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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...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Vita Overtakes PS4 as Not a Single New-Gen Title Enters Top 20

Japanese Sales Charts: Vita Overtakes PS4 as Not a Single New-Gen Title Enters Top 20

Ouch

The PlayStation 4's steadily slipping down the Japanese charts, as it suffered another sales drop last week. Sony's latest console shifted 15,992 units as it fell into third place, behind the New 3DS LL and the PS Vita. The latter continues to escape store shelves at a solid rate, though, selling through 17,273 units. You can compare the...

News: Gal Gun: Double Peace Fights with Pheromones in August on PS4, Vita

Gal Gun: Double Peace Fights with Pheromones in August on PS4, Vita

Only in Japan

Ah, good ol' Gal Gun: the series that sees you play as the ultimate alpha male, as you ward off dozens of besotted damsels with your trusted pheromone pistol. Already a weeaboo favourite on the PlayStation 3, its Unreal Engine-powered sequel, Gal Gun: Double Peace, is set to fling itself at the PlayStation 4 and Vita on 6th August in...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PS4 Manages to Cling to the Top Spot Despite Another Drop

Japanese Sales Charts: PS4 Manages to Cling to the Top Spot Despite Another Drop

Hangin' on in there

Despite the fact that we thought the PlayStation 4 would finally be knocked from its perch at the top last week, Sony's sleek home console actually managed to seize another victory, even though sales have slipped again, this time by around 2000 units. Of course, this is still only possible because of the fact that New 3DS...