Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 closed up 0.66 percent or 127.36 points at 19,401.15, boosted by a weaker yen. A weaker yen usually supports exporters as it can increase earnings that are repatriated, particularly on sales made in dollars, and makes pricing more competitive abroad.
Nintendo plummeted 4.24 percent to 26,405 yen per share, and down more than 10.8 percent this week. Investors were cautious ahead of the "Super Mario Run" smartphone game release on Apple's iOS. This is the Japanese gaming giant's first iPhone mobile game launch, and has raised concern among investors about its profitability.
Australia's ASX 200 finished down 0.1 percent or 5.677 points at 5,532.9, weighed by heavy losses in the all-ordinaries gold sub-index, which plunged 6.71 percent.
The major gold miners were in the red. Newcrest Mining was off 4.72 percent to 16.75 Australian dollars per share, Evolution Mining plunged 8.26 percent to A$1.61 and Alacer Gold was down 1.3 percent at A$1.905.
In South Korea, the Kospi closed up 0.27 percent or 5.59 points at 2.042.24, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.11 percent by mid-afternoon.
Shares of animal vaccine makers were driven higher after South Korea's agriculture ministry raised the bird flu alert status to the highest level, as the disease spread nationwide.
Cheil Bio was up 6.79 percent to 5,110 Korean won, while Choong Ang Vaccine rose 1.2 percent to 25,300 won.
On Thursday, major U.S. indexes bounced back from an initial slip on the Federal Reserve's decision on Wednesday to raise interest rates for the first time this year. Positive economic data also helped give markets a leg up.