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News: Super Monkey Ball Vita Demo Rolls into Japan Tomorrow

Super Monkey Ball Vita Demo Rolls into Japan Tomorrow

Do the splitz

In news that should have fans of encased primates doing the monkey for the remainder of the day, SEGA has confirmed that a demo for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz will release on the Japanese PlayStation Store tomorrow. The full game will be a mixture of the familiar and the new, allowing players to roll their way through a fresh...

News: Sony Announces Nasne for Japan

Sony Announces Nasne for Japan

Compatible with PS3 and Vita

Sony’s PS3-based DVR technology Torne proved a massive hit in Japan when it launched in 2010. Now the platform holder is aiming to level-up its domestic entertainment support with Nasne, a network recorder and media storage device that features a built-in tuner and 500GB hard-drive disc. The biggest difference between...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Vita Dips Below 10k Units

Japanese Sales Charts: Vita Dips Below 10k Units

The end is nigh

A lot of industry conscious gamers hold a significant amount of faith in Japan’s weekly sales figures. It’s those same commentators that invented the so-called "10k units rule". The fabricated philosophy states that if a system’s sales are above 10k units a week, it’s “alive”. But should the unthinkable happen...

News: Sonic 4: Episode II Japan-Bound on 16th May

Sonic 4: Episode II Japan-Bound on 16th May

Spinteresting

SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 just got its first official release date: 16th May in Japan. The second episode of the retro reboot will cost ¥1,500 — that's about £11.49 or $18, but expect Western prices to be much lower: the original was $14.99 before dropping to $9.99 after a few months. There's also a special bonus for...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Baseball Spirits Hits a Home Run

Japanese Sales Charts: Baseball Spirits Hits a Home Run

Minor boost for Vita

There was a Mickey Mouse-shaped cloud raining over the Japanese sales charts this week, as Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance cooed its way to the top spot. It was joined by numerous iterations of Konami’s Pro Baseball Spirits series, as the PS3, PSP and PS Vita versions of the latest bat-and-ball entry all...

News: Sony Tempts Japanese Gamers With Free 4GB Vita Memory Card

Sony Tempts Japanese Gamers With Free 4GB Vita Memory Card

Sweetening the deal

While positive noises have been made about the Vita's early sales in North America and Europe, there's been little hiding the fact that it's enduring a tough spell in Japan. It seems that gamers in Sony's homeland are happier to buy a PSP or, in even greater numbers, a 3DS. Despite this, it can't be said that Sony isn't trying...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Vita Sturdy, Yakuza Spin-Off Strong

Japanese Sales Charts: Vita Sturdy, Yakuza Spin-Off Strong

What's hot in the land of the rising sun?

The PS Vita managed to keep its head above water again this week, with its sales numbers boosting well above the dreaded 10k units mark in Japan. Sony’s new handheld was unable to outsell its predecessor, the PSP, though, which was boosted by the release of the anticipated Yakuza spin-off, Black Panther 2...

News: Mysterious Namco Teaser Points Towards PlayStation

Mysterious Namco Teaser Points Towards PlayStation

Famous face buttons

Earlier in the week, Namco Bandai released a mysterious Japanese teaser website hinting at a brand new “action adventure” title. That website has now updated with images of the PlayStation’s face buttons, hinting at some form of exclusivity. It’s unclear what the game is or which PlayStation platform it is for, but...

News: SCEJ Announces New Corporate Structure

SCEJ Announces New Corporate Structure

All change

It sounds as though Sony’s really keen to reinvent its Japanese arm. It wasn’t long ago that the company announced it had placed former Sony Santa Monica founder Allan Becker in charge of its domestic studios, and it has now followed up with a corporate restructure. Beginning 1st April, SCEJ will operate under new “First Party...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: One Piece Still on Top

Japanese Sales Charts: One Piece Still on Top

Vita sales up... Just

Namco Bandai’s rip-roaring PlayStation 3 exclusive One Piece: Pirate Musou has enjoyed a second week at the top of the Japanese sales charts after blowing the doors off the week prior. Despite selling way over 500k units last week, the PS3 release still managed to rustle up another 90,133 sales, bringing its overall tally...

News: Yakuza: Black Panther 2 Demo Drops in Japan

Yakuza: Black Panther 2 Demo Drops in Japan

Like a dragon

SEGA’s released a demo for Yakuza’s second PlayStation Portable spin-off, Yakuza: Black Panther 2, in Japan. The demo, which is exclusive to Famitsu for the time being, features four components, including a sample of the game’s story mode, a chunk of hub-world Osaka to explore, a battle tutorial and a taste of the game’s...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: One Piece Does the Business for PS3

Japanese Sales Charts: One Piece Does the Business for PS3

Massive numbers for PS3 exclusive

One Piece: Pirate Musou – also known as One Piece: Pirate Warriors – gave the PlayStation 3 one of its strongest ever Japanese software debuts this past week, as it topped the charts with a whopping 655,774 units sold. Just to put things into perspective, it outsold the combined total of the remaining 19 titles...

News: Sony Bringing New PSP Colour to Japan

Sony Bringing New PSP Colour to Japan

Life in the old dog, yet

The PlayStation Portable is still hot in Japan (regularly outselling Sony’s beefy new hardware, the PS Vita, on a weekly basis). And so Sony has decided to capitalise on its former handheld’s continued longevity by announcing a new colour for its home region. Dubbed Sky Blue/Marine Blue, the two-tone PSP certainly looks...

News: Gravity Rush to Score DLC in Japan

Gravity Rush to Score DLC in Japan

Kataclysmic

Japanese gamers have had a couple of weeks to mess around with Gravity Rush, but the fun doesn’t end there. Sony’s announced that it is planning to release three downloadable packs for the hotly anticipated title, each bundling a costume, two side missions and three challenge missions. They’ll cost ¥400 each. The first pack’s...

News: 3G PS Vita Outsold Wi-Fi at Japanese Launch

3G PS Vita Outsold Wi-Fi at Japanese Launch

Staying connected

The Wi-Fi version of the PlayStation Vita comfortably outsold its 3G alternative during the system’s UK launch last week, but it was a very different story in Japan. Figures released by Media Create (via Andriasang) overnight show that the more expensive 3G device was significantly more popular during the PlayStation Vita’s...

News: PS Vita Masters Are Sony's Answer to Apple Genius

PS Vita Masters Are Sony's Answer to Apple Genius

And they're coming to Japan

Sony's putting so-called PS Vita Masters in Japanese retailers to answer consumer questions about the new console. From 25th February to 1st April, the staff will explain the system's built-in features, its 3G functionality and generally push you towards picking up one of the shiny handhelds. They also get to wear special...

News: Tokyo Jungle Stomping onto PSN in June

Tokyo Jungle Stomping onto PSN in June

A right old din

Sony’s finally attached a date to its bonkers downloadable indie project, Tokyo Jungle, in Japan. For those that aren’t familiar with the title, the game takes place in a deserted, futuristic Japan which has transformed into a brutal safari. Taking control of various animal species, you must both survive and uncover the truth of...

News: Sony Responds to Reports of Vita Losing Developers

Sony Responds to Reports of Vita Losing Developers

Troubles in Japan

You may have read some news of dwindling Vita sales in Japan, which has been the case since its opening week and a source of worry for Sony gaming supporters. It seems that the pressure is starting to tell on Japanese developers, with reports of trouble ahead for the young handheld. According to a report from Japan's Nikkei...