Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer has now rolled out around the world, attempting to charm all-comers and to tempt them into buying amiibo cards. The spin-off entry appears to have made a reasonable debut in the UK charts, too, following the fairly impressive sales numbers that have been developing in Japan.
Happy Home Designer has secured 6th place on its first week in the all-format chart, and 7th in the single format results. A number of big hitters such as FIFA 16 and new arrival LEGO Dimensions are above it, though it's a reasonable first week for the 3DS title.
LEGO Dimensions took second place in the all-format results and outperformed the launches of Skylanders SuperChargers and Disney Infinity 3.0; disappointingly the Wii U version performed the worst out of all platforms, coming behind Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360. The Wii U was the second-best performer when SuperChargers launched, but clearly didn't have the same impact on the new toys-to-life IP from LEGO. We'll have a review of the Dimensions Wii U version with you soon.
Super Mario Maker, meanwhile, continues to show decent momentum by coming in 15th place in the all-format (13th single format), which is a small drop from last week. Mario Kart 8 also squeezes into 40th spot in the all-format results.
A decent week for Nintendo overall, though the low marketshare of the latest LEGO title in the UK will be a disappointment.
I thought this game was download only. An now it's in UK's TOP 10 list.
my girl is currently enjoying happy home designer...
doesn't seem like much of a game though, more like some sort of virtual dollhouse with very lax rules and minimal requirements to designing a home. more of a toy than a game, like how minecraft is more of a toy than a game.
"disappointingly the Wii U version performed the worst out of all platforms, coming behind Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360"
2 words - install base
Though admittedly I don't know the Wii U install base in the UK compared to the other 4, but if I had to bet I'd bet last place.
And Skylanders was 2nd on Wii U b/c Donkey Kong. If there was an exclusive Mushroom Kingdom level in Lego D I'm sure the Wii U would have done better there as well. I don't play Minecraft but a "Mushroom Kingdom" game like Lego Worlds or DQ Builders would be day 1, even if it was amiibo depend like ACaF. And even if it was K'nex instead of Lego. Early Paper Mario games are some of my favorite, just turn the 2D paper into 3D cubes. Voila.
Congrats to AC:HHD. And Pokemon Shuffle. And Pokemon Rumble World. And AC:aF. And Puzzle & Dragon's Mario edition. And Nintod's upcoming DeNA game.
Meanwhile Zelda U is no where to be seen.
Anybody else sensing a trend?
@Luffymcduck It got a physical release just like every other major Nintendo release.
@khaosklub in other words, it remains true to the core series?
@Salnax Even the main series has metrics by which the player's sense of decorating can be rated, this is completely absent in Happy Home Designer.
the trend being that Zelda Wii U requires more people and more time than all those games combined. Zelda Wii U is coming, but so will many other smaller titles.
AC:HHD really defy all expectation, huh? I think it's a game that core fans don't care about, but apparently is able to find a reasonable success. Anyway, at least we can find Nintendo present in UK chart and that's a good thing.
So people really buy everything if you slap the right IP on it. Interesting.
Yeah, release something like this for smartphones Ninty and I'll buy the game and all those amiibo cards. I promise.
It's okay and has a certain charm for a couple of hours, but still can't help feeling that it's primarily a vehicle to sell all those amiibo cards, which will after all, be more profitable than the game itself. The game doesn't even really need them. Think I'll be selling it on.
Launching all of these toy-based games at the same time is a rather puzzling and perhaps a really stupid move as most customers would probably only be able to afford to invest in one of them. Even HHD could be considered a toys-to-life game considering its implementation of the unfortunately expensive amiibo cards.
My partner loves the game, but she likes no challenge. Certainly fills a whole for a certain market.
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