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Miitomo Tops iOS Social Network App Chart In Japan

Miitomo may have only seen release in Japan on Thursday, but it is already proving to be a runaway success for Nintendo. Bloomberg reports that the free-to-start communication appl has dethroned Line, the country’s most popular instant messenger app, on the iOS App Store, where market research firm App Annie say it is now ranked at No. 1 in social-networking apps. “This should remove a...

Wii U Sales Surpass 3 Million In Japan

The Wii U may not have been met with the success that Nintendo had hoped, but the unfairly lambasted console has managed to celebrate another sales milestone in Japan. Media Create sales data has revealed that the Wii U sold another 53,547 units last week, which carries life-to-date sales across the country to 3,020,662 units. Despite the mysterious Nintendo NX looming, that sees it continue to ch...

New 3DS Cover Plates Mark Pokémon 20th Anniversary

Nintendo has shared plans to release New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates to help mark Pokémon’s 20th Anniversary celebrations next year. The plates are covered in colour Pokémon sprites from first generation iterations Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow, and are the 72nd to be released for the revised handheld design. Alongside this, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have plans to release Nintendo 2DS bu...

Shiny Diancie distribution event announced for Japan

The Pokémon Company has announced plans to distribute a Shiny Diancie at Pokémon Centers across Japan. Serebii reports that the news was shared in a new promotional video, that confirms the Mythical Pokémon will be available between 12th – 31st December 2015. There’s currently no confirmation as to which moves and Ability it will have. The Shiny Diancie cannot be obtained through norma...

Splatoon Wii U Premium Pack splats Japan on November 12th

Splatoon has been selling consistently well week-on-week in Japan for Nintendo, so it comes as no surprise that the company has announced a new Wii U hardware bundle for their colourful ink-based shooter. Set to release at retail on November 12th, the new Wii U Premium Pack addition will be priced at 34,000 yen (£180). As another alternative for consumers to pick at retail, it will include a White...

Pokémon EXPO Gym to open in Japan this November

Sanoyas Interaction has announced that they will open a Pokémon EXPO Gym in Japan this November, in anticipation of the 20th anniversary milestone that the series will reach next year. Siliconera reports that it will become the first hands-on ‘edutainment’ facility in the country, allowing visitors to learn advanced tips about training their Pokémon, using abilities and encouraging the...

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash makes underwhelming debut in Japan’s weekly sales chart

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash isn’t off to the strongest starts in Japan, with Media Create’s weekly sales chart indicating that the Nintendo 3DS exclusive sold 14,096 copies. That saw it enter the software sales chart in ninth, outpaced by other new releases such as Bandai Namco’s Pro Yakyuu Famista Returns and Sony’s Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. LEVEL-5’s Yo-kai W...

Grown Men Totem Up in Japan’s Zelda: Tri Force Heroes TV Adverts

It’s always amusing to see the quirky television adverts that Nintendo produce for Japan, often being a far cry from the more gameplay-orientated marketing that western audiences are treated to. Nintendo 3DS exclusive The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is no different, seeing the company recruit three actors who put in a comedic performance as they ‘Totem Up!’ in a way that re...

Super Mario Maker takes first place in Japan’s sales charts

Super Mario Make has seen launch success in Japan, securing first place in Media Create’s software sales chart. The Wii U exclusive helped to boost hardware sales by 10,659 units in comparison to last week, notably seeing it resulting in being the only console to see an uplift – aside from the Xbox One that leapt to 207 sales, from 180 the prior week. Nintendo 3DS exclusive Monster Hun...

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain leads Japan’s weekly sales chart

Konami has scored success with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in their home territory, with Hideo Kojima’s parting release comfortably securing the top spot in Media Create’s weekly sales chart. The open world stealth title provided a considerable boost to PlayStation 4 sales, which jumped from 18,539 units the prior week to a whopping 54,494 units. That was reflected in the game...

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer unchallenged in Japanese sales chart

With no new game releases in Japan over the past week, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer remained unchallenged in Media Create’s sales chart. Its nearest competition came from LEVEL-5’s Yo-kai Watch Busters, with Splatoon sales continuing to rise week-on-week. Nintendo will be pleased to see that success is continuing to help provide an uptick in Wii U hardware sales, which similarl...

Splatoon’s next Splatfest in Japan pits Grasshoppers against Ants

Nintendo has announced that Splatoon‘s next Splatfest will take place in Japan this weekend. This will see warring Inklings choose between whether they feel that they are more like a grasshopper or an ant, with their choice determining which side they will battle for as per normal. The Splatfest will start at 12pm on Saturday 22nd August, and run through to 12pm on Sunday 23rd August. Meanwh...

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