Two games that are among the best reviewed of 2013 launched on Nov. 22: Super Mario 3D World for Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS. The strong response to these games helped sales of Nintendo hardware systems in November increase by 100 percent over the month prior. This includes nearly 770,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family, which drove the lifetime total past 10 million to nearly 10.5 million units. Other sales milestones achieved for the month include:
Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems
- Pokémon X and Pokémon Y each sold more than 225,000 combined digital and physical units in their second month on the market. This brought the combined life-to-date total to more than 2.35 million units. On Dec. 4, Nintendo revealed special edition Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Nintendo 2DS bundles that should keep the games’ momentum going through the holidays and into 2014.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the sixth Nintendo 3DS title to have a Metacritic score of 90 or higher, sold more than 280,000 combined digital and physical units. That figure jumps to more than 405,000 total units when including the special edition Zelda-themed Nintendo 3DS XL system, which comes with a code to download the game.
- A handful of first-party Nintendo 3DS titles saw triple-digit sales percentage increases in November over sales in October. This includes standout 2013 titles such as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (seventh month on market; 140 percent increase) and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (ninth month; 105 percent increase), and legacy titles such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star (13th month; 280 percent increase), Mario Kart 7 (23rd month; 130 percent increase) and Super Mario 3D Land (24th month; 235 percent increase).
- Sales of Wii U hardware increased by more than 340 percent over sales in October.
- Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, currently the highest-rated next-generation title with a Metacritic score of 94, sold more than 215,000 combined digital and physical units in its first eight days on the market.
“This holiday season, Nintendo is offering an unparalleled combination of value and variety,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalog is stronger than ever.”
The NPD group has confirmed that the game industry generated $2.74 billion in revenue at physical retailers during November in the United States. Sony says the PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console and Microsoft says the Xbox One was the fastest selling console. $1.33 billion worth of consoles and portable devices were sold in November in the US. You can see the best-selling software below, sadly Super Mario 3D World and Zelda: A Link Between Worlds didn’t make the cut. Hopefully we will get sales figures for software and hardware from Nintendo later today.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U)
- Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC, Wii U)
- Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)
- Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
- NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox One, PS4)
- Just Dance 2014 (Wii, 360, Wii U, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
- Disney Infinity (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
- FIFA 14 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita)
According to a rumor, right when Wii U launches this November, consumers will not be able to experience some of the new console’s features, including Miiverse and Near field communication (NFC), so that they will not be overwhelmed by the excess of its features. The rumor suggests that Nintendo intends to add features to Wii U over time, including the support of dual Wii U GamePads, to combat products from the firm’s competition.
The colorful, action-packed platformer, Cloudberry Kingdom, from indie developer Pwnee Studios releases for Wii U this November. The game features continuous levels and multiplayer for up to four people. Cloudberry Kingdom will be a downloadable title from the Nintendo eShop.
Developer BioWare today announced Mass Effect Trilogy, a collection of all three Mass Effect games in one package. The compilation can be purchased for $59.99 when it launches November 6th for Xbox 360 and PC; PlayStation 3′s version will be available at a later date.
For the sake of comparison, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition for Wii U will release sometime between November 18th and March 31st, of next year, and also costs $59.99.
According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, Wii has sold about 40 million units in the U.S. alone. Although Wii U will launch in a couple of months, Fils-Aime says Nintendo plans to continue selling the six-year-old Wii for ‘quite some time.’
“We will continue to sell the Wii. As we sit here today, in the US the Wii has sold about 40 million units. We believe that there continues to be an opportunity with Wii. Yes, these are late, late adopters. And yes, price points are important. But we do believe there’s still opportunity for the Wii, and we will continue to sell Wii side-by-side for some period of time.”
“I’m responsible for Canada and Latin America as well. We think there’s opportunity in both of those markets, especially Latin America. You can reach price points, you can reach consumers that candidly we won’t be able to reach with the Wii U. That’s gonna continue to be an opportunity.”
“Lastly, on the global base, certainly there are markets in Eastern Europe. There are a number of other markets where if Wii has an attractive price point, it’ll do well. So, we will continue to be in the Wii business for quite some time.”
News has leaked from a GameStop conference that the popular retail outlet will be selling accessories for Wii U on November 18th. Although it’s not uncommon for peripherals for a console to launch early, it should be noted that the 18th of November is a Sunday. We should hopefully hear launch information and pricing for Wii U on September 13th.
Former co-host of X-Play, the other being Morgan Webb, claims that Nintendo’s upcoming console will “not provide the needed stimulation” to the video game industry. Sessler is “increasingly confident” that the Wii U will be released in 2013, instead of launching this year.
According to Sessler, it is not good if the Wii U were to launch in November because it will be more expensive than software that will be releasing around the same time, including Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
GameStop is listing most Wii U games with a tentative release date of December 31st. Based on the retailer’s website, the Wii U versions of two games – Rise of the Guardians and Ben 10 Omniverse – will launch on November 13th. It was rumored that Nintendo’s forthcoming console will be released in time for Black Friday, which is the 23rd of November, so perhaps the Wii U will launch during the first half of the month.
Last week, Sega said that the Wii U version of Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed will be released in November but claimed that it was a mistake. During a recent interview, Sega’s Derrek Peel stated that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will be released on November 20th for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita.