Something about Japan: No next-gen hardware in Japan means the holiday is Nintendo’s to lose

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Lucky old Nintendo. By delaying the launch of PS4 in Japan, Sony has given the Wii U pretty much an uncontested run of the home-console sales this holiday season. (Xbox One was unlikely to be a contender in Japan even if it was coming this year, which it isn’t.) And with brand new Mario and… Continue reading

Something About Japan: why PS4 isn’t a Japanese console and Vita TV could be a stroke of genius


Our Japan correspondent takes a look at how this week’s announcement have been received in Sony’s homeland.

Something About Japan: Kyoto’s indie conference BitSummit returns for 2014

BitSummit II

What to expect from the second gathering of Japan’s finest indie talent, confirmed to take place in March 2014.

Something About Japan: a tribute to legendary retro arcade Shibuya Kaikan Monaco

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Our reporter in Japan laments the closure of one of Japan’s oldest game centres.

Something About Japan: Shinji Mikami on next gen development and the return of survival horror

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The Evil Within director speaks to 4Gamer about the power of PlayStation and reviving real survival horror.

Something About Japan: Capcom on the return of Phoenix Wright

Phoenix Wright sits down with Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies producer Motohide Eshiro and scenario director Takeshi Yamazaki.

Something About Japan: meet Evo 2013’s winners

Evo 2013

This week, speaks to the champions crowned at the Evolution Championship Series 2013.

Something About Japan: introducing JCG, Japan’s new e-sports business


In this week’s Japan column, a interview reveals how its e-sports scene is taking off.

Something About Japan: Microsoft’s Xbox One gameplan

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This week, Microsoft Japan’s executives get a grilling over Xbox One’s launch in Japan.

Something About Japan: Naoki Yoshida on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn

This week, Square Enix’s Naoki Yoshida speaks to Famitsu about the power of PS4 and ensuring his next MMOG appeals to game players globally.