Nintendo Japan has announced that it is due to release an album full to the brim with classic eight bit songs to celebrate a whopping thirty years of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The album will contain twenty-six of the best songs from classic games like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, and Metroid. The album will come on two discs and will be released in Japan on December 4th. There’s currently no word as to whether this intriguing album will come to the west. If I hear anything I will let you all know.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Mario Bros.
- Pro Wrestling
- Donkey Kong 3
- Devil World
- Clu Clu Land
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Wrecking Crew
- Mach Rider
- Famicom Wars
- Super Mario Brothers 3
- Dr. Mario
- Famicom Disk System (boot-up music)
- The Legend of Zelda
- The Mysterious Murasame Castle
- Kid Icarus
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- Famicom Fairytales: New Onigashima Vol. I
- Famicom Fairytales: New Onigashima Vol. II
This week’s Media Create sales are now in, and it’s time to get those party hats on for some serious celebrations as the Wii U rockets up to 38,802 sales. The striking rise in sales – compared to its 2k last week – is due to the release of a special Wii U deluxe, which comes bundled with Wii Party U, New Super Mario Bros. U, a Wii motion plus remote and a 30 day code for Wii Karaoke U. Wii Party U alone shifted over 37,000 sales this week – a tremendous amount given its dismal sales in the UK chart where it dropped out of the top 40 after its second week – and placed in at number six.
In terms of the Wii U’s position in the hardware charts, it becomes the second best-selling console this week, just behind the 3DS XL – now that’s what we call a Nintendo party. You can check out the top 10 software charts, where Pokemon X and Y rule the roost, and the hardware charts below.
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y – 162,347 (2,731,470)
- [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 – 52,826 (136,709)
- [3DS] Danball Senki Wars – 50,217 (New)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 46,729 (2,872,106)
- [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 – 38,179 (74,181)
- [Wii U] Wii Party U – 37,371 (New)
- [PSV] Gundam Breaker – 33,775 (New)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V – 32,666 (531,266)
- [PSV] Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 1 – 31,811 (New)
- [PS3] Tears to Tiara II: Haou no Matsuei – 24,422 (New)
- 3DS LL – 58,627 (69,001)
- Wii U – 38,802 (2,598)
- 3DS – 29,749 (40,507)
- PlayStation Vita – 27,618 (24,513)
- PlayStation 3 – 11,148 (11,460)
- PSP – 3,680 (3,807)
- Wii – 477 (742)
- Xbox 360 – 328 (351)
Last week’s Media Create sales for Japan revealed Nintendo exclusive Sonic Lost World did not perform as hoped, with the Wii U version failing to even chart. But new sales figures in from Dengeki Online show that Sonic Lost World for Wii U sold approximately 2,076 copies in its first week, making it the number one selling title for Nintendo’s console. If we compare that to the 4,919 copies sold for the Nintendo 3DS where it charted at number 18, there’s a striking difference. And with the Wii U managing to shift a pitiful 2,598 units that week, it’s a poor run for the blue hedgehog. However, he did manage to run rings around Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends, which sold less than 1,500 copies in its first week.
This week’s Media Create sales figures are now in from Japan. This week saw the release of Sonic Lost World which performed worse than expected. The Wii U version of the Wii U version of the game failed to chart, whilst the Nintendo 3DS version only managed to come in at number eighteen. The Nintendo 3DS remains the best-selling format, shifting a reasonable 109,508 units this week. However, Wii U sales continue to decline with the console only managing to sell 2,598 units which put it behind PlayStation Vita.
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 229,402 (2,569,124)
- [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 83,883 (New)
- [PS3] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Arc System Works, 10/24/13) – 72,464(New)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 68,160 (2,825,377)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) – 50,286 (498,600)
- [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 36,002 (New)
- [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 24,331 (New)
- [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 17,009 (61,574)
- [PSP] Kamigami no Asobi (Broccolu, 10/24/13) – 12,078 (New)
- [PSP] Diabolik Lovers More, Blood (Idea Factory, 10/24/13) – 10,481 (New)
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 69,001 (94,988)
- Nintendo 3DS – 40,507 (59,590)
- PlayStation Vita – 24,513 (25,763)
- PlayStation 3 – 11,460 (11,643)
- PSP – 3,807 (3,651)
- Wii U – 2,598 (2,999)
- Wii – 742 (806)
- Xbox 360 – 351 (539)
Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends has not been the most profitable of the company’s games in Europe and North America. But sources say that it’s not even hitting the target sales mark in Japan either, with less than 1,500 copies sold in its first week on the Wii U. Last week’s Media Create sales revealed that the feisty Rayman couldn’t even climb into the top 30, and with sales of only 1,435 copies, we now know why. Dengeki Online’s data, however, ended on October 20, just three days after the game’s release in Japan, but nevertheless it’s still a disappointing run for the limbless character.
This week’s Media Create sales charts are now in from Japan. The Nintendo 3DS has enjoyed another bumper week, thanks to Pokemon X & Y. Nintendo’s latest handheld sold a respectable 154,578 units, but it wasn’t quite as impressive as the week before when it sold a staggering 213.570 units. The Wii U continues to struggle in Japan. This week saw the console dip below the 3,000 units mark. It should also be noted that Rayman Legends which recently launched in Japan, exclusively on Wii U, failed to enter the top thirty.
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 473,151 (2,339,721)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 104,394 (2,757,217)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) – 88,219 (448,334)
- [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 44,565 (New)
- [PS3] Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 29,314(New)
- [PS3] FIFA 14 (EA, 10/17/13) – 26,170(New)
- [PS3] Beyond: Two Souls (SCE, 10/17/13) – 22,481 (New)
- [PS3] Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou (Sega, 10/10/13) – 11,819 (85,515)
- [PS3] Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (Namco Bandai, 10/10/13) – 11,212 (88,450)
- [PSV] DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload (Spike Chunsoft, 10/10/13) – 9,532 (85,704)
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 94,988 (141,245)
- Nintendo 3DS – 59,590 (72,325)
- PlayStation Vita – 25,763 (60,166)
- PlayStation 3 – 11,643 (12,395)
- PSP – 3,651 (3,467)
- Wii U – 2,999 (3,276)
- Wii – 806 (703)
- Xbox 360 – 539 (575)
Nintendo will be releasing two new 3DS XL Limited Edition consoles in Japan this November. One console will be orange while the other appears to be light blue/turquoise, and both have a colored D-pad and buttons as well. The Limited Edition XL’s will retail for ¥19,900, which works out to be about $205. No official word on whether the consoles will be released in the West, but Nintendo seems to be debuting a lot of new console packs in Japan before bringing them to Europe and the US lately. The Limited Edition 3DS XLs will be released on November 28th.
Nintendo Japan has confirmed via its official website that it has discontinued the original Wii console which launched in 2006. We already knew that they were planning to stop manufacturing the hit console, but now it appears as though distribution has ceased. Those Japanese gamers wanting a Wii fix will either have to purchase the backwards compatible Wii U, or hunt around stores searching for any leftover Wii stock.
The Nintendo 3DS enjoyed another bumper week in Japan with the release of the long-awaited Pokemon X & Y. Sales of the console reached an impressive 213.570 units. Pokemon X & Y sold 1.8 million units, which will clearly put a smile on Nintendo’s face. However, it was a dire week for Wii U sales as the console only managed to sell 3.276 units and this is on the back of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Nintendo’s struggling home console couldn’t even beat the ageing PSP. Here’s the software and hardware charts.
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 1,866,570 (New)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) – 360,115 (New)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 110,208 (2,652,824)
- [PS3] Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (Namco Bandai, 10/10/13) – 77,228(New)
- [PSV] DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload (Spike Chunsoft, 10/10/13) – 76,162 (New)
- [PS3] Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou (Sega, 10/10/13) – 73,696(New)
- [PS3] Fairy Fencer F (Compile Heart, 10/10/13) – 40,666 (New)
- [PSV] Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou (Sega, 10/10/13) – 33,898(New)
-  Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) – 26,612 (New)
- [PS3] Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (Tecmo Koei, 09/26/13) – 11,044 (116,054)
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 141,245 (85,885)
- Nintendo 3DS – 72,325 (37,102)
- PlayStation Vita – 60,166 (3,538)
- PlayStation 3 – 12,395 (10,232)
- PSP – 3,467 (4,093)
- Wii U – 3,276 (4,001)
- Wii – 703 (914)
- Xbox 360 – 575 (354)
The phenomenon continues as Capcom has announced that shipments of Monster Hunter 4 have now exceeded 3 million copies. Capcom has long been predicting major sales figures for the game, but given that the company had forecast 2.8 million sold by March 2014, this new tally has surpassed even their own wildest expectations. Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Monster Hunter series, and as of October 15th, the series has sold over 26 million copies. Monster Hunter 4 is currently only available in Japan. There are still no definitive plans to bring Monster Hunter 4 to Europe or North America, but Capcom has stated that it is weighing all of its options.