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According to The Wall Street Journal, when asked if there will be a mini SNES like the NES Classic,

According to The Wall Street Journal, when asked if there will be a mini SNES like the NES Classic, According to The Wall Street Journal, when asked if there will be a mini SNES like the NES Classic, Nintendo top brass said there was nothing to talk about now.  READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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People Want To See Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Stands 

We’ve already seen a trailer for the live-action Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure movie. We’ve seen the outfits. We know what they look like. But what people really want to see are the Stands. Advertisement What is a Stand? Here’s the Jojo Wikia: The Stand (スタンド Sutando?) is a supernatural power unique to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. A Stand is an entity psychically generated by its proprietor, generally referred to as a Stand User (スタンド使い Sutando Tsukai). It is viewed as a physical manifestation of the User’s fighting spirit. A Stand generally presents itself as a figure hovering near the user and possesses abilities beyond that of an ordinary human, which, depending on the Stand User, can be wielded for good or for evil. Like this: They are a key part of Jojo lore. Yet, in the trailer, there aren’t any Stands. See? No Stands! What we do see is purple fog and screen text describing what kind of power it is. This has Jojo fans confused and concerned.  JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable opens this August in Japan. No word yet on an international release. Or, you know, Stands.  Kotaku East is your READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Japanese Sales Chart: Dark Souls 3 Helps Dethrone Monster Hunter XX

Thanks to the launches of four new titles, Monster Hunter XX was finally dethroned in Japan last week, with Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for 3DS taking 1st place after selling 132,000 copies. Dark Souls 3: The Fire Fades Edition for PlayStation 4 opened in 3rd with 33,100 copies sold, while Dungeon Travelers 2-2 for PlayStation Vita debuted in 4th. Further down the chart, PaRappa the Rapper Remastered finished in 8th with 7,700 copies sold. Looking at hardware, every system except for the Nintendo Switch saw week-on-week sales drop. According to Media Create, here’s the 20 best-selling games at retail plus how each system sold in Japan from April 17 to 23, 2017: Games (Lifetime) Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Limited Edition Included) (3DS) – 131,668 Pro Yakyuu Famista Climax (3DS) – 48,142 Dark Souls 3: The Fire Fades Edition (PS4) – 33,088 Dungeon Travelers 2-2: The Maiden Who Fell into Darkness and the Book of Beginnings (PSV) – 27,381 Monster Hunter XX (3DS) – 27,283 (1,393,376) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (LE Included) (Switch) – 20,364 (395,655) 1-2-Switch (Switch) – 9,790 (186,158) PaRappa the Rapper Remastered (PS4) – 7,649 Minna de Waiwai! Spelunker (Switch) – 7,447 Mario Sports Superstars READ FULL…

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A Gold Darth Vader Helmet Costs Only $1.4 Million

For diehard Star Wars fans with deep pockets, there’s this: a solid gold Darth Vader helmet. Advertisement According to Dengeki Hobby, the one-of-a-kind 24-karat Vader helmet weighs 33 pounds and goes on sale at Ginza Tanaka in Tokyo on May 4. Yours for a cool 154 million yen (US$1.4 million). The dark side of the Force? More like the shiny side. 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!

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Fire Emblem Echoes Shows How The Original Game Art Has Changed

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of 1992 title Fire Emblem Gaiden. Let’s see how the new 3DS version compares to the Famicom one.  Advertisement The original game, the second in the Fire Emblem series, never got an international release. Below are comparisons via Japanese website Fire Emblem Echoes Matome: Slightly less blue and green hair, it seems! Fewer lantern jaws, too. However, the updated art does keep distinctive features of the characters but in a contemporary fashion. It’s interesting to note the big—and subtle—differences. Advertisement Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was released on April 20 in Japan as Fire Emblem Echoes: Mou Hitori no Eiyuu Ou, which translates as Fire Emblem Echoes: Another Hero King). The game has a different subtitle for its upcoming North American and European release on May 19. 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!

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A Manga Movie Adaptation That Looks Cool

Let’s face it. The live-action manga and anime adaptations that the Japanese movie industry has been churning out recently don’t look all that cool. This, however, does. Advertisement Ajin debuted as a manga in 2012, telling the story of a new type of human, called “Ajin,” that are unable to die. Even if these demi-humans are “killed,” they immediately regenerate to a healthy state. It was later turned into anime for feature films and TV. It certainly seems like a live-action version would work well, because it doesn’t have to contend with iconic costumes (or hair!) in the same way other manga movie adaptations do. What do you think? Ajin hits Japanese theaters on September 30. No word yet about an international release. 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!

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Daruma at Katsuo-ji Temple.

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Sailor Moon Still Works As A Figure Skating Routine 

This isn’t the first time Evgenia Medvedeva has done a Sailor Moon routine, and it’s probably not the last time, either. Advertisement In 2016, the Russian skater did a Sailor Moon themed routine, which made big waves in Japan. This year, she’s brought it back. Kotaku previously reported how Medvedeva is a huge anime fan. In particular, she digs Sailor Moon, but she’s also is into skating anime Yuri On Ice. Which, of course, would also make for a fun routine. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Senran Kagura is doing well enough for Marvelous Entertainment to spin off a subsidiary to handle th

Senran Kagura is doing well enough for Marvelous Entertainment to spin off a subsidiary to handle th Senran Kagura is doing well enough for Marvelous Entertainment to spin off a subsidiary to handle the series called HONEY∞PARADE GAMES. It will be headed up by Senran Kagura creator Kenichiro Takaki.  READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Live-Action Gintama's Debut Trailer

This summer, the live-action Gintama movie rolls into Japanese movie theaters. So, let’s check out the flick’s first trailer. Advertisement The movie stars Shun Oguri as the titular Gintoki Sakata. Joining him is Masaki Suda as samurai-in-training Shinpachi Shimura and Kanna Hashimoto as the main female protagonist Kagura. Well, what do you think? The Gintama movie opens July 14 in Japan. No word yet about an international release. 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!

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This Might Be The Biggest PlayStation 4 Controller In The World 

No, you are not looking at a tiny human! This playable, jumbo-sized DualShock 4 is the Sony Interactive Entertainment building in Tokyo. Advertisement The face buttons and the D-pad work as do the shoulder buttons. The thumbsticks can move around, but aren’t playable. (I’m guessing the TouchPad isn’t either, because creating a giant version seems expensive.)  It doesn’t sound like R2 and L2 work, either. [Image: Gigazine] Website Gigazine recently checked out the controller and played PaRappa The Rapper on it. Check out more photos on Gigazine.  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!

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Man Believes His Divorce Was Caused By Dragon Quest X

Recently on Japanese television, a 43 year-old systems engineer talked about his love of Dragon Quest and how it came between him and his family. Advertisement TV show Ie, Tsuite Itte Ii Desuka? (“Is It Okay If We Follow You Home?”) stops random people on the street, asking to peek inside their abodes. On the most recent episode, a man who went by the name “Kaccho” was stopped in Nipponbashi (Osaka’s geek area) and agreed to let the show film inside his apartment. Images from the episode were posted on popular Japanese sites like 2ch, My Game News Flash, and Hachima. Advertisement As soon as the cameraman stepped inside, he noticed that Kaccho had added an extra lock to his door. The reason, Kaccho said, was that he had previously been robbed—that someone had stolen his Metallic Slime PS4, his Dragon Quest emblazoned 3DS, and two tickets to a Dragon Quest concert. The cameraman then noticed how Kaccho’s apartment was filled with Dragon Quest goods—slippers, dishes, plush toys, key holders, figures, and more. Kaccho showed off photos he had taken with Dragon Quest developers, including series creator Yuji READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Life-Sized Anime Girl In A Bikini For $25,000

Lala Satalin Deviluke is the main character of To Love-Ru. A life-sized version of her is going on sale for a mere twenty-five grand.  Advertisement Note: This article contains content some readers might find objectionable. This statue of the devil-tailed alien princess is 5.6 feet tall and weighs 99 pounds. Priced at 2.8 million yen (US$25,647), only ten of these will be made. Advertisement You can watch a rather leering clip of the statue below: If you are going to spend this much money on a figure, leering is exactly what you’d do. I guess? Those interested in purchasing note: You must be a resident of Japan and you must first enter a raffle for a chance to buy. That’s right, a chance to spend $25,000.  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!

The Switch is doing way better than PS4 in Japan after first 7 weeks

The Switch is selling extremely well worldwide, and that’s especially true in Japan. Since it launched, Switch sales in the country have consistently placed it as the best selling console in the country.But when compared to the most successful console this generation, the PS4, the Switch is way ahead after the first 7 weeks. For example, week 4 the PS4 saw almost 30,000 units sold. The Switch saw almost 80,000 units sold.The gap widens considerably at week 7, where the PS4 sold just 13,000 units, while the Switch sold over 45,000 units.And that’s taking into consideration that there was no PS4 shortages when it launched in Japan in February 2014, while there are worldwide Switch shortages right now.Overall, the Switch is outselling the PS4 by over 100,000 units — or about 20% more — after first 7 weeks on the market in Japan.Sales numbers via 2ch READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!