Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says that the Wii U isn’t going anywhere yet despite only managing to shift 9.2 million units since launch in 2012. Iwata told Japanese news publication Sankei that there are many more unannounced titles in development for the platform. So yeah, the Wii U isn’t going anywhere. Hopefully we will see some of these unannounced games at E3 in Los Angeles this June.
“Wii U is not over yet. I want to continue to build on playing on people’s high expectations [for the system].”
We know how popular Amiibo have become with stores selling out of select figures within minutes. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed what we all know, that Amiibo have been highly successful. They have been so successful that Nintendo has announced that they’ve sold a staggering 5.7 million Amiibo worldwide. Not bad going for a product that was only launched in November.
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A whole host of new details have been unveiled for upcoming Wii U game Xenoblade Chronicles X in the latest issue of Famitsu. The Japanese magazine has dedicated 10 pages to the RPG’s vast world, including tidbits such as the ability to customize your player avatar extensively with varying options for skin colour, hair style, eye colour, and so on. According to translations, the game will also include avatar voice styles from famous voice actors, though these will be announced on the official website at a later date.
Xenoblade Chronicles X will also feature approximately 90 different songs, the introduction of several different “unions” to join when taking on new quests with characters, as well as a new healing system named “Soul Voice”, which abandons the need for healers. And given it’s an open world game, the scope players will have in the world is unparalleled since the map is five times larger than Xenoblade Chronicles Wii. In fact, Famitsu also mentions director Tetsuya Takahashi logged over 300 hours within the game. Below you’ll find a summary of the newest details expected in Xenoblade Chronicles X.
- There are supposedly 8 unions your player avatar can join. You can join any within the game and can change union depending on what your goal is. They include (loosely translated as): Path Finder, Colepedian, Interceptor, Land Bank, Avalance, Arms, Testament, Companion.
- Player Avatars have many different options to customize, including hair colour and style, eye colour, gender, race, and so on.
- The Wii U GamePad will display the map, as well as show character and quest locations. It also gives you the ability to touch tap a previously visited location and warp to it.
- Online functionality, some passive options
- Battles are faster-paced
- 4-player party is an option, AI controls other three.
- Introduces a new healing system called Soul Voice, no healers needed.
- 90 different songs in-game.
- New characters include Nagi and Guin.
You’ve now got a chance to grab that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New Nintendo 3DS XL as it’s back in stock at GameStop. Yes, it can be yours for $229.99, but you’d better hurry as it sells out rather quickly. The bundle is exclusive to GameStop so the only other place you will be able to get it from is eBay.
The Nintendo UK store has just updated its Amiibo line-up giving fans the opportunity to pre-order the Super Mario Collection. You can now get your hands on six new amiibo, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi and Toad due to launch in conjunction with Mario Party 10 for Wii U on March 20. All characters are priced at the regular £10.99 and can be purchased separately or in one of three bundle packs.
Fans can choose to pre-order the Mario Party 10 amiibo bundle pack from the Nintendo UK store for £69.99. If you’ve got the cash to splash and are looking for an easy way to gather the Super Mario Collection, each of the three bundles come with the Mario Party 10 amiibo package – which includes the limited Mario amiibo – and three other NFC character models. As such, additional characters in the bundles are detailed below. You can view all the Super Mario Collection amiibo and their bundles at the Nintendo UK store, here.
- First bundle pack includes Bowser, Toad and Luigi
- Second bundle pack includes Bowser, Toad and Peach
- Third bundle pack includes Bowser, Toad and Yoshi
We’ve finally got this week’s sales data from Japan courtesy of Media Create. It’s PlayStation 3 JRPG Tales of Zestiria that has taken the top spot this week, which was kinda to be expected.The game sold 340,891 copies. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U made its début at number three, but only sold 32,137. As expected it was the Nintendo 3DS which was the best-selling format shifting 34K while the Wii U sold 7K units. Here’s the best-selling software this week in Japan.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- [PS3] Tales of Zestiria (Bandai Namco, 01/22/15) – 340,891 (New)
- [3DS] The Legend of Legacy (FuRyu, 01/22/15) – 53,974 (New)
- [Wii U] Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo, 01/22/15) – 32,137 (New)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 31,876 (2,404,246)
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 17,035 (2,474,246)
- [PSV] Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (Gust, 01/22/15) – 15,778 (New)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 12,318 (2,440,373)
- [PSV] The Stranger of Sword City: Black Palace (Experience, 01/22/15) – 11,559 (New)
- [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 10,475 (2,122,433)
- [3DS] Kenka Bancho 6: Soul & Blood (Spike Chunsoft, 01/15/15) – 8,794 (33,068)
- [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 8,728 (569,714)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 5,979 (3,088,387)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 5,386 (901,365)
- [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers (Square Enix, 12/18/14) – 5,178 (249,497)
- [3DS] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: The Game (Warner Bros., 01/22/15) – 5,052 (New)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 5,006 (3,904,259)
- [PSV] Gundam Breaker 2 (Bandai Namco, 12/18/14) – 4,397 (122,296)
- [Wii U] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: The Game (Warner Bros., 01/22/15) – 4,207 (New)
- [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 12/11/14) – 4,133 (116,633)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Budget Version (Rockstar Games, 06/26/14) – 3,831 (154,713)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- New 3DS LL – 20,065 (25,299)
- PlayStation Vita – 14,991 (16,823)
- PlayStation 4 – 13,793 (15,480)
- PlayStation 3 – 8,600 (7,036)
- New 3DS – 8,028 (9,916)
- Wii U – 7,088 (8,894)
- 3DS LL – 3,882 (4,776)
- 3DS – 3,287 (4,238)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 589 (682)
- Xbox One – 259 (300)
Want to check out the New Nintendo 3DS before you decide to put down a pre-order? Well, popular US video game retailer GameStop will be giving you that opportunity. The company will be holding select New Nintendo 3DS XL demo days at certain store on February 7th, so be sure to check the link and see if your local store will be holding one.