This week’s Japanese sales charts (11/25/13–12/1/13) are in, and Nintendo has managed to grab the two top spots for hardware sales. The 3DS XL managed to sell 82,409 units, up from 63,709, while the Wii U sold 28,518 units, up from 21,002. On the software side, the top-selling game was debuting Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2, which sold 88,708 units. Pokémon Y and X came in second, with 86,391 units. In third place with 39,812 units is Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, followed by Super Mario 3D World, which shipped 39,812 copies.
Don’t forget to head past the jump to read the full sales charts, courtesy of 4Gamer!
In what was quite an interesting and informative interview with Reggie Fils-Aime by Siliconera, Reggie revealed to us his thoughts on the company, games, and the effect fans have on the decisions of Nintendo of America. While many questions were asked and answered, one stood out to me; it asked what the most significant gaming innovation of the past decade was. Reggie's answer was, of course, the Wii Remote.
What would you say is the most significant innovation in gaming in the past decade?
"It’s gotta be the Wii Remote. The Wii Remote introduced a completely new style of play that arguably set an industry standard for motion controls, and let the consumer experience games in an entirely new way. The thing, I think, that’s really set Nintendo apart from the competition is its focus on new styles of play. We’re always looking for ways to innovate, ways to bring new and fun experiences to the consumer. In the end, it’s all about the software, and all about how you experience that software—and controllers have a huge effect on that." — Reggie Fils-Aime
While Target and other retailers might not understand what separates the Wii U from its predecessor, consumers certainly do. At least if you believe Nintendo of America COO Reginald "Reggie" Fils-Aime. In an interview with Forbes, he argues that consumers have understood that the Wii U is a completely different machine from the Wii, citing games such as Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and The Wonderful 101. Head past the jump to read what he said!
Sales date from the Xbox One, A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D World, and Mario Party: Island Tour launch are in for their "first week" on the market, though the sales data only really counts one day of sales given the data is from the week that ended on the 23rd. That means that A Link Between Worlds had a pretty good launch, moving 294,551 units in the United States along with 119,487 units in Europe. Super Mario 3D World understandably had a smaller debut given the smaller install base of the Wii U compared to the 3DS. The Wii U also had it's best week of sales in awhile and we finally can see the exact breakdown of how the Xbox One launch sales fared. Hop inside.
Former THQ President and Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin, recently had some things to say about Nintendo, and it's current position in the console business. According to him, the company has become irrelevant in the console space. On the latest episode of GameTrailer's Bonus Round, he flat out said that "Nintendo is irrelevant as a hardware manufacturer in the console business."
He primarily believes Nintendo's value lies in its software, instead of its hardware department. He believes that Nintendo is a "worldwide treasure" and said that "it is a crime that we do not play those games on the systems that we have." While I also believe Nintendo's greatest asset is its software, that doesn't mean that Nintendo is irrelevant in the console business. They have been the main source of innovation in the console business, despite the relatively weaker processing power of the Wii and Wii U in their respective generations. Don't count Nintendo out just yet.
Recently, Japan has been the host to a suite of exclusive JRPG's. Recently, chief among them has been the Dragon Quest series, with the most recent title, Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes, not releasing in the West. Although this could easily be chalked up to commercial failure in Japan, many are convinced that they are purposely avoiding the West for no particular reason.
Although the chances of this being true are extremely minimal, trademarks have recently been unearthed that directly contradict this sentiment? Why? It turns out that Square Enix has filed two trademarks for the names Luminaries of the Legendary Line and The Seeds of Salvation. Although these aren't confirmed to be Dragon Quest titles, they follow the same alliteration technique that Dragon Quest fans are no doubt familiar with. This is good news for JRPG fans in the west, considering it is the first news we have heard from the series in a long time.
Hit the jump to see the trademark applications in full color!
This week's Jimquisition tries to decide which console has won the next-gen launch. Or is it current-gen now? I don't know anymore. Both consoles launches went pretty well, I think, but which one went better? Jim has a well made argument for which console actually won the launch, at least in his opinion. You may not agree with it, and I don't know if I do, but he does have a point. After all, thank God, for Jim.
You can see this week's Jimquisition after the jump.
Yahoo! Games has recently published a list of the top five best and worst console launches we've seen in the game industry so far. Good new for Nintendo fans: the NES, SNES, and Wii all made the top five best console launches, and Wii even made the number one spot on the list! Unfortunately, it looks like Nintendo's lost its mojo (at least in Yahoo!'s eyes) somewhere in the last few years, as they've named 2012's Wii U as the worst console launch to date.
"Despite two solid games in New Super Mario Bros. U and Zombi U [sic], the Wii U launch was an awkward mix of year-old hits and sub-par ports. Pack-in game Nintendoland [sic] wasn't nearly cool enough to sell systems, and the console's yet to recover. Here's hoping the Xbox One and PS4 make a better first impression." — Yahoo! Games
Do you think the Wii U was a botched launch, or do you think Yahoo!'s being a little too hard on the Big N?
I’m sure we all have memories of playing Super Mario Galaxy in the living room, flailing our Wiimotes to make the little man spin, but did you know that we could’ve been flailing our Wiimotes in unison with our friends through the power of internet? In an interview with French Gamekult, Mario and Zelda producer Yoshiaku Koizumi revealed that Nintendo was investigating the possibility of including online play in Super Mario Galaxy.
“At the time of Super Mario Galaxy, we conducted tests for the online game and we have technical expertise to implement. However, we chose to focus on a user-friendly experience in the same room.”
— Yoshiaku Koizumi
Personally I can go without the added multiplayer, but would you have preferred Super Mario Galaxy with an online mode?
The Nintendo 2DS won’t be the only new piece of hardware from the company available in time for the holiday season; Nintendo has announced that the Wii Mini will be released in the US later this month. The Wii Mini, originally launched in Canada last year, will be available for $99.99 sometime in mid-November. It will come bundled with Mario Kart Wii, one of the console’s most popular games.
Make sure to check out more details on the console after the jump!