Nintendo 3DS software in the United Kingdom sold over 50,000 units in January 2014, which is an increase of 47 percent from January 2013. Wii U has also faired well with software sales growing 91 percent, to 65,000 units. Unsurprisingly it’s the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 shifting the most amount of software sales out of the four platforms mentioned, adding nearly half a million software units to the market. Software sales for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have declined along with the Wii and the Nintendo DS.
Calling all Pokémon players! The search for the best Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video game experts in the country is now on – as the Nintendo Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 is announced. As well as a quest to find some of the best Pokémon Trainers, Nintendo is also on the hunt for any new Pokémon players who want to test their skills and battle with their ultimate Pokémon teams. Great prizes for winners include a trip to Tokyo and Nintendo products. Four players will also receive fast track entry to take part in the UK Pokémon Video Game Championship series, organised by The Pokémon Company International, taking place in May.
The qualifying events kicking off on 1st March at selected GAME stores and shopping centres across Great Britain, will then lead to a Grand Final taking place in London in April. The two top placing Trainers from the ‘Ultimate Pokémon Expert’ and ‘Junior Expert’ age categories at the Grand Final will then be offered fast track entry to the Pokémon UK Video Game Championships event this coming Spring, meaning they skip straight to the second round.
Qualifying regional events will start at the Birmingham Bullring and at GAME Brighton on 1st March. Pokémon fans of all experience levels can battle, enjoy StreetPass with other attendees and prove their prowess on Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, available now on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
If you think you have the skills to take on some of the best Trainers from across Great Britain, or simply want to have a go to try to win one of the exciting prize packages, then register to enter at www.nintendo.co.uk/pokemontournament. Do you have what it takes?
The four titles up for grabs include:
Ultimate Pokémon Expert - The winner of the prestigious “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title – a category open to those aged thirteen years or older – will earn themselves a week-long trip for two to Japan, the birthplace of Pokémon. They’ll be able to immerse themselves in the Pokémon world by visiting the Pokémon Center and also explore all of the sights of Tokyo. Recommended for seasoned Pokémon players the “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title will test your Pokémon skills to the limit. The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokémon Expert category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the official Play! Pokémon UK VGC event this Spring.
Junior Expert - Younger Pokémon Trainers (12 or under) itching to compete can enter the “Junior Expert” category. In this competition, a weekend trip for the whole family to Alton Towers theme park with hotel stay is up for grabs, for whoever comes out victorious. The first and second place winners in the Junior Expert age category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the UK Pokémon Video Game Championships event this Spring.
Ultimate Team - The “Ultimate Team” competition is exclusively for two family members (one aged 16 or older, and one 12 or under) who want to team up and take on other families in a four-player Double Battle. Successful teams will have the chance to win a £250 Nintendo UK Online Store voucher and a group trip for four to one of the world’s best gaming shows: EGX London 2014. This event takes place in Earls Court London, from 25th – 28th September and offers visitors the chance to play the biggest games before they are released.
Pokémon Apprentice - New enthusiasts can enter the “Pokémon Apprentice” title; where complete newcomers to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y can battle it out to receive a mega bundle of Nintendo 3DS games up to the value of £300.
The winners of each category will be crowned at the Nintendo Grand Final in London on 26th April.
Whether you’re young or old, novice or expert, the Pokémon X & Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 is calling on you to show you’ve got what it takes to win the title.
Previously troubled UK video game retailer GAME has announced that it is planning to open pre-owned only stores in the United Kingdom. GAME will initially open two stores that deal with pre-owned games as well as tablets, MP3 players, TVs, sat-navs, smartphones and more. The first cities to feature the new pre-owned outlets are Lincoln and Cambridge. The company says it will target cities that have two GAME outlets.
Chandra from the Official Nintendo Magazine has confirmed today that he is now the marketing manager at Nintendo UK. Chandra clearly has his work cut out as the UK charts have shown, but no doubt he is pleased with his new position. Let’s hope he can help turn around the fortunes of the Wii U in the United Kingdom.
Just to confirm, I am now working for Nintendo! Certainly never saw that coming when I was spending all my paper round money on SNES imports
Thanks, Kallum S
MCV has spoken to one of the biggest names in UK retail who has told the trade publication that Mario Kart 8 and a substantial price cut are needed to save the Wii U. The retailer called for Nintendo to reduce the price of the console to sub-£200 if it’s to have a chance of competing against the competition.
“A sub-£200 machine will help, and Mario Kart is desperately needed to reach the fans,” said the games boss of one of the UK’s biggest retailers. “We also need something revolutionary that makes use of the second screen and has mainstream appeal, which is easier said than done.”
“There is only one real last chance for Wii U and it is Mario Kart 8. It could still be the game that sparks interest in Wii U, but it would need to be combined with a more mass market retail price.”
Online gaming publication Eurogamer has posted hardware sales figures for 2013 in the United Kingdom. The publication says the PlayStation Vita outsold Nintendo’s Wii U in 2012, but members of NeoGAF believe that the site has removed 2012′s sales figures from life-to-date and are talking about the end result of 2013 sales.
Looking just at 2012′s figures, Wii U was out-performed even by PlayStation Vita, despite Sony’s struggling handheld itself falling 41.5 per cent in sales compared to 2012.
2013 Hardware Chart UK
- Nintendo 3DS (including 2DS, XL) – up 4 per cent
- Xbox 360 – down 30.7 per cent
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 3 – down 31 per cent
- Xbox One
- PlayStation Vita – down 41 per cent
- Wii U – up 41.5 per cent
- Wii – down 72 per cent
The latest edition of MCV magazine has revealed that the Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling games device in the United Kingdom during 2013. The Nintendo 3DS and the 2DS enjoyed plenty of big releases in 2013 including Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. The Nintendo 3DS has sold two million units in the United Kingdom since launching in 2011.
“However, PS4 wasn’t the best-selling games device of 2013. That title belongs to the 3DS, which enjoyed strong sales thanks to a number of big releases and the launch of the 2DS.”
UK trade publication MCV has published the best-selling games in the United Kingdom for 2013. Nirolak from NeoGAF has compiled a list with sales figures to compare 2013 results with 2012 and 2011. The best-selling entertainment product in 2013 in the United Kingdom was the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto V. You can see all the best-selling entertainment products for 2013, right here.
- Grand Theft Auto V (Video Game) – Rockstar – 3,670,234
- FIFA 14 (Video Game) – EA – 2,656,763
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Video Game) – Activision Blizzard – 1,991,994
- Battlefield 4 (Video Game) – Electronic Arts – 838,869
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Video Game) – Ubisoft – 776,888
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Activision Blizzard –––– 2,672,364
- FIFA 13, Electronic Arts –––– 2,601,877
- Assassin’s Creed III, Ubisoft ––– 886,198
- Halo 4, Microsoft ––– 753,489
- Hitman Absolution, Square Enix –––– 571,248
- Just Dance 4, Ubisoft –––– 562,453
- Far Cry 3, Ubisoft -––– 540,237
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – 2,814,609
- FIFA 12 – 2,193,302
- Battlefield 3 – 1,186,895
- Zumba Fitness – 1,077,508
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – 1,024,228
- Just Dance 3 – 820,333
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – 732,566
Thank’s Peter K
This week’s Christmas charts are in courtesy of Chart Track. FIFA 14 is the number one game this Christmas in the all-formats charts, just beating Call of Duty Ghosts. Interestingly there isn’t a single Wii U or PlayStation Vita game in the top forty. Super Mario 3D World and Wii Fit U are nowhere to be seen. However, Just Dance 2014 for Wii has performed extremely well and is number four in the individual formats chart.
01 (01) 360 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
02 (02) 360 FIFA 14 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
03 (17) 360 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG (UBISOFT)
04 (04) WII JUST DANCE 2014 (UBISOFT)
05 (11) PS4 FIFA 14 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
06 (16) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
07 (08) PS4 KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
08 (05) PS3 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
09 (09) PS3 FIFA 14 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
10 (19) PS3 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
‘FIFA 14′ (+18%) jumps ahead of ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ (+7%) just in time to secure the coveted Christmas No1 spot that, since 2007 and ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’, has largely been dominated by Activision Blizzard.
It is not since 2008 and ‘FIFA 09′ that EA last claimed the Official Christmas No1. However, since the chart began 28 years ago, EA have secured by far the highest number of Xmas No1s with 14 (8 of which have been FIFA). ‘FIFA 14′ beats ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ by a respectable 17,000 units with ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ (+92%) also comfortable at No3, up from No5 thanks to retailer price promotions on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. ‘Battlefield 4′ (+17%) has to settle for another week at No4, while ‘Lego Marvel Super Heroes’ ( -17%) at No5 almost gets caught by a buoyant ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ (+94%), up from No8 to No6.
Only 400 sales separate Warner’s title from Take 2′s record breaker. ‘Just Dance 2014′ slips one place to No7 despite an 18% increase in sales. ‘Need for Speed: Rivals’ (+25%) is EA’s 3rd Top 10 title this week, also slipping one place, down from No7 to No8. PS4 exclusive ‘Killzone: Shadow Fall’, still benefiting from strong sales of the fixed PS4 hardware bundle, makes a Top 10 re-appearance at No9. Another single format title, ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’ keeps ‘Gran Turismo 6′ (-5%) out of the Top 10 thanks to a 24% jump in sales
This week’s issue of MCV magazine arrived today and within it comes news that Nintendo has shifted two million Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS consoles in the United Kingdom. It falls short of the figure achieved by the Nintendo DS at this stage in its lifecycle, but it’s good going considering the competition from smartphones and tablets.