Detective Pikachu Demo In Early March 

The Pokémon Company have announced that their will be a demo for Meitantei Pikachu: Shin Combi Tanjou on the Japanese 3DS eShop in early March with save data transferable over to the full game. Pre-order the game here and use the code JPNINTENDO for a $3 discount! A new promo video (I’ve included the English version too) added below…

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Friday News Update with Detective Pikachu retail release and amiibo announced, VVVVVV for Japan plus more news!

● Pikii will publish the 2D platformer VVVVVV in Japan next week (18 January) priced at ¥1,000.

● Nintendo updated ARMS to Ver.5.0.1 boosting Misango’s performance with his jumping speed improved and arm size increased. The next Party Crash is next weekend too with Lola Pop VS Misango.

Splatoon 2 will add the Dapple Dualies Nouveau tomorrow (13 January) at 11:00 JST (tonight in North America) with Ver.2.2.0 arriving on 17 January balancing out many weapons plus several bug fixes etc.

Human Fall Flat opened at #3 on the Japanese Switch eShop charts. Check out the full top 10 (and both 3DS and Wii U) here.

WorldNeverland – Elnea Kingdom was confirmed to have English language support. Thanks to naruki.

● Check out the Japanese website for Zelda Musou Hyrule Allstars DX here.

● And the website Subarashiki Kono Sekai -Final Remix- (The World Ends With You) here

● And Dark Souls Remastered here.

● And finally SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy here.

● Watch 6 x 4-player mode videos for KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch here.

● And the Space dog Cosmo trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 The Game here.

● Detective Pikachu is getting a worldwide retail release on 23 March along with an amazing amiibo (pictured here). The Japanese version of the game will be called Meitantei Pikachu and is priced at ¥5,378 (the amiibo is priced at ¥3,218).

● Watch the Virtual Console trailer for Pocket Monsters Crystal here

Fire Emblem Heroes saw a new summoning focus with Micaiah, Sothe and Zelgius from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. The Heroes also appear in a new Story Map: Book II, Chapter 3, plus there are limited-time special quests and a Log-In Bonus. Artwork for all three Heroes added here.

Miitomo saw the “Shredding riffs, looking good! Pretty Punk Power [A]” stage added to Miitomo Drop featuring Belt Top, Cat-Eared Beanie with Badges , Punk Rock Flared Skirt Set and Studded Boots with Buckle all pictured here.

● The New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition system releases in North America on 26 January 26 priced at $159.99.

● Eclipse Games are bringing the dual-stick shooter Tachyon Project to Switch on 25 January. The Wii U version saw a Japanese release so this is expected too! Watch the first 15 minutes courtesy of Contra Network here.

Sega Games are teasing a 16 January announcement.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares closed trading for the week at ¥44,620 which is up fairly significantly from last week.

● Finally, the best way of supporting my blog is by shopping at japanesenintendo.com/shop (and add the code JPNINTENDO at checkout for $3 USD off)!

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Detective Pikachu releasing worldwide 

Along with the new Detective Pikachu amiibo, The Pokémon Company have announced a retail version of the 3DS game simply called Meitantei Pikachu also releasing on 23 March 2018 and priced at ¥5,378. Players who have downloaded both versions can save ¥1,500. The early purchase benefit of the retail version will be this keyring whilst the digital version will be a theme. Japanese trailer added below along with the Western one.

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Detective Pikachu movie, Animal Crossing amiibo support, new Kobito Zukan and much more

● Hollywood Reporter are reporting that Legendary Entertainment (Jurassic World, Hangovers, Steve Jobs, Warcraft etc) have procured rights to the Pokémon franchise with the first (live-action) film being Detective Pikachu based on the 3DS game and will start production in 2017. Universal Pictures will handle distribution outside of Japan and Toho inside Japan (source).

Nintendo Co. Ltd. shares are up slightly by .85% to a nice round 28. Expect them to bump up further when Pokémon GO finally releases in Japan. Oh, and I finally caught Oddish btw!

● In Splatoon news, Nintendo tweeted: “Announcing the stages for the Final Splatfest! Kelp Dome, Moray Towers and Walleye Warehouse were chosen!”

Yokai Watch 3 first week sales saw a huge drop from both iterations of Yokai Watch 2 and even opened less than Yokai Watch Busters although the 581,191 opening week will probably still mean the game tops a million.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will receive a free update this Autumn with new content and amiibo support. The game will support all Animal Crossing figure type and card type amiibo (in-short, the villager visits your town and may even move in!) plus several other series amiibo including Splatoon.

Kobito Game Taizen was announced by Nippon Columbia as the third Kobito Zukan game on 3DS. The first amazingly sold over 300,000 although the second bombed. Kobito Game Taizen releases on 6 October priced at ¥5,184.

Welcome! Pet Hotel was announced by Starsign to release on the Japanese 3DS eShop on 3 August priced at ¥1,000. The game received a retail release in the west as I Love My Pets although digital only in Japan.

Level-5 will have a huge eShop sale from 27 July – 31 August with Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven games discounted plus one half-price game to be added. See the (almost!) full list here with the English names added to the frontpage soon. New Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven games will be announced next week. Watch yesterday’s full presentation here.

● The Pokémon GO and McDonald’s Japan collaboration has been made official with specifics to be announced once the game launches in Japan (source).

● A set of Pokémon Pixel Artwork and Sounds! stickers are now available on LINE for 100 coins/¥240. Go here for pictures of them all!

● Next week’s Weekly Famitsu will have a multi-shooter feature with Splatoon plus questionnaire surveys and sales data. Other games covered in the magazine include Puzzle & Dragons X, Etrian Odyssey V and Monster Hunter Frontier G. Speaking of this week’s, I have several more pages to scan and will re-upload those already scanned shortly at a better rate.

● Another Aikatsu Stars! First Appeal promo video here, a commercial here and a game introduction video here.

● And another Monster Hunter Stories monster introduction trailer with Rathian here.

● And a trailer for the Japanese release of Shift DX here.

● That’s all for now. Check back later for the Collectible Badge Center update, and remember to check out last week’s second badge post (here) where I’ve now added all six of Baito’s yokai of the day!

● Oh and finally, I barely find time to read or unfortunately respond to comments due to time issues but thanks to all for their kind words that I’ve read in some recent re-blogs. You guys, girls and non-specific genders are the greatest!

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Detective Pikachu next week

The only 3DS game announced for next week is Detective Pikachu which is available to pre-load now for ¥1,200. Also up for pre-load is Shin Megami Tensei IV FINAL (which is ¥6,998).

The Wii U sees Cube Life: Island Survival for ¥1,000 and on the Virtual Console Konami Krazy Racers for ¥702 (Game Boy Advance) and Touch! Kirby for ¥950 (Nintendo DS).

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Detective Pikachu finally announced

Nintendo have finally confirmed Detective Pikachu – or Mei Tantei Pikachu for 3DS. It’ll release next week (3 February where it’ll be ¥1,200 until 29 February and then ¥1,500 from 1 March. Japanese 3DS owners can pre-load from tomorrow. Debut trailer below…