Early figures are in for Monster Hunter 4, and Capcom, who predicted astronomic sales for the title, were right on the mark, as they have now announced that the game has broken 2 million copies shipped out in only its first four days on the market. The title also hit a milestone for the Monster Hunter series, bringing series sales to over 25 million. Additionally, reports indicate that Monster Hunter 4 is currently third on Japan’s eshop all-software chart.
The 3DS exclusive release of Monster Hunter 4 in Japan has been marked by great reviews and long lines of gamers waiting to get their hands on a copy. With this much momentum for an exclusive 3DS title, Iwata’s sales goals for Nintendo’s handheld should be well within reach.
Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada has given a new interview in which he discusses his latest game, Hometown Story, which is coming to both 3DS and mobile devices like iOS. Wada revealed that the 3DS version will be the most complete version of the game, as the iOS incarnation will be missing side stories with some of the villagers in the game. In both versions, the player runs a shop while buying and selling items to villagers, but on 3DS, Wada says players will be able to “interact with the villagers and get involved with their story.” No official released date has yet been announced for Hometown Story, but if it’s anything like the Harvest Moon series, UK gamers may not be getting their hands on the game for quite a while. A more complete version of Wada’s comments appears below.
The iOS version does not have episodes with other villagers, players just run a shop. You get new items, you can save money, you can sell rare items on iOS too. Eventually, you will get new customers, but that’s pretty much all you can do. The core system of running the shop is the same on 3DS, but you will get to interact with the villagers and involved with their story. …[On iOS] there will be rare items and villagers, but no story episodes. If you want to play even more there is the 3DS version.
Although there are no official plans to bring the popular 3DS eShop title Gunman Clive to the Wii U, Bertil Horberg, the game’s creator, has rendered the software on the Wii U gamepad as a trial run for porting games to the console, raising speculation that a Wii U version may be arriving in the near future. The popular Western-themed platformer has found new life on 3DS after starting out on mobile devices, with 3DS downloads far surpassing the game’s sales on any other format. Gunman Clive, which is currently available for only $2 on the 3DS eShop, was recently selected as one of IGN’s Top 25 3DS games.
Nintendo has released their overall 2013 game sales figures so far for 3DS and Wii U console titles. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon screamed to the top of the list with 863,000 copies sold, while Animal Crossing: New Leaf was close behind, shoveling up 739,000 in sales.
Although Nintendo’s figures included Wii U titles, unfortunately none of them managed to break the top 10, with Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U falling just short at 115,000 and 120,000 copies, respectively. After the Wii U’s launch late last year, a dearth of games in the spring of 2013 caused a veritable halt of system and game sales for the gamepad-driven console in the US. Here are the top 10 best-selling games in the US, composed of all 3DS titles:
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 863,000
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 739,000
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 406,000
- Fire Emblem Awakening – 390,000
- Mario Kart 7 – 352,000
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – 298,000
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 268,000
- Super Mario 3D Land – 265,000
- LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins – 264,000
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 190,000
In a recent interview with IGN, Eiji Aonuma revealed that the bracelet worn by Link in the above picture will have a very important role to play in the game. He stated that the item “…ties into Link’s ability to become a picture.” Presumably, the bracelet is the artifact that gives him this special power, but Aonuma goes on to say that the bracelet continues to have an active role in the story throughout the game. Is it possible Link may lose it at some point, depriving him of the ability to walk on walls as a painting?
The game’s attractive box art was recently revealed, focusing on the Master Sword standing among ruins as Link’s picture-self looks on. A Link Between Worlds will launch on November 22nd with a retail price of 39.99. Text of Aonuma’s comments appears below.
“The bracelet is a very important item that he gets at the beginning of the adventure, and it’s something that’s really important throughout the course of the adventure. I don’t want to give away too much, because it will spoil a lot of the fun, but let’s just say that it ties into Link’s ability to become a picture.”
Technology blogger John Gruber from the popular blog Daring Fireball says that most kids today would reach for an iPad Mini rather than a Nintendo 3DS if the devices were put next to each other. Gruber believes that if Nintendo doesn’t eventually make video games for iOS then the company is no longer going to remain relevant to children growing up.
“A kid asking “What’s a Nintendo?” may sound preposterous to the ears of an adult weaned on Mario and Zelda, but trust me, put an iPad Mini and a 3DS on a table next to each other, and most kids today will reach, if not jump, for the iPad. If you don’t see that as an existential threat for Nintendo, there’s nothing I can say that will change your mind. A Nintendo that doesn’t make games for iOS is a Nintendo that doesn’t reach today’s kids; a Nintendo that doesn’t reach today’s kids is a Nintendo with no future.”
Step aside Luigi, this may very well be the Year of Shantae instead. WayForward’s lovable belly-dancing, hair-whipping genie has seen her original Game Boy Color game released in the 3DS eShop, had a new Kickstarter project launched for a planned Wii U title called Half-Genie Hero, and will now star in an all new 3DS game, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse.
The official trailer for Pirate’s Curse, embedded above, has just been released by WayForward. It finds Shantae wielding a sword and imitating a pirate in order to uncover the secret of a curse that has been placed on Sequin Land.
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is the third game in the Shantae series, and is set for release later this year, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.
The latest game in the AiRace series, called AiRace Speed, will be arriving on the 3DS eShop in the very near future, as developer QubicGames’s website for the title lists its release time frame as “late summer.” Screenshots on the page reveal sophisticated into-the-screen graphics that are sure to look stunning with the handheld console’s 3D effect turned on. A variety of sleek, futuristic-looking spacecraft can be piloted in the game, with the objective being to race through tunnels and past obstacles at high speeds.
The 3DS eShop already boasts one of the best catalogs for any current gaming console, and with a wealth of titles on the way for late 2013/early 2014, Nintendo’s 3D handheld only stands to strengthen its place atop the dedicated handheld gaming market. Check out the elaborate trailer for AiRace Speed above.
GhostFire Games – and according to recent PEGI and USK ratings, the fantasy brawler could be thrashing its weight over to the 3DS eShop.
The WiiWare title Rage of the Gladiator could very well be making its onscreen fighting comeback in glorious 3D. The critically acclaimed Rage of the Gladiator debuted as WiiWare in 2010 – which was originally developed by
From its WiiWare success, the title has since spawned an iOS and Android app developed by Gamelion Studios. However, the recent ratings suggest that the game could be coming full circle, bringing its colourful array of bosses to Nintendo’s handheld. Though there has been no official confirmation from either of the developers, an eShop game could very well be in development.
Update: Rage of the Gladiator has officially been confirmed for the 3DS eShop, you can watch the above trailer to get a feel for the title once again.
Jools Watsham, Co-founder & Director at Renegade Kid, has said on Twitter that he would personally like to help create a Nintendo 3DS version of Mighty No. 09. Watsham reached out to the official Mighty No.9 Twitter account to say that he would like to lend a hand. The Kickstarter based game is a classic Japanese side-scrolling action, evolved and transformed by Keiji Inafune, and an all-star team of veteran Mega Man developers.
“We’ll be happy to work with you to create a 3DS version of Mighty No. 9.”
Thanks, Emily Rogers