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News: There's a Bit More Colour on the Japanese PS4 Store Than Ours

There's a Bit More Colour on the Japanese PS4 Store Than Ours

Bright and breezy

As is apparently law in the Land of the Rising Sun, the Japanese iteration of the PlayStation 4’s store has launched amid a flash of pinks and pastel blues. Much like the system’s Eastern box art, the online plaza adopts a slightly more colourful guise in its native nation – perhaps partially fuelled by the availability of...

Soapbox: How a Niche PS Vita Exclusive Made Me Feel Wanted

How a Niche PS Vita Exclusive Made Me Feel Wanted

Kerry Brunskill has been wooed

This sort of topic tends to get emotions running high and insults flying faster than you can shout “Burn the witch”, so I thought that it would be a good idea to lay a few points on the table first. To begin, this is not an anti-male article or even a pro-feminist one; this is just a collection of my own personal...

News: Over in Japan, the PS4 Launch Is an Excuse for One Hell of a Party

Over in Japan, the PS4 Launch Is an Excuse for One Hell of a Party

Play and peace

There’s little over a week to go until the PlayStation 4 officially deploys in Japan, and that means that platform holder Sony is starting to put its launch marketing campaign into gear. Fresh from cruelly teasing Eastern gamers earlier in the year, this brand new commercial makes the next-gen console’s release look like an excuse...

News: Persona 4 Arena Sequel Delivers a Suplex to Importers

Persona 4 Arena Sequel Delivers a Suplex to Importers

And it hurts

The Japanese language barrier can get in the way of a lengthy JRPG, but it's less problematic if you merely want to smash someone's head in. However, it seems that importers will have to wait a little longer for the uniquely named Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, as fans eagerly awaiting the sequel to Arc System Works' fighting...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PS Vita Sales Increase by 150 Per Cent Year-on-Year

Japanese Sales Charts: PS Vita Sales Increase by 150 Per Cent Year-on-Year

Rising from the ashes

It’s the console that everyone loves to kick, but the PlayStation Vita is actually on the rise in Japan right now. Media Create statistics show that Sony’s flagship handheld format is the only device to build upon its early 2013 sales, with the diminutive device seeing an impressive 150 per cent upswing in popularity...

News: Devil May Cry's Dante and Virgil Return in Sengoku Basara 4

Devil May Cry's Dante and Virgil Return in Sengoku Basara 4

Back from the dead

With the recent reboot of Devil May Cry, many franchise fans worried that the old Dante design may be left to rot in a gaming graveyard. However, footage of a DLC add-on for the upcoming PlayStation 3 title Sengoku Basara 4 shows that the silver-headed hero's time isn't up just yet, with Dante and Virgil costumes available for two...

News: Japan May Be Handheld Land, But It Still Wants the PS4

Japan May Be Handheld Land, But It Still Wants the PS4

Greatness awaits

There’s a reason that Sony is using plenty of ammunition to promote the PlayStation Vita in Japan, and that’s because the region can’t get enough of handhelds. The astronomical sales of the Nintendo 3DS compared to the muted numbers attached to the Wii U and PlayStation 3 show how trends have changed – but there may yet be...

News: Sony: PlayStation 4 to Become Our Main Focus in Japan

Sony: PlayStation 4 to Become Our Main Focus in Japan

Firm to turn its attention to its freshest flagship format

Sony is well known for supporting its older systems long after their successors arrive – after all, it only ceased production on the PlayStation 2 this time last year. However, judging by comments made by SCEJ executive Hiroshi Kawano, it may be planning a much swifter transition from...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PS Vita Keeps Plodding Along

Japanese Sales Charts: PS Vita Keeps Plodding Along

Handheld keeping its head above water

The holidays have come to a conclusion in Japan, but the PlayStation Vita has held on fairly well. Naturally, it couldn’t sustain its stellar performance from the week prior, but the portable platform still managed to shift just shy of 30,000 units – and that’s without any major software releases to back...

News: This Is One PS4 Box That You Probably Won't Be Seeing on Western Store Shelves

This Is One PS4 Box That You Probably Won't Be Seeing on Western Store Shelves

More's the pity

With the PlayStation 4’s launch in Japan now fast approaching, publishers are beginning to reveal the cover art for their release day wares. One such box that slipped through our news net late last year is this one for Yakuza Ishin, which bucks the series’ Eastern trend by adopting a full colour image. Pretty neat, huh? Despite...

News: Wait, Japan Almost Got the PlayStation 4 First?

Wait, Japan Almost Got the PlayStation 4 First?

Missed it by that much

A few days ago, we reported on a decidedly average Japanese advertisement for Sony's next-gen marvel. Apart from its patently ho-hum premise, the biggest problem with the commercial was that it almost seemed to antagonise the long suffering Japanese public over the fact that they won't be getting the shiny black box until...

News: PS Vita Welcome Box Aims to Generate Interest in the Struggling Handheld

PS Vita Welcome Box Aims to Generate Interest in the Struggling Handheld

Japan only, unfortunately

To say that the PlayStation Vita is in a tricky position would be a resounding understatement. Sony's handheld darling is emphatically adored by those that own it, but seemingly ignored by everyone else – including the buying public. In a bid to reverse the machine's failing fortunes, the platform holder has announced a...