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Nintendofan83

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#1

Nintendofan83 commented on Pre-Orders Open For NES, Persona Q and Smash B...:

http://nintendoeverything.com/nintendo-treehouse-first-look-at-the-nes-and-smash-bros-3ds-xl-systems/

Check out this link to actually see the new 3DS XL systems that are coming out. Many people have commented that the quality looked inferior but this video pretty much disproves that. The NES model is not a sticker or some low crap like that. It looks to have a high resolution image with a glossy finish. The smash ones look incredible and I love the colour of the blue one. It's sharp! I wasn't going to order one before but I may reconsider now. A side from low quality comments, many people have said "i'm waiting for the new 3DS XL, Nintendo is dumb". At first, I agreed with this but now I'm starting to wonder if the new 3DS XL could be as long as holiday 2015. Why else would Nintendo put sooooo much effort into these new 3DS XL systems (Smash, NES, Persona) if their new model was being so close to them? I now think these items are the lead up to a huge 2014 holiday season for Nintendo and the newer models are actually quite far away. It would potentially give Nintendo new hardware and a Zelda game as a their headliners for holiday 2015. If you are only skipping these systems because you want a new model, you may want to re-consider if you have the cash.

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Nintendofan83 commented on Walmart Lists Blue And Red Smash Bros 3DS XL C...:

I really don't get the decision makers at Nintendo. For most of 2014, they have been advertising well but this is a major mess up that will cost them sales. Why in the world would you announce a brand new 3DS and 3DS XL systems and then follow that up by announcing a new LE 3DS XL but for the older models? I know there are some collectors out there and I know there are some people who don't have a 3DS XL but this seems odd to me. It would have been a lot better to announce the SSB 3DS XL this fall and get huge sales from it. After the holiday season slows down, announce the new 3DS XL in Jan and say "coming this year!".

A couple of weeks ago, I really wanted this 3DS but now i'm not sure I can justify buying it. If Nintendo would confirm the new 3DS for a holiday 2015 release, then I may buy this new system. Yah screwed up Nintendo!

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Nintendofan83 commented on Nintendo's Italian Twitter Feed Shows off a Su...:

This has families written all over it. Mario Party is nice in the fact you only need 1 copy of the game to accommodate four local players. If you know you need/should/have to (etc) buy this game, any discount is A-OK in my books. I'm actually leaning towards buying the new SSB 3DS XL (that is rumoured to be coming out) and a physical copy of the game. I already have the ALBW 3DS XL from last year so I can play local player that way.

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#5

Nintendofan83 commented on Only 3DS Games Sold Over One Million Copies in...:

These numbers do not surprise me at all and I actually see some positives. I will outline why i'm not surprised and why i'm happy.

1) Many asians live with extended family members are there simply isn't roomy/time to play console games on a tv. The only way is if you have a tv in your room and in my limited cultural experiences (lived in Asian for 5 years), parents don't tv's in a kids room. They usually have a hand held and a computer.

2) Sales are sales and when Nintendo makes money, we all win. We may want to see Wii U sales rise but at least the 3DS is kicking butt and funnelling money into Nintendo which the big N can used to help develop the Wii U in other regions. Companies move money from profitable areas to struggling areas all the time. As long as the 3DS is making money, the Wii U can get help.

3) Consoles are simply not as enjoyable in Japan and its a combination of the games available and cultural differences in living. Korean students, much like Japanese and Chinese students, study at school or are busy from 8am - 8pm and then they have homework! I taught at a Canadian/Korean International school for 3 years and I have never seen so many sleepy kids. The only free time these students have is when they are waiting for class, on the bus, on the train etc. The 3DS is perfect for gaming here!

4) At the end of the day, population sizes matter and the fact that Japan is its own region is astonishing to me. Europe has about 700 million people and USA/Can have about 375 million. Japan has about 125 million compared to those 2 larger areas. I think it's impressive when any game sells over a million in Japan. These sales are great but lets face it, Nintendo's success and failures rest far more on their NA and Eur sales. These numbers show a cultural preference for handhelds in one country, in one corner of the globe. These sales are great but its only one country.

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Nintendofan83 commented on Beautiful Limited Edition Super Smash Bros. 3D...:

I have no idea why anyone would want a regular 3DS or 3DS XL with so many outstanding limited edition handhelds on the market. I had a red 3DS for about a year and then I sold it so I could upgrade to the 3DS XL ALBW edition. I am very tempted to buy this one as well. Then I could have 2 amazing systems that could be used to play local multiplayer! Any ideas about price? The Zelda 3DS XL was $219.99 (in Canada) and came with a digital download for ALBW. That system sold very well so i'm hoping Nintendo keeps a similar price.

However, i'd trade in both these systems for one of those Yellow 3DS XL Pikachu system that came out a while back.

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#7

Nintendofan83 commented on Shovel Knight is Burying Sales Expectations:

I bought this game about a week ago and I am really enjoying it. Maybe I forgot how to play 8 bit games? But man….Shovel Knight is hard!!! I die all the time haha. I'll never be rich because of how much I die. I play about 1-2 levels a night.

I think the price is a bit high at $15 but I would still recommend it to anyone.

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#8

Nintendofan83 commented on Best Buy Gearing Up For Enticing Buy One Get O...:

@Tornadowing

Buy your gas over the border hehe. There is a Best Buy about 1 hour over the border so I may go and check it out but I'm only interested in Pokemon Y and a pro controller. I have the others already. Canada rarely, if ever, gets deals like this. I agree, games are always a bit more expensive over the border.

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#10

Nintendofan83 commented on Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU ...:

Nice to see an improvement but i'm starting to realize the Wii U is going to end up more like the Gamecube than the Wii. Like the Gamecube, the Wii U has underwhelming sales yet it can boast an impressive lineup of games both now and in the foreseeable future. GC had some unique titles that I still love like Mario Sunshine and Luigi's Mansion. The Wii U was a gamble by Nintendo and it hasn't panned out. The gamepad isn't attractive enough for casual gamers who find it clunky and there haven't been enough games that showcase the technical abilities of the gamepad. Mario Maker should have been release a long time go. As of now, the gamepad hurts more than helps (IMO). Also, marketing hasn't been impactful nor consistent. Most titles receive limited commercial exposure and the name confuses some people; specifically parents, who say "doesn't Jimmy already have something called Wii?". By the end of 2015, I think the Wii U will be around 15 million sales but Nintendo will be preparing for new hardware. Personally, I really enjoy my Wii U and I'm going to keep it. I think the Wii U will be very collectable in the future as a rarer system with solid games.

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#11

Nintendofan83 commented on Best Buy Gearing Up For Enticing Buy One Get O...:

FOR CANADIANS:

I called my local branch in Vancouver/Burnaby and they had no idea about the sale. I told them about the flyer and they said Best Buy is actually a different company in different countries and not all promo's carry over. The girl on the phone put me on hold to ask a few other people and no one had heard of the sale I was talking about. However, the lady on the phone went on to mention they have current sales on that end July 17th so it's entirely possible they aren't talking about the new sale until the old one (centred around the World Cup) ends in a few days. She recommended calling back on 19th or 20th. FINGERS CROSSED. I want a Pro controller, too

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#12

Nintendofan83 commented on Best Buy Gearing Up For Enticing Buy One Get O...:

Any confirmation on this coming to Canada? I need to know if i'm taking a day trip across the border not! =P. I think i'll pick up Tomodachi Life and either get Pokemon Y or ALBW because I got a digital copy of it with my Zelda 3ds XL but there is something about having the physical copy for a collection.

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#14

Nintendofan83 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto States There Are "A Few" Zeld...:

I have a feeling the announced Zelda Wii U game will be the only new, traditional style Zelda console game. WWHD is a remake and DW is a crossover game. They are both solid looking games but their arrival on the system makes me feel like Nintendo is going slow with Zelda Wii U and it's gonna be a late 2015, maybe early 2016 release and it will be the only new Zelda. Fans love Zelda but there are a lot of games out competing against each other now. There are 2 3DS games already and soon to be 2 Wii U games. A third 3DS title would give this current generation of consoles/handhelds 5 Zelda games prior to the main release of Zelda Wii U. Seems like a lot to me.

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Nintendofan83 commented on This Rather Neat "Mario White Edition" 3DS XL ...:

When someone buys it, plays it with NA games and takes screen shots of said games working on the system…..then and only then, will I consider it. I really like the design of this 3DS XL. I wish I could just buy the system without a bundle of games I don't want. Seriously considering this once more info is out.

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#17

Nintendofan83 commented on The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan:

N64 is where I finally fell in love with a game. A game i've played on 2 different systems since it's release. A game many argue as the best single video game of all time. Ocarina of Time….man…..before online cheats and walkthroughs…..waiting for my Nintendo Power monthly magazine to come so I could find everything. When I think of the N64, I always think of OoT. In terms of multiplayer, it was revolutionary with games like Mario 64, Wave Race, Diddy Kong Racing, Goldeneye and Mario Party (to name a few).

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#18

Nintendofan83 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Should Beware the Slip...:

This website has lots of ads and external links to trashy stories, but I still come here lol. There are articles on this website about wholesome NIntendo video games and celebrity smokers haha. Consumers, costumers, and readers can all easily get past the ads and external links because we enjoy the articles and the community that talks about said articles. Nintendo fans will laugh at the Benz for a moment and then move on. They will love playing all the other carts and will rarely think "hey, i'm gonna go buy a benz now". There is a slippery slope and thats when the DLC or advertising becomes intrusive to the games themselves. Someone earlier made a great point using Red Bull. If I HAVE to drink a red bull to beat a boss in a Mario game, then i'm done.

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#20

Nintendofan83 commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@Lobster I am a big fan of the Wii U but the gamepad (IMO) is not good enough to fully support the system and attract new people. 6+ million since launch in 2012 is pretty bad. We can say we "love" this and "love" that but Nintendo needs sales to justify making what we love. I use my gamepad a lot; especially for off TV play and netflix but most of my friends and my wife dislike it to play with. They prefer my themed wii remotes (M,L,P) and 95% of my guy friends in their 20's and 30's like the Wii U Pro Controller. Keep the gamepad because I think it's an amazing piece of tech. But Nintendo is ramming the gamepad down the gaming market and only loyal Nintendo fans are buying it. It's time to try something new to boost sales. Great games are coming but they aren't here yet. Including the Wii U Pro Controller in the bundles with the regular system could help attract more customers. They were willing to put a Mario Wii Remote in the MK8 bundle so why not try the Wii U Controller with Watch Dogs?

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#21

Nintendofan83 commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@Mahe I agree with your comment about the gamepad. Overall, it's not well received and I'm starting to see a trend with your "average" gamer and their dislike of the gamepad. I have 2 friends (30 and younger) who were pumped to come over and play Mario Kart 8. While here, both complained about the gamepad as the primary option with the Wii U and it barely helps etc. I have 4 extra controllers so my friends can chose what they want. What about new fans/costumers? The gamepad looks clumpy, is awkward to hold and they don't fully "get" how to incorporate it into games. I don't think they would ever do it, but Nintendo should have the Wii U Pro Controller included in its bundle IMO. The gamepad really falls through as a primary game controller. As an entertainment platform control (netflix, you tube, Skype, games etc), it's outstanding. Including a proper future generation controller would hook more people from across gaming lines (sony/xbox people) and younger kids because no one under 15 can actually hold the gamepad.

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#22

Nintendofan83 commented on Mario Kart 8 and Tomodachi Life Hold Firm in U...:

I only care about consoles to be honest. Software sales are important but I want to know how many new Wii U's are in the world because I want to see back sales of SMW3D, DKTF, Pikmin 3 etc. How many new pre-orders can they take for SSBU now? I want to know all the info about console sales in worldwide and by region. Where can I find that out?

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#23

Nintendofan83 commented on Developers Weigh In On The Way Forward For Wii U:

@LEGENDnoONE How can you say you watched all of E3 and not even mention Splatoon? That's a brilliant new IP that is looking very fun and colourful lol. Project S.T.E.A.M. is also generating a nice buzz, too. Mario Golf just came out on 3DS and is doing well (with DLC sales, too.) and Child of Light has been very successful in the eShop. That's a solid game to attract potential developers. I think the last point is merely about a culture and business philosophy not mixing with our own. Nintendo is a Japanese based company that has always been mysterious. It shouldn't be a shocker that Western companies/developers need to initiate the contact with NIntendo. There is also a veil of confidence that they can be successful independently because of their main line up of games. The Wii U is getting a lot of depth for is library after this E3 presentation. Sure, a lot of the games are for 2015 but if you step back and look at 2014 as a whole, the Wii U actually got DKTF, MK8, HW, B2, and SSBU. That's an incredible line up of games. 2015 will carry the momentum of a successful 2014 for NIntendo. Personally, I'm a little concerned for the 3DS and 2DS systems. I didn't really see much that excited me outside of SSB3DS. Tomodachi Life isn't my thing. 2014 will still have enough quality games but what is coming up late in 2014 and 2015?

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#24

Nintendofan83 commented on Nintendo's McDonald's Toys Are Rather Popular ...:

I'm shocked at a few things. 1) Why aren't these amazing toys in the US or Canada? We had things like this growing up and people flocked to them. 2) I'm surprised these are so popular in South Korea. Traditionally, Playstation and PC games rule supreme in South Korea (I lived there for 5 years so I'm not speaking out my $%#). 3) They may be cute, but are they actually good quality toys? Can't imagine so….line ups? Wow! The Big N is on fire!

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#25

Nintendofan83 commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3?:

@Peach64 You are a great barometer of how successful a Nintendo product is lol. You're a tough critic but I respect and understand that. I also bet you own a crap load of Nintendo stuff and have been a loyal fan for years. I don't stray away from the original IP's much but I'm quite excited for Splatoon and the fact it finished second to only Zelda in the specific game announcement vote has me convinced that the Wii U's best days are ahead. People will always buy the original IP's but profits will be dictated by these new IP's and I hope both are successful. The Zelda trailer hurt me. Just hurt me. Can't stop thinking about it lol. Microsoft and Sony also did well and if I was in the market for a second console, I would have to really do my research because both showed great stuff this year. Overall, E3 was mint.

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#27

Nintendofan83 commented on Persona Q Gives 3DS a Boost in Japan, Wii U Ta...:

Just remember the NPD numbers will be for 2 days. You'll have to wait until mid-July to see how Mario Kart has done this month. The NPD numbers will look sexy because of the pre-orders, day 1 sales etc. I'm really interested in the enitre month of June.

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#28

Nintendofan83 commented on Persona Q Gives 3DS a Boost in Japan, Wii U Ta...:

I could care less about sales. I love my Wii U and the games announced at E3 or before it look great. I will enjoy it and continue to buy a lot of games. Nintendo developed a great console but it lacks mass-marketability and the gamepad isn't for everyone. This feels like a GCN era to me. Low sales, incredible games and an extremely loyal fan base that will treasure the games for a long time to come. Over the past tweny years, we've seen Nintendo go through peaks and valleys and this is no different today. N64 was a monster, GCN failed commerically, Wii smashed all the records, Wii U is struggling....my guess is the next console will get the big N back on the horse.

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#29

Nintendofan83 commented on Final Fantasy Explorers Announced for 3DS:

Ever since Final Fantasy for NES, I've been hooked! I really like the idea of multiplayer but I wonder if its online multiplayer or in the same room multiplayer? If it's online, that will blow my mind. You could make friends/groups kinda like in World of Warcraft (guilds that go on quests together, raid together etc). I sure hope it comes to the West!

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#30

Nintendofan83 commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Life's E3 Reaction - Live!:

That's true. I suppose $400 bucks a year isn't that bad when it's spaced out. The Wii U is my first console in quite a while so when I bought it, I naturally bought extra controllers, accessories, games etc. I got them in a short span of time so it seemed to build up. I've had a 3DS for years and take it everywhere.

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#32

Nintendofan83 commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Life's E3 Reaction - Live!:

Anybody having a hard time hearing the guys? Are they using mics or just gonna shooting the breeze?

I've said the same thing on a few posts. Overall, I am very excited about the games I saw. The Zelda trailer alone blew me away! I'm happy with the quality of games on the way. I'm just disappointed that many of the games shown are slated for a 2015 release and could very well be pushed to 2016. Nintendo needs momentum right now and they finally got it with MK8. I'm not sure Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2 will keep that up until we get to the holiday season in 2014. Time will tell.

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Nintendofan83 commented on E3 2014: Mario Party 10 Subtly Announced for W...:

I understand Hyrule Warrios and Bayonetta have strong name value, but i'm not convinced they can help sell systems the way Nintendo needs. Overall, I thought the quality of the games shown in the Nintendo Direct were excellent. The HD looked solid and that brief Zelda trailor was stunning. HOWEVER, and I think this is a big HOWEVER, Nintendo is squandering the momentum of Mario Kart 8. Too many of the big titles they showed are being released in 2015. I think that is too late. PS4 and XBone could steal that momentum away and have a stronger lineup of games by the time all of these games release. Currently, Wii U has better games but for how much longer? I am very excited for these games and will probably buy several of them. But looking at this objectively, Nintendo finally had people focused on the 'here and now' and they blew it showing amazing games we can't own for a year or more. Nintendo better hope Wii U sales are strong in June because I can't see them moving many more consoles for about half a year after that. Disappointing Big N.

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#39

Nintendofan83 commented on Mario Kart 8 Stays Second in UK as Tomodachi L...:

@Hotfusion

Where in my comments did I say that PS3 and Xbox 360 versions sold better? I'm not sure where you are pulling that from.

"If the PS4 and XBone are so awesome, why are people buying Watch Dogs on older systems? Watch Dogs was supposed to be a system seller like MK8 and its not getting the job done."

This end part is what my comment was focused on. Why are so many people buying Watch Dogs for older systems when newer (supposedly better) consoles are available? The fact that MK8 is still high on the charts despite having less consoles is something to be happy about. I don't need to convince myself anything there. MK8 on 7 million consoles is completing well against Watch Dogs on consoles (PS3, XBone) that far out number the Wii U.

Still not sure how this makes my comment nonsense and deliberate misinformation.

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#40

Nintendofan83 commented on Mario Kart 8 Stays Second in UK as Tomodachi L...:

I agree with Spooney_Tech's comments about attach rate. The Xbox 360 has 10's of millions of consoles where as there are less than 7 million Wii U's. The fact MK8 is still so high shows the game is really doing well. All these charts tell me is people are not completely sold on PS4 and XBone. They don't have enough quality games and there looks to be a drought this year, too. Nintendo is in the middle of a wave of AAA titles (SM3DW, DKTF, MK8, SSMBU etc) and thats why their titles are doing well in comparison. If the PS4 and XBone are so awesome, why are people buying Watch Dogs on older systems? Watch Dogs was supposed to be a system seller like MK8 and its not getting the job done. Sony and Microsoft have to be disappointed to see their old gen consoles are doing better.

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#41

Nintendofan83 commented on Mario Kart 8 and the Wii U Take Top Spots in J...:

Another issue for the Wii U has been the lack of advertising by both Nintendo and major retailers like Gamestop, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Amazon etc. Playstation advertises everywhere; on buses, billboards, non-gaming stores, malls, and websites to name a few examples.They are even willing to pay top dollar for TV time. In Canada, there is no bigger time slot than the hockey playoffs and for weeks i've seen commerical after commerical for Watch Dogs. Where the $)%# is Nintendo's advertising? I almost never see anything from them. Their displays in stores are really poor. When I was a kid, I remember there being a life-sized cardboard cut out of Link for Ocarina of Time. I remember taking a picture next to it with my copy of the game. Now, I go into Gamestop and Nintendo is always stuffed in the corner of the room with the smallest display, the least demos and the least advertising. I rarely see Nintendo advertise on TV. It's almost as if Nintendo went into a shell for a few years and were "resting on their laurels" and past successes. Well, 2012 and 2013 sucked for Nintendo and they finally started to realize they need to have more of a media footprint to appeal to a larger base of potential customers. Nintendo should dominate advertising in places like Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, and other places frequented by familes. However, I rarely see anything. The Club Nintendo promo, and the MK8 bundle were the most I've seen from Nintendo in years in terms of advertising, promos and giving their fans what they crave. They simply can't rely on people finding their website or waiting for E3. How many casual fans even know E3? Nintendo needs to ramp up the advertising in all formats and areas. 2014 could have been massive for them with DKTF, MK8 and SSB but it's summer time and Nintendo is just getting their momenteum going. There should have been a nonstop media/adverising blitz since SM3DW to say "Hey! We know the Wii U is struggling so we are going to roll out a huge line up of AAA games for you".

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Nintendofan83 commented on Mario Kart 8 and the Wii U Take Top Spots in J...:

Hey everyone! I've been following Nintendolife for about 1 year but I haven't created a profile and joined any forums until now. I love reading the comments and following the debates. I'm a massive Nintendo fan and have been since my dad bought me an NES in 1989 (just dated myself =P). I wanted to talk a little about the Wii U sales from Japan.

I live in British Columbia, Canada but I previously lived in South Korea for 5 years with my wife and son. I am not surprised that the console sales in Japan are low and I don't think we should be focusing on the specific numbers but rather the percentage of growth. Many Japanese people (not all) live with extended families in smaller apartments. The realestate in that country is just crazy and most families need to pool their money together (grandparents, parents etc) to buy a nice place to live. Many of the apartments lack a larger family room where a massive TV can be displayed and a console can be hooked up. Instead, many members of the family enjoy free time in their rooms where they often don't have a tv. Moreover, older family members tend to dominate the TV viewing and it's not culturally appropriate to ask your grandma to turn off her daily soaps so you can bash stuff in a Mario game. Hence handhelds being so popular for younger kids. If you add in the fact many Japanese people commute a long way to work (3ds LL is popular for this) and that many of the most popular titles (Animal Crossing, Yoki-Watch, Pokemon) are only on handhelds and its pretty easy to see why consoles struggle in Japan from a cultural perspective. If you look at the 100% growth in console sales, you will actually see that MK8 is soooooo good, people are feeling compelled to buy it despite some of the issues I outlines above. South Korea is very similiar and consoles don't do as well there, either. I have some Korean friends who have a 3DS, 3DS XL and a Vita....all instead of forking out huge money for a PS4.

Japan is a great way to get excited about sales but it should not be used to make a sweeping judgement of the success or failure of MK8 and the Wii U. It's like comparing apples and oranges IMO. Let's wait for the NA and European numbers where traditional console sales are much higher. Add in the fact that NA and Europe had the MK8 bundle and the Club Nintendo promo, and I expect we are going to see much higher numbers. I bet we see Wii U sales in the hundred thousands for NA alone where stores here in Canada advertised MK8 hardcore and sold a lot. My local game shop sold over 100 copies of MK8 in the first few hours and completely sold out by Sunday afternoon. They also claimed to have sold double digit bundles and this is one Gamestop out of 40 in the Vancouver area. Good days ahead for the Wii U me thinks. Rant over!