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January 31, 2012

Nintendo Increases Expected Losses for the 2011 Fiscal Year

by Patrick Barnett - 10:55 pm PST
Total comments: 31 Source: (Nintendo), http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2012/120127e.pdf

Nintendo will be losing significantly more money than expected.

Nintendo predicts a net loss of 65 billion yen during the fiscal year ending in March 2012, according to their recent financial briefing.

Originally Nintendo had only anticipated a loss of 20 billion yen. However, in the first nine months of this fiscal year, Nintendo has already experienced a loss of 48.4 billion yen; this increase led to the drastic raising of their net losses.

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Shifting World Coming to Japan Courtesy of Arc System Works 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 10:35 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Siliconera, http://www.siliconera.com/2012/01/30/arc-system-wo...

The color swapping game for the 3DS will also see a release in Japan.

Shifting World, based on the flash game of the same name, will also see a release in Japan thanks to Arc System Works.

The game (which will be known in Japan as Shifting World: The Black and White Labyrinth) has players swapping colors in order to change what the character is standing on. The 3DS version will have new graphics as well as 3D puzzles.

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Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters Announced for the Japanese eShop  3DS

by James Dawson - 10:34 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/eshop/vc/rblj/index...., (Nintendo)

Nintendo releases the sequel to the NES classic in Japan for the first time.

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters is coming to the Japanese eShop on February 8. The Game Boy sequel to the NES classic was one of the few Nintendo published games to never see release in Japan; instead, it saw release in both North America and Europe in 1991 and 1992 respectively.

As it was never released in the Japan, the Japanese eShop release will feature English text, rather than Japanese. The game will cost 400 yen.

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Game Gear Shinobi and Sonic Triple Trouble Heading to 3DS Virtual Console 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 8:24 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: http://www.esrb.org/ratings/search.jsp?title=sonic...

The Sega titles have been officially rated by the ESRB. 

Shinobi and Sonic Triple Trouble have been rated by the ESRB for release on 3DS as Sega Game Gear Virtual Console titles.

The release marks the first instance of Game Gear titles releasing for the service, a feature announced by Nintendo at the 2011 Game Developers Conference along with TurboGrafx... Read more...

Ace Attorney Film to Be Released Overseas

by Pedro Hernandez - 6:40 pm PST
Total comments: 3 Source: http://www.siliconera.com/2012/01/31/ace-attorney-..., Siliconera

The film will be localized with official names according to region.

The Ace Attorney movie will be released in other regions besides Japan, director Miike Takahashi confirmed in a Q&A session at the film's premiere in the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The director explained that each region will be dubbed and subbed accordingly, meaning... Read more...

Japanese Release Date for Nano Assault Announced 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 6:34 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Official Website, http://www.cyberfront.co.jp/title/nanoassault/

The microscopic shooting adventure will makes its Japanese debut in April.

Shin'en Multimedia's 3DS shooter Nano Assault has been given a Japanese release date.

Set to make its debut on April 19, 2012, Nano Assault is a shooter in which players must defeat dangerous viruses using a special ship called the Nanite. In addition to destroying the virus, players can also analyze them. Multiple weapons can be obtained and harnessed within 32 stages.

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Square Enix Mails Out Notices for the Dragon Quest X Beta WiiWiiU

by Pedro Hernandez - 6:31 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://andriasang.com/comztd/dqx_beta_test_emails/..., Andriasang

Players that have been successfully accepted may receive notices soon.

Square Enix has sent out notifications regarding their upcoming beta test for Dragon Quest X to potential players in Japan.

Those who have registered to participate in the beta may receive a message confirming their acceptance for the testing, and that the developers are still working on the final... Read more...

Denpa Ningen Announced for 3DS 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 6:18 pm PST
Total comments: 3 Source: http://www.siliconera.com/2012/01/30/pokmon-coloss..., Siliconera

The downloadable RPG allows you to create parties by pointing the 3DS at people.

Genius Sonority, the development team behind the Pokemon Colosseum games, has announced a new RPG for the 3DS eShop called Denpa Ningen.

Denpa Ningen (which translates to Radio Wave People RPG), is a game in which the 3DS's augmented reality features are used to generate different RPG party members.... Read more...

Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition to Include DSi-Enhanced Features DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 6:07 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: http://www.pidgi.net/press/2012/pokemon-nobunagas-..., Pidgi.net

Unfortunately, the game might be region locked.

The crossover game Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition will have DSi-enhanced features.

Pidgi.net recently discovered the product code of the title, which confirms that the final release of the game will feature DSi enhancement. The product code is TSA-TWL-VPYJ-JPN. Each set of letters represents a specific... Read more...

Second Japanese Theatrhythm Demo Coming Tomorrow 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 3:17 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://andriasang.com/comzt5/theatrhythm_demo2/, Andriasang

The musical Final Fantasy adventure gets a second demo before release.

Square Enix's Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy is getting a second downloadable demo on February 1.

The demo will contain two songs from the 3DS title: "The Man with the Machine Gun" from Final Fantasy VIII and "The Sunleth Waterscape," the field theme from Final Fantasy XIII. Tetsuya Nomura, director and designer of multiple Square Enix titles, confirmed the demo in several interviews.

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Nintendo Working with NTT on Voice Recognition Software DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 3:13 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: http://andriasang.com/comzsy/nintendo_ntt_voice_re..., andriasang.com

The collaboration hopes to expand upon the communication features on Nintendo systems.

Japanese communications company NTT is working with Nintendo on developing speech recognition software, NHK recently reported.

NTT developed software for the DS that can convert voices into text. The hope is that it would help children with disabled students do better in school. 

Nintendo supplied the DS units. The teacher's voice is converted by NTT's software into words that will be displayed on the device's screen.

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Activision Struggling to Meet Demand for Skylanders 3DSWii

by Pedro Hernandez - 1:24 pm PST
Total comments: 3 Source: Kotaku, http://kotaku.com/5878728/where-have-all-the-skyla...

The highly successful toy-driven game is flying off the shelves.

Activision is having problems keeping Skylanders in stock, but are doing their best to keep up with demand, Activision VP of Marketing John Coyne told Kotaku.

Skylanders has become a massive holiday hit for Activision, with demand for starter kits and more figures going up since its release last... Read more...

Australian Dates for Tekken, Metal Gear & Kid Icarus Announced 3DS

by Nicholas Bray - 12:26 pm PST
Total comments: 2 Source: http://nintendo.com.au/

February and March will be kind to Aussie gamers.

Nintendo Australia has announced that Tekken 3D Prime Edition will be available on February 23, 2012.

March will also see the release of two more games, the first being Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, which will be launching on March 8. The other is Kid Icarus: Uprising, which has no exact date as of yet.

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January 30, 2012

Wii Virtual Console February 2012 Japan Releases Announced Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 8:35 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/lineup.html

Like January, three titles will be revived, two for Neo Geo.

February's Japanese Wii Virtual Console releases have been announced, and next month looks a lot like this month. Wii gamers in Japan can expect two more Neo Geo fighters and a Kunio-kun dodge ball game.

D4 seems intent in making their entire SNK line-up available on Virtual Console. Just this month,... Read more...

Iwata Hints at the Future of Micro-Transactions for Wii U, 3DS 3DSWiiU

by Alex Culafi - 7:22 pm PST
Total comments: 54 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/120...

He plans to find a balance between flexibility and security.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata explained how Nintendo will use micro-transactions during a recent Q&A with investors at the recent financial briefing.

Iwata stated that Nintendo plans to keep an appropriate level of flexibility in its handling of micro-payments (transactions involving a very... Read more...

Nintendo Will Make 'Bold' Online Move 'When the Time Is Ripe' 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 4:07 pm PST
Total comments: 46 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/120...

The key to all of this might be in Nintendo Direct, as Iwata aims to "construct a seamless flow" that guides viewers through videos and demos.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata wants to eschew the idea that Nintendo is "cautious, conservative, or even negative about business on a network," as he responded to investors at the recent Financial Briefing Q&A.

"Our answer [to that notion] is, in short, that we will make a bold attempt when... Read more...

Wii U Controller 'Revolves Around the Original Concept of the Wii Remote' WiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:59 am PST
Total comments: 31 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/120...

Nintendo's developers are also "taking into consideration [the system's] network-related capabilities."

The Wii U controller's realization of the original concept of the Wii Remote is one of the main ways the system is unique, according to Nintendo's Genyo Takeda, senior managing director and general manager of the IRD division, who said as much during the Q&A portion of Nintendo's recent Financial Reports Briefing. 

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January 29, 2012

Ace Attorney 5 Officially in Development

by Karlie Yeung - 10:21 am PST
Total comments: 3 Source: http://www.famitsu.com/news/201201/29009127.html

The game was announced at a 10th anniversary event for the series.

A fifth installment of the Ace Attorney games was announced yesterday as part of a 10th anniversary event for the series. No platform was given for the game, nor a release date. No further details about the game were revealed, and it is currently unknown whether there will be a release outside Japan.

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January 28, 2012

Resident Evil: Revelations' Box Art Title Misspelled 3DS

by Patrick Barnett - 1:41 pm PST
Total comments: 11 Source: (Eurogamer), http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-01-26-capco...

Capcom has acknowledged and will be fixing the mistake.

Box art of the North American version of Resident Evil: Revelations has a typo, publisher Capcom acknowledged.

Images circulating the internet via Twitter, revealed that the typo is not just an isolated incident. The side of game's box reads "Revelaitons" instead of "Revelations."

Capcom's Christian... Read more...

January 27, 2012

Resident Evil: Revelations Now $39.99 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 11:07 pm PST
Total comments: 29 Source: http://www.capcom-unity.com/brelston/blog/2012/01/..., Capcom Unity Blog

The premium-priced Resident Evil title for 3DS is now 10 dollars cheaper.

Resident Evil: Revelations will now be priced at $39.99, Capcom announced through its community blog.

Originally, Revelations was priced at $49.99 due to the game being on a more expensive 4GB cartridge, making it one of the few 3DS titles to be sold at that price. While Capcom maintained that the value of the content justified the original price, after "weeks of effort," the company was able to lower the game's price.

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