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News: Metal Gear Solid V's Japanese Commercial Makes Less Sense Than a Hideo Kojima Game

Metal Gear Solid V's Japanese Commercial Makes Less Sense Than a Hideo Kojima Game

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What the hell is this? Sony's put out a commercial for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in Japan, and it's even more bizarre than the Batman: Arkham Knight one from earlier in the year. In the ad, a man and woman walk down a wedding aisle in cardboard boxes. This is obviously a play on Big Boss' infamous invisibility cloak. Later in the...

News: Hardware Rivals Trademark Registered by Sony in Japan

Hardware Rivals Trademark Registered by Sony in Japan

Could it be London Studio's next title?

Hardware: Rivals – a new game name supposedly registered by Sony in Japan – sounds like it should be PlayStation's take on that wacky Dreamcast role-playing release that depicted the demise of SEGA, but there's greater evidence to suggest that it's the next title from London Studio. We're going to assume...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Kept You Waiting, Huh?

Japanese Sales Charts: Kept You Waiting, Huh?

Fortunately, there's not much to see here

Once again, there's nothing doing in the Japanese sales charts – well, unless you're fascinated by the evergreen nature of Nintendo's biggest franchises. Actually, the PlayStation 4 is proving a bit of an oddity in the East at the moment; it's not selling well by any stretch of the imagination, but it's...

News: Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Digs Out Its Best Beach Wear on PS4, Vita

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Digs Out Its Best Beach Wear on PS4, Vita

Bosom buddies

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the next entry in Team Ninja's lurid seaside simulator, will spike the PlayStation 4 and Vita exclusively, according to the latest issue of Famitsu magazine. The series – which is making its PlayStation debut with this instalment – sees you spending quality time with the well-endowed gals of the Dead or...

News: Phantasy Star Online 2 Will Embark on a Quest to PS4

Phantasy Star Online 2 Will Embark on a Quest to PS4

Mag-nificent

Slowly but surely, the PlayStation 4 is becoming the console for Dreamcast fans. Hot on the heels of Shenmue III's crowd funding success, SEGA has announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 will be coming to the console in 2016. Those of you with long memories may remember the MMO launching on the PlayStation Vita a few years ago, so this...

News: Japan's Holding Back the PlayStation 4

Japan's Holding Back the PlayStation 4

"We're jealous of Europe and US for the high rate of PS4 sales"

While the PlayStation 4 is breaking sales records all over the globe, Japan is proving a particularly tough nut to crack. With the nation becoming increasingly enamoured with smartphones, Sony's really finding it difficult to get consumers to pay attention to its new console. And one...

News: Dragon Quest Heroes II Points a Sword at PS4, PS3, Vita Next Year in Japan

Dragon Quest Heroes II Points a Sword at PS4, PS3, Vita Next Year in Japan

Be your hero, baby

Slasher spin-off Dragon Quest Heroes II will cut the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita to ribbons in Spring 2016 – but only in Japan. The sequel to Omega Force's popular character action release will feature a new world, fresh story, an all-new protagonist, and four-player multiplayer. Sounds like Square Enix is throwing...

News: In Japan, Sony Will Engrave Your PS Vita for a Fee

In Japan, Sony Will Engrave Your PS Vita for a Fee

Especially for you

Engraved jewellery is not uncommon in the Western world; engraved video game consoles are. Still, the latter very much appears to be a thing in Japan, as Sony has launched a PlayStation Vita engraving service in its homeland, which will cost you ¥500 ($4) per character. This means that getting 'Push Square' emblazoned on your...

News: Sony: Reclaiming Japanese Gamers Is a Focus for Us

Sony: Reclaiming Japanese Gamers Is a Focus for Us

The PS4 is showing some "upward swing," says Yoshida

Numbers don't lie: the demand for video games and video game consoles in Japan has dropped significantly over the past few years. But while much of the market is turning its attention to the mobile industry, Sony is trying to breathe life into the PlayStation 4 with new games. That's what...

News: PlayStation Vita Passes 4 Million Units in Japan

PlayStation Vita Passes 4 Million Units in Japan

Small consolation

There's been very little cause for PlayStation Vita owners to celebrate of late, but Sony's diminutive device has just hit a major milestone in Japan, crossing the 4,000,000 unit threshold. This number takes into account both handheld and PlayStation TV sales, but seeing as they're both built upon the same hardware, we reckon...

News: The New PlayStation 4's Already Out in Japan

The New PlayStation 4's Already Out in Japan

Fast movers

Sony's a fast worker, isn't it? The revised PlayStation 4 – which is a teensy bit lighter and a little less power hungry – was only announced a couple of days ago, but it's already on sale in Japan right now. The ever eagle-eyed DualShockers spotted various product lis

News: Japanese Game Sales Hit a Whole New Low Last Week

Japanese Game Sales Hit a Whole New Low Last Week

The beginning of the end

Japan may be responsible for our love affair with video games, but the country is quickly going off the consoles that it helped to popularise. You may remember the dire Media Create figures that we posted earlier in the week – well, they are worse than you think. Much worse. According to the organisation, last week's...

News: PS Vita Exclusive Net High Makes Flame Wars a Mechanic

PS Vita Exclusive Net High Makes Flame Wars a Mechanic

You, sir, are a liar

There's a good chance that while you've never been in a real fight, you've probably engaged in the odd flame war from time to time. As we move into an age of introversion and social network skirmishes, it's strange that it's taken this long for the industry to parody it in a game. Fortunately, the intriguing Net High is all...