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Here’s The Best-Selling Video Games In Japan For 2014 So Far

Japanese publication Weekly Famitsu has compiled a list of the top 50 best-selling games in Japan for the first half of 2014. As expected the list is dominated by titles for Nintendo platforms with Yokai Watch taking the number one position. In total there are seven titles for Nintendo platforms in the top ten, which isn’t bad at all.

1. Yokai Watch (3DS: 849,027)
2. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 (3DS: 739,032)
3. Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS: 633,695)
4. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U: 512,467)
5. Pokemon X/Y (3DS: 416,864)
6. Puzzle & Dragons Z (3DS: 411,922)
7. Mario Party Island Tour (3DS: 404,666)
8. Knack (PS4: 398,685)
9. Gundam Extreme VS Full Boost (PS3: 367, 354)
10. Dark Souls II (PS3: 335,226)
11. Wii Party U (Wii U: 252,539)
12. Yakuza Ishin! (PS3: 250,937)
13. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS3: 248,164)
14. Samurai Warriors 4 (PS3: 246,662)
15. Persona Q (3DS: 234,880)
16. Sengoku Basara 4 (PS3: 231,351)
17. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U: 227,263)
18. Harvest Moon: Story of Seasons (3DS: 220,599)
19. 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen (PS3: 205,319)
20. Sword Art Online – Hollow Fragment – (Vita: 198,294)
21. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS: 191,152)
22. Freedom Wars (Vita: 187,890)
23. J Stars Victory VS (PS3 180,904)
24. Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS: 180,215)
25. Fossil Fighters Frontier (3DS 171,974)
26. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U: 163,501)
27. 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen (Vita: 158,974)
28. Battle for Money Sentouchuu (3DS: 146,517)
29. J Stars Victory VS (Vita: 143,178)
30. Hatsune Miku – Project Diva – F 2nd (Vita: 139,515)
31. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4: 136,507)
32. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS: 135,773)
33. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014 (PS3: 133,381)
34. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS: 127,949)
35. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 (PS3: 127,019)
36. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3: 123,182)
37. Yakuza Ishin! (PS4: 122,474)
38. Attack On Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind (3DS: 116,676)
39. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3: 112,969)
40. Mario Golf World Tour (3DS: 110,756)
41. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U: 108,017)
42. Wii Fit U (Wii U: 107,041)
43. The iDOLMASTER One For All (PS3: 102,255)
44. Mario Kart 7 (3DS: 100,507)
45. Soul Sacrifice Delta (Vita: 96,737)
46. Gundam Side Stories (PS3: 94,503)
47. Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy (3DS: 92,903)
48. Puyo Puyo Tetris (3DS: 91,375)
49. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster TWIN PACK (Vita: 91,075)
50. Hatsune Miku – Project Diva – F 2nd (PS3: 88,867)


Fatal Frame Wii U Coming September 27 For Japan

Koei Tecmo and Nintendo earlier today live-streamed the new Fatal Frame for Wii U on Nico Nico. The Japanese-style horror game’s official name is Zero – Nuregarasu no Miko, roughly translating to Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden according to sources. Taking place in a mountainous area, the horror title will revolve around the fear of water and uses the GamePad to take pictures, allowing players another field of vision, as well as the ability to attack.

During the live-stream, there was also a few details for Fatal Frame’s protagonist Yuri Kozukata. Koei Tecmo producer Keisuke Kikuchi mentioned her special ability which enables her to see the truth or “secrets” behind every item she touches. The trailer – which you can see above – shows Yuri exploring the area and finding something she didn’t quite expect.

Fatal Frame will release for the Wii U on September 27 for Japan. There’s currently no word on whether this will release for western audiences, however. Aside from the game, mangas, a novel, and a movie has been confirmed with Samuel Hadida, the man behind Resident Evil, working as producer. You can view the movie trailer, here, as well as screenshots for the game at the link, here.


Japanese Charts: Wii U Sells 8K And Nintendo 3DS Sells 61K

This week’s Media Create sales charts are now in from Japan. As expected Yokai Watch 2 was the game that Japanese consumers were most excited about, and it shows, as the game sold a staggering 1.3 million units in its opening week. Thanks to Yokai Watch 2 the Nintendo 3DS sold 61.956 units, whereas the previous week it only sold 27.338. Wii U sales seem to be on a downward trend with the console only managing to sell 8.658 this week. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 1,316,707 (New)
  2. [PSV] Freedom Wars (SCEJ, 06/26/14) – 20,617 (252,665)
  3. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 19,153 (1,195,287)
  4. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 15,143 (527,366)
  5. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 14,713 (92,220)
  6. [PS3] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) – 10,273 (53,957)
  7. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy (Nintendo, 06/19/14) – 7,465 (63,922)
  8. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version (06/26/14) – 6,121 (18,570)
  9. [PS4] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) – 6,000 (82,378)
  10. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y (Pokemon, 10/12/13) – 4,738 (4,101,986)
  11. [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) – 4,666 (67,111)
  12. [PS4] FIFA 14 (EA, 02/22/14) – 4,569 (63,447)
  13. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) – 4,279 (148,779)
  14. [PS3] Kamen Rider: Battride War II (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 4,194 (77,494)
  15. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 3,684 (3,307,700)
  16. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus, 06/05/14) – 3,024 (245,399)
  17. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 2,973 (2,349,594)
  18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,950 (3,758,394)
  19. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Bandai Namco, 04/23/14) – 2,925 (222,886)
  20. [PSV] God Eater 2 (PlayStation Vita the Best) (Bandai Namco, 04/24/14) – 2,731 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS LL – 55,531 (21,914)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 38,907 (18,438)
  3. Wii U – 8,658 (9,961)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 7,763 (7,511)
  5. PlayStation 4 – 7,150 (7,876)
  6. 3DS – 6,425 (5,424)
  7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,803 (2,217)
  8. PSP – 779 (1,579)
  9. Xbox 360 – 140 (180)

Dragon Quest X Will Receive Physical Release In Japan, No Cartridge Included

Dragon Quest X will receive a physical retail release for Japan but a cartridge is not included. The popular MMORPG was announced for the 3DS last week and will arrive on September 4.  It was thought Dragon Quest X would be a download-only title, however if you opt for the physical edition you will receive extra goodies. Rather than a cartridge, owners of retail copies will be provided with an eShop download code which can be used for 60 days of online play. Additional items included in the release are:

  • Lemon Slime Board Prism
  • Five large experience point ancient documents – which entitle players to 1,000 instant experience points
  • A casino coin ticket of up to 1,000 casino coins
  • A lottery card ticket – players will be randomly allocated in-game items

While we’ve still heard no further news regarding a western release, other than consideration from Square Enix, the 3DS version is the first online streaming game for the handheld. Hopefully we’ll hear more in the future if the 3DS version is a success.


Fatal Frame Wii U Will Be Shown On Japanese Live Stream On Thursday

Koei Tecmo Games and Nintendo will be hosting a Fatal Frame live stream on Thursday via NicoNico. The stream will be about the Fatal Frame franchise and will also be a chance for the developer to show off the upcoming Wii U version. The Fatal Frame live stream will air on July 17th. Here’s the times:

  • Thursday, July 17 at 2:30 PM in Sydney
  • Thursday, July 17 at 5:30 AM in London
  • Thursday July 17 at 12:30 AM in New York
  • Wednesday July 16 at 9:30 PM in San Francisco

Thanks, Don Billbo and Retrogaminglord


Japan’s 3DS Software Promotion Adds September Titles, Includes Dragon Quest X

Nintendo Japan has updated its 3DS software promotion to include upcoming titles for September. The campaign – which started in April and concludes in September – is looking to entice potential 3DS consumers with one free game of their choice. The Kyoto-based company provides a selection of popular 3DS games which are switched on a monthly basis, broadening the choice for consumers. Previous games announced in the software promotion have included Pokemon X & Y and Pokemon Art Academy.

The official website lists the following games up for grabs this September, along with the newly announced Dragon Quest X – the first 3DS online streaming game. With September as the final month of the campaign, consumers will be able to opt for the game of their choice in advance.

  • Luigi’s Mansion 2
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Tomodachi Life (or Collection in Japan)
  • Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind
  • Dragon Quest X (available from September 4)



Pikachu Cafe Opening For Limited Time In Japan, Will Serve Pikachu-Inspired Meals

pikachu_cafe_curryA Pickachu-themed cafe will open for a limited time in Tokyo, Japan. Aptly named the “Pikachu Cafe”, it will serve an assortment of main meals, desserts and drinks accompanied by the famed yellow and brown electric mouse. The cafe will open alongside the Pokemon Movie X & Y Exhibit between July 19 and August 31 at Tokyo View City, Roppongi Hills. Tickets for the exhibit are priced at 1,500 yen (just under $15 US Dollars).

For details on what you’ll be able to purchase at the Pikachu Cafe, check out the full gallery here, which includes prices for burgers, ice-creams and a special curry. Hopefully the cafe will provide extra tomato ketchup between the opening hours: 11am to 10pm – poor Pikachu may send sparks flying otherwise.


The Mercedes-Benz Mario Kart Advert Has Exceeded The Car Manufactures Expectations

Mercedes-Benz says that the Mario Kart advert has brought droves of people to their luxury showrooms in Japan and demand for their products have exceeded expectations. What is also interesting is that the Mercedes-Benz DLC has yet to be released, so no doubt interest will rise further. Here’s what the company had to say.

“[The commercial] was quite a talking point, bringing a lot of people to the showroom,” Mercedes-Benz Japan president and chief executive officer Kintaro Ueno commented. “This is a new market segment for us, but it has exceeded our expectations. I can say that it’s going well.”


Yokai Watch 2 For Nintendo 3DS Had 814,000 Pre-Orders In Japan

We knew Yokai Watch 2 would be a massive success in Japan, but what we didn’t know is how many Japanese consumers pre-ordered the title. Japanese sales tracking firm Media Create reports that Yo-Kai Watch 2 had 814,000 pre-orders in Japan as of last week. Siliconera says that pre-orders would have exceeded this number had retailers had enough stock to go around. The game is on sale at retailers in Japan and you wan watch the first forty-two minutes of the game, right here.

Thanks, kallumsmarties