Square Enix -- who are bizarrely handling publishing duties on Call Of Duty: Black Ops in Japan -- have confirmed that certain elements of the localized first-person shooter will be cut in order for the title to see release
This includes Nazi references, as well as a particularly brutal interrogation scene. The game's due worldwide next week. Get hype.
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Whilst we Western PlayStation owners sometimes get a raw deal when box art makes the trip from Japan – just ask anyone who picked up an American Ico – it's not always a one-day street, as evidenced by this amazing Start the Party! box art from the Far East. The remainder of Move software fares significantly better,...
Four titles in top 20
PlayStation Move launched in Japan a week ago, with some encouraging performances from launch titles. The Japanese chart from the 18th to 24th of October put the PS3 2,000 units down on the previous week, shifting 20,128 across the seven day period, but Move software fared well overall. Beat Sketcher reached the heady heights...
Ex-Street Fighter producer Noritaka Funamizu has revealed to Famitsu that he's working with Sony's new magic wand, the PlayStation Move
The producer, who worked on most of Street Fighter's 2D releases, didn't drop too many details, but did have high praise for the Move controller. Im actually working on a PS Move game at the moment, he told the Famitsu. The title hasnt been announced yet,..
Getting controller in under budget proved tricky
It's not surprising to hear that PlayStation Move went through countless revisions before Sony settled on the design we all hold in our hands today: budget constraints, technical demands and more all contributed to Move's final form. Designer Yoshio Miyazaki, one of Sony's chief designers on the...
Catherine was set to hit Japan before Christmas, but Atlus has just announced that the bizarre title is set to be delayed until February 17th
It's hard to be too disappointed by this news (seeing as Catherine doesn't even have a Western release), but we assume some folks in Japan are crying over the lack of sheep-people this Winter. Still, at least the delay came with a new, hard date, eh? We're..
Video recorder has problems
Out in Japan, Sony's Torne video recorder attachment for PS3 has been quite a hit, shifting 500,000 units over the past six months. More advanced than the PlayTV accessory seen in the West, it's about to encounter a major snag, however: PlayStation Move. Sony Japan has issued a statement to warn Torne users that using...
Chalk up the heartbreak, cry a few tears and get over it
Ex-Shenmue sound designer Osamu Murata has claimed he's "certain" Shenmue's creator, Yu Suzuki, wanted to bring the franchise to PlayStation 3 or XBOX 360. Murata's comments followed last week's announcement that the Shenmue franchise was to return on the Japan-only social network service Mobage-town. Murata reckons that the game is..
It was only mere weeks ago we were demanding the next edition of Valkyria Chronicles come to PlayStation 3
As it happens, Valkyria Chronicles 3 was announced for the PlayStation Portable. People were upset. We're assuming they've got over it now. This week's Famitsu reveals that a demo for Valkyria Chronicles 3 will release on the PlayStation St
There's no shortage of PlayStation 3 variants in Japan
The system is already available with different hard-drive sizes in a trio of alternative colours. Now SCEJ has decided to add one more bundle to the PS3's roster. Due out for ¥39,980 ($480) on November 18th, the latest PS3 bundle throws in Sony's popular Torne TV tuner. The DVR's been a big success for Sony in the region, so it makes sense for..
The PSPgo allows you to hook up a DualShock 3 controller via Bluetooth and play your handheld games with the added comfort of a traditional controller
Not many people use this functionality because it would be, well, weird. Could you imagine propping your PSPgo up on your lap while playing Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker with the DualShock 3? Nah, us neither. That's where Gametech Bear's stepped in..
Quantic Dream honoured
The patch to update Heavy Rain with Move controls should be let loose tomorrow, but Japanese body the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association awarded the DualShock 3-enabled version its Game Designer's Award at a recent ceremony. It praised the game's unique sense of storytelling as well as its emphasis on performing...
According to the number crunching monkeys at VG247, Sony's PlayStation 3 has passed the Nintendo Wii's hardware sales for 2010
After this week's MediaCreate report the PlayStation 3 had moved 1,017,094 units for the year-to-date, while the Wii's managed just 1,015,513. It actually puts the Nintendo Wii in a shaky position, as the XBOX 360 is poised to better its yearly hardware tally in the US. In..
Dayumm, Capcom's gaffer Keiji Inafune does not hold back when it comes to the Japanese games industry
In fact, he thinks his fellow countrymen are making "awful games". "I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone's making awful games; Japan is at least five years behind [the West]," the Mega Man and Dead Rising creator told the New York Times. "Capcom is barely keeping..
Japan is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first KFC opening with a SEGA collaboration
Colonel Sanders will show up in Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity, as will other Yum! Brands fast-food outlets. There'll be Pizza Hut box shields and much more. If you think about it, it's kinda neat.
Who cares if developers are already messing around with the PSP2? There are still plenty of original PlayStation Portable games out there; with a few excellent ones still to come
If you're still lagging behind the curve, and are yet to buy a PSP, perhaps you should consider one of these new Japanese models. The blue-and-white two-tone PSP 3000 might look a little bit like a Chelsea kit, but we like..
In Japan, you will not see parts of human beings been blown apart in Call Of Duty: Black Ops
That's because the game's been issued a CERO Z rating (think adults rating) with the "brutal or grotesque portrayal" of limbs removed. Boom. That's the end of that. Of course Japanese lurkers, it's worth noting that the PlayStation 3 is region free... You could import it. Yes.
Move cannot do whips or other objects
Move is a versatile piece of kit, with titles lined up that turn the plastic into everything from a beam katana to a lasso, but it seems it has its limitations. Sony recently held a press conference in Japan to explain the controller in more depth, detailing its ability to portray pens, torches, nets and...
The latest game to be born out of Sony's "PlayStation CAMP" initiative is Tokyo Jungle; a bizarre little PlayStation 3 title which sees a futuristic Japan overrun with animals
The game's Story Mode puts players in control of various different animals, including race horses and pets. In these missions you'll discover what happened to make the human-race leave the Earth. The game also boasts a..
Despite Team Ico's The Last Guardian being promised for Tokyo Game Show by honcho Fumito Ueda himself, the game's looking more and more like it's going to be a no-show
Well, certainly in playable form anyway. While Sony might well be keeping their biggest release close to their chest — the game's not been mentioned on their TGS line-up. That would hint at the game not being available in playable..
Made2Game's just dropped word that SEGA and Japanese site 4Gamer
net</a> have teamed up to release a demo of the upcoming Yakuza title on PSP — Black Panther: New Yakuza Chapter. The demo's all in Japanese and weighs in at minor 200mb (though the site appears to be smashed at the moment, we're only getting a couple of kbps). Still, we'll be checking it out, and we urge you to do the same..
We thought the concept art that dropped out of this week's Famitsu for Atlus' new PS3 project, Catherine, looked a bit strange
But nothing prepared us for the game's debut trailer. In it, protagonist Vincent wanders through a darkened room surrounded by sheep. Then has sex. Then sees dead bodies. Then has more sex... It's also not safe for work. You've been warned.
Japan seriously gets all the fun
They already have white PlayStation 3s, and now, to celebrate the November 3rd release of Gran Turismo 5 in Japan, they're set to get a "Titanium Blue" console too. The Gran Turismo 5 Racers Pack includes a 160GB blue PS3 Slim and a LE edition of the game for ¥35,980 ($421). The limited edition of the game includes some bonus cars and a 308 page-book. We..
If you're lucky enough to understand Japanese, you're probably going to be wanting the upcoming PSP Yakuza title, Black Panter: New Yakuza Chapter
If you're picking it up, make sure you buy it from Bic Camera. They're giving away Yakuza branded razors with the game. Doesn't really get much cooler than that now does it?
It's getting boring: we know you're bored of it too
We're sick of writing about it. How can we keep finding new headlines to say - "Yo, the PSP is the best individual platform in Japan this week". What's more, it's not just the order of the systems that never changes on a week-by-week basis — it's the sales numbers too. The PS3 always does around 20,000. Always. So, it's with a lump in..
This bizarre Japanese advertisement depicts an argument between the PlayStation 3 and green onion (stay with us)
The PlayStation 3 points out that it can do 3D, has motion control functionality and is a high-definition video games system. But the green onion argues that it can be used in a number of delicious dishes. We'll call it a tie.
Japanese business index, Nikkei, are reporting this morning that Sony are to post an operating profit of 10 to 30 billion yen over the period April through June
It's a dramatic turn-around for the company, who posted a loss of 25.7 billion yen over the same period last year. Nikkei cites strong sales in China, strong performance of new SLR camera models, and strong sales of LCD televisions both..
Technically - because there are about 50gajillion different iterations of the DS platform - it's another Nintendo win on the Japanese hardware charts this week
But the PSP's still faring well against the Nintendo juggernaut, with the Sony portable hitting the top spot in the individual hardware SKU breakdown. Elsewhere, the PlayStation 3 had to settle for fourth, sitting just behind the DSi LL and..
Hideo Kojima has revealed that he believes Japan are in a "losing" battle due to the recent boom of Western games development
The Metal Gear man said that he feels the younger generation of Japanese game developers have lost their motivation. He came to conclusion after watching a TV documentary about foreign exchange students who were passionate about the manga industry. The game industry is..
Sony's finally dropped a bomb of details regarding the Japanese launch of the PlayStation Move controller
As was already announced, the controller will arrive in Japan for ¥3,980 ($45), with additional Navigation Controllers selling for ¥2,980 ($34). Sony will also be releasing a Starter Kit Bundle which includes the PlayStation Eye, a PlayStation Move controller and a copy of Beat Sketch (which..
Sony loves 3D
They're pushing it so hard it's almost startling. They've made a bet on this technology, and they're determined to lead with it. While other electronics manufacturers are pushing the tech too, nobody is pushing it quite as hard as Sony. There is risked attached — 3D is clearly in its infancy and Sony are aware of that. But there has to be adoption of the tech in order for it to..
A revised piece of hardware and a Monster Hunter exclusive saw XBOX 360 sales rise 800% in Japan this week
.. And still fall 2,000 units short of the PlayStation 3 which shifted a comfortable 19k units. The PSP managed a few more, with 23k sold. Sadly it lost out to the Nintendo DS' price-cuts and perve software. Never change Japan. The PSPgo was rock bottom this week, managing just 845 units this..
E3's only just finished, GamesCom's on the horizon and then
.. Well, then there's TGS. A partial list of Tokyo Game Show exhibitors has been released, including plenty of familiar faces. SEGA, Square Enix, Capcom, Konami; they'll all be there. As will Sony. Over 138 companies are currently confirmed for the show, with that number certain to rise as the September show nears. Andriasang's got the..
We love the Yakuza franchise
Love it. It's consistently brilliant. But with a PSP Yakuza title in the works, we had hoped SEGA would take a break from their annual release schedule and take a bit longer with the next home-console entry in the franchise. They're not — there's a new Yakuza game in development right now for the PlayStation 3. Talk about cranking them out. Unlike other games in the..
The latest issue of Famitsu magazine has revealed that White Knight Chronicles is making its way to the PlayStation Portable
Going by the game's title - White Knight Chronicles: New Project - we're assuming its progress is pretty early. No other details were given. The same issue's also the PS3's White Knight Chronicles 2 a 33/40. That's out in Japan next month.
SCEJ has reached a milestone
There are now five-million PSN accounts in the Japanese wilderness. To celebrate, Sony's sent their publishing partners some commemorative sweets. These edible hard-candies are decorated with PlayStation controllers and PSPs. They were snapped by Shinji Hashimoto, the producer of Front Mission Evolved. Can we have some?
In America you can get a PlayStation Move Starter Kit (that's a Move controller, PlayStation Eye and copy of Sports Champions) for $99
99. In the UK, the same starter kit without Sports Champions is £59.99 (or £49.99 if you do a bit of shopping). In Japan though, the Starter Kit costs just $67 (5,980 yen). You get the same kit as the US version, except you get a game called Sing And Draw instead..
We dropped the first details of Ni No Kuni just yesterday
The game, which is also coming to the Nintendo DS, is the fruits of a colaboration between anime house, Studio Ghibli, and Professor Layton developers, Level 5. As of yesterday, we could only confirm that the game was coming to the PlayStation 3. Now we have screenshots, of which there are a handful more over at Kotaku. The game was..
Sony's put the PlayStation Move in front of Japanese gamers for the first time this Summer at the World Hobby Fair
Sony were offering live demos of both Eye Pet and Machi Suberi (which we know as Slider). Sony also had the full range of Move hardware on display, including the awesome PlayStation Move zapper and charging station. Other titles such as ModNation Racers, Patapon 3, the Torne DVR, and..
Sony's announced over-night in Japan that, hey, 3D is coming to your Playstation 3
It's coming June 10th to be precise, alongside a slew of updated content. Games supporting the service out of the gates include PAIN, Wipeout HD and Super Stardust HD, the former of which we posted about yesterday. PAIN will require a ¥300 update in Japan, which we assume will translate here in the West too..
Hey valued reader, would you like to play a game? It's called "What came first and second in the Japanese hardware sales this week?" Here's a big clue - look through our archives and you'll note it never changes
So yes, valued reader, you're correct. The PSP was in first, the PS3 second. And right at the bottom? Yup the PS2 and PSPgo. Everything else? In the middle, yo. PSP 22.462 PS3 ..
Media Vision, whom are best known for the Wild Arms franchise, are working on a new Playstation 3/Playstation Portable game
That's according to a job listing which notes the project is still early in production, and is expected to be a massive project that will span a long term". Interestingly, the job listing also notes that the game will have worldwide appeal, as opposed to the..
We used to look forward to sharing all the interesting anecdotes pertaining to Japan's shifting hardware charts
No more. Sony's been doing the ol' weekly one-two with the PSP and PS3 for months now. What's worse, is that the numbers rarely change either. PSP always sells 28k a week. PS3 always sells 25k a week. Feel free to skip this post if you don't want to be bored. If you want to kill yourself..
It's pretty easy to upgrade your PS3's hard-drive
Honestly, it was designed that way. But if you're frightened about messing with electronics yourself, and you want someone within Sony to handle the pressure - then you can. But only in Japan. For the costly price of ¥18,000 (~$184), Japanese players will be able to send their PS3 directly to Sony who will upgrade the system's hard-drive to a 250gb..
You probably think we recycle this post each week, but the truth is, while people are quick to brand the PSP a failure, that system just keeps on chugging
In fact, it may only be in Japan, but Sony's consistently holding a one-two over the competition with PSP and PS3 constantly passing the 25k units sold. Even the PS2's still chugging with around 1.5k units sold this week in the region. Get the..
These details regarding SEGA's Yakuza: Project K don't make us sad because of their content
They make us sad because a Yakuza title on the Playstation Portable is almost certainly never going to get released here. As we told you recently, the game ditches usual Yakuza protagonist Kazuma Kiryu and replaces him with eighteen-year-old delinquent Tatsuya Ukyou. The kid's been expelled from school and..
After a brief hiatus in second-place, Sony's Playstation Portable has once again taken the Japanese hardware sales crown from bigger brother Playstation 3, shifting 29K units to the PS3's 28K
The PSPgo managed to pull itself up from the bottom of the sales charts, just gathering enough steam to propel it past Sony's aging PS2. The rest of the chart belongs to Nintendo, with the XBOX 360 barely..
How many Playstation 3 systems are there out in the Japanese wilderness? It's a question we often ask ourselves
Thankfully, as of April 11th, Famitsu publisher Enterbrain has the answer. Over 5 million. That's right - over 5 million consoles have been sold to Japanese gamer folks. The biggest domestic games to date are Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Yakuza 4. Worryingly, of those three..
Sony's took the top two spots once more in Japan, with the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable topping the Japanese hardware charts
Sony's home console managed 38k sales, where their portable hit the 37k mark. The consoles were followed up by a bunch of Nintendo SKUs, with the PSPgo still floundering at the bottom of the charts. Hit the jump for the full figures. PS3 38,877 PSP 37,445 Wii..
Today's date is March 31st
That means businesses everywhere stop talking about future endeavours, and start talking about... Past endeavours. That's right, the fiscal year has ended, specifically in Japan where publication Famitsu is reporting that the market in the East has shrunk by 0.6%. The publication reports that while software sales were up, hardware was down. According to Enterbrain's..
Famitsu's got a huge blow-out on Platinum Games' Vanquish this week, and AndriaSang
com's</a> got your back with all the meaty details. The third-person shooter, being developed by Mr. Resident Evil Shinji Mikami, begins in space on a cylindrical colony known as Providence. This colony is America's 51st state, and has been created in order to gather solar energy. The energy is converted into..
Perhaps a little something to do with the release of Yakuza 4 in Japan, the PS3 has finally ended the PSP's long run atop the Japanese hardware charts to settle with the crown of glory
Or something. Sony's home console rattled off just over 50k units, with the PSP not too far behind, managing 38k. Nintendo occupied much of the rest of the list, with the PSPgo and PS2 footing the Japanese charts..
Japanese video games bible Famitsu have been number crunching
They've been working out the percentage of each video game's library that has earned a prestigious "gold" award from the magazine. A gold award is given to those games which score 32/40 or higher. The magazine's deduction works on the basis of ratio — the higher percentage of gold awards compared to titles released for the..
SEGA's Yakuza 4 has topped the Japanese software charts for this week, shifting a hearty 384,000 copies
The numbers are a little lower than those of Yakuza 3, but still extremely respectable. Elsewhere, the God Of War Collection managed to place 13th in the Japanese software charts this week, with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 not far behind it in 15th.
This stretch hummer rolled around Shinjuku, Shibuya and Roppongi in order to celebrate the release of Yakuza 4 on the Playstation 3
Is it awesome? You bet it's awesome. (Now get to work on that Western port SEGA. Please. We only want subtitles.)</em> [Pic: Ryugagogotoku]
Sony's Playstation Portable is still top of the Japanese hardware charts
This week it managed another 39k sales, with the PS3 mustering 26k. The PSPgo continues to flounder at the bottom of the charts with just over 1,000 units sold in the past week. Pretty disasterous. But Sony probably won't care well the regular SKU of their handheld system is topping the charts. Will anything catch it? PSP ..
We're quickly running out of things to say about the PSP's performance in Japan
It's consistently shifting lots of units and, erm, yeah - surprise it's top again! Betcha didn't expect that did you? Mwahaha. Sigh. The figures are after the jump. PSP 64,808 Wii 33,880 PS3 28,824 DSi LL 23,611 DSi 15,017 DS Lite 4,316 Xbox 360 2,764 PS2 1,839 PSPgo 1,275
It's another week on top of the Japanese hardware charts for the Playstation Portable this week, despite stiff competition from the various Nintendo DS SKUs (there are about a billion of them)
The Playstation 3 sits just below the Wii in third-place, shifting 27,763 units, with the PSPgo and PS2 at the bottom. Hit the jump for the full round up. PSP 37,338 Wii 36,241 PS3 27,763 DSi LL ..
Who'd have thunk it: the Playstation 2 is officially ten years old today
Indeed, ten years ago to the day, the Playstation 2 launched in Japan alongside Ridge Racer 5 and Street Fighter Ex 3. The system launched later that same year in Europe and America. In its ten years, the PS2 has sold over 140 million units, becoming the best selling home-console device of all time. Yup. It's biggest selling..
Perhaps fuelling the fires that Sony's Playstation Motion Controller will eventually be called the Playstation Arc, Siliconera's found a Japanese trademark filing for the name
Couple that with a website registration a few weeks ago and you have your name. It doesn't really take a genius, eh?
Hey folks, how are you finding the wait for Yakuza 3? Yeah, it's been a long year hasn't it? Still, at least we have a firm March release date to look forward to an announcement of a demo for, erm, Yakuza 4
Yep, Yakuza 4 is on the horizon for Japan, so if you have a Playstation Store account for the region you'll be able to check out the next installment in the franchise on March 4th thanks to a..
The Japanese software chart is surprising on two counts this week
Firstly, apparently people are still way into Resident Evil. Despite essentially being a re-release of a year old game, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (Alternative Edition in Japan) has debuted top of the Japanese software charts selling a whopping 143,339 copies. The PSP's God Eater occupied the second spot. But most interestingly,..
This week's Japanese hardware chart looks vaguely similar to the week before it
The Playstation Portable still tops the charts, with the PSPgo in dead last at the other end of the spectrum. Somewhere in the middle is the Playstation 3, with some Nintendo platforms above it and the XBOX 360 far below it. Check the numbers after the jump. PSP - 39,293 Wii - 37,501 Nintendo DSi LL -..
We may well be waiting for Yakuza 3 here in the West, but for the folk in Japan, that game is old news
Y'see, the Japanese are hotly anticipating the release of Yakuza 4. And as you would imagine, the latest trailer for that game is sick as hell. We've embedded it above for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
Look, we're just as bemused as you are
Monster Hunter is a game we just don't get. But Japanese folk love it, and they love it best on the PSP. Sure Monster Hunter Tri fared fine on the Wii, but can you imagine the numbers a PSP version would do? The PSP has practically become a viable platform because of Monster Hunter. It'd be earth-shattering we tell you. Cue the frontcover from the latest issue..
Sony's trophy-enabled television watching device, the Torne, is due to launch on March 18th in Japan
The device is similar to Europe's PlayTV, and will cost ¥9980 (roughly £70) on its own, or ¥42,800 (£300) with a 250GB Playstation 3. If you want trophies for watching TV, better go buy Japan.
The Playstation Portable once again topped the Japanese hardware charts this month
The handheld shifted over 43k units in Japan this week, beating out its nearest rival, the Wii, by 7k. The PS3 managed 25,450, while the PSPgo lost out to the Playstation 2 at the bottom of the charts. Full figures after the jump. PSP 43,163 Wii 36,149 DSi LL 28,080 PS3 25,450 DSi 19,116 DS Lite ..
A recent interview with SEGA in Japanese gaming publication, Famitsu, hinted that the company are curious to dole out the Shenmue franchise to any buying platform-holder
In fact, the translation hints that the company would be willing to develop the elusive final installment in the acclaimed franchise exclusively so long as a party such as Sony funded the project. Sony, we say get on the phone. Not..
Marvelous Entertainment has announced that No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise is to be delayed in Japan. The game was originally pencilled in for a February 25th release, but the game's now been pushed back as far as April. April! With No More Heroes 2 on the Wii also yet to be delayed, rumours suggest that Marvelous are pushing the games into the next fiscal year in order to boost profits in..
The plane's delayed, you're bored stiff, and you want to play Gran Turismo 5
Good job you're in Hong Kong International airport, eh, where a host of Playstation 3 kiosks have been installed for bored travelers. There'll be kiosks with Uncharted 2, Assassin's Creed II and Final Fantasy XIII. Awesome.
According to Famitsu (via PS3C) the newly announced Japanese Playstation 3 device "Tourne", a kind of DVR, will include trophy support
You'll earn trophies for simply watching television. For example, a trophy will be unlocked for watching the last episode in seven different TV series' and so on. You can see more about the "Tourne" through...
We guess a Kingdom Hearts game just come out
Hence the Playstation Portable saying: hello Japanese hardware charts leadership. The handheld shifted 145k units, with the PS3 two places behind at 61k. Full figures after the jump. PSP 145,682 Wii 76,722 PS3 61,591 DSi 50,178 DSi LL 45,221 DS Lite 10,067 Xbox 360 5,461 PS2 3.092 PSPgo 2.841
Sony of Japan announced today they are bringing a "Spring Blossom Pink" iteration of the PSP to their region in March
The new system (which is a PSP-3000) will cost just 16,800 ($183). It's kinda pretty isn't it? We'd play one anyway.
Surely confirming there'll be a Michael Jackson SingStar game at some point in the coming year, Sony of Japan has confirmed a Michael Jackson branded PS3 bundle, which includes a Slim and a copy of "This Is It," the MJ movie on blu-ray
It's due out for sale on the 27th January in Japan, for ¥33,500.
Nintendo may have taken the overall 2009 hardware sales crown in Japan, but there were strong performances from the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable in Sony's home region too
The PS3 managed to shift 1.7million systems in the region, just short of the Nintendo Wii's 2million; where the PSP managed to shift 2.3million systems for the year. Things were less rosy for Microsoft with just over..
With an opening week pushing over a million copies of Final Fantasy XIII, it's really no big deal that the game dropped to fourth on the Japanese sales charts this week
Still, with figures of around 200,000 copies shifted, we doubt Square Enix will be worrying too much, with Final Fantasy XIII seemingly meeting all its ridiculous expectations in the region. It'll be interesting to see how the..
According to retailer and reader votes in Japan's super-gaming Bible, Famitsu, the relaunch of the Playstation 3 in September was the biggest gaming story of 2009, with Final Fantasy XIII's release date and PSP Go's announcement all filling out spots in the top five
We can't disagree with the PS3 Slim's announcement; Sony's effective platform relaunch has propelled the Playstation into a much more..
Initiating even more rumours related to a "paid PSN" and different kind of digital distribution, Sony of Japan filed the name "Cloudsurf" on December 28th, for use on practically any Sony related gizmo; including "game machines
" The filing hints at "game services" and "entertainment" via the Internet. Games, audio, and video content aswell as "electronic..
Marketing, marketing, marketing
It's all about synergy. Final Fantasy XIII is a Playstation-related product (in Japan). Playstation is a Sony developed system. Sony also make the Bravia TV range. So what do you do? You get Final Fantasy XIII heroine Lightning to stand behind the latest Sony Bravia TV. Subconsciously anyone who picks up that Sony TV, will instantly find themselves compelled to buy..
Early rumours coming out of Famitsu's publisher Enterbrain (via the Examiner) suggest its been a bumper week in Japan for Sony and Square Enix
According to reports 1,516,532 copies of Final Fantasy XIII were sold in the game's first week on retail, with 245,406 Playstation 3 hardware systems shifted. And that figure is more than any of us imagined.
Playstation 3 sales were up nicely in Japan for the week ending December 13th, with PSP sitting just behind it
The Playstation 3 managed to shift 75,086 units for the week, with the PSP shifting 71,885. Things are looking grim for the PSPgo in the region though, with just 3,077 units sold in the region. What's going on? It's actually a good piece of hardware! It'll be interesting to see the effect..
Final Fantasy XIII is out (in Japan)
That means that practically everyone living in the country stopped what they were doing, cancelled work, and went and bought a copy. Well, maybe not everyone in the country - but at least 1million, as early indications suggest sales for the game were strong in its first 24 hours. The 1million figure does not factor in sales for the special bundled Playstation 3..
News of a minor milestone for Sony's Playstation 3 in Japan today, as figures compiled by Famitsu's publisher, Enterbrain, suggest the system has passed the 4million units mark, hitting a life-to-date total 4,020,563
They are great numbers for Sony, but it's humbling to see theWii reach the 9million mark on the same day. Let's see what difference Final Fantasy XIII makes.
Assuming you can't read Japanese, we're guessing you're itching for Final Fantasy XIII right now [if you can read Japanese, why aren't you importing the game? - Ed]
So we got your bases covered. Embedded are some videos of FFXIII from the mainstream Japanese media. It looks amazing by the way.
The Wii had a narrow victory on the Playstation 3 in Japan last week, selling just 115 consoles more
The PS3 was still showing its new found lease of life however, with a decent 46,558 consoles sold. The PSP was in good stead also, with 38,839 units sold. Sadly, the PSPgo dawdled at the bottom of the charts with less than 4,000 units this week, however, it's worth noting that the introduction of..
If you happen upon Tokyo's Akihabara store over the next few weeks, prepare to be hit by a whole mass of Final Fantasy XIII content
The game's due to launch exclusively in the Japanese region on Playstation 3 in a few weeks. Sony domination ahoy.
So, apparently Japan is hitting Final Fantasy XIII saturation point now
The game's out in like, just over two weeks, and Japanese presence is ramping up to "big cultural event" point. As evidenced by this advertisement for Elixir, a Japanese beverage. Dude! Sales predictions, anyone? Remember, the demo pushed PS3 sales through the roof...
Sit back, relax, and get ready to gawp at pretty CGI people talking in Japanese
Yep, it can only be Final Fantasy XIII, and the last trailer Square-Enix intend to release before the game's launch in Japan. We're now taking bets on first-day sales. Where you putting your money?
Sony's grip on the Japanese market continues to stregthen as the company once again account for more than half of Japanese video game sales in their home region
During the week ending November 15th, the Playstation 3 and PSP each tallied over 38,000 units, with the PSPgo dropping to just 6,000. PSP 38,770 PS3 38,498 DSi 33,749 Wii 26,764 PSP go 6,427 DS Lite 5,036 Xbox 360 ..
Sony have dated the Playstation Portable comics service to those people in Japan
A firmware update will be available on November 19th, upgrading the PSP to 6.20 a few weeks ahead of the service's launch on December 10th. For the Japanese store, individual comics will cost between ¥50-150 (USD$0.55-$1.70), while collections will run for the uniform price of ¥420 (USD$4.70). Sony say the Western..
When the PS3 Slim launched, many expected the Playstation 3 to lead the charts for a couple of weeks and then drop away
But Sony's HD system has held onto its place at the top of the Japanese charts, even managing to beat out Nintendo's DSi this week. Combined sales of the PSP and PSPgo also managed to beat out Nintendo's handheld system for the week. PlayStation 3 48,925 DSi 37,421 PSP ..
It's been revealed via scans from Shonen Jump magazine that Japanese copies of Final Fantasy XIII will include beta entry to Final Fantasy XIV- the online MMO from Square Enix
We're assuming the beta will be for PC, even though the game is due on Playstation 3 aswell. Still, it's a nice little extra incentive (as if any was needed) for the Japanese to pick up a copy of Final Fantasy XIII when it..
It may have only been on store shelves for one day, put the PSPgo still managed to shift 29,109 units on its Japanese launch
Couple that with solid figures for the existing PSP (34,911) and continued strength of the Playstation 3 platform (36,061) and you have some real solid numbers for Sony in Japan this week. Nintendo's DSi continued to head the charts, but the Playstation 3 was just inches..
If you're Japanese and you don't have a PSP yet (unusual), you might be interested to know that there are ton of awesome new colours heading to the Portable range, the full catalogue of which you can see over at Kotaku
They're out in December and will cost ¥19,800 (US$219.50).
Chalk this down to a phenomenal turn-around in fortunes for SCE worldwide, or a drop in demand for Nintendo's wildly popular Wii system -- Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata reckons that in their current climates the Wii and Playstation 3 are "neck and neck" in Japan
A notable dip can be seen in sales of Wii this year; which is approximately half the size of last year. On the other hand, Sonys..
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