By seaempty. Wednesday, July 25, 2007 10:18:25 AM
Nintendo have released their financial figures for the first quarter of the financial year. The figures have been very positive, and as a result Nintendo have had to change their forecasts for the rest of the year.
Consolidated financial results for April-June 2007 in millions of yen:
The above figures means that the following revisions have been made to Nintendo's forecasts:
In addition to these impressive stats, it was confirmed that worldwide sales of Wii hardware reached 9.27 million units at the end of June 2007, and sales of Nintendo DS hardware reached 47.27 million worldwide at the end of June 2007.
- The forecast for Wii hardware shipments increases to 16.5 million from a previous forecast of 14 million, while Wii software increases to 72 million from a previous forecast of 55 million.
- The forecast for Nintendo DS hardware shipments increases to 26 million from a previous forecast of 22 million, while Nintendo DS software increases to 140 million from a previous forecast of 130 million.
All this leads me to believe that Reggie is even happier now.
By Joel Lutherlutherjw. Tuesday, July 24, 2007 1:49:38 AM
NPD has released it's sales figures for June 2007, and as we expected, Nintendo is still on top. Total software sales are up 31%, while console hardware sales rose 69% and portable hardware sales dropped by 6%.
DS was once again the top-selling system, with Wii closely following. PS3 was still last - maybe the $100 price drop will help them for July. Too little too late, in my opinion.
Nintendo DS: 561.9K
Nintendo Wii: 381.8K
Sony PSP: 290.1K
Sony PlayStation 2: 270.7K
Microsoft Xbox 360: 198.4K
Sony PlayStation 3: 98.5K
Nintendo had a strong presence in software sales as well, with Mario Party 8 leading the pack. Wii and DS accounted for a total of 9 of the top 20 games for the month of June.
1. Mario Party 8 (Wii) - 426,600
2. Wii Play w/ Remote (Wii) - 293,200
3. Pokémon Diamond (DS) - 288,400
4. Pokémon Pearl (DS) - 214,700
5. Forza Motorsport 2 (Xbox 360) - 197,400
6. Guitar Hero II w/ Guitar (PS2) - 197,350
7. Guitar Hero II w/Guitar (Xbox 360) - 177,600
8. Pokémon Battle Revolution (Wii) - 157,900
9. Resident Evil 4 (Wii)
10. The Darkness (Xbox 360)
11. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 (PS2)
12. Transformers: The Game (PS2)
13. Tenchu Z (Xbox 360)
14. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
15. Tomb Raider: Anniversary (PS2)
16. Super Paper Mario (Wii)
17. Transformers: The Game (Xbox 360)
18. MLB '07: The Show (PS2)
19. Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (Wii)
20. Dirt (Xbox 360)
By .edDotEd. Monday, July 23, 2007 2:52:10 PM
What's in a name?With Nintendo reportedly paying a hefty sum for wii.com, Apple licensing out i[your product name here], Colin McCrae's latest racing game being called DIRT: Colin McCrae Rally in the US (because his name is less recognizable than dirt here?) and Colin McCrae: DIRT everywhere else, and recent rumors that the Game Boy line may not see another system, I decided to explore the latter on a level not often focused on: consistancy.
'Game Boy' has, over the past two decades, been the quintessential term for portable gaming. Having worked a few years in gaming retail, I was privy to those marketing materials Nintendo sent out monthly to remind the world we're all spelling Game Boy Advance wrong. Similar to this digital document on the correct usage of the Wii logo I got at E3 last year (in a press kit).
It's not just Game Boy anymore[/IMG]
Game Boy Advanced
Game Boy Advance Correct!
The Game Boy line has sold a million gizjillion systems to the hands of every human on earth, even dead people and still-soggy babies, also aliens and some apes. But Nintendo has recently mentioned some hard to swallow phrases like how there is a slim chance the Game Boy brand will see another system. Looking at this sales chart below, it's easy to see why they feel the need to focus on what's working.Nintendo system sales compared over the past few years in the US. Note how important holiday seasons are.
Supporting both GBA and DS from a supply side, marketing, and from a software support and publishing perspective Nintendo would be dividing their resources. Subsequently, splitting their fanbase and lowering potential DS sales. Nintendo DS enjoys a commanding lead as the number 1 video game system overall, releasing another Game Boy system (as much as it would please myself and some other die-hard fans) would only take some sales away from DS.
If we look at the way people search for Game Boy Advance worldwide, we can see there is a problem.There are many different ways to search for Game Boy Advance.
Nintendo (like any other company) goes to great lengths to ensure people call their device by the proper name. Consistancy in branding helps to make the user experience a standard from store to store, so the company can rely on certain constants existing at the point of sale and focus on much more important aspects of mass market production. With certain controls in place, the consumer can begin to form a database of information on a product that gels with what they expect to see, and can spread the information effectively to others. Knowing this also makes certain aspects of reporting easier. We can rely on these constants to help draw these somewhat clear trends in the Game Boy line. I say somewhat because despite the effort made, years in the market, and popularity, when you have a system that has sold more than 45,000,000,001 systems (see: Look Around You - Maths), you're going to lose out to the inconsistancies that arise from major mass market appeal.
This last chart shows the steady increase of Nintendo DS related news is proportionally inverse to the steady decline of people searching for the most popular term for the Game Boy Advance over the same period of time, that term taken from the chart above: GBA.The purple 'nintendo ds' line was added to show the second most popular search term for Nintendo DS, other than just 'DS.'
So as we dry our eyes and wish the Game Boy line many "Special Editions" in future Nintendo related design (see: Famicon Game Boy micro for Famicom legacy proof, and NES GBA SP), we can at least be sure that Nintendo is riding the larger wave to success, and further, our personal entertainment and pocket dollars should have their fate spelled out as long as the Big N continues to prove why they're back on top. Just as 'playing Nintendo' was the term for playing anything back in the day, I think people will continue to say 'Eddie dropped his Game Boy in the toilet' even if it's a DS, NeoGeo Pocket Color, or god help me a PSP, for years to come.
No, I've never dropped anything in a toilet... *looks at Neeecole*
By AntonCaptainSeagull. Friday, July 20, 2007 5:46:15 PM
Take2's Press Release
confirms that not only Bully, but Table Tennis will also make it's jump to Wii. Sure, this is just another one of the millions of ports that get thrown to the Wii, but it should be a perfect port right? I mean WiiSports tennis was fantastic and the Miis moved for you. I can't wait to get my hands on this port, somthing I very rarely want. Here is some release info for the press:
Rockstar Games is proud to announce that Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis will be making its way to the Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo this Fall.
Developed by Rockstar Leeds in collaboration with Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is the perfect Wii gaming experience. Feel the unmatched speed and intensity of the real-life sport with an authentic physics engine and intuitive gameplay that mimics the exhilarating experience found in international competition.
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis made its debut in May 2006 on Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and was met with huge critical acclaim, winning Gamespot's "Best Sports Title" at E3 2006.
"Ever since we released Table Tennis, fans have been asking us to create a Wii version," said Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. "By bringing Table Tennis to the Wii and utilizing the motion-sensitive Wii Remote™, a new audience can now experience a game that is beautifully designed and impossible to put down."
Addictive, fast-paced and above all fun, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis is guaranteed to be the must have title for all Wii owners.
- How do you guys feel about this game? was it the awesome on 360? was it the lame? will it go from the lame to the awesome? or will it go from the awesome to the lame?
By seaempty. Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:49:40 AM
In an interview with MCV, Chris Lewis, regional vice president of the EMEA home and entertainment division, has spoken of Microsoft's plan to appeal to more casual-based gamers. Apparently this in vital in taking the Xbox 360 to "the next level".
Our drive is to appeal to a wider genre with more casual types of gaming. Clearly we need to continue toward more casual-based gaming experiences, and more peripheral-based gaming experiences in front of the screen.
More details are set to be released at E3, and I think that it's not surprising that this direction is being adopted, due to the success of the Wii and DS.
Lewis continues to describe how they intend to attract the casual gamer, and this includes increasing support for their camera peripheral, and expanding the range of titles that appeal to a wider demographic. He even hints that a controller that "apes" the Wii Remote's motion-sensing capabilites.
He finishes by stating that although he feels that Microsoft and Nintendo co-exist very well, but that won't stop them trying to pinch some of Nintendo's increasing market share.
I personally feel that they'll struggle attracting the casual gamer. For me, the Xbox console and brand represents the more hardcore gamers in the console market. Having owned a 360, it lacks the simplicity of the Wii interface, and I'm not sure how current Xbox owners will feel about this news. It's an interesting, if not inevitable, development in the console war.
By AntonCaptainSeagull. Thursday, June 21, 2007 3:54:08 PM
At this rate, video-games are never going to recieve an equal light in the realm of entertainment. Rockstars new adventure into the realm of horror entertainment is being blocked out of publication due to the "AO" or Adults Only rating the ESRB has given it. Europe as continent has decided that it will not allow sales of the game within it's lands.
What exactly does AO stand for? read more to hear my opinions, and please, make yours known as well... be advised that mature related discussion will take place inside, no bad-words, bad links, or bad images, if any bad-worded comments are made I will delete them, just a mature themed topic. you are now advised...
By AntonCaptainSeagull. Wednesday, June 13, 2007 1:51:14 PM
Not too long ago N+ made an affiliation
with a very unique project called the Robotobots
. We as well as millions of other gamers became aware of the Robotobots through a side project they created entitled "The WiiMix". The WiiMix featured 3 songs from the Wii channel selection that had been chopped, looped, sampled, and WiiMixed with the soul of Hip-Hop.
Agent B and Gustodian are the two mad-scientists behind the side project, as well as the even larger Robotobots project. In this interview they share with us what exactly the Robotobots project is, where it is going, why the WiiMix exhists, what Nintendo means, and what you can expect from both the Robotobots and the affiliation with N+. I promise you, that this interview is something you really want to ride 'till the end! Check your speaker volume, this N+erview contains background music (play controls will be at the top of the page).
So without further delay, I bring you Robotobots
, as interviewed by Captain SeagullBackground Song: Built to Diistroy[/FONT][/SIZE]
By AntonCaptainSeagull. Wednesday, June 13, 2007 6:06:41 AM
Woah, thats a lil creepy isn't it? - the fact that N+ was able to get to 888 members this quickly! I feel as if it were only yesterday we had the 500 challenge
. It makes me cry a lil-bit.
Can you taste it though? can you taste 1,000 members? -
... Errrr, I mean, We are almost to 1,000 members! it's so close! What are your predictions? what month do you guys think we will hit the 1,000 mark? are you telling your friends? recruit! we want all your buddies to have fun where you have fun!
Also, where DID you guys hear about us? tell us!
- Captain Seagull
By seaempty. Friday, June 8, 2007 7:25:41 PM
According to MCV, software sales are at a record high in the UK, and a US "retail colossus" wishes to expand its empire into the lucrative European market.
The first quarter of 2007 has been good for the UK retailers. Very good. It has seen software sales skyrocket and reach an all time high.
ChartTrack’s quarter one software figures show that year-on-year unit sales rose 15 per cent to a record-breaking 15.62 million, while revenues reached a whopping £317.1m, up 13 per cent on 2006’s quarter one period.
The success is being attributed to the sales of the Nintendo Wii, and DS (which almost quadrupled unit sales and more than tripled revenues). The launch of the PS3 was also given some credit, and it was recently announced that it has sold 1 million consoles in the UK alone. Throw in the Xbox 360, which has more than doubled units and almost doubled revenue, and you have some very happy directors.
With the European retail market being dominated by GAME, US company GameStop wants a piece of the action. MCV reports that it intends to open 200 outside the US (mainly in Europe), adding to its current store count of 4800.
It’s not that we don’t have a lot of room here in the United States, but we consider Europe to be extremely important to our expansion.
We will open 500 to 550 more stores this year, and around 300 to 350 will be in the US. That leaves around 200 internationally – most will be in Europe, but some will be in Australia and some in Canada.
European expansion is very important for us, and of course the UK is a big market.
GameStop vice chairman, chief operating officer and director Dan DeMatteo
Outside the US, not much is known about GameStop, so I ask this: those with experience with GameStop, what can Europe expect from this chain?
By seaempty. Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:30:27 PM
The DS has been a phenomenal success, and I like to sing its praises. For me it's becoming the best Nintendo console ever. It's got everything; great games, gorgeous looks, Wi-Fi fun, great interface...
Today Nintendo have release some facts and figures about the DS and its Wi-Fi service.
- Since its launch in November 2005, Nintendo's wireless gaming service has now connected more than 5 million unique Nintendo DS owners.
- Those gamers have racked up more than 200 million game-play sessions.
- Worldwide, nearly 65 games can be played via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
- The five most popular globally are Animal Crossing: Wild World, Mario Kart DS, Metroid Prime Hunters, Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl.
- The DS was again the top-selling video game system in April, with more than 470,000 units sold in the United States alone.
- That equates to nearly 16,000 per day.
- In less than 18 months, DS purchases have increased by 42 percent among women, 127 percent among people 30 and older and 212 percent among people 35 and older.
It just keeps on going...
By AntonCaptainSeagull. Friday, May 18, 2007 5:12:18 PM
Affiliate site Tanooki has got the lowdown on the big Nintendo mystery news drop coming up! Man, they had the Captain panicked
, but all is well now. Follow the link
to their blog post about the even't. I also have included their text here for quick reference, but still, take a gander at what they got to say in THEIR home will ya? thanks.
"Thank You Tanooki"
Nintendo Media Summit set for Tuesday, May 22
And so the details emerge. Nintendo will be holding a press event next Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington. On Tuesday, all invitees will be presented confirmations and refinements of old announcements as well as a number of new announcements as we’ve been expecting (Metroid, anyone?). This information will not be under embargo and you should start seeing things pop up in the evening. On Wednesday, private information will presented to select magazine publications for use as exclusive information to be published around E3 time in July. I’m sure we’ll get some rumors popping up as a result.
In addition, the Super Smash Bros. website counter is seemingly counting down to Monday morning in America (Tuesday in Japan), so we should be in for a treat in the Brawl area as well. Be sure to stick around here on Tuesday for all the big info!
By AntonCaptainSeagull. Tuesday, May 15, 2007 10:36:37 PM
Ok, cool, So today we reported that there is going to be a monster update (and hopefully awesome news) connected to Smash Bros Brawl
Also in a report about Metroid Prime 3 updates
, LutherJW informs us that there is supposed to be some huge Metroid Prime 3 news this weekend. (source needed)LutherJW
also links me to the Mailbag from IGN
where Matt Cassamassina (who has a ton of insider info) hints towards big Nintendo updates comming soon.
Basically what's happening here is crazy animal noises I have never heard before comming from over the mountain, they could be T-Rex screams, or they could be from a drive-in movie theatre I can't see playing Jurrassic Park 4. Either way I feel un-easy about being close to either one of those scenarios, and I feel like running. - Anyone else have anymore info on whats going on?
By Geoff GirardinG-off. Friday, May 11, 2007 6:28:53 PM
Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu
has released the system sales for the Japan gaming market for the month of April, and the DS Lite totally dominated. Because of this, it has reached the 10 million sold mark in just 61 weeks, a feat that took the Playstation 2 131 weeks to accomplish. The little system that totally could is really having a major impact on people, which can only be viewed as exceptional. Famitsu also said that the Lites insertion of itself into the market "should be rated as incredibly fast."
Japanese hardware sales for the month of April:DS Lite: