As the piles of Wii money begin to dwindle Nintendo seem to be having thoughts about actually trying to sell a few more consoles and games to customers eager to part with their cash. Recently, they offered a glimmer of hope to those gamers frustated by their region locking policy, with president Satoru Iwata suggesting Nintendo may consider changing it in future.
This sounds like a no brainer to us. Nintendo consoles tend to lag behind their peers when it comes to breadth of quality software so excluding customers who want to purchase titles in other languages or not available in their region is just as likely to drive them to other systems as other games.
The last region free Nintendo system was the hugely successful DS, perhaps the less than stellar sales of its successors have led to Nintendo’s potential change of heart. Making the full range of Nintendo software available to customers worldwide would surely give them a much needed boost.
Nintendo have been posting awesome videos on their official site with tips and tricks for Nintendo games. Here’s the latest Nya Nya Nya Neko Mario Time:
Today is Xbox One release day in Japan. Shoppers are not exactly fighting to get their hands on them with buyers thin on the ground and queues non-existent. Still, it’s nice to see Microsoft making the effort although they seem to have an uphill battle on their hands at the moment. PS4 has a headstart and appears to be technically stronger. We’ll have to see what Microsoft can do to turn this around.
What is there to say about this, other than to bemoan that is has now tragically sold out. If there’s a finer way to suspend toilet paper, we’ve yet to discover it. Perhaps this could start a trend. Maybe Warcraft players that have trouble taking bathroom breaks could be tempted in by Horde themed roll holders. For now, this Space Invaders themed holder is keeping someone very happy while performing the important business of the day.
Real life Mario Kart racing is now available around Akihabara. Drivers are able to discuss their choice of character with organizers who then try and allocate everyone someone they like. Training is given, although since they are driving on the road a proper driving license is required. The racing itself lasts over two hours though racers can always pick up a drive-through if they find themselves flagging.
Items, such as bananas and shells are provided although the precise details of their use remains a mystery. Racers go from Akihabara to Shinjuku before finishing in Shibuya. If you manage to book a place at this event expect a lot of interest from tourists.
Fighting games are great, but many of us find ourselves wondering how they can go from regular play to true mastery. Fighting game expert Patrick Miller has published a free guide to playing better and winning more. The guide is available now at shoryuken.com.
Osaka is well served when it comes to video game bars. Space Station and Bar Continue are both great places to enjoy alcohol enhanced gaming. Joining them on our list of haunts is ‘Bar Dendo’. Patrons can enjoy drinks while choosing from a huge range of software across a range of old and new systems.
The place is pretty small but staff and customers are friendly and easy to chat to.
Bar Dendo is tricky to find – it is a couple of blocks South-West of Niponbashi station inside a large multi-floored building with no obvious sign outside. The area is perhaps best described as unusual so keep that in mind if unusual areas aren’t your thing.
Here’s their homepage with map:
Mario Kart 8 launched a couple of days ago, and by all accounts it’s a cracker. The game is being described as the best in the series and is getting rave reviews all over the gaming media.
Nintendo Japan are running a promotion where buyers of the game get to try out two other games for a month. These games can then be purchased at a discount. They’re offering a pretty good selection: The Wonderful 101, Zelda: Wind Waker, Nintendoland, Pikmin 3 and Game and Wario. It looks like being a good way to check out any games you might have missed recently. Here’s the link.
Xbox One will finally launch in Japan on September 4th of this year.
The system will come in two versions, with and without Kinect, priced at 49980 yen and 39980 yen respectively.
Microsoft have never really gained traction in Japan, so have their work cut out to shift units this time around. We’re looking forward to see what new titles will be announced at E3, they could certainly do with pulling something spectacular out of the bag.
As well as the console they also announced peripheral prices and launch titles. The wireless controller at 5980 yen might be of interest to PC gamers as it is rumoured to be getting PC compatibility soon.