The numbers for the past week in Japan are in, and Nintendo’s got something to smile about. Despite not having any major releases this week, Wii U’s numbers are up from last week (which saw the release of Super Mario 3D World), and 3DS numbers are up as well. Numbers for other consoles remained relatively similar from last week. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Skull Kid has officially been announced as an Assist Trophy in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Although this news may seem like a letdown for those who had wished to see Skull Kid donning the iconic mask as a playable character, this is still huge news for fans of Majora’s Mask .
This past February, Nintendo announced the “Year of Luigi,” which has brought forth some much needed attention to Mario’s often-overlooked brother. However, there has been some confusion over whether or not the celebration will end on December 31st or if it will continue on into February 2014. Fortunately, Siliconera was able to get an interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President, in order to clarify.
Battlefield 4‘s continued issues on Xbox One and PS4 have caused Electronic Arts’ stock to fall more than 5%. Developer DICE has stated that it will be refocusing development efforts away from any “future projects” until it can repair the ongoing problems with Battlefield 4.
Yesterday, Sony announced that sales for Playstation 4 have already exceeded 2 million units sold worldwide. Not wanting to be left out, Microsoft has also reported on the recent success of its new console, Xbox One, though no official sales figures have been provided so far.
A few months ago it was revealed that Microsoft’s Lift London studio was hard at work on four titles that bridge the gap between free-to-play and AAA. Details have been scarce up to this point, but that should change soon. Lift London studio head Lee Schuneman has revealed to Official Xbox Magazine that we can expect three of the games to be unveiled in the near future.
A big feature shared by both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is the ability to record game footage as you play. In the case of PlayStation 4, there’s a dedicated ‘Share’ button for recording, editing, and uploading videos. Just how popular is this little feature? Sony reports that it has been used over 6,500,000 times in the few short weeks since launch.
We know that PlayStation 4 sales have eclipsed 2 million, so the average gamer has shared around three videos so far. As more games release in the coming months, you can expect that number to go up considerably. If you own a PlayStation 4, have you been utilizing the Share button?
The Spike TV Video Game Awards, recently renamed VGX, will take place on Saturday, December 7. Several companies have teased appearances, and we can expect plenty of new trailers and game announcements alongside the awards ceremony. The official VGX announcement has just been made, giving us a better look at what we can expect. You can catch all the information after the jump.
Nintendo has been pumping out special edition 3DS models almost non-stop, and it looks like they’re not slowing down. The latest entry in their lineup of special models is a silver Mario & Luigi themed system with Dream Team pre-installed. This beauty is a steal at $199, essentially netting you the popular RPG for free. You can catch Nintendo’s full press release after the jump.
PlayStation 4 has been out less than three weeks, but it’s already making its presence felt. Sony is reporting via the PlayStation EU Twitter account that the next gen console has racked up 2.1 million sales worldwide since its launch on November 15. With Christmas yet to come, Sony is aiming for 5 million units shipped by the end of the fiscal year in March 2014.
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.