Nintendo revives sales of palm-sized Famicom console

Business / Corporate Jun 29, 2018

Nintendo revives sales of palm-sized Famicom console

Nintendo Co. has resumed sales in Japan of a smaller, palm-sized version of its 35-year-old popular Famicom game console, in response to requests from fans for its revival. Many stores in Japan sold out of the Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer console after its initial ...

Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

National May 22, 2017

Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

The Metropolitan Police Department on Monday asked go-kart companies to improve safety as the popularity of their driving tours grows. The MPD asked five go-kart rental companies in Tokyo to encourage patrons to wear helmets and protective gear while driving amid an uptick in fender-benders. The ...

The top tech stories of 2016

Business / Tech Dec 30, 2016

The top tech stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these tech and digital stories as the most important of 2016. 1. All systems go: For a few weeks in the summer, it seemed to be all that anyone was talking about was "Pokemon Go," an augmented-reality game you play ...

Updating gaming for the New Year

Digital | ON: GAMES Dec 24, 2016

Updating gaming for the New Year

by Brian Ashcraft

SuperMario makes a dash for smartphones For years, people have asked Nintendo if the Kyoto-based game maker was going to create titles for smartphones. Now, finally, the question has been answered. This isn't actually Nintendo's first phone app, but it is its first proper Mario game ...

Universal Studios Japan to debut Nintendo-themed area in 2020

Business Dec 13, 2016

Universal Studios Japan to debut Nintendo-themed area in 2020

The operator of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka said Monday that it will open a Nintendo-themed area featuring the game maker's popular characters by summer 2020, investing over ¥50 billion ($432 million). USJ Co. said it will create an area called "Super Nintendo World," showcasing ...

Nintendo to release first iPhone Mario game on Dec. 15

Business / Corporate Nov 16, 2016

Nintendo to release first iPhone Mario game on Dec. 15

Nintendo Co. will release "Super Mario Run" worldwide for Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad on Dec. 15 in U.S. time zones, a highly anticipated launch that has a high bar for success after this summer's "Pokemon Go" phenomenon. The game, the first mobile edition starring ...