In case you missed it, Nintendo of America took to Twitter to declare August as the month of Princess Peach. Nintendo wouldn’t say what they’re planning to do to celebrate the occasion, but hopefully it’s something nice. Maybe we will get the month of Rosalina next time.
Nintendo of America has revealed precisely which games you’ll be able to download from Club Nintendo this month. Leading the charge this month is Star Fox 64 for the Wii Virtual Console along with Super Mario Bros 2 for the Wii U Virtual Console. Here’s the games.
- Super Mario Bros. 2 – 200 coins (Wii U VC)
- Excitebike – 200 coins (Wii U VC)
- Mario Golf – 200 coins (3DS VC)
- Dr. Mario Express – 200 coins (3DS eShop)
- Star Fox 64 – 250 coins (Wii VC)
- Vegas Stakes – 250 coins (Wii VC)
- Baseball – 150 coins (3DS eShop)
- Puzzle League Express – 200 coins (3DS eShop)
Throughout August, in Japan, New Super Mario Bros. 2 sold 584,000 units, and Dragon Quest X for Wii sold 557,000 units; thanks to those two games, Nintendo took 28.5% of all software revenues for the month, while Square Enix took 26%. Here’s the top 10 Japanese software revenue shareholders for August:
- Nintendo: 28.5%
- Square Enix: 26.0%
- Namco Bandai: 14.8%
- Pokemon: 5.3%
- Konami: 3.2%
- Spike Chunsoft
- Nihon Columbia
New Super Mario Bros 2 and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance took the second and third spot as two of the best-selling games in North America during August. Neither game could dethrone Darksiders 2 as the best-selling game. Here’s the top ten best-sellers:
- Darksiders II
- New Super Mario Bros 2
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
- NCAA Football 13
- Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- Sleeping Dogs
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
- Batman: Arkham City
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- The Amazing Spider-Man
A GameStop management meeting is apparently scheduled on the 28th of August. Nintendo’s upcoming console is rumored to be the focus of the meeting. Shortly after the meeting, according to a GameStop employee, the retailer will begin offering Wii U pre-orders.
Freakyforms: Your Creations Alive! will be removed from the European Nintendo eShop on August 16th. Nintendo didn’t give a reason for the decision, but perhaps it’s because the retail version of the game, Freaky Forms Deluxe, was released in Europe on July 28th and will be downloadable from the Nintendo eShop on August 17th.
The original can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop for £5.40, while the retail version is £19.99. If you purchase Freakyforms: Your Creations Alive! prior to August 16th, you can always re-download it onto your Nintendo 3DS.
GenGame writer Ben Lamoreux, who claims he has good relations with GameStop management, ‘confirms’ that the recently spotted Wii U marketing materials are made by Nintendo. Lamoreux is confident that official Nintendo-made advertisements will go on display throughout all GameStop stores beginning August 13th. Lamoreux is also told that consumers may be able to pre-order the Wii U on the same day or “shortly after.”