The Nintendo Wii U and 3DS eShops will be undergoing “extended maintenance” on March 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. PST, according to the company’s Network Information page.
The aforementioned maintenance will also affect the Wii’s Shopping Channel and the DS’ Nintendo DSi Shop. While the maintenance is in progress, players can expect various parts of the affected services to be “intermittently unavailable.”
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.”
Video game sales have been dismal across the board in Japan since the new year kicked off, but now there’s a new console on the market. PlayStation 4 launched this week in Japan with over 300,000 sales in its first two days, easily securing the number one spot. Hit the jump for the breakdown.
Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys topped the charts with its Japanese debut last week, and it still has a firm hold on that number one spot this week. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze managed number two for its debut, but its 35,717 sales were quite modest and failed to boost Wii U significantly. Elsewhere, it was a pretty quiet week for Japanese video games in the final sales report before PlayStation 4′s release. Hit the jump to catch the breakdown.
This week’s Japanese sales figures are in, and Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost on PlayStation 3 has a commanding lead. Sony games made up four of the top five this week, but Vita sales slumped yet again and PlayStation 3 sales saw only a slight increase, as gamers are likely saving their cash for PlayStation 4. 3DS saw a slight decline as well, with no new games in the top twenty this week. You can catch the full breakdown after the jump.
Nintendo’s been a big opponent of mods and homebrew hardware for as long as they’ve been in business. While of course the company has a vested interest in preventing circumvention of their copy protection measures to avoid piracy, they’ve always taken the stance that any and all mods are (or should be) illegal. Turns out the European Union court has judged that this isn’t the case.
The case, Nintendo v PC Box, establishes that EU law only protects Nintendo and other game companies’ efforts to “prevent or eliminate unauthorised acts of reproduction, communication, public offer or distribution, for which authorisation from the copyrightholder is required.” Measures that prevent other “commercially significant” uses, such as playing MP3s, movies, and other non-pirated content. Or, in other words, copyright protection only extends to the prevention of piracy, not the installation of custom homebrew software.
Nintendo’s sales forecasts are out and things aren’t looking so hot. The company has modified sales predictions substantially, and not in a good way, as Wii U’s original projection of 9 million units sold this financial year has been cut to 2.8 million.
To put things into perspective, Nintendo had originally forecast 2 million Wii consoles to be sold this financial year. That number has now been cut to 1.2 million, not all that far away from Wii U’s newly forecasted sales.
Whether you consider it an elaborate ploy to drain your bank account or just a great piece of marketing by Activision, the final two figures – Rubble Rouser and Stink Bomb – needed to fully unlock all of Skylanders: Swap Force‘s content have officially been released. Hit the jump to view the game’s latest additions to the Swap Force collection.
If the official trailer for Mario Kart 8 didn’t give you the sense of satisfaction you’d been hoping for, check out this chronological trailer created by GameXplain. The trailer puts the various in-game scenes in chronological order, giving you a better idea of how the various tracks flow from start to finish.
Rule #1 of a successful console company: your business must be profitable. Simple, right? Rule #2 is similarly simple: your software must drive hardware sales. You can have the best, most powerful console with the best game library, but none of that inevitably matters if the software doesn’t drive people to actually pick up and play the darn thing. The software actually has to get people to buy the hardware.
The trap for Rule #2, however, is that not all software drives hardware in the same way.
2013 is in the books, and the new year is kicking off with strong sales in Japan. This week’s Media Create sales covers December 30-January 5, and the strong holiday sales figures are carrying over. A Link Between Worlds finally made its Japanese debut, and topped the charts. Meanwhile, Vita had a very strong week, although it wasn’t enough to top 3DS. Hit the jump for the sales breakdown.
High Moon Studios’ Deadpool game was released earlier this year. This game, alongside several other Marvel licensed titles have disappeared from online retailers like Xbox Live, Steam, and PSN. Make the jump for more info.