Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has posted a new 3DS screenshot showing Kapp’n and Donkey Kong having a little chat on The Island in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In fact, this is the first time The Island has been shown in the daily pictures for the 3DS version, and has sparked up conversation in the Miiverse community, with many users questioning Sakurai as to whether it’s a new stage. For the moment, at least, he’s left us with this caption:
“Yar, I wants to watch some o’ that Smash action, too, ye great beast!”
Amazon Japan has published its best-selling list for video games in 2013 – unsurprisingly Monster Hunter 4 has topped the board and takes the crown. Sales for Monster Hunter 4 on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan reached an unprecedented 4 million sales in just two and a half months since its release. In second place is the coveted Animal Crossing: New Leaf, while Pokemon X steals third place from Grand Theft Auto V.
In fact, almost half of the list is dominated by Nintendo 3DS games, which just proves how successful the handheld console has become in the last year. There’s a distinct lack of sales for Wii U games, but one title does crop in and places at number 17, New Super Mario Bros. U – a great feat. Here’s hoping the Wii U grabs a few more slots in the list by the end of next year. Check out the top 20 best-selling video games below.
1. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS)
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
3. Pokémon X (3DS)
4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
5. Pokémon Y (3DS)
6. Dragon Quest VII (3DS)
7. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (PS3)
8. Tomodachi Collection: New Life (3DS)
9. Yakuza 5 (PS3)
10. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (3DS)
11. Metal Gear Rising: Revengance (PS3)
12. Luigi’s Mansion 2 (3DS)
13. The Last of Us (PS3)
14. Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)
15. AKB 1/149: Love Election (PSP)
16. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f (PS3)
17. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)
18. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3)
19. God Eater 2 (Vita)
20. Gundam Breaker (PS3)
This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. The biggest news comes in the hardware charts, where both the 3DS and Wii U take glory at the top of the board. The 3DS, a consistently great selling console in Japan, has sold over 120k units, while the Wii U gets a good bump in sales from 28.5k last week to almost 50k (48, 762) this week.
Software sales are looking healthy for Nintendo this week. New release for both Wii and Wii U Dragon Quest X comes in at number 2 and 6, respectively, while Super Mario 3D World shifts another 43.8k copies, coming in at number 7. Nintendo 3DS title Bravely Default: For the Sequel, which failed to chart in the UK, places at number 8, with Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Duel Carnival coming in just behind in 9th. The software charts are listed below, followed by the hardware charts.
- [PS3] Gran Turismo 6 – 204,784 (New)
- [Wii] Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Sworn Friend Online – 117,432 (New)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 111,790 (3,200,919)
- [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind – 93,471 (New)
- [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy Big Bang / Supernova – 91,643 (New)
- [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Sworn Friend Online – 70,648 (New)
- [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World – 43,844 (183,245)
- [3DS] Bravely Default: For the Sequel – 35,617 (New)
- [3DS] Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Duel Carnival – 26,497 (New)
- [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – 21,600 (358,755)
- 3DS LL – 92,375 (82,409)
- Wii U – 48,762 (28,518)
- 3DS – 32,894 (25,964)
- PlayStation Vita – 25,594 (20,202)
- PlayStation 3 – 24,085 (13,311)
- PSP – 4,416 (4,232)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 3,772 (5,391)
- Wii – 767 (588)
- Xbox 360 – 473 (309)
Dex is set to come to the Wii U eShop. It’s the latest game to be added to the Wii U’s indie line-up after Rareware inspired Lobodestroyo was successfully funded yesterday. Developed by Dreadlocks, Dex is an action and stealth sidescroller set in cyberspace, heavily focussed on story and RPG elements.
Kickstarter funded RPG
Dex reached its initial funding goal of $14,000 early on in its campaign for PC, Mac, Linux and Ouya. But as of yesterday, the game will come to the Wii U after its $26,000 stretch goal was successfully attained.
With inspiration taken from games such as Castlevania, Metroid and, more recently, Deus Ex and Splinter Cell series, Dex features a mature storyline with realistic action, as well as meaningful character progression choices and a unique hacking mechanic. Make sure you check out the trailer above to see the game in action. Dex is aiming for a late 2014 release on Wii U.
Norwegian developer SnowCastle Games has cancelled their Kickstarter campaign for Festival of Magic. The campaign kicked off in November for PC, Mac, Linux and Wii U platforms, and had reached almost $50,000 – one fifth of its $250,000 funding goal. But due to the Christmas and Thanksgiving rush, as well as the Xbox One and Playstation 4 launches, the developer has made a tough yet tactical decision to cancel the crowdfunding campaign.
The farming fantasy RPG’s Kickstarter, however, will relaunch come February next year. SnowCastle Games says they’ve managed to acquire a “small financial injection” to tide them over until the Kickstarter reboots. In their recent update, they also mention that they will restructure the current backer rewards and tiers, adding physical rewards to the list, as well as provide video updates straight from the developer office.
For those that backed Festival of Magic, you will not be charged for your pledge. Also, pledges will not be removed when the campaign is cancelled, so backers will be able to keep any rewards received during that time. Here’s what SnowCastle said to their backers:
“We will inform you about the details of the rewards just before launching the next Kickstarter. Thanks again for your support so far, we will now go into a 2 month period working really hard to make more game content and cool updates for the next KS!”
Farewell, Umihara Kawase in both Europe and Australia, according to an Australian classification board listing. Dated yesterday, the classification notes the platformer’s original Japanese title, which was released back in Japan this summer.
Agatsuma Entertainment may be releasing the Nintendo 3DS title
In October, Natsume announced that they would be handling the publication for the game in North America, as well as title it under Yumi’s Odd Odyssey. It’s still set for an early 2014 release date on the 3DS eShop. You can check out Umihara Kawase’s debut Japanese trailer above.
Lobodestroyo has successfully reached its funding goal on Kickstarter, raising just over its initial target of $35,000.
Lobodestroyo – a Rareware inspired 3D action game – will be jumping onto the Wii U eShop in the near future. Developed by Lefthanded Studios,
The collect-a-thon action game places you in the role of Mutt – an unlikely hero tasked with a great adventure – and transports you to 9 fun-filled, unique worlds. Aiming to whisk your heart away and back to the N64 era, Lobodestroyo gives players Mega Man inspired boss battles, where defeating such enemies allows you to upgrade existing powers and gain new abilities.
Lefthanded Studios has built the world of Lobodestroyo by using game engine Unity, and recently became official Nintendo developers. During their Kickstarter campaign, they bumped the Wii U platform from its initial stretch goal into their main funding goal due to the overwhelming support from Nintendo fans. The game’s tentative launch date is set for late 2014 or early 2015 for PC, Mac, Linux, Ouya and the Wii U eShop. Let us know your thoughts on the game and its trailer – posted above – in the comments below.
Mario Party: Island Tour. For 3DS users in North America, the latest Mario Party game has been available since late November and has met with mixed reviews from the critics. But for UK fans, the game is due for release on January 17, 2014 – just over a month away.
Nintendo UK has uploaded a new trailer for
The above trailer isn’t much different to what we’ve seen before, but it does show new gameplay in various locations. With 7 boards to compete on, each with their own unique rules and guidelines, and over 80 mini-games you certainly won’t be stuck for fun. Mario Party: Island Tour releases exclusively next year for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS.
Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s 3DS title KAIO: King of Pirates has been pushed back to 2014. Originally, the action adventure game was due for release in 2012, after it was announced way back in 2011. However, Marvelous AQL and Comcept together pushed the date back once again to 2013, and nothing had been heard since. Now, according to the official website, the date has been pushed back once more to an unspecified date in 2014.
In 2011, we reported that the developer had set its sights on bringing the game over to western shores, but there’s been no mention that it will be released outside of Japan. To refresh your memory of KAIO: King of Pirates, you can find the trailer, here.
Nintendo’s Wii Fit Plus improves the lives of patients with type-2 diabetes and controls their blood sugar levels, according to a new medical report. BMC Endocrine Disorders carried out the trial based on 220 participants for a period of 12 weeks, with half of those asked to use Wii Fit Plus for half an hour a day. The second half who chose to participate in the trial remained under routine care and received a Wii console, balance board and the fitness game 12 weeks later.
For those that received the fitness game from the beginning, the report indicates that they lost weight and simultaneously improved their blood sugar levels. Once the second half of the participants were switched over to Wii Fit Plus, they noticed similar benefits also.
Experts noted that daily physical activity increased significantly, along with mental health and subjective well-being. The study also found that the number of patients suffering from depression notably decreased. However, the report recorded that a third of the patients dropped out of the trial, meaning that it could be difficult to get people to retain the same level of enthusiasm over a sustained period of time.
Dr Richard Elliott, of Diabetes UK, said: “Physical activity and a healthy balanced diet, along with taking doctor-prescribed medications if necessary, can help people with type-2 diabetes to control their condition and minimise their risk of diabetes related complications over time.
“To make physical activity part of your daily routine it’s important to find an approach that works for you and is enjoyable, as this will make it easier to keep active in the long run.
“Computer games that promote a healthy lifestyle might be one way to achieve this, but different forms of physical activity might work better for different people. Further research will be needed to identify the long-term effects of such games compared to other approaches.”