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Japan eShop Round-Up (02/29/2012)

by Danny Bivens - March 1, 2012, 6:59 am EST
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Metroid, more 3D streaming videos, and another Square Enix demo arrive this week.

There is quite a bit of content this week on the eShop in Japan, including some really impressive 3D streaming videos and a new demo from Square Enix. Here’s a complete list of what released this week:

3DS Downloadable Titles

Okiraku Daifugō 3D (Carefree Millionaire 3D) – 300 yen
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Demo – FREE

Virtual Console

Metroid (Famicom) – 500 yen

Video Content

As I mentioned above, some streaming 3D videos were added to the eShop this week. While North America received one for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, every other region in the world, Japan included, still has to wait another week. In the meantime here, Konami has released the opening clip from the game featuring Cynthia Harrel singing the game's theme song, "Snake Eater." The video itself is more or less the same as it was on the PlayStation 2, but of course it's given the 3D treatment this time. The result is pretty amazing, as the stylistic shots and transitions in the video look great in 3D. Some of the gameplay clips sprinkled throughout, however, look a little choppy and out of place due to appearing slightly muddy visually.

The second streaming 3D video this week comes from Nintendo. Since last month, a 3DS 3D photo contest has been going on here in Japan. It is a three-part contest, with the first part’s (which has already finished) theme based on ordinary things. The video highlights the top 10 from the contest. While this video is presently exclusive to the eShop in Japan in 3D, that doesn’t mean Nintendo 3DS owners from other territories are unable to view some of these awesome pictures. You can visit this link and check out some of these photos in 3D yourself on your 3DS. It’s very true that the cameras on the 3DS are almost completely useless, but these photos go to show that with the right lighting, you can take some really wonderful photographs.

Software Impressions

Metroid is finally available to the public here in Japan. Not only that, but it has an awesome Famicom Disk System icon, too! Aside from that, though, the big news this week comes from the first demo in a series of demos for Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. I got to spend a little bit of time with the demo. When I say that I spent a little bit of time with it, I’m not exaggerating, either. This demo is nearly as short as the Tokyo Game Show demo, and is over within less than five minutes. You can read my impressions here.

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