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PS4: Sony Announce Feb. 2014 Japanese Release Date

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Japan, PS4, Release dates, Sony

PS4: Sony Announce Feb. 2014 Japanese Release Date

How things change. Time was when we would have to wait a year or two for Japanese consoles to release here in the West, but Sony have shifted their release priorities for the PS4 it would seem.

In any case, Japan finally has a PS4 release date: February 22nd, 2014.

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Suda51: It’s “Just A Matter Of Time” Until Xbox “Explodes” In Japan

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Goichi Suda, Japan, Microsoft, Suda51, Xbox One

Suda51: It’s “Just A Matter Of Time” Until Xbox “Explodes” In Japan

Grasshopper Manufacture Head Confident Of Eventual Success

The Xbox 360 has not enjoyed the level of success that its competitors have enjoyed, but in an interview with NowGamer Japanese developer Goichi Suda, known to many as Suda51, spoke of his hope that the Xbox brand, including the upcoming Xbox One, would eventually enjoy higher levels of success.... eventually.

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REPORT: Wii U Sold 308k Units In Japan In First Week

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Matt Gardner
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News
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First week sales, Japan, Nintendo, Sales, Wii U

REPORT: Wii U Sold 308k Units In Japan In First Week

That's 15,000 Fewer Than The Vita's First Week Sales

According to data apparently procured from Enterbrain, the Wii U's first week in Japan has been a little underwhelming, with Nintendo's latest console failing to match up to the first week figures for it predecessor...and, interestingly, the Vita.

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Monster Hunter 4 Gets New Trailer, Release Window

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Matt Gardner
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News
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ARPGs, Capcom, Japan, JRPGs, Monster Hunter 4, RPGs, Trailers, Videos

Capcom announced that Monster Hunter 4 will release in Japan in the spring of next year for 3DS at a Japanese Game Jam event over the weekend.There's a fresh trailer afoot as well, showcasing some new monsters and hunters clambering all over them. [via Siliconera]

Yamaoka: Japanese Games Industry "Struggling A Bit"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Akira Yamaoka, Japan, Japanese games, Mid-range, Sine Mora

Yamaoka: Japanese Games Industry "Struggling A Bit"

Akira Yamaoka has chipped in with his thoughts on the state of Japan's gaming industry, suggesting that it is "struggling a bit", and ruminating that perhaps "we reached the maximum that we could achieve".

Taking on board the concerns that Keiji Inafune put forward in his speech at GDC, Yamaoka said that it's important to recognise that video game development provides a global service, and that failing to recognise the global part of that is hurting the Japanese industry.

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Kojima: Japanese Developers Falling Behind On "Technology, Gameplay, And World View"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Hideo Kojima, Japan, Japanese games, Keiji Inafune, Kojima Productions, Phil Fish

Kojima: Japanese Developers Falling Behind On "Technology, Gameplay, And World View"

Hideo Kojima has chipped in with his two cents on the nature of Japanese development in the wake of Phil Fish and Keiji Inafune's critical comments regarding the state of Eastern industry at this year's GDC.

In Kojima's eyes, Japan has fallen behind in three key areas: "technology, gameplay and world view." The first is, he suggests , rather easily remedied, but the perspective shifts required to fix the other two could take more time.

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Mega Man Creator Slams Japanese Games Industry, Suggests Solution

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Japan, Keiji Inafune

Mega Man Creator Slams Japanese Games Industry, Suggests Solution

Studios Shouls "Start Over Again"

Former Capcom R&D chief Keiji Inafune has delivered another damning indictment of Japanese game development at GDC 2012, referring to the industry as "a frog in a well," "closed-minded" and "losers." However, he's not without solutions - suggesting that Japanese studios should stop looking at their past successes and instead continue developing their brands with new gameplay ideas.

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3DS Breaks Japanese 5 Million Sales Record

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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3DS, Japan, Nintendo, Sales

3DS Breaks Japanese 5 Million Sales Record

Nintendo have announced that the 3DS has broken the 5 million unit sales mark in Japan faster than any other console in history.

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Ogasawara: Emulating Western Development Hasn't Worked, Japanese Culture A 'Huge Treasure'

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Matt Gardner
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Development, Dynasty Warriors, East vs West, Japan, Kenichi Ogasawara, Tecmo Koei

Ogasawara: Emulating Western Development Hasn't Worked, Japanese Culture A 'Huge Treasure'

Dynasty Warriors' production lead Kenichi Ogasawara has called for Japanese developers to realise that their country's culture is a "huge treasure" in the crushingly competitive market of the games industry, and to stop trying to "copy" Western development models.

"We've looked at the way Western developers make and present their games, in terms of the cut scenes, the graphics and all of that, and we've tried to take that approach in development," he said. "Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the result that we wanted."

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Virtual Girlfriend Mails You About Her Day With Konami's New Service

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Matt Gardner
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News
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dating sims, Japan, Konami, Love Plus, New Love Plus, Romance games

Virtual Girlfriend Mails You About Her Day With Konami's New Service

Love Plus is insanely popular in Japan, and the game that lets you have a virtual girlfriend with an off switch is getting a big fat next instalment with New Love Plus this Valentine's Day. The release of Love Plus Tools on the Nintendo eShop yesterday for 200 yen, lets gamers import their data from Love Plus and Love Plus + into the new game.

Love Plus Tools, will also offer compatibility with AR cards that to be released every Monday by Konami. Gamers will be able to print out photos of their girlfriends in A3 and A4.

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Inafune: There Aren't Enough Japanese Developers 'That Really Want To Succeed'

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Matt Gardner
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Developers, Intercept, Japan, Keiji Inafune

Inafune: There Aren't Enough Japanese Developers 'That Really Want To Succeed'

Keiji Inafune has lamented that Japanese trait of companies failing to recognise the talents and achievements of individuals within their ranks, accusing such practices of stifling creativity and making the role of creative 'hero' - inspirational figures he feels the industry desperately needs - an unappealling one.

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Japanese Retailers Pull Xbox 360 From Shelves

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Josh Clark
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News
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Japan, Microsoft, News, Xbox 360

Japanese Retailers Pull Xbox 360 From Shelves

It's been apparent for some time now that Microsoft are struggling to crack the Japanese market, with sales falling consistently year on year.  But now some Japanese retailers are refusing to sell the machine at all.  Microsoft's announcement that they had finally hit the '1.5 million units' mark this summer has apparently done little to quell the retailers' fears, and the American corporation now face losing their support altogether.

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Japanese PSN Restoration Halted Until 'Preventative Measures' Proven

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Hackers, Japan, News, PSN, PSNgate, Sony

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It would seem that the Japanese government remains sceptical in the fading embers of PSNgate, having barred Sony from resuming normal online service in Japan until officials are happy that the security measures being implemented are fully up to scratch.

Speaking to Dow Jones, a Japanese regulatory official - Kazushige Nobutani, Director of the Media and Content Industry at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (try putting that on a badge) - outlined two specific areas of concern that would require further explanation from Sony before the PSN is fully restored.

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PSN PSA: Could Be Down For Another 24 Hours, Anonymous Not Involved

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Anonymous, Games news, Japan, PSN, Sony

psn-no

Good morning, PS3 owners. Unfortunately, despite Sony's best efforts, the Playstation Network is still down... and may be for another two days according to a Playstation blog update. However, it seems that hacker/neckbeard commune Anonymous is not involved, and the problem is related to issues in the Land Of The Rising Sun.

While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running.

Click here for our update on the sorry situation >>

Evolution: "We Did The Right Thing" Delaying Motorstorm Apocalypse Launch

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Games news, Japan, MotorStorm: Apocalypse

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It can't have been easy for Evolution Studios, just days before the launch of a game they've been hammering away at for the best part of two years, to hold back the release by two weeks to avoid causing unrest or emotional harm in the wake of the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that have ravaged the coast of Japan, mirroring events in their delayed title, Motorstorm Apocalypse, which depicts a world crumbling apart due to an onslaught of natural disasters. But according to game director Matt Southern, Evolution "did the right thing" in delaying the racer, with his first thoughts when he heard of the Japanese tragedy not for his game, but his Sony colleagues in Japan.

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Valve Raises Almost 500, 000 Dollars For Japan

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Games news, Japan, Team Fortress 2, Valve

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As if making classics like Half Life 2 and Portal wasn't enough, now Valve has gone and stole our hearts, too. For the past two weeks, the games developer, publisher and creator of Steam has been raising capital for a charity drive aimed at supporting the Japanese relief fund, after the country suffered unprecedented damage when an earthquake and then a tsunami struck on the the 11th of March.

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Japan Disaster Could Delay NGP Into 2012

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Delay, Games news, Japan, NGP, SCEA, Sony

Sony Aiming For "One Market" Launch

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Most projections predicted Sony's NGP, the anticipated successor to the PSP, for a holiday 2011 launch window. Unfortunately the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last month has caused major damage to Sony's manufacturing infrastructure - and it appears that they'll be gearing up for a staggered single region launch before the end of the year. Full details below.

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PSP Emerges As The Top Console In Japan In 2010

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Japan, Market report, News, PSP, Sales

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Here in the West, the poor PSP has been dying a slow and painful death largely due to having several good games, but a library so laughably small in comparison with competitors, with killer apps that would barely fill a single hand, that no-one really plays it any more.

Not so in Japan, where it would seem that it outsold every other console in the last fiscal year, resulting in the first year where Sony have won out in both the portable and home console markets in the East.

According to sales data from Famitsu's publisher Enterbrain, reported by Andriasang, the PSP edged out the DS by just over 100,000 units.

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Platinum Games: 'Japanese Games Companies Have Lost Their Vigor'

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Bayonetta, Japan, News, Platinum Games, Platinum Next

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Bayonetta developer Platinum Games have published an open letter on their site from CEO Tatsuya Minami, suggesting that the current games business is 'struggling' and that the industry is severely lacking in 'fresh surprises', particularly in Japan.

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UK Launch Of MotorStorm Apocalypse Delayed

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
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Games news, Japan, MotorStorm: Apocalypse, PS3, Sony

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UPDATE: In response to Sony's statement, GAME and Gamestation have canceled ALL their online pre-orders for MotorStorm Apocalypse. According to a GAME spokesperson, it was the only course of action that could taken so close to release. No-one who pre-ordered online will see their account debited on Friday, either.

HMV, on the other hand, have kept their customers' pre-orders, but have stated they won't be receiving the game on the original release date this Friday. As such, you will probably be paying the bill. Gameplay customers, on the other hand, might be hearing the dull thud of a package hitting their doormats, as the outlet admitted they'd begun shipping copies of Apocalypse early to customers, before Sony issued their statement.

Sony recently announced their intentions to support relief and recovery efforts in their native Japan by donating up to 300 million yen to disaster-struck communities. And now, in light of the country's tragedy, they have issued a statement announcing plans to postpone the launch of MotorStorm Apocalypse, which depicts a world ravaged by natural disasters not dissimilar to the 8.4 earthquake that struck Japan on the weekend. The game was due for release this Friday.

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