Everyone loves Frozen so it comes as no surprise that the video game adaptation inspired by the movie has been a massive success in the United Kingdom. In fact it’s the Nintendo DS version of Frozen: Olaf’s Quest which has proven the most popular and has easily outsold the Nintendo 3DS version of the same game.
The success of Frozen was a bit of a surprise. We thought it’d do well. We’d done some decent movie licences before, such as Sony’s Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. We thought this one was going to be maybe a little bit bigger as it was Disney, but nowhere near the stratospheric sales that we’ve experienced.
We thought Frozen would be our last title on DS to be honest. Nintendo hasn’t been manufacturing the console for a few years, but we thought that there is a big user base our there, and there is a second hand, hand-me-down market for the old DS consoles. We launched Olaf’s Quest on DS and it’s still outselling 3DS. And we’ve got Disney’s next big film out in January, Big Hero 6, and we’re bringing that out on 3DS and DS. If you’d said to me 18 months ago you’d be bringing out a DS product in January 2015 I’d have laughed.
Thanks, Shuhei Yoshida
The Wii U Virtual Console has received its first Nintendo DS title in Japan. Brain Age is now available in the region as a free download through the service. Originally released in 2006, the brain-training game presents quick mental activities that were designed to help players flex their mental muscles. It was inspired by the research of Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. Nintendo has yet to release DS games on Wii U outside Japan.
Nintendo has announced that Nintendo DS software will be added to the future Virtual Console lineup for Wii U. Because the DS has a “very strong” library of games, Nintendo says it wants to make the dual-screen handheld’s titles playable on Wii U via the Wii U GamePad controller. The reveal was made during a corporate briefing today in Japan, where the firm also confirmed that Mario Kart 8 is scheduled to launch globally in May.
More news about a senseless death over a Nintendo console has emerged this week, as a mother of four children named Shizu Shigeta is now being tried in Tokyo for killing her five-year-old over his Nintendo DS. While on trial, Shigeta admitted responsibility for the death of her son, who she sealed inside two garbage bags after arguing with him about the handheld console and the mess he had left in their living room.
On September 1st, 2012, stressed from work and lack of sleep, Shigeta became angered by the mess her children had made in the house. She tossed her son’s DS into a garbage bag with several toys, then consumed several sleeping pills and a glass of shochu whiskey, only to awake the next morning to her five-year-old, Koshi, inquiring about his missing DS. Furious over her son’s attitude, and still reeling from her night of intoxication, the mother of four lashed out at the boy, asking him “Would you rather breathe or play DS?”
Koshi responded by saying “I’d rather play DS,” at which point the mother became enraged, binding the boy’s hands and feet with twine, and covering his eyes and mouth with tape. She then sealed him inside two garbage bags and passed out. By the time she awoke from the boy’s father arriving home, Koshi was unconscious. He died three days later from hypoxic encephalopathy, or brain damage caused by lack of oxygen.
Having been forced to listen to recounts of the incident in court, Shigeta claims to only recall “fragments” of the event. Amazingly, on account of the circumstances and her apparent devastation over her son’s death, the prosecution is only asking for a sentence of four years in prison.
Ghostlight has announced that Devil Survivor 2 will be coming to Europe after all. The company previously said that they needed 1,800 pre-orders for the boxed copy to even make its late September release. Thankfully, they have achieved this target. Those gamers that preordered Devil Survivor 2 will see their names included in the game’s manual. The company says that they will be providing a confirmed release date as soon as they complete the manual and put the game into manufacture.
Today Nintendo announced the release of Nintendo 2DS, an entry-level portable system that plays all 3DS and Nintendo DS games in 2D. The handheld will be priced at only 129.99 and will hit the market on October 12th of this year, in white + red or black + blue colors. The 2DS maintains all of the same hardware features of the 3DS such as gameplay controls and backwards compatibility with Nintendo’s vast library of games. Nintendo fans who don’t feel the 3D visuals are a necessity for them will now have the 2DS to turn to instead.
Optional carrying cases will be available at launch and will also come in red and blue, for a suggested retail price of 12.99 each. At the beginning of October, gamers will be able to try out the new 2DS system at Simon Malls, as Nintendo will be embarking on a demo tour for 2DS at select Simon Mall retail locations until November.
Disney Interactive announced back in April
that a new title named Planes would be soaring exclusively on Nintendo platforms this summer, and now it’s time to take in the dizzying heights of the new trailer
. The trailer, which you can see above, shows off some of those death-defying moves – or maybe not – as you take to the skies with Dusty and friends from the Cars spin-off.
The Wii and Wii U versions feature ten characters and four game modes, from balloon popping to Air Rallies. The Nintendo 3DS and DS versions only feature six playable characters with six different areas to explore, as well as three different games modes with over 40 different missions. Planes is set for a summer release and will be available August 16.