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News: Japan's Most Desired Console Is the PlayStation Vita

Japan's Most Desired Console Is the PlayStation Vita

Moral victory

The system may be locked in a constant conflict with the bottom half of the Japanese hardware charts, but it turns out that local consumers want to love the PlayStation Vita after all. A recent Famitsu magazine survey discovered that more than 64 per cent of readers are eager to snap up the struggling hardware, a sample greater than...

News: New PS3 Super Slim Colours Strut Their Stuff in Japan

New PS3 Super Slim Colours Strut Their Stuff in Japan

And maybe overseas, too

A couple of custom PlayStation 3 Super Slim colours will hit the console catwalk in Japan next month, platform holder Sony has announced. The newly unveiled 250GB Garnet Red and Azurite Blue systems will launch on 28th February in the land of the rising sun, and will set you back ¥24,980 ($279). Interestingly, the...

News: Capcom Arcade Cabinet Turning Back Time in Japan

Capcom Arcade Cabinet Turning Back Time in Japan

Acceptable in the 80s

We’ve never quite understood the fascination with using modern hardware to emulate ancient experiences, but it’s big business – and now Capcom is looking to get into the lucrative market. Chatting in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, the publisher has revealed Capcom Arcade Cabinet, a free application for the...

News: Sony Ceases PlayStation 2 Shipments in Japan

Sony Ceases PlayStation 2 Shipments in Japan

End of an era

It’s the beginning of the end – but not in the way that the Mayans predicted. After almost 13 years on the market, the iconic PlayStation 2 is finally starting its transition into the console retirement home. Reports coming out of Famitsu magazine suggest that Sony has ceased shipping the system to Japanese retailers today, meaning...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PSP Topples Newer Sony Systems

Japanese Sales Charts: PSP Topples Newer Sony Systems

You can’t keep a good platform down

The aging PlayStation Portable has reaffirmed its relevance by outselling the PlayStation 3 and Vita in the Japanese sales charts this week. Sony’s classic handheld sold 65,859 units during the tracked timeframe, and had two titles in the top five. Both One Piece: Romance Dawn and AKB1/149: Love Election sold...

News: PlayStation Vita Celebrates Its First Birthday in Japan

PlayStation Vita Celebrates Its First Birthday in Japan

Reports claim D:ream performed at the party

Somewhere in the corner of Sony’s main Tokyo office are a gaggle of glum looking executives sat around a sombre looking PlayStation Vita cake. Exactly twelve months ago, the handheld released in the organisation’s home territory amidst much expectation. But despite a huge turnout at launch, sales have...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Yakuza 5 Conquers the Competition

Japanese Sales Charts: Yakuza 5 Conquers the Competition

Like a dragon

Yakuza 5 landed a devastating blow on all of the other new releases in Japan this week. The latest title in SEGA’s seedy series registered 356,757 sales, which was enough to score it a spot at the summit of the region's charts. The hotly anticipated sequel sold more than the combined total of the top three Wii U launch games – but...

News: Famitsu Teases Surprising Metal Gear Solid Reveal

Famitsu Teases Surprising Metal Gear Solid Reveal

Phantom pain

Famous Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu is teasing that there will be “something surprising for Metal Gear Solid fans” in its next issue. The timing is obviously intriguing, considering the much discussed Phantom Pain trailer was released last week. Online sleuths managed to uncover a slew o

News: Phantasy Star Online 2 Will Render Fewer Foes on Vita

Phantasy Star Online 2 Will Render Fewer Foes on Vita

Shape shifter

Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to both the PC and PlayStation Vita – but publisher SEGA has had to make some concessions in order to get the MMO running on Sony’s handheld. First and foremost, the portable version will render fewer enemies on screen than its static counterpart. In addition, map sizes will be reduced to...

News: Special Metal Gear Rising PS3 Adds a Splash of Blue

Special Metal Gear Rising PS3 Adds a Splash of Blue

Cut and take it

We think it’s safe to say that custom console redesigns just don’t work as well with the PlayStation 3 Super Slim. Previous hardware bundles for Yakuza 3 and Ni No Kuni have prompted stunning new styles – making this Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance tie-in look bland by comparison. The console – due out on 21st February in...

News: Sony Celebrates Soul Sacrifice Release Date with Vita Bundle

Sony Celebrates Soul Sacrifice Release Date with Vita Bundle

Worth an arm and a leg

Soul Sacrifice is by far the PlayStation Vita’s most important exclusive in Japan. As such, it’s not especially surprising to see the platform holder lavish the title with its own hardware bundle. Announced alongside the title’s controversial release date, the special edition will include a gorgeous crimson console, a...

News: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Shoots Down Japanese Sales Charts

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Shoots Down Japanese Sales Charts

Hottin' up

Japan may be quite introverted with its video game tastes, but it does enjoy the odd first-person shooter. That’s evidenced this week by the surprising sales numbers for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which managed to shift a whopping 197,350 units on PlayStation 3 alone. In fact, it was a good week for Sony’s home console in general,...

News: Phantasy Star Online 2 Travels to Vita on 28th February in Japan

Phantasy Star Online 2 Travels to Vita on 28th February in Japan

MAGnificent

SEGA’s ambitious free-to-play MMO Phantasy Star Online 2 will spread its wings to the PlayStation Vita on 28th February in Japan. The game will be available as a complimentary download from the PlayStation Store, and will share online servers with the PC version. A closed beta for the handheld release will begin in January, with...

News: Sony Promotes Western Titles at Japanese Gaming Event

Sony Promotes Western Titles at Japanese Gaming Event

Around the world in 20 games

When it comes to gaming tastes, Japan can be quite introverted. While it laps up franchises such as Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter, it tends to let the most popular Western brands languish on store shelves. That’s something that Sony’s aiming to change with its annual ‘World Game Project’, a consumer event which...

News: Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Drags Vita Out of the Danger Zone in Japan

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Drags Vita Out of the Danger Zone in Japan

Kiss from a rose

It’s been a recurring theme that whenever software actually launches for the PlayStation Vita in Japan, the system gets a huge boost. That’s remained true this week, with Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation pulling the platform out of the danger zone. The handheld adventure was accompanied by a couple of new colours, which...

News: Sonic the Fighters Sours the Japanese PSN This Month

Sonic the Fighters Sours the Japanese PSN This Month

Hedgehog haymaker

SEGA’s atrocious anthropomorphic fighting game Sonic the Fighters will invade the Japanese PlayStation Network on 28th November, the company has announced. It’ll be joined by fellow Model 2 brawlers Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers on the same date. The publisher has yet to announce a Western release date, but all three...

News: PlayStation Vita Slumps to Its Saddest Defeat Yet in Japan

PlayStation Vita Slumps to Its Saddest Defeat Yet in Japan

Hide behind the sofa

The PlayStation Vita is a stunning system with some great games, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to overlook the platform’s commercial problems – especially overseas. While we still believe that it’s too early to pull the plug on the handheld, the situation in Japan is not looking good. In fact, it’s gone...