Poultry in motion
Sony is making a lot of noise about Tokyo Jungle in Japan. The absolutely bonkers post-apocalyptic adventure has been a focus of SCEJ’s promotional campaign for weeks, and that’s concluded with the release of a television advert overnight. Just for the record, Tokyo Jungle is a game which lets you play as an elephant on roller...
Dragon’s Dogma got off to a roaring start in Japan, selling a whopping 302,040 units during its first week on sale. The impressive numbers make it the fastest selling new IP of the generation in the region. Sadly, the title did nothing to increase the PS3’s hardware sales. Sony’s home system mustered just 14k units, a minor...
Hardware sales continued to decrease in Japan this week. The Vita’s fortunes improved by a measly seven units, as it mustered a disastrous 6k sales for the second week running. In fairness, it was another timid week for all of Japan’s major consoles, with PS3 and PSP's overall totals also dropping. Even the infallible Nintendo...
Persona leading the charge
It’s no secret that PlayStation Vita has been having a torrid time in Japan of late, but Sony is optimistic about the platform’s fortunes heading into June. Retailers around the country are anticipating strong sales for the upcoming Persona 4: The Golden and the Vita version of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. In...
All time low
It really does feel like Japan has given up on Vita for the time being. At this point, the handheld is guaranteed a fresh wave of negative press every week. And it’s really hard to put a positive spin on the system’s latest numbers, with the console selling just 6,340 units. The one redeeming note is that all hardware fell sharply...
If at first you don't succeed...
The first of SCEJ’s PlayStation Vita Game Heaven events may not have gone quite to plan – forcing CEO Hiroshi Kawano to apologise to disappointed fans – but Sony’s keen to give the promotional showcase another shot. The company has teased a second broadcast in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, and it’s...
Hide and seek
Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has raised the curtain on EX Troopers this week, a new PS3 title that’s pitched as a spin-off to the Lost Planet series. The game will take place in a kind of educational academy, and details the fight between the snow pirates and Akrid aliens on EDN-3rd. It’ll feature anime cut-scenes, similar to...
Golden Week did nothing to improve the PlayStation Vita’s fortunes in Japan. Following a minor resurgence last week, the system dropped back down to a familiar position of 10k units sold. To compound the disappointment, the new handheld slipped behind Nintendo's aging Wii for the first time since its release late last year. It was...
Tone it down
Sony's announced the first colour variations for PS Vita, pushing a Crystal White console out to Japan on 28th June. The white machine will launch in WiFi only and 3G/WiFi versions for the standard price of ¥24,980/¥29,980 respectively. There'll be matching white ear phones sold separately for the colour coordinated gamer. Then in...
On the rise
After a torrid couple of weeks in Japan, the Vita has finally emerged from its temporary slump. Sony’s shiny new system sold a respectable 12,299 units for the week ending 29th April – a significant improvement over last week’s worrying 8,206 units tally. The boost was no doubt orchestrated by the release of Surge Concerto: Ciel...
A familiar story
This week’s Japanese sales charts prove the nation is gripped in 3DS fever. After enduring a tepid start, Nintendo’s handheld has become something of an unstoppable force, dominating the software and hardware sales charts alike. Meanwhile, the Vita continues to lurk beneath the decisive 10k units mark, selling 44 consoles less...
What do you get when you combine PlayStation Move, tiny monkeys and stripping? Dancing Eyes is the answer — or, at least, it was. Famitsu (via Andriasang) reports the game is now cancelled and won't see the light of day. Namco Bandai hasn't given any reason for the cancellation, but we imagine it's something to do with the tiny monkeys...
Once upon a monster
For a game we know next to nothing about, Soul Sacrifice is beginning to seem like a big deal. The PlayStation Vita exclusive – revealed in Famitsu magazine earlier in the week – has now been granted a fairly high-budget teaser website, showing off some concept art from the game. Set to a thumping drum-beat and images of...
How low can you go?
Whatever Soul Sacrifice is, it can’t come soon enough. With no new releases to speak of, the Vita continued its decline in Japan this week, selling a paltry 8,250 units. To its credit, it wasn’t the only system to decline. Only the DSi LL managed to post an improved figure, beating its previous tally by a measly seven units...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Fit for a king?
The first stills and details of New Little King's Story had us worried it would be a radical departure from its predecessor, the classic Little King's Story on Wii. Judging by this new trailer below we needn't have worried, as the upcoming Vita game has all the bizarre enemies and soldier flinging of its Nintendo counterpart...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Coming next week
SEGA has a big surprise up its sleeve for Shining fans next week. The official Shining Blade Twitter — via Andriasang — tweeted that the "biggest thing in series history" will happen next week. Previously the account has hinted that information about the next game will be included in the packaging for Shining Blade,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Apples are renowned for their sweet taste and gravitational properties
They're also the star of Sony's brand new live-action Gravity Rush commercial. Uncharted: Golden Abyss and WipEout 2048 may be the PlayStation Vita's headline releases — but we really think Gravity Rush is the star of the..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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,..
Considering all the doom and gloom around the Internet regarding the PlayStation Vita's unspectacular second week sales, the system actually held relatively well in its third week
Given some armchair analysts were expecting the sytem to drop as low as 10k units, its actual sell through of 42k units looks mightily impressive in comparison. Of course, it's still a long way away from where a newly..
Acquire's quirky ink-based PS Vita platformer, Sumioni, is to get a demo in Japan on January 25th
The contents of the demo are unknown at this point, but expect enough content to get a taste for the game's mix of touch and platforming mechanics ahead of its domestic release on February 9th. The game was confirmed for Western release late last year, with XSEED pledging publishing duties to the..
When we saw headlines popping up around the web this afternoon regarding the price of the 3G PlayStation Vita, we wondered for a split-second if Sony had done the unthinkable -- prematurely slashed the price of the PlayStation Vita
After all, there's a lot of headlines filling our Twitter feed right now that run with the words, "Japanese retailers cutting the price of 3G PlayStation..
One of the saddest thing to emerge this generation has been the decline in diversity
With development budgets spiralling, pushed publishers are stuck to working with what they know in order to avoid facing commercial disaster. That's meant that outside of the emerging download platforms, there's been very little experimentation in the retail space. We can point to a handful of imaginative titles..
SEGA's kicked off the new year with a bang, officially announcing Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II for Japan
The sequel to the two-dimensional noscon will arrive on PlayStation 3 in 2012. SEGA promised that the title would boast improved physics and visuals in an interview with GameSpot last week. The game's also set to host the return of Metal...
The PlayStation Vita didn't enjoy the best second week at retail
The system only managed to sell 70,000 units, and had no software releases in the top 20. Nor did it have any software releases in the top 30. But the top 50 — worry not, valued reader, because the PlayStation Vita was out in force. According to Andriasang, launch titles Hot Shots Golf 6 and Uncharted: Golden Abyss charted in 37th..
The PlayStation Vita got off to a reasonable, if unspectacular, debut in Japan -- but its second week sales paint a troubling picture for the platform in the near future
The well equipped handheld was outsold by the 3DS, PSP, Wii and PS3 during its first full week on the market, recording sales of just over 70,000 units. For comparison, Nintendo's newly re-surged handheld platform scooped up..
It's no secret that Japan has an unhealthy obsession with fishing games
While we're partial to the odd round of SEGA Bass Fishing, we don't fully understand the appeal of the genre. But that's not stopped Japanese gamers from getting a little hot under the collar over Kadokawa Games' wonderfully named Let's Try Bass Fishing: Fish On Next for PlayStation Vita. The game's confirmed for a March 22nd..
Sales of boxed Vita software so far may not be stunning, but according to Sony Computer Entertainment Japan CEO Hiroshi Kawano the download service is going better than expected. The sales figures released by Media Create don't include download sales, but Kawano said: Games and peripherals are selling extremely well. Sales of the...
Sales tracking firm Media Create has revealed that the PlayStation Vita pushed 300,000 units of software during its first couple of days on sale in Japan
As previously reported, Sony's sassy new piece of hardware shifted just under 325k units during the same period, giving the system a software attach rate of 0.92 titles per PS Vita. Despite the PS Vita's strong software line-up, it failed to..
Why buy a console but no games?
The PlayStation Vita Japanese launch sales figures analysis continues with word from Media Create that not everyone who bought a Vita actually bought a game to go with it. Media Create's data states the Vita's launch games combined for a total of 300,000 units sold during the launch weekend. Considering Sony sold...
So much for Sony denying any awareness of widespread PlayStation Vita glitches
A new video spotted by Andriasang shows a brand new PlayStation Vita running a bizarre underwater debug mode. The screen shows four swimming dolphins, a floating oyster and a pearl, all from different perspectives. The debug mode would be cool if it could be exited, but unfortunately for this new PlayStation Vita owner..
Sony has downplayed any suggestions that the PlayStation Vita is suffering from crashing or freezing problems following the device's launch in Japan over the weekend
Speaking with The Guardian, SCE UK's head of public relations David Wilson said, "We're annoyed with these stories, because we can't find any evidence of widespread glitches." He continued that, contrary to other reports,..
Sometimes we deliberate whether to even bother typing up the Japanese sales charts
There's often not much to commentate on, but this week is huge. Final Fantasy XIII-2 topped the Media Create sourced charts, selling over 500k units on the PlayStation 3. While the numbers look impressive on their own, it's worth noting that the game's predecessor managed to sell 1.1 million units back in 2009. The..
Following up Enterbrain's figures yesterday, Japanese sales tracking firm Media Create has released an alternative preliminary report on the PlayStation Vita's opening sales figures
Andriasang reports that the company puts the PS Vita's opening sales at about 325,000 units — slightly higher than Enterbrain. The firm also noted that the the initial shipment was around 500,000 units, supporting..
If you were a little disappointed by yesterday's PlayStation Vita sales numbers, it's probably because you believed an earlier rumour that put the system's initial shipment at about 700,000 units
But that number's been clarified overnight. In a column posted on Nikkei, IGDA Japan vice coordinator Kyoshi Shin said that the shipment was closer to 500,000 units. However, Shin was critical of Sony's..
Lots of happy customers
After the PlayStation Vita launch in Japan the first sales figures are in, and they're pretty healthy. As reported by Andriasang, Vita sold a very impressive 321,407 units in its first two days on sale (17th and 18th December). By comparison, back in February Nintendo sold 371,326 3DS consoles in two days, so it could be a...
The Corpse Party franchise is only just finding its feet in the West
XSEED translated and released the quirky handheld horror title in the West earlier this month. But Japan's already gearing up for the franchise's third entry, with word of a new game — tentatively titled Corpse Party 2U — appearing in the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine. Details are scarce, but Siliconera notes..
The newly released PlayStation Vita enjoyed a strong start in Japan, but failed to outpace the Nintendo 3DS in its first two days on sale
Famitsu reports that Enterbrain recorded 321,407 PS Vita consoles were sold within the system's first 48 hours on the market. In the same period the Nintendo 3DS scooped up 371,326, but Sony will be not be concerned as long as PS Vita sales remain consistent. The..
First photos in
PlayStation Vita launched in Japan on Saturday, and Sony bigwigs Andrew House and Kaz Hirai attended the official launch event to meet the very first PlayStation Vita owners. There's no official sales for the first weekend yet but we'll bring you when we get them. The following photo story is one of our moments of the gaming year so...
The PlayStation Vita is now out in Japan
That means there are impressions, videos and information already all over the Internet. But if you want some definitive discussion all in one place, the 8-4 Play podcast has got your back. For those unfamiliar: 8-4 Play is fronted by a couple of former US games journalists who now work in Japan on video game localisation. You might not know their name, but..
There's officially a new member to the PlayStation family
Almost 12 months after Sony unveiled its "Next Generation Portable" to the world, the platform holder has released the PlayStation Vita to much fanfare in Japan. Despite the inclement weather, gamers in their hundreds gathered outside Japanese retailers to get their hands on the new system. Something that makes us green with envy..
With the PlayStation Vita due out in less than 24 hours in Japan, we're starting to get a slow and steady trickle of news and information
The littlest details are always the most fascinating. Take for example the PlayStation Vita's boxes — just how big are they? ShopTo News has got your back, with a selection of images comparing the PS Vita version of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 to a variety of..
Have you ever been walking to work wishing you could listen to the Uncharted soundtrack along the way? It happens to the best of us
But it's mighty frustrating when you realise you haven't got the MP3 on your portable music player of choice. Sony's PlayStation Game Music service in Japan attempts to alleviate that problem. The service allows subscribers to several mobile services to stream a..
Nintendo's 3DS dominated the hardware and software charts in Japan this week, with Mario Kart 7 getting off to a stormer
But while the system-seller pushed over 400k units, the PlayStation 3 port of popular arcade title Gundam Extreme VS wasn't far behind — selling a very respectable 349k units. Newcomer Assassin's Creed: Revelations managed to climb into fourth spot, while Tekken Hybrid and King..
Either the quality of games is improving or Famitsu's getting soft
The Japanese bible has dished out a perfect score to Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2, just a week after it awarded a similarly "rare" 40/40 to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Perhaps importantly, the magazine notes that Square Enix has managed to straighten out any creases found in the original Final Fantasy XIII,..
Things aren't going smoothly at Team ICO it seems
Just days after creative lead Fumito Ueda reassured fans regarding the development of The Last Guardian, news of another departure has surfaced. This time it's the game's executive producer, who's left Sony for London based casual games studio, Bossa. Yoshifusa Hayama worked as the executive producer on The Last Guardian, as well as ICO and Final..
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan held its annual PlayStation Awards overnight, celebrating the best-selling PlayStation games of the year
As with recent years, Sony also used the event to give out some special awards that were voted for by fans of the platform. The awards covered games released between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011. Six...
Following a successful launch for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Japan seems pumped to get its hands on upcoming portable outing Uncharted: Golden Abyss
The Sony Bend developed exclusive won a poll conducted by Japanese gaming bible Famitsu magazine, which also noted that more than 50% of readers intend to buy the system at launch. Just 8.2% of readers said they have no plans to buy Sony's new..
Who said PlayStation Vita can't compete with the glut of $1 iPhone applications? Konami's confirmed that it will release a free game to coincide with the new handheld's Japanese launch
The wordy AR Combat Digi Q: Friend Tank Battalion, will release for free on the PlayStation Store, providing players with five stages of the augmented reality battle...
Despite what Sony says, the PlayStation Vita is as much a multimedia power-house as it is a gaming machine
But while games such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss are stealing all the headlines, some of the PS Vita's lesser known features are getting brushed under the carpet. In an interview with Impress Watch, a selection of Sony's hardware developers talked openly about the system's multimedia functions,..
Despite a smattering of new software releases, it was pretty uneventful seven days for PlayStation in Japan this week
Hardware sales were down after the enthusiasm of new colours last week, with the PlayStation 3 shifting 34k units and the PSP just behind with 33k units. After its tremendous debut last week, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 dropped to tenth in the all formats charts, selling a..
The man behind two of Sony's most loved games -- ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus -- has left the company according to a report published by Eurogamer this evening
The website claims that the creative power-house is working on completing upcoming title The Last Guardian in a freelance capacity. Once finished, it's reported that Ueda will leave Sony in order to pursue personal projects. The..
What has happened to Japan? Only last week Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 toppled Ni No Kuni in the region's sales charts, and now Famitsu has awarded the Western developed Skyrim a perfect score
It's the 17th game to be awarded top-marks from the publication, joining the likes of Ocarina Of Time and the original Soul Calibur.
The schedule in full
The news that Ridge Racer will only launch with three courses and five cars attracted some raised eyebrows, but for Namco Bandai it's all part of a bigger plan: a plan that will see the game milked for all its worth increase its value proposition over the coming months. We should also point out that Ridge Racer will cost...
Sony's Japanese Vita website has confirmed that the upcoming portable will not run original PlayStation games right out of the box, as rumoured in an issue of Famitsu last month. As reported by Andriasang the Japanese site asks "can Vita play PlayStation Game Archives games?", which refers to PSOne and...
After a batch of rumours, Sony has officially confirmed that the PlayStation Vita will not support PSone titles at launch
The news was revealed in a Japanese Q&A translated by Andriasang. The question read, "Can Vita play PlayStation Game Archives games?" to which Sony responded, "It won't be supported at the time of the PS Vita launch. Regarding future support, we'll share..
According to Japanese magazine Famitsu, the PlayStation Vita is the most-wanted gaming hardware in Japan this holiday
The publication asked readers to select their most desired hardware and software, and published the results online. The PlayStation Vita topped the hardware poll with 374 votes, nearly a hundred more than the 3DS in second-place. PlayStation 3 came in at third with just 72 votes. Of..
With the PlayStation Vita less than a month away from release in Japan, Sony's started ramping up its promotional campaign for the portable system
Sadly, the device's first commercial isn't the traditional bonkers Japanese fare — showing a man cycling down a hill and not much else. Hit the jump to watch it in action.
Sony and Team Siren's achingly gorgeous PlayStation Vita exclusive, Gravity Daze (or Gravity Rush elsewhere), has been given a firm release date of February 9th in Japan
The retail version of the game will ship with a comic, illustrations and other extras for ¥5,980. It'll be available as a download for ¥4,900. Whether the game makes it out in time for the PlayStation Vita's Western release (on..
Be there for the launch
Don't feel like waiting around until next year for PS Vita? Have you always wanted to visit Tokyo? Are you extremely lucky? If you answered yes to any or all of the questions above, then you'll want to check out the competition Sony's European PS Blog is holding. If you subscribe to their newsletter Inside PS Vita before...
What we'd give to be in Japan
In anticipation of Vita's launch across Japan next month, Sony has started sending out review units of the system to members of the country's press, along with launch game Hot Shots Golf Next and February release Gravity Rush (known as Gravity Daze in Japan.) The machine is out in just over a month, giving the Japanese...
The latest entry in SEGA's Hatsune Miku Project Diva series took the top-spot for the PSP in this week's Japanese sales charts
The title sold 184k units, easily beating out its nearest competitor Sengoku Basara 3 Utage on PS3 which managed 124k units. Sony's remake of classic PlayStation RPG Oreshika occupied the third spot, selling 94k units. Elsehwhere Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition..
With the PlayStation Vita's December 17th Japanese release date nearing, Sony has sent out the first review units to a smattering of press outlets
GetNews decided to send us green with envy by taking a snap of their shiny new system running the next Hot Shots Golf title. Sony also sent the outlet a copy of Gravity Daze (known as Gravity Rush in other territories) which is not due out until February..
The PlayStation Vita is not the only platform set to get a promotional push in Japan this holiday
Sony's announced a duo of new campaigns designed to advertise both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable too. The former — which focuses on Sony's new Scarlet Red and Splash Blue PS3 systems — carries the tagline "Yaruzo! Toruzo! PS3!" or, roughly, "Play it! Take it! PS3!"..
Thousands of Japanese gamers queued outside electronics stores on October 15th to register their demand for Sony's PlayStation Vita
The device promptly sold out, driving up prices on auction websites like eBay. But according to Famitsu, a number of Japanese retailers are set to re-open pre-orders for the PlayStation Vita today. The publication reports that Yodobashi Camera, Bic Camera and Sofmap..
Using the PlayStation Vita as a remote play device for Sony's uber-popular Torne PlayStation 3 DVR kit is one of the handheld's biggest selling points in Japan
That functionality is due to arrive next month via a new firmware update that will bring the Torne's software up to version 3.50. With the update you'll be able to write video to your PlayStation Vita's memory card, and use the system as a..
When a lot of people criticised the PlayStation Vita's launch line-up for being too Western oriented, we were right there with them
Who in Japan would want to play Uncharted: Golden Abyss? If the sales performance of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is anything to go by, then a lot of people. Media Create's released its weekly sales figures for the Japanese region, showing Naughty Dog's latest..
Back in October we posted a couple of stories pertaining to Japanese pre-orders for the PlayStation Vita
The region went nuts for the new handheld, with heavy queues outside popular retailers and online allocations scooped up within minutes. It all makes a Japanese survey — conducted by Goo Research — seem a bit flimsy. The firm claims that from a sample of 1083 consumers, just 10% want to buy..
It's always exciting when Sony teases the words "surprise announcement"
But it nearly always leads to a bunch of wild and unattainable expectations. So let's keep our hype gauge in check, then. Jump Festa, a Japanese games festival, is set to take place in Tokyo later this year. Awkwardly the event will coincide with the launch of PlayStation Vita, with the exposition taking place on December 17th..
Another week, another set of Japanese sales figures
It was another bumper week for 3DS hardware — get this, Nintendo released a pink system — but PlayStation software continued to rule the roost, despite seeing a minor drop-off in console sales. PlayStation software accounted for seven spots in the top-ten, and half of the chart as a whole. Macross F Sayonara no Tsubasa topped, while FIFA 12..
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon topped the Japanese sales charts this week, scooping up just shy of 150,000 units sold
It was a pretty uneventful week for PlayStation software elsewhere, with Dead Rising 2: Off The Record the only new entry. PlayStation hardware numbers remained static, with Sony's home system sitting at sales of around 28k and the PSP settling just a little lower on 25k. Nintendo's..
SEGA's announced a new game in the Shining series in this week's Famitsu magazine
The game — Shining Blade — will launch on PlayStation Portable next Spring in Japan. Further details are scarce to the point of obscurity.
Expect the PlayStation Portable to do gangbusters in Japan when Final Fantasy Type-0 finally drops onto store shelves
The game's just scooped up an almost-perfect score in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, landing a 39/40 and presumably sending Japanese gamers into a hype frenzy. The game's out next week in Japan. Expect PSP to do some serious numbers to celebrate. [Thanks Andriasang]
The PlayStation Vita is officially in short supply
After selling out at every online Japanese retailer, and then prompting queues of up to 1,000 people outside popular gaming stores, Sony's new handheld is in hot demand. And this is just the pre-order phase. There are still a couple of months to go until the PlayStation Vita's actually released onto store shelves. With hot demand comes ferocious..
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