The month of December has brought even colder temperatures and four new classic downloadable game rewards for Club Nintendo members, including Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.
The game is one of two Virtual Console titles that are available for the Nintendo Wii/Wii U, the other is Balloon Fight. The two other games for the Nintendo 3DS include Virtual Console title Mario’s Picross and DSiWare title Starship Defense. All four titles are available until January 12th, 2014.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (SEGA / Nintendo) – Rated: E
Join your favorite characters, from Mario and Sonic to Princess Peach and Amy, as they team up and compete in the most exciting sports events at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Enjoy the thrill of 24 exciting events including bobsleigh, skiing, figure skating pairs, and even snowboard slopestyle, which will make its Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia. Feel closer to the action than ever before with the first entry in the Mario & Sonic series to utilize the Wii U™ GamePad and Wii Remote™ Plus controllers. In Biathlon, a cross country skiing/shooting hybrid, you’ll even use both as you switch controllers on-the-fly to earn the coveted Gold Medal. In addition, take on Snow Day Street Hockey, Rollercoaster Bobsleigh, and more supercharged Dream Events that combine familiar sports with outrageous settings, rulesets, and extreme action! And for the first time, head online** for global competition to help earn top scores for your home country! Let the games begin!
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be available on Nov. 15.
The month of November has brought cooler temperatures and four hot new downloadable game rewards for Club Nintendo members, including Metroid!
The game is one of two that are available for the Nintendo 3DS, the other is Dillon’s Rolling Western, a great indie title in its own right!! The two other games for the Nintendo Wii this month are WiiWare title Art Style: CUBELLO and Nintendo SNES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which is released just in time with the newest Zelda adventure coming to the 3DS in a few weeks. All four titles are available until December 8th.
Over here in Canada we got the little red Wii Mini last year but the little system that could is making it’s debut in the United States this holiday season.
Nintendo is launching the Wii mini console in the US and will only cost $99.99. Not only that but the system will come packed with Super Mario Kart Wii. When the system was released in Canada last December the console was released as a stand alone without a pack in game, although the Wii Mini started shipping in Canada with Mario Kart Wii as of September of this year.
If you somehow DON’T already own a Wii this is a great choice at a great value.
Madden NFL 25 and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn were the big debuts in the North American charts this week, which dropped several Nintendo holdouts. The lone release in the top ten on a Nintendo console this week was Disney Infinity for Wii, which was the best selling platform for the game in its second week.
The highest Nintendo release this week in North America was New Super Luigi U, which debuted at #11 with just over 23,000 units sold.
Pikmin 3 is holding on at #17 after 8 weeks in Japan however the game is not doing as well in North America and has fallen out of the top 30 after just four weeks.
Nintendo announced a price drop of three of their most popular Wii games today. The games have all surpassed the million mark in unit sales and have been reduced in price.
The three Wii games which are now available for a lower price are Super Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Sports Resort. The suggested retail price of these three games has dropped to $29.99 each, which comes into effect today.
“The new price represents one of the many steps Nintendo is taking to provide shoppers with the best value and variety across all its systems through the end of 2013,” Nintendo stated in a release today. With that came a reminder that the games can also be played on the Wii U home console, which can play the entire library of Wii games.
The month of September has brought four new downloadable game rewards for Club Nintendo members, including Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!.
The game is one of two that are available for the Nintendo 3DS, the other is Art Academy: First Semester!! The two games for the Nintendo Wii this month are a couple of Virtual console titles in Pilotwings and Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II. All four titles are available until October 6th.
Also a rather unusual game has popped up which just costs 80 coins and is only available from Club Nintendo. That game is a WiiWare title called Grill-Off with Ultra Hand!.Read More
Disney Infinity was a big seller in its first week at retail. The top selling platform was the Xbox 360 followed by the Nintendo Wii with 79,472 copies sold on Nintendo’s platform. Between the three versions sold on Nintendo platforms (Wii, Wii U & 3DS) the game sold 128,484 making it a solid first week for Disney’s venture into Skylanders territory.
Across the Pacific another Disney game is still seeing success with the 3DS game Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life from Namco Bandai sitting in the number two spot after four weeks out in Japan.
Nintendo’s newest big release The Wonderful 101 doesn’t seem to be fairing too well in Japan so far landing in the #13 spot, one spot below Pikmin 3 which has been out for seven weeks. The game has sold 5,765 in the first week. The game hits store shelves in North America in a few weeks.
EA Sports is bringing the next FIFA game to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 next month (plus the Xbox One and PS4 later in the year) but there is no release pending for Nintendo consoles. Or maybe there is?
While there is no mention of the game for Nintendo’s comsoles on EA’s website the game has been rated by the ESRB. FIFA 14 for the Nintendo Wii popped up on the ESRB website today. The game was also given a rating today for PS2, PSP and PS Vita. Could EA Sports be releasing the game on the Wii?
A press release from EA Sports back in June of this year did have mention of the game being released for both the Wii and 3DS, though not for Nintendo’s Wii U console.
Animal Crossing continues to do well for Nintendo with the game still in the top five in North America and is just outside the top ten in Japan after nearly 40 weeks. The game has sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide so far.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies was released in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS this week and raked in 247,352 copies in its first week, making it the number one selling game worldwide.
Also Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon continues to do well for Nintendo after 19 weeks of release. The title has sold 2.3 million worldwide so far, with the game still sitting in the top ten in North America.
The month of August has brought four new downloadable game rewards for Club Nintendo members, including Mario Golf.
The game is one of two that are available for the Nintendo 3DS, the other is Brain Age Express: Sudoku!! The two games for the Nintendo Wii this month are a couple of NES Virtual console titles in NES Play Action Football and Wario’s Woods. All four titles are available until September 1st.Read More
Nintendo released their sales numbers for last quarter for the Wii U and 3DS which showed that Nintendo’s latest home console is struggling while their latest handheld continues to soar.
Shin Megami Tensei IV was released during this week and quickly took the number two spot on in the USA sales rankings. Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Luigi’s Mansion continue to sell strong for Nintendo with the games in and near the top ten.
In Japan Nintendo platform releases hold seven of the top ten releases. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team saw its debut week overseas pull in the top spot with more than 100,000 copies sold. Pikmin 3, which will be released in North America on Sunday, ranked in at number two in Japan in its second week.
No matter how many weeks have passed since the release, Mario titles have holding power with several releases from the last year still holding well in the top 30 releases.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is still holding strong in its fifth week of release in North America and has sold nearly 500,000 copies in the first five weeks. That pales in comparison to the Japanese release which has more than 3.5 million sold so far, though the game has been out for 36 weeks in Japan.
Tomodachi Collection: Shin Seikatsu, which is similar to Animal Crossing except that you play the game with your Mii characters, is still in the top five in Japan after three months and has sold more than 1.2 million copies. Hopefully Nintendo finally brings this game out in North America. Would love to finally play this game.
Take a look at Nintendo’s the full top 30 performance below:
It’s that time of year again when Nintendo rewards all their loyal Club Nintendo users with special thank you gifts. Throughout the year every time you purchase and register Nintendo hardware platforms, select games made by Nintendo and titles purchased from the eShops, you are rewarded with coins.
Coins are awarded for purchasing and registering some things while additional bonus coins can be earned by completing post-play surveys.
The big N has just released the list of rewards available to gold members (earning 300 coins between July 1 – June 30) and platinum members (earning 600 coins during the same period). Platinum members can choose from any of eight rewards, which include some real-life goodies. Gold members can select from six rewards. Gifts need to be redeemed by August 15th.
Below is a rundown of the rewards available.Read More
The month of July has brought four new downloadable game rewards for Club Nintendo members, including Star Fox 64.
The game is one of two that are available for the Nintendo Wii, the other is Super Punch Out!! The two games for the Nintendo 3DS this month are Game Boy classicDonkey Kong and DSiWare title Aura-Aura Climber. All four titles are available until August 4th.Read More