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Microsoft XBox 360 Outsells PS3 in Japan in September 100°
342w ago - Microsoft Corp's Xbox 360 outsold Sony's PlayStation 3 in Japan in September, beating the rival machine in monthly unit sales for the first time in Sony's home market, a game magazine publisher said.

Strong sales growth came after Microsoft cut prices for its game console last month.

Microsoft sold 53,547 units of the Xbox 360 in the four weeks to September 28, compared with 33,071 units of the PS3, data from Enterbrain showed...

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Dragon Quest IX Set for a March 2009 Release in Japan 50°
342w ago - Square Enix have announced that Dragon Quest IX: Protectors of the Sky will be released on March 29 in Japan.

The game, which has been dubbed "Japan's biggest title for 2009", will be shown at this years TGS but won't be playable. Pricing has yet to be set.

To quote: DQIX has endured somewhat of a rocky path before arriving at this final release time frame. The game was originally announced back in late 2006 as being due...

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PS3 Firmware Update 2.43 Released; Mandatory in Japan Only! 300°
345w ago - To quote Al De Leon (PR Manager, SCEA) via PS Blog:

Hi, everyone, I wanted to give you a heads up about PS3 firmware update (v2.43). Unlike previous updates, firmware v2.43 is specific to the Japan region, and only PS3 users there will be required to install the update. PS3 users in all other regions will not be prompted to download v2.43. However, if you manually initiate a firmware update by clicking on "System Update" under...

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Sony to Launch Online Content Management Service in Japan 50°
345w ago - Sony of Japan has revealed a new service called Life-X which enables users to manage their own private digital content such as photos and videos though a Web browser. The service is set to start in October 2008.

"Toward our goal to make 90% of Sony's products support network function, the service will help increase the added-value and convenience of Sony's products," said Nobuki Kurita, executive deputy president of Sony Marketing.

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Nintendo unveils Wi-Fi Network Adapter for Japan 50°
346w ago - Nintendo has unveiled a wireless router/bridge for sale (in Japan) that works to connect your Wii, DS and/or PC to the Internet.

Famitsu (linked above) has more picss of it, including a router/bridge switch. The router costs you „5,800 (US $53). No word on a release outside of Japan, although the Wi-Fi USB Connector has reportedly been discontinued, so it'd make sense to have this as a replacement.

The Wi-Fi Network Adaptor...

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Afrika Debuts at Two in Japan, not a PS3 System Seller 50°
346w ago - The latest sales figures show that Afrika managed second spot in the weekly software sales for Japan. However, the PS3 didn't even manage to break five digits selling just 9,775 units in the week which was WAY behind the Wii's 35,755 weekly sales.

Conclusion? Afrika is not a system seller, at least in Japan...

To quote: The rest of the top ten was mostly older games. Wii Fit took fifth place with 31,134 units, and was followed...

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Sony Japan announces new Bluetooth wireless headset for PS3 50°
347w ago - The press release below says it all...

PRESS RELEASE: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT JAPAN TO RELEASE NEW WIRELESS HEADSET FOR PLAYSTATION®3

Bluetooth® Supported Wireless Headset to Enjoy Voice Chat on PS3®
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Tokyo, September 2, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. responsible for business operations in Japan, today...

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Sony Partners with FON for Free PSP WiFi Access in Japan 50°
348w ago - Sony announced today that it has formed a partnership with the WiFi sharing network known as FON to allow PSP owners to freely access the internet across 44,000 FON hotspots in Japan.

In addition to free Internet access, users will be able to download PSP content such as game demos, XMB themes and wallpaper images through the service.

In celebration of the announcement, a theme for Square Enix's PSP brawler Dissidia: Final...

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UK User Accepted for PS3 Home Japan! 300°
349w ago - I have received a confirmation e-mail from PlayStation Japan that I have been accepted for PS3 Home.

I am from the U.K. and had registered for a Japanese Network account and got the theme from the store.

So yes, it works!

Here is a link to where you can download the theme, but the deadline has passed now:

PS3 Home BETA Entry Theme and New Video Available

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LittleBigPlanet Hits Japan on October 30, 2008 200°
351w ago - Sony has confirmed that Media Molecule's ambitious world creation platformer LittleBigPlanet will hit Japanese store shelves on October 30, exclusively on PlayStation 3.

A firm launch date for other territories has yet to be officially announced, aside from a vague fall release window.

However, considering that the developer is European based, it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect a release in both Europe and the U.S....

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