You may have noticed that Meme Run mysteriously disappeared from the eShop yesterday. Its disappearance surprised many as there was no prior notice of the game being pulled by Nintendo from the store. Thankfully someone on Reddit has clarified why the game was pulled and it was actually due to a copyright claim. You can read all about it, right here.
To keep it brief, I own the copyright to the Trollface image, and seeing as the image was the ‘star’ of Meme Run, I sent a DMCA takedown notice to Nintendo and want to try and settle the matter amicably. I don’t really intend to have a discussion on fair use or explain my motivations beyond the fact that my business with other parties compels me to make sure that instances of copyright infringement are addressed and resolved. Typically the result in these matters is simply having the use of the image be credited, recovering some kind of monetary compensation, or simply have it removed from the work.
To that end, takedown notices are a necessary first step to quickly open a direct line of communication with the offending party and work on remedying the situation.
I did try to reach out to the creator earlier this year and obtain the information I needed, but he claimed that he was not at liberty to speak about his relationship with Nintendo or any of the particulars regarding the game’s sales data. My lawyer had been busy working on another case (which I am actually not at liberty to talk about lest I void the terms of our agreement) and I prefer to let him handle the matter of my legal representation, so I sort of dragged my feet on actually setting this in motion so he could wrap up our current case.
This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. With Dragon Quest Heroes a new release in the region, it’s taken the charts by storm and sells just under 600k in combined units on the PlayStation 3 and 4. Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D continues to sell at a steady rate and drops into third place this week, while popular RPG Yokai Watch 2 rounds out the top 5.
Regards to hardware sales, the Nintendo 3DS’ total sales drops to 36k and leave it behind the PlayStation 4’s 46k in sales. As was the case last week, the Wii U brings in a further 6k in sales; a steady amount with no real boosts on the horizon until Xenoblade Chronicles X hits the console next month. Below you’ll find the top 20 software charts, followed by the best-selling hardware in Japan.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- [PS3] Dragon Quest Heroes (Square Enix, 02/26/15) – 325,446 (New)
- [PS4] Dragon Quest Heroes (Square Enix, 02/26/15) – 269,303 (New)
- [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 39,751 (341,997)
- [PSV] God Eater 2: Rage Burst (Bandai Namco, 02/19/15) – 37,650 (271,829)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 16,443 (2,513,906)
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 12,680 (2,537,857)
- [PSV] Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the Forest (FuRyu, 02/26/15) – 10,622 (New)
- [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 8,249 (81,087)
- [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 8,159 (2,165,812)
- [3DS] The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin (Bandai Namco, 02/11/15) – 7,631 (42,869)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 7,595 (2,485,659)
- [PS4] God Eater 2: Rage Burst (Bandai Namco, 02/19/15) – 7,405 (45,229)
- [PSV] Diabolik Lovers: Dark Fate (Idea Factory, 02/26/15) – 7,263 (New)
- [PSV] Parfait (TGL, 02/26/15) – 5,697 (New)
- [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 5,008 (58,518)
- [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 4,995 (59,438)
- [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 4,936 (597,730)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,917 (3,928,335)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 4,898 (925,990)
- [PS4] The Order: 1886 (SCE, 02/20/15) – 4,840 (29,863)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- PlayStation 4 – 46,139 (24,737)
- PlayStation Vita – 23,619 (35,203)
- New 3DS LL – 22,620 (23,466)
- PlayStation 3 – 8,926 (5,810)
- New 3DS – 8,515 (8,657)
- Wii U – 6,606 (6,070)
- 3DS – 2,795 (2,707)
- 3DS LL – 2,666 (3,343)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 838 (731)
- Xbox One – 703 (1,381)
RPG site has just received a postcard suggesting that both Sega and Game Freak will be announcing a collaboration soon. There’s no hints regarding what we should expect but it could be related to a Sega anime and video game project. The announcement will take place on March 11th.
We may be one step closer to finding out when Xenoblade Chronicles X will be releasing over here in the west. Amazon Italy has listed the long-awaited game with a release date of June 26th which will hopefully be backed up by other retailers and Nintendo Europe. Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U is scheduled to be released in Japan on April 29th.
Indie developer aPori Digital has announced its thrill-a-minute shooter Aperion Cyberstorm will be heading to the Wii U soon. Due to arrive this Spring on Nintendo’s home console, the 2D twin-stick shooter will let players verse up to five others through various levels of high-speed chases and rocket-fuelled fun. Players can choose to either take it in their stride with Campaign mode, or take a risk and play with others in either Challenge or Versus mode.
Aperion Cyberstorm has a number of abilities, gun types and elemental weapons for players to change the way their ship handles – many of which can be found through the three modes. The UK-based developer has also uploaded a trailer for the game, which is embedded above, so make sure you check it out. Aperion Cyberstorm is due for release on the Wii U eShop during Spring 2015.
Update: It appears as if it’s sold out again.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds original soundtrack is back in stock on Club Nintendo Europe. For those club members who may have missed out when it was briefly available at the end of January, now’s your chance to grab the beautiful double-CD soundtrack. Featuring 89 tracks on two discs, along with 16 Milk Bar musician pieces, the original soundtrack can be purchased for 3,000 stars in the catalogue. It also includes – for the learned musician – 12 score excerpts written in liner notes from the game’s composer Ryo Nagamatsu. You can take a look at the double-CD on the Club Nintendo page, here.
With Club Nintendo’s closure in the coming months, it’s a good time to start spending the various stars or coins you may have saved. Nintendo of America updated their rewards site with an abundance of downloadable and physical gifts last month. Let us know if you’re planning on grabbing the soundtrack this time around, or waiting for additional items in the stars catalogue in the comment section below.
Pandora’s Tower is now available for purchase via the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in Japan. Those looking to download the title will need at least 2,700MB of free space on their console. The action role-playing game was originally released in 2011 for Wii. It tells the story of a warrior setting out on a quest to save a girl named Elena from a dreadful curse, by fetching the flesh of beasts for her to swallow.