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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...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Gravity Rush Unable to Stop Dwindling Vita Sales

Japanese Sales Charts: Gravity Rush Unable to Stop Dwindling Vita Sales

Newton's law

Like the falling apples that formulated Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, the release of Gravity Rush – known as Gravity Daze domestically – could not thwart the dwindling numbers for Sony’s new handheld in Japan. The snazzy handheld – which releases worldwide next week – managed to sell just 13,939 units, its lowest...

News: New Little King's Story Dated for Japan

New Little King's Story Dated for Japan

Get out the red carpet

For those very few that enjoyed the delights of Little King's Story on Wii, the confirmation of New Little King's Story on Vita came as wonderful news. As confirmed by Andriasang, there isn't long to wait for Japanese Vita owners to enjoy some royal authority. It's been confirmed that New Little King's Story will be released...

News: Japanese Charts: Tales Of Innocence R Pushes Vita Past PSP

Japanese Charts: Tales Of Innocence R Pushes Vita Past PSP

Who's innocent now?

The PlayStation Vita enjoyed something of a minor resurgence in Japan this week — aided by the release of Namco Bandai's Tales of Innocence R. The remake propelled PlayStation Vita sales up to just under 19k, pushing it past its predecessor for the first time since launch. From Software's mech battler, Armored Core V, took the...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita Dips To 15k As Hardware Sales Plunge

Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita Dips To 15k As Hardware Sales Plunge

The PlayStation Vita hit its lowest point yet in this week's Japanese sales update -- though hardware was down all around

The newly released Sony portable sold just 15k units, while the Nintendo 3DS managed a whopping 80k. It was a disappointing week for all non-3DS hardware though, with the PSP and PS3 both managing just 21k and 17k respectively — knocking the PS Vita down into fourth. A lack of..

News: Super Stardust Delta Demo Explodes Onto Japanese PlayStation Network

Super Stardust Delta Demo Explodes Onto Japanese PlayStation Network

It's about time the PlayStation Vita got some new content in Japan

Despite a stacked launch line-up, the system's been something of a barren wasteland for almost a month. That's all starting to change now, though. The release of WipEout 2048 this week has kick-started the system into life — with a demo for Super Stardust Delta the latest content to drop onto the device's native store. The demo..

News: Japanese Retailer Outs Chunky Resident Evil Bundle

Japanese Retailer Outs Chunky Resident Evil Bundle

Resident Evil is certainly in the spotlight right now

A Japanese retailer has supposedly outed a bundle featuring Resident Evil 5 and the Resident Evil: Revival Selection. For those that don't know, the Revival Selection bundles the recent HD releases of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica. According to the retailer, the bundle is due out in Japan on March 15th for ¥5,490. Capcom's..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: New Year Lull Brings PlayStation Vita Sales Below 20,000

Japanese Sales Charts: New Year Lull Brings PlayStation Vita Sales Below 20,000

Before we start rushing for the doomed boat, it's worth pointing out that, while PlayStation Vita's Japanese sales are disappointing once again this week, they are not entirely out of whack with the other trends in the market

Still, the recently released system suffered an almighty dip, selling approximately 50% of last week's tally, a number which is, triumphantly for the doomed brigade, less than..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita Holds Steady As 3DS Dominates

Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita Holds Steady As 3DS Dominates

At this point in time, there's no chance of any system catching up to the Nintendo 3DS in Japan, so there's no point in even discussing it

Nintendo might have seemed "doomed" after a disappointing 3DS launch last year, but it's now conjured up a triple threat of unstoppable software releases. There's nothing anyone can do. As a result, a quick glimpse at this week's Japanese hardware..

News: Andrew House Reflects On PlayStation's Tough 2011

Andrew House Reflects On PlayStation's Tough 2011

Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment's new gaffer, has admitted that 2011 was a rough year for the electronics manufacturer

In an interview with The Guardian, House admitted that the hacking incident and Japanese earthquake took its toll on the company — but also resulted in a strong sense of unity between employees. "Yes, it has been a pretty tough year, no question," House..

News: Japanese Games Market Declines In 2011 Despite New Hardware

Japanese Games Market Declines In 2011 Despite New Hardware

The Japanese games market declined in 2011, according to reports published by Enterbrain via Famitsu

That was despite a 2.4 percent increase in hardware sales — up to ¥179,740 million ($2.3 billion) — spurred by the releases of the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Indeed, while the hardware bump was significant, it wasn't enough to stave off a whopping 14 percent drop in software sales,..