According to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, out of the 10 best-selling video games of 2012 in Japan, eight are exclusive to Nintendo platforms. Nintendo DS titles Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, which were released in Japan on June 23rd, 2012, have sold practically three million units in the country. Nintendo 3DS-exclusive Animal Crossing: New Leaf, also known as Animal Crossing: Jump Out, which was released in Japan toward the end of 2012, has sold over two million copies. Below is a list of the 10 best-selling games of 2012 in Japan; next to each title is a number in parenthesis, which represents how many units that game has sold during last year.
- [NDS] Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (2,879,027)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2,286,977)
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (1,780,493)
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D (899,410)
- [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors (825,860)
- [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (822,542)
- [PS3] Resident Evil 6 (821,053)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (776,171)
- [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (738,109)
- [Wii] Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsusu no Shuzoku Online (633,827)
The latest edition of Game Informer has revealed that TT Games and Marvel are teaming up together to bring Lego Marvel Super Heroes to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, and PC. As expected, the game is developed by the immensely talented TT Games and will be available to purchase this Autumn. Here’s a trailer.
Out of all the great games that were released in 2012, including Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Pokemon Conquest, Crashmo, New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Scribblenauts Unlimited and Little Inferno, one special title is my personal favorite.
My game of the year 2012 is Wii-exclusive Rhythm Heaven Fever, also known as Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise.
For me, picking game of the year is primarily based based on one factor – fun. To date, with over 87 hours of playtime and counting, Rhythm Heaven Fever is the second most-played game on my Wii.
The music video game, developed by Nintendo and TNX, features over 50 quirky and addicting minigames that are easy-to-learn but challenging to master. From beautiful visuals to catchy music to extremely fun gameplay, Rhythm Heaven Fever has it all.
For more on why Rhythm Heaven Fever is my favorite game of 2012, read our Rhythm Heaven Fever review.
Everyone has his or her own opinions… What is your favorite game of 2012?
In its very last issue, Nintendo Power has ranked its top 285 video games of all time. Of course, every single game on the list is on a Nintendo Platform, and ranked are numerous titles in the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda franchises.
Below is a list of the publication’s 10 best video games of all time… To view the complete list, go here.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
- Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
- Final Fantasy III (VI) (SNES)
- Super Mario World (SNES)
- Mega Man 2 (NES)
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
- Super Metroid (SNES)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)
- Resident Evil 4 (GameCube)
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, and executive managing director of Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto recently took some time out to talk about the influence that Nintendo’s former third president, Hiroshi Yamauchi, had on both the Nintendo DS and Wii U. The company’s stance on creating new, unique, and innovative products clearly stemmed from Nintendo’s third president. Here’s what Miyamoto and Iwata had to say about their former mentor.
“When we developed the DS, we started from the question, ‘If we make a high spec Gameboy Advance, is it something people will want?’” recalled Miyamoto. “If you make the same sort of thing, there’s no uniqueness to it. When there’s nothing unique, all you get as a result is a price war.”
“Mr. Yamauchi had no direct input in the development of the Wii U, but indirectly, you could say his idea from the DS is connected.”
“Even before the DS was born, we often heard Mr. Yamauchi say ‘Don’t do the same as what’s been done before’ over and over.” recalled Iwata. “I practically had calluses on my ears.” added Miyamoto with a laugh.
Nintendo of America has announced that the Nintendo 3DS Game Card Case will return to Club Nintendo this Wednesday, December 19th. The plastic case includes four double-sided card covers, can hold up to 18 Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS Game Cards, and will be redeemable for 250 Club Nintendo coins.
Make sure to grab one right when it hits Club Nintendo as it’s a very popular reward.
The Nintendo DS has finally surpassed the PlayStation 2 and is now the best-selling video game platform. The Nintendo DS has sold 153.69 million units, while the PlayStation 2 has sold 153.68 million units. The Nintendo DS outsold the PlayStation 2 globally from the week ending December 8th. Let’s see if it can retain its position as the best-selling platform worldwide.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has announced that Nintendo managed to sell 400,000 Wii U consoles during the first week of the system being available. Fils-Aime also said that Nintendo sold 300,000 Wii consoles during the same period. The Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS also had a good week selling 250,000 and 275,000 respectively. The original Wii console Wii sold 600,000 units during its first 8 days on sale back in 2006.
“Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock. Retailers are also doing their best to get the product to store shelves. But as soon as product hits retail, they’re selling out immediately.”
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On November 23rd, which is Black Friday this year, you can purchase a Wii for $89 from Walmart and/or a Nintendo DSi XL for $99. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two isn’t even out yet (it releases on the 18th of November), but you can nab Wii’s version of the game from Walmart for only $24.96 on Black Friday.
- Wii Console – $89
- uDraw – $10
- Wii Sports – $15
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – $15
- Mario Power Tennis – $15
- Mario Super Sluggers – $15
- Just Dance 3 – $15
- Super Mario Galaxy – $15
- Super Paper Mario – $15
- Pikmin 2 – $15
- Wipeout 2 – $15
- Wii Play Motion – $15
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl – $25
- Just Dance 4 – $25
- Wipeout 3 – $15
- Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – $24.96
- Skylanders Starter Pack – $38.96
- Nintendo DSi XL – $99.96
- Pokemon White 2 – $30
- Pokemon Black 2 – $30
- Mario Kart – $30
- New Super Mario Bros – $30
CyberConnect2 company boss Hiroshi Matsuyama has announced that they are currently developing a new story within the Little Tail Bronx series. The last game in the series was Nintendo DS exclusive, Solatorobo: Red the Hunter. CyberConnect2 has yet to announce which platform the next game in the franchise will appear on. But the Nintendo 3DS seems to be the likely choice.