Nintendo’s latest earnings have come in an overall things aren’t that bad looking for the company. They had a positive net return with ¥8.62 billion ($88 million) this last quarter. Nintendo is forecasting its net profit to increase to ¥55 billion ($563 million) by the end of the fiscal year.
So here’s the bad news. The Wii U moved 160,000 consoles around the world between April 1 and June 30. 90,000 in Japan, 60,000 in the US, and 10,000 across Europe and Australia. Ouch. This bring total lifetime sales up to 3.61 million now. Meanwhile, the Wii moved 210,000 in the same time period. This also helped finally hit 100 million Wiis sold worldwide, by the way.
Good news is that the 3DS is doing great! It was the best selling hardware the last two months in a row here in the US, and has moved 1.4 million units this quarter.
Software wise, just over one million games were shipped in this same quarter on the Wii U, while the 3DS saw over 11 million software units moved. The biggest contributing factors have been Animal Crossing: New Leaf moving 5.4 million, and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon moving 2.65 million.
First, a reminder that the debate format has changed to a PollDaddy voting system, followed by a massive thank you for making the previous poll not only the largest Game Debate of all time, but also one of the most involved polls (6,800+ votes!) we’ve ever had in Destructoid’s history! Here are the results for “What if you could only ever use one E3 next generation console?”:
- (77.24%) PS4: 5,294 votes — winner!
- (16.49%) Wii U: 1,129 votes
- (06.17%) Xbox One: 422 votes
Ouch. Moving on, this week we have the same pick-one-dilemma for you, but for the current console era that’s starting to come to an end. Fully knowing all the great times you’ve had over the years with the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii, if you had to go back and do it all over again but could only ever use one of them, which would it be, and why? Keep reading and scroll down to make your official PollDaddy vote!
Toys I could handle. But Power Discs? Oh, we’re delving into dangerous territory now. Disney Interactive has lifted the lid on the first wave of Disney Infinity‘s Power Discs, which give characters new powers (Circular discs), or unlock gadgets, vehicles, or themes that can be applied to Toy Box mode (Hexagonal discs). Just watch this short trailer to see how it works.
These things will be available in blind packs of two for $4.99, because of course they freakin’ will. And let’s not forget rare discs. All I want is Abu as an elephant, darn it! Two of the Circular Power Discs can be stacked together, while up to three Hexagonal Power Discs can be used simultaneously. Look for the full Series 1 list below.
Activision’s Skylanders franchise has always smelled of a money grab to me. Copperish, like the smell of old pennies scrounged up by hard-working parents so little Linda Anne can have all the newest and coolest Skylanders characters while mom and dad work three jobs amidst recession. Jim Sterling is rather partial to the plastic lot, however, so they can’t be all bad, right?
In fact, they’re not. The new Skylanders: Swap Force is indeed rather cute and pretty fun. Vacuous, but quaint enough.
Skylanders is videogames as toys; or, Toys: The Videogame. I guess I forgot that videogames practically were, once upon a time. It’s no less inane and gimmicky and capitalistic than the stupid garbage we pestered parents for 20 years ago, but it’s a heck of a lot more polished and less likely to break like the slot cars I took around hairpin turns too quickly causing them to go flying off the track. Plus, what can be more embarrassing than having paid money for pogs?
Oh, wow! Never thought I’d hear about this guy again! What a pleasant surprise!
About two and a half years back, Yuji Naka’s Prope studio announced a new Wii / 3DS title called Rodea the Sky Soldier, which looked like a much more action-oriented NiGHTS into Dreams. The title sounded promising enough that I named it one of my most anticipated games of 2012, but unfortunately, publisher Kadokawa Shoten decided to sit on the completed Wii version and offer no further details on the state of the 3DS version.
In a recent interview with 4Gamer, Kadokawa president Yoshimi Yasuda revealed that the game is still coming and that the reason for the silence was simply a lack of media interest (Hey! I was interested!). Since the Wii version relies heavily on the Wii Remote, the past year or so has been spent working with the 3DS to figure out a sensible control scheme. The 3DS build is currently 70% complete, and more information will arrive in the near future.
I’m super stoked that Rodea wasn’t scrapped, though I wonder what Prope and Kadokawa plan on doing with the Wii version. Perhaps they’ll use the knowledge gleaned from their 3DS experience towards a Wii U up-port, which will of course still allow the option to use the Wii Remote as originally intended. I don’t care what they decide on; I just want this game.
Rodea the Sky Soldier Still Coming to Wii, 3DS [Nintendo World Report via 4Gamer]
Not content to just release Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows this year, Activision has also announced the annoyingly named Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the new, supposedly surprisingly good Nickelodeon cartoon. You know, we have subtitles for a reason, Activision. It lets us easily tell games apart. I get the drive towards simplicity, but we remember Turtles in Time more than anything, anyway. Subtitles are fine.
The local, four person drop-in/drop-out co-op brawler is slated to “bridge the gap between the show’s first and second seasons.” It also looks pretty awesome, easily transposing the show’s unique, blocky 3D style with a sort of cel-shaded look. I like it a lot more than Out of the Shadows‘ sort of gross and gritty style.
At the same time, I’m cautious about this game. For instance, why is this retail release only coming to Xbox 360, Wii, and 3DS? Why not Wii U or PS3? What are you hiding, Activision? The amount of actual gameplay shown was pretty slim.
For the time being, I’ll remain cautiously optimistic and go play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist on my Genesis (because I no longer have Turtles in Time and Hyperstone Heist is basically the same game with an added boss) and hope this doesn’t end badly.
Since I know everyone here asked for it, Angry Birds Star Wars is heading to pretty much every system under the sun on October 29, 2013. Specifically, it’ll hit the Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, Wii and 3DS. It’ll come with 20 exclusive levels, alongside of two player co-op and four player multiplayer.
While I actually enjoy Angry Birds for what it is, I don’t think I enjoy the idea of dishing out for a fully fledged console release. There’s nothing wrong with having a bite sized puzzle experience on a mobile device, and I think any other platform is over-extending a bit. But for kids, the extra multiplayer additions are perfect.
Well look at what just popped up over on Amazon! The Legend of Zelda Box Set is a collection of Prima strategy guides that includes six hardcover books for Ocarina of Time 3D, Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword (with this one being a revised/expanded version).
The set includes individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity signed by Eiji Aonuma (producer/director of the Zelda series), a laser etched metallic bookmark, and it all comes in a little treasure chest book holder!
The collection comes out in November and you pre-order it now for $152.99, $27 off the retail price.
The Legend of Zelda Box Set: Prima Official Game Guide [Amazon, via Link's Hideaway]
It’s been nearly a year since Dragon Quest X first launched for the Nintendo Wii. Since then, Square Enix has released a Wii U version of the online role-playing game and there’s a PC port in the works as well. Awesome. Sounds great. So, is the publisher looking into the title overseas?
“Of course,” Square’s Yu Miyake told Weekly Famitsu. “However, as for whether it’ll be run in the Dragon Quest style in the overseas market, every nation has its own play style and sensibilities, so I don’t think it’ll be a single game worldwide like with Final Fantasy XI.”
“Different countries play games at different speeds, and the community management is also diverse,” reasons producer Yosuke Saito. ”It’s more than just if players would be able to enjoy universal seasonal events, so I believe we should manage countries and areas separately. That’s why I think we should have separate servers for each country.”
What exactly that means for a potential international release remains a mystery. Square Enix has yet to announce any plans to bring Dragon Quest X to Western markets.
Square’s Considering Bringing Dragon Quest X Outside Of Japan, But… [Kotaku]
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Angry Birds by now. It’s a game where you fling vengeful birds across a screen so you can murder other animals, who cooked up and ate the birds’ young. It’s a pretty sick game but people seem to dig it, and now you sickos can enjoy it on the Wii and Wii U later this year.
Angry Birds Trilogy will feature Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio, as well as new levels, and Wii U GamePad remote play with touch screen controls. It’ll also have birds in it — they may or may not be angry, it really just depends on how they’re feeling that day.