[Image: Nintendo] In the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, twenty four Japanese game companies were polled about the Nintendo Switch. Their answers may or may not surprise you. Advertisement Here are eight interesting questions (and answers) of Famitsu’s poll. 1. Are you developing any games for the Nintendo Switch? Currently developing: 54 percent Thinking about it now: 25 percent Not developing: 17 percent No answer: 4 percent 2. In the future, do you have plans to release any games [on the Switch]? Yes: 46 percent Thinking about it now: 46 percent None at the moment: 4 percent No answer: 4 percent (Note the difference between those planning to release a Switch game and those developing Switch titles. Famitsu wonders if the difference is companies waiting to see how the Switch does before finalizing release plans. I wonder if these are multiplatform titles.) 3. After the Nintendo Switch reveal, do you feel that players are excited about it? Yes: 50 percent Can’t say either way: 38 percent No: 8 percent No answer: 4 percent 4. What’s your take on the price? Appropriate: 67 percent Cheap: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The Entrance at Kiyomizu-dera. Kyoto, Japan. By Eric Nguyen. Advertisement JPGs is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a photographer and have images you want to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
In its first week on the market, PlayStation 4 exclusive Nioh sold more than 75,000 copies, but it finished in second on the software chart to Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional for 3DS, which moved 122,000 copies. For comparison, Bloodborne sold over 152,000 copies in its first week in Japan. As Team Ninja revealed on Twitter earlier this week, Nioh is sold out nationwide, and they’re currently shipping out more stock. In the meantime, a 10% discount is being offered on the digitial version. Looking at hardware, every PlayStation platform was down week-on-week, but PS4 managed to stay in first, selling 22,300 units. According to Media Create, here’s the 20 best-selling retail games, along with how each system sold in Japan from February 6 to 12, 2017: Games (Lifetime) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional (3DS) – 122,051 Nioh (PS4) – 75,477 Four Goddesses Online: Cyber Dimension Neptune (PS4) – 42,508 Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Grotesque Ver. included) (PS4) – 22,338 (262,309) Pokemon Sun/Pokemon Moon (3DS) – 16,477 (3,148,928) Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World (3DS) – 9,495 (79,976) Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (3DS) – 9,367 (962,071) Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (3DS) – 8,583 (662,339) Grand Theft Auto V (Low Price Version) (PS4) – 5,686 READ FULL…
Osaka Castle. Osaka, Japan. By Joey Crowdell. Advertisement JPGs is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a photographer and have images you want to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Attack on Titan is a ridiculously popular show if you’re not already aware, and there’s plenty to love about it. There’s a new smartphone game collaboration coming through for Japanese gamers, and it’s called Attack on Titan: Chain Puzzle Fever. Pre-registrations will be opening later this month for an eventual winter release that will be on smartphones, but no word on whether For the uninitiated, Attack on Titan follows the last bastion of humanity as they eke out an existence within the walls that protect them from enormous, lumbering Titans outside. The Titans devour humans one by one, and the only way they can be stopped is by a swift strike to the neck. You can now pull this off thanks to their “Omni-directional Mobility Gear,” which gives the tiny humans the ability to zip around their towns and forests with the ease of Spider-Man. Unfortunately, sometimes that just doesn’t work thanks to the Titans’ extreme speed and strength. The game follows the main storyline of the anime’s first season, which features friends Eren, Mikasa, and Armin, all who’ve lost friends and family and many other important things. They’ve been trained for combat READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!
Alleyway. Tokyo, Japan. By Cody Ellingham. Advertisement JPGs is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a photographer and have images you want to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[Photo: pan_kung / Shutterstock] First time visitors notice them right away: Sickness masks. People in Japan wear them for numerous reasons, including to prevent illness. Some even don them because they think the masks make them more attractive. Advertisement But, first, what’s the deal with Japan and sickness masks? For years now, masks have been considered good manners. If you got sick, the polite thing to do was put on a mask, so others, especially in crowded urban centers, didn’t catch whatever you have. They are also protection. If you don’t want to get sick, especially if you are taking your kid’s to the doctor’s or if its flu season, then you wear a mask. During the spring, people with allergies often wear masks to help them through the season. Advertisement As Nippon.com explains, the Japan’s mask culture started in 1918 during a Spanish flu pandemic, which killed between 257,000 and 481,000 people in Japan. Since then, sales have increased year by year. Now, the country mask companies churn out billions and billions of masks annually. [Photo: oneinchpunch / Shutterstock] Japan’s sickness READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Thanks to a quiet week, Resident Evil 7 for PlayStation 4 was easily able to remain in 1st place on the software chart, selling 52,700 copies and bringing its lifetime total to 240,000. The most notable new release, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto for PS4, opened in 6th with 9,200 copies sold. Even with a drop of 2,000 week-on-week, PS4 was still the #1 selling system, beating the New 3DS LL by 10,000 units. PS Vita and PS4 Pro finished in 3rd and 4th, each moving over 9,500 units. According to Media Create, here’s the 20 best-selling retail games, along with how each system sold in Japan from January 30 to February 5, 2017: Games (Lifetime) Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Grotesque Ver. included) (PS4) – 52,665 (239,971) Pokemon Sun/Pokemon Moon (3DS) – 19,831 (3,132,451) Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World (3DS) – 13,058 (70,482) Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (3DS) – 11,585 (952,704) Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (3DS) – 11,509 (653,756) Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto (PS4) – 9,204 Gravity Rush 2 (PS4) – 8,518 (98,677) BoxBoy! Stuffed Box (3DS) – 7,582 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PSV) – 6,631 (108,475) Grand Theft Auto V (Low Price READ FULL…
This year is the 30th anniversary of the Jake Hunter detective game series. To mark it, Arc System Works just announced a new Jake Hunter for the Nintendo 3DS. No word about a release date. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Urasoe Castle. Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. By Mike Ricotta. Advertisement JPGs is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a photographer and have images you want to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[Image: Tecmo Koei] In DOAX3‘s recently released VR mode, it appears that if you stick your head underwater while looking at a character, here Marie Rose, her bathing suit vanishes. Advertisement Note: This article contains content some readers might find objectionable. It’s unclear how widespread the issue is, but the game has dealt with other glitches and bugs. This also seems to make characters have shaved heads, which is somewhat similar to a previous shadow glitch. Last March when the game was originally released in Japan, there were also texture problems with in-game bathing suits. In the clip below, Marie Rose once again looks like she’s missing her bikini. In case you missed them, check out Kotaku’s Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 impressions right here. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[Image: Square Enix] During Square Enix’s big Final Fantasy anniversary event, the Tokyo-based game maker revealed “muteki suits” (invincible suits) as an upcoming free Final Fantasy XV download. If you thought the outfits (above) looked like Power Ranger costumes, you were not alone. Advertisement The costumes were slated for a February 21 release and would give players invincibility for thirty minutes as well as improved fishing abilities. The catch was that the outfits could only be used once only every 24 hours. However, soon after the outfits were revealed, it was pointed out that they looked like Power Ranger suits (below). [Full disclosure: Haim Saban’s Saban Capital Group is an owner of Kotaku’s parent company Univision Communications.] Advertisement In the most recent Active Time Report, Square Enix announced that the Power Rangers’ publisher pointed out the similarities and the costume will be released “at a later date.” During the live stream, Square Enix marketing manager Akio Ofuji said, “We were told to be careful with what we say [about this]. So, I will let everyone know what’s going on.” A smiling FFXV director Hajime Tabata READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
toco toco tv is a YouTube channel “where Japanese artists and creators introduce places in Japan that inspire them”. There are some cool video game people interviewed, like Suda51, Swery65 and pro gamer Fuudo. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Resident Evil games are a big deal. People love them! Especially in Japan. Let’s see how the latest release did in its first week on sale in the country. Advertisement Resident Evil 7 launched on January 26, and for the week between January 23 and January 29, it came in first in the Japanese sales charts, with the game’s PS4 release selling 187,306 copies. While this data was published by Japanese game site 4Gamer, it comes from the highly respected sales-tracker Media Create. The Xbox One version did not make the sales chart’s top twenty, and thus, 4Gamer was unable to post those sales numbers. Advertisement So, first place! This is good, right? Well… As Kotaku reported in 2012, the PlayStation 3 version of RE6 sold 634,933 and 92,921 in its first two weeks of sale, for a total of 727,854 copies sold. In comparison, 2009’s Resident Evil 5 moved 319,000 copies in its first week and 61,483 in its second for a total of 380,483. Meaning, unless Resident Evil 7 has a big second week, it will be underperforming. Stay tuned. Kotaku East READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!