World Hobby Fair 2012

January 16th, 2012 Ninjinkai Posted in 3DS, Arcades, DS, Japan, Mario, Misc, Nintendo, Playstation, PSP, Sega, Sony, Stuff, Vita, Wii 1 Comment »

Want to know what toys Japanese kinds are going to be playing with this year? Then the World Hobby Fair is your place to go. Put on by toy and game businesses, the show gives kids the chance to play with all the newest stuff and gives the companies lots of feedback about what’s hot or not.

This year was dominated by Pokemon, Gundam, and Inazuma Eleven, with all three licenses being spread over a wide variety of merchandise and crossovers. Nintendo and Sony both had a substantial presence, setting up large booths and lots of demos and tournaments. Battling toys were getting a lot of attention, it seems kids want anything that lets them pit one toy against another in a brawl. Professional Yo-yo…ers?..ists? were drawing crowds teaching tricks and hosting shows. Girl-focused games like Pretty Rhythm, Tamagotchi, and Cooking Mama were bringing in lots of players too.

Our picks for the best of the show? The Taiko no Tatsujin game being demoed inside a giant snow globe, the very unusual pairing of feudal Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga with Pokemon, and the Sony shrine featuring Playstation characters and selling good-luck charms.

Here are the pictures, scroll over for a description.

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Vita Launches in Japan

December 19th, 2011 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Vita No Comments »

Playstation Vita went on sale on Saturday. Sony’s Kaz Hirai and Andrew House attended the official launch in Tokyo. House said “Japan will get Vita before any other country in the world, and you will be the first people to get your hands on it. I hope you love it.”

The Vita comes in two versions, the 3G version is priced at Y29,980, with the wi-fi version going for Y24,980.

Though Vita games are region-free, it seems that user accounts will be limited to one per memory card – at Y9500 for a 32GB card those aren’t cheap so anyone wanting to create accounts in different regions will need deep pockets.

More pics here.

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