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Super Smash Bros Wii U Is The Fastest-Selling Wii U Game Ever In The US

If you were going to diagram an equation for a record-breaking software launch, it would probably look something like this:

Popular Franchise (more than 14 million Super Smash Bros. games sold in the U.S. alone)
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Demand (it has been six years since the last Super Smash Bros. console game, plus the new game benefits from heightened awareness for the franchise coming on the heels of the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game)
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Critical Acclaim (current Metacritic score of 93, making it the highest-rated original game of this generation, tied with last year’s Super Mario 3D World game)
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Strong Reaction from Fans (current user score of 9.2 on Metacritic, becoming the eighth Wii U game to have a Metacritic score of 85 or higher AND a user score of 8.5 or higher)
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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is now the fastest-selling Wii U title ever in the U.S. market (dethroning Mario Kart 8), with more than 490,000 physical and digital units combined sold during the three-day period of Nov. 21 through Nov. 23.

“The Nintendo holiday is off to a great start, but there’s a lot of work left to do and a few more surprises in store for our fans,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With great deals coming on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and great content like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launching next week, Nintendo will offer shoppers the best combination of fun and value this holiday season.”

*All numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures and are specific to the United States only.

 

Pokemon Rumble U Is Kinda Compatible With Amiibo

Intrepid Youtube user Kolma has proved that Amiibo work with the previously released Pokemon Rumble U. As you already may know Pokemon Rumble U does make use of Pokemon NFC figures, but it’s not be stated to work with Amiibo. However, Kolma got various Amiibo figures working with the game and these are the characters that are summoned by the user when the Amiibo is scanned in.

  • Pikachu – Mesprit
  • Link – Swinub
  • Wii Fit Trainer – Boldore
  • Marth – Weedle
  • Animal Crossing Villager – Victini

Thanks, MasterPikachu6 and WhiteEagle

Here’s Plenty Of Captain Toad Treasure Tracker Footage

We’ve finally got some more footage of the charming Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for Wii U. The footage is all direct feed, so you couldn’t ask for more. Captain Toad is currently scheduled to be released in the US on December 5th, while those in Europe will have to wait a little while longer as the game comes out January 2nd.

 

Those Smash Bros GameCube Adapters Are Selling Like Hot Cakes In The US

It seems as though Super Smash Bros on the Wii U has been a success on Wii U in the US. We haven’t had any indication of software sales, but those Super Smash Bros GameCube adapters have been flying off retailers shelves. Amazon sellers are selling them for extortionate prices and eBay sellers too. You might have to wait a while before they’re restocked and then they’ll probably go again. Did you manage to nab one at a decent price?

Thanks, Khalidmr93

There’s Been A Fire At Nintendo UK’s Customer Repair Company Warehouse

There’s been some bad news for Nintendo UK as it has been revealed that there has been a fire at the Nintendo UK customer repair company’s warehouse. MCV reports that the offices at Repair Tech were hit by a serious fire last week which fire engines tackled overnight. Here’s what a Nintendo UK spokesperson told MCV.

“We can confirm that on Tuesday 18th November, a fire broke out in the warehouse owned by RepairTech, the company that Nintendo UK uses to fulfil its customer repairs.”

“Nintendo UK only used the warehouse for UK based product repairs and storing of associated repairs equipment, it did not contain stock that would at any point be sent to a retailer for sale to the public. We are pleased to confirm that no one was hurt.”

“Customers whose hardware or software was in for repair have been contacted to be told that free replacements are to be issued, alongside some complementary free eShop credit.”

Thanks, Kallum

Polygon Believes Disney Can Save Nintendo

Polygon writer Steve Bowler has written an interesting article that suggests that an acquisition of Nintendo by Disney could help turn the company’s fortunes around. It should be taken into account that this is an opinion piece by Polygon, but it does raise some interesting questions. Although it’s unlikely to ever happen it makes for a good read. Be sure to check out the article, here.

“Nintendo would be Disney’s second priciest intellectual property grab to date. A fairly straightforward way to ballpark a company’s worth is to multiply their net revenue by three to four times. This puts Nintendo somewhere in the neighborhood of a $11 to $22 billion buyout based on the numbers of fiscal 2014″

“This is the lowest it would cost to buy Nintendo in seven years, since the company is in a slump and bleeding cash. If Disney were to buy the company, this is the time. Things are looking up for Nintendo in some ways, but coming off a long stretch of losses and struggling hardware sales there’s only so much big games can do to help the company. Nintendo is at a historic weak point, making the company very attractive for acquisition at a good price.”

“It would still cost a ton of money. To put the $19 billion-ish price into an easy to digest number, buying Nintendo would cost Disney more money than they paid for Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel, combined. It’s a huge purchase, unless you’re Disney.”

“Disney’s current Net Worth is hovering around the $142 billion mark, and the profit they made from the last two fiscal years would allow them to buy Nintendo with cash, if it came to that. And it wouldn’t.”

“The last time Disney made an acquisition this size was when they paid $19 billion for ABC in 1996. With inflation, that purchase would have cost about $29 billion today. Disney is no stranger to huge, ambitious acquisitions.”

“Disney — using the same game plan they used for Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars — could recoup that cost within five years. The secret is that Disney wouldn’t be investing in the video game business, they would be furthering their already near monopoly on characters.”

Thanks, Michelle