With Sales Outpacing Pokémon, Why Is Splatoon So Popular In Japan?

Image: Nintendo It happened almost overnight. One day in May 2015, Splatoon merch appeared everywhere in Japan. Baby inklings dangled from kids’ backpacks. Squid-girl stickers adorned pencil cases. Convenience stores advertised raffles for figurines, coffee cups, and Splatoon-branded bags. This explosion of Splat-swag was perhaps more of a surprise given that the Wii U sold … Read more

Splatoon 3 Players Labeled “Cheaters” For Abusing Special Weapons

Image: Nintendo / via Splatoon Wiki Splatoon 3 is a game where victory tastes extra sweet, especially when you can take on players online, and it hasn’t taken players very long to discover exploits within the game. And in Japan, some players are being called “cheaters” for abusing the ‘Tenta Missiles’ special weapon. Siliconera has … Read more

Hori Reveals New Pokémon-Themed Designs For The Switch Split Pad Fit

Image: HORIA Accessory creator Hori has revealed it’s teaming up with The Pokémon Company to release Pokémon-themed Split Pad Fit. In case you missed it, these Joy-Con-like controllers are a follow-up to Hori’s Switch Split Pad Pro, and are officially releasing here in the west as the Switch Split Pad Compact. They’ll be available here … Read more

Semiconductor alliances between US and Asia could hold back China

Leading chipmaking nations including the US are forming alliances, in part to secure their semiconductor supply chain and to stop China from reaching the cutting-edge of the industry, analysts told CNBC. Places including the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, which have strong semiconductor industries, have looked to forge partnerships around the critical technology. … Read more

Japan PM calls for UN reforms to address Russian aggression

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed disappointment Tuesday about the failure of the United Nations Security Council to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine because of Russia’s right of veto, calling for reforms that would allow the UN to better defend global peace and order. The United Nations used to play a central role … Read more

Atlus Has “No Plans” For New Game Announcements At Upcoming Concert

Image: Atlus October is shaping up to be a busy month for the Nintendo Switch with the release of multiple titles including the Atlus game Persona 5 Royal. Atlus will also be hosting a concert for the series next month, featuring various performances. It’s got some fans wondering about the possibility of a new game … Read more

The Pokémon Diamond And Pearl Remakes Just Won A ‘Global Award’

Image: The Pokemon Company During the 2022 Tokyo Game Show today, the winners of the Japan Game Awards were announced. One winner, in particular, that seems to have people talking on social media is the 2021 Switch title Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. Not only did it take out the ‘best sales award’ but … Read more

Stocks drop after Wall Street plunge on US CPI

A pedestrian walks past an electronic quotation board displaying share prices of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo on June 16, 2020. Kazuhiro Nogi | AFP | Getty Images Shares in the Asia-Pacific dropped sharply on Wednesday after indexes on Wall Street plunged following a higher-than-expected US consumer price index report for August. Japan’s Nikkei … Read more

Nintendo shares jump 5% after record Japan sales of Splatoon 3

Nintendo said domestic sales of Splatoon 3 hit a record in the first three days of the game being on sale. Splatoon 3 proved to be a hit in Japan, helping keep momentum for Nintendo’s aging Switch console. Philip Fong | AFP | Getty Images Nintendo shares rose 5% on Tuesday after the Japanese gaming … Read more

Square Enix Is Now Part Of A Blockchain

Image: Square Enix After months of hints and talking about NFTs, Square Enix has finally become part of a blockchain. Gameindustry.biz reports that the Japanese developer and publisher has partnered with Oasys, which claims to be “an eco-friendly blockchain built for the gaming community, offering the best user experience with fast transactions and zero gas … Read more