Shadow Of The Ninja For NES Coming To North American Virtual Console On January 29th

The iconic Shadow of the Ninja for the Nintendo Entertainment System will eventually be coming to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Natsume announced that the 2D action title will be arriving on the North American Virtual Console on January 29th. You can take a look at Shadow of the Ninja in the YouTube video embedded below.

Thanks, Kim

Here’s An Unboxing Video Of Most Of The Wave 3 Amiibo

Excited to get your hands on the third wave of Amiibo figures? Well, Youtuber NintenDaan has managed to get his hands on most of Wave Three. They are pretty much all there minus Rosalina who Daan said he had difficulty getting, which I’m sure some of you will be able to relate to. Anyway, enjoy the unboxing video! Daan promises to do one more once he’s got the Rosalina Amiibo.

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Was Best-Selling Gaming Device And Wii U Was The Fourth In 2014

Wondering which consoles and handhelds were the best-selling in Japan during 2014? Well wonder no more. Japanese sales tracker Famitsu has revealed that it was the Nintendo 3DS that was the best-selling gaming device in the country by a long shot. Interestingly, the Nintendo 3DS was followed by the PlayStation Vita which has remained popular on Japan. The Wii U came in fourth place.

  1. Nintendo 3DS – 3.153.045 / 17.847.056
  2. PlayStation Vita – 1.147.936 / 3.423.075
  3. PlayStation 4 – 925.570
  4. Wii U – 604.856 / 2.123.283
  5. PlayStation 3 – 450.034 / 10.018.534
  6. PSP – 83.985 / 19.692.478
  7. Xbox One – 45.958
  8. Xbox 360 – 8.569 / 1.616.128

Thanks, lamatsucubo

Nintendo Was The Number One Video Games Publisher In Japan During 2014

It probably won’t come as too big a surprise to many, but Famitsu has revealed that Nintendo was the number one video games publisher in Japan during 2014. You can check out the best-selling video games in Japan during 2014 below, but note that these figures do not include digital downloads. Bundles are included.

01. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke <RPG> (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937) – 3.050.178
02. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.937) – 2.464.850
03. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # <ACT> (Capcom) {2014.10.11} (¥6.264) – 2.381.177
04. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS <FTG> (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616) – 2.066.022
05. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Shin Uchi <RPG> (Level 5) {2014.12.13} (¥4.968) – 2.007.327
06. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch <RPG> (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 994.346 / 1.280.799
07. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # <RCE> (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) – 842.053
08. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru to Ruka no Fushigi na Fushigi na Kagi # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2014.02.06} (¥5.490) – 748.139
09. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe <ACT> (Nintendo) {2014.01.11} (¥4.800) – 687.957
10. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2014.12.06} (¥7.776) – 478.366

Top 5 Publisher

1. Nintendo – 8.380.000
2. Level 5 – 6.210.000
3. Bandai Namco – 4.810.000
4. Capcom – 3.440.000
5. Pokemon Co. – 3.020.000

Other info

Software sales were 87,3% compared to last year.
Hardware sales were 93,5% compared to last year.
Overall sales were 91,0% compared to last year.
The market declined another year.

Thanks, lamatsucubo

Nintendo Was The Number One Publisher In France During 2014

France loves Nintendo. That’s what we can gather from the sales data handily provided by French publication Le Figaro. Nintendo beat the likes of EA and Ubisoft to become the number one video game publisher in the country. It’s not just video games that are selling well, it’s also Amiibo. You can can check out all the juicy sales data below.

  • Nintendo was #1 publisher with almost 4.5m games sold in 2014, second year in a row. EA and Ubisoft are #2 and #3
  • In the Top 20 for 2014, 8 games are from Nintendo
  • Pokémon OR/AS was their #1 games with over 476k sold.
  • Tomodachi Life is at 439k on Dec. 31st, over 450k right now (quite popular with children and young girls)
  • Smash Bros. 3DS is at 279k (good word of mouth)
  • Wii U is at over 510k, #2 behind PS4 but still better than XB1 (roughly 430k iirc). That’s below their expectation (~550k by the end of 2014).
  • Smash Bros + Wii U bundle accounted for 1/3 of Nintendo’s total HW sales during the last 2 weeks of the year.
  • Wii U is +40% YoY.
  • 240k Wii U sold in 2014
  • Mario Kart 8 sold 346k
  • amiibo at 200k
  • 20k amiibo sold last week. Right now, most people buying them do so for collecting. So this year, they’re gonna emphasize the use in games.
  • MM3D N3DS already out of stock
  • Betting big on MH, which usually sells 100k/game.

Thanks, Bishop

Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads On The Nintendo eShop In The US

Nintendo of America has finally detailed the games that we can get hold of this week in the US Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. Leading the way is Punch-Out!! on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. This give gamers the chance to experience the Wii title if they missed out upon release. There’s also the zany Citizens of Earth which you can check out in the video here. Anyway, here’s the games you can download this week in the United States.

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Punch-Out!! – Did you miss out on the Punch-Out!! game when it launched for the Wii console? Now you can download it in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U! Little Mac is back and ready to slug his way through some of the most outlandish boxers for a chance to win the Championship Belt. Hook, jab and swing through a hilarious cast of opponents in this modern update of the classic Punch-Out!! Also, get Punch-Out!! for 50 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • Citizens of Earth – Get Citizens of Earth in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS each for the introductory price of $11.99. Recruit the yoga instructor, the cop, your mom and all the other citizens to join your party and fight your battles. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • S.C.A.T. – Alien invaders have landed on Earth and seek to conquer it. In response, Earth has sent soldiers from the Special Cybernetic Attack Team (S.C.A.T.) to meet them on the battlefield. Play solo or with a friend as you battle through five stages of enemies and bosses in the name of saving humanity from total annihilation. S.C.A.T. is now available in the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • It’s week two of the Throwback Sale! Save up to 50 percent on select games of past and current Nintendo console generations. This week’s sale starts at 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 22 and ends at 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Only one week left to take advantage of deals on hit indie games with the Super Indie Connection Sale #2. Now through 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29, fans who already own any participating games or purchase one at full price during this promotion will receive 60 percent off other participating games.
    • Super Toy Cars is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29.
    • Darts Up is 40 percent off (reduced from $2.49 to $1.49) until 8:59am PT on Feb. 19.

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