Oh noes! Mystery Dungeon sales down!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky (AKA: Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai) was recently released in Japan and promptly sold 141,000 copies, which equates to around a 30% sell-through. This retail performance was enough to place it at the top of the Japanese multi format games chart. However, when looking at the figures posted by the..
The Japanese simply cannot get enough of this machine
According to Japanese magazine Famistu, the Nintendo Wii crossed the '8 million sold' mark in Japan on April 19th. Enterbrain has also released the top five selling Wii games in Japan (it's worth pointing out that Wii Sports was not bundled with the console): 1. Wii SportsLaunch: 12/2/06Life-to-date: 3,481,469 copies 2. Wii FitLaunch:..
It’s all about stomping down on shovelware declares mysterious WiiWare developer.
Following this morning’s revelation about WiiWare sales targets as told to Kotaku the mysterious NDA breaking WiiWare developer has contacted Eurogamer in order to set the record straight: I'm concerned this recent threshold news is generating an artificially negative wave of press. The spirit of the threshold..
Solid figures quoted by WiiWare developer
We recently heard about Nintendo’s sales targets for WiiWare games, and it didn’t make particularly pretty reading if you’re a developer. In a new twist, Kotaku has apparently been contacted by a developer “familiar with the subject” and they’ve given what appear to be fairly solid numbers: North America If game is over 16MB - 6,000 unitsIf..
Falling Wii sales to blame
Following the news that Wii sales were 17% down on this point last year, the value of Nintendo’s stock has plummeted by 7.5%. It’s hardly a shocking plunge but considering the general shoddy state of the global economy at present it certainly could have been a lot worse.
Sega's latest hardcore Wii title didn't exactly open with the sales many expected.
While MadWorld certainly has received a lot of praise from the media and many gamers, Sega's latest hardcore Wii title didn't exactly open with the sales many expected. The NPD has confirmed that for the month of March, MadWorld managed to sell 66,000 units, a disappointing return for highly-anticipated hardcore..
A case of the right game on the wrong platform?
It might be the highest-rated game in the history of the Nintendo DS, but critical success hasn’t translated into commercial victory for Rockstar’s GTA: Chinatown Wars. The game failed to make the top 10 or 20 best-selling games for the month, and has sold well below the 200,000 copies that Rockstar was hoping for. In fact, only 88,000 copies have..
"It prints money!", etc
While the jury is still out on just how significant an update the DSi is over the DS Lite, the American public has voted emphatically with their wallets by snapping up almost half a million of the machines since launch. To put this figure into perspective, the DS Lite sold 226,000 units in the same time frame. Strong DSi sales will only help continue Nintendo’s dominance..
With plenty of blockbuster hits released in March, which games managed to come out on top?
Hardware Sales Nintendo Wii - 601KNintendo DS - 563KXbox 360 - 330KPlayStation 3 - 218KPSP - 168KPlayStation 2 - 112K Software Sales Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) - 938KPokemon Platinum (Nintendo DS) 805KHalo Wars (Xbox 360) - 639KResident Evil 5 (Playstation 3) - 585KWii Fit (Nintendo Wii) - 541KMLB ‘09: The..
Warning for third parties looking to make a quick buck
The Nintendo Wii recently became the fastest selling console of all time and is generally perceived to be doing pretty well right now. However, analyst Doug Creutz from Cowen & Company has commented that third parties looking to make easy money by sinking cash into Wii development may be...
Console the fourth fastest-selling in UK history.
Overcoming its reasonably high price tag and lack of launch games, Nintendo's latest handheld has still been leapt upon by gamers and early adopters who hunger for the newest technology available. According to official GameTrack statistics, over 92,000 units were sold in the machine's first three days on sale - April 3rd, 4th and 5th - representing..
Is demand starting to wane as the credit crunch takes hold?
Ok, maybe the economy really is THAT bad, right now. Or, more likely everyone already has a Wii now. Well if you’re one of the few that doesn’t, than you’re in luck because, for now, the lines are gone so you can sneak in to get one unnoticed by the bullies. Gamestop SVP of Merchandising, Bob McKenzie told Gamasutra recently that..
Nintendo rejoices over a milestone of their greatest hand-held, but it has much more to overcome.
Nintendo’s DS Lite systems have been a true eye-catcher, and it’s showed with over ninety-six million sales around the world as of last year. While one hundred million shipped and ninety-six million sold are very impressive numbers, they still have to pass up the PlayStation 2’s one hundred two..
Recent figures suggest that Nintendo have remained strong throughout the summer in the United States. Nintendo products kept people entertained in July, whether they wanted to get fit, rock out or just play around. According to the independent NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States, Nintendo DS? and Wii? again claimed...
The likelyhood for an Okami sequel has been thrown in to doubt, unless gamers do something about it.
Hidden deep inside a Capcom forum an official has stated the reason for a Okami sequel not being in production is down to poor sales for the PS2 game and the recent Wii port. There is a glimmer of hope however... as long as more people part with their hard earned cash to purchase the title and..
Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii boost sales and keep Nintendo at number one state-side, Reggie will be chillaxing by the pool as we speak.
"The Wii Wheel and Wii Balance Board accessories make game play fun for new gamers while presenting new challenges for those who have been playing a long time," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing..
GTA4 has had a record breaking first week outselling Wii Fit by a ratio as high as 9 to 1.
To be fair I don't think anyone expected the fitness title to keep it's crown at the top of the charts when GTA blundered along. With record breaking sales of 926,000 units and a place cemented at the top of the charts which is likely to last for a good while it's going to take a big release to shift GTA from..
Following last month’s look at the top 20 popular VC titles for the USA it is interesting to see how things have changed a month later. There are no surprises really, Americans can’t get enough of the old classics like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, they aren’t going anywhere!
Games from non-Nintendo consoles are nowhere to be seen. Surely some Americans are downloading Genesis or TurboGrafx games!..
Gone are the days when a successful Nintendo release was as regular as spotting a flying pig. Seems to me Nintendo are smashing sales records for fun these days. Good on them.
Mario Kart Wii currently sits upon the top spot of the charts in the "All formats, all prices, all singing, all dancing" charts after insanely huge demand following it's release on Friday (of last week). Not only..
And it’s not even been released yet
We all knew it was going to be massive, but reports from several retailers would suggest that in Wii Fit Nintendo has a game of truly epic proportions. Several retailers have stopped taking pre-orders for the eagerly awaited fitness title, which will cost £69.99 when it eventually hits store shelves. Not that many copies will actually make it to the shelves,..
Below is a list of the top 20 most popular Virtual Console games for Europe as currently listed in the Wii Shop. As there is no exact time period specified for this list we can probably assume that these are the most popular games over the last month, not of all time.
Much like the USA top 20 for March the Euro list is also dominated by first party Nintendo games. Unlike the American list however..
A quick glance at the top 20 most downloaded Virtual Console titles for North America in the Wii Shop shows that Wii gamers just can’t seem to get enough of Nintendo titles. In the entire top 20 this March, all 20 games are from the NES, SNES or N64 systems. Poor old Genesis, TG-16 and Neo Geo!
There is no date range specified for the top 20...
Wii outselling the PS3 by 4-to-1
Since the dawn of the new year Sony fans have been constantly twittering on about how “2008 is the year of the PS3” and that the console will have “doubled its installed user base” by the year end (which isn’t that hard when you consider how poorly it performed in 2007). Sales figures from January seem to give some credence to this viewpoint, with Sony’s..
Analyst of Pacific Crest Securities, Evan Wilson believes that Nintendo and Microsoft will ready new home consoles for release in 2010.
When talking to GameSpot about EA's problems Evan also went on to state that he believes Nintendo and Microsoft will stick to the five year console cycle in this generation. "We believe that peak industry sales will occur in 2010, given that Microsoft will..
The highly anticipated Nintendo game Super Smash Bros. Brawl has gone platinum after just 11 days of being on sale.
With a massive collection of Nintendo (, SEGA and Konami) characters aswell as a load of (almost kitsch) unlockables and extras, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is pretty much the Nintendo faithfuls wet-dream. It's no wonder it's selling so well. Brawl now holds the record for the fastest..
Microsoft's corporate Vice President Shane Kim (what a cool name?) thinks that this generations console war winner has been called too early.
In an interview with New York Times Shane said: "The generation has a long way to go so it's way too early to declare a winner," he told the paper. "I remember a couple of weeks ago, a lot of people were predicting that the Patriots would win..
Could the underrated duo get a second chance to top the charts?
Despite posting depressing worldwide sales figures, Capcom’s excellent adventure title Zack & Wiki may be getting a sequel, according the game’s creator. Hironobu Takeshita was interviewed late last year and asked if Capcom had any plans to create a franchise based on the game...
Normal service resumed as Nintendo dominate in The Land of the Rising Sun
Nintendo has started 2008 with a bang by outselling nearest rival Sony by 3-to-1. After a storming year in 2007, with both the Wii and DS topping their respective markets, the veteran videogame company started the new year in the same fashion, effortlessly dominating the competition and basically making lots of lovely money..
More encouraging news for Nintendo
It may not have been Nintendo’s greatest console but the GameCube still managed to shift modest 21.72 million units over its lifespan. However, to put the recent success of the Wii in sharp perspective, the console is about to surpass the GameCube’s lifetime sales despite only having been on the market for just over a year. Nintendo’s figures state that as..
Killer 7 and No More Heroes director voices his concerns about the current state of the Wii software market
Goichi Suda (AKA Suda 51) has claimed that third party software is failing to find an audience in Japan while Nintendo's own games steal all the limelight. We reported not long ago that Suda's No More Heroes was a bit of a flop in Japan. In a recent interview he had this to say: Whilst the..
Nintendo conquer the entire top ten
Nintendo’s dominance in Japan is becoming quite scary now. Mario Party DS was the biggest selling title for the period 31st December to 6th January and the latest figures show that the top 13 slots of the chart are ALL titles for either the DS or Wii, with the first non-Ninty game (PSP title Monster Hunter Portable 2nd) clocking in at a lowly 14th position. The..
More doom and gloom for third party publishers
Regular readers of NintendoLife would be forgiven for thinking that we’ve been getting out of the wrong side of the bed for the past week or so. The number of downbeat and negative news stories appearing is on the rise and sadly we’re about to add yet another. Although we’re a bit on the late side with this news it appears that Grasshopper..
Videogame giant is unstoppable on home soil
Early figures from Famitsu magazine indicate that Nintendo has dominated the Japanese sales charts over the Christmas period. Although a PS2 title (Super Robot Taisen Original Generation Gaiden) took the number one position, a quick glance at the rest of the top 20 shows that the Big N is firmly in control; 7 of the top 10 titles are for Nintendo consoles..
Latest figures would indicate Mario and company had a very Merry Christmas
As the dust settles from a particularly hectic Christmas period Nintendo has emerged victorious in the UK sales arena. The veteran developer effortlessly claimed the top spot of Develop’s monthly developer chart thanks to strong performances by games such as Super Mario Galaxy and the seemingly evergreen Brain Training..
Shame on you all!
Zack & Wiki, otherwise known as Capcom’s ode to the classic ‘point and click’ adventures of old, is a fantastic game. It’s heartening to see a developer like Capcom putting so much effort into brand new intellectual property and it’s even more encouraging when the end product is so wonderfully polished and enjoyable...
The DS passes PS2 lifetime sales in The Land of the Rising Sun
We all know that the Nintendo DS has been a massive success for its parent company but the latest figures from Japan still make for stunning reading; the likeable handheld has now surpassed the PS2 in terms of Japanese sales. To put this into perspective, the PS2 has sold millions of units since its release several years ago and is..
He doesn't like hardware bundles, either
Reggie Fils-Aime has expressed concerns over the stock problems experienced by the company of late. Basically, the Wii and DS are TOO popular! He also had some cutting words to say about the increase in bundles offered by money-grabbing games retailers. From GamesInstustry.biz: Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime says that the demand for the..
Sony and Microsoft struggle to get a look in
Sony’s Gran Turismo 5 Prologue may have entered the Japanese sales charts in the top 5 but a cursory glace at the rest of the chart should make depressing reading for anyone not affiliated with Nintendo. The Wii and DS continue to dominate the Japanese market in a way that hasn’t been seen since the days of the Famicom and Gameboy. Here's the lowdown..
It's already sold bucketloads of copies in Japan, American and the UK - now our European friends are warming to Dr. Kawashima's unqiue brand of mental fitness.
Nintendo's amazing success story continues with the news that its Brain Training series has topped sales charts in two key European territories. Nintendo's DS Brain Training games have...
It's been an amazing year for the UK videogame market - and Nintendo has been instrumental in this success.
Traditionally, when you move from one generation of videogame hardware to the next, there's a slight dip in sales. Amazingly, that doesn't seem to have happened with this generation, as GamesIndustry.biz reports: Sales of game software in the UK will reach 78 million units by the end of the..
The Nintendo DS continues to sell like cakes that are rather hot, effortlessly breaking the UK hardware sales record for the second week running.
All the predictions of a bumper Christmas for Nintendo in the UK seem to be proving accurate, with news that its consoles are selling in record numbers. The DS has now broken the previous UK weekly hardware sales figure twice this month, shifting 185,000..
Last week saw Mario & Sonic at the Olympic games the number 1 selling game across all systems in the UK, what a Christmas present for SEGA!
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, players will compete in events that take place in environments based on the official venues of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Using a supporting cast of characters from the amazing worlds of both Mario and Sonic,..
According to the BBC, Nintendo UK are considering putting a halt on advertising for Wii this Christmas season, because of its struggle to keep up with demand.
Nintendo is considering pulling UK television advertising for its popular Wii console in the run up to Christmas because it is battling to meet demand. It said that holding back adverts until...
Reggie will be delighted, Nintendo of America report record breaking sales this month, including 653,000 Nintendo DS' and 350,000 Wii's sold last week alone.
Nintendo's 350,000 Wii systems represent the highest one-week U.S. sales total outside of its launch week one year ago. Wii has been dubbed the must-have gift of the 2007 holiday season and has been placed at the top of numerous gift lists..
Soaring Wii and DS sales have sky rocketed Nintendo's profits, doubling those of last year.
The success of the Wii has helped Nintendo to double its profit in the six months to the end of September. Demand for the console has outstripped that for Sony's Playstation 3 and Microsoft's XBox 360 - selling about 7.3 million units. The Japanese firm made a net profit of 132.4bn yen ($1.16bn; £506m)..
The Wii keeps on selling more and more...than other consoles.
The Financial Times has reported that the Wii has overtaken the Xbox 360 in the ongoing console war. Excluding sales from August the totals have the Wii at 9 million units sold compared to 8.9m Xbox 360s and 3.7m PS3s. Additionally and more recently VideoGameChartz, a website that tracks the number of consoles and games sold around the..
Nintendo announce that Wii is the fastest selling console in UK history with over 1 million Wii's sold across the land in a mere 38 weeks.
"Figures released today courtesy of the UK’s leading independent music, video and software performance and sales tracking company, Chart Track, show Nintendo’s home console ‘Wii’ is now being enjoyed by over one million people in the UK, becoming the..
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata believes that within good time the Nintendo Wii could overtake Sony's Playstation 2 platform and become the best selling video games console of all time.
"Sony's PS2 sales of 100 million units is an extraordinary number that our home game console business has not achieved, But if we can make our bid to expand the gaming population a continued success, we could..
Following on from last years drama when Ant actually got calls in to the NintendoLife office asking for advice as frantic parents scoured the Internet and high street looking for Wii consoles; Nintendo of America's George Harrison seems to be counting on a sequel.
In an interview with Reuters at this years E3 Harrison said: "There is no guarantee that we are not going to have 'out-of-stocks' this..
It seems that Nintendo's Wii console has now sold a staggering 8,000,000 units in under 7 months, fast approaching the target of the Xbox 360.
Of course numbers are just numbers and they differ depending on who your talking too, for instance the NexGenWars site tells a slightly different story.. There's one fact that comes into play here and that's the Wii train is still selling at an impressive..