Nintendo partially explained its first Quality of Life product today which measure a user’s fatigue and maps their sleep. Not to be outdone Microsoft has also announced today that it plans to release a similar device which tracks a user’s sleep and also exercise. However, the Microsoft Band is a wearable device whereas Nintendo’s first Quality of Life product is a standalone device. You can read more about the Microsoft Band, right here.
“Consumers now have an overwhelming choice of health-related cloud platforms to choose from. They can be forgiven for being confused by the multitude of options. It’s going to be a tough decision to choose whether to place their loyalty with Apple, Google or Microsoft given the immaturity of all three platforms.”
- Ben Wood from CCS Insight told the BBC.
In a surprising announcement, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said that the New Nintendo 3DS is the company’s best-selling revision to date in Japan since the DSi. The remodelled handheld has surpassed sales of the Nintendo 3DS XL, the Nintendo DSi and the DSi XL during the first three weeks of the console going on sale. They’ve handily provided the chart above courtesy of Media Create. Here’s what Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had to say.
We feel that the new “super-stable 3D” function, new “C” stick, and accelerated CPU of the new models have been well-received by our consumers. With the new models in addition to the consecutive release of games which could be double-million sellers, we are confident that Nintendo 3DS will establish a presence in the market in the year-end sales season in Japan.
You’ll be pleased to know that Wii U hard hitters The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Kirby The Rainbow Curse are still on track to release on the console in the US next year. We heard earlier today that Splatoon, Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Project Guard have been dated for the first half of 2015. The only game that has yet to be dated in Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem which is currently listed as to be determined.
Nintendo has outlined its release schedule for next year. While none of the big games have been tied down with a precise date, the Kyoto based company says that Wii U titles Splatoon, Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Project Guard will be coming to the United States and Europe during the first half of 2015. The company also revealed that Code Name STEAM and Fossil Fighters Frontier will be coming 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Fed up queuing up for a game to be the first to play it? Well Nintendo has announced that you’ll be able to pre-download games on your Wii U and Nintendo 3DS so you can play them as soon as the game officially launches. You are already able to do this on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, so it’s great to hear Nintendo is joining the party. The first game to make use of this feature on Wii U will be Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS titles won’t be ready till next year.
Nintendo has revealed today during their Q2 earnings release that the wacky Tomodachi Life has sold an impressive one million units in the west. The game has seen 1.27 million sales this fiscal year which is April 2014 to September 2014. The life to date sales for the game currently stand at 3.12 million.
During Nintendo’s Quarter Two Earnings Report the company revealed that 7.29 million Wii U consoles have been sold worldwide since the console launched in 2012. However, with the recent Xbox One price cut it’s thought that Microsoft’s latest console will soon overtake the Wii U. Microsoft announced that the Xbox One sold 5 million units back in August. Sony has revealed that its PlayStation 4 has sold 10 million units worldwide.