Greco’s Hall of Kanji - Learn Japanese is coming to the Japanese eShop on January 30th

A game all about learning how to speak Japanese is finally coming to Japan. With its initial release on the North American eShop in April 2019, Greco’s Hall of Kanji will be providing more education with a Japanese release on January 30th, 2020. While the main game only supports the English language, teachings of Japanese is the main purpose of the title. The eShop listing has revealed its price to be ¥1,000, and the requirement of a 381 MB download.

Three new demos from Kairosoft now available on Japanese eShop

Get downloading!

Kairosoft has released demos for three of their Switch titles on the Japanese eShop. They can be downloaded for free using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account. Check out descriptions of the three games below!

Pocket Clothier

A clothing shop management sim. Go from quaint corner shop to world-class brand!
Ever wanted to run your own clothing store? Now you can!

Let your inner fashionista flower as you cultivate a quaint corner shop into a world-class super brand!

Position mannequins, run promotions, even set up an in-store crepe stand. Dream up other ways to stand out so that shoppers can't stay away!
Patrons will also rely on your fashion sense to coordinate ensembles for big occasions. Elevating their style level will unlock new career paths for them--meaning more revenue for you!
Are you ready to try your hand at the trade of trend?

Oh! Edo Towns

Your ideal samurai town awaits you!

Erect houses, castles, and all manner of medieval marvels with a touch of the finger--rewriting the pages of history as you see fit!

Strategically place compatible buildings to make "combos," boosting your Yield to become the best castle town in all the land!

Try searching for "Kairosoft" to see all of our games!!

The Pyraplex

Transcend the boundaries of space and time to construct a colossal new wonder of the world in this pyramid-building adventure!

Make history with the Pyraplex, a desert oasis of commerce and culture far ahead of its time. You may attract visitors ranging from Aztec chiefs to Roman centurions to wayfarers even further from home. Cultivate trade with these civilizations and more to enrich your culture as well as your coffers.

Keep your bazaar buzzing by adding amenities and making handicrafts. While quarrying building stones, you'll also unearth hidden treasures with a variety of uses.

Of course, building a new wonder of the world is no easy task, so expect an annual evaluation by the Pyramid Association to keep you on track! You'll have to design with both form and function in mind if you want to tower above the rest!

Touhou Spell Bubble releasing February 6th on Japanese eShop

Do I need to spell it out for you?

While the game was announced last week, the puzzle/rhythm game Touhou Spell Bubble has received an official release date (at least, for Japan). The game will be fully available from the Japanese eShop on February 6th, 2020, but preloads are already live. You can get the game for the price of ¥5,800 and 695 MB of storage.

Touhou Spell Bubble is a brand-new rhythm puzzle game based on the Touhou Project series. It adds rhythm game elements to bubble shooting-style puzzles with simple controls, which you can enjoy while listening to Touhou music arrangements.

8 more games now available to preload from the Japanese eShop (Touhou, Persona 5 Scramble, & more)

How many of them will you be getting?

Preloading is now available for 8 more Switch titles on the Japanese eShop. Check out the full list below of games you can preload this week!

Touhou Gensou Mahjong - ¥3,850 (preload sale for ¥3,465)

Touhou Spell Bubble - ¥5,800

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers - ¥9,680

Chou no Doku Hana no Kusari~Taishou Tsuya Koi Ibun~- ¥5,700

Voxel Pirates - ¥850 (preload sale for ¥765)

Reventure - ¥600 (preload sale for ¥390)

UORiS DX - ¥990 (preload sale for ¥495)

Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story - ¥4,378

Preloading now available for 'Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers' from eShop in Japan

Scramble up those SD cards

To prepare for the release of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers on February 20th, 2020, you can now preload the Atlus developed title from the Nintendo Switch eShop in Japan. Only the Japanese language is supported in the Japanese release, so you might not want to preload the game from other regions unless you speak the language. Persona 5 Scramble is priced at ¥9,680, and a 10 GB download is required, so be sure there is enough room on your console or SD card.

Reventure will be available from the Japanese eShop on January 30th

Ready for reventure?

Another previously released title is coming to Japan after a long delay. Reventure from publisher Pixelatto Games will be launching on the Japanese eShop next week, priced at ¥600. Preloading for the title is currently available with a 35% off discount, for when the game is fully released on January 30th. English language support is available, and a 607 MB download is required.

Reventure is a classic quest with loads of humor featuring 100 different endings which you are challenged to discover.


- One hundred different endings
- Lots of "Aha!" moments.
- A big bunch of unlockable stuff.
- Bazillions of secrets and pop-culture references.
- Time travel, battle royale fights, mimics, permadeath, shotguns, mining, resource gathering, base - building, global leaderboards…
- Cutting humor.
- A beautiful OST featuring more than 15 original themes.

Puzzle game 'UORiS DX' announced for Switch, releasing January 30th

Fishing for a new puzzle game?

A new version of the mobile app "UORiS" has been announced for Switch, and is releasing very soon. Published by Regista, UORiS DX will be launching worldwide via the Nintendo eShop on January 30th. A 264 MB download will be required for the game, and preloads are currently live with a 50% off discount (now only ¥495). You can check out the newly released trailer above!

"When erase the heads, the bodies vanish!"

This is a falling block puzzle game with cute sea creatures motif.
blowfish, pufferfish ..., Spotted garden eel!
What kind of living things will come next?
Please enjoy the feast with sea creatures that appear one after another!

Japanese hardware/software sales for Jan. 13th to Jan. 19th, 2020, Pokemon Sword and Shield has been dethroned

Pokemon says goodbye to the #1 spot

Since launch, Pokemon Sword and Shield has amazingly kept the #1 sales position in Japan. After 10 weeks on the market, it's finally been dethroned, and is now placed in a respectable third on the charts. It's been quite a while since PlayStation 4 exclusives took the top of the charts, but with the launch of Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Dragon Ball Z: Kararot, they've taken the first two spots. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore had a bit of a slow opening week, while making it to #6, the game sold only 18,797 copies in Japan. In terms of hardware, the Nintendo Switch was the best selling console by far. 96,458 more Switch units have been sold between the Switch and Switch Lite, which is even more than last year during the same time period. Check out the full Japanese sales data below for the week of January 13th!

01./00. [PS4] Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Sega) {2020.01.16} (¥8.390) - 156.993 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (Bandai Namco Games) {2020.01.16} (¥7.600) - 89.537 / NEW
03./01. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) - 55.604 / 3.312.358 (-22%)
04./02. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) - 35.860 / 583.429 (+67%)
05./00. [PS4] Romance of the Three Kingdoms 14 # (Koei Tecmo) {2020.01.16} (¥8.800) - 20.095 / NEW
06./00. [NSW] Tokyo Mirage Session FE Encore (Nintendo) {2020.01.17} (¥6.700) - 18.797 / NEW
07./04. [NSW] Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo) {2019.12.27} (¥3.480) - 15.790 / 107.698 (+0%)
08./03. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 13.919 / 1.222.666 (-12%)
09./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 12.370 / 2.737.674 (-12%)
10./05. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 12.347 / 3.522.802 (-13%)

Japan: Best-selling games of 2019, Pokémon Sword and Shield comes out on top

Topping all the charts, Pokemon!

Thanks to JapaneseNintendo and data from Famitsu, we have a look at all of the best-selling console games of 2019. Nine of the top ten best-sellers are Nintendo Switch titles, with Kingdom Hearts III on PS4 taking the #3 spot. Impressively, Pokémon Sword and Shield were the best selling games of the entire year, despite not releasing until the end of November. Check out the top ten list below!

1. Pokémon Sword / Shield (Switch) – 2,988,134
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – 1,092,397
3. Kingdom Hearts III (PS4) – 861,226
4. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) – 800,504
5. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch) – 747,589
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – 628,712
7. Minecraft (Switch) – 620,894
8. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 505,998
9. Super Mario Party (Switch) – 498,857
10. Ring Fit Adventure (Switch) – 495,639

Check out the full top 100 here

3 more games now available to preload on the Japanese eShop

For those interested in preloading games to play them as soon as they launch, three more games are now available on the Japanese eShop. Murasama no Sword Breaker, Valfaris, and Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story will all be available later this month, but can be purchased and preloaded right now! For more details on each of the titles, you can click the links to view previously reported eShop listings.


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