Well, the Japanese one anyway. Just have a look at this:
What the hell are with those silly costumes the Nintendo characters are wearing? Why does Link look something like Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Is Bowser a hipster? What in [whoever's] name is going on here?
Nintendo, your Japanese ads were always a bit strange before, but this takes the biscuit.
See that picture above? That’s the crowd waiting outside the Pokemon Centre in Japan to pre order the gen 3 remakes. Yes really. They’re not lining up to actually buy the games, just to pre order the damn things.
That’s some impressive level of popularity for two games that haven’t even been released yet. It’s like if you had people waiting to simply get their receipt for the new iPhone, just to come back in a few weeks and actually pick up. Crazy.
All within the first two days of going on sale in Japan too, something which is highly impressive (for comparison, Pokemon Black and White only sold double that in a similar timeframe).
However, I will say one thing. While the success of the 3DS version is a great thing to see, it’s honestly not something that’s too unexpected. After all, the 3DS itself is the best selling system of the generation over in Japan, and every single big game on the console has been a break out success in the region. The real test is actually whether the Wii U version sells anywhere near as well. Whether Super Smash Bros for Wii U can save a dying console in the same way that Mario Kart 8 has kind of done already.
Yeah, we know it’s become a bit of a cliche to bash this game. But do you want to know how unpopular Miyamoto’s changes were?
Japanese gamers are calling it kusoge because of them.
No, I’m not kidding. A popular wiki there listing such games (kusoge means infamously bad games deemed utterly broken in every way) actually lists Paper Mario Sticker Star as an example, complete with what must about 10 pages of complaints about the design, story, characters, concepts and just about everything else. What’s more, they’re the same complaints as those brought up by Western fans of the Paper Mario series, indicating that just about everyone agrees that the changes made were for the worse.
Want to see what else they had to say about this game? Here’s a link…
In a raffle. That you get an entry for by spending over 1000 yen at the Denny’s and Famil family of restaurants in Japan. Apparently, there are ten of said systems to be won via the raffle, and another five to be won via an email campaign on the official website. Here’s a picture of the system design in question:
As you can see, it’s a pretty nice design! Decent colour scheme, decent styling around the edges, a pretty neat picture showing off Yveltal and Xerneas (alongside Ash and Pikachu from the Pokemon anime series). Pity it’ll never be released to the public, or made available to buy or win outside of Japan.
So yeah, what do you think? Are you a bit jealous that Japanese Pokemon fans are getting yet another exclusive 3DS XL design? Do you wish Nintendo would sell these outside of Japan, like through Club Nintendo or something? If so, post your thoughts here or at Nintendo 3DS Community.com now!
You can see the box art for the game in either the post thumbnail or the full post. As for why it’s actually being released in stores rather than as an eShop game… well, that seems to be a pattern with Nintendo and Wii Sports games in Japan. The original one wasn’t actually packaged with the Wii and was too being sold in shops at full price.
Guess some people over there seem to prefer buying games in actual physical boxes rather than as digital downloads.
As you may or may not know, the Nintendo 2DS console has not as of this time been released in Japan. Why is that? Who knows, some say it’s due to everything from Nintendo’s complete domination of the market making it unnecessary to stereoscopic 3D being more tolerated by Japanese audiences. Either way, it’s not there yet.
But is this about to change? It might well be so, since Nintendo have now registered a trademark for ‘Nintendo 2DS’ In Japan. Want to see it? If so, keep reading!
And not from a large store or anything either. Nope, this 32 year old guy in Japan was arrested for stealing a rare Pokemon edition 3DS XL from a ten year old kid in the city of Nishinomiya, near Kobe in Japan.
He was caught because he tried to pawn off the console and five games (that were stolen with it) at a used game shop, which was close enough to the victim’s house that one of his friends spotted the system in the store. The warranty was used to confirm that the console was indeed the stolen one, and the suspect owned up shortly afterwards.
It’s only true in Japan as of this moment, but I guess it proves that Nintendo’s hopes of Nintendo Land actually being a killer app have completely died off and they’re doing whatever is needed to get those Wii Us off shelves. In this case, trying to repeat their Wii U marketing plans again in the hope the ‘expanded audience’ will buy into another Wii Sports experience.
So what’s interesting about this situation? Well to be honest, a couple of things are, so keep reading to find out!
It may have succeed in Europe, but if the recent sales figures in Japan are any indication, it seems Japanese gamers aren’t caring too much for the latest Donkey Kong Country title. Basically, it sold just 35,000 copies in its launch week, a massive 5 or so times less than Donkey Kong Country Returns or its 3DS port.
So why’s it not doing well there? Does it matter? Keep reading to find out…