PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both off to fast starts in virtually all of the markets where they have launched. In fact, in the UK, PlayStation 4 has already become the fast-selling console of all time, reaching 250,000 units sold in just a few days. Xbox One is considerably behind, but still sitting quite impressively at around 170,000 units sold.
This is bad news for Nintendo, as the UK has been a particularly tough market for Wii U. After a full year on the market, Wii U has managed just 150,000 units sold in the UK, trailing behind both competitors consoles after just a few days. Nintendo has put together three new Wii U bundles for Europe, but that may not be enough to compete with Sony and Microsoft this Christmas.
Last year Wii U went into the holidays with an advantage, as it was the only new console on the market. This year, it’s got the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to compete with, and they’re both off to hot starts. Can Nintendo compete in a market that just got much more crowded? According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, they’ve got two advantages that give them pretty good chances this month.
Wii U has not been selling at the rate Nintendo hoped it would, and there are plenty of accusing fingers being pointed all around. Some blame the price (still more expensive than Wii after a price cut), others blame the lack of must-have games, and many point to the marketing.
A big concern early on is that a similar name and ineffective advertising have failed to make the average consumer understand and appreciate the differences between Wii and Wii U. Are people still skipping out on Wii U because they don’t realize it’s a completely new console?
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.
In today’s Nintendo Direct it was revealed that 3DS will finally be receiving a YouTube app. Additionally, the YouTube app on Wii U is going to receive an update to make things smoother and allow for better utilization of the GamePad. You can catch all the details in a video after the jump.
As part of today’s Nintendo Direct, a video was released that revealed ten new things that will be a part of the upcoming Super Mario 3D World. This one does have a few light spoilers, so if you want to head into this game blind, I’d stay away from this one.
After almost a year with Wii U, it will finally be possible to link your funds from both your Wii U account and 3DS account into one massive account that can be used on either platform’s eShop. This will require your Nintendo Network IDs to be linked. Nintendo also warns that if you register your 3DS with a different Nintendo Network ID than on your Wii U you will not be able to link the accounts. This system update is set for December, and will also allow 3DS users to access Miiverse
We’ve got Nintendo heavyweights like Mario and Zelda coming out soon, but let’s not forget about the little guys! Nintendo has quite a few indie games coming to Wii U and 3DS eShop soon, and they’ve put together a sizzle reel video as part of today’s Nintendo Direct. You can catch it after the jump.
Yesterday some rumors (which we chose not to report on, due to lack of compelling evidence) suggested that the initial Wii U devkits were actually more powerful than the final model. The rumor stated that there were overheating problems with the first batch of consoles sent out to developers, so Nintendo had to dial back on the hardware to fix the issue. The developers at Shin’en Multimedia (a company that has previously been supportive of Wii U’s hardware) fielded a question on their Twitter account regarding the situation.
Yesterday’s re-introduction of Marth as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS was a big surprise to no one, but it made this week’s batch of new screenshots extra-special. Not only will we get to see Link face off against the fair prince in HD – we’ll also get to see it in 3D.
Click below for this week’s Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS screenshots.