Nintendo Japan has seemingly confirmed that they’re replacing the standard Wii U 32GB Premium pack with the Wii Sports Club bundle. This package will begin to go on sale on March 27th in Japan. The bundle includes a 32 GB Wii U Premium console, a GamePad, Wii Sports Club passes for events like bowling, golf and tennis from the Wii U Sports Club, a Wiimote controller and a wrist strap. The new bundle is priced at 30,000 Yen.
IGN is reporting that the Wii U sold more units in its first three weeks than the PlayStation 4 did for the same time period. However, it should be noted that the Wii U launched during the holiday season in Japan when festive shoppers were out purchasing gifts. IGN blames the poor sales of both consoles on the massive adoption of smartphone gaming in Japan, with the Nintendo 3DS lagging behind the Nintendo DS’s performance, and PlayStation Vita performing badly compared to the PlayStation Portable.
Thanks, Retrogaminglord and Alosjs
Nintendo Japan has opened a new website explaining how the Wii U and its unique features work. Though better late than never, the website does deliver some great Mario art to describe the Wii U GamePad and its off-TV capabilities, the system’s internet browser and apps such as YouTube and Hulu, as well as two-player interaction with Nintendo Joysound.
Other social apps like Miiverse and Wii U chat – the equivalent to Skype – are explained on the website for newcomers as well. But if you just want to check out the Mario art, including cooking with Peach, you can visit the website, here.
Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has published its readers most wanted games this week. Interestingly Mario Kart 8 has risen in the charts and is now sitting firmly in second position. However, the number one game this week is Final Fantasy XV for the PlayStation 4. Here’s the most wanted games in Japan this week.
- 01/03. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix, TBA) – 663 votes
- 02/04. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 649 votes
- 03/01. [PS3] Persona 5 (Atlus, Winter 2014) – 634 votes
- 04/13. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami, TBA) – 429 votes
- 05/02. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 405 votes
- 06/05. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, Fall 2014) – 395 votes
- 07/06. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix, TBA) – 382 votes
- 08/07. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus, 06/05/14) – 347 votes
- 09/15. [PS3] Dark Souls II (03/13/14) – 284 votes
- 10/11. [3DS] New Love Plus+ (Konami, 03/27/14) – 270 votes
- 11/12. [3DS] Bravely Second (Square Enix, TBA) – 263 votes
- 12/08. [PS3] Tales of Zestiria (Namco Bandai, TBA) – 257 votes
- 13/09. [PS3] The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 2014) – 253 votes
- 14/10. [PS3] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Jigoku-Hen (Namco Bandai, 04/10/14) – 252 votes
- 15/18. [PS4] The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 2014) – 239 votes
- 16/14. [Wii U] Hyrule Warriors (Tecmo Koei, 2014) – 225 votes
- 17/30. [3DS] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (Square Enix 04/24/14) – 189 votes
- 18/20.[3DS] Game Center CX 3-Chome no Arino (Namco Bandai, 03/20/14) – 184 votes
- 19/21. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 2014) – 183 votes
- 20/16. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 2014) – 178 votes
- 21/24. [PS4] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 2014) – 177 votes
- 22/19. [PS3] The Last Remnant (Square Enix, movedtomobile) – 170 votes
- 23/22. [PSV] Freedom Wars (SCEJ, Summer 2014) – 146 votes
- 24/—. [PSV] Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd (Sega, 03/27/14) – 135 votes
- 25/17. [3DS] Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (Marvelous AQL, 08/07/14) – 125 votes
- 26/— [PS3] The Last Guardian (SCEJ, TBA) – 124 votes
- 27/29. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, TBA) – 117 votes
- 28/—. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami, TBA) – 103 votes
- 29/28. [PSV] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Jigoku-Hen (Namco Bandai, 04/10/14) – 99 votes
- 30/—. [PS3] The Idolmaster: One For All (Namco Bandai, 05/15/14) – 98 votes
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Tokyo Majin Gakuen series director Shuuhou Imai has revealed his new Nintendo 3DS game, Hamatora: Look at Smoking World. Earlier this week, Imai teased the announcement on his blog for the 3DS game, which he both wrote and directed, saying details would be released later in the week.
Imai will collaborate with Unchained Blade developer FuRyu to bring Hamatora: Look at Smoking World to the Japanese 3DS. For those who are new to the anime, Imai assures that the game is user-friendly and will take place in the same universe as Hamatora: The Animation, but will feature a different story.
Set in the town of Kobe, the RPG adventure game focuses on a high-school transfer student with special powers, and will feature an original cast of characters, with a strategy-based RPG battle system. You can see a short teaser trailer for the game above. Hamatora: Look at Smoking World is due for release in Japan on July 17, this year.
This week’s Media Create sales came as no surprise with the PlayStation 4, bundled with Knack, dominating the software and hardware charts. However, beady eyes have noted that the Wii U has now overtaken the Xbox 360′s lifetime sales in Japan. Currently, the Wii U stands at 1,643,095 units – with a steady 7-8k sold each week – while the Xbox 360 lifetime to date sales clocks in at 1,641,528 units.
Nintendo’s home console still has a few leaps to make in order to reach the PlayStation Vita’s 2.5 million lifetime sales, but there’s still many great releases around the corner, including Mario Kart 8, to drum sales up further.
This week’s Media Create sales figures are now in from Japan. The PlayStation 4 got off to a good start shifting 309,154 units, easily placing it at number one. The Wii U remained steady selling 8,407 units, though Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze slipped to twelfth. Nintendo 3DS sales continued to drop with the handheld selling 32,151 units. Knack was the best-selling game this week.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- [PS3] Knack (First Limited Pack included) (SCE, 02/22/14) – 309,304 (New)
- [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) – 138,158 (New)
- [PS4] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) – 82,540 (New)
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys (Square Enix, 02/06/14) – 72,350 (634,433)
- [3DS] Kuroko no Basuke: Shouri e no Kiseki (Namco Bandai, 02/20/14) – 45,681 (New)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 35,125 (458,961)
- [PS4] Killzone: Shadow Fall (SCE, 02/22/14) – 32,336 (New)
- [PS4] Battlefield 4 (EA, 02/22/14) – 24,799 (New)
- [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/09/14) – 17,665 (457,796)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment, 12/12/31) – 15,092 (1,374,333)
- [PS4] Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (Tecmo Koei, 02/22/14) – 14,356 (New)
- [Wii U] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo, 02/13/14) – 14,330 (50,047)
- [PS4] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft, 02/22/14) – 13,862 (New)
- [PS4] Call of Duty: Ghosts (Square Enix, 02/22/14) – 13,701 (New)
- [PS4] Tomb Raider (Square Enix, 02/22/14) – 12,093 (Strong)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/133) – 11,302 (3,961,624)
- [3DS] Puyopuyo Tetris (Sega, 02/06/13) – 8,859 (67,204)
- [PS4] FIFA 14 (EA, 02/22/14) – 8,808 (New)
- [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost (Namco Bandai, 01/30/14) – 7,763 (321,054)
- [PS4] Need for Speed: Rivals (EA, 02/22/14) – 6,602 (New)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- PlayStation 4 – 309,154 (N/A)
- 3DS LL – 22,253 (27,650)
- PlayStation Vita – 16,857 (17,081)
- PlayStation 3 -9,983 (10,226)
- 3DS – 9,898 (12,066)
- Wii U – 8,407 (8,782)
- PSP – 3,171 (2,944)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,383 (1,267)
- Xbox 360 – 241 (256)
Japanese gaming publication Famitsu is reporting that the PlayStation 4 has sold 322,083 units in two days in Japan. What is interesting is that the Wii U sold similar numbers when it launched in Japan back in 2012. However, it should be noted that the Wii U launched during the busy Christmas period, whereas the PlayStation 4 launched in February.
- 1998.11.27 [Sega Dreamcast] (¥29.800) – 101.490 (3 days)
- 2000.03.04 [Sony PlayStation 2] (¥39.800) – 630.552 (2 days)
- 2001.09.14 [Nintendo GameCube] (¥25.000) – 133.719 (3 days)
- 2002.02.22 [Microsoft XBox] (¥34.800) – 123.929 (3 days)
- 2005.12.10 [Microsoft XBox 360] (¥29.000 / ¥39.795) – 62.135 (2 days)
- 2006.11.11 [Sony PlayStation 3] (¥49.980 / ¥59.980) – 88.443 (2 days)
- 2006.12.02 [Nintendo Wii] (¥25.000) – 371.936 (2 days)
- 2012.12.08 [Nintendo Wii U] (¥26.250 / ¥31.500) – 308.570 (2 days)
In an attempt to drum up sales Nintendo is releasing a new Wii U bundle in Japan that comes with Wii Sports Club. The price for the new package is 30,000 Yen and is due for release on March 27th. The news was announced in the latest Japanese Direct, but went overlooked. Here’s what Japanese gamers will get.
- White Premium Wii U
- 1 Wiimote Plus
- 1 Sensor Bar (not included in the standard Premium Pack)
- Wii Sports Club (Golf, Tennis, Bowling) pre-installed (no idea if they give you full passes for those)