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Square Enix is sharing another round of information about Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional today. With the latest news, details focus on activities that can be done by player’s partner Nochorin.

There are three new things that the players can request of Nochorin:

1. Want to take a shortcut: Nochorin will allow players to skip parts of the story – either to the following story section or at the next boss; useful for those who have already played the original Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3.
2. Want to scout: Nochorin will scout monsters in player’s stead. It may fail when trying to scout strong monsters, but you can keep giving these requests at any time. There may be also monsters that can only be scouted by Nochorin.
3. Want to pick up items: Nochorin can also pick up items required by players. Depending on its mood, it may obtain a number of items in one go.

Another new feature is Ride Combine, which combines two monsters – one ridden by the player and one ridden by Nochorin – into a single stronger monster. However, it only seems to be available during battles. When combined, the player’s monster will become bigger and more powerful. There are also special skills and abilities that are exclusive to Ride Combine.

Examples of these skills include:

– Toumabakuenzan (Fighting Demon Explosive Fire Slash): engulfs the surrounding area in an explosive fire; the lower the user’s HP, the more damage will be dealt
– God’s Judgment: Drops fierce thunder from above, and deal enormous physical damage to all enemies

And a couple of examples for abilities:

– Dragon Killer: Self-explanatory; greatly raises damage against dragons
– Item Extreme Up: Extremely raises chances of enemies dropping items

Screenshots for today’s coverage are in the gallery below.

It seems like Nintendo is pulling out all the stops for the big Switch event at Tokyo Big Sight in January. In addition to being able to try out the Switch for themselves, attendees will also get to experience various concerts.

A rock band put together by Nintendo will perform twice on January 14th and once on January 15th. They will perform various video game tunes. Finally, a big band will perform on January 15th to cap off the event. They will also perform video game-themed music.



SEGA 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage shipped in Japan this week. To mark the game’s launch, Famitsu caught up with developers Yosuke Okunari and Kagasei Shimomura for an interview.

During the short discussion, Okunari and Shimomura explain how they settled on the games to include for the latest collection. The two also commented on the additions of Alien Syndrome and Columns as well as why the two bonus games were chosen. If that wasn’t enough, Shimomura left the door open to returning to SEGA 3D Classics in the future.

Continue on below for our full translation.

Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki launched in Japan on December 15. Leading up to December 18, Media Create reports initial sales of 337,979 copies. Now we have additional information from the sales tracker.

Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki sold through 77.32 percent of its initial shipment. As a comparison to the first week sales of other Yo-kai Watch entries’ first week sales:

– Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Yo-kai Watch 2’s third version): 1,244,000 copies
– Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits / Fleshy Souls – 1,317,000 copies
– Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura – 632,000 copies

Media Create points out that Yo-kai Watch’s popularity has fallen compared to the Yo-kai Watch 2 era. As a third version title, Sukiyaki had a massive drop in first week sales compared to previous games.

SEGA 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage has launched in Japan. Like almost every 3DS game, there’s now a relevant Miiverse community for the release.

Siliconera came across something interesting with the new forum. You’ll notice that once you load up the page, it actually shows as SEGA 3D Classics Collection 2.

SEGA 3D Classics Collection made it to North America earlier this year, and Europe last month. This doesn’t confirm localization of the new package, but it does give us some hope.


Megami Meguri has already been downloaded over 250,000 times from the Japanese eShop, Capcom announced today. To celebrate, players can receive 5,000 of the game’s currency.

Capcom will begin to deliver DLC starting in the new year such as seasonal clothing, events like Ghost Eradication, and costumes to be sold through the eShop. Additionally, in early February, there will be a major update that adds new characters and features as well as improvements to gameplay accessibility.


This week’s expanded Japanese software sales are as follows:

01./00. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (Level 5) {2016.12.15} (¥4.800) – 337.979 / NEW <77,32%>
02./02. [3DS] Pokemon Sun / Moon
(Pokemon Co.) {2016.11.18} (¥4.980) – 199.514 / 2.578.960 (+5%)
03./03. [3DS] Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2016.12.01} (¥4.700) – 168.072 / 448.160 (+43%)
04./00. [PSV] SaGa: Scarlet Grace (Square Enix) {2016.12.15} (¥6.800) – 64.965 / NEW
05./01. [PS4] Yakuza 6: The Song of Life # (Sega) {2016.12.08} (¥8.190) – 44.592 / 262.760 (-80%)
06./05. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV # (Square Enix) {2016.11.29} (¥8.800) – 44.340 / 814.603 (-44%)
07./06. [3DS] Miitopia (Nintendo) {2016.12.08} (¥4.700) – 27.933 / 55.023 (+3%)
08./00. [3DS] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Heroes
(Konami) {2016.12.15} (¥4.500) – 26.673 / NEW
09./09. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition # (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.03.19} (¥2.400) – 20.488 / 966.976 (+64%)
10./00. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura – Busters T-Pack {Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi \ Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura} (Level 5) {2016.12.15} (¥6.400) – 17.709 / NEW
11./12. [WIU] Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Microsoft Game Studios) {2016.06.23} (¥3.600) – 16.315 / 215.728 (+59%)
12./13. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Mura o Tsukurundesu (Nippon Columbia) {2016.07.21} (¥4.800) – 15.638 / 105.725 (+79%)
13./11. [3DS] Mario Party: Star Rush
(Nintendo) {2016.10.20} (¥4.700) – 15.635 / 104.179 (+49%)
14./10. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
(Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 14.535 / 52.695 (+28%)
15./42. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 # (Nintendo) {2012.07.28} (¥4.571) – 14.468 / 2.488.181
16./07. [PS4] Watch Dogs 2 (Ubisoft) {2016.12.01} (¥8.400) – 10.995 / 68.796 (-38%)
17./04. [PS4] The Last Guardian
(Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2016.12.06} (¥6.900) – 10.754 / 93.014 (-87%)
18./15. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo) {2016.04.28} (¥4.700) – 10.678 / 496.521 (+45%)
19./19. [WIU] Splatoon #
(Nintendo) {2015.05.28} (¥5.700) – 8.654 / 1.516.219 (+48%)
20./22. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.571) – 8.299 / 2.694.863

Dragon Quest XI may have been shown off at Jump Festa last week, but Square Enix isn’t done sharing news about the game. The latest issue of V Jump offers up even more with additional images and details.

First, here are the new details:

– The protagonist has a strangely shaped birthmark on his left hand; something happens when it glows
– Emma is a close friend of the protagonist who says she’ll undergo the ritual to climb “God’s Rock” with him
– V Jump asks, “What is it that they see there?”
– The Great Tree of Life floats in the center of the world
– It is said the hero can commune with the soul of the Great Tree
– The protagonist’s home village of Ishi is a small and quiet village located in the valley
– In battle, the 3DS version shows both the party and monsters in 3D mode, and just the monsters in 2D mode

And now for the scans:


The Pokemon Sun & Moon anime has been running for a couple of weeks now, and its reception on the internet has been fairly positive. Alongside the anime’s 8th episode, which aired today, broadcaster TV Tokyo released a short preview video which shows a couple things that will happen over the next weeks and months in the anime. Take a look if you don’t mind spoilers:

With the third SEGA 3D Reprint Archives collecting launching in Japan, three new themes based on the series are out now coming in at 200 yen each. Each one is based on the different boxarts. Videos for all themes can be found below.