Here’s A Delightful Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Japanese Trailer

Nintendo Japan has uploaded some delightful footage of the upcoming Wii U and 3DS title Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. The four-minute trailer shows off a number of levels, where players must guide Mario and co. across hazardous areas to the correct exit doors, collecting coins and power-ups along the way. You’ll have to weigh up the risks versus the rewards, however, as there are many challenges waiting in the wings to keep you on your toes.

Earlier today, the game’s Japanese website opened and features a few interesting tips and tricks, a focus on Miiverse integration and star swapping with friends. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars will be available for both the Wii U and 3DS on March 5 in North America, and a little later in Europe on March 20.

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 58K And Wii U Sells 7K

This week’s Japanese sales charts are now in and it’s no surprise to see The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask take the number one position in the software charts. There were a few other new releases this week including Samurai Warriors 4-II and Nanatsu no Taizai: The Seven Deadly Sins – Unjust Sin, amongst others. On the hardware side of things it was the Nintendo 3DS that once again proved the most popular format as it shifted 58K. The Wii U continues to struggle as it only managed to sell 7K. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware in Japan this week.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 230,065 (New)
  2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 44,574 (New)
  3. [3DS] The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin (Bandai Namco, 02/11/15) – 33,270 (New)
  4. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 23,844 (2,479,724)
  5. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 23,519 (New)
  6. [PS4] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 22,468 (New)
  7. [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 16,406 (60,627)
  8. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 12,922 (2,513,921)
  9. [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 12,513 (47,203)
  10. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 9,532 (2,149,794)
  11. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 9,234 (2,470,154)
  12. [PSV] A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd: Library Party (Kaga Create, 02/12/15) – 8,950 (New)
  13. [PS3] Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 6,883 (14,652)
  14. [PSV] Ukiyo no Roushi (Spike Chunsoft, 02/11/15) – 6,699 (New)
  15. [PS4] Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft, 01/29/15) – 6,551 (52,580)
  16. [Wii U] Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo, 01/22/15) – 6,258 (58,267)
  17. [PSV] Hyakka Yakou (Idea Factory, 02/12/15) – 6,235 (New)
  18. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 6,118 (587,913)
  19. [PS3] Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft, 01/29/15) – 5,280 (32,159)
  20. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 5,226 (3,103,815)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 41,821 (21,650)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 21,381 (18,758)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 10,901 (10,013)
  4. New 3DS – 9,584 (7,916)
  5. Wii U – 7,007 (6,517)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,683 (6,426)
  7. 3DS LL – 4,126 (3,084)
  8. 3DS – 3,214 (2,642)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 588 (560)
  10. Xbox One – 191 (238)

 

Nintendo Reveals Five 3DS Games Are Double-Million Sellers In Japan

nintendo_japan_double_million_3dsNintendo’s financial results briefing has been published today following its third quarterly financial results last month. Though it’s a little later than expected, due to the company’s CEO Satoru Iwata falling ill at the end of January, there’s still a lot of information from the presentation to digest. In his shareholder presentation, Satoru Iwata outlines how Nintendo has returned to profit – primarily due to a weakened Yen – after a number of years with operating losses, and quickly sheds light on sales for the 3DS.

While the 3DS hardware sales haven’t been as large as the company had hoped during the 2014 to 2015 fiscal year, Iwata explains handheld software in the Japanese market has boomed over the previous three months between October and December 2014, mainly due to five key titles. Exceeding Nintendo’s expectations, Yokai Watch 2 Hanso and Gonke, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (counted together), Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Monster Hunter 4G – known as Ultimate in the west – were all double-million selling titles within six months in Japan.

Here are the double-million sellers. Three of the five titles are third-party software. Some think that the popularity of smartphones will shrink the business of software for dedicated video game platforms. On the other hand, the market potential of Nintendo 3DS seems to interest developers who are working on games for smartphones, and there have recently been some hit titles for Nintendo 3DS which were originally designed for smartphones, including “Puzzle & Dragons Z” released at the end of 2013. We continue to receive inquiries from various developers.

In regards to Super Smash Bros for 3DS, Satoru Iwata explains that although sales of the title were healthy in Japan and the U.S, it wasn’t the same case for Europe. Since the release, word-of-mouth has reached a pinnacle of sorts in the region and sales of the 3DS brawler are gradually increasing. On the other hand, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have reached 9.35 million units worldwide, though are yet to reach the sales height of Pokemon X and Y.

The “Super Smash Bros.” series is not as popular or well-known in Europe as in Japan and the U.S. This is why the initial sales of “Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS” were not strong in Europe. As the time goes by after the release, however, the sales have picked up thanks to word-of-mouth.

We have sold 9.35 million units of “Pokémon Omega Ruby” and “Pokémon Alpha Sapphire,” which were released worldwide last November. The sales total is smaller than that of “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y,” released in the previous year, as the release date was more than one month later in the year.

 

Sonic Advance Coming To Japanese Wii U eShop Next Week

If you’re a Sonic fan and live in Japan then you’ll be super pleased to know that Sonic Advance is coming to the Japanese Wii U eShop next week. Sonic’s well received adventure takes up 200MB and will be arriving on February 18th. Sonic Advance will cost Japanese consumers ¥702. Let’s hope it also makes it way to the west as I’m sure there’s more than a few of you that would enjoy it.

Thanks, misterbreada

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 35K And Wii U Sells 6K

This week’s Japanese sales charts are now in thanks to Media Create. There’s nothing spectacular about this week’s charts, but that was to be expected. The Nintendo 3DS sold 35K and the Wii U limped along selling 6K. The top game this week was a new entry on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Dragon Ball Xenoverse. Anyway, here’s the best-selling software and hardware this week in Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 44,221 (New)
  2. [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 34,690 (New)
  3. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 24,068 (2,455,880)
  4. [3DS] Lost Heroes 2 (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 20,691 (New)
  5. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 12,234 (2,501,000)
  6. [PS4] Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft, 01/29/15) – 9,790 (46,029)
  7. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 9,715 (2,460,920)
  8. [PSV] Ebikore Photo Kano Kiss (Kadokawa Games, 02/05/15) – 9,512 (New)
  9. [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (Atlus, 01/29/15) – 9,240 (62,505)
  10. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 8,950 (2,140,261)
  11. [PS3] Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft, 01/29/15) – 8,513 (26,879)
  12. [PS3] Tales of Zestiria (Bandai Namco, 01/22/15) – 8,225 (378,602)
  13. [PS3] Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 7,770 (New)
  14. [Wii U] Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo, 01/22/15) – 7,004 (52,009)
  15. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 5,683 (581,796)
  16. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (05/29/14) – 4,799 (581,796)
  17. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 4,777 (3,098,847)
  18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,678 (3,913,847)
  19. [PSV] Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita the Best) (Atlus, 02/05/15) – 3,574 (New)
  20. [3DS] Kenka Bancho 6: Soul & Blood (Spike Chunsoft, 01/15/15) – 2,896 (40,742)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 21,650 (21,880)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 18,758 (17,392)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 10,013 (11,871)
  4. New 3DS – 7,916 (7,700)
  5. Wii U – 6,517 (6,807)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,426 (7,211)
  7. 3DS LL – 3,084 (3,641)
  8. 3DS – 2,642 (3,187)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 560 (521)
  10. Xbox One – 238 (222)

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 36K And Wii U Sells 6K

This week’s Japanese sales figures are now in courtesy of Media Create. Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker claimed the top spot beating Ubisoft’s well-received Far Cry 4. Hardware sales weren’t anything to write home about this week as the Nintendo 3DS sold 36,408 units and the Wii U managed 6,807 units. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware this week in Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (Atlus, 01/29/15) – 53,264 (New)
  2. [PS4] Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft, 01/29/15) – 36,239 (New)
  3. [PS3] Tales of Zestiria (Bandai Namco, 01/22/15) – 29,487 (370,377)
  4. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 27,566 (2,431,812)
  5. [3DS] Yowamushi Pedal: Ashita he no High Cadence (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 20,510 (New)
  6. [PS3] Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft, 01/29/15) – 18,366 (New)
  7. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 14,108 (2,488,766)
  8. [Wii U] Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo, 01/22/15) – 12,867 (45,005)
  9. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 10,832 (2,451,205)
  10. [PS4] Bladestorm: Nightmare (Level-5, 01/29/15) – 10,219 (New)
  11. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 8,878 (2,131,311)
  12. [PS3] Bladestorm: Nightmare (Level-5, 01/29/15) – 7,621 (New)
  13. [3DS] The Legend of Legacy (FuRyu, 01/22/15) – 6,514 (60,488)
  14. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 6,398 (576,112)
  15. [PS3] Ukiyo no Shishi (Spike Chunsoft, 01/29/15) – 6,184 (New)
  16. [3DS] Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+ (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 5,851 (New)
  17. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 5,425 (3,093,812)
  18. [PSV] Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly (Idea Factory, 01/29/15) – 5,319 (New)
  19. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (05/29/14) – 5,103 (906,468)
  20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,910 (3,909,169)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 21,880 (20,065)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 17,392 (13,793)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 11,871 (14,991)
  4. New 3DS – 7,700 (8,028)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 7,211 (8,600)
  6. Wii U – 6,807 (7,088)
  7. 3DS LL – 3,641 (3,882)
  8. 3DS – 3,187 (3,287)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 521 (589)
  10. Xbox One – 222 (259)

 

New Langrisser Game Announced For Japanese 3DS, Coming This Summer

A new Langrisser game has been announced for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS which is set to revive the series after 15 years. Developer Masaya Games revealed the forthcoming tactical RPG in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, stating it would be aiming for a summer release window. As scans show above, Langrisser – as a working title for the moment – will be set in a world mostly submerged in water, where a boy wielding the sacred weapon Excalibur takes on legions of imperial forces in order to save a girl.

According to various translations, the game’s combat will feature 10-versus-10 player battles, with 3D chibi counterparts serving as units. Famitsu also mentions the 3DS title will include steampunk elements, an interesting route for the series given Langrisser is usually stapled with traditional western fantasy aesthetics. And while fans of the game may remember the beautiful artwork from series designer Satoshi Urushihara, Masaya have taken upon the artistic talent from Hiroshi Kaieda for the new game instead.