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R4 Nintendo DS Cart Now Illegal in Japan, Others Being Pursued 50°
February 27, 2009 // 9:25 pm - Nintendo, Square Enix and Capcom have won their battle against the R4 cartridge for the Nintendo DS. It is now officially illegal to sell the R4 anywhere in Japan, and Nintendo has vowed to fight against other similar products.

To quote: Today, the Tokyo District Court has found in Nintendo's favour and granted an injunction against sales of the R4. Most outlets had already stopped selling it due to the lawsuit's pressure, but it's now officially against the law to sell it in Japan.

Nintendo, Square Enix and Capcom have released a statement crowing about the victory, highlighting...

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FFXIII for PS3 On Track for 2009 in Japan, Demo One Hour Long 50°
February 25, 2009 // 8:15 pm - According to an article in the latest Famitsu, development of Final Fantasy XIII for PS3 is reportedly going very well. Things look all set for a 2009 launch still, and it's reported the demo will be one hour long.

To quote: In some ways, we're like, "yay, we get to talk about Final Fantasy XIII all year!" and in other ways, we're like, "...damnit, we have to talk about Final Fantasy XIII all damn year."

God only knows how far off a North American release date is, but we do have some relatively good news for you. We say "relatively" because Square-Enix president Yoichi...

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Three New Nintendo DSi Colors to Hit Japan in March 2009 50°
February 25, 2009 // 11:34 am - Nintendo has just announced three new colors for its new Nintendo DSi handheld: Pink, Lime Green and Metallic Blue. All three colors will go on sale in Japan on March 20.

They are each priced at 18,900 (US$195).

The Nintendo DSi originally went on sale in Japan on November 1, 2008 and was available in black and white. The DSi features two 0.3 megapixel cameras, larger screens, a new SD card slot and better speakers. It does not have a Game Boy Advance cartridge slot like the DS or DS Lite.

Blue and white DSi consoles are launching...

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Sony Japan is Seeking 'New Game Hardware' Testers 50°
February 19, 2009 // 11:13 am - A job listing has appeared on the Sony Computer Entertainment Web site, looking for individuals to test "new model game hardware."

The Sony job listing says, "Experience an in-development game console (hardware) early!"

To quote: Job duties include checking on, reporting on and giving input for a in-development game hardware. The listing's Q&A reads: "This is specifically for a new model and unannounced game hardware for PS3, PS2, PSP and its peripherals."

Note: In the original Japanese text, Sony separates...

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Japan's Square Enix to Buy 'Tomb Raider' Firm Eidos Interactive 50°
February 12, 2009 // 7:58 pm - Of all the potential suitors for Eidos Interactive, Japanese RPG power house Square Enix seemed like the definite underdog.

Time Warner already owned a significant number of Eidos shares, and has recently made moves to increase that number. In spite of this, SE went ahead with rumored plans to purchase Eidos, in a continued attempt to extend its Western reach.

However, Square Enix agreed to buy the British firm behind titles such as 'Tomb Raider' and 'Championship...

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Nintendo Wii Sales Fall in Japan, DSi Sales Up Slightly Last Week 50°
February 9, 2009 // 6:15 am - Has the Wii's bubble finally burst? Sales figures from Japanese retailers show the Wii is the only console to show negative growth over the last week.

While it is far too soon to start shouting the demise of the Wii from the rooftops, Nintendo saw unit sales of its home console fall by 3,000 units, allowing the PlayStation 3 to close the sales gap between the two consoles from 12,000 units two weeks ago, to just under 6,000 units this week.

The Wii is showing the least resilience of all systems in the current slump in the Japanese hardware market, seeing sales slump 96,000...

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Japan Gets Carnival Colors for PSP, Bright Yellow & Spirited Green 250°
January 26, 2009 // 11:25 pm - Just over two weeks ago we reported on Sony offering two PSP 'Carnival Colors' in Radiant Red and Vibrant Blue to gamers in Hong Kong.

Today, it is confirmed that on March 5, "Vibrant Blue" and "Radiant Red" PSP-3000s will be released in Japan, and are priced at 19,800 (US$223).

Additionally, on March 19, two more colors dubbed "Bright Yellow" and "Spirited Green" PSP-3000s will be released in Japan and are also priced at 19,800 ($223).

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Capcom Unveils a Real Bionic Arm from Japan 100°
December 3, 2008 // 9:40 pm - Capcom USA has unveiled their delivery of a real Bionic Arm from Japan. Check it out below, modeled by Capcom's resident babe Marisol.

To quote: Today, we got the Bionic Arm. It came in a crate with some mysterious Japanese writing (probably a warning of the pure awesome inside), and a dead give-a-way in english as it says "Bionic Arm" in big letters.

Marisol was kind enough to strap on this prop for some pics to show off how cool this thing is. It would have been cooler if I could have found the button for the lights. But there's no obvious switch on there that...

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