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NPD never hands out hardware data these days, meaning we usually have to rely on leaks and estimates in order to find out how well systems perform each month. Thankfully, NeoGAF user “creamsugar” has come through with a decent overview of October’s sales in the US.

Here’s a general estimate provided by creamsugar’s leak:

PSV < 30k < Wii < 40k < 50k < Wii U < 60k < 100k < PS3 < 120k This figure suggests that the Wii U managed to outsell the Wii, which the console has had a tough time doing most of the year. Wii U apparently sold between 50,000 and 60,000 units while the Wii moved between 30,000 and 40,000 consoles. Source

Sonic Lost World’s debut sales in the US are in. For the month of October, the game sold under 30,000 copies. That figure combines sales of both versions – Wii U and 3DS.

Now, 30,000 copies isn’t a whole lot, but there is something important to keep in mind. Sonic Lost World launched in North America on October 29. NPD’s latest reporting period ended on November 2. This means Sonic’s debut sales account for a little less than a week of sales.

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Ace Attorney producer Motohide Eshiro was recently asked by Famitsu about the kinds of games he’d be interested in working on in the future. Eshiro responded by referring to a number of potential titles, including a remake of Final Fight. You can find Eshiro’s full comments shared with Famitsu below.

Nintendo has responded to the October 2013 NPD data report.

The company’s results are highlighted by 3DS sales, which came in at 452,000 units last month. October 3DS sales doubled last month’s total, and according to Nintendo, “marked the most units any portable video game system or home console has sold in a single month in 2013.”

Pokemon X/Y were the top two selling titles in the US last month. Both versions sold 1.7 million copies in the US.

Thanks to the new Pokemon releases, October was the biggest month for 3DS software. Nintendo said in its NPD response today, “Total Nintendo 3DS first-party software sales hit more than 2 million units sold, the highest tally since the report for December 2011, which included sales of hit games Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.”

You can find Nintendo’s full NPD response below.

NPD Group has released a listing of the top ten best-selling games in the U.S. for the month of October. The results can be found below.

1. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
2. Pokémon X (3DS)
3. Pokémon Y (3DS)
4. Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PC)
5. Batman: Arkham Origins (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
6. Assassin’s Creed IV, Black Flag (360, PS3, Wii U)
7. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PC)
8. Skylanders: Swap Force (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
9. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, PC)
10. WWE 2K14 (360, PS3)

Worth noting, the 3DS came out on top as the best-selling system in the US last month.

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Paradise Lost: First Contact is officially making its way to Wii U. Originally promised through a stretch goal on Kickstarter, developer Asthree Works has instead decided to guarantee the game for Nintendo’s console regardless of funding. If the campaign does manage to reach $230,000, Paradise Lost come to Wii U on day one rather than follow the PC, Mac, and Linux versions.

It’s also worth mentioning that Paradise Lost’s Kickstarter goal was recently met. Over $70,000 has been raised with 16 days to go.

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A few more details have come in concerning the StreetPass elements in Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. You can find a roundup of the latest information below.

– Can only use items you’ve selected before you battle Shadow Link
– Hearts are restored before and after the battle
– Will leave with all of your items if you win or lose
– Talk with gramps in Kakariko and he’ll set up your Shadow Link character
– Your Shadow Link’s value depends on which items you want to bring into the battle, whether or not they’re upgraded, and which gear you’ve found in the field
– This is shown in rupees on the top right of the setup screen
– Value determines your bounty for winning a match against someone else’s Link
– There are 50 challenges, ranging from simple things like “Win your first battle!” to more creative ones like “Use a bee to deal the final blow!” that you can earn from winning matches against various Shadow Links
– The medals you’ve earned will be displayed on the top right corner of the records screen when talking with gramps

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Wondering who directed The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds? That would be Hiromasa Shikata.

Shikata has worked on a bunch of Nintendo titles in the past – some of which may surprise you.

Shikata began making the backgrounds and fields of Zelda games, including Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Wind Waker. You may be interested to learn that he created the design of the Kakariko Village windmill in Ocarina of Time and a great deal of Wind Waker’s Forsaken Fortress. Shikata also helped out with Twilight Princess as an assistant director and was a lead planner on Spirit Tracks.

Shikata also contributed to the first Pikmin, Geist, and Nintendo Land before eventually moving on to A Link Between Worlds.

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GameTrailers is still apparently having autoplay issues, so you can find the video after the break.

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