God Eater 3 Magazine Advert

Back page magazine advert for God Eater 3 taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. Order physical copies of the magazine here and the game here – use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all orders over $20!

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Famitsu Most Wanted

  1. DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Switch) – 623
  2. Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 569
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 485
  4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) – 373
  5. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 315
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch) – 292
  7. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 242
  8. Ushiro (Switch) – 194
  9. ASTRAL CHAIN (Switch) – 167
  10. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 135
  11. TRIALS of MANA (Switch) – 133
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – 125
  13. Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 120
  14. Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Switch) – below 118
  15. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Switch) – below 118
  16. DAEMON X MACHINA (Switch) – below 118
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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Magazine Advert

Full page magazine advert for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. Check out last week’s advert here. Order physical copies of the magazine here and the game here – use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all orders over $20!

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Best-Selling Game of 2019

This week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu featured the 100 best-selling games for the first half of 2019. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the highest ranking Switch game with 779,845 units sold and at #2 overall, followed by New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe with 643,426, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 318,492. Check out the full top 100 here. Image thanks to @7C4FoH0rwv6oijE.

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Splatoon 2 Famitsu Cover

This week’s issue (No.1598) of Weekly Famitsu magazine features Splatoon 2 as its cover story. Order physical copies of the magazine here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all orders over $20! Please note that Play-Asia incorrectly list this issue as No.1600.

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This Week’s Japanese Software Charts

  1. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) – 54,270
  2. GOD EATER 3 (Switch) – 20,960
  3. Yo-kai Watch 4 (Switch) – 12,287
  4. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu (Switch) – 11,374
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – 9,136
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – 7,687
  7. Minecraft (Switch) – 7,141
  8. Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (Switch) – 6,759
  9. Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu/Eeevee (Switch) – 5,715
  10. Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (PS4) – 5,421
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GIGA WRECKER ALT. Gets New Japanese Release Date

The Game Freak-developed 2D action game GIGA WRECKER ALT. has a new release date of 24 October in Japan where it will release for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Previously it was planned for 01 May but the listing was pulled from the eShop. Post to be updated tomorrow confirming whether the release will add a packaged version. Teaser Famitsu scan added below.

Edit: packaged version confirmed for Japan (Switch only) where it will be published by Rainy Frog for ¥3,780. The download version will be published by Rising Star Games for ¥3,239. Promo video also added below…

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Super Monkey Ball Coming to Switch UPDATED

Sega Games have announced that Tabegoro !Super Monkey Ball is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on 31 October 2019 with the Steam version coming in December. The game is a remake of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Ukiuki Party Daishuugou) for Wii. More information will be in this week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu. Teaser scan and first screenshots added below…

Edit 1: it’s confirmed for western release on 29 October as Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. Announcement trailer added below…

Edit 2: Japanese website open (here), Japanese price is just ¥3,229 ($30), Japanese box art and trailer also added below…

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Shin Hayarigami 1 and 2 Magazine Advert

Back page magazine advert for Shin Hayarigami 1 and 2 taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. Order physical copies of the magazine here and the game here – use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all orders over $20!

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Huge Splatoon 2 Feature Coming to Weekly Famitsu

Next week’s Issue (No. 1598) of Weekly Famitsu magazine has a second anniversary feature on Splatoon 2 with 78 pages of coverage on the eve of Final Fest including developer interviews, illustrations from renowned manga artists, and an Off the Hook cover! Weekly Famitsu is out on 18 July in Japan. Buy physical copies here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all orders of physical items above $20. Teaser scans added below…

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Famitsu Most Wanted

  1. Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 665
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 528
  3. DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Switch) – 511
  4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) – 422
  5. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 316
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch) – 299
  7. Ushiro (Switch) – 229
  8. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 191
  9. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 176
  10. ASTRAL CHAIN (Switch) – 173
  11. TRIALS of MANA (Switch) – 152
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – 109
  13. Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 106
  14. DAEMON X MACHINA (Switch) – below 106
  15. Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Switch) – below 106
  16. Rune Factory 4 Special (Switch) – below 106
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Dr. Mario World Magazine Advert

Full page magazine advert for Dr. Mario World taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. Order physical copies of the magazine here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all orders over $20!

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This Week’s Japanese Software Charts

  1. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) – 83,204
  2. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers (PS4) – 22,260
  3. Yo-kai Watch 4 (Switch) – 19,407
  4. Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (Switch) – 19,127
  5. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu (Switch) – 18,719
  6. Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (PS4) – 14,817
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – 8,968
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – 8,183
  9. Minecraft (Switch) – 7,234
  10. Splatoon 2 (Switch) – 6,072
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Famitsu Most Wanted

  1. Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 654
  2. DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Switch) – 585
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 477
  4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) – 427
  5. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 302
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch) – 206
  7. Ushiro (Switch) – 196
  8. ASTRAL CHAIN (Switch) – 162
  9. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 148
  10. Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 140
  11. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 101
  12. Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Switch) – 82
  13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – below 82
  14. TRIALS of MANA (Switch) – below 82
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Doraemon Story of Seasons Review

1st reviewer: The gameplay sensation is the same like the usual Story of Seasons. It has a higher affinity with Doraemon than I thought, so even if you feel something off, I think you will get used to it right away. This has the best visuals in the series, with beautiful backgrounds presented with pale colors. I got impatient because I could launch many cheats by using the Secret Gadgets from the beginning, but the usable variety [of the Gadgets] gets added gradually which made me excited. Although I may say it can’t be helped, the lack of romance features might affect the motivation for some people. 8

2nd reviewer: The farming life which crosses Doraemon’s world setting with Story of Seasons’ systems has an outstandingly good atmosphere. Being able to conveniently use Secret Gadgets during work and livelihood is also good. Although I kind of feel like some parts like controls and UI could have seen a bit more improvements, we get to work bit by bit on moving around various places and collect items other than raising crops, which gives an appeal of wanting to continue playing for an extended time. The animals are cute, and they also give happiness when being cared for and interacted with. 9

3rd reviewer: Doraemon and other characters are blending into the watercolour-like CG, which warms up the mood. The game cycle is the same as Story of Seasons series, but the key point is on the story development of retrieving Secret Gadgets with events triggered by improving friendships with people, not romance. The story progression is rather slow, and you don’t get the Secret Gadgets immediately either, but once you’ve obtained them, they’ll give benefits making movements and farming works easier. I wish there were a bit more variations to the people’s quotes. 8

4th reviewer: The game elements are easy for even beginners to come in, with the story using the national character [Doraemon] as its subject, and also every kind of presentations that have a very wide frontage. The composition where the story progresses from Nobita’s perspective made me addicted like watching a new Doraemon movie. While there are no romances or marriage events, the new Secret Gadgets give a good taste as accents. It is good at explaining things and guiding players, but on the other side, the overall tempo is too loose which is also irritating. 9

Total score: 34/40


Review originally appeared in Weekly Famitsu magazine, and is translated by BlackKite. This translation is © Copyright  Japanese Nintendo. Please link to the Japanese Nintendo website (https://japanesenintendo.com/) at the top of the review if posting elsewhere.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Magazine Advert

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This Week’s Japanese Software Charts

  1. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) – 196,153
  2. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu (Switch) – 75,505
  3. Yo-kai Watch 4 (Switch) – 40,376
  4. Samurai Spirits (PS4) – 16,662
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – 10,161
  6. KonoSuba (PS4) – 8,856
  7. Doraemon Story of Seasons (Switch) – 8,749
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – 8,108
  9. Minecraft (Switch) – 7,795
  10. Pokémon: Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee (Switch) – 7,781
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