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Which has been more popular? Pokemon X or Pokemon Y?

Nintendo has provided a clear-cut answer to Kotaku, confirming that Pokemon X has sold 1.63 million units in the US through the end of December, while Pokemon Y has moved 1.54 million copies.

Now tell us: which version have you picked up?

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Thanks to the latest leaks from the latest NPD report, we have lifetime sales figures for a number of Wii U and 3DS titles in the US. Games include Super Mario 3D World, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, The Wonderful 101, Pokemon X/Y, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Shin Megami Tensei IV, and more.

The full set is as follows:

During a press conference held earlier today in Osaka, Japan, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that the company is “thinking about a new business structure.”

Iwata’s comments seemed to come in response to the rise of the mobile/tablet space. In light of the expansion of smart devices, Iwata mentioned that Nintendo is “naturally studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business.”

His comments in full:

“We cannot continue a business without winning. We must take a skeptical approach whether we can still simply make game players, offer them in the same way as in the past for 20,000 yen or 30,000 yen, and sell titles for a couple of thousand yen each.

“We are thinking about a new business structure. Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business. It’s not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone.”

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Despite significant cuts made to Wii U and 3DS forecasts, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata won’t be resigning from his position, according to a report from Nikkei. The Japanese outlet states that Iwata has pledged to stay in office.

Iwata did take responsibility for the company’s disappointing business performance and apologized to shareholders today. He also mentioned that Nintendo must first restore momentum as soon as possible, and he will remain as president to see this through.

Things should get even more interesting come January 30, when Nintendo’s official financial results come in.

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Nintendo’s latest financial results won’t be published until January 30, but the company did announce significant changes to its financial targets today.

Here’s a roundup of the pertinent information:

– Nintendo expected to sell 18 million units of 3DS between April 2013 and March 2014
– Now reduced to 13.5 million
– Software forecasts down from 80 million to 66 million
– Nintendo told investors it would sell 9 million Wii U units between April 2013 and March 2014
– Down to 2.8 million units
– Wii U software forecast down from 38 million to 19 million
– Nintendo was unable to boost 3DS hardware sales in the west significantly during the end-of-year holiday season
– Wii U sales were up during the holidays, but not enough for Nintendo to be able to hit their forecasts by the end of the fiscal year
– Expected net income of 55 billion yen changed to net loss of 25 billion yen
– Instead of posting an operating profit of 100 billion yen, the company expects to post an operating loss of 35 billion yen
– Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says the company will discuss its short-term and mid-term strategy at its next financial results meeting on January 30th

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News coming from today’s NPD report confirms that the Wii U had its best month in the US thus far in December.

Specific data isn’t available at this time. However, that statistic alone would put Wii U somewhere in the neighborhood of 500,000 units sold last month – perhaps a bit less.

If Nintendo decides to issue a response to today’s NPD report, we could receive more concrete sales information.

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3DS took the top spot as the best-selling gaming system in the US last month, the latest NPD data reveals.

That’s not all though. We’re also hearing that the 3DS was the top-selling hardware for 2013 as a whole.

All seems to be well for Nintendo in the portable space. The situation is a bit more mysterious for Wii U, but it’s no secret that the console has struggled.

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NPD Group has released a listing of the top ten best-selling games in the U.S. for the month of December as well as for 2013 overall. The results can be found above.

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Hideki Kamiya reflected on the The Wonderful 101’s development on Twitter earlier today. According to the director, PlatinumGames had attempted to make it so players could bring their own Mii into the game as a hero. This is something he hopes can be done in “The Wonderful 102”, he said.

Kamiya’s tweet in full:


When asked if players would have had the opportunity to choose which Unite Morph their Mii would have used – based on the original idea – Kamiya said:


Of course, The Wonderful 102 is not a sure-fire thing at this point. The Wonderful 101 hasn’t done particularly well at retail, though Kamiya has previously expressed interest in making a sequel.

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This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Download

F1 Race Stars Powered Up Edition – $29.99
Unepic – $9.99

Wii U Virtual Console

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – $4.99

3DS Virtual Console

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – $4.99

eShop sale

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl – Want to start off your year with a stellar adventure? Grab your map and prepare yourself. Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is $20 off in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS from Jan. 20 to Jan. 27.

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