50 posts tagged japan
Nintendo Game Seminar returns!
This time, in addition to classrooms in Tokyo and Osaka, Nintendo will offer online viewing of lectures to participants in more remote locations (or, I guess, in Kyoto where NCL is located!)
Past Nintendo Game Seminars have resulted in DS games that were only released through Download Play in Japan. Hopefully Nintendo’s desperate need for Wii U games will lead them to release some of the games from this seminar worldwide…
Ninja Jajamaru-kun 3DS trailer
Hey, this looks really cute! All bouncing on statues, making enemies flip around, etc.
Those are very tiny sprites, though, maybe a bit hard to see on an actual 3DS. Ninja Jajamaru-kun: The Secret of Fire Dragon and Princess Sakura is out in Japan on June 20. Nobody’s picked it up for localization yet, or at least nobody’s announced it yet. That could change when influential tastemakers like Tiny Cartridge talk about it, though.
Mario AR card eShop point cards
Well, this is the best idea. Nintendo’s new eShop point cards are also AR cards, with new Mario, Goomba, and Peach 3D models for you to pose in your 3DS photos. There’s a new photo app, Photo Together Super Mario, that lets you pose these in different ways, with effects. There is also a ¥1000 Koopa, ¥2000 Luigi, and ¥3000 Bowser card to collect.
What a clever way to get people interested in checking out the eShop. Japan seems very strongly retail-oriented, so point cards are probably the best way to get people to buy stuff online.
This came out of a mini Nintendo Direct overnight (surprise!) all about eShop stuff. Other than this, though, it covered Dillon’s Rolling Western 2 and Freakyforms Deluxe, nbd.
Important days and phrases to know when visiting America
Again, this is a Nintendo-published game? I wonder if any American ever gave this DS language trainer (Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: America) a pass before Nintendo published it in Japan.
And did the people developing this at TOSE realize just how inappropriate some of the phrases they’re teaching Japanese tourists are?
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Miii - Down
A glitch-hop LSDJ track from Miii in Tokyo. It’s interesting to me, as someone who organizes chipmusic shows in New York, to see musicians in the Japanese electronic music scene pick up a Game Boy and make a chipmusic track.
Super Mario Kimono
And a Blooper scarf! Hiyoko-G has a neat round-up collecting snapshots of people in Japan wearing video game apparel.
DOTAMAxUSK - “通勤ソングに栄光を”
The title of this song translates to “Glory of the Commute”, which is pretty much what it depicts, a salaryman commuting to work in Tokyo. The pixel art animation is by notable Japanese chipmusic visualist m7kenji, who did visuals for several of Blip Festival’s live sets (R.I.P.).
Super Mario Bros. 3 coming to 3DS Virtual Console in Japan
Sorry I didn’t point this out when I first saw it – I sent Eric a quick “holy crap” but neglected to write it up. Super Mario Bros. 3 will be released on 3DS Virtual Console in Japan on January 1.
Seems pretty safe to assume this will be released outside of Japan at some point as well, which is the best. Well, the best-best would be the GBA version with all the weirdo extra e-Reader stuff built in, I guess.
Taiko Drum Master toys in Japanese Happy Meals at McDonalds. Taiko toys were available in 2010 (and I didn’t get them during my visit for some reason), and now there’s a new set for Taiko Drum Master: Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb.
Man, look at that Taiko ruler.
Import: Taiko no Tatsujin games See also: More Taiko no Tatsujin posts
Pokemon with You Train! JR East is opening up a Pokemon-themed train, starting December 22. This train, with a special play space, will be in service around the Tohoku area.
I totally want to ride the cute Pokemon train, even if it will be less cute in real life with salarymen nodding off while holding on to the whimsical trees.
Buy: Pokemon Black/White Version 2
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The pink and white 3DS LL, announced this morning during Nintendo Direct. It’s coming out in Japan on September 27, alongside Style Savvy/Girls Mode 3DS.
Buy: Nintendo 3DS XL Red or Blue, Nintendo 3DS See also: More Nintendo 3DS XL videos and photos
Dragon Quest X Monster Figure Collection. I drink tons of diet soda over here and I get nothing but a body full of questionable chemicals. Were I to be doing so in Japan, I’d get awesome DQX figures.
Buy: DQM Joker 2, More Dragon Quest games Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more See also: More Dragon Quest posts [Via Hachimaki]