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More Than Muscles: Japan’s First Esports Gym is Open

Promoted article (contains affiliate links) Japan has led the world in the innovation of fun and interesting ideas. Tokyo is the hub for unusual things like internet cafes, Super Mario theme parks and now the world’s first esports gym.  Gaming has been a staple in Japanese culture since the 1980s. It has continued to gain even more popularity through the 2000s since the world has moved to online gaming. Continue reading More Than Muscles: Japan’s First Esports Gym is Open

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Hyper Japan to host UK Splatoon 2 tournament this weekend, with hosts BOWIEtheHERO, Nimmz and Marc With a C

London’s Japanese culture expo Hyper Japan will be welcoming the Splatoon UK community this weekend, with teams battling it out in a Splatoon 2 tournament. This two-day Hyper Splat event will begin with qualifying rounds on Saturday July 24th, with the top eight teams progressing to the grand finals on Sunday July 25th. Matches start at 12pm midday each day. Seeding will be based on previous Nintendo and Splatoon 2 community events. Continue reading Hyper Japan to host UK Splatoon 2 tournament this weekend, with hosts BOWIEtheHERO, Nimmz and Marc With a C

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Nintendo plans to open its own Nintendo Gallery museum in Japan by 2024

By Dom Peppiatt 2 June 2021 10:25 GMT Nintendo has announced plans to open the Nintendo Gallery museum in Japan which will be aimed at showcasing the company’s philosophy and design mentality to the public.As per the iconic Japanese developer, the planned gallery is “a way to share Nintendo’s product development history and philosophy” with anyone eager to learn. The grand opening is set to take place sometime in March 2024.Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa announced these plans in a Japanese press release over on the Nintendo site. The museum will be built on the Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant and its land in…

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Capcom forced staff to work on-site after the hack, despite covid restrictions – report

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 12 March 2021 12:06 GMT Staff weren’t able to work remotely after cyberattack.Japanese publishing giant Capcom allegedly instructed staff to work in the office despite covid restrictions after the publisher fell victim to a ransomware hack.That’s according to local publication Business Journal – as reported by Kotaku – which claims that this took place even though Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in some parts of the country. This instructed people to work from home or only have limited staff in an office due to concerns about the spike on covid-19 cases….

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PlayStation is starting to shut down Japan Studio – report

Japan Studio – known for its work on first-party PlayStation classics like Gravity Rush, The Last Guardian, and Ape Escape – is reportedly winding down development.According to an in-depth new report from VGC, the Knack, LocoRoco and Patapon developer has seen the “vast majority” of its staff let go ahead of their contract renewal date of April 1, following reports that Sony ‘sidelined’ the studio late last year.It looks like most of the talent in the long-running studio has been let go, with Sony keeping on just the localization and business teams. It also appears ASOBI Team, the folks behind the…

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Tokyo store introduces strict measures to stop PS5 scalpers

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 3 February 2021 16:03 GMT Follows the police being called as consumers swarmed the shop.A retailer in Japan’s Tokyo has enacted strict measures to make sure that PlayStation 5 consoles are not snapped up by scalpers.As reported by Famitsu – and spotted by VGC – Yodobashi Camera in the city’s Akihabara district is refusing to sell PS5 consoles to resellers. The store is only allowing sales of PlayStation 5 machines to those using its credit card plan, in addition to randomising when consoles go on sale.If staff reckon that someone is buying a PS5 with the…

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87% of 2020 Japan console sales were Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the best-selling game in the region, too. Nintendo Switch was by far the most popular console in Japan last year.That’s according to data from local games mag Famitsu – via GamesIndustry.biz – which reports that 87% of consoles sold in the country during 2020 were Switches. The regular version of Nintendo’s hardware shifted 3.9 million units, while just over two million copies of the more recently-released Lite edition were sold. Overall, Switch sales increased by 30% year-on-year.In total, 6.85 million consoles were bought in Japan during 2020. Second place went to PlayStation 4, which shifted…

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Take a virtual tour of Super Nintendo World

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 20:50 GMT Super Nintendo World will be available for Universal Studios Japan park-goers soon, and those unable to attend can take a virtual tour of it.This virtual tour of Super Nintendo World gives you an idea of what visitors can expect when they go to the amusement park.To take the tour, just hit up the link.If you want another tour of the site, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto recently provided a 15-minute tour of the place.Super Nintendo World opens its doors on February 4. It will come to other parks around the world in the future. This area…

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Let Shigeru Miyamoto take you on a charming tour of Super Nintendo World

Nintendo has finally lifted the lid on Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan.“Mario’s Dad” Shigeru Miyamoto took to the hosting in a special Nintendo Direct (below) this week showing off the new area in the park.Ever since the area was announced, fans have been clamoring to find out more about the slice of the Mushroom Kingdom coming to our real world. We’ve seen designs and small glimpses here and there of the park, but until now, we’ve mostly had our imagination.That changed this week as Miyamoto took to showing off many of the features of the area in a…

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Japan’s Super Nintendo World finally set to open in February 2021

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 30 November 2020 17:09 GMT Japan’s Super Nintendo World theme park will officially open its doors to the paying public on February 4, 2021.That grand opening date for the theme park was announced this morning as Super Nintendo World’s team showed off the first official images of the part, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from the Mario Kart and Bowser’s Castle attractions.According to IGN Japan, Bowser’s Castle will feature a massive statue of the infamous kidnapper and the area based on his lair will feature a ton of details related to the long-time…

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PS5 launch sales in Japan revealed

Unsurprisingly, the PS5’s launch sales in Japan were leagues ahead of Xbox Series X/S.The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S both launched in Japan last week, and launch day sales are in. According to Famitsu, the lead is unquestionably Sony’s.In its first four days on sale, the PS5 managed to shift 118,000 units. Xbox Series X/S, on the other hand, sold 21,000 units combined. According to Famitsu, 88% of PS5 sales were the standard disc-based console, with only 12% claimed by the disc-less Digital Edition.The magazine did not reveal the split between Xbox Series X and Series S, but it said…

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Xbox reportedly looking to buy a Japanese studio as it attempts to finally take on PlayStation in its own backyard

By Alex Calvin, Monday, 9 November 2020 17:10 GMT Microsoft is apparently speaking to Japanese developers about a potential acquisition. That’s according to Bloomberg, which reports that the Xbox firm has been in discussions with studios big and small in the region. There’s no indication yet about who the platform holder has been speaking to or how these discussions have been going.This would be the latest in a long line of acquisitions that Xbox has made in recent years. Back at E3 2018, Microsoft announced that it had purchased Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Undead Labs and Compulsion, in addition to…

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Ghost of Tsushima achieves second-highest lifetime sales for PS4 first-party game in Japan

Despite launching just three weeks ago, Ghost of Tsushima has already achieved the second-highest lifetimes sales for a PS4 first-party game in Japan. The news comes from games industry analyst Benji-Sales, who recently shared Ghost of Tsushima stats on Twitter. Check it out below. After only 3 weeks of sales Ghost of Tsushima is already the 2nd best selling game LIFETIME for a PlayStation 1st party studio in Japan on PS4 #1 is Spider-Man, however at roughly 300k physical sales GoT isn’t far behind and will surpass it in the coming weeks Amazing results pic.twitter.com/RGZdp92fZm — Benji-Sales (@BenjiSales) August 6,…