Handheld gaming continues to rule in Japan

Handheld Gaming Continues To Rule in Japan


So last week, the New Nintendo 3DS was released in Japan as was Monster Hunter 4G. Both highlight the obvious: Handheld gaming is still very big in the country.

Let’s be honest, home consoles still aren’t really doing spectacular in Japan. But they’re not dying by a damn sight. According to Media Create, Sony sold 11,697 PlayStation 4 units between October 6 and October 12. That’s hardly amazing, but to Sony’s credit, the console did outsell the Vita and the 3DS. Here’s how the hardware sales looked during that week:

1. New Nintendo 3DS XL: 164,756 units

2. New Nintendo 3DS: 70,050 units

3. Nintendo 3DS XL: 19,727 units

4. PlayStation 4: 11,697 units

5. PS Vita: 8,561 units

6. Nintendo 3DS: 7,340 units

7. Wii U: 6,309 units

8. PlayStation 3: 4,954 units

9. Xbox One: 809 units

10. Vita TV: 737 units

11. Xbox 360: 97 units

12. PSP: 67 units

While the Wii U really needs a jumpstart (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U?), Nintendo looks like it’s doing well with all its different portables. Yes, those numbers will drop off during the following week’s sales, but the software sales continue to be incredibly strong. Even the Vita is getting a good flow of titles that seem to be doing well.

Here’s how the software chart looked during that same period:

1. Monster Hunter 4G (3DS): 1,446,289 units

2. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS): 76,392 units

3. Yokai Watch 2 (3DS): 57,583 units

4. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3): 21,158 units

5. FIFA15 (PS4): 16,719 units

This is actually pretty good. Two console games in the top five—great news. But looking at the rest of the top fifty games, nineteen of them are Nintendo 3DS games, while nine of them are PS Vita titles. The rest are PS3, PS4 and Wii U games. Of course, these figures are for what are called “consumer games” in Japan and don’t show download figures for smartphone apps, which are also incredibly popular in Japan—and well, everywhere these days.

However, for those who like traditional gaming, it’s nice to see portable systems continuing to get new exciting titles.



Sony unveils PlayStation TV Micro Console


Hot news direct from this year’s E3 conference: Sony are set to launch their popular PlayStation TV unit in Europe. This pocket-sized add-on to the PlayStation 4 essentially allows you to connect the console wirelessly to another TV in another room. So, if your PlayStation is plugged in downstairs but that’s simply too far from your bed to cope with, now all you need is this handy unit and you can access all your games and movies without having to move an inch.
It will eventually also support PlayStation Now (once that’s rolled out in the PAL region), allowing you to enjoy PlayStation 3 titles via streaming, as well as a range of PS Vita, PSP and PS One classics. No specific details on price or release date have been announced yet, but watch this space for more details.
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Sony unveils PlayStation TV Micro Console


Sony announces PLAYSTATION NOW streaming service

PlayStation Now will offer a number of PS1, PS2 and PS3 titles through a rental service, either on a title by title basis or under a subscription model. As yet, Sony has not provided a price for individual rentals or subscriptions, or divulged exactly how long a rental lasts. Also missing from the conference was an explanation of how, if at all, the service will fit into the existing PS+ platform, or their newly announced cloud-based TV service. Here is a list of PS Now’s features, from the PlayStation Blog:

Leveraging Gaikai’s advanced cloud-based technology, PlayStation Now will allow you to:

  • Play video games instantly across multiple devices, similar to the way you might stream TV, movies, and music.
  • Stream full games to all of your compatible PlayStation devices including PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita as well as non-PlayStation devices, beginning with 2014 BRAVIA TV models and expanding to numerous other Internet-connected devices.
  • Always play the most updated version of your game. With games hosted in the cloud, you can take your game with you – just log in with your Sony Entertainment Network account on a compatible device and your games and saved progress will be easily available.

One of the most interesting aspects of PlayStation Now is the number of ways to access the service – in addition to being accessible on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita, users will be able to play on mobile devices, select Sony televisions and tablets. It’ll also allow cross-saving between devices and trophies, messaging and online multiplayer will allow be integrated into the interface.

Sony had claimed back in Fall 2013 that their implementation of Gaikai’s technology would be available by the end of 2014, but it’s a little surprising how close PS Now is to completion; it won’t be released until this Summer (In North America), but CES attendees were able to play The Last of Us on PS4 and Vita using the service yesterday on the show floor. There will even be a U.S. closed beta as early as the end of January.

Unfortunately, House did not say anything about PlayStation Now’s release date outside the United States. There has been no official update regarding the reported broadband issues Sony was having with the PAL region back in late 2013.

PS Now is just one of the cool devices showcased at this year’s CES, which we will continue to take a look at this week.



Gaming news: “Siren” series director wants to scare you once again


After working on the Siren series for years, Director Keiichiro Toyama and his team made Gravity Daze (AKA Gravity Rush) for the PS Vita. A bit of a jump in genres, you might think – though not from his perspective. Now it sounds like Toyama wants to go back to his horror roots.

The Gravity Daze development team, Team Gravity, had a teaser up at this year’s Tokyo Game Show indicating that there is a new game in the works. While details are under wraps at the moment, in an interview with Weekly Famitsu, Toyama stated, “All I can say [about the game] right now is that we’re working on it with the opinions and expectations of the users who’ve played Gravity Daze in mind.

When it was noted that developing Gravity Daze after spending years on the Siren series seemed like quite a shift in directions, Toyama interjected, saying “It may look like that from the outside, but the thought process behind Siren and Gravity Daze is actually quite similar: First you create a town, then you create an observing protagonist, then you develop the game having that protagonist get involved with a big incident. The graphics are different, but the building process is the same.”

Asked if there was any game he would personally like to make, Toyama stated, “I’ve worked on horror games for so long, so I accumulate a lot of ideas that would be good in a horror game. So I would like to make another horror game.”

Toyama remarked that in recent years, with game budgets getting bigger for package titles, it’s become harder to make good horror games – a genre that, in his opinion, generally works better as B-grade. “So I’d like to take a different approach and make a download-only game.” Toyama stated. “If I could make a download-only game that can be cleared in a few hours, like Journey, and offer an intense horror experience, I’d love to try something like that.

While Team Gravity will be working on their as-of-yet untitled new game for the time being, Toyama ended the interview promising his eventual return to the horror stage. How’s that for a happy Halloween treat?

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Gaming news: Siren Series Director Wants to Scare You Once Again


Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Slated for Americas on January 28


Namco Bandai Games announced on Friday that its Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z game is slated to launch on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita (digital only) in the Americas on January 28.

In the “team melee action” game, up to four players can play cooperatively, or eight players can engage in a massive battle royale. The game will feature four different battle types, and a full-featured solo play. The game has online multiplayer support, and players can work together on attacks such as “Synchro Rush” or boosting each other’s health via “Revive Soul.”

Players can also form “dream teams” such as the “ultimate Son Goku team” above or a team of all forms of Frieza. Players can take on colossal bosses in 360° all-range battles. The game has 60 exclusive missions and over 70 different playable fighter characters, including the God of Destruction Birus and his companion Uis from this year’s Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods film.

The game will debut in Japan on January 23, 2014.

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Slated for Americas on January 28


Samurai Warriors 2 HD Ver. Gameplay Video Vol. 3

This is a gameplay video of the PS3/PS Vita game Samurai Warriors 2 with Xtreme Legends & Empires HD Version. The game has an abundance of content to enjoy from these three titles as well as beautifully updated HD graphics. It was released on Oct. 24.

––About Samurai Warriors––

The Samurai Warriors series is an action series created by Tecmo Koei Games Co. Ltd. in 2004. Games in the series have been released on the PS2, PS3, PSP, PS Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, and Windows. Samurai Warriors 2 with Xtreme Legends & Empires HD Version released on Oct. 24 will release on the PS3 and PS Vita.