Entries in 'japanese' (73)

Japanese market declines 8% in 2011

Japanese market declines 8% in 2011

The Japanese video games market suffered an overall decline of eight per cent year-on-year in 2011, according to the latest Famitsu data.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 5th 2012 at 10:19AM in News
Modern Warfare 3 tops Japanese charts

Modern Warfare 3 tops Japanese charts

Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has achieved a rare feat for a Western-developed FPS by debuting at the top of the Japanese software charts.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Nov 24th 2011 at 2:29PM in News
Dark Souls debuts at No.1 in Japan

Dark Souls debuts at No.1 in Japan

Ahead of its release in the UK this Friday (October 7th) Namco Bandai’s famously hard RPG Dark Souls has debuted at No.1 in the weekly Japanese software charts.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Oct 3rd 2011 at 1:14PM in News
Japanese Vita launch line-up confirmed

Japanese Vita launch line-up confirmed

The PlayStation Vita will launch with 20 boxed retail games and six digital PSN games when it arrives in Japan on December 17th.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Sep 14th 2011 at 9:19AM in News

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Tesco to sell Japanese business

Tesco to sell Japanese business

It may have conquered the UK High Street, but Tesco has said enough is enough and called time on its Japanese ambitions.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 31st 2011 at 8:30AM in News
Japanese appetite for Xbox 360 on the wane

Japanese appetite for Xbox 360 on the wane

Though Xbox 360 continues to perform astonishingly well for its age in the West, its fortunes in Japan are looking increasingly grim.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 18th 2011 at 12:02PM in News
3DS back on top in Japan

3DS back on top in Japan

Having very much taken the back seat to PSP in the weeks that have followed its debut in Japan, Nintendo 3DS is finally back at the top of Media Create's ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 23rd 2011 at 9:34AM in News
Square Enix: Japanese decline is 'almost humiliating'

Square Enix: Japanese decline is 'almost humiliating'

Despite grabbing lots of the E3 headlines with its impressive showing of the new Tomb Raider game, a senior Square Enix exec has said that this year's show has painted ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 10th 2011 at 3:59PM in News

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Euro PS3 gamers raise £466k for Red Cross

Euro PS3 gamers raise £466k for Red Cross

The British Red Cross has published an open letter to the European PlayStation community to give thanks for the support it offered following March's Japanese earthquake.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 6th 2011 at 2:30PM in News
Japanese government blocks PSN reboot

Japanese government blocks PSN reboot

PSN may be back in key terrories such as the UK and US, but authorities in Japan have blocked public access to the service until further security assurances can ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 16th 2011 at 10:09AM in News
Inafune: Japan's making awful games

Inafune: Japan's making awful games

Keiji Inafune, Capcom’s global head of R&D, has in a new interview made it clear his “Japan is finished” statement from Tokyo Game Show 2009 made one year ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Sep 20th 2010 at 4:38PM in News
MS confirms Kinect voice lockout

MS confirms Kinect voice lockout

Xbox 360 platform holder Microsoft has finally admitted that many countries will not enjoy voice recognition support for Kinect when the device arrives in Europe in November.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Sep 1st 2010 at 12:00PM in News

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Three languages ready for Kinect launch

Three languages ready for Kinect launch

After Microsoft dismissed claims last month that Kinect would not support voice recognition at launch, claims have now surfaced that only three languages will be ready for the device’s November ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Sep 1st 2010 at 11:26AM in News
Cliffy B: Japan can’t keep up

Cliffy B: Japan can’t keep up

The Japanese games industry can’t match the technical advances of the US and Japanese gamers aren’t really interested in consoles anymore – that’s the assessment of Epic Games’ famed designer ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 8th 2010 at 4:57PM in News
Capcom: Dead Rising ‘felt too Japanese’

Capcom: Dead Rising ‘felt too Japanese’

That Japanese publishing giant Capcom can criticise one of its own games for “feeling too Japanese” is a perfect example of the increasingly Westward-facing outlook gripping the modern console industry.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 14th 2010 at 6:28PM in News
JAPAN: Market drops year-on-year

JAPAN: Market drops year-on-year

Early numbers from Famitsu publisher Enterbrain claim that the Japanese market suffered a slight annual decline for the fiscal year ending March 31st.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 1st 2010 at 12:54PM in News

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Monster Hunter MMO for Xbox

Monster Hunter MMO for Xbox

Its Western impact may remain limited for the time being, but Monster Hunter is one of gaming’s key franchises in Japan – and hot on the heels of the brand’s ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 26th 2010 at 10:23AM in News
JAPAN: Wii pips PS3 in annual sales race

JAPAN: Wii pips PS3 in annual sales race

Having been neck and neck through much of the year in the Japanese video games market, hardware sales figures from Enterbrain suggest that Nintendo’s Wii managed to lurch ahead in ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 5th 2010 at 12:20PM in News
JAPAN: Further year-on-year decline

JAPAN: Further year-on-year decline

Famitsu publisher Enterbrain has claimed that 2009 was yet again a year of decline for the video games industry in Japan with both hardware and software sales suffering year-on-year decreases.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 5th 2010 at 10:30AM in News
JAPAN: MW2 breaks into Top Five

JAPAN: MW2 breaks into Top Five

Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has followed the trend set by fellow Western epic Grand Theft Auto IV by breaking into the higher echelons of the Japanese software ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 18th 2009 at 10:17AM in News
JAPAN: PS3 passes 4m sales

JAPAN: PS3 passes 4m sales

Numbers from Enterbrain, the publisher of weekly games magazine Famitsu, show that Sony’s PS3 has now sold over 4m units in Japan.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 17th 2009 at 10:10AM in News
Wada denies Japanese ‘decline’

Wada denies Japanese ‘decline’

The president of Square Enix – the increasingly Western-facing Japan-headquartered publishing empire – has refuted the widely held view that the Japanese game industry is in decline.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 16th 2009 at 4:11PM in News
JAPAN: 1m copies of FFXIII shipped

JAPAN: 1m copies of FFXIII shipped

Western gamers still face a long wait for the release of Final Fantasy XIII, but the Japanese anticipation has reached fever-pitch ahead of the release of the PS3 version of ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 15th 2009 at 2:30PM in News
JAPAN: No Russian edited in MW2

JAPAN: No Russian edited in MW2

Ahead of its release in the territory tomorrow, it has been revealed that the notorious ‘No Russian’ airport massacre level in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been edited ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 9th 2009 at 11:54AM in News
JAPAN: New Mario sells 422k

JAPAN: New Mario sells 422k

Nintendo may have weathered a mixed 2009 – particularly in Japan – but new sales numbers from Japan suggest that its iconic mascot Mario remains as popular today as he ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 7th 2009 at 11:04AM in News