There’s some new digital content available in the Nintendo eShop and Wii U Virtual Console for Nintendo systems this week, you can check out the full list here. The biggest of which is probably the launch of amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits, which you can get for free to unlock classic gameplay of good ol’ NES and SNES games with just the tap of your amiibo. You can also download the original Paper Mario game from the Nintendo 64 for Wii U Virtual Console. And last but not least, you can now download a demo for the upcoming Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition from the eShop for the Nintendo 3DS, ahead of its release on May 22nd.
There are also a number of eShop offers to take advantage of, such as the Shin’en Spring Sale– huge savings on select Shin’en Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles, from today until May 21st. How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Monster High: 13 Wishes for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, amongst other Little Orbit games, are on sale starting May 1st until the 31st. And finally, Kung Fu Rabbit is reduced by 70% to $1.49 until May 7th. And there’s still much more on the full list, so get yourself onto eShop and see what downloads and offers you want to grab for yourself!
Frozenbyte, the independent game developer from Finland, has said that the company is very happy with sales of Trine Enchanted Edition on the Wii U. The developer was asked on Twitter whether the game had sold many units on Nintendo’s latest home console and the response was that they were very happy with the sales they’ve had so far. Hopefully that will bode well for Trine 3, which is already in development for PC.
We all know just how popular the Call of Duty series has been. Analysts have said that sales have recently been on the decline, but there’s still no denying it’s an incredibly popular series worldwide. Activision has announced that the Call of Duty franchise has sold over 175 million units which equates to around one copy sold every two seconds. You really can’t argue with that.
We always knew that the Mario Party series was popular with consumers, but just how popular has it been? Well, Nintendo has confirmed via it’s Mario Party site that the series has sold over 39.6 million copies worldwide as of December 2014. That’s a lot of copies of Mario Party. The next entry in the series Mario Party 10 for Wii U is due for release on March 20th in the US and Europe.
Good news for Sweden independent video game developer Horberg Productions as the company has revealed that Gunman Clive has shifted 400K units across all platforms. This figure does exclude bundles. Bertil Horberg has given us a Nintendo 3DS breakdown split with the indie title shifting around 43% in the United States, 40% in Japan, and 17% in Europe. Not bad going.
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.
- Nintendo 3DS – 3.153.045 / 17.847.056
- PlayStation Vita – 1.147.936 / 3.423.075
- PlayStation 4 – 925.570
- Wii U – 604.856 / 2.123.283
- PlayStation 3 – 450.034 / 10.018.534
- PSP – 83.985 / 19.692.478
- Xbox One – 45.958
- Xbox 360 – 8.569 / 1.616.128
It may not be released in Europe yet, but the team over at the Official Gunvolt Twitter account are celebrating. Why? Because the game has received over 90,000 downloads worldwide. To celebrate the occasion the team have secured some glorious artwork by character designer Araki-san to say thanks to the fans for downloading the game from the Nintendo eShop.