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Nintendo Boasts of "Record-Setting" 3DS Sales in 2013 and Confirms Yoshi’s New Island Release Date

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Disney Magical World also confirmed

With 2014 slowly cranking into gear, Nintendo of America has taken an opportunity to remind us of some notable successes for the 3DS in 2013, while emphasizing "games planned for early 2014 to keep the momentum going". Just earlier today we reported that the 3DS was the UK's top selling games system in 2013, and naturally that success has been translated elsewhere.

Nintendo of America's press release outlined some key facts in numbers, reproduced below:

  • More than 16 million combined packaged and digital Nintendo 3DS games were sold in 2013, an increase of more than 45 percent over 2012’s Nintendo 3DS game sales — we suspect this is for North America as a whole, it's not clarified.
  • The Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems, which also includes Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS, has crossed lifetime hardware sales of more than 11.5 million in the United States alone.
  • Seven Nintendo 3DS games that launched in 2013 have a Metacritic score of 85 or higher, including two games at 90+ (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Fire Emblem Awakening).

The press release also drops a North American release date for Yoshi's New Island, confirming that it'll arrive in the region on 14th March. Disney Magical World will arrive on 11th April, meanwhile, in which you manage a cafe, plant crops and collect Disney character cards while messing around with hundreds of Disney-themed outfits and accessories — this is a localisation of Disney Magic Castle, which was a big success in Japan. Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, added the following.

Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players. We’re not slowing down in 2014. With more games featuring fan-favorite franchises on the way, the best days of Nintendo 3DS are still to come.

Are you looking forward to these releases, and do you think the 3DS has a successful 2014 ahead?

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KevTastic84

#1

KevTastic84 said:

It will be hard to top 2013's list of AAA titles, but i am optimistic for another great year for the 3DS in 2014 and beyond

Peach64

#2

Peach64 said:

It's kind of cringeworthy they're using the term record setting when they basically mean we sold more 3DS games this year than in 2012 or 2011.

Sort of looking forward to Disney Magic Castle though :D

unrandomsam

#3

unrandomsam said:

3DS isn't that diverse in terms of what it has. Until we get Gunlord there is nothing in that genre (Other than Commandos : Steel Disaster Dsiware). There is no native 3DS vertical shmups.

There is loads of stuff in the same genres and watered down stuff like Fire Emblem.

I don't want fan favourites I want new stuff.

Lots of Shovelware and God awful ports that try to run a 360/PS3 game on the 3DS and fail badly.

Metacritics over 90 pretty universally are way too easy for console games anyway. (Anything that is actually truly great for me generally is disliked by some and loved by some).

Mikky

#4

Mikky said:

Here's hoping Yoshi's NEW Island doesn't turn out like NEW Super Mario Bros. It's made by the same team, so it's more than possible that this game will be rather bland.

Spoony_Tech

#6

Spoony_Tech said:

Like i said in the other topic Nintendo isn't even coming close to their sales projection for this fiscal year! Only 11.5 million units in US is not going to cut it.

Nintenjoe64

#8

Nintenjoe64 said:

I had a wild dream last night that Nintendo started 2014 by announcing far more games for Wii U than for 3DS and started treating their home console like a proper son and not the embarrassment that it was in early 2013.

Xtremetdifan

#9

Xtremetdifan said:

I'm sorry but I doubt 2014 can trump 2013, the games were so good and kept coming, however, don't quote me as Nintendo has proved me wrong before

DestinyMan

#10

DestinyMan said:

March 14th is earlier than I thought for Yoshi's New Island, so in that case I'll get it for my birthday less than a month later. I might be interested in Disney Magical World since it sounds like a Disney Animal Crossing and I am a huge Disney fan.

I don't think 2014 will be as big as 2013 was, but it can still be pretty good.

Gerbwmu

#12

Gerbwmu said:

An announcement for 3DS not on a Nintendo Direct.........Does this mean we are getting a huge Wii U Nintendo Direct in January.......or no January Direct at all?

unrandomsam

#14

unrandomsam said:

@MamaLuigi Not sure. If Yoshi and Kirby are 60fps it will do a lot to undo the damage.

I have also spent at least 10 times more on 3DS games than on Steam and they last 5 hours or so most of the time for something priced at £40.

Ronoh

#15

Ronoh said:

I'm leaning more and more towards a pass on Yoshi's New Island, partially because the term "New" is in the title. And I'm.. not a fan of the "New" series in the least (New Super Mario Bros). Nothing about this game really stands out so far.

I doubt we're getting a Nintendo Direct in January. Nothing new is happening between the December direct and Bravely Default which was already covered.

Pokefanmum82

#16

Pokefanmum82 said:

i want those two games. I already have Yoshi's new game pre-ordered and will pre-order the other game whenever it shows up on an online website.

BigH88

#17

BigH88 said:

Nice to know the release date but passing on the game. Nintendo announcing this now shows me that no direct is coming this month. They'll have one on February to hype up DKTF.

King47

#18

King47 said:

March 14th is my birthday, yay!!! I don't like yoshi so I don't care for the game.
No no to everything Disney.
Waiting for the January direct though.

Sonomin

#19

Sonomin said:

Am I the only one who thinks Yoshi's New Island looks like an ugly fan made flash game?

Gerbwmu

#20

Gerbwmu said:

Well, along with this news, and Monolithsoft hiring.....Retro is now hiring as well. Nintendo is buying and building left and right. If 2014 is as good as the announced games seem to be, it looks like Nintendo is really gearing up for 2015

rjejr

#22

rjejr said:

My gut reaction is Luigi, Dream Team, X+Y and the JRPGs means 2014 can't be as good as 2013. But then I remember Kirby, Yoshi, and for the very first time SSB on a handheld. Still not sure if total software sales can outdo last year, but it might be close enough for a recount.

On the hardware side, my gut reaction is that 3DS hardware sales have to slow, but at 40 million total worldwide sales there's still 100 mil DS owners who haven't upgraded yet. Not sure if there will be any 2/3DS revisions this year - 2 thumbsticks? supersized XXL? - but a mid year price drop could be coming if sales do slow down. 2DS $99.99, 3DS $149, XL $179.

Goginho

#24

Goginho said:

The 3DS will have a successful 2014, but they should still wring out some Mario platforming titles, hopefully another 2D and 3D iteration down the road, respectively, as well as, at least, announce a new 3D Zelda title. This, amongst other upcoming games, and the 3DS could have it all, from Star Fox, Metroid, Yoshi, to DK, Mario, and Zelda.

seronja

#25

seronja said:

i wish that this year we can see a brand new 2.5D Metroid, F-zero & tloz: Majora's mask remake, all for the 3DS!

readyletsgo

#26

readyletsgo said:

Hmm, seems I'm not the only one who thinks Yoshi's 'New' Island looks bad, like, really bad. I have no interest in this and I hope Nintendo dont expect this Yoshi game to sell by the truck loads. When is it released in Europe? Feb? Mar too?

I never played any Kirby games except a go of Yarn Kirby, but I am intrigued by Kirby Triple Deluxe, is that out in Europe soon?

No interest in Donkey Kong tbh.

Where is Metroid or Star Fox, Baloon Fight etc? Maybe this year will be the year for the un-used franchises to get their moment to shine on the 3DS and maybe (hopefully more-so on) the Wii U too.

@Goginho Zelda and Mario need a serious break for at least a year in my eyes, the nipples are starting to bleed.....

Barbiegurl777

#27

Barbiegurl777 said:

It's about time Nintendo started rolling out some big wig titles for 2014. :D

I like the other 3ds games but Disney Magical World - 3DS & yoshi's new island - 3DS I really want.

Next let's localize Kuma Tomo - 3DS Yayy!!! :D

Happy Gaming! (^_^)

bizcuthammer

#28

bizcuthammer said:

2014 will be a letdown on 3DS compared to 2013. Nothing in the current 2014 lineup compares to Link Between Worlds or Fire Emblem Awakening. Only one (Smash Bros 3DS) has the potential to be as good as some of last year's 3DS games in my opinion, and the better version of it will be on WiiU anyway.

Yoshi's New Island doesnt look interesting, and i havent liked a Yoshi game since the original, as every one thats released since then has basically been a less imaginative version of that one. The new Kirby looks like just another standard Kirby, too, which is okay, but after Epic Yarn and Mass Attack, I feel like Kirby needs to be more creative with its approach to justify a $40 purchase.

Mario Golf has potential if they include the RPG elements that we wanted in Mario Tennis Open. If not, i wont bother.

If Capcom localizes Monster Hunter 4, that would go a long way in helping 3DS' library in 2014.

Right now, Yoshi, Kirby, Mario Golf and Smash Bros stand no chance at standing up to Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion 2, Animal Crossing New Leaf, DKCR3D, Mario & Luigi 4, Pokemon XY, and Link Between Worlds. Theres a huge gap between the two years' lineups that i doubt can be closed.

Ronoh

#29

Ronoh said:

@rjejr Dual thumbsticks on the 3DS isn't happening. That would be considered a new system entirely due to developers not knowing if their users have the capability to play their games when 2 thumbsticks are required. Not that it's out of the realm of possibility but it's far more trouble than it's worth. That change should be discussed when the true successor to the 3DS emerges, not for simple hardware iterations like going from 3DS to 3DSXL.

@Goginho I think there's a growing consensus that Mario (in 2D or 3D) needs to take an extended break. And we just got a new Zelda game; 2014 doesn't need another one, no? Nintendo's reluctance to even talk about Star Fox or Metroid seriously leaves me wondering why 2014 will be any different than 2013, or 2012, or 2011.

@readyletsgo I'm with you on Donkey Kong. Platformers have dominated between the 3DS and Wii-U and I'm more interested in playing something different these days. Donkey Kong will no doubt be amazing but I'm just not excited for that style of game right now.

Artwark

#31

Artwark said:

I know this is too early to ask but, its being really quite for Nintendo lately. No Nintendo Directs to come by, no announcements yet, nothing. Am I missing something here?

Artwark

#32

Artwark said:

@bizcuthammer You're forgetting that there are other games besides those that did great for the 3DS. Etrian Odessy IV and all the other games for the 3DS. Don't judge a game by its looks but by its feel. Imagine how we all felt first when we saw 3D World and now look at it, it turned out to be a great game.

Nintendude789

#35

Nintendude789 said:

I cannot believe people are leaving out Smash Bros. Mario Kart 8, and possibly Zelda U.

Many people are so pre-judgemental. You cannot judge a book by it's cover. *Facepalm

I'm looking forward to Yoshi's New Island. I really enjoyed Yoshi's Island DS.

GoombaJMR

#36

GoombaJMR said:

It's going to be a good year, but not as good as 2013.
I can feel it

Conception II, Smash, Mario Golf, and Bravely Default being the 3DS games I kinda want for 2014, though I'll hold off until they announce more surprises

Goginho

#39

Goginho said:

@Ronoh Well, to each their own. I, for one, don't mind a constant stream of Mario games (by constant meaning 2-year gap, ideally, for the respective system). They're simple, accessible and fun. If Nintendo can remix things up a bit with each iteration, so that it doesn't necessarily 'feel like DLC', then why not I say. Besides, the last 3D Mario game on the 3DS came out at the end of 2011, one that didn't really end up being all that 3D, what with the limited free-roaming, and the 2D style game mechanics such as the timer and flagpole at the end. So they could release a more Super Mario 64 style game by the end of this year at the very earliest.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 came out mid-2012, so I'd say, a three-year break for one system is decent in this regard. Those are games that are always going to sell, and it would be wise to continue releasing as many as possible on the current system (not just 1 per system/generation). So that being said, 3D Mario this December, and 2D Mario next Summer would be realtively reasonable and ideal in my books, making a three-year gap between their respective iterations, but changing the concept up enough, so that it doesn't just end up being 'extra content', such as a 2D Mario with different visuals and more uniqe, never-before-seen level designs, as well as sounds, so that people cannot go, "oh, this is recycled".

As for Zelda, you're right, we just got a Zelda, and that's why I said "at least an announcement", and one for a 3D Zelda on the 3DS, meaning not top-down. I mean, just looking at Ocarina of Time 3D, I can safely say that the 3DS definitely needs another true 3D Zelda game, as it can clearly not only handle it, but OoT3D looks stunning and authentically 3D and I'm craving for more :P
Now, this does not mean that by the end of 2014 we'd get a new game, but rather before the end of the 3DS generation, before they move on to the next portable system (which is sadly about 5-6 years into a console's lifetime typically, which I hope changes to something like at least 10 in the future, after this generation, after they make the definitive HD, 3D, dual-stick portable system :P).

I have a feeling that either Star Fox or Metroid are in the works, perhaps even both, or at least something fans have eagerly been anticipating all these years, but I noticed that Nintendo like to keep things discrete lately, and to hold off on any announcements until late in development. I guess it's to create sudden hype, which remains until release without dropping, something that hasn't happened with previous titles for example, such as Skyward Sword, so I'm assuming they learned from these 'mistakes'. I mean, I'd love a fresh new Star Fox experience, one that would perfectly suit the 3DS, so I'm hoping that happens soon. What better time than 2014, after Yoshi, Kirby and Smash, right? :P

readyletsgo

#40

readyletsgo said:

@Nintendude789 Facepalm for you dude. Why the hell do people keep thinking a Zelda is coming out for the Wii U this year???

They said, they 'might' have some screens of the new Wii U Zelda they are working on. They take their time making the main console Zelda's, SS took 5/6 years to come out!

Smash Bro's I am just not a fan of fighting games, Smash bros is just confusing to me so, no interest for me, but I may look into the 3DS version, maybe. MK8 is a no brainer buy of course but again, it will most likely be more of the same as MK7.

@Artwark I am still one of those guys that doesnt like 3D World. And in fairness, the first screen shots were shown at e3 last year, then 6 months later the game came out looking better/a lot different. Yoshi is out pretty damn soon, I would think what we have seen is the final product since before Xmas. Already at the printers waiting to ship soon.

Come on, new franchise! As in, not something to do with sports or fitness or gimmicks. Ninty make a 'Last of Us' or 'Tomb Raider' with a Japanese twist or something.

#frustrationstation

Ralizah

#41

Ralizah said:

Bravely Default. Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney. Kirby Triple Deluxe. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. Conception II. Disney Magic Castle. This year is already looking amazing. Not to mention all the games that will be announced over the coming months.

WebHead

#42

WebHead said:

I'm sure 3ds will have a good 2014, but probably not as good as 2013. And I for one look forward to Yoshi's New Island.

Zach777

#43

Zach777 said:

@Artwark

Little fella they just had a Nintendo Direct before Christmas... What more do you require? Give them a chance to fix their shotty online NNID that failed this last month. My game save data is still missing from that episode.

Chriiis

#44

Chriiis said:

An announcement on the next Golden Sun would instantly boost my interest in this year for the 3DS.

I'm also one looking to hear about possible new entries in old series, like Ice Climbers.

Also someone who will give the new Yoshi a go.

Ronoh

#45

Ronoh said:

@Goginho I hope you're right regarding Star Fox and Metroid! Especially Metroid (one of my favorite franchises). :) The 3DS and Metroid seem like a perfect fit but we keep waiting and nothing's happened yet. fingers crossed

The problem I see with Mario and to a lesser extent Zelda is that - for multiple reasons - they aren't generating the type of buzz around Nintendo hardware that they used to. Buzz that would help convince gamers who are trying to find something worth buying Nintendo hardware for. Mario and Zelda still are amazing and nearly unrivaled experiences and yada yada yada but to the masses, they are starting to be met with apathy and a feeling of "more of the same." Whenever I read comments on articles relating to these two franchises these days on gaming websites, there's a lot of people out there that are on the fence about the 3DS or Wii-U but are not interested in getting the hardware to "play another Mario" game.

It's unfortunate really. But in any event, I am looking forward to (hopefully) some surprises this year - something new instead of familiar landscapes with iterative gameplay improvements. 2014 so far may not be as high quality as 2013 (Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion, Monster Hunter, Animal Crossing, Pokemon, Mario & Luigi, Etrian Odyssey, Ace Attorney, Zelda), but we'll still get a bunch of cool games to play. Maybe we'll hear something about Advance Wars or Fantasy Life or Yokai Watch too.

Knux

#47

Knux said:

Nice to see that Nintendo is getting this year's crap out of the way first.

sinalefa

#48

sinalefa said:

I am in the camp of I don't care about Yoshi's New Island. When I heard that part of Artoon was in there, I was even less interested. The only glimpse of hope is that Tezuka is involved.

@Ronoh

The latest Mario and Zelda games got tons of critical acclaim and were even candidates (or winners) for GOTY in several outlets. While new, innovative experiences like The Wonderful 101 and to a certain extent Pikmin 3 were ignored by the masses.

Apparently the same masses who got PS4 for yet another Killzone and Xbone for yet another Forza.

Ronoh

#49

Ronoh said:

@sinalefa I know, I know. It's stupid and when we do get new games, people don't buy them (including Nintendo fans by the way). But I'm just passing along what I've been seeing in comments elsewhere regarding Mario and Zelda games.

Einherjar

#51

Einherjar said:

I cant get warm with that artstyle. I love the direction its taking, going for a pastell color / color book style. But it looks unfinished, unclear and sometimes downright shoddy.
Ill get it anyways, platformers are always welcome in my book :) That reminds me, i still need to get Yoshis Island DS, just for collection purposes.

@sinalefa The mainstream media audience is like a bunch of pigs. They eat up anything you throw before them, no matter how it smells and tastes.
Buying a WiiU at launch wasnt the best idea you could have considering its game line up, but neither the PS4 nor the Sbone have a better starting roster and both come at an exceptionally bigger install price.
These things mainly sell because mass media dictates so. Its basicly like the apple hype. Tablet PCs and "smart phones" existed long before apple made them popular, and they were newer really that excepted. But since mass media dictates that these things now are "the s**t" everyone and their pets must own such a device.
Think of it, most people use these devices just to use farcebook 24/7 and payed up to a thousand bucks for it. Every other device for much much less would have served the same purpose, but it had to be the "in" iPhone for...reasons i guess.
The WiiU simply isnt "in" because its not the so called future. A future that is basicly that has been the past for any PC user for a couple of years now.
They bring nothing new to the table, innovated basicly nothing, offer the same games over and over but they are "in".

Dreamcaster-X

#52

Dreamcaster-X said:

How do you top the amazing year of 2013 for the 3DS??? There's nothing too huge that's been announced for 2014 yet but I'm sure it's brewing. I know Bravely Default is next month & then Yoshi in March but what after that? Smash Bros & what others?

DarkCoolEdge

#53

DarkCoolEdge said:

@Goginho More Mario? No thanks. I'm a big fan but they have to give them some time.

What the 3DS needs is:

  • More new ips
  • Metroid
  • Advance Wars
  • More third party support. Good games.
  • Dragon Quest
  • F-Zero

So far there aren't many games coming but they are top notch: Yoshi's New Island, Kirby Triple Deluxe, Profesor Layton vs Ace Attorney, Smash Bros and some eShop games like Shovel Knight, Shantae, Treasurenauts, Cult County, the new SteamWorld game and the fourth Guild01 game.

feelthesarcasm

#55

feelthesarcasm said:

I love how everyone knows that this year won't be as good as last year in the second week of January. How good this year does depends on your taste.

Me Personally I'm looking forward to
Kirby Triple Deluxe
Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney
Super Smash Bros
Conception II
Shantae
Lego the Hobbit
Bravely Default

Out of that list, all but Super Smash Bros is expected out before June. That doesn't include the one's I'm passing on like Professor Layton and One Piece. I may get Disney Castle. There's also a chance that Puzzle & Dragons and Harvest Moon will be localized this year. It's only the beginning of the year, I'm sure they've got other surprises and announcements for this year. People just need to relax and wait. Announcing all their games for the year in January will just feel empty for the rest of the year even if they're excellent games.

Dreamcaster-X

#56

Dreamcaster-X said:

@feelthesarcasm I'm not saying there aren't good games coming but there were some huge AAA titles that sold extremely well last year. Bravely Default will do ok but won't reach Luigi Mansion or Zelda type numbers. Smash Bros however will sell gangbusters.

Yoshis_VGM

#57

Yoshis_VGM said:

2014 is the Wii U's year. 2013 was the 3DS' year. It's time for Nintendo to go to desperate measures to bring Wii U sales up.

feelthesarcasm

#58

feelthesarcasm said:

@Dreamcaster-X

Oh I know Bravely Default probably won't sell huge but I think Kirby Triple Deluxe will probably do pretty well. Disney Magic might surprise people and become a huge hit ala Animal Crossing since it's been a year and the play time for those type of games tend to drop off at around a year. Most of my friends hardly play Animal Crossing anymore.

Zelda wasn't announced until about April wasn't it? Luigi's mansion came out in about March I think and Pokemon was announced in January. I think the next nintendo direct might hold some new game announcements.

DestinyMan

#59

DestinyMan said:

@hwrose379: Exactly. I want Nintendo to devote some more energy to Wii U this year, but at the same time I don't want 3DS to slack off too much. With Nintendo beefing up their business, I think they should pull that off.

feelthesarcasm

#60

feelthesarcasm said:

@hwrose379

It needs to be the year of both of them. When you downplay one for the other, you have the problem Wii U had in 2013 with the 3DS getting majority of the games and the problem Sony always has with the Vita vs. PS3/PS4. I don't have a problem with the Wii U getting more attention, focus and more game releases than the 3DS as long as one of them doesn't get treated like an ugly step child.

Nintendo definitely needs to have some Wii U plans for E3 this year though for sure. Not so much the 3DS because I don't feel like it needs E3 for announcements and hype as much.

Nintendude789

#62

Nintendude789 said:

@readyletsgo
Read my post again, "I cannot believe people are leaving out Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, and POSSIBLY Zelda U."

You obviously didn't read my post correctly. I NEVER said Zelda U is comming out this year, but it's a slim chance.

And why bashing my opinion on Smash Bros? As I'm a huge fan of Smash Bros, I respect your opinion not liking Smash Bros, but not a reason to bash on my opinion.

And I'm not rushing the developers behind the new Zelda game, read my post, again.

DestinyMan

#64

DestinyMan said:

In the end, this is all speculation. Maybe Nintendo has a ton of new games for 3DS waiting behind of the curtain? Who could have predicted Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and A Link Between Worlds this time last year? Nintendo Directs keep beating expectations most of the time.

desertpunk

#66

desertpunk said:

me,my son,my brother and niece own a 3ds or 2ds right now im enjoying zelada albw,pokemon y and fire emblem Nintendo brings something special to gaming that Sony or Microsoft cant.

unrandomsam

#68

unrandomsam said:

@DarkCoolEdge Missed out Gunlord (Presuming it is still happening not heard much about it recently) that is immeasurably better quality than Wayforward or Renagade Kid trash. Pixel based but done properly. The only current issues with it is it is only on Dreamcast and Neo Geo. (It will show that indie doesn't have to be hardly any effort type pixel art).

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2011/10/gunlord_offers_conclusive_proof_that_you_cant_keep_a_good_console_down

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2013/09/eurostyle_neo_geo_shooter_gunlord_is_blasting_its_way_to_3ds_and_wii_u

Gold

#70

Gold said:

Kirby TD and Treasurenauts are the only 3DS things I want from 2014. I don't like the Yoshi games, so it'll be a cheap year for me, handheld wise.

CaPPa

#71

CaPPa said:

Bravely Default, Super Smash Bros, Yoshi's Island, Kirby Triple Deluxe and hopefully Monster Hunter 4. That'd be a pretty great year, but with the unannounced games too (which we won't hear about until E3) I think it could be just as good as 2013 was.

Bane

#73

Bane said:

Yoshi comes out two days after my birthday!!!!!! YAAAAAYY!!!!!
now a Kirby realese date, plz!

JaxonH

#75

JaxonH said:

@Peach64
Actually, I believe the 3DS is the fasting selling gaming device in history to reach 30 million units sold.

JaxonH

#78

JaxonH said:

I'm thoroughly excited to play Yoshi's New Island. I don't care what people have to say about it looking "generic" or "bland" (seems like people are impossible to please nowadays). Personally, I think it looks fantastic. Love the artstyle, love the gameplay (at least what I've seen thusfar), love the level design. I've never actually played through a Yoshi's Island game, which is partly why I'm excited here. I'm committing to play this one through, unlike the DS one that's still sitting on my shelf.

JaxonH

#84

JaxonH said:

@Spoony_Tech

They might be able to do it. I know the 3DS is selling really well right now. In fact, it's consistently outselling the PS4 and Xbox One combined. Whatever it ends up doing, I'm sure Nintendo will be happy with the result. Total sales are over 42 million now I believe, which set's the pace for 80-100 million lifetime sales. Not as good as DS, but hey, that's still exceptional.

I'm just happy we're seeing some really great games on 3DS and Wii U. It's a great time to be a Nintendo gamer for sure. After DKC Tropical Freeze, I think I'm gonna go back and replay the Metroid Prime games. Or maybe I'll finish Other M first. Idk. It'd be nice to replay Prime 1 and 2 with motion controls. I've got the Trilogy but I've never played it because I already owned and beat all the games.

Windy

#85

Windy said:

Disneys Magic Castle will be mine! I was hoping we might get news on Fantasy Life but maybe later in the year I guess. For me so far for 2014- Bravely Default, Mario Golf, Disneys Magic Castle and then an Eshop Title here and there. I also think 2014 is Shaping up to better than 2013 was. 2013 was great but Smash Bros, Mario kart 8, MarioGolf, Bravely Default and Disneys Magic Castle are a great Start to 2014. It's already turning into a great year. Don't be negative naysayers! lol

ZephyrTortera

#86

ZephyrTortera said:

I've only seen a couple people even mention Monster Hunter 4. IMO it could hold it's weight against any of The Big N's first party or third party titles game play wise. MH is picking up on followers but it'll need a lot more to strike rich here in the west. Another thing, I've only seen @Windy mention Fantasy Life. I still have high hopes that its coming to the west.

Windy

#87

Windy said:

@ZephyrTheLegend oops I forgot to mention Monster Hunter......

and some of you thought 2014 was not going to be as good as 2013 ..…......Shame on You! lol

Spoony_Tech

#88

Spoony_Tech said:

@JaxonH Oh I totally agree with everything you said. I just think Nintendo was way over their heads with their projections. I think in this day and age the 3ds is doing as well as ot can and exceeding expectations!

@Windy Don't forget Persona Q I believe it is. Atlus also has another game coming out this year for the 3ds. Conception 2

Yoshis_VGM

#89

Yoshis_VGM said:

Yoshi's New Island was slated for a Spring release...and we got the official release date today...does that mean we'll be getting a Mario Kart 8 release date soon??

Spoony_Tech

#91

Spoony_Tech said:

@Windy I'm hoping we also get an announcement for Devil Survivor 2 as well. The remake of the ds game. If you haven't played overclocked yet I highly recommend it!!

Windy

#92

Windy said:

@Spoony_Tech I have Over clocked still sitting in shrink wrap due to my uncontrolled buying last year. I also cantvstop playing hometown story. Very underrated game. I'm pretty close to beating it

Spoony_Tech

#93

Spoony_Tech said:

@Windy You and me both lol. I think o bought like 10-15 retail games alone. Can't tell you how many shop games. Now add a Wii U to that and well I'm glad the 3ds is a bit light next year. Still there's quite a few 3ds games on my list as well!

Windy

#94

Windy said:

@Spoony_Tech I love we are getting a Ton of RPG's but I hope 2014 will be the year we get a decent racing game. Surely someone can do something good. My favorite racer on the system so far is Asphalt 3d which I think is basically Asphalt 5 from IOs and Android. Not bad but it can be better!

Genesaur

#95

Genesaur said:

"The best days of Nintendo 3DS are still to come." Monster Hunter 4 confirmed for North America.

I do wish we'd just get a release date for Kirby, already. I have absolutely no interest in that New Island nonsense.

JaxonH

#97

JaxonH said:

@Windy Not sure bout 3DS, but looks like Wii U will be getting Mario Kart 8, FAST Racing Neo (basically F-Zero U), and Project Cars this year. And that's in addition to the already excellent Sonic Racing Transformed and Need For Speed Most Wanted U.

Spoony_Tech

#99

Spoony_Tech said:

@Jaxon: I look at it more like realistic expectations. 18million in one year is crazy from any video games company. There are far too many options out there. 5 years ago this would be a different story though because the ds did just that!

VincentV

#100

VincentV said:

@Windy Except it was a sloppy port. I had higher hopes getting it, but they slacked off on it. If an eShop sequel comes, I'll wait for the review, & if it's good, I'll get it, but the current one kinda sucked.

electrolite77

#101

electrolite77 said:

@Spoony_Tech

They projected 9 million Wii U sales in the fiscal year too. Must have been some especially strong sake doing the rounds at Nintendo HQ that week. They know their business of course and must have had reasons for giving these insane figures to investors, but it's a shame good sales figures will end up as a comparative disappointment. Seems to be a recent industry habit, see also Square-Enix and Tomb Raider

suburban_sensei

#105

suburban_sensei said:

2014 looks like its off to a great start. In the coming months I have my mind set on picking up Yoshi's New Island, DK: Tropical Freeze, and Kirby Triple Deluxe. After that AAA titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros (Maybe both versions, for good measure) will be next on my list!

sinalefa

#106

sinalefa said:

@JaxonH

About Yoshi's New Island, nothing that they have shown is really interesting to me because it looks exactly the same as the original one. They haven't shown a lot either, which is actually telling. The art style is nice, though.

I know the If it ain't broke mantra, but I would rather play the original than a watered down "new" version. I will wait for reviews, because Artoon's record is not particularly encouraging either.

JaxonH

#107

JaxonH said:

@sinalefa

Yeah, I've heard quite a few people say the same thing that you are. In fact, I feel like I'm in the minority by actually liking what I've seen so far.

Maybe it's because although I started gaming young in the NES era, I still missed many revered entries and notable franchises along the way. It wasn't until the final year of the Gamecube era that I really started diving into gaming as a hobby, and it wasn't until the 3DS and Wii U that my interest in gaming REALLY kicked up a notch. So there's quite a few acclaimed franchises I've never played. Yoshi's Island being one of them.

I'd like to go back and play the classics I missed, but in all honesty, once I grew accustomed to present day games, it's harder for the older games to hold my interest now. I look back at the previous Yoshi's Island games, and while they seem fun and all, they don't captivate me like this new one does. It's probably superficial, but this new game looks so smooth and great to me. And the 3DS has been on a tear lately. Almost every game they've released for each franchise has been top-notch. So I'm expecting this new Yoshi's Island and new Kirby game to continue that trend...

Speaking of which, what are your thoughts on Kirby Triple Deluxe? Personally, I've never been a big Kirby fan. It's another one of those franchises I never played much of throughout the years, and it's never particularly interested me. Until I played Return To Dreamland on the Wii, that is. I was actually really impressed with that game. I liked the return to form with the platforming and all. There were like 4 Kirby games on DS, and they were all kind of odd I think. But this new one looks like they're expounding on Return To Dreamland with a more traditional take. I love how vibrant everything is, and switching between the background and foreground seems like such a natural fit. Idk, this is the first Kirby game I'm actually excited for. Even my brother, an avid Playstation fan who only plays the occasional Nintendo title like Zelda, Metroid or Xenoblade, said it looks fun. That caught me offguard lol...

Windy

#108

Windy said:

@VincentV Like I said, It can be better. It should be better. The 3ds has such potential for a great racing game. Mario kart is good but I would like to see a decent Asphalt, Need For Speed or even a rally racer. I guess I would prefer something a little more mature than MarioKart. Anyway its going to be a great year I have no doubt for 3ds. Might even be better than 2013 :) Now ROLL THEM OUT NINTENDO!

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