Update: Nintendo has released a statement to Polygon confirming that users will still be able to Wii, DS and DSi games in offline mode. “Other online functionality on Wii and Nintendo DS, such as access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services, are also not affected at this time,” according to Nintendo. The global termination of the service will take place May 20, 2014 worldwide.
Online play for 3DS and Wii U will be unaffected, aside from Wii U’s Wii mode and “DS games played on Nintendo 3DS family systems.”
One of the stranger announcements out of today’s Nintendo investors’ meeting was that a Nintendo DS Virtual Console service is being planned for Wii U. This will enable Wii U owners to play DS software using the Wii U GamePad. The official mock-up image (click through to the full article to see) displays a screenshot from Brain Age, with the two screens being displayed side-by-side. It’s also possible that games will be able to display one image on the TV screen and one on the GamePad – but we won’t know until Nintendo reveals additional details.
What do you think of this? Would you buy DS software digitally and play it on Wii U? Click below to see the official mock-up.
Nintendo’s recent surge in 3DS and 2DS sales over the holiday have caused a huge increase in traffic on the eShop, causing users to be prompted by error messages after trying to redeem codes. Fortunately, Nintendo has a solution for these mischievous error codes.
Nintendo has announced via its Facebook page that the eShop will be down worldwide for maintenance, which will last a total of 12 hours from 4 p.m. – 4 a.m. Eastern Time. The repairs come in response to the overloaded Nintendo Network. Hit the jump to view Nintendo’s entire statement.
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.
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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.