
  • PSP: 6
  • PS Vita: 39
  • PS3: 22
  • PS4: 22
  • Xbox 360: 4
  • Xbox One: 8

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 153K And Wii U Sells 30K (Dec 29 – Jan 04)

We published the Famitsu sales charts on Tuesday, but there seems to be some discrepancy between those and the Media Create sales figures. The Famitsu numbers were apparently the prior week’s numbers which were published late due to the holidays. Anyway, now we’ve got the official Media Create charts which shows us sales data from December 29th to January 4th. Consoles sales have predictably gone down after Christmas with the Nintendo 3DS selling 153K and the Wii U managing 30K. Yokai Watch 2 remains the best-seller post-Christmas and continues to dominate the number one spot. Here’s the best-selling hardware and software in Japan.

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 207,932 (2,247,129)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 110,895 (2,394,239)
  3. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 70,913 (2,072,848)
  4. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 58,008 (529,244)
  5. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 45,754 (2,391,014)
  6. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 28,403 (880,180)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 24,121 (3,064,221)
  8. [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers (Square Enix, 12/18/14) – 22,928 (233,796)
  9. [PSV] Gundam Breaker 2 (Bandai Namco, 12/18/14) – 18,104 (101,768)
  10. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 12/11/14) – 17,451 (135,665)
  11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 16,672 (3,885,120)
  12. [PS3] Gundam Breaker 2 (Bandai Namco, 12/18/14) – 15,464 (104,410)
  13. [3DS] Gotouchi Tetsudou: Gotouchi Chara to Nihon Zenkoku no Tabi (Bandai Namco, 11/27/14) – 13,854 (60,984)
  14. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 12,913 (2,450,300)
  15. [3DS] Sumikkogurashi koko ga Ochitsukun desu (Nihon Colombia, 11/20/14) – 11,875 (86,517)
  16. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN (Spike Chunsoft, 12/04/14) – 11,052 (70,018)
  17. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days (Bandai Namco, 12/04/14) – 10,863 (96,401)
  18. [3DS] Tomodachi Life (Nintendo, 04/18/13) – 10,648 (1,773,200)
  19. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, 11/13/14) – 10,421 (130,381)
  20. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/14) – 9,160 (686,479)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 76,439 (105,947)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 56,700 (42,405)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 42,216 (33,150)
  4. New 3DS – 40,338 (49,503)
  5. Wii U – 30,031 (43,950)
  6. 3DS LL – 19,096 (25,653)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 17,867 (12,578)
  8. 3DS – 17,293 (15,171)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,305 (1,090)
  10. Xbox One – 637 (1,162)
  11. Xbox 360 – N/A (121)
  12. PSP – N/A (7)

Thanks, Simply G

Dragon Quest’s 30th Anniversary Plans Teased By Game’s Creator

The Dragon Quest franchise is quickly nearing its 30th Anniversary – and it’s a celebration that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the game’s creator Yuji Horii. In a special New Year’s message to fans on the official Dragon Quest website, Horii teased plans for the series’ upcoming anniversary in 2016. While the creator skirted around plans for the big 30, Horii mentioned the recently revealed Theatrhythm Dragon Quest for Nintendo 3DS, which is due to release March 26 for Japan, along with mentioning other projects for this year.

Though the Dragon Quest creator leaves us very little to go on, speculation for anniversary plans could include a new mainline game. An official announcement for Dragon Quest XI, however, might not arrive until much later this year. Yuji Horii’s translated message can be found in full below.

Happy New Year, everyone. There is just one year to go until the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest.

In February, we will release Dragon Quest Heroes, and in March, Theatrhythm Dragon Quest. Additionally, while still to be announced, there are many projects in planning as we head towards the 30th anniversary. And then there’s the release of Dragon Quest X Version 3.0 in the spring. Together alongside our fans and development staff, I hope we keep making the series even bigger and better!

Life is a role-playing game. Here’s to many more years to come of Dragon Quest!

The Japanese Console And Handheld Market Is The Lowest Its Been In 24 Years

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Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has revealed that the Japanese handheld and console video game market is currently at the lowest it has been in 24 years. The reason is the advent of smartphone and tablet devices which have taken off in Japan by a staggering amount. Traditional consoles and handhelds have taken a significant hit because of this. It should be noted that consoles are performing well in the west as Sony announced yesterday that they’ve sold 18.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware in Japan during last year.

Famitsu Top 10 2014

01. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937) – 3,050,178
02. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.937) – 2,464,850
03. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # (Capcom) {2014.10.11} (¥6.264) – 2,381,177
04. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616) – 2,066,022
05. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Shin Uchi (Level 5) {2014.12.13} (¥4.968) – 2,007,327
06. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 994,346 / 1,280,799
07. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) – 842,053
08. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru to Ruka no Fushigi na Fushigi na Kagi # (Square Enix) {2014.02.06} (¥5.490) – 748,139
09. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe (Nintendo) {2014.01.11} (¥4.800) – 687,957
10. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U # (Nintendo) {2014.12.06} (¥7.776) – 478,366

Hardware 2014:

3DS – 3,153,045 / 17,847,056
PSV – 1,147,936 / 3,423,075
PS4 – 925,570
Wii U – 604,856 / 2,123,283
PS3 – 450,034 / 10,018,534
One – 45,958

Thanks, Jacob

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 218K And Wii U Sells 48K

The Japanese sales charts are now in via Famitsu and thankfully the majority of hardware on offer has received a healthy sales boost. The Nintendo 3DS has seen sales of 218,351 and the Wii U has managed to sell 48,927. There hasn’t been a vast amount of software released this week, but Yokai Watch 2 remains a big seller for Level 5 and Nintendo. Anyway, here’s the charts.

01./01. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Shin Uchi (Level 5) {2014.12.13} (¥4.968) – 265.226 / 2.007.327 <80-100%> (-50%)
02./03. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire # (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.937) – 144.435 / 2.464.850 <80-100%> (-1%)
03./04. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616) – 97.669 / 2.066.022 <80-100%> (+20%)
04./06. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U # (Nintendo) {2014.12.06} (¥7.776) – 86.752 / 478.366 <60-80%> (+39%)
05./02. [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers (Square Enix) {2014.12.18} (¥6.264) – 48.360 / 212.204 <80-100%> (-70%)
06./09. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # (Capcom) {2014.10.11} (¥6.264) – 46.471 / 2.381.177 <80-100%> (+36%)
07./10. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) – 43.564 / 842.053 <80-100%> (+33%)
08./08. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937) – 34.336 / 3.050.178 <80-100%> (-9%)
09./00. [PSV] Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Out of Order # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.12.25} (¥6.664) – 27.639 / NEW <80-100%>
10./07. [PSV] Gundam Breaker 2 (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.12.18} (¥7.171) – 23.655 / 78.263 <80-100%> (-57%)
11./05. [PS3] Gundam Breaker 2 # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.12.18} (¥8.208) – 23.092 / 95.442 <60-80%> (-68%)
12./12. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko ga Ochitsukundesu (Nippon Columbia) {2014.11.20} (¥5.184) – 19.406 / 75.540 <60-80%> (-8%)
13./18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) – 19.381 / 4.249.432 <80-100%> (+31%)
14./14. [WIU] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2014.11.13} (¥3.996) – 17.869 / 113.388 <60-80%> (-7%)
15./13. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.12.04} (¥5.627) – 16.764 / 85.380 <60-80%> (-13%)
16./15. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V # (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2014.12.11} (¥7.992) – 15.410 / 107.524 <60-80%> (-19%)
17./00. [PS4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2014.12.25} (¥8.208) – 14.206 / NEW <80-100%>
18./25. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.800) – 13.104 / 2.355.274 <80-100%> (+52%)
19./20. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind – Chain (Spike Chunsoft) {2014.12.04} (¥5.378) – 12.565 / 54.581 <60-80%> (+15%)
20./24. [3DS] Gotouchi Tetsudou: Gotouchi Chara to Nihon Zenkoku no Tabi (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.11.27} (¥5.626) – 12.420 / 44.707 <60-80%> (+34%)
21./30. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Don to Katsu no Jikuu Daibouken (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.06.26} (¥5.119) – 11.286 / 236.456 <80-100%> (+71%)
22./23. [WIU] Taiko no Tatsujin: Tokumori! # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.11.20} (¥5.627) – 11.048 / 43.884 <40-60%> (+18%)
23./27. [3DS] One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.11.13} (¥6.145) – 10.727 / 81.229 <60-80%> (+37%)
24./21. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo) {2014.07.24} (¥4.936) – 9.380 / 249.016 <80-100%> (-11%)
25./29. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe (Nintendo) {2014.01.11} (¥4.800) – 8.485 / 687.957 <80-100%> (+13%)
26./28. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo) {2014.03.20} (¥4.800) – 8.256 / 467.935 <80-100%> (+8%)
27./19. [PS3] Shining Resonance # <RPG> (Sega) {2014.12.11} (¥8.880) – 8.167 / 93.106 <80-100%> (-42%)
28./17. [3DS] 12-Sai. Honto no Kimochi (Happinet) {2014.12.18} (¥5.480) – 7.958 / 24.214 <60-80%> (-51%)
29./26. [3DS] Tomodachi Life # (Nintendo) {2013.04.18} (¥4.800) – 7.242 / 1.706.265 <80-100%> (-14%)
30./00. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2015 (Konami) {2014.11.13} (¥8.208) – 7.032 / 138.278 <80-100%>

  • Nintendo 3DS: 218.351
  • Wii U: 48.927
  • PlayStation Vita: 40.525
  • PlayStation 4: 30.145
  • PlayStation 3: 10.142
  • Xbox One: 815