The world of Nintendo is a fast moving place, so to help ease the pain of keeping up with it all we’re going to be taking you through the ups, downs, trials, tribulations and every little thing that has happened in the world of Nintendo during the last week. So, let’s dive in...
On Monday the LA Times reported that the president of IGDA Japan (International Game Developers Association) stated that more and more third parties are turning their attention to the Nintendo Wii. We’ve already seen quite a bit of this in the Western development and publishing market. THQ have been vocal in their support and both EA and UbiSoft have also given the Wii a lot of attention. The simple reason for this is the Wii is very cheap to develop for and games on it are selling very well indeed. The market is there and a lot of companies are looking to exploit it. Somewhat predictable ‘news’ then.
The football season is coming to a close and Nintendo UK are looking to promote Mario Strikers Charge like crazy here in Europe. They’ve signed up Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ian Wright to feature in upcoming promotions for the title. The pair will line up with Mario and ‘friends’ in a series of TV adverts that you should start to see on the box already.
They will be airing during the Champions League final (and they did air during the FA Cup on Sky apparently) and also during Corronation Street, Grease is the Word and Big Brother in an attempt to lure in the family market. The campaign will emphasise the online elements of the title, which is the first Wii title in Europe to use the Nintendo Wi-Fi connec-tion. They’ll be making an appearance at GAME on Oxford Street, London, to promote the game further from 9am on May 25th. So if you’re in the area on Friday, be sure to take a look.
In the wonderful world of rumors, the Internet has been speculating about a Nintendo press event that is taking place in the USA on the 22nd and 23rd of May. This is all based on a posting on the neoGAF forums and also some hinting on IGN. There certainly seems to be truth in what is being said, so stay tuned for some exciting updates (hopefully). Ac-cording to the reports, both Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Metroid Prime: Corruption should be on show along with some third party and other Nintendo related news. Exciting stuff.
In Japan, sales news once again showed Nintendo on top:
Software Sales From 7th-13th May.
1) Final Fantasy Tactics: The Lion War (PSP, Square-Enix) - 154,891 - NEW ENTRY
2) Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (NDS, Square-Enix) - 38,003 - 421,333
3) Wii Sports (Wii, Nintendo) - 30,180 - 1,573,776
4) More Brain Training (NDS, Nintendo) - 27,930 - 4,266,115
5) New Super Mario Bros. (NDS, Nintendo) - 21,332 - 4,440,924
6) Super Paper Mario (Wii, Nintendo) - 20,670 - 330,851
7) Wii Play (Wii, Nintendo) - 20,498 - 1,299,628
8) Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (Wii, Nintendo) - 20,063 - 117,487
9) Momotarou Dentetsu DS: Tokyo & Japan (NDS, Hudson) - 18,547 - 143,189
10) Yoshi's Island DS (NDS, Nintendo) - 17,423 - 808,555
Hardware Sales From 7th-13th May
Hardware - Week sales - Last week - Total 2007 sales - Lifetime sales
1) Nintendo DS Lite - 163,785 - 285,123 - 3,050,213 - 10,188,414
2) Wii - 52,544 - 101,320 - 1,504,716 - 2,424,359
3) PlayStation Portable - 34,433 - 35,172 - 873,828 - 5,405,957
4) PlayStation 2 - 10,414 - 14,815 - 335,018 - 20,489,877
5) PlayStation 3 - 8,839 - 12,974 - 425,895 - 883,453
6) Xbox 360 - 2,105 - 3,205 - 95,655 - 360,357
7) Game Boy micro - 408 - 340 - 17,946 - 587,687
8) Game Boy Advance SP - 343 - 302 - 15,848 - 5,941,573
9) GameCube - 315 - 394 - 7,078 - 4,176,546
10) Nintendo DS - 39 - 69 - 1,934 - 6,974,463
11) Game Boy Advance - 18 - 11 - 598 - 8,542,631
Utter dominance for the Wii and DS once again. The Wii has seen steady success in Ja-pan both in terms of software and hardware, and with stock increasing Nintendo are gradually selling through more and more units.
More fun-tastic sales news, and the NPD figures for the month of April in the USA are out.
Hardware - April 2007
1.) Nintendo DS - 471,000
2.) Wii - 360,000
3.) PlayStation 2 - 194,000
4.) PlayStation Portable - 183,000
5.) Xbox 360 - 174,000
6.) Game Boy Advance - 84,000
7.) PlayStation 3 - 82,000
8.) GameCube - 13,000
Top 10 Software - April 2007
1.) Pokémon Diamond (NDS, Nintendo) - 1,045,000
2.) Pokémon Pearl (NDS, Nintendo) - 712,000
3.) Super Paper Mario (Wii, Nintendo) - 352,000
4.) Wii Play (Wii, Nintendo) - 249,000
5.) Guitar Hero II (360, Activision) - 197,000
6.) Guitar Hero II (PS2, Activision) - 142,000
7.) Spider-man 3 (360, Activision) - 117,000
8.) Spider-man 3 (PS2, Activision) - 105,000
9.) God of War II (PS2, Sony) - 101,000
10.) MLB '07: The Show (PS2, Sony) - 79,000
So yet more success for Nintendo in the USA. The DS has sold through a stupid number of units off the back of the release of Pokémon Diamand and Pearl. 1.7 million copies of the two titles flew of store shelves during its first week or two on sale, which is quite re-markable really. The Wii is the best selling home console, outstripping the XBOX 360 and the PS3 (which loses out to the GBA) by quite some considerable margin. And Reggie was understandably pleased with everything:
Our final piece of interesting Wii related news for this week comes from Capcom. Gamasutra recently interviewed Christian Svensson, Senior Director of Strategic Planning & Research at Capcom. They talked about lots of Nintendo-related topics, one of which being the potential for downloadable content on the Wii."Nothing is more valuable in the entertainment world than an evergreen franchise. These new Pokémon titles have cemented their place longside the most enduring intellectual properties of the book, music and movie industries. And that appeal will expand even fur-ther with the introduction of Pokémon Battle Revolution to our Wii home console next month."
Capcom's Christian Svensson, Senior Director of Strategic Planning & Research, was recently interviewed by the good folk over at Gamasutra about numerous Nintendo-related subjects, such as Resident Evil 4 and the topic of new downloadable content on Wii. Svensson also stated that he believes the Resident Evil 4 on the Wii will be the best verison of the game, which has also been released on the GameCube, PS2 and PC.
The most interesting part of the interview relates to downloadable content on the Wii. More Virtual Console offerings are on the way, which will be good news for fans of Capcom’s retro classics. Capcom are also looking for unique content for download on the Wii, but are still waiting for Nintendo to launch the service. From the interview: “We're still thinking about ways that we can get that content to them, perhaps not downloaded, but perhaps with a consolidated retail SKU. We're still just tossing around ideas in our head.” So hopefully we’ll get some original downloadable content from Capcom sooner or later.
Another quick excerpt from the interview:
Gamasutra: But downloadable original content is possible? It's been hinted that it's possible, but it's still not coming yet.
CS: It's possible. I think you'll have to talk more to Nintendo about that. It's not a technical limitation thing, though. We're certainly going to be able to deliver. It's really more of them getting their process in place for approvals and their pipeline in place.
I know they have loads of people who want to make content, but I think it's a matter of some people turning on the spigot. We've been asked about bringing our stuff over. It's going to happen. Once that spigot is opened and the floodgates are unleashed, I'm sure you'll see loads of it.
You can check out the full interview here: http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/new...hp?story=13987.
We’ll have more news round-up for you next week.