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News: The Last of Us Fails to Overtake Yokai Watch 2, 3DS and Wii U Sales Fall

The Last of Us Fails to Overtake Yokai Watch 2, 3DS and Wii U Sales Fall

Down but not out

Yokai Watch 2 has continued to obliterate the competition in terms of sales this week in Japan, and the remastered release of The Last of Us for PS4 makes less than half the sales of the 3DS title that has taken the country by storm. Sony's has a fairly strong week overall, taking all but the very highest of the top five slots with...

News: Wii U Sales Continue to Rise with the Release of Hyrule Warriors – 3DS Sales Also Strong

Wii U Sales Continue to Rise with the Release of Hyrule Warriors – 3DS Sales Also Strong

Yokai Watch 2 still top banana

Hyrule Warriors was released in Japan last week, and it appears that the unprecedented level of promotion and advertising the game received has paid off. The crossover game holds second place in Japan's charts this week with just shy of 70,000 copies sold. This is certainly a promising figure, and we can only hope for...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

3DS hardware also holds momentum

To the surprise of no one, Yokai Watch 2 has once again dominated the Japanese charts, bringing its sales to 2 million, and this figure doesn't even take into account any digital downloads so the total number is bound to be significantly higher than that. Not only this, but Level-5's original Yokai Watch takes ninth...

News: Shovel Knight Sales Numbers Revealed by Yacht Club Games

Shovel Knight Sales Numbers Revealed by Yacht Club Games

Indie developer rocks the boat

Actual sales figures are some of the most closely guarded secrets in the games industry, but Yacht Club Games has posted the full story of developing the indie hit Shovel Knight from its initial Kickstarter campaign to first full month of release, complete with approximate sales figures on Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop in...

News: The Japanese Console Market Fell in 2013, With Revenues Behind the Mobile Gaming Sector

The Japanese Console Market Fell in 2013, With Revenues Behind the Mobile Gaming Sector

A 16% fall from 2012 to 2013

It's been a day of financial figures and reflections on Nintendo's latest results, yet a report emerging from Japan demonstrates that conventional gaming systems as a whole are under a heavy strain in the country. This should be no surprise to those that regularly follow the Media Create chart results, with sale numbers...

News: Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU in NPD June Sales, With Hardware Boost for Wii U

Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU in NPD June Sales, With Hardware Boost for Wii U

Tomodachi Life joins MK8 in overall Top 10

The latest NPD results — which provide data on physical retail sales in the US — have been released, and Nintendo has been confident enough about the outcome to break recent trends and provide a press release update on its position. There are strong numbers for both the Wii U and 3DS. To begin with...

News: Vblank Entertainment Provides Sales Threshold Update for Retro City Rampage on WiiWare

Vblank Entertainment Provides Sales Threshold Update for Retro City Rampage on WiiWare

"It hasn't made a cent in revenue yet"

Retro City Rampage was one of the last major releases to grace the WiiWare service, an anarchic top-down action title that brings to mind the original GTA titles and has enough '80s and '90s pop culture references to cause a nostalgia overload. It's arrived most recently in a definitive, heavily updated form on...

E3 2014: Launch Sales of Mario Kart 8 Outperform Mario Kart 7 Figures in North America

Launch Sales of Mario Kart 8 Outperform Mario Kart 7 Figures in North America

An 18% attach rate in just three days

We already know that Mario Kart 8 enjoyed an exceptional launch, selling 1.2 million copies worldwide in its opening weekend. In an analyst meeting behind closed doors, it seems that the title has seized the honour of, initially at least, outperforming its 3DS predecessor. Senior Research Analyst David Gibson...

News: NPD Q1 Spend Shows 1% Drop Despite Substantial Hardware Boost

NPD Q1 Spend Shows 1% Drop Despite Substantial Hardware Boost

It's a tough market out there

In recent weeks our coverage of the Japanese chart results has shown a certain pattern — sales are low and showing a lack of momentum. Despite two new home consoles in the past six months and Nintendo beginning to step up its efforts with both Wii U and 3DS, the latest figures for US retail sales are also showing a...

News: Satoru Iwata Explains "Conservative" Wii U Sales Projection of Just 3.6 Million Units

Satoru Iwata Explains "Conservative" Wii U Sales Projection of Just 3.6 Million Units

A target Nintendo "should at least reach" through MK8 and Smash Bros.

When Nintendo released its financial results recently, we highlighted the worryingly low projection for Wii U sales. While the 3DS is expected to sell around 12 million units over this fiscal year, Nintendo's estimate for its home console is just 3.6 million units — should that...

News: Western Markets Vital For Nintendo Hardware Sales as Japan Gains Ground

Western Markets Vital For Nintendo Hardware Sales as Japan Gains Ground

More 3DS units sold in Japan than North America

With Nintendo no doubt plotting its route to profitability in the coming financial year, one area of consideration is likely to be boosting sales outside of Japan. Worldwide results are important, of course, but the Wii U and 3DS are showing patterns of dropping sales in the West as compared to...

News: Here's an Updated Summary of Nintendo's Software Bestsellers

Here's an Updated Summary of Nintendo's Software Bestsellers

Pokémon and Mario lead the way

When Nintendo releases its updated financial reports, it also publishes fresh figures for hardware and software — we've covered the former in our main summary of the year-end results. The software highlights tell their own tale, however, and perhaps help to explain why Nintendo opts for particular franchises and...

News: Research Firm IDC Anticipates Worldwide Wii U Price Cut in Late 2014 to 2015, Increase in Retail Downloads

Research Firm IDC Anticipates Worldwide Wii U Price Cut in Late 2014 to 2015, Increase in Retail Downloads

System predicted to stay behind PS4 and Xbox One in generation sales

We're now well and truly into a fresh generation of home consoles, with Nintendo's 2012 Wii U release now joined by the late 2013 arrivals of PS4 and Xbox One. The previous Wii / PS3 / Xbox 360 era brought impressive sales all around, though a continually evolving market and...

News: NPD Results Bring Solid 3DS Numbers as Wii U Struggles

NPD Results Bring Solid 3DS Numbers as Wii U Struggles

Fingers crossed for May and June

The latest NPD results covering U.S. physical retail sales are now out in the wild, and they bring mixed news. Hardware sales are up, being driven by PS4 and Xbox One, software is down but, overall, total sales of $1.03 billion represent a 3% increase over the equivalent month last year. Nintendo hasn't issued an...