SEGA is releasing a stereoscopic 3D version of Sonic the Hedgehog via the eShop in Japan and the first look at it can be found after the break. Since our monitors don’t support 3D though, it does just look like the Sonic the Hedgehog game we all know and love.
Over the past week, six of the top ten best-selling games in Japan are for the 3DS:
- [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life
- [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- [PS3] Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
- [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission
- [PS3] Tomb Raider
- [PSP] Kud Wafter: Converted Edition
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
- [PS3] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
- [3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History
And while I know we’re long past the doom-and-gloom people had predicted for the platform, it’s still nice to see how well its doing after so many’s peoples expectations had sunk so low. Let’s just hope the Wii U can pick up the pace in the same way.
Starting on the 15th of May, another design for the 3DS XL is coming to Japan. It’ll be themed around Eevee (the Pokémon, for folks whose brains aren’t operating at their maximum capacity at this present moment), and will only be available via a raffle through the Pokémon Centre stores. (And to be clear, you enter the raffle for the privilege to purchase the device.)
Nintendo has announced via a recent Nintendo Direct broadcast that a Luigi-themed 3DS is coming to Japan on the 18th of July to coincide with the release of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team in the region.
In summary, Japan gets all the cool things.
The 3DS XL has taken the number-one spot in terms of sales in Japan for this past week, and the regular 3DS has taken the number-three spot (with the Vita in between them). Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon has also spent another week as the best-selling game in the region. You can check out the complete rankings after the break.
Last week, the PlayStation Vita sold 63,581 units in Japan, which made it the best-selling system in the region (even if the sales of the 3DS and 3DS XL were combined). The important question at that point though was, will it continue? But at least for the moment, it hasn’t. The 3DS XL took the number one spot with 47,985 sales, while the Vita sold 36,028 units. There were also 21,454 sales of the regular 3DS, so the gap itself was a fairly wide one.
Japan is receiving yet-another design for the 3DS XL known as “Mint and White”. It seems a little too niche to expect it for release outside of the region, but at least within Japan, it will be released on April 18th.