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June2014

May2014

  • News 3DS Tops Japanese Hardware Chart as Wii U Secures Home Console Crown

    Put away the champagne, the numbers are still low

    It's time for the weekly Japanese Media Create results, and they bring a couple of notable headlines this week. We see a boost for Wii U ahead of the 29th May launch — it's a day earlier in Japan — of Mario Kart 8, while Level-5's latest success story keeps on going. The software charts see...

  • News Kirby: Triple Deluxe Drops Outside UK Top 20 But Survives Another Week

    Hang on little buddy!

    The weekly UK charts have seen a number of 3DS titles deliver a decent début performance before falling out of the reckoning; no 2014 releases have yet hit that magical consistency enjoyed by some major titles of 2013. There are more significant games on the way to the portable, of course, and the latest visitor to the...

  • News Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Units Separate PS4 and Wii U

    Yo-kai Watch approaches one million retail sales

    The Japanese chart results are in from Media Create, and unfortunately they continue the recent trends of poor sales across software and hardware. There are some bright-spots from a Nintendo perspective, though not necessarily radiant enough to lighten up the overall picture. To start with software,...

  • News Kirby Seizes Top Ten Single-Format Chart Début in the UK

    16th in all-format results, though

    While gamers in North America have been enjoying Kirby: Triple Deluxe since 2nd May, it arrived two weeks later in the European market. Its début UK chart results are in, then, and the outcome is solid if unspectacular. The happiest outcome is that Kirby's latest is 9th in the single-format chart, mixing it...

  • News Yo-kai Watch and 3DS Continue to Lead the Way in Japan

    Sales remain low overall, however

    While Nintendo can take heart from its continued lead in the Japanese charts, overall trends in the market remain a concern. The latest Media Create figures are in, and continue recent form of low sales in software and flat levels in hardware. To begin with software, Level-5's Yo-kai Watch continues to impress,...

  • News Mario Golf: World Tour Hits a Bogey in UK Charts

    Tumbles to 37th place in its second week

    It's not always the case that well constructed and fun games achieve deserved success wherever they go, and Mario Golf: World Tour is a case in point. In the UK charts — which only last year frequently had multiple 3DS titles populating the top 40 — it's endured a tough second week, in which it's also the...

  • News Mario Golf: World Tour Swings Into 18th Place in UK Single Format Chart

    Misses top 20 in all format equivalent

    We're big fans of Mario Golf: World Tour here at Nintendo Life. Beautifully constructed, well balanced and full of offline and online content, it delivers a top-notch experience on the 3DS. Unfortunately it's only had a modest start in the UK charts following its release on 2nd May, actually coming in lower on...

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  • News Nintendo Dominates Festive Hardware Charts in Japan

    Wii U sales increase to over 100,000 units

    The most recent Japanese Media Create game charts were revealed on Christmas Day, and will have certainly brought festive cheer to Nintendo HQ. In the last full shopping week before the big day there were major successes for the company in terms of both hardware and software, with the 3DS dominant and the...

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Climbs Back Into the UK Top 20

    Remainder hold firm or drop slightly

    The last UK chart results before Christmas are in, and they show a largely steady week with minimal changes, albeit with some discounts or last minute rushes moving some positions around. The best story from Nintendo's perspective is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which climbed eight places in the all-format charts...

  • News Wii U Sales Jump Again as Nintendo Maintains Hardware Dominance in Japan

    It's the most wonderful time of the year

    After a year of enjoying the triumph of 3DS in Japan while wincing at Wii U sales, it seems both of Nintendo's systems are now showing strong form in Japan. This week's results see another major leap for the Wii U, while the 3DS has an outstanding week along with the highest selling software titles. To start...

  • News Nintendo Titles Fail to Infiltrate the UK All-Format Top 20

    Super Mario 3D World does finally beat Knack, though

    Monday morning means that it's UK game charts time, with the all-format results — perhaps unintuitively — making better reading for Nintendo at the present time. This is due to the charts being packed with multi-platform games, in particular, with single-platform titles placing higher when not...

  • News Wii U Hardware Sales Take a Significant Leap in Japan

    A new Dragon Quest X release certainly helps

    The Wii U has enjoyed an upward trend of sales in Japan in the last couple of weeks, a welcome respite from troubling figures and disappointing news. This week gives even more cause for optimisim, as Nintendo's home console achieved the sort of numbers we haven't seen since its launch weeks in late 2012;...

  • News Super Mario 3D World Drops Down UK Charts in Second Week

    Link Between Worlds is top Nintendo game in 19th place

    Last week brought the PS4 to Europe, which made life rather difficult for Super Mario 3D World on its UK charts début. While it had been hoped that the staying power of the franchise may see it enjoy a strong second week in the UK market, today's all-format charts haven't produced the desired...

  • News Wii U Console Sales Climb in Japan as 3DS XL Maintains Dominance

    Positive signs

    While sales results in North America and Europe are infrequently shared and occasionally vague, it's easy to keep track of Japanese equivalents with the country's weekly charts. The trend has been largely the same for a long time — the 3DS is dominant. Last week brought a slightly underwhelming début for Super Mario 3D World, and...

  • News Super Mario 3D World Struggles Against PS4 Titles in UK Charts

    Yes, even Knack

    We're huge fans of Super Mario 3D World here at Nintendo Life, giving it a 10 in our review and generally sharing the view that it's a worthy entry into the 3D Mario canon, unique and up there with the best. Those were opinions shared by various outlets, too. Sadly, the positive press and marketing hasn't led to an impressive launch...

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  • News Monster Hunter 4 Maintains Japanese Chart Dominance

    As does the 3DS, naturally

    Last week we reported that Monster Hunter 4 sold a staggering 1.7 million retail units in just two days, a figure not too far off two million when estimated download sales were also considered. In its first full week and its second appearance on the Media Create Japanese software chart it's continued that strong form,...

  • News Monster Hunter 4 Shifts Over 1.7 Million Retail Units In Two Days

    More than a quarter of a million 3DS sales in the same week

    So, Monster Hunter 4 is a bit popular in Japan. We recently reported Capcom's announcement that over two million copies had been shipped in four days, with download purchases also lifting it to third in the all-time 3DS eShop regional chart at that point. If anyone was concerned that a...

  • News 3DS Hardware Sales Continue to Rise in Japan, Wii U Numbers Drop Again

    Counting the days to The Wind Waker HD?

    Wednesday is Media Create charts day in Japan, which often means more pleasing 3DS news. As we've become familiar with, however, it often means the opposite for the Wii U. In terms of the software chart this week, there are no notable new releases on Nintendo hardware, meaning that some evergreen titles on...

  • News The Wii U Continues to Struggle in Japanese Charts

    The Wonderful 101 departs the top 20 in its second week

    The Japanese charts often provide solace for Nintendo, especially with 3DS hardware and software sales continually leading the way. While the portable's hardware performance retains its strong run this week, the Wii U's issues in the market have been brought sharply into focus once again...

  • News Rayman Legends Sells More Copies In The UK On Wii U Than Any Other Format

    Nintendo's console leads the charge

    As we all know, Rayman Legends was intended to be a Wii U exclusive, and a launch title to boot. However, Ubisoft decided against taking the single platform route and delayed the game in order to port it to other systems — a sound business move, but one that angered many Wii U buyers who had been looking forward...

August2013

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  • News Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies Storms to the Top of the Japanese Charts

    No objections here

    It's Japanese charts time, and there's happy news for Capcom and its release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, as it surpassed a quarter of a million sales in its debut week. The Wii U news is less positive, with momentum sliding further for the system and Pikmin 3. The software top 20 is dominated by Capcom's...

  • News Pikmin 3 Makes UK Chart Debut in Second Place

    Throw a few more Pikmin at it

    Pikmin 3 arrived in Europe last week, and while it earned critical acclaim from a number of outlets there was plenty of interest over just how the title would sell at retail. The results for its launch weekend in the UK have arrived and, pleasingly, it's performed rather well. Nintendo's latest Wii U exclusive has...

  • News Mario & Luigi Has a Dreamy Japanese Chart Debut, Wii U Hardware Sales Drop by a Third

    3DS hardware SKUs occupy both top spots

    It's Media Create Sales time in Japan, which is our weekly insight into the best-selling software and hardware in Nintendo's homeland. Once again the 3DS rules the roost, even if last week's pleasing jump in Wii U hardware sales has dropped away in Pikmin 3's first full week in the market. In terms of...

  • News Nintendo Tops Japanese Software Sales in First Half of the Year

    Not a surprise, really

    With data for the first half the year now long-since collated, we've gradually been given more information on Nintendo's positives and negatives so far in 2013. One major positive has been the Japanese market, where the 3DS has reigned supreme and a number of software releases have set up residence in the country's top 20...

  • News Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. Retains Third Spot in UK Charts

    New Leaf is just one place behind

    There was a time in the earlier days of the 3DS when new game releases, even first-party titles, would flirt with the UK all-format top ten on their debut week and drop away rather quickly afterwards. Momentum wasn't a word often uttered, as the system strove to establish a user base and challenge the big boys...

  • News Pikmin 3 Makes Japanese Chart Debut at Number One, Boosts Wii U Hardware Sales

    Light on the horizon

    The Wii U has endured a largely consistent loss of momentum in 2013, which a release lineup that — despite some excellent titles — has largely failed to inspire substantial sales. Nintendo has, unsurprisingly, lined up a significant range of titles for the second half of 2013, starting off with Pikmin 3. The latest title...

  • News Project X Zone Battles Into UK Top 20 in Debut Week

    Lacking the X Factor

    Recent UK all-format software chart updates have been full of good news, with various 3DS exclusives — most recently Animal Crossing: New Leaf — appearing regularly in the top 10. Nintendo's hugely popular real-time title is still performing well, staying in fourth place in this week's updated results from UKIE. For last...

  • News New Etrian Odyssey Title Makes Japanese Chart Debut in Third Place

    Praying it's not too late...

    It's Japanese chart time. Hooray! Though this week doesn't reflect complete Nintendo dominance. Boo! But still, this week's results bring us a few interesting points; Atlus title Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl makes its debut in third place — it's a re-telling of the first entry in the series, of sorts —...

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Catches Enough UK Sales for the Bronze Prize

    Hanging tough

    The latest UK chart results are here, and they make nice reading once again for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, as it secures third place after two weeks in second spot. While the number one spot has eluded it due to The Last of Us performing well on PS3, it's nevertheless been an impressive run for the title in the UK market; it should...

June2013

May2013

  • News Shin Megami Tensei IV Storms to Number One in Japanese Charts

    Wii U version of Resident Evil Revelations sneaks into top ten

    For fans of the franchise, Shin Megami Tensei IV can't come to the West soon enough. The Atlus title will arrive in North America on 16th July with some collectible goodies, while a European release is confirmed but, as yet, doesn't have a solid date. It landed in Japan last week,...

  • News Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Swings Into the UK Top 10

    The 3DS is on a roll

    For many months there was little point in reporting the UKIE UK all-format charts, as Nintendo games rarely featured. That's changed in recent times, with the 3DS enjoying a surge of popular releases that have not only started strongly, but continue to perform well after week one. This week's latest entry is Donkey Kong...

  • News Japanese Hardware Sales Slow Down For the Second Consecutive Week

    Tomodachi Collection: New Life knocked off top spot

    This week's Japanese chart results are in, and show that the slow software release schedule in the past couple of weeks is causing a hit on hardware sales across the board. Only the PSP enjoyed a small boost, which can be attributed to the fact that this week's number one is for Sony's ageing...

  • News Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Is Super Effective in UK Charts

    Another strong 3DS debut

    In recent weeks there's been consistently good news for the 3DS in the UK, with titles occupying the top 10 of the all-format charts. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity continues that good form, coming in at number four in its first week. According to UKIE, this is the third best debut week performance for the...

  • News Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and LEGO City 3DS Stand Their Ground in UK Top 10

    Fire Emblem: Awakening still present but on its way out

    The latest UK Video Games Charts by UKIE for last week show that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins are still holding their own in the top 10 of the all-format results. Chase McCain's prequel adventure for 3DS finds itself at number eight for the third week...

  • News LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins Still Investigating the UK Top 10

    Luigi's Mansion 2 also haunting the top 10

    While LEGO City Undercover on Wii U only made a brief appearance in the UK software charts before dropping away, 3DS prequel LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins has shown much better momentum. With a 7% increase in sales over last week, the portable title retained 8th place in the all-format chart,...

April2013

  • News LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins Catches Up With the UK Top Ten

    A little more sales success for 3DS

    With the start of the week comes the UK software chart, and once again there's some positive news for 3DS titles. On the Wii U front little has changed, with no exclusives appearing in the top 40 but, potentially, some contributions to multi-platform success stories such as Injustice: Gods Among Us. The...

  • News Tomodachi Collection: New Life Storms the Japanese Charts

    3DS LL (XL) sales double

    Another week of Japanese chart results, and another happy story for the 3DS. In recent weeks we've seen consistent success for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and the ever-green Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but the release of Tomodachi Collection: New Life, the life-simulation game currently exclusive to Japan, has given another...

  • News Fire Emblem: Awakening Battles to Third in UK Chart Debut

    3DS XL Limited Edition brings major hardware bump

    Fire Emblem: Awakening arrived in Europe last week, bringing with it exceptional strategy gameplay and a level of challenge to lead to plenty of chewed nails for early adopters. Critically acclaimed and already performing well in North America, the question was how well it would perform in Europe...

  • News Luigi's Mansion 2 Refuses to Get Scared Out of the UK Top 10

    No Wii U exclusives in the top 40

    Last week we were rather pleased to report that Luigi's Mansion 2 secured 5th place in the UK all-format chart for the second week running; maintaining a top 10 place beyond launch week is relatively rare for 3DS titles in the region. That was an excellent achievement, but even better news this week is that Luigi is...

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Passes Three Million Sales in Japan

    Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon still number one in the charts

    Update: As correctly pointed out on Twitter by NintenDaan, it's worth remembering that Media Create charts only account for physical retail sales. The full sales for Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be further beyond three million due to its success on the 3DS eShop. Original Article: Last...

  • News Luigi's Mansion 2 Still Scaring the UK Top 10

    Luigi's got legs

    When it comes to the UK software charts, we're typically used to seeing major games exclusive to Nintendo platforms making an early bee-line for the top 10 before, in many cases, promptly dropping back to modest placings the following week. That's not the case with Luigi's Mansion 2, however, which has steadfastly held onto the...

  • News Wii U Sales Double in Japanese Charts Following New Releases

    3DS is still King

    Earlier today we reported on more woes for the struggling Square Enix, with Dragon Quest X posting poor launch week sales in Japan. The overall Media Create results for last week do also tell a few other tales, including a modest improvement for Wii U and some good results for a famous green brother. In terms of the software...

March2013

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Makes Its Debut in UK Top 10

    Taking a bite out of the sales charts

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate hit Europe late last week, landing on Wii U and 3DS to accommodate all gamers with a current Nintendo platform. It's a high-profile release that's had a fair bit of attention — as well as broadly positive reviews — while the Wii U version has been seen by some as the first step in...