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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...

News: Katamari Damacy Is Rolling onto the Japanese PSN Soon

Katamari Damacy Is Rolling onto the Japanese PSN Soon

The King of All Cosmos

Namco Bandai’s oddball PlayStation 2 title Katamari Damacy is rolling onto the Japanese PlayStation Network next week, the publisher has announced. The game – which sees you collecting objects by piloting an ever-expanding ball across a slew of different environments – will be available from 21st November in the land of...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation 3 Sales Surge

Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation 3 Sales Surge

Like a disease

A cavalcade of anticipated software – combined with the release of the new Super Slim hardware model – pushed the PlayStation 3's sales over 42k units in Japan this week. The bump still wasn’t enough to topple the unstoppable Nintendo 3DS, but it came within striking distance. Resident Evil 6 was the platform’s biggest new...

News: We're Not Sure What to Think of This Yakuza 5 Branded PS3

We're Not Sure What to Think of This Yakuza 5 Branded PS3

Garish, perhaps?

The Yakuza franchise has a history of prompting some pretty spectacular PlayStation 3 bundles – but this latest redesign isn’t to our tastes. The custom console comes with a gold DualShock 3 controller, a copy of Yakuza 5, an 8GB USB drive, and a beach towel. Yeah, we don’t get the significance of the towel either. It'll...

News: We Recommend You Watch This Japanese PS3 Commercial

We Recommend You Watch This Japanese PS3 Commercial

Surprise

Sony’s Japanese branch always releases the best PlayStation commercials – after all, it’s not been that long since the company opted to promote the Vita with the dulcet (and utterly irrelevant) vocal tones of Shigeru Matsuzaki. This brand new PS3 Super Slim spot isn't quite as catchy – but we urge you to stick around for its full...

News: Silent Hill: Downpour Drenches Japan on 8th November

Silent Hill: Downpour Drenches Japan on 8th November

Gloomy outlook

Publisher Konami has forecast an 8th November release date for Silent Hill: Downpour in Japan. The title launched in Europe and North America earlier this year to a mixed critical reception. The game will release as a PlayStation 3 exclusive overseas, presumably due to the lack of interest in the Xbox 360 platform. Silent Hill:...

News: Vita Sales Have a Welcome Boost in Japan

Vita Sales Have a Welcome Boost in Japan

Getting back into the rhythm

There's been a fair share of doom and gloom around Vita recently, with one consistent source of bad news coming from the Japanese charts. Thankfully, this week represents a reverse in the trend, with Sony doing well in the software chart and seeing a revival for its handheld in the hardware stakes. In the software...

News: Japan's Getting Another Free PlayStation Vita Game

Japan's Getting Another Free PlayStation Vita Game

This one has cat things

The PlayStation Vita may be struggling to secure big software releases, but it’s certainly not lacking free-to-play games. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Guardian Hearts Online announcement, GameArts has revealed yet another free title for the shiny new handheld. Picotto Knight is a four-player online side-scrolling...

News: EX Troopers Boosts into Japan on 22nd November

EX Troopers Boosts into Japan on 22nd November

High octane

Capcom’s fascinating Lost Planet spin-off EX Troopers is set to glide onto Japanese store shelves on 22nd November, the publisher has announced. There are currently no plans for a Western release of the intriguing anime-inspired PS3 title, which boasts co-op multiplayer and a gorgeous cel-shaded visual style. Yeah, we're pretty bummed...

News: Sony Japan Promo Video Pushes HD Collections

Sony Japan Promo Video Pushes HD Collections

Back to life

What does a pretty Japanese lady applying make-up have to do with the recently announced Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition? Well, yeah, we suppose there’s a metaphor in there – but either way, it’s still a strange way to kick-off a trailer designed to promote a handful of upcoming PS3 re-masters. The video includes footage of the...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PSP Hits a Home Run

Japanese Sales Charts: PSP Hits a Home Run

Out of the park

There are eight PSP titles on this week’s Japanese sales chart. The ageing handheld proved that there's still life in its elderly legs by outpacing the Vita by a few thousand units. We’re not sure whether that’s a sign of the PSP’s continued relevance, or the dismal state of Sony's latest platform. Still, despite the sheer...

News: God Eater 2 Is Still in Development for PSP

God Eater 2 Is Still in Development for PSP

Yup

It’s been a while since we last got a look at Namco Bandai’s Monster Hunter-inspired handheld sequel, God Eater 2. Many assumed that the title had switched platforms to Vita (or 3DS), but according to a feature in this week’s Famitsu magazine, it’s still in development for PSP. There have been a few changes since the game’s last...