Rumor: West coast port strike impacting Nintendo’s supply
Posted on 2 years ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, New Nintendo 3DS, Rumors | 5 Comments | 0 Likes
Nintendo stock in North America as of late has become a bit ridiculous as of late. Finding amiibo, New 3DS XL systems, and other products in stores has been far from easy.
Whatever’s going on could partially be attributed to the port strike happening on the west coast, which has been taking place for several months. 70 percent of goods coming from Asia have been affected, Reuters says. Nintendo hardware and amiibo come from China, and ships tend to head to the west coast since it’s the shortest route. That happens to be where the strike is happening.
Nintendo hasn’t commented on whether the port strike has impacted them. However, Kotaku writes that it has heard from people at the company that supply of amiibo and New 3DS systems have been affected.
Mugen Power battery for New 3DS XL lasts 3.5-times longer than the original
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Mugen Power is releasing its 6250mAh Extended Battery for the New 3DS XL. Apparently, the 3.7 volt Li-ION cell Mugen Power battery can last 3.57 times longer than the one that ships with Nintendo’s system.
Mugen Power Batteries says its product will run for the following hours on a single charge:
3DS gaming: 12.5-25 hours
DS gaming: 25-42 hours
Sleep Mode: 10.5 days
The Mugen Power 6250mAh Extended Battery is priced at $89.50, and comes with a battery door that matches the New 3DS XL colors in black, red, and blue. You can place an order here.
Source: Mugen Power PR
Media Create sales (2/9 – 2/15) – Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D debut
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The latest Japanese hardware sales from Media Create are as follows:
New 3DS LL – 41,821
PS4 – 21,381
Vita – 10,901
New 3DS – 9,584
Wii U – 7,007
PS3 – 6,683
3DS LL – 4,126
3DS – 3,214
Vita TV – 588
Xbox One – 191
For comparison’s sake, here are the hardware numbers from last week:
New 3DS LL – 21,650
PS4 – 18,758
Vita – 10,013
New 3DS – 7,916
Wii U – 6,517
PS3 – 6,426
3DS LL – 3,084
3DS – 2,642
Vita TV – 560
Xbox One – 238
And here are the software charts:
1. [3DS] Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D – 230,065 / NEW
2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4-II – 44,574 / NEW
3. [3DS] The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sins – 33,270 / NEW
4. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 2: Shinuchi – 23,844 / 2,479,724
5. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4-II – 23,519 / NEW
6. [PS4] Samurai Warriors 4-II – 22,468 / NEW
7. [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse – 16,406 / 60,627
8. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 12,922 / 2,513,921
9. [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse – 12,513 / 47,203
10. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – 9,532 / 2,149,794
11. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 9,234 / 2,470,154
12. [PSV] Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: Library Party – 8,950 / NEW
13. [PS3] Dark Souls II Scholar of the First Sin – 6,883 / 14,652
14. [PSV] Ukiyo no Roushi – 6,699 / NEW
15. [PS4] Far Cry 4 – 6,551 / 52,580
16. [WIU] Kirby and the Rainbow Curse – 6,258 / 58,267
17. [PSV] Hyakka Yakou – 6,235 / NEW
18. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 6,118 / 587,913
19. [PS3] Far Cry 4 – 5,280 / 32,159
20. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 2 – 5,226 / 3,103,815
European Xenoblade Chronicles 3D boxart
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D file size
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D’s file size is in. According to Amazon Japan, the game is 3.6GB. That should be roughly 28800 blocks, which is what the 3DS tends to use for sizes.
Japanese Xenoblade Chronicles 3D introduction video
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Nintendo’s Damon Baker on why North America doesn’t have the standard New 3DS, engaging with the community
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Damon Baker, Nintendo of America’s senior manager in marketing and licensing, has offered further comments regarding the company’s decision to only release the New 3DS XL in North America. Unlike other territories, the standard model that supports cover plates is not being sold in the states.
Baker told Nintendo Life:
Yeah (laughs). Look, the face plates are super cool, but we’re a different market. And now we have clear differentiation between those three systems. Before, there was a very limited difference between the 3DS and 3DS XL: other than size. It was the same resolution, same functionality… now, there’s the 2DS, 3DS, and New 3DS XL, all of which have their own functionality and features. The different price points give it a clear message for consumers. The core audience… we weren’t going to win with them on that decision. But we had to think about expanding the user base, we had to be able to market it and make it easy to pick up for consumers.
Baker also commented on the topic of community feedback online. Regarding this, and how Nintendo’s social media accounts tend to avoid direct engagement with consumers, he said:
I’m there daily, multiple times a day. You have to go there with an open mind. I’d love to get to a point where we have marketing channels where we can promote direct communication with the community, where people comment on stuff and Nintendo can communicate back. That’s my dream. Right now, PR is driving our social media, we’re not actively engaging the community, or very rarely. People have a fascination with Nintendo and want to be close to it and we feed off that excitement. We need to be more active there.
Iwata on New 3DS sales
Posted on 2 years ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in New Nintendo 3DS, News | 3 Comments | 0 Likes
Furthermore, the New Nintendo 3DS models, which we initially released in Japan and Australia, were launched in the U.S. and Europe on February 13. Please note that in the U.S. only New Nintendo 3DS XL is available, which has bigger screens than New Nintendo 3DS.
“The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D” and “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” were released on the launch date.
As you can see here, we also launched special-edition hardware on that day.
I have received reports that pre-orders for this limited-edition hardware went so well that many retailers closed them before the launch date and the hardware almost sold out on the launch date.
Here are our preliminary sales figures for New Nintendo 3DS launched last Friday in each region, and we are comparing the sales for the first two days to those of Nintendo 3DS XL. At the end of last year, some video game enthusiasts, who actively gather information on video games, held off on buying Nintendo 3DS hardware in anticipation of the New Nintendo 3DS launch. Thanks to these consumers and some highly anticipated titles being released simultaneously, we had a good launch despite it not being the usual sales season. Our next challenge is to keep this sales momentum.
More Nintendo sales data and info – big rise in Wii U software sales, New 3DS XL, amiibo, digital sales boost
Posted on 2 years ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS, News, Wii U | 4 Comments | 0 Likes
Additional information has come out of Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing – sales data in particular. You can find the latest details below.
– Wii U’s software sales in Japan, US, Europe and Australia from April to September increased by over 200 percent from the same period last year
– Multiple factors for this
– One factor is the release of Mario Kart 8 in May and E3 2014
– The increase is especially high in Australia, which is due to their “Toy Catalog Season” in June-July, which lines up with Mario Kart 8’s launch
– Hardware sales also saw a spike in Australia due to the same reasons as the software sales rise
– New 3DS XL in U.S. and Europe sold over three times as much as the original 3DS XL did during its own launch period
– Once again, worldwide amiibo shipments were 5.7 million at the end of 2014
– Iwata says that normally sales of items such as amiibo would drop after the holiday seasons and so the release of new waves and deploying them with titles such as Mario Party 10 will hopefully keep the momentum following
– Nintendo does plan on making a finite number of certain amiibo and letting them sell out
– Though again, some figures will consider producing more stock of figures if there is demand from retailers and consumers
– At the end of third quarter, download sales of digital titles reached 21.1 billion yen
– This is a 17 percent increase from last year
– Nintendo has seen huge increases in digital sales
– There is a significant spike in the US in particular starting from fiscal year 2013
Iwata says limited edition New 3DS hardware almost sold out in North America and Europe
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We have a small update on New 3DS sales from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. Thanks to information provided during Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing, limited edition hardware experienced high pre-orders in North America and Europe. Many stores closed reservations prior to launch, and Iwata says that they pretty much sold out upon release.