By Olgasupersagitta. Saturday, January 30, 2010 11:19:40 AM
If you visit Nintendos' media brief
, and you should because it' pretty fun. You will find out that since the Wii launched in 2006, Nintendo sold over 67 million machines - going over the 61.91 lifetime units put in place by the NES.
The DS, with its handful of different shapes and styles has now officially sold 125.13 units. Thats a big number, a bigger number than the 118.69 number the Gameboy/pocket/color sales. The biggest Nintendo hardware numbers.
Seriously visit the briefing video, it's half an hour and fully interesting, with graphs and accents!-Olga, Writer
By Joel Lutherlutherjw. Wednesday, January 6, 2010 9:15:37 PM
It's no understatement to say that when Nintendo president Satoru Iwata speaks, gamers everywhere listen. Why? Because you just never know when he's going to announce a release window for the next console version of Zelda or some details on the next Nintendo handheld. Such is the case today, as Iwata revealed all that and more to a Japanese publication.
Speaking to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, Mr. Iwata revealed that the next installment of The Legend of Zelda
would be releasing in 2010, though he did not specify which regions. With confirmed releases of Mario, Metroid, and Zelda, 2010 is shaping up to be a great year in the Nintendo world.
Iwata also let slip that Nintendo's next handheld gaming system would feature motion controls, a 1024 x 768 screen, and might utilize Kindle-like technology, allowing players to always be connected to the Internet without paying a monthly fee.
Further, Iwata stated his company's plans to provide more information about the Wii Vitality Sensor at a press conference in July, which we can only assume to mean E3.
We'll be sure to keep you updated.
By SpookSpook81. Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:39:18 PM
It doesn't exactly take a genius to realize that New Super Mario Bros. Wii will be a hit... but apparently it does take a savvy market analyst to predict its supremacy and get people stirred up about it. According to Jesse Divnich at Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, Nintendo's upcoming (and greatly anticipated) title will be the greatest hit of the year and will outsell the competition, including Activition's X-Box 360 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by the end of the year.
He also predicts that, although the PS3 outsold the Wii during September, October will see a turn of events and the Wii will be on top again.(UPDATE: He was right on this one... NPD confirmed
) He also expects the Wii to retain supremacy during November and December as well.
However, he does expect the PS3 to be the only console to show gains during October in comparison to the past year, thanks to the PS3 slim (which I'm not so sure if that's fair, taking into account it's not exactly the same console...it's like taking the DS and DSi as the same console; that would make the numbers shockingly high
By SpookSpook81. Monday, November 2, 2009 5:24:04 PM
No surprise here: Wii Sports Resort has sold a lot of copies. In great contrast with past declarations
of bad Wii sales and lowering earnings forecast for the company, Nintendo has informed investors it's top selling software, confirming that Wii Sports Resort has sold nearly 7 million copies to date, and the original Wii Sports nearing the 51-million-copies mark.
Following those games, Wii Fit stands at 22.5 million copies sold, Mario Kart Wii at 18.4 million, Wii Play 24.4 million, and Wii Fit Plus 2.13 million.
On the DS front, New Super Mario Bros. (with a long-awaited Wii 'sequel' coming up this month) is nearing 20 million copies sold. Mario Kart DS sales have hit 16.1 million, Tomodachi Collection 1.45 million and Professor Layton and Pandora's Box is at 1.26 million.
By SpookSpook81. Friday, October 30, 2009 2:01:05 PM
It's a harsh world out there, right now... Especially if you're a videogame company such as Nintendo. Although sales did go up with the recent price cut, the measure didn't boost sales enough to reach past levels (which is a bad thing as a specific, but in general Nintendo did manage to rake in billions in profit). But don't take it from me, take it from THE MAN himself.
Wii has stalled. We were unable to continually release strong software, and let the nice mood cool. We were unable to show a new game to become 'the next thing.' In the game market, once you’ve lost the momentum, it takes time to recover. - Satoru Iwata
So, Nintendo's president blames the lack of good software (and would you rebate that?) and has stated that while sales went up with the price cut, it wasn't enough to recover from the low ones from the first half of the year. But he has hope: he expects to sell 20 million consoles by March 2010 (maybe with Wii 2
By SpookSpook81. Thursday, October 15, 2009 3:56:47 PM
This is a rumor that has been around for a few days now, but yesterday it became a very much discussed topic on the net, the rumor: there is a DSi successor already in the works, and it will be released by the end of 2010 (that's next year, folks!).
Nintendo, according to the 'anonymous sources' quoted on BSN's report
, is already working on the next DS handheld console and is planning to release it by the end of next year (probably just in time for the Holiday rush).
To fuel the rumor even more, there's also talk about nVidia's newly announced next generation of their single-chip solution, Tegra (available early 2010) will be the processor of choice for Nintendo's new baby. This came in as a result of nVidia's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang's bold remarks that Tegra would account for 50% of their revenues in the next few years. nVidia and Nintendo partnered up last March to allow Wii developers to have access to nVidia's PhysX SDK, so the possibility of a new partnership is not so out of place. And the cherry on top is the rumor that, should the next DS use Tegra, it would be DS compatible. (pictured DS is a fan concept)
By SpookSpook81. Saturday, October 10, 2009 6:51:34 PM
The Console Wars are still raging and the latest attempt to win them has been to cut their prices. First, it was the PS3 and XBox 360 that made the move (following the expectation of the new PS3 Slim), and when the bomb hit, the Wii finally announced its own price cut. On the handheld side, the PSP did the same following the release of the PSPGo, as did the DS Lite after DSi way back when. Now, the numbers are out (at least in Japan):
Although the price cut did increase sales a little for the Wii, it didn't manage to beat PS3 sales in the region. Some say it's because the PS3 also had Ninja Gaiden released this week, some say it's because the PS3 Slim just has a good thing going on right now. Whatever the reason, the Wii is still behind in Japanese regional sales.
On the handheld front, the PSP 3000 is slumping ever further, not being able to trump the DSi even after the price cut and the fact that it is now cheaper than Nintendo's handheld revision.
Here's the list of sales for this week (previous weeks numbers in parenthesis):
* DSi: 53,293 (63,342)
* PSP: 51,215 (17,334)
* PS3: 37,538 (39,960)
* Wii: 35,392 (11,731)
* DS Lite: 10,661 (15,057)
* X360: 4,244 (4,854)
* PS2: 2,179 (2,347)
By SpookSpook81. Wednesday, October 7, 2009 1:17:05 PM
At least for BusinessWeek. Even though the Wii's seen a very steep decline in sales (now, it seems, picking up again following the long-awaited, very-much-needed price drop), the DS/DSi's lead on the market being shorter every month with the PSP very close and the iPod/iPhone empire growing stronger every day, Nintendo has managed to stay afloat. And BusinessWeek acknowledges it by naming Nintendo this year's World's Best Company.
Sure, Nintendo started off the year with a more than 50% drop in revenue, but arguing with more than two and a half BILLION dollars in revenue is really hard. And even though Wii sales are down, it still maintains the lead by a very considerable ammount on the world's console market.
With visionary leadership and a three-tiered product development process that brings together top management, development staff, and marketing and administrative teams, the Japanese game maker been able to create new hardware without sticking to conventional notions in the video game industry. - BusinessWeek
The ranking is set by consulting firm, A.T. Kerney, who went through the 2,500 largest, publicly-traded companies looking for the best earnings and generated value while also maintaining leadership outside of their home territory. In case you were wondering, Google came in second, Apple in third, Doosan Heavy Industries in fourth, and Hyundai Heavy Industries in fifth.
By Joel Lutherlutherjw. Thursday, September 24, 2009 8:26:36 PM
Let's see: we had a Toys 'R Us ad and Nintendo denied it; a Wal-Mart ad and Nintendo denied it; a Target ad and Nintendo denied it; a Best Buy ad and Nintendo denied it; an internal Best Buy memo and Nintendo denied it; and then yesterday, a Sony rep mentioned it in a conference, and Nintendo denied it.
Guess what? Nintendo is dropping the price of the Wii to $199 in America, effective September 27.
Hit the jump for the official press release.
By SpookSpook81. Monday, September 21, 2009 8:18:32 PM
That is one bold affirmation, Mr. Wada; so bold, we hope it's true (and preferably a little sooner than that). Square Enix Presiden, Yoichi Wada, has said that he expects Nintendo to release a new Wii by 2011, with features resembling those of the PS3 or XBox 360 (high-def graphics, HD Video playability, and network and multimedia features) and might even come with a new kind of controller (let's hope its not the Vitality sensor).
Mr. Wada's statements do not end there...Oh, no! He goes on to claim that Sony's and Microsoft's upcoming motion-sensing technologies will have little to no impact at all on their sales, claiming that their systems are already well targeted and unless a great deal of good motion-sensing games come out from day one, the new controllers will be more of gimmicks than actual controllers (ouch!). He also notes that actually developing motion-sensing games is quite a difficult task.
Present game machines already have a lot of functions: they are a network terminal, a Blu-ray or DVD player, and a gaming machine. Compared to these three pillars, the [new motion] controllers are quite limited, so the impact may be small. They are an extension of the gaming function.
But he does have a motion-sensing technology of choice: Microsoft's Project Natal. Wada even goes on to say that this will become the standard for the industry in the near future. Maybe he has a crystal ball or something...
By Joel Lutherlutherjw. Monday, September 14, 2009 8:17:04 PM
Late last week, noted gaming website Kotaku claimed they had seen a Wal-Mart advertisement for the first week of October that claimed a Wii price "Rollback" was on the way. We had no reason to doubt Kotaku's report, but, we didn't have any reason to believe it either. No pictures of the actual ad were available to back up the report, and Nintendo simply responded with their standard "rumors and speculation" line.
Today, however, we're much more inclined to believe their report. A Toys R Us circular from September 27 has been leaked online (through Kotaku, no less) that seems to confirm that the Wii will drop to only $199 at the end of this month. The fact that multiple retailers apparently have the price in their databases, and the fact that we have a picture of the ad
pretty much confirms the price cut, though Nintendo is insistent that this is just more "rumors and speculation." Sure.
This cut should put the Wii back in competition with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, both of which recently dropped to $299.
By SpookSpook81. Friday, September 11, 2009 8:52:17 PM
The ugly truth: The PS3 slim launch in Japan was a success. A huge one. And Nintendo is taking the toll, seeing the Wii fall down to the fourth position, below the PS3 Slim, their own DSi, and the PSP.
What do you think? Will this trend continue? Is it just the 'novelty' of a thinner PS3? Or does Nintendo REALLY have something to worry about? Let us hear (or rather read) your thoughts. In the meantime, this week's numbers after the break.
By SpookSpook81. Friday, September 11, 2009 3:31:06 PM
It's that time of the month, and NPD numbers are out. EA's not happy. Just a few days ago we let you know how EA was going to decide on their mature-game line's future based upon sales
, and now, such a statement seems to be gaining reason. According to NPD's August figures, EA's Madden 10 and G.I. Joe (even though the second one was no surprise) have flopped on the Wii.
First, it's the Madden 10 story, a game that was supposedly (and finally) built from the ground up for the Wii in an attempt to improve sales. Such a move, apparently, did not work and actually backfired. While the game is enjoying a relative bonanza on other consoles (XBox 360 being the 'winner' with nearly 930K units sold), the game has pretty much flopped on the Wii, selling only 67,000 copies, losing even to the PS2's 160,000 units. EA has called these numbers "discouraging".
G.I. Joe, on the other hand, flopped for a whole different set of reasons: it was a bad game, period. The game not only flopped on the Wii, but also in every other console with each version not reaching even 35,000 copies out of the shelves.
EA's facing rough times and decissions with the Wii... too bad not all of their games can enjoy the sales of Sports Active
By SpookSpook81. Tuesday, September 8, 2009 9:35:34 PM
The H1N1 virus, commonly (and wrongly) known as "the swine flu", being all the rage nowadays in the medical circles has been driving the world insane, taking us all by surprise. It has been responsible for countless losses due to canceled flights, cruise ships, events, and expos. This time, it hit attendees at PAX 2009: Reps confirmed a 'swine flu' case among one of the attendees.
The confirmation came from a game-developer from Boston who informed PAX officials about the viral contraction at the event. The expo organizers promptly informed the health authorities of the event and have begun urging any of the 60,000+ attendees to see a doctor immediately if they show any symptoms.
Just heard of our first test-confirmed swine flu case at the show. PLEASE if you feel symptoms (fever, etc) go to the doctor. - PAX Twitter account
This is the real thing. If you get this number of people together in this close a proximity it is the perfect storm for these kind of wild fire virus spreads. We just want to make sure everyone is informed. - PAX's Robert Khoo
By SpookSpook81. Friday, September 4, 2009 2:30:30 PM
Mature games on the Wii; always a sore topic. For some, the games are excellent (and so far, most of them are!), but for some others, the Wii is just NOT the home for such games...and sales, unfortunately, seem to give reason to the latter group. Electronic Arts, therefore, has set their 'mature games for Wii' fate to the upcoming "Dead Space: Extraction" performance in sales.
According to Dr. Jens Uwe Intat, Electronic Arts' European VP, most Wii owners also possess an XBox 360 or PS3, and that tendencies show that adult-themed games are preferred to be played on Microsoft's or Sony's consoles. They are giving six months to determine if sales for this game warrant future development on Nintendo's console (after all, they can still develop Golf and Fitness games to rake in the dough).
One of the explanations we have is that there's a lot of double ownership. So people having a Wii and a 360 and/or PS3. They're really playing different types of games on those two machines, and historically up to know we assume those people will have played the more mature content on the more high-tech machine. Dead Space: Extraction is going to be a very nice test of that hypothesis, because we're really building a game where the Wii version is very different to the Dead Space game on 360 and PS3, and we'll actually see whether we can reach more people with a) a great game and b) interesting content. If that's not going to work, then obviously the whole proposal from our point of view at least of more mature games on the Wii just does not work.