Japan has already gotten its hands on the New Nintendo 3DS, but those of us in the west will have to wait until 2015. Speaking to investors today Nintendo president Satoru Iwata attempted to explain why the Japanese get the device this year, while the west has to wait until some unknown time in 2015. Here’s his explanation.
“Based on these observations, some might wonder if, apart from the domestic market, the sales of Nintendo 3DS will really be able to gain momentum in the overseas markets,” Iwata said.
“Iwata then noted that the 3DS is at a different “stage of popularization” in Japan than in the US and Europe. The handheld is nearing lifetime sales of 17 million in Japan, or about equal with the lifetime sales of the GameBoy Advance. As a result, Iwata said the 3DS’ addressable market has nearly been reached, and the launch of the New 3DS was necessary to grow sales once again.”
“To the contrary, neither of the cumulative sales figures of Nintendo 3DS in the U.S. nor Europe is more than that in Japan despite, based on the historical performance, bigger sales potential,” Iwata said. “In short, Nintendo 3DS is still at an earlier stage of popularization in these two markets. Also, the difference in market characteristics shows up in the software sales pace. In the Japanese market, both hardware and software tend to sell during a short period along with a quick spread of information on them. In the U.S. and Europe, on the other hand, highly acclaimed games are likely to be longtime sellers.”
In a surprising announcement, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said that the New Nintendo 3DS is the company’s best-selling revision to date in Japan since the DSi. The remodelled handheld has surpassed sales of the Nintendo 3DS XL, the Nintendo DSi and the DSi XL during the first three weeks of the console going on sale. They’ve handily provided the chart above courtesy of Media Create. Here’s what Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had to say.
We feel that the new “super-stable 3D” function, new “C” stick, and accelerated CPU of the new models have been well-received by our consumers. With the new models in addition to the consecutive release of games which could be double-million sellers, we are confident that Nintendo 3DS will establish a presence in the market in the year-end sales season in Japan.
This week’s Japanese sales data is now in thanks to Media Create. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate remains the best-selling software in Japan easily outselling the competition. However, hardware sales continue to be a worry with the Nintendo 3DS selling 96,590 units and the Wii U only managing 4,273. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware this week in Japan.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 172,348 (1,945,850)
- [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 (Konami, 10/23/14) – 81,981 (New)
- [PS3] The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 10/23/14) – 59,388 (New)
- [PS4] The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 10/23/14) – 59,204 (New)
- [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 (Konami, 10/23/14) – 50,836 (New)
- [3DS] Tales of the World: Reve Unitia (Bandai Namco, 10/23/14) – 47,037 (New)
- [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 36,625 (1,647,529)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 30,497 (2,786,183)
- [PSV] Super Hero Generation (Bandai Namco, 10/23/14) – 16,802 (New)
- [PS3] Super Hero Generation (Bandai Namco, 10/23/14) – 12,566 (New)
- [PSV] Chaos Rings III: Prequel Trilogy (Square Enix, 10/16/14) – 6,967 (19,402)
- [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (Square Enix, 10/02/14) – 6,238 (123,546)
- [XBO] The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 10/23/14) – 3,233 (New)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 2,821 (693,208)
- [3DS] Dragon Quest X Online (Square Enix, 09/04/14) – 2,676 (111,276)
- [PS3] FIFA 15 (EA, 10/09/14) – 2,451 (23,062)
-  The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 10/23/14) – 2,319 (New)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,367 (3,800,198)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 2,234 (1,289,968)
- [PSV] Danganronpa: Another Episode (Spike Chunsoft, 09/25/14) – 2,132 (98,528)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- New 3DS LL – 59,386 (60,348)
- New 3DS – 21,281 (29,341)
- PlayStation Vita – 12,230 (8,761)
- 3DS LL – 10,665 (16,771)
- PlayStation 4 – 8,942 (8,046)
- 3DS – 5,258 (6,778)
- PlayStation 3 – 5,138 (4,779)
- Wii U – 4,273 (5,293)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 795 (630)
- Xbox One – 613 (728)
- Xbox 360 – 89 (88)
- PSP – 76 (100)
Japanese Nintendo 3DS success story Yokai Watch 2 shows no sign of slowing down in Japan. Sales tracker Media Create has revealed that Yokai Watch 2: Headliner currently has 231,000 pre-orders. It managed to achieve this figure in just two weeks. Yokai Watch 2 looks well on its way to sell a staggering 3 million copies in Japan.
Nintendo of Japan has recently tweeted that the Super Smash Bros 3DS demo will no longer be available after October 31. In an interesting twist, many fans believe the demo – which saw fighters such as Mario, Pikachu, Villager, Mega Man and Link playable – will receive an update on the back of the latest patch update released today, which rectified a few online stability issues.Though whether this is the case, we’ll simply have to wait and see.
For now, Nintendo are advising Japanese 3DS users to download the demo between now and October 31, if they’d like to experience the game. You can view the company’s official word in the tweet above and the translation below from NeoGAF.
“The availability of the demo for ‘Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS’ on the Nintendo eShop will end on October 31st. For those interested, please download it during the availability period.”
Spike Chunsoft recently filed a new trademark for Mystery Dungeon in Japan. Hopefully it means that a new entry in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series is in the works, but we won’t know for sure until it’s officially announced. Would you like to see another entry in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon franchise?
NintenDaan has secured himself a copy of Tales of the World: Reve Unitia for the Nintendo 3DS which has just been released in Japan. The strategy role-playing video game developed by Bandai Namco Games has yet to be confirmed for the west. Enjoy the footage.