We knew the Media Create sales earlier this week were pretty bad, but it turns out they’re the worst sales since 2001. The week from May 11th-May 17th saw a total of 235,000 games sold in Japan at retail, this is a 60% drop from the previous week and a 61.93% drop from the same week the previous year. Ouch! Media Create offer many reasons for this– the biggest being that it is the week following Golden Week so people aren’t spending as much, and there’s a total lack of new titles released with just remasters instead. Even Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition, although it is on top for Nintendo sales, still has only sold 232,683 in total which is 59.19% of its initial shipment. Hopefully this is just a lull in video game sales and things will eventually pick back up!
If you’ve yet to pick up a Wii U then you might be interested in this new deal from UK retailer, Argos. The retail chain is stocking The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Wii U 32GB Premium package along with Mario & Sonic: 2014 Winter Games, FIFA 13, Metroid: Other M, Quiz Party and a £20 Argos Gift Voucher for £199.99. Now would be the perfect time to get one with Splatoon just around the corner.
One of the readers from My Nintendo News who works at US retail chain Target has contacted to me to say that Project Van is actually Guitar Hero for Wii U. The reader did a little bit of digging on Target’s systems and discovered that it isn’t anything particularly exciting, just Activision’s Guitar Hero Live. Well, I guess that’s one rumour over and done with.
Hey I work at target and looked into project van. It would seem that it’s actually the name for the new guitar hero game. Or at least the name for the pre order card. It happens from time to time where the previous order card doesn’t match the card. Pokémon omega ruby was called Pokémon beta on our shelf. What makes it odd tho is the ps4 and Xbox one versions are marked properly. Just a heads up. It’s not a new game just guitar hero.
Disney Infinity 3.0 is coming out later this year and FamilyGamerTV have lots of off-screen beta footage of gameplay for you to see and decide whether you fancy it or not. The video embedded above shows the toy box speedway, which shows the different types of races you can have and how they work. The videos below show different aspects of the Toy Box Hub and the Star Wars elements of the game. What do you think of the Disney Infinity 3.0 gameplay?
This video, made by Liam Robertson from Unseen64, investigates the development of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric to see exactly what its issues were. Apparently the game was being developed with unspecified next-gen hardware in mind, but after deciding to be exclusive to Wii U, they had to port it in a very short amount of time. Watch the video to find out more about the troubles faced with Sonic Boom.
Nintendo are planning a marketing campaign for Splatoon that will apparently be on par with that of Mario Kart 8. Nintendo held a six month long campaign for Mario Kart 8 last year, and Splatoon are already getting started on theirs. They’ve released cinema ads ahead of Tomorrowland to target kids, and ahead of Mad Max to target adults, digital billboards and a sponsorship from Cartoon Network. They’re even opening a Splatoon themed skate park in Corby. Nintendo UK marketing manager, Chandra Nair, says the firm is confident in its new colourful new shooter. Maybe they can make Splatoon as popular as Mario Kart 8!
“We have a substantial campaign planned for Splatoon. To give you an idea of the scale, we’re matching Mario Kart 8 – that’s the potential we think Splatoon has. We have the utmost confidence in the potential of Splatoon. It gives retailers a fantastic art style that stands out in-store or on-screen and it also offers various up-sell opportunities with the accompanying Amiibo. It’s a really interesting game for us because it allows us to expand out to a group of people who may never have considered Wii U before.”
According to a website promoting the music for Fire Emblem If, as of December 2014 the most recent game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Awakening, has sold 1.79 million copies. And now Fire Emblem If will be released on June 25th in celebration of the series’ 25th anniversary. Do you think Fire Emblem If will do as well as Fire Emblem Awakening, or better?
Fire Emblem – Nintendo’s SRPG series that has been beloved by fans for 25 years. The most recent entry, Fire Emblem Awakening, sold 1.79 million copies worldwide (as of December 2014), and now, this world-beloved series’ latest entry, “Fire Emblem if”, will be released to celebrate the 25th anniversary.