Sonic brand manager Aaron Webber believes that the players for Sonic related titles is on Nintendo platforms, and not on Xbox or PlayStation. He concluded that when the company looks at the overall sales figures for Sonic games, the Nintendo platform audiences have done the best.
Sonic first appeared on a third-party system when they released Sonic Adventure 2: Battle on the GameCube. It did very well, and overlapping the series with Nintendo has done well since. Where do you think Sonic’s audience is? Do you agree with the company’s decision to look towards Nintendo platforms and handhelds?
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Hey, Pokémon fans, time for another awesome distribution event at GameStop! The shiny Dialga event just wrapped up yesterday, and Palkia’s next on the list. From now until Sunday, September 29, 2013 you can head over to GameStop and pick up a shiny level 100 Palkia via Mystery Gift. This rare gem is only available for download in Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2, so make sure to have a fifth gen game handy next time you visit GameStop.
If you ever watched the Pokémon anime, you know that it featured an original character named Ash Ketchum in place of the first two versions’ main protagonist, who’s named Red. Not only that, it’s carried Ash through each subsequent generation instead of introducing the new player trainers of those eras.
Last night at the Pokémon Game Show, a new Pokémon anime special was announced for Japan: Pokémon Origins. This one-shot feature will actually bring in Red and his rival Green – remember, the first two games were Pokémon Red & Green in Japan – and sticks more closely to the games. Red’s starter is actually a Charmander, Brock looks like his in-game incarnation, and he even looks more like the recent artwork for the Game Boy Advance remakes.
Pokémon Origins will air on October 2 in Japan. Click below to watch the teaser trailer.
It’s often challenging for me to report on some of Nintendo’s efforts to jump through hoops in response to problems like Wii U’s slow start, because it’s clear from some of the things they say that there’s an internal tendency to believe that the issues lie outside of Nintendo – that it’s somehow the consumer’s fault when a product doesn’t sell. We’re seeing this with Wii U: consumers aren’t connecting with its value, and therefore that means there’s something wrong with them – they just don’t understand – not something wrong with Nintendo’s software lineup, messaging, price scheme, or even Wii U itself.
According to a Not Enough Shaders interview with Kyle Mercury, who was involved in marketing events and strategy during the GameCube era and the beginning of Wii, this isn’t a new impulse. Nintendo’s long been steeped in its own pride instead of focused on its customers first and foremost.
The sales numbers from Japan are in for the week, and 3DS is king yet again. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has been keeping an eye on our weekly sales updates, but Nintendo’s handheld got quite the boost this week, selling over 75,000 units. It looks like Nintendo has Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life to thank for those numbers, as it debuted at number in software sales this week.
Hit the jump for the breakdown.
Our sister site, Zelda Dungeon, has kicked off their Zelda Dungeon Marathon on their Twitch TV channel. They’ll be playing through every single major Zelda title in a 100 hour marathon from now until late Sunday. It’s one of the biggest Zelda stream events of the year, so we’re excited to share the stream with you.
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Nintendo’s been a power player in the home console business for 30 years now, and in that time they’ve left quite a footprint with fans all around the world. In the most recent annual report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, Nintendo lined out worldwide hardware and software sales for its various systems, and the total’s actually quite startling.
In the systems department, Nintendo’s sold 268.97 million home consoles and 385.15 million handhelds for a total of 654.12 million platforms. As far as software goes, over 2,195.09 million software units have been sold for Nintendo home consoles, with 1,907.25 million games sold for handhelds – including both packaged and download titles. That’s over 4.1 billion games.
Holy wow. Click below for a message from Satoru Iwata.
Japan’s weekly numbers just came in and, as reported yesterday, Dragon’s Crown is selling like hotcakes on both PlayStation 3 and Vita. Not to be outdone, Nintendo made sure to hang on to the top software spot by releasing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies to the tune of over 250,000 sales. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
With Pikmin 3 already out in Japan and Europe and on its way to the US in less than a week, a lot of gamers have been asking why the series isn’t getting a 3DS installment. As it turns out, Nintendo actually tried to create a Pikmin title for both 3DS and DS before it, but there was a key element of gameplay that they just couldn’t get right on a handheld system.
The Pokémon Company has announced a new set Pokémon distribution events for Pokémon Black & White (and their sequels), and as the image suggests, these events will involve Shiny versions of Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, the three title legendaries from Pokémon Diamond, Pearl & Platinum. Each of these limited-edition legendary Pokémon will be distributed during three dedicated individual events starting in August, with the third ending in October, shortly after the release date of Pokémon X & Y.
Click below for more details about the distribution event.
Prima Games has put out some stellar game guides for recent The Legend of Zelda titles lately, but most of the original hardcover editions are now out of print. With the release of a brand-new game – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Prima’s looking to give these gorgeous guides a second life with The Legend of Zelda Box Set, a set of six hardcover guides, including two that have never been available in this format before: Ocarina of Time 3D and The Wind Waker HD.
The guides come with a special Zelda-themed treasure chest case, a two-sided gold-colored bookmark, and a certificate of authenticity signed by Eiji Aonuma. Click below for a closer look at what comes with the set.
Moon brought a solid FPS game to the Nintendo DS back in, pitting players against aliens in a full 3D environment. The game was developed by Renegade Kid, but published by Mastiff. The developers will soon regain the rights to the game next year, which will allow them to create a sequel.