Ubisoft has released its financial results and its pleasant reading for the company. Ubisoft saw a whopping 65 percent revenue increase year over year. What wasn’t so great was Wii U software sales. The Wii U accounted for 1% in Q2 2014-2015, the Wii accounted for 2% and the Nintendo 3DS accounted for 1%.
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.
Cowen And Company, an analytics firm, have stated that they believe Call of Duty sales to be on the decline. The company looked closely at Amazon pre-orders for the forthcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and found that it’s tracking 40 percent behind last year’s Ghosts and almost 70 percent behind 2012’s Black Ops 2. This is the first year that a Call of Duty title has skipped the Wii U.
“Advanced Warfare is now pacing almost 40 percent behind last year’s Ghosts and almost 70 percent behind 2012’s Black Ops 2,” the analysts note. “We continue to believe CoD will be down meaningfully vs. last year. With the franchise facing two consecutive significant year on year declines in sales, we think it is prudent to assume it has peaked.”
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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.
Japanese Nintendo 3DS success story Yokai Watch 2 shows no sign of slowing down in Japan. Sales tracker Media Create has revealed that Yokai Watch 2: Headliner currently has 231,000 pre-orders. It managed to achieve this figure in just two weeks. Yokai Watch 2 looks well on its way to sell a staggering 3 million copies in Japan.
Finnish game developer Frozenbyte announced today that the Trine series has sold over 7 million copies worldwide. To celebrate this milestone, the editor tools for Trine Enchanted Edition and Trine 2: Complete Story have been released on Steam – accompanied by a Free Weekend promotion that includes a 80% discount on both games.
The Trine series has been released on a total of eight platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, the Wii U system from Nintendo, Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. This vast selection has been made possible by Frozenbyte’s flexible inhouse engine and development tools, and now the editor part of this toolset is available for anyone who has the games on Steam.
The editor for the Trine games gives users a first-hand look at the development process. Players can now do the same things to Trine or Trine 2 as the developers; They can edit existing maps to their liking, create entirely new ones from scratch, or even create a completely different game. The mods can then be published on the newly opened Steam Workshop pages for Trine and Trine 2 for everyone to try. While the editor software might take some time getting used to, a growing open wiki with helpful guides for getting started has been made available at http://www.frozenbyte.com/wiki.
Anyone on Steam can now download and try Trine and Trine 2 for free during the weekend, starting on Thursday, 16 October at 10am PT and ending on Sunday, 19 October at 1pm PT.
“We’ve reached a higher userbase than we ever thought possible, but now we hope that people who’ve yet to play the Trine games will give them a shot during the Free Weekend on Steam. Opening up the games to user generated content is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, and we’re thrilled to see what people can come up with using the Editors,” said CEO of Frozenbyte Lauri Hyvärinen.
Frozenbyte is also preparing to launch a new game next week. Splot, Frozenbyte’s new iOS platformer, is due for release shortly on the App Store – out next week on the 23rd of the October. Stay tuned for more news on the one-eyed blue alien and his adventure!