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PS3 Outsells Everything Else in Japan Thanks to Yakuza Influence

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285w ago - The PlayStation 3 outsold the Wii and Xbox 360 in Japan this week. It also outsold the Nintendo DSi, PSP, DS Lite and PlayStation 2, not something we've seen happen too often.

The hardware boost, propelling the PS3 out of its regular fourth place finish, can be chalked up to the release of Yakuza 3 (AKA Ryu Ga Gotoku 3) for the platform which sold 372,000 copies during the week.

A bundled version that shipped with a white, dragon-emblazoned PlayStation 3 likely helped move more hardware than normal–enough to outsell the Wii and Xbox 360 combined.

We'll be interested to see how the newly released Resident Evil 5 affects hardware sales next week, as it will be available on both hi-def console platforms.

The bestselling hardware in Japan for the week of February 22nd to March 1st is...

• PlayStation 3 - 36,513
• Nintendo DSi - 35,827
• PSP - 35,588
• Wii - 17,876
• Xbox 360 - 11,795
• Nintendo DS Lite - 11,774
• PlayStation 2 - 5,099
 

R4 Nintendo DS Cart Now Illegal in Japan, Others Being Pursued

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286w ago - Nintendo, Square Enix and Capcom have won their battle against the R4 cartridge for the Nintendo DS. It is now officially illegal to sell the R4 anywhere in Japan, and Nintendo has vowed to fight against other similar products.

To quote: Today, the Tokyo District Court has found in Nintendo's favour and granted an injunction against sales of the R4. Most outlets had already stopped selling it due to the lawsuit's pressure, but it's now officially against the law to sell it in Japan.

Nintendo, Square Enix and Capcom have released a statement crowing about the victory, highlighting that the R4 is a "violation under Japan's laws" and declaring that the 54-strong company coalition will continue to bring the fight to any manufacturers of similar devices.

What repercussions this will have for the R4 in the wider world is unknown as yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if the battle went global.
 

FFXIII for PS3 On Track for 2009 in Japan, Demo One Hour Long

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286w ago - According to an article in the latest Famitsu, development of Final Fantasy XIII for PS3 is reportedly going very well. Things look all set for a 2009 launch still, and it's reported the demo will be one hour long.

To quote: In some ways, we're like, "yay, we get to talk about Final Fantasy XIII all year!" and in other ways, we're like, "...damnit, we have to talk about Final Fantasy XIII all damn year."

God only knows how far off a North American release date is, but we do have some relatively good news for you. We say "relatively" because Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada mentioned that the delay of Dragon Quest IX for the DS may cause the release of FFXIII to slip.

Thankfully, this doesn't appear to be the case: FFXIII director and writer Motomu Toriyama simply said in response- "Development is going favorably for a 2009 launch."

This was in the latest Famitsu, so we're going to say it's accurate and up-to-date, but don't get too excited; he's obviously only talking about Japan.

But at least this means we might still see the game in the second quarter of 2010, so cross your fingers and wish really, really hard.
 

Three New Nintendo DSi Colors to Hit Japan in March 2009

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286w ago - Nintendo has just announced three new colors for its new Nintendo DSi handheld: Pink, Lime Green and Metallic Blue. All three colors will go on sale in Japan on March 20.

They are each priced at ¥18,900 (US$195).

The Nintendo DSi originally went on sale in Japan on November 1, 2008 and was available in black and white. The DSi features two 0.3 megapixel cameras, larger screens, a new SD card slot and better speakers. It does not have a Game Boy Advance cartridge slot like the DS or DS Lite.

Blue and white DSi consoles are launching in North America on April 5 for $169.99.
 

Sony Japan is Seeking 'New Game Hardware' Testers

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287w ago - A [Register or Login to view links] has appeared on the Sony Computer Entertainment Web site, looking for individuals to test "new model game hardware."

The Sony job listing says, "Experience an in-development game console (hardware) early!"

To quote: Job duties include checking on, reporting on and giving input for a in-development game hardware. The listing's Q&A reads: "This is specifically for a new model and unannounced game hardware for PS3, PS2, PSP and its peripherals."

Note: In the original Japanese text, Sony separates those hardware platforms with commas only (there's not an "and), making it somewhat vague whether this is new hardware for each or all three.

This is a full time position. It starts this March and looks to run a year. There's a one month trail period, after which those awarded the position can look to make over ¥1,000 (US $10.70) per hour. Travel expenses are covered, and there's the possibility for a raise. This position is in Tokyo and is not open to students.

This very public job listing might get more fuel to those very persistent PSP2 rumors. Though, it also might simply be more a continuation of the current PSP and PS3 hardware iterations: slimmer with more memory.
 
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