Nintendo Everything: DS
NPD Group has released a listing of the top ten best-selling games in the U.S. for the month of July 2014. The results can be found below.
1. The Last of Us (PS4, PS3)
2. Minecraft (360, PS3)
3. FIFA 14 (360,PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Vita)
4. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
5. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
6. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, PC)
7. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
8. Sniper Elite III (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
9. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
10. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, 3DS, DS, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, Vita, PC)
You can find more details from this month’s NPD report over on GamesBeat.
Nintendo games tend to be evergreen titles. By that, we mean that they’ll continue to sell well after their initial release.
Case and point: the Pokemon games. Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver, released in 2010, sold an additional 50,000 units between March 2013 and March 2014. Pokemon Black/White managed to move 160,000 units as well during the same time span. Lifetime sales of HeartGold/SoulSilver and Black/White are at 12.72 million units and 15.58 million units respectively.
Two Pokemon entries that aren’t selling any longer are Diamond and Pearl. They were at 17.63 million units as of March 2013, and nothing has changed since this March.
Yoshi’s New World sold 58,285 copies in its first week, based on data from Media Create. The game also sold through 57.59 percent of its initial shipment.
The last mainline Yoshi game, Yoshi’s Island DS, moved 303,114 copies at launch with a sell-through rate of 84.82 percent. There’s definitely a big difference between the two, though there are important factors to consider.
Perhaps biggest of all is that Yoshi’s New Island is included in Nintendo’s “Monthly Recommended Software Campaign”. New 3DS owners are able to download one game for free (or choose from other titles) through the end of August.
Media Create reports that Yoshi’s Island DS sold to younger and older Mario fans. Yoshi’s New Island, however, was mainly purchased by a younger audience.
Yoshi’s New Island could end up selling quite a bit more down the line. Yoshi’s Island DS eventually went on to move one million copies in Japan, so something similar could happen with the new 3DS title.
Cing VP on creating games with narrative focus, studio’s closure, would be interested in continuing Kyle Hyde’s story
Italian website NintendOn caught up with Rika Suzuki, who was once the vice president of Cing. Suzuki spoke about what it’s like making games with a narrative focus, the studio’s closure, and interest in continuing Kyle Hyde’s story (Hotel Dusk).
Head past the break for Suzuki’s comments. The full interview can be found here.
Nintendo’s financials for Q1 2014 have been released (that is, for April – June), here are a look at some of the highlights to come out of that press release:
- Revenue: 74.70B yen (-8.4% year over year)
- Opt income: -9.47B yen
- Net income: -9.92B yen
Hardware + Software Sales
- Wii U unit sales (hardware): 0.51 million
Financial year – 0.40 million
Lifetime to date – 6.68 million
- Wii U unit sales (software): 4.39 million
Financial year – 4.39 million
Lifetime to date – 36.67 million
* Mario Kart 8 sold 2.82 million copies worldwide in its first month on sale.
- 3DS unit sales (hardware): 0.82 million
Financial year – 0.82 million
Lifetime to date – 44.14 million
- 3DS unit sales (software): 8.57 million
Financial year – 8.57 million
Lifetime to date – 171.49 million
- Wii unit sales (hardware): 0.09 million
Financial year: 0.09 million
Lifetime to date: 101.15 million
- Wii unit sales (software): 1.60 million
Financial year: 1.60 million
Lifetime to date: 896.82 million
- DS unit sales (hardware): 0.06 million
Financial year: 0.13 million
Lifetime to date: 153.99 million
- DS unit sales (software): 2.15 million
- Financial year: 10.29 million
Lifetime to date: 938.93 million
Financial Year 2014/2015 Forecast
- 3DS hardware – 12 million
3DS software – 67 million
- Wii U hardware – 3.6 million
Wii U software – 20 million
- Wii hardware – 0.5 million
Wii software – 9 million
For a look at how these numbers compare to previous quarters, check out this thread
More Nintendo maintenance is planned for all of Nintendo’s systems today.
First, at 2:30 PM PT, all Wii U and 3DS online services will be affected. This will only last for a five-minute period.
Also, between 1 PM PT and 5 PM PT, the Wii U and 3DS eShops, Wii Shop Channel, and DSi Shop will be down for maintenance.
Nintendo is planning a bunch of maintenance for its services and games today.
First, all online shops will be unavailable between 4 PM ET and 9 PM ET (1 PM PT and 6 PM PT). There will also be a five-minute period in which all Wii U and 3DS network services will be unavailable.
That’s all on top of game maintenance for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, Poke Transporter, Pokemon Bank, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Code of Princess, and Need for Speed: The Run.
You can find the full rundown of today’s maintenance below.