Classic Characters from “Doko Demo Issho” In Android Calculator App

Sony Digital Entertainment Inc. [J] and Gigno System Japan Inc. [J] have released the Android app “Toro Dentaku” [J] (Toro Calculator).  Download is 210 yen.

“Toro No Dentaku” is a calculator app that features the 5 characters Toro, Gene, Ricky, Pierre, and Suzuki from the “Doko Demo Issho” (Anywhere Together) series (a game for Playstation originally released in 1999).  You can choose from 3 types of design including “2D Pokepi,” “3D Pokepi,” and “Pokesute Fuu,” and cute sound effects play each time you push a button.


(C) SCEI / GignoSystem Japan, Inc.

Doko Demo Issho Angel [J]

Doko Demo Issho Soccer Set [J]

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North American Version of Social Game “Nyobunyaga No Yabou” Released As “Samurai Cats”

Koei Tecmo Games [J] has released “Samurai Cats,” an English version of the warring states social simulation game “Nyobunyaga No Yabou” (Nobunaga’s [meow] Ambition), for the global version of Mobage.  An Android version release will lead the way in the North American market of USA and Canada.

“Nyobunyaga No Yabou” is a social warring states simulation game featuring “catified” feudal Japan military commanders, and in addition to currently being offered for Yahoo! Mobage and Mobage, a Chinese version has also been released [J] in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao, via Taiwan’s Cayenne Entertainment Technology.  This is the first instance of a release in the English speaking world, and the game system and artwork has been left unchanged as only the text has been translated into English.  Also, it cannot be used from Japan.

Nobunyaga No Yabou walkthrough cat book of heraldry

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Tsukuri.com Released – Make Your Own Visual Novel

Kuusoukagaku Inc. [J] (Fantasy Science Inc.) has released Tsukuri.com [J] (Make.com), an Android application that lets you make your own visual novel.

“Tsukuri.com” is an application where you can make an original visual novel which runs on Android, setting items, characters, and scenery with pictures taken on your smartphone.  The app itself is free, and it charges a fee according to the capacity and functions used.  SNS functions are also in the works for the next version up, and in addition to being able to make exchanges with user peers through the games you made, the edit function will also be enhanced.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_novel

(C)Kuusoukagaku Corp.

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SoftBank Starts Using The 900MHz “Platinum Band”

There can be no doubt that SoftBank is the mobile carrier with the weakest network among Japan’s big three telcos, following that of NTT Docomo and KDDI. But now there is hope that things will finally change for the better.

Back in March this year, the Japanese government decided to allocate the 900-megahertz band (also dubbed “platinum band”) to SoftBank. And yesterday, the company finally started using the band, with plans to set up a total of 42,000 compatible base stations all over Japan by 2019.

Users can check the areas that are serviced by visiting this website (it looks like large parts of Greater Tokyo will get covered by September this year).

SoftBank, which currently has 30 million subscribers, expects cost for the network upgrade to amount to around US$10.5 billion.

Last month, the Japanese government allocated another “platinum band” to Docomo, KDDI, and eAccess: SoftBank’s rivals plan to use the 700-megahertz band for their LTE services from 2015.

 

Android Market Allowing Ponta Points Opens This Summer

Nihon Enterprise, [J] in partnership with Royality Marketing, who run the community point program Ponta, [J] has announced that from this summer they will launch the Android contents service “Ponta App Market” which can make transactions using Ponta points.

“Ponta App Market” is a marketplace for Android where you can leisurely purchase contents using saved Ponta points via businesses and shops linked up with Royality Marketing.  Because of this, Ponta users’ options for using saved points will widen further.  As a mobile solutions company, Nihon enterprise has a chance  push towards offering exciting mobile contents for Ponta users with this “Ponta App Market” service.

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Nihon Enterprises Opening Android Market From Summer Which Allows Payment Using Point Program “Ponta”

Nihon Enterprise, [J] in partnership with Royality Marketing, who run the community point program Ponta, [J] has announced that from this summer they will launch the Android contents service “Ponta App Market” which can make transactions using Ponta points.

“Ponta App Market” is a marketplace for Android where you can leisurely purchase contents using saved Ponta points via businesses and shops linked up with Royality Marketing.  Because of this, “Ponta” users’ options for using saved points will widen further.  As a mobile solutions company, Nihon enterprise has a chance  push towards offering exciting mobile contents for “Ponta” users with this “Ponta App Market” service.

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note from Asiajin

Ponta [J] is rather new point card alliance, and major companies joined the network are Geo, Japan’s second largest video rental chain-store after Tsutaya/CCC and Lawson, the nation’s second largest convenience store chain after Seven Eleven.

Lawson used to be a member of T-point card, which is led by CCC.

Yahoo! Japan Releases Yahoo! Browser for Android

Yahoo! Japan, the largest and the most popular website in Japan, offers a new web browser for Android for free. The name is Yahoo! Browser.

It starts from a speed dial page like Opera,

Do Yahoo! Search on Yahoo! Browser,

The browser offers semicircular menu, which shows up when you touch the either side edge of screen. Yahoo! Japan says that it makes single hand operation easier, which is important for train commuters (which means majority of Japanese in urban area) who often can not use both hands on crowded trains.

Log-in status will be shared between the browser and Yahoo! Widgets for Android, which enables, for example, jump from a widget to Yahoo! pages on the browser without additional authentication.

The browser also has “Read it later” feature, voice recognition search and phishing-site detector. The supported Android versions are 2.x and above except 3.x.

The browser’s user-agent has “Mozilla”, “AppleWebKit”, “Mobile Safari” and “YJApp-ANDROID”, so it seems to be built on Android’s standard browser.

via Yahoo! Blog [J]