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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...

News: Retro City Rampage: DX Update Available Worldwide Today

Retro City Rampage: DX Update Available Worldwide Today

Launch sales in North America exceed equivalent Xbox 360 global results

Retro City Rampage DX has been causing mayhem on 3DS systems in North America and Europe for a number of weeks now, and it'll also bring its brand of chaos to Australia and New Zealand today. Vblank Entertainment has been working on a free update, too, to resolve a bug in the...

News: XSEED May Bring Physical Copies of Future Senran Kagura Titles to North America

XSEED May Bring Physical Copies of Future Senran Kagura Titles to North America

And all potential awkward situations inherent in such

While European players were able to get their hands on a physical copy of the robust brawler Senran Kagura Burst, North America was left with the 3DS eShop as their only option for accessing the game. This may change for future iterations of the series, however, according to posted responses on...

News: Yoshi's New Island Makes UK Chart Début in 12th Place

Yoshi's New Island Makes UK Chart Début in 12th Place

Avoids getting egg on its face

Last week brought us the launch of Yoshi's New Island, which was met with a decidedly mixed critical reaction. Despite that its success rests not in reviews but in the final results — its performance at retail and, of course, on the eShop. We have a chance to gauge part of its early performance courtesy of the...

News: Nintendo Highlights Positive February Sales in the U.S. of Bravely Default and Tropical Freeze

Nintendo Highlights Positive February Sales in the U.S. of Bravely Default and Tropical Freeze

Wii U hardware and software increase compared to February 2013

It's that time again, with the NPD results — which cover physical retail sales in the U.S. — for February starting to emerge. Nintendo has, in a surprising twist on previous months, been quick to jump into the fray with its results, no doubt due to the fact it could report positive...

News: Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks Tops February Sales in Spain as Tropical Freeze Grabs Seventh

Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks Tops February Sales in Spain as Tropical Freeze Grabs Seventh

Four Nintendo titles in the top 10

We often report the weekly UK and Japanese chart results here on Nintendo Life, as well as the monthly NPD results for the U.S., but there are a significant number of other valuable territories in which Nintendo is competing. It can also paint a worrying picture for European sales as titles struggle in the UK,...

News: Latest PS4 Sales Figures Take it Past Wii U Life-to-Date Q3 Total

Latest PS4 Sales Figures Take it Past Wii U Life-to-Date Q3 Total

Momentum suggests current or imminent overtake

While we may have acknowledged — with a cheeky wink — the recent landmark of the Wii U sales surpassing those of Xbox 360 in Japan, the latest worldwide figures in the current generation remind us that, in terms of a sales footrace, Nintendo has already lost much of its advantage of launching a year...

News: Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbox 360

Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbox 360

Hey, it's a landmark

At the end of 2014 we're hopeful, even optimistic, that we'll be looking at a far brighter scenario for the Wii U. We don't have the facts and figures to start talking comebacks at the time of writing, however, so are restricted to looking ahead and taking the positives that we can. There is one, too. Earlier today we reported...