We all know just how much of a beast the Yokai Watch franchise is in Japan and we’ve got further evidence to prove this. The latest Yokai Watch title Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi has apparently sold through 85 percent of its initial shipment, according to sales tracker Media Create. Recent figures suggest that Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi sold over 1.2 million copies in its first two days on sale.
Yacht Club Game have posted an impressive sales figure for the critically acclaimed Shovel Knight. The company says the 2D platformer has sold 300,000 copies so far worldwide on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop, as well as the PC. Not bad going for an independent game and it certainly deserves those sales.
Thanks to both the NPD Group and Nintendo of America we now know which Nintendo 3DS games have sold over one million units. It should be noted that this is in the United States only and also combines both physical and digital sales. Without further ado here’s the Nintendo’s 3DS Million Sellers.
- Mario Kart 7: 3.62 million
- Super Mario 3D Land: 3.34 million
- New Super Mario Bros. 2: 2.33 million
- Pokémon X: 2.11 million
- Pokémon Y: 2.03 million
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf: 1.42 million
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D: 1.41 million
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon: 1.36 million
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS: 1.20 million
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: 1.06 million
Level 5 has confirmed what we all knew, Yokai Watch 2 has been a massive success in Japan. The company has announced today that shipments for the title have now topped three million. This includes the physical release as well as the downloadable version. A revised edition of Yokai Watch 2 is coming out in Japan on December 20th.
Digital purchasing has seem a massive boom over recent years with consumers opting to purchase their games direct from their console rather than purchasing them from stores, due to convenience. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says that the majority of software sales for Nintendo are physical copies especially for those game which have a large file size like Bayonetta 2. Interestingly, Fils-Aime pointed out that Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS had extremely high digital sales presumably due to its small file size. Here’s what Reggis Fils-Aime had to say.
“Retail still is the majority of the business for us. But what’s interesting is, game by game and at different points in time, you see a different consumer reaction. Smash Bros. for 3DS, consumers wanted that game immediately. They didn’t even want to spend the time to get in their car and drive to retail to get it, so our digital percent for that game is quite high — about 20 percent of the games sold here in the U.S. were digital, which is a pretty significant piece. Compare that to Bayonetta 2. That’s a huge game, and could take up a large part of the memory in the 32-gig Wii U. That’s a game with a digital percent on the lower side, today about 10 percent or so. Our mentality is, we want the consumer to have the choice based on what makes sense for you, what makes sense for the type of game it is.”
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.