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  • News 3DS Software Sales Pass 100 Million In Japan

    No doubt helped by Pokémon Sun And Moon

    More than 100 million pieces of 3DS software have been sold in Japan since the launch of the console in 2011. The 3DS just only the third system to reach this remarkable milestone, with the Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation 2 being the other two. The recent arrival of Pokémon Sun & Moon - which sold 2...

October2016

  • News Mario Kart 8 Has Now Sold 8 Million Units Worldwide

    On a system with just over 13 million owners

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCMaIe8nGas Nintendo's has confirmed that Mario Kart 8 has sold 8 million copies since launch. The popular racer launched in 2014 and has become the Wii U's biggest commercial hit. What makes this achievement all the more remarkable is that the Wii U has only sold 13.36...

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  • News Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Remains Spookily Resilient Atop Japanese Charts

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf shows impressive legs, too

    2013 is well and truly the Year of Luigi, with Mario's sibling locking out the Japanese sales charts again this week. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sold another 56,562 copies, bringing its lifetime total to over half a million units. Card Fight!! Vanguard Ride to Victory!! was in second place,...

  • News Level 5's Fantasy Life Ships 300,000 Copies In Japan

    Another 3DS smash-hit is on the cards

    Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino has revealed that total shipments to date of 3DS title Fantasy Life have reached the 300,000 mark in Japan. Back in January, we reported that the game — which is a collaboration between the Professor Layton studio and Brownie Brown — had sold out upon release, an event which no...

  • News Dragon Quest X Posts Poor Sales Figures In Japan

    Wii U version shifts just 33,000 units

    Square Enix is certainly in a tricky spot right now, with under-performing games and a major reshuffle at the top thanks to some poor financial results. Things have just gotten worse for the firm with the news that one of its big titles for 2013 — Dragon Quest X on Wii U — has only mana

March2013

  • News Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Tops Japanese Charts

    3DS remains best selling hardware, too

    Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon has successfully spooked its way to the top of the Japanese sales charts. The 3DS adventure sold 280,151 copies in its first week on sale. The arrival of Luigi's latest outing helped the 3DS shift 76,553 units, putting it ahead of the PS Vita, which sold 41,073 consoles in the same...

  • News Fire Emblem: Awakening's US Sales Are The Best In The History Of The Series

    180,000 units sold since launch

    Nintendo has confirmed that Fire Emblem: Awakening has enjoyed the best first month sales in the entire history of the franchise, shifting 180,000 units since its launch on February 4th. Impressively, around 63,000 of that total was downloaded via the 3DS eShop. In contrast, the game's handheld predecessor — Fire...

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  • News 3DS Passes Six Million Sales in Japan

    And in 'The Americas', probably

    We all know that 3DS has been doing well in Japan recently, consistently out-performing all other consoles combined on a weekly basis. Nevertheless, it's just passed yet another landmark — six millions sales. As reported by Andriasang, retail tracker Enterbrain has confirmed that it passed the mark last week, with...

August2011

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  • Talking Point Nintendo Makes Bold Move with the 3DS

    3DS price cut an act of genius, or madness?

    OK, deep breaths everyone. In its co-ordinated worldwide press releases on 28th July, Nintendo made a truly unexpected move. Some analysts were anticipating a potential 3DS price drop in the run up to the all-important holiday season, but the sheer scale of the reduction has caught many off guard. With the...

  • News Ocarina of Time 3D was Second Best-Selling Game of June

    United States figures are in

    Although The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D launched in the middle of the month, 11 days was all it took for the Zelda remake to establish itself as the second best-selling single-format game for the month of June. According to independent market research company NPD Group, more than 283,000 copies of the game were...

June2011

  • News Wii Sold an Estimated 236,000 Units Last Month in U.S.

    Were any of them purchased by yourself?

    The latest figures from market research firm NPD shows Wii sales in the United States last month were higher than expected, and conversely, 3DS sales have dropped compared to the previous month. Equity research company Wedbush Securities predicted that Nintendo would sell 225,000 Wii consoles in the month of...

  • News Over 1 Million 3DS Consoles Sold in Japan

    Software sales aren't too bad, either

    The 3DS is approaching its forth month on the Japanese market, and video gaming magazine Enterbrain has reported that the handheld console has reached an important milestone in terms of hardware sales. It's taken the 3DS 13 weeks to surpass one million domestic sales, slightly slower than the original DS which...

May2011

  • News Japanese Hardware / Software Sales Show the 3DS Needs a Boost

    Launching more decent games might help

    If there's anything to be learnt from the Japanese hardware and software sales numbers, it's that Nintendo is struggling to recapture the dominant performance of the 3DS when it first launched. After reclaiming the top spot in the hardware chart, the 3DS was once again overtaken by the PlayStation Portable and now the latest sales f

April2011

  • News Nintendo Expected Higher 3DS Sales

    Slips from the top of the Japanese hardware chart

    It's been on the Japanese market for a couple of months now and worldwide for about half that time, but the 3DS simply isn't selling as expected by Nintendo. During Satoru Iwata's presentation at Nintendo's Financial Results Briefing, the president admitted that sales of the handheld started to slow...

  • News 3DS Soars Back to the Top of the Japanese Hardware Chart

    The back and forth struggle between 3DS and PSP begins

    After a dominating start, sales of the 3DS in Japan have slowly been on the decrease and more recently, have been overtaken by the PlayStation Portable in the hardware sales chart. Now, it seems the 3DS is regaining momentum as the sales figures from last week are revealed. For the period starting 11th and ending 17th April, Nintendo sold..

  • News 3DS Launch Sales Have Been Breaking Records Worldwide

    Reggie Fils-Aime explains why the 3DS and DS launches shouldn't be compared with each other

    The 3DS has launched in all major territories now and the launch period sales figures have been undoubtedly impressive. Japan was the debut region for the 3DS and a reported 374,764 consoles were sold during its launch weekend with another 209,623 units shifted in the following week. Its debut week saw more..

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  • News Nintendo Shifts 1.5 Million Consoles During Black Friday Week

    Almost a million DS systems alone

    Black Friday proved to be a very prosperous period for Nintendo as the various bundle packs that have been rolled out helped the company shift an impressive number of units in less than a week. Between Sunday 21st November and Saturday 27th November, consumers snapped up 900,000 units of the DS range of handhelds...

October2010

  • News Capcom's Okamiden Limps to Retail in Japan

    DS sequel lags behind PS2 and Wii versions in day one sales

    We're absolute suckers for cute animals here at Nintendo Life so the high expectations we hold for Capcom's DS title Okamiden are entirely understandable - it's just a shame that Japan doesn't seem to feel the same way. First-day sales figures for the Okami sequel suggest that only 10,000...

September2010

  • News Japanese DS Sales Spike Last Week in Mysterious Circumstances

    Whatever could be the driving force?

    Of course, Pokémon Black & White saw their Japanese release last week, with hardware sales more than doubling across the country. Previous week's DS sales stood at a respectable 39,749 across all models, with last week's figures passing 85,000 units sold across the entire week. In fact, the DS range outsold every other console combined, testament to the..

August2010

  • News Wii Passes 30 Million Units Sold in the US

    Does so quicker than any console ever

    Did you know that lots of people have bought Nintendo Wii consoles? Yes, it's true. But how many machines have been sold in the United States, for example? Here comes an official Nintendo announcement with the answer: thirty million. That's one console sold for every ten American citizens, which adds up to a...

May2010

  • News Red Steel 2 Met Ubi's Sales Expectations

    More accurate figures sadly lacking

    It may have failed to set the charts alight but Red Steel 2 still performed in line with Ubisoft's sales estimates. In its end of year financial report, the company failed to give more exact sales figures but did say it had performed in line with revised estimates, a reference to the halving of expectations just...

  • News These Games Sold Over a Million Copies Last Year

    But which sold more, Mario or Nintendogs?

    Crunching numbers from financial reports isn't just for accountants and financial consultants: when a company like Nintendo releases its figures, even the humble gamer sits up to take notice. A list of the top-selling Nintendo games for the past financial year, then, is like sweet nectar to numeric nerds...

April2010

  • News 50,000 Hearts and Souls Poured into Australian Homes

    A tremendous first week for the Pokemon franchise down under

    Live in Australia? Like Pokemon? Apparently you do, because the new series releases Heart Gold and Soul Silver, have already sold more than 50,000 copies. That makes up approximately 0.2% of the population, which as small as it sounds, is quite an achievement for only one week on sale. The Pokemon train seems to be going as strong as..

March2010

  • News Red Steel 2 Blunted After Poor UK Chart Debut

    Ubi's first big Wii release of 2010 fails to get the tills ringing

    Remember the old "hardcore games don't sell on Wii" debate we had all those months ago? Well get ready to dust it off again because the retail figures for the UK launch of Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 are in, and it's not pretty reading. The sword-swinging action title - which we thought was pretty great - limped into the UK..

February2010

  • News Mario & Sonic's Winter Olympics Outing Shifts 6M

    Quite possibly more profitable than the actual Olympics

    The real Winter Olympics in Vancouver may be watched and beloved the world over, but you know what else is beloved all across the globe? Video games, and especially ones starring Mario and Sonic. Combine that with the Olympics and hoo-boy is there money to be made. Sega and Nintendo would like to remind everyone just how much money they're..

January2010

  • News Wii Software Sales Outmuscle Xbox 360

    Life is short - play more

    Wii overtook Xbox 360 for lifetime software sales in the US last year, according to a new report. Point-of-sales data from NPD show that 175m games have been snapped up in the 38 months that the Wii has now been on sale in this region. It is estimated that software for 360 has sold 164m units since that machine came to...

  • News Wii, DS Have Record-Breaking Year In US

    Hojillions and hojillions served

    According to the NPD sales numbers for December, Nintendo sold more than double the hardware as all of their competitors combined, totaling around 7 million Wii and DS units sold. That's a spicy meatball, but certainly not the only one on top of the company's pile of money-shaped spaghetti that was 2009. In fact, the DS and its various incarnations managed to sell..

  • News Nintendo Doubly Outsold Everything Else Combined In US Last Month

    Wii alone stomped the might of Sony and Microsoft

    We had already heard from Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata that the Japanese giant was looking at record December console sales figures this year in the US, but now we've got cold hard NPD sales numbers to see just how many Wiis and DS's were shifted. Turns out that Iwata's "approaching 3M sold" Wii estimate earlier this month was conservative..

  • News US Holiday Wii Sales Top 3 Million

    Nintendo systems no slouches in Europe either

    Official NPD numbers for December aren't revealed until January 14, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata from tooting the company's money-making horn. According to Iwata, Nintendo managed to sell over 3 million Wii's last month in the US, beating last year's 2.15 million and toppling the previous home console record held by the PlayStation..

December2009

  • News Japanese Wii Sales Double in a Week

    In translation: ker-ching!

    Famitsu have reported the Wii's sales figures have risen from 46,674 units to 101,000 units over the week ending 6th December, boosted by the launch of Super Mario Bros. Wii in the homeland. The notion that the Japanese only like small devices continues to be thwarted however by the DSi LL, with sales of over 62,000 in the same week, making up over half of the total..

  • News DS is the UK's Best-Selling Console Ever

    Handheld machine tops the 10 million mark in Britain

    We all know that the DS is only rivalled in popularity by lollipops and puppies, but perhaps we underestimated its appeal until Nintendo announced it's sold over ten million units in the UK alone, making it the most-bought console these Sceptred Isles have ever seen. Considering the population of the UK is estimated at 61 million that's a..

  • News Wii Becomes Fastest Selling Console In UK History

    Six million Brits served since 2006

    Nintendo has proudly revealed that the Wii has shifted six million units in three years, making it the fastest selling home console in the history of the UK video game industry. Since its launch in December 2006, the popular system has entertained and enthralled countless stiff-upper-lipped Brits and made its way into living rooms up and down The Sceptered Isle..

November2009

  • News Sony Boss: All Your Sales Are Belong To Us, Nintendo

    Says PS3 is picking up speed, Wii flagging

    Sony Europe exec Andrew House has a history of mouthing off about his company's chances so his latest little outburst is hardly suprising. In an interview with Games Industry.biz, House touched upon the current surge in PS3 sales and compared it with Nintendo's recent struggles with Wii hardware: I think at a time when we're seeing one of the major..

  • News Electronic Arts Less Than Happy With Wii Sales

    Veteran publisher laments "weak" third party sales performance on Nintendo's console

    In case you hadn't noticed, EA is pruning its workforce with gay abandon at present, hacking away 1500 jobs in order to reduce its running costs. The fact that many of its Wii titles have underperformed (Dead Space Extraction has reportedly sold a pitiful 9,000...

  • News LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias Takes Top Spot

    Highly-rated platformer goes to No.1 in both Europe and North America

    Frontier's LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias has stormed to the top of the North American and European WiiWare charts. This is hardly an unexpected achievement, when you consider how fantastic the game is. Our very own Marcel Van Duyn gave it a well-deserved 9/10 in his review...

September2009

  • News Ubisoft: The DS Salad Days Are Over

    DS market is in decline, says publisher

    There was a time when the Nintendo DS was a pretty sure bet as far as sales were concerned but publisher Ubisoft has gone on the record stating that the DS market is shrinking. The company's UK boss Mark Slaughter had this to say about the sorry situation: Overall, for everybody there is a decline in the DS market in its entirety. So instead of that being a..

  • News Wal Mart: Wii Price to be Rolled Back Next Month

    Worldwide price cut may be on the cards - but will UK gamers see the benefit?

    It's a funny time in retail at present. The global economy is still reeling from the worldwide recession and in the UK - where the value of the Pound has plummeted - Nintendo has been forced to push up the trade price of its Wii console, which in turn has resulted in some retailers exploring the possibility of increased..

August2009

  • News Wii Sports Resort Sales Go Through The Roof

    Who'da thunk?

    It'll come as no surprise to know that the recently released Wii Sports Resort is selling by the bucket load. Today, Nintendo has revealed that the game has now broken the million mark in sold copies across Europe. In case you didn't know, Wii Sports Resort is a collection of sports games that showcases the Wii MotionPlus peripheral; it's also the sequel to the best selling game ever,..

  • News Japanese Monster Hunter 3 Sales Slump

    Is Capcom's mega-hit running out of steam?

    The Monster Hunter series is massive in Japan. Stupidly massive. The Japanese simply cannot seem to get enough of it...or so we thought. Latest reports from the Land of the Rising Sun appear to indicate that Monster Hunter 3 - which saw release earlier this month - has stalled at retail. The game sold a staggering one million copies in its first week and..

  • News Dragon Quest IX: 3.5 Million Served

    RPG is selling like hot cakes in Japan

    Saying that Dragon Quest is popular in Japan is like saying that Americans are rather partial to hamburgers or that Brits like to indulge in a hot cup of tea every now and then. Since going on sale July 14th, Dragon Quest IX - the latest entry in the long-running franchise - has shifted an incredible 3.39 million units. The game is developed by Level-5 and is..

  • News Wii Sales Starting to Crash?

    Not enough big Wii games on shelves, admits Iwata

    The more business-savvy amongst you will be aware that the Wii isn't selling as well as it has been previously. At a recent Nintendo investor's meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was asked during a Q&A whether a price drop would be coming for the Wii. He replied: It's not the case of the...

July2009

  • News Nintendo Sales Drop as Global Economy Goes Down the Crapper

    Even The Big N is susceptible to to the downturn

    Nintendo has just released its financial statement for the previous quarter and the results make for interesting reading. Despite the fact that the manufacturer is beating away all competition from rivals such as Sony and Microsoft, net sales were down down by 40% compared to the previous year. Net...