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Konami's dating sim, Love Plus, is a hit in Japan, allowing players to have girlfriends without the hassle of actually having a girlfriend. The next installment, New Love Plus, launches for 3DS in Japan tomorrow and offers more ways to bring virtual girlfriends into real-life experiences, Silicone...

February 14th 2012 at 1:30am 0 Comments
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Why are Japanese gamers flocking to a hot spa resort in Yamanouchi? Apparently, the resort took note of its similarity to a town in Monster Hunter -- and launched an event luring gamers to the real-world venue. The Mainichi Daily News details an increasing trend of small Japanese towns trying to bo...

January 7th 2011 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Love Plus, a DS game about having an ongoing relationship with one of three virtual girls, is a phenomenon in Japan. So of course Konami is going to follow the two DS releases (and two arcade games) with a 3DS title. See Manaka Takane idly chat about 3D gaming in a trailer after the break.

October 1st 2010 at 2:15am 0 Comments
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The combination of new hardware and a "newish" Monster Hunter gave the Xbox 360 a considerable sales bump in Japan last week. Media Create reports that 17,000 Xboxes were sold in that time (versus 2,060 the previous week); 15,000 being the new model. That hardware sales rise coincides with the sa...

July 2nd 2010 at 10:07am 0 Comments
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[Q3 2009 Presentation (PDF)] Konami announced its financial results for its Q3 and the nine-month period ending December 31, 2009. The publisher's net revenues for the period were ¥190.9 billion, down 18.4% from the same period in 2008 -- despite breakout success in Japan with the DS dating sim...

February 4th 2010 at 1:30pm 0 Comments