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3DS sales continue to dominate in Japan

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The Wii U's supremacy in Japan was short lived, as another Nintendo system retook the sales throne. According to Media Create's latest sales reports, the 3DS sold the most units for Week 50 of 2012.

From December 10, 2012 through December 16, 2012, the 3DS sold 319,025 units brings its lifetime total to 9,118,403. Meanwhile, Nintendo's other console, the recently released Wii U, sold 126,916 units. That placed it second among all other consoles in sales in Japan. The Wii U's lifetime sales in Japan are now at 435,058.

Nintendo's grasp on the top two sales spots was firm as the closest system was Sony's PS3 which sold just 42,976 units. The Vita continued its trend of underperforming the PSP which is especially startling considering this is a holiday month. The Vita's lifetime sales now sit at 1,089,067 in Japan.

Tags: 3DS, Wii U

By Matt Liebl

Animal Crossing: New Leaf crushes the competition with amazing sales in Japan


If you thought the massive popularity of Animal Crossing was ever going to slow down, you should probably consider this piece of news. Japan was already treated to the 3DS version of the new Animal Crossing game subtitled New Leaf, and in just its first two months of release, it has already managed to sell over two million copies, putting it at 2.1 million copies.

Why that's impressive is because it managed to outsell games like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Monster Hunter 3G, and New Super Mario Bros. 2, and even Japan's best selling PS3 game, Final Fantasy 13.

Now we just have to wait until its inevitable release here in the US.



Tags: Nintendo 3DS, Animal Crossing, New Leaf, Sales, Japan

By Mike Splechta

Pushmo follow-up Crashmo to support QR codes from 3DS browser

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Pushmo is widely heralded as one of the standout eShop titles on the 3DS. Since its launch last year, the Intelligent Systems-developed puzzler has been praised for its fun and challenging gameplay. Even with the releases of other noteworthy eShop titles, Pushmo continues to be a favorite among 3DS owners.

A sequel titled Crashmo was announced not too long ago, and it's due out in North America later this month. Nintendo has detailed one of the neater features of the upcoming downloadable game. According to the publisher, players will no longer have to snap pictures of QR codes if they wish to download bonus content.

What Crashmo players will instead do is visit the webpage with the QR code through the 3DS browser, save it to their system, and load it up in-game. Well, that certainly removes the hassle of snapping pictures of the darn QR codes using the 3DS.

If you're a fan of the original Pushmo or are just looking for a puzzle game to play on your 3DS, watch out for Crashmo on November 22.

[Nintendo via NeoGAF]

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Tags: Crashmo, Pushmo, 3DS, eShop, Intelligent Systems

By David Sanchez

Pachter: Gamer fatigue and Nintendo weakness contribute to disappointing December sales

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A disappointing 2012 for the gaming industry came to a close last week, but for many in the industry not soon enough. Although the NPD Group won't release its December 2012 sales report until Thursday, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter gave a brief preview of what to expect. Warning: it doesn't look good.

In an NPD preview note, Pachter estimated an 11% decline in console software sales to which he attributed "continuing gamer fatigue and sustained Nintendo weakness." For evidence of the fatigue, look no further than the popularCall of Duty franchise. Although Black Ops 2,was a best-seller this year, Activision's latest installment of the once-dominant franchise was just a shadow of its former glory.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 suffered a nearly 20% drop in year-over-year sales. Another supposed blockbuster was Microsoft'sHalo 4 which also failed to meet "lofty expectations."

Pachter was sure to share the blame, though. He placed a good deal of blame on Nintendo for its "underwhelming launch" for the Wii U and the company's "continued weakness" in general. Following a rather successful launch week in which 400,000 Wii U units were sold, Pachter estimated that just 675,000 units were sold at U.S. retail in its second month (up 59% month-over-month). The startling realization is that the console suffered from a "very low" software attach rate, with estimates close to one title per hardware unit. Things don't appear much better over the pond either; the latest GfK sales chart reveal that, for the third week in a row, no Wii U-exlusive titles appear in the Top 40 sales.

With sales continuing in a downward trend, all eyes are now on Sony and Microsoft who are expected to unveil new console's this year. With both the Xbox 360 and PS3 already in most homes, it's no surprise that hardware sales are stagnant. What is troublesome is the lack of software sales though. If so many people already own consoles, why aren't more games beings sold?

Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure: the next-generation of consoles can't come soon enough. But will an Xbox 720 or PS4 result in more sales? Just because we get new consoles doesn't mean we'll get new IPs or franchises. We'll continue to get theCall of Duty's andHalo's, but maybe with better graphics. Is that what you want to settle for or do you want something more from your games?


Tags: Wii U, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Nintendo

By Matt Liebl

What’s downloadable this week, Nintendo? 1/10/2013

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This week is looking a bit light as far as Nintendo downloads are concerned. Still, a few titles were released, as well as a couple of Wii U demos, so let's check 'em out, shall we?

No new content on the Wii U this week. Instead, we've just got the aforementioned demos. If you've yet to play NBA 2K13 or ZombiU on Nintendo's latest console, you can check out trial versions of both and see if you like them.

Digital content on the Wii is also a bit bare, with retro fighter World Heroes 2 being the only game available on the Virtual Console. You can download that for 900 Wii Points.

The 3DS eShop has quite a few games available for download, none of which look especially great. For $4.99, you can play virtual pet simulator 101 DinoPets 3D. I'm assuming people will get bored after the fifth dinosaur. There's also Hello Kitty Picnic with Sanrio Friends (no price info) and Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini for $3.99, both of which sound like riveting action games. If you don't want to hunt for fish, you can hunt for deer in Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D for $3.99.

Last is the sole DSiWare download of the week. Biorhythm is, well, a thing about, like, measuring your emotions or something. Whatever it is, it costs $1.99.

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Tags: Nintendo downloads

By David Sanchez

3 LEGO Legends of Chima games coming in 2013

LEGO Legends of Chima

Today, LEGO Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced three new games in theirLEGO Legends of Chima video games.Legends of Chima is a new range of LEGO toys set in a mythical land inhabited by magical animal tribes, like the Lion, Eagle, Gorilla and Crocodile. TheLegends of Chimaproducts were just announced, and they include construction sets, vehicles and TV content. The three video games planned forLEGO Legends of Chima will provide an entirely unique experience that complements the products.

The first of the three games isLEGO Legends of Chima: Speedorz, which is playable today onLEGO.com and released on iOS devices tomorrow, January 3. Produced by TT Games and 4T2,Speedorz is a racing mini-game where players race against famousChimacharacters, battle through iconicChima locations, and unleash powerful boosts. There's unlockables and rewards to customize your characters.

The second of the games isLEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey. It is developed by TT Games and is being released in summer 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita. InLaval's Journey, player "embark on an amazing adventure into the world ofChima where the brave warrior Laval and his allies are called upon to fight for justice. It's not known what type of game it will be, but you can expect some touch controls and an action-adventure feel from the description.

The last game isLEGO Legends of Chima Online, a free-to-play, online world developed by WB Games Montreal. Players will build and customize their kingdom in the world of Chima, explore massive environments, uncover secrets and treasures, earn rewards, build weapons and take on missions to help Lavel and his friends. One of the goals is to "provide kids with a safe and incredibly immersive connected game experience."

According to the press release, all of the games are connected and share a reward system called The Chima Vault. "The Chima Vault, which houses an exclusive reward system, will be accessible to players on LEGO.com/chima. While playing LEGO Legends of Chima: Speedorzand LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey,players will be able to earn points. These points can be redeemed through the Vault for a variety of unique content that players can use to enhance their experience in LEGOLegends of ChimaOnline."

Stay tuned for our thoughts on the first game and more information on the upcoming two as details are released. For more Chima, visit the LEGO Chima site.

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Tags: LEGO Legends of Chima

By Lance Liebl

What’s downloadable this week, Nintendo? 10/18/2012

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It's another Thursday of Nintendo downloads, and this week we've got full retail games getting the digital treatment. You can now download The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario Kart 7, Star Fox 64 3D, and Super Mario 3D Land on the 3DS eShop. There are also a handful of new titles which you can check out below.

WiiWare gets a new game with Reel Fishing Ocean Challenge. The game is priced at 500 Wii Points, and it tackles the activity of fishing. You know, if you're into that stuff.

On the 3DS eShop we've got Sparkle Snapshots 3D, which sounds like a hideous photo app, for for $5.99. Due out on October 22 is Style Savvy: Trendsetters for $39.99. This may be even more hideous than the photo app.

If you'd rather take a trip back in time, the NES shooter Gradius is available on the 3DS Virtual Console for $4.99. There's also a free demo for Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park. Admittedly, that's kind of an awesome title for a game.

On the DSiWare front this week is a single game. Puzzler World XL features a number of puzzles including, you guessed it, Sudoku. This one's available for 500 DSi Points ($4.99 for eShop buyers).

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Tags: Nintendo, Wii, 3DS, DS, WiiWare, Virtual Console, eShop, DSiWare

By David Sanchez

Swords & Soldiers set to release on the 3DS eShop, may offer free DLC

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Swords & Soldiers will soon receive the 3DS eShop treatment. The game originally launched on WiiWare and then made its way to the PlayStation Network, PC, and iOS. Now it looks to bring its action-strategy gameplay to Nintendo's dual screen handheld.

The game will be aptly titled Swords & Soldiers 3D, and it would appear that there may be free DLC in store for players. This is still unconfirmed, but Circle Entertainment, who is helping developer Romino Games port the game to the eShop, has expressed interest in free add-on content and a downloadable demo.

3DS owners won't have to wait very long for Swords & Soldiers 3D. According to Circle, the game is expected to hit the eShop sometime in spring.


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Tags: Swords and Soldiers

By David Sanchez

Latest Club Nintendo reward turns you into an artist

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A new title now sits alongside Super Smash Bros. on Club Nintendo. If you're a member of the rewards program but you suck at drawing, you may be interested in this one.

Art Academy: First Semester is now available for 150 of your Coins, which are earned by registering games and taking surveys on the Club Nintendo website. If you feel the need to learn how to draw, you can redeem those Coins and get some lessons.

Art Academy has received some praise among the folks who played it. I wish I had some insight on the game for ya, but sadly, the only art academy experience I have is from those few years in college when I actually majored in art.

So with that, get to it, fledgling artists! Also, regarding the title of this post, I cannot assure you that you'll become an actual artist. You've been warned.

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Tags: Art Academy: First Semester, 3DS, Club Nintendo

By David Sanchez

Redeem your Club Nintendo Coins for two retro sports titles

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So the latest Club Nintendo update slipped completely under my radar. Because of that, you've only got a few days to redeem your precious Coins for a couple of old school sports games. Oops!

The first game available for download is NES Play Action Football. Want some retro 8-bit football? Well, here it is. This one will cost you 100 Coins, and you've got until September 3 to download it. On a side note, I would like to point out that Nintendo could have easily gotten away with making "play" and "action" one word: NES PlayAction Football. That said, I'm glad that didn't happen.

If you're looking for some handheld sports gaming, the aptly named Tennis is available. This one's 150 Coins, which seems a bit pricey. They could have totally named this Play Action Tennis, by the way. I kind of wish Nintendo would have done that, actually.

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Tags: Club Nintendo, NES Play Action Football, Tennis

By David Sanchez