It looks like Nintendo's got it in the bag! In the latest NDP Report from Nintendo, it looks and appears to be doing very well thanks to two well-received games, as well as hardware. According to Nintendo, their hardware sales have risen by 100 percent over the month of November. The 3DS has sold up to 770,000 units, marking the lifetime sales of 3DS Units at 10.5 million, with its previous lifetime sales marked at 10 million in the US. As for the beloved U-Tastic system, the sales for the Wii U have increased by 340 percent over the course of October. Some games that are responsible for this increase in Nintendo's sales are Pokémon X and Y, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Super Mario 3D World.
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Ever since Bayonetta 2 was announced as an exclusive for the Wii U, original Bayonetta fans have been asking for a port to the other consoles, including the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. While it's nice to know the franchise has a bunch of fans, the game is exclusive to the Wii U because Nintendo funded the game. Without Nintendo it wouldn't exist. And after hearing request, after request, after request for the game to be ported, Platinum Games creative producer JP Kellams has said on Twitter that he’s tired of the port begging.
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According to their official blog, SEGA has released a patch for Sonic Lost World on Wii U that fixes some nagging issues and adds support for new features that will make the game a little more accessible for inexperienced players, and perhaps a little less frustrating for the rest of us. Full disclosure: they have still not added Pro Controller support, so don’t get your hopes up like I did.
The biggest improvements are, in my opinion, the addition of a feature that grants you an extra life for getting 100 rings (you just can’t go wrong with such a tried and true feature), and the ability to control color powers with the control sticks and buttons. I always felt like the color powers were so limited and, quite frankly, boring to use, so maybe this will spice them up a bit.
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For those of you that were all excited for the supposed Spring release for the next installment in the Smash Bros. Series, you can ease it down a bit now.
Earlier sometime during the day yesterday, details that we have reported on a previous article on the release date of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for Nintendo 3DS had popped up online after Nintendo of Germany manger Bernd Fakesch, said it would be released alongside Mario Kart 8 in the Spring time frame. However, we now know that a Spring release for Smash Bros. is false after a recent confirmation letter from Nintendo stated that the game does not have a firm time frame idea for launch.
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Sales figures have poured for the holiday shopping season and the Wii U and 3DS are off to rather respectable goes of it, while the other consoles performed very well in the US during Black Friday. Let's focus in on Japan numbers first, since those just hit today.
In first place is the Nintendo 3DS LL, which sold 92k units—a healthy 10k more than the previous week. Wii U, meanwhile, nearly doubles in sales, dishing out a healthy 48.7k units. There's plenty more inside!
At this point, I'd hope it's become fairly apparent to just about everyone that indie games have started to matter a bit. Nintendo and Sony in particular have caught on and have been opening up the doors to their digital store services, Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store, but—let's be honest—Sony's been seeing quite a bit more success in the indie realm than Nintendo has. One part of that is certainly that Sony's had the more successful platform of the two—PlayStation 3's last year and now PlayStation 4—over the last year or two, the rough time period during which both companies began to double their efforts with indies, making Sony the more attractive business partner.
However, there is another factor which I think goes overlooked when people question why Sony's roster of indie titles is so much more impressive than Nintendo's. See, Sony actually, personally funds a fair number of the best indie titles available on their consoles—I doubt Resogun and Rime would be PlayStation 4 exclusives if Sony weren't the ones paying for and publishing their creation—and that's something I think is worth considering for Nintendo.
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A German newspaper did an interview with the General Manager of Nintendo Germany, talking about Nintendo's Christmas slate and what new owners can look forward to early next year. To no one's surprise he talks about Mario Kart 8 creating a strong spring slate, but out of the blue he brings up Smash Bros. as a key spring title:
“For next spring two more big license games are also announced for our TV console with Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.”
We don't have any confirmed release date for Smash Bros, though most assumed it would arrive during summer 2014. Shooting for a spring release puts it a bit ahead of those expectations. With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze arriving towards the end of winter on February 21st, this would line up Nintendo with a killer slate of games heading into summer. The real question then becomes what we would be getting the rest of the year, assuming this turns out to be spot on.
It's that time of the month again! Nintendo has once again given us a brand new selection of downloadable titles that you can redeem your coins for via Club Nintendo, which is Nintendo's customer loyalty service providing rewards for consumer feedback, such as poster, trading cards, tote bags, downloadable games, and more.
You can find out this month's rewards after the jump.
I think I've made it readily apparent by now that Lobodestroyo is a game I'm dying to see reach completion; well, good news! Last night the Banjo-Kazooire/Mega Man/Metroid inspired platformer steadily rolled past it's 35,000 goal, ensuring a PC, Mac, Linux, and Wii U release. It's around 36,500 right now with a full day left to go, and if it hits 39,000 we'll see it added to the Playstation as well, with Xbox One following shortly after at 42,000. Any other funds go straight into helping the team develop additional content.
With both A Hat in Time and Shovel Knight releasing next year as well, adding Lobodestroyo to the mix makes it seem like the Wii U eShop will have a steady flow of fun indie titles! If it's perked your interest at all and you want to grab yourself a copy of the game along with some nice perks (like getting your name scrawled somewhere in the game) you should head over to their Kickstarter and toss in a few bucks towards their stretch goals.
Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze is Nintendo's next big game release on the Wii U, which should be coming in a two to three month period that should feature both this game and Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs. A little something for everyone, no? During VGX on Saturday we got official conformation of a playable Cranky Kong, but we didn't learn a whole lot of new details about the game at the same time. Thanks to a new feature in the latest Game Informer magazine, we now have a ton of fresh details hot off the press. Head inside to see the breakdown!