The demo for Ninja Gaiden 2 has arrived…in Japan. Those of you with Japanese Xbox Live accounts (and I assume there’s probably more fake accounts than real ones) will probably need no encouragement to get on the download. Those of you who don’t have Japanese Xbox Live accounts will probably want to see this Destructoid post running you through the process.
The film adaptation of the (mostly) Japan-exclusive zombie slasher game OneeChanbara is set to open in theatres across Japan on April 26. A scantily-clad Japanese katana-wielding cowgirl fighting hordes of zombies? I’d say there’s a large audience for this regardless of their familiarity with the game.
Nintendo is set to reissue the GameCube controller in Japan this month. This time around, it features a 3-meter cord, will only be available in Wii-style white, and will cost 2,000 yen (approximately US$20).
If only Sony treated PlayStation owners so nicely with the DualShock 3.
On March 6, Japan gets their third PlayStation 3 color - Silver Satin. Available for ¥39,980 (approx. US$375) in any capacity you want, as long as it’s 40GB. Matching DualShock 3 controllers will be available for ¥5,500 (approx. US$50).
Got a dark sense of humor and a hate for the mockery that is made of “scientific research” by the Japanese whaling body – maybe it’s time you were introduced to Harpooned. Harpooned is a game where you take on the roll of a Japanese Whaling boat hell bent on researching the lovable creatures.
The games creator Conor O’Kane developed the game to make people more aware of the current situation. When questioned about the controversy the game is stirring up Conor says:
“If people [are] offended by the game they should be even more offended by real whaling. I hope people make the next logical step and realise that reality is much worse than a video game. The more people tell their friends about how disgusting it is, the better … it puts more pressures on the whalers.”
If you are keen to see how many cans of pet food and whale burgers you can rack up in the name of science you can download Harpooned here.
Bad news for those waiting it out for Super Smash Bros Brawl in the US, as it has been pushed back a month from its past release date. The game is now slated for a March 9 release due to it needing more tweaks. Here is Nintendo America’s statement regarding the delay:
“The launch date for Super Smash Bros. Brawl has shifted a few weeks to March 9. The development is taking slightly longer than expected. As we’re sure you have seen on the Dojo site (www.SmashBros.com), the game contains an unprecedented number of characters, options and experiences. Be sure to keep an eye on the Dojo site for the latest information.”
Those lucky Japanese are on track for a January 29th release, while the UK still have no idea when they will be getting theirs.
February 28 sees the release of yet another color PSP-2000 for the Japanese market - Mint Green. Personally, I like my portable systems like I like my T-shirts - black - but those who feel otherwise (and live in Japan) can get their hands on one of these for ¥19,800, or just over USD$181.
Sony has announced that the 1 millionth PSP-2000 was sold in Japan on November 22. The figures show that the new PSP Slim has even outsold the original PSP at launch. Sony are also keen to point out that there are now more than 500 games for the PSP in Japan, and that they are coming out faster than ever.
If you thought the No More Heroes trailer featuring the toilet cam was odd, I warn you it only gets worse. Twenty of the guests who attended the launch party of No More Heroes in Japan were recipients of complementary No More Heroes toilet paper. We aren’t sure what the gift is saying but hopefully it’s not “don’t wipe your arse with our crappy game, use this instead”.
Sales data from Media Create has indicated that the PlayStation 3 outsold the Wii for the second time in Japan since the 40GB PS3 was launched. Overall sales figures were down 20%, with 39,178 PS3 units sold to 36,230 Wii units. While PS3 sales figures have increased in other countries, we don’t think this feat will be emulated outside Japan anytime soon.