Japan: New 3DS sales stacking up favorably to the DSi
Posted on 3 years ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in 3DS, DS, New Nintendo 3DS, News | 6 Comments | 0 Likes
The New 3DS and DSi are very comparable products in their nature. Neither system is a true leap to the next generation of Nintendo handheld hardware, but both act as notable upgrades over their predecessors. Given how similar the New 3DS and DSi are – at least in their purpose – it’s interesting to see just how similarly the two systems have sold in Japan thus far.
The New 3DS and New 3DS XL have sold over 500,000 units in five weeks, according to sales tracker Media Create. As it turns out, this was the same case for DSi. That system released on November 1, 2008 and sold over 500,000 units in five weeks.
Have Your Say! The 10th anniversary of the Nintendo DS
Posted on 3 years ago by Patrick(@Patricklous) in DS, DSiWare, Features, Reader Poll, Reader Poll | 16 Comments | 0 Likes
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since the Nintendo DS hit store shelves. From its humble beginnings an experimental “third pillar” to the existing GameCube and Game Boy Advance, the DS grew to become both Nintendo’s most successful console in terms of sales and the best-selling handheld of all time. The two screens and stylus controls might have been initially dismissed as a gimmick, but thanks to a great lineup of games everyone from existing fans to casual users seemed to be sold on that touch screen. Predating the boom in mobile gaming, software like Brain Training and Nintendogs helped to bring a new audience to the console. Heck, even my Grandma owns a DS!
What started as a truly terrible launch lineup (well, Super Mario 64 DS and Feel the Magic: XX/XY were okay) grew to an absolutely massive library of titles with something for everyone. Sure, there was a lot of shovelware, but it seemed like everyone from Atlus to Zoonami were backing the console. Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. and Pokemon games might have dominated the sales charts, but the DS became home to a number of more off-beat series like Phoenix Wright, Trauma Center, Etrian Odyssey and Dementium. I’d argue the Nintendo DS had the best third-party support of any Nintendo console since the NES, and this time Nintendo weren’t bullying publishers with oppressive, restrictive contracts!
But let’s get down to business; we’re running a bunch of DS-related features throughout the month and we need your feedback. If you remember our Big Huge NintendoEverything Wii Send-Off from 2012, you can expect something along those lines, with a series of top-arbitrary-number lists and other things. So please fill in our handy dandy voting form and help us in celebrating the best the DS had to offer.
A look at the sales of the last few Pokemon games
Siliconera has compiled a listing of sales for the past few Pokemon games. We have data starting with the original Ruby/Sapphire, all the way up through Pokemon X/Y.
View the full lineup of sales information below:
As of March 31st, 2013:
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire – 16.22 million
Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen – 12 million
Pokémon Black 2/White 2 – 7.81 million
As of March 31st, 2014:
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl – 17.63 million
Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver – 12.72 million
Pokémon Black/White – 15.58 million
As of September 30th, 2014:
Pokémon X and Y – 13.29 million
Nordic Games acquires de Blob IP
Posted on 3 years ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in DS, General Nintendo, News, Wii | 3 Comments | 0 Likes
Nordic Games purchased a number of THQ IPs last year including Darksiders. Now you can add another franchise to the list: de Blob.
Nordic announced today that it successfully acquired de Blob from THQ. The company’s Reinhard Pollice said:
“de Blob is just a great and truly unique franchise. We are excited about what the future holds for this polychromatic extravaganza as the newest addition to our portfolio. We will evaluate opportunities with the existing games, as well as potential sequels.”
At least for the time being, it’s unclear how much Nordic paid to acquire the de Blob IP.
Images: Comparing Wii U and 3DS hardware sales to recent Nintendo systems
With Nintendo having released its latest financial results earlier today, one fan has created a couple of charts comparing Wii U and 3DS sales to some of the company’s more recent systems.
First, here’s a look at how the Wii U is stacking up against the Wii and GameCube:
And below is a look at 3DS sales compared to the DS and GBA:
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Vblank toyed around with the idea of Retro City Rampage for DS
Retro City Rampage was once considered for the DS. Developer Vblank Entertainment shared a couple of Vine clips, which show a prototype that was made several years ago.
Take a look below:
— Retro City Rampage (@RetroCR) October 25, 2014
— Retro City Rampage (@RetroCR) October 25, 2014
Retro City Rampage did eventually make its way to a Nintendo handheld. The game launched for 3DS earlier this year.
Another Mario Kart 8 Yoshi Circuit comparison (including DS version)