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Nintendo made a limited SNES-themed 3DS but only for Japan

Nintendo made a limited SNES-themed 3DS but only for Japan

Nintendo fans, you've likely already heard the news from yesterday's Direct livestream that some of the best games from the Super Nintendo console are coming to the New 3DS handheld. But Japanese version of the announcement also had something extra: a limited edition New 3DS XL featuring a Super Famicom-themed design, complete with the colored buttons for A, B, X, and Y. The Super Famicom was Japan's domestic name for the SNES, which looked a tad different from the one on our shores.

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Panasonic to recognize same-sex marriages among staff

Panasonic to recognize same-sex marriages among staff

In a statement today, Panasonic announced that it will recognize same-sex marriages among its employees, something that will be reflected in its employment policies. The new policy will go into effect this upcoming April — the finer details about what it will comprise aren’t yet determined, but it reportedly will bring some benefits that are offered to married workers, such as health insurance and maternity leave.

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VAIO, Fujitsu, Toshiba PC triumvirate might happen in March

VAIO, Fujitsu, Toshiba PC triumvirate might happen in March

Partly thanks to the rise of smartphones and tablets, the once lucrative PC market has been losing its luster for almost half a decade now. These are desperate times for many PC makers, which call for desperate measures. Three Japanese companies have been reported to be close to showing their desperation, by joining forces to tackle the common foe of declining PC sales. That VAIO, Fujitsu, Toshiba merger might actually even happen before the end of March. However, that drop might not even make any ripple in the global PC market.

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Apple Stores in Japan will put a screen protector on your iPhone

Apple Stores in Japan will put a screen protector on your iPhone

One of the most common accessories that users pick up for their smartphones has got to be a screen protector, those clear plastic films that stick to the display to prevent scratches and smudges. Unfortunately, trying to get the protector to line up perfectly with the screen, home button, or ear speaker during application, not to mention air bubbles, is one of the most frustrating process. Well, Apple Stores in Japan are the first debut Apple's new solution: handheld Belkin devices that will automatically install screen protectors on iPhones.

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Toshiba robot is designed to remove fuel rods from Fukushima reactor

Toshiba robot is designed to remove fuel rods from Fukushima reactor

Toshiba has unveiled a remote controlled robot that will be used to remove fuel-rod assemblies from the spent fuel pool in the reactor 3 building at the Fukushima no. 1 nuclear plant. The robot will begin the work of removing 566 fuel rod assemblies in fiscal 2017. Toshiba was the company that built reactor 3 and recently gave a demonstration of the remote-control crane-like device.

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Kyocera unleashes washable, soap-proof smartphone in Japan

Kyocera unleashes washable, soap-proof smartphone in Japan

Kyocera has just announced the Digno Rafre for the Japanese market, said to be the world's first smartphone that can not only be rinsed in water, but can also be washed with hand soap. Waterproof phones are fairly common around the globe already, but none has claimed to be able to stand up to the rubbing and soap usage that comes with a thorough cleaning.

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NuAns Neo is the stylish Lumia 950 alternative for Japan

NuAns Neo is the stylish Lumia 950 alternative for Japan

Microsoft's new Lumia 950 just debuted last week, making it the first official Windows 10 smartphone available in the US. But while the device has a number of impressive features, they are mostly all tied to the software side of things. The Lumia 950's design is a tad uninspired, to say the least. However, NuAns, a Japanese design start-up, has just announced the Neo, a Windows 10 phone with enough design options to make even other platform devices jealous.

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Japan to send unmanned lander to the moon

Japan to send unmanned lander to the moon

In the history of space, travel only the US has placed man on the moon, but other countries have sent unmanned spacecraft to the surface of the moon. Japan has announced that it hoped to become the fourth country to place an unmanned lander on the surface of the moon. The Japanese space policy committee has stated that 2019 is the year the launch will happen.

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Japanese gamer leaves SNES turned on for 20 years to keep save data

Japanese gamer leaves SNES turned on for 20 years to keep save data

You may think you're a dedicated fan of classic video games, but know that the bar has been raised to an incredible height. Unless you've managed to keep an aging console turned on for 20 straight years, you've got nothing on this Japanese gamer who goes by Wanikun on Twitter. All in an effort to prevent his precious save data from being erased, Wanikun has managed to keep his Nintendo Super Famicom (known as the SNES in the US) powered on with the game plugged in for two decades now.

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The Force Awakens Japanese Star Wars trailer reveals new details

The Force Awakens Japanese Star Wars trailer reveals new details

This week the second full Star Wars trailer was revealed - in Japan. It would appear that either Japan is simply getting their trailers first (very possible) or JJ Abrams is messing with the lot of us. Either way, here's what you're about to see: more lines from the film, more scenes that you've never seen before, and a really chilling revelation. Like a rudimentary, sparking, red, and evil lightsaber to the neck of your best buddy, heatedly, terrifyingly.

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This awesome life-size R2-D2 fridge is Japan-only

This awesome life-size R2-D2 fridge is Japan-only

Well, Star Wars merchandising and product tie-ins continue to pour out as the release date for The Force Awakens draws near. This time, however, Japan may have topped it all, with the just announced R2-D2 mini fridge from AQUA. That's not to say the fridge is "mini," as it's actually a life-size R2-D2 model, complete with movement and sound effects. Since we've already seen R2-D2 as a lawn ornament, a showerhead, and even a humidifier, there was really no other products left to explore besides mini fridge.

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First Pokémon gym set to open in Osaka next month

First Pokémon gym set to open in Osaka next month

"I want to be the very best..." If you can finish that line, then I've got some great news for you. Since the original Pokémon games debuted in the 90's, people everywhere have wanted to be Pokémon Master. Sadly, to do so requires you to visit a Pokémon Gym, and collect badges. And there have been a distinct lack of such gyms, until now.

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