Level-5 CEO helped convince Yuji Horii to have Dragon Quest IX on DS
Posted on 1 year ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in DS, News | 11 Comments | 0 Likes
Dragon Quest IX ending up as a DS exclusive was a big deal back in the day. But how’d that come about in any case?
During the Dragon Quest 30th Anniversary Countdown Special this past week, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino spoke about how he convinced series creator Yuji Horii to make IX for DS. Hino was also developing Professor Layton at that time, and Nintendo’s portable was experiencing great momentum. Horii hesitated at first and questioned having a numbered Dragon Quest game on a handheld, but Hino kept pushing him to do it.
Horii became a big fan of the tag mode in Dragon Quest IX, which would end up partially inspiring StreetPass support for the 3DS. He liked how it connected the game world and real world together.
Horii also said that his wish is just to “have Dragon Quest be enjoyed by as many people as possible”.
Elite Beat Agents creator wants to make a new entry in the series
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It’s been nearly a decade since we last saw an entry in the Elite Beat Agents / Ouendan franchise. That begs the question: will iNiS ever work on a new game? Elite Beat Agents creator Keiichi Yano does seem up for it.
Speaking with Polygon, Yano mentioned the following:
“I have a great relationship with Nintendo. I think, as with many of these types of games that have this following and at some point they come back, I think there will be a right time when it feels like [the series] should come back. A lot of times, the platform will dictate those kind of things.”
Yano also said that he would “certainly love to make another version of it, and hopefully it’s on the next platform.”
Look at the video below for Yano’s full response.
Amazon: Final Fantasy III for $11 and other discounts for Square Enix DS games
During the DS era, Square Enix brought out a bunch of games for the portable – and many of them were quite good. There were the Final Fantasy III and IV remakes, The World Ends With You, Chrono Trigger, and more.
Amazon now has these titles are pretty decent prices. Final Fantasy III, for instance, can be had for just over $11. You can find that and other Square Enix DS games for cheap here.
Nintendo’s 2015 fiscal year earnings breakdown
Posted on 1 year ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in 3DS, DS, General Nintendo, News, Wii, Wii U | 4 Comments | 0 Likes
Nintendo’s earnings for the fiscal year ended March 31 are in. Below are the full details:
– Fell 60.6 percent to 16.5 million yen, or $148 million, on revenue of $4.53 billion (down 8 percent)
– Nintendo’s stock price has fallen slightly in trading, down 0.9 percent to $18.72 a share
– Nintendo saw diminished assets, cash flow, and profits during the year
French sales for Nintendo hardware and amiibo
During an interview with Le Parisien, Nintendo of France’s Philipe Lavoue provided some new sales figures. We have data for four of the company’s recent systems as well as amiibo.
As of now, DS has sold 10.5 million units in France, followed by Wii at 6.4 million, 3DS at 4 million, and Wii U and 740,000. Nintendo has also moved 1.4 million amiibo in the country.
It’s also worth noting that, last year, Nintendo sold 4 million games in France. Six of these were in the top 20, such as Splatoon.
UK charts for March 2016
Numbers for the best-selling games and hardware in the UK for March are now in. The charts are based on data collected between February 28th and April 2nd. First up is the best-selling software, listed below:
01 (NE) TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION (UBISOFT) – 431,000 / NEW
02 (02) FAR CRY PRIMAL (UBISOFT) ~ 92,000 / 162,000
03 (NE) EA SPORTS UFC 2 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
04 (04) FIFA 16 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
05 (01) CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
06 (05) GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
07 (10) PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE 2 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
08 (03) LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
09 (NE) THE LEGEND OF ZELDA TWILIGHT PRINCESS HD (NINTENDO)
10 (06) STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
11 (07) TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE (UBISOFT)
12 (20) FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 (MICROSOFT)
13 (NE) POKKÉN TOURNAMENT (NINTENDO)
14 (15) MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
15 (16) LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
16 (09) FALLOUT 4 (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
17 (11) ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE (UBISOFT)
18 (12) MINECRAFT: STORY MODE (TELLTALE GAMES)
19 (19) WWE 2K16 (TAKE 2)
20 (18) MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
21 (30) UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
22 (NE) HEAVY RAIN & BEYOND TWO SOULS COLLECTION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
23 (13) JUST CAUSE 3 (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
24 (22) DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 (DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS)
25 (17) DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
26 (24) HALO 5: GUARDIANS (MICROSOFT)
27 (__) KNACK (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
28 (08) STREET FIGHTER V (CAPCOM)
29 (34) METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN (KONAMI)
30 (26) RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
31 (31) TERRARIA (505 GAMES)
32 (35) LEGO DIMENSIONS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
33 (NE) MORTAL KOMBAT XL (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
34 (__) SKYLANDERS SUPERCHARGERS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
35 (40) KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
36 (__) LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
37 (23) NEED FOR SPEED (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
38 (__) ANIMAL CROSSING: HAPPY HOME DESIGNER (NINTENDO)
39 (29) JUST DANCE 2016 (UBISOFT)
40 (NE) 3DS HYRULE WARRIORS: LEGENDS (NINTENDO)
Furthermore, listed below are the hardware sales for the month, including data for each month and year-to-date:
PlayStation 4 – 724,858 (+23.86%)
Xbox One – 583,674 (+36.50%)
Xbox 360 – 120,523 (-45.96%)
Nintendo 3DS – 84,366 (-21.39%)
Nintendo Wii U – 77,479 (+44.39%)
PlayStation 3 – 67,148 (-54.31%)
PC Software – 44,766 (-44.38%)
Nintendo Wii – 8,609 (-53.33%)
PlayStation Vita – 6,887 (-58.93%)
Nintendo DS – 3,444 (-77.18%)
A look into the cancelled Dirty Harry game for Wii and DS
Posted on 1 year ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in DS, General Nintendo, News, Videos, Wii | 6 Comments | 0 Likes
Warner Bros. was once planning new video games based on the Dirty Harry film franchise. It was previously known that a primary version was in the works for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 courtesy of developer The Collective, but it came to light in recent years that Sensor Sweep was also making a separate game for other platforms including Wii and DS.
Sensor Sweep’s project would have adopted the same plot and some similar gameplay mechanics. However, it was an alternative approach, with plans to include a cel-shaded art style.
All Dirty Harry games were eventually scrapped. Regarding Sensor Sweep’s take on the IP, the team was well behind schedule and found itself not properly equipped for development on home consoles given its past work exclusively on handhelds. These factors contributed to its demise, along with the declining interest from Warner Bros. in moving forward with Dirty Harry after the HD version was cancelled.
Here’s the full report from Unseen64 and Liam Robertson:
Nintendo ending repairs of the original DS model in Japan
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In Japan, Nintendo is ending repair support for all colors of the very first DS (model number NTR-001). This is because the company is now having difficulty keeping stock of spare parts.
The final date of them receiving NTR-001 DS for repairs is April 30. However, if spare parts run out before that date, Nintendo may not be able to conduct repairs.
Nintendo still has plans to continue repairs of the other DS systems for the time being. This includes the DS Lite (USG-001), DSi (TWL-001), and DSi LL (UTL-001).
Rumor: Nintendo has ceased production of DS cartridges worldwide
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According to a tweet from Canadian retailer Video Games Plus, Nintendo has ceased production of DS cartridges. The retailer does promise its own set of exclusive restocks for the near future, however.
Video Games Plus sent out the following message a little while ago:
Bad News: Nintendo has discontinued production of DS carts worldwide Good News: VGP has a bunch of EXCLUSIVE DS GAME restocks coming in soon
— VGP Video Games Plus (@VideoGamesPlus_) April 3, 2016
Nintendo has not officially confirmed that it has stopped production of DS carts worldwide. But given the fact that Video Games Plus is a retailer, they could very well have this sort of information as its disposal.
UK charts for February 2016
The latest issue of MCV has a listing of the best-selling games in the UK for the month of February. The results are posted below, based on data collected between January 31 and February 27.
01 (01) CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD) – 107,600 / 2,053,000
02 (NE) FAR CRY PRIMAL (UBISOFT)
03 (04) LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE) > 71,600
04 (02) FIFA 16 (ELECTRONIC ARTS) < 65,900
05 (05) GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
06 (03) STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
07 (06) TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE (UBISOFT)
08 (NE) STREET FIGHTER V (CAPCOM) < 29,600 / NEW
09 (07) FALLOUT 4 (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
10 (NE) PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE 2 (ELECTRONIC ARTS) ~ 26,000 / NEW
11 (15) ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE (UBISOFT)
12 (10) MINECRAFT: STORY MODE (TELLTALE GAMES)
13 (08) JUST CAUSE 3 (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
14 (NE) NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4 (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
15 (12) MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
16 (11) LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
17 (16) DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
18 (14) MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
19 (09) WWE 2K16 (TAKE 2)
20 (17) FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 (MICROSOFT)
21 (NE) POKEMON SUPER MYSTERY DUNGEON (NINTENDO)
22 (13) DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 (DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS)
23 (20) NEED FOR SPEED (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
24 (23) HALO 5: GUARDIANS (MICROSOFT)
25 (25) RESIDENT EVIL ORIGINS COLLECTION (CAPCOM)
26 (27) RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
27 (22) THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
28 (NE) DIGIMON STORY: CYBER SLEUTH (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
29 (21) JUST DANCE 2016 (UBISOFT)
30 (19) UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
31 (36) TERRARIA (505 GAMES)
32 (37) THE SIMS 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
33 (35) WOLFENSTEIN: THE OLD BLOOD (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
34 (18) METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN (KONAMI)
35 (39) LEGO DIMENSIONS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
36 (32) LIFE IS STRANGE (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
37 (__) BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
38 (31) BATTLEFIELD 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
39 (__) NBA 2K16 (TAKE 2)
40 (__) KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
And here’s a breakdown of physical software sales by format (units)
PlayStation 4 – 514,365 (+36.45%)
Xbox One – 370,293 (+24.85%)
Xbox 360 – 132,699 (-44.65%)
PlayStation 3 – 72,036 (-54.80%)
Nintendo 3DS – 72,036 (-50.50%)
PC Software – 49,288 (-34.14%)
Nintendo Wii U – 34,123 (-15.10%)
Nintendo Wii – 10,110 (-47.89%)
PlayStation Vita – 6,319 (-67.43%)
Nintendo DS – 2,528 (-79.73%)