The past week’s Japanese sales data is in, and the Final Fantasy franchise continues to be popular in Japan, taking the number one spot with Lightning Returns. While its numbers no longer touch franchises like Animal Crossing or Monster Hunter, the game pulled in over 277,000 sales in its first week. Meanwhile, 3DS sales are on the rise again and Vita sales have dropped drastically from last week’s impressive numbers. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Sony took a big step towards popularizing Vita in Japan this week with the launch of Vita TV. As this week’s Media Create numbers show, it’s off to a solid start, with Vita unseating 3DS in total consoles sold for the week. Of course, it got a ton of help from the release of God Eater 2 as well. Hit the jump for the breakdown.
The numbers are in for the past week in Japan, and you may be surprised to see who’s on top. After impressive early sales numbers, Pokémon X & Y have lost their throne to EA’s Battlefield 4. Meanwhile, both Wii U and Vita appear to be slipping back down after some recent surges.
Well, there’s a headline I wasn’t expecting to write today! This week’s Japanese sales numbers show 3DS finally starting to come down from its incredible numbers that were fueled by the combination of Monster Hunter 4 and Pokémon X & Y, and Wii U sales have multiplied by nearly fifteen. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Nintendo has officially discontinued producing and selling Wii consoles in Japan, but they’re not quite done yet on a global scale. With Wii U heading into its second holiday, Nintendo aims to squeeze a few more dollars out of its predecessor by bringing Wii Mini to the US.
Wii Mini plays all retail Wii games, but lacks GameCube compatibility and online functionality. The console will come bundled with Mario Kart Wii, as well as a Wii Remote and Nunchuck. Wii Mini is set to hit the US sometime later this month with a suggested retail price of $99.99.
The Mario and Luigi Wii Remote Plus controllers announced last month have finally arrived! As of Nov. 1, anyone who has been waiting for these special edition Wii Remote Plus controllers can find them at the designated retailer of his or her choice. Both Wiimotes cost $39.99 each.
Another week of Japanese sales data is in the books, and Pokémon X & Y continue to hold the top spot, despite a handful of new PlayStation 3 games as competition. Meanwhile, hardware sales are slumping all over, and Wii U sales have hit an all-time low. Nintendo could sure use a 3DS-style turnaround for their home console!
Zelda games are often seen as chief showcases of a Nintendo console’s power – that’s why Nintendo constantly uses the franchise to stage tech demos for new hardware. It’s been true for every system since the Nintendo 64. Zelda appeared in an early tech demo for Nintendo’s first 3D engine, returned as an example of the GameCube’s technical prowess, was adapted to present how motion controls and traditional games could go together on Wii, and made a comeback as a graphical showcase on Wii U.
Usually, when I see a tech demo, I expect that tech demo to give me a good impression of what the franchise it depicts will be like on the system. It was the case for Ocarina of Time – the battles were dramatic and ground-breaking for a 3D game at the time; it was the case for Twilight Princess – the game’s motion controls worked pretty much as advertised. But it wasn’t the case for the SpaceWorld demo. Instead of a game that resembled a next-generation Ocarina of Time, we got The Wind Waker.
Don’t get me wrong – I love The Wind Waker. But a part of me still really wants to see that more advanced Ocarina of Time take shape. Having seen how the Twilight Princess high fantasy look could be expressed in HD, I’m also really interested to see how Nintendo could take that popular style in a bold direction with some new, original content. And I know lots of other people are, too – the response to the Wii U tech demo was overwhelmingly positive.
Unfortunately, Nintendo doesn’t seem interested in turning those tech demo dreams into reality.
A little over a month ago, Monster Hunter 4 broke the record for fastest-selling 3DS game in Japan with an insane opening week that saw it pull in over 2 million sales in just a few days. That record would be short-lived, as Pokémon X & Y had an even better opening week. It’s only fitting that they should be the top two games of the week now. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
An era has come to a close. After seven years on the market, Nintendo has officially discontinued manufacturing and selling Wii in Japan. During its run, Wii sold over 12.6 million units in Japan, and over 100 million units worldwide. Nintendo’s home console focus will now be solely on Wii U.
The sales numbers for the month of September in the US have arrived, and it’s been quite the interesting month! 3DS has taken the number one overall spot for hardware sales for the fifth straight month, and that streak is not likely to end seeing as Pokémon X & Y will be fueling its October numbers.
Meanwhile, Xbox 360′s nearly three year long reign as the highest-selling home console in the US has ended at 32 months as PlayStation 3, aided by a Grand Theft Auto V bundle, has taken the top spot. Wii U is still well behind the competition, but a price cut and a bundle with The Wind Waker HD combined to triple Wii U’s sales in September. Hit the jump for more monthly figures from NPD.
As indicated by the sales count of over 4 million in two days, Pokémon X & Y are off to a fast start. Nearly half of that total comes from Japan, where the games sold over 1.8 million in their first two days. Meanwhile, Grand Theft Auto V made its Japan debut, and Sony’s Vita had its strongest week in months.