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Japan eShop Round-Up (11/21/2012)

by Danny Bivens - November 21, 2012, 8:30 am PST
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More Guild 01 love, Pac-Man, and an eShop game (singular) is on sale!

Yes, folks. You read that right. There is an actual eShop game on sale and it’s not part of some Nintendo-mandated event. Let’s Golf 3D for Nintendo 3DS is 30 percent off, dropping it from 1,000 yen to 700 yen. The sale started today, November 21, at 10 a.m. and runs until December 5 at 9:59 p.m. So, if you have a Japanese 3DS, now would be a good time to jump on that.

That isn’t the only thing happening on the eShop this week. We also have some interesting games and videos (Nintendo Land commercials!). Let’s take a look at this week’s releases:

3DS Downloadable Titles
Rental Bukiya de Omasse (from Guild 01) – 800 yen

Virtual Console
Pac-Man (Famicom) – 500 yen

Video Content

First off, there are a few new videos for Paper Mario: Sticker Star, or Super Seal as it is known here in Japan. Yeah, yeah. This is old news for all you Europeans and North Americans, but the game doesn’t release until December 6 here in Japan. One video is a collection of commercials showcasing how the environment is totally paper and cardboard and how you can use the stickers (or seals, as they call them here) to change things in the environment. A preview video also showed off some of the real-world item stickers as well as some in-game combat. Also available were some 3D screenshots that really do a great job at showing how amazing this game looks in 3D.

A new TV commercial for Layton vs. Ace Attorney gives us a bit of a closer look at the upcoming crossover title as it talks about how the two worlds collide to solve this new mystery. If you want to read more about the game, be sure to check out some of our hands on impressions from Ty Shugart and James Charlton.

Lastly, we have a collection of three Japanese Nintendo Land commercials that cover all the attractions in the park. For advertising here in Japan, Nintendo seems to be relying on the same crowd that brought them so much success with the Wii—families. The commercials center around one family as they are playing the game competitively, even with grandma and grandpa watching in one of them. Whether or not this marketing strategy will keep these kind of gamers coming back to Nintendo for a new home console is a bit premature to speculate on, but it’s obviously something that they think will work here in Japan. 

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