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  • Are we all living in a video game?

  • Mr.Spo 27/05/2017

    We're definitely in some kind of RPG. It's why there are irritatingly perfect people: whoever is playing as them does loads of grinding to balance out their stats to create the perfect character, like me playing Fire Emblem. Meanwhile I'm here with low-stat growth and someone who can't be bothered to do any grinding.

    That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
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  • Monster Hunter is heading to Switch

  • Mr.Spo 26/05/2017

    If this and the much rumoured Pokemon Stars hit Switch in Japan in 2017, that's the Japanese market more or less sewn up, especially with Splatoon 2 arriving soon. This is also another sign that Switch is the successor to both 3DS and Wii U, and we should start to see more franchises from 3DS heading over to Switch.

    Hopefully that counts for Nintendo's first-party output, too. Luigi's Mansion and Kid Icarus would be great on Switch.
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  • Leaked images detail Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

  • Mr.Spo 24/05/2017

    @VanillaLake A Mario/Rabbids cross-over was rumoured, as was a Mario Kart 8 port, and a Zelda port- all of those have come true. If Pokemon Stars and 'deluxe' version of Smash Brothers happens, then more rumours were true.

    Nintendo have been very leaky the last couple of years. Paper Mario for Wii U, Pokemon Sun/Moon, Twilight Princess HD and even the details of the Switch itself have all leaked ahead of time.
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  • Mr.Spo 24/05/2017

    Also, if the leaks from last year are true, then might we see more cross-platform titles and Wii U ports at E3? Pokemon Stars, Smash Bros for Switch, Mario Maker and Xenoblade Chronicles X were all rumoured for Switch. I'm inclined to believe the first two are coming, and possibly this year. Reply +3
  • Mr.Spo 24/05/2017

    So confirmation that some of the leaks from last year were accurate, though odd the confirmation comes via more leaks!

    That Rabbid Peach is absolutely terrifying.
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  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia review

  • Mr.Spo 18/05/2017

    @S3M It's interesting they gave this the "Echoes" tag as well as the "Shadows of Valentia" subtitle.

    I wouldn't be surprised if we see some more Japan only games get remade in the years ahead as parts of an "Echoes" sub-series. There are plenty more Japan-only FE games that could be remade. Japan even had an exclusive remake of "Mystery of the Emblem" (originally on Super Famicom) for DS back in 2010! I'd hope we see remakes of both Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776 at some point, given those two titles were inter-related.
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  • Mr.Spo 18/05/2017

    @SpaceMonkey77 No- but a new Fire Emblem is coming to Switch in 2018. Reply 0
  • Mr.Spo 18/05/2017

    @sloth09 A Switch version has been confirmed for 2018, no details beyond that. Reply 0
  • Mr.Spo 18/05/2017

    It'll be interesting to see where the series goes next. A combination of Fates' evolved weapons triangle and paired unit system, with the dungeons and towns of Echoes, with the great production values the series has enjoyed on 3DS? Yes please.

    Speaking of black sheep, how about a similar remake of Adventure of Link?
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  • Nintendo Switch best-selling console in US for second month

  • Mr.Spo 17/05/2017

    @m0thr4 Which both had November/December - the biggest sales season of the year - as their first two months. By way of comparison with 3DS, which launched at a similar time of year, it has outperformed it by a factor of two to one.

    Actually, the figures you have quoted are shipments, not sales, though in terms of NPD sales so far my point actually stands. Shipments don't tell us that much until we get a few quarters of numbers. 3DS had an enormous opening quarter in terms of shipments, for example (3.6 million), but much of that stock sat on store shelves. 3DS and Wii U's second quarter shipments were both very low for new systems, 700k for 3DS and 390,000 for Wii U. Things got even worse for Wii U in the third quarter, as it sank to just 100k shipped globally over a three month period.

    That isn't happening with Switch. If you track sales to consumers from Japan and the United States, the system has sold more than 500,000 (to consumers) in April alone.
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  • Mr.Spo 17/05/2017

    Great news for Nintendo. There's still the question of whether Zelda and Mario Kart 8 can continue to sell the Switch into mid-June, and whether Arms will perform well, before Splatoon 2 hits in July. That being said, going by NPD sales, Switch has sold marginally better than both Wii U and Wii did in their first two months - which significantly where in the Christmas sales season - but has outperformed 3DS's first two months in the US by a factor of two to one. Like Switch, 3DS's first two months were March/April.

    There are obvious challenges for Switch ahead, but I think many of us (myself included), were wrong to suggest the system would struggle post-launch. Nintendo look to have sorted out many of the problems that afflicted the launches of Wii U and 3DS, and with E3, Arms and Splatoon 2 round the corner, they have the opportunity to keep momentum going.
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  • Jelly Deals: Humble Indie Bundle 18 is now live

  • Mr.Spo 17/05/2017

    Owlboy is almost half price with that deal, so sure! Reply +1
  • Street Fighter 2 Nintendo Switch first-person mode is the worst of Wii waggle

  • Mr.Spo 15/05/2017

    @flooff Ridiculous analogy that doesn't hold up any under scrutiny. Smash Bros is a first party Nintendo franchise, whereas Street Fighter is a Capcom franchise. Nintendo aren't co-developing or publishing this title, either, as they did with Smash Bros.

    Does Miyamoto make questionable and sometimes poor decisions? Yes. Is Miyamoto some kind of evil hidden figure forcing motion controls into third party games? No.
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  • Mr.Spo 15/05/2017

    @flooff Are you seriously suggesting that Miyamoto somehow has a say in what goes on with third party releases for Switch? Are you drunk? Reply +16
  • In Theory: Could Sony release PlayStation 5 in 2018?

  • Mr.Spo 13/05/2017

    Sony are expecting PS4 to decline in the next 12 months in terms of unit sales, but revenue and profit will jump because the large userbase will result in more software sales, more peripheral sales and more subscriptions. Even looking at it from a purely financial perspective there's a lot more Sony can get out of PS4. The decline in unit sales will only be small (10% year over year), and PS4 will remain (barring some miracle showing by Switch or Xbox One) the market leader for the next 12 months at the very least. It'll also overtake 3DS in the next 10 months and become this generation's best-selling system (3DS should be at ~72 million, PS4 ~76 million this time next year).

    In some senses Sony have made the easy sales with the first 50-60 million, and it's the next 50-60 million that will be the real challenge for PS4 (if it does sell that many). Whereas the last generation saw a 7-8 year cycle by accident rather than design (nobody anticipated just how costly HD would be, a mistake Nintendo somehow repeated with Wii U), I would expect Sony see a 7 year cycle with PS4 as completely natural. The decline in sales might very well start now, but that doesn't mean the PS4 is going anywhere- it in all probability means PS4 will remain the market leader into 2018/19, before a replacement appears in late 2020. Sony can then sell PS4 as a legacy system, and start a new generation from a position of strength. Hardcore fans- those who upgraded to Pro last year- will be happy to buy new hardware after 4 years time.

    Personally I can see the benefits of a more evolutionary approach from hardware manufacturers. A revised model every four years, with models becoming 'obsolete' (unable to run new software) every 8-12 years wouldn't be terrible. It would also have the benefit of allowing you to keep running your entire software library from revision to revision. It'd be a model Nintendo could conceivably use with Switch; replace the current Switch with a new model in 2020 that uses the Tegra X2, for example. Nintendo would get serious performance benefits, existing software would be compatible, and the system price wouldn't need to jump up. Not that I expect them to go down that road, of course.
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  • Nintendo reveals E3 plans

  • Mr.Spo 11/05/2017

    @Kami I think Pokemon Stars is likely either Christmas 2017 or March 2018, and likely 3DS/Switch. I'm guessing that based on their hardware shipment forecasts (6 million in year 7 for 3DS is impressive), and on a job advertisement at Game Freak a few months back. Those advertisements (posted in March) asked for staff with experience working on Wii U/Vita level games, who would be able to work on a well known worldwide RPG franchise, making HD models for monsters, items and characters, with the job lasting until May 2018. I'd assume Nintendo would want Stars done before then, so that Game Freak can get to work on a Switch exclusive Pokemon, which would sell even better. Reply 0
  • Mr.Spo 11/05/2017

    Judging by the last few E3s, Nintendo will announce or focus on titles coming in the next 6-12 months. Given E3 is no longer the be-all and end-all event it used to be, and given Nintendo regularly announce new software in their Directs, they won't throw out huge amounts of information. That being said, the renewed push for New 2DS and the fact Switch is just gearing up should mean this is Nintendo's busiest E3 for several years. Their last busy E3 was 2014 when they had Xenoblade X, Bayonetta 2, Smash, Splatoon, Mario Maker, Captain Toad, Mario Party 10, Kirby, Code Name STEAM, Yoshi's Woolly World, Hyrule Warriors, Art Academy, Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes and a handful of other things.

    Obviously we'll see lots of Mario Odyssey, ARMS, Splatoon 2, Fire Emblem Warriors and Xenoblade 2. I'd expect 'new' announcements for this year to be limited to long-rumoured and now near-confirmed stuff: Mario/Rabbids crossover, Super Smash Bros for Switch (a 'deluxe' version), Pokemon Stars (which might be pushed to Spring 2017 judging by Game Freak job listings from a few months back, and which will be cross-platform). We should see some of Switch's 2018 line-up: the previously announced new Fire Emblem, whatever Retro Studios are making and Animal Crossing might feature. Maybe Pikmin 4, if it is in the works. There'll be some emphasis on the handful of high profile Western titles they do have: Skyrim, NBA, FIFA 18, and a lot of indie and Japanese third party support. I'd like to see more of Project Octopath Traveller, the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI, and more information on some of the other ~20 Japanese Unreal Engine 4 games coming to Switch. There might be a Kirby game or compilation for Switch as part of the 25th Anniversary of the pink blob.

    There's plenty coming on 3DS, but expect that to be confined to quick glimpses and then featured in the Treehouse broadcasts. Some of the upcoming games should get featured: Miitopia, Devilish Brain Training, Ever Oasis, Cooking Mama, Hey! Pikmin, Monster Hunter Stories and Lady Layton, plus a confirmation of the apparent Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga remake and a proper reveal of the Kirby game coming later this year. I'm hoping for some kind of Zelda title: either a remake of an older game (Link's Awakening!) or a top-down follow up to Link Between Worlds.

    While I like to think Nintendo's more productive software slate for Switch is going to lead to things like Metroid or F Zero cropping up in the next few years, I wouldn't expect anything like that this E3. Happy to be proven wrong, of course. As with ever year, my curve-ball prediction is a Star Tropics reboot.
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  • Nintendo Switch Dock Set hits the UK in June

  • Mr.Spo 10/05/2017

    @Gamblix Nintendo charge retailers to buy their stock, so retailers then set a price above that which allows them to cover their overheads and profit. Reply +4
  • Ever Oasis is both town sim and RPG from the man behind The Secret of Mana

  • Mr.Spo 09/05/2017

    Really hope this turns out well. Reply +5
  • The appeal of Nintendo's new handheld play is plain to see

  • Mr.Spo 08/05/2017

    Presumably this and the (even more) family orientated line-up is a clear sign Nintendo are testing just how much more head-room there is for the 3DS family in Europe and North America. Obviously the system is never going to touch DS, but Nintendo will be wondering if they can get the system to approach GBA level sales before they discontinue in a few years time. 3DS has outsold GBA in Japan and will outsell GBA in Europe before too long, but currently 3DS's North American install base is only slightly more than half that the GBA achieved (22m 3DS v 40m GBA).

    GBA sold decent amounts for three years (2005, 2006, 2007) in North America after the DS had launched, largely on the strength of affordability and an extensive software library making the device popular with lower income families. Kimishima has also suggested recently Nintendo are moving away from traditional 4-6 year hardware cycles, so if consumers respond, the 3DS may stick around for another two to four years.

    Expect more remakes, cross-platform titles with Switch, and re-use of existing engines/assets for 3DS into 2018. We're already seeing that with Fire Emblem Warriors, which is cross-platform and presumably using the Hyrule Warriors engine. Fire Emblem Echoes is re-using the Awakening engine (also used for three Fates games) whilst additionally being a remake, and the rumoured Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga remake would mark another remake re-using an existing game engine. Personally I've got my fingers crossed for Link's Awakening 3D using the Link Between World engine/assets...
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  • Don't get too excited about Hey! Pikmin

  • Mr.Spo 05/05/2017

    I'm hoping they iron out any technical problems and introduce some much needed complexity into the rest of the game. Other previews mention levels have multiple paths, and are generally more positive than this. Very much a wait and see, though. Much more interested in Ever Oasis and the bonkers looking Miitopia. Reply +2
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild's first DLC detailed

  • Mr.Spo 02/05/2017

    @grassyknoll This is what I was thinking. I didn't buy the expansion pass because I wasn't willing to spend 20 on faith alone (much as I love Breath of the Wild), so the next expansion better be something substantial. Reply +2
  • Surprise! Nintendo announces New 2DS XL handheld

  • Mr.Spo 28/04/2017

    @SpaceMonkey77 I expect this is a gambit on Nintendo's part to maximise profit from a declining source of revenue, but also to test just how much of a handheld market there is remaining in the West. Nintendo handhelds traditionally sell strongly in the US in particular as they come down in price and lower income families pick them up. Having more new users buy old hardware at low prices - with an established software library to purchase from - is easy money for Nintendo. Games like Mario Kart 7 (2011) continue to sell strongly, shifting another 2 million units in the last 12 months.

    If we break down the size of 3DS's userbase versus DS, it lends credence to my suggestion Nintendo are testing just how big a handheld market they can tap into. Roughly 1/3 of 3DS's install base comes from Japanese sales. Conversely, with DS's enormous install base, less than 1/5 of global sales came from Japan (in raw numbers, DS was over 30 million in Japan, 3DS over 22 million). Both European and North American install bases for DS were around the 60 million mark; 3DS is not far passed the 20 million mark in both markets. That's a huge and worrying decline for Nintendo, even if lifetime sales of 70 million plus is a good and profitable result for a system, Nintendo need to figure out how much of a budget family market there is for handhelds now, especially in the West. There could, potentially, be millions more consumers in the years ahead. Or we could be looking at a GBA Micro situation, where this really is the last hurrah for the 3DS family.
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  • Nintendo Switch shifted 2.74m units in its first month

  • Mr.Spo 27/04/2017

    One more factoid: Breath of the Wild has already outsold Skyward Sword. Reply +9
  • Mr.Spo 27/04/2017

    @SpaceMonkey77 Same here! Hopefully I'll be buying in time for Mario Odyssey later this year. Reply 0
  • Mr.Spo 27/04/2017

    Nintendo's wider financials indicate why they're in such a rush to get Mario Kart onto Switch, and why Pokemon Stars would be a safe bet. Mario Kart 7 - a game that came out in 2011 - shifted another 1.97 million copies in the last twelve months, for lifetime sales of over 15 million copies. And as if Pokemon Sun/Moon shifting 15.4 million wasn't impressive enough, Nintendo also shipped another 1.9 million copies of the Ruby/Sapphire remakes (13.74 million lifetime) and another 1.4 million copies of X/Y (16.11 million lifetime).

    Even though Kart 8 and Stars would effectively both be 'deluxe' versions of existing games, the franchises are proven sellers, and there's clearly a bigger market for Mario Kart than the one Wii U managed to address. The additional novelty of a potential Pokemon Stars being the first 'mainline' Pokemon game on a 'home' (tablet) console could also really help Switch. Even though I expect 8 DX and Stars wouldn't touch the lifetime sales of their 3DS counterparts - largely because I expect full Switch entries in those franchises (or maybe a Nintendo All-Stars Racing) will arrive by late 2019 - but they should still do enough to get several million more people buying a Switch in Nintendo's current financial year.
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  • Mr.Spo 27/04/2017

    @SpaceMonkey77 Based on Media Create/NPD numbers we can assume Nintendo have sold everything they have shipped to Japan and the Americas. Much more difficult to tell with Europe because hardware sales are very rarely released.

    A good start, but the April to June quarter is a major test for Switch. Japanese sales at least look strong. While it's tracking behind 3DS overall (launch aligned), Switch seems to have hit a higher baseline than 3DS did initially, and Mario Kart 8 DX is arriving shortly.
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  • Metal Gear Solid 2 was the game that changed everything for PS2

  • Mr.Spo 23/04/2017

    Great article, having a real nostalgia kick for stolen gaming time on my older brother's PS2, though moreso for Zone of the Enders and Onimusha. Tekken Tag Tournament was also a revelation for someone who had obsessively played 2 and 3 on PS1.

    Sad to say my only experience of MGS is the original, which I loved on PS1. Long passed time I got round to collecting and playing the sequels, as well as the Twin Snakes remake.
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  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands bests Zelda in US sales for March

  • Mr.Spo 21/04/2017

    @JuicyFrog And my point is we have zero information on digital sales of Zelda at this point- Jeffrey is just guessing that digital sales are low based on Switch's internal memory size. Reply 0
  • Mr.Spo 21/04/2017

    @JuicyFrog Nintendo are one of the handful of publishers that still won't provide digital sales to NPD, so there's no way of knowing. Reply +3
  • Mr.Spo 21/04/2017

    @MrBeens The article is about the NPD report for March, which tracks hardware as well as software. It's not impossible to mention both bits of information in the same article, given that's the purpose of NPD tracking. I'd also point out the article heading says "US sales", and doesn't specify software sales. Reply -1
  • Mr.Spo 21/04/2017

    Odd this isn't mentioned in the article, but not only is Switch a record launch for Nintendo hardware in the US, it's also the second best console launch in the US, according to NPD. Presumably the best launch is PS4, but outside of the year end sales season that's very impressive for Nintendo. Zelda clearly carrying the system.

    Edit: Interesting that I'm getting negged for stating more information from an NPD report on article about said NPD report. From the report: "The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category." Second most successful launch for a Nintendo system is actually the GBA.
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  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review

  • Mr.Spo 21/04/2017

    @Rogueywon 7 and 8 are far more balanced than Wii, which marked a real nadir for the series. Racing skill is a much bigger factor in results, and you can adjust item settings too. For example, you can race without weapons, with green shells only, or with either a higher or lower proportion of offensive weapons appearing. Reply +25
  • Mr.Spo 21/04/2017

    It's an exquisite addition that rounds off an outstanding package, and the only real question that lingers around Mario Kart 8 is where Nintendo can take the series after this.
    Either sustained DLC support for this entry - it'd be easy to add new cups and battle arenas - or a new Mario Kart or Super Smash Kart in a couple of years time.
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  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: a great console title is a handheld revelation

  • Mr.Spo 20/04/2017

    I'd be interested to know how good the new battle modes actually are. There are several, aren't there? And one is new to the franchise?

    A lack of decent battle mode was the only thing holding the Wii U back: this Deluxe version could be a series best. Not enough reason for me to jump out and buy a Switch, but I think a must-buy for many Switch owners, especially anyone who skipped the Wii U.

    Edit: As an additional thought, I do wonder if we'll see Super Smash Kart on Switch at some point, perhaps in a couple of years. Or we might just see plenty of DLC support for Kart 8 DX. Maybe outsource the Mario Kart 8 engine and Smash Kart to Sumo Digital and see what they cook up?
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  • Ultra Street Fighter 2 on Nintendo Switch costs 35

  • Mr.Spo 19/04/2017

    Not really sure why so many people are blaming Nintendo for the price of a Capcom game. If cartridge cost is partially an issue, Capcom could easily pushed this out as a digital only release at a lower price point. Capcom are attempting to cash in on a drought. I'd hope Switch owners don't give them the time of day.

    And for 42/48, I'd recommend both Kart 8 and Zelda to Switch owners in a heart-beat. Over 100 hours of play of both games on my Wii U, and contenders for best in their respective series.
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  • Sources: Nintendo to launch SNES mini this year

  • Mr.Spo 19/04/2017

    This could boast a fantastic selection of software. Big question marks over price point and stock, though. Are Nintendo going to bump up the price based on NES Mini sales? And is this just another one off cash booster?

    There's the potential here for Nintendo to offer a line of "Classic Mini" systems that boast a "best of" software library, yet them taking NES Mini off the market suggests this is just another one Christmas only deal. It does beg the question, though: what the hell is happening with Virtual Console?
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  • Nintendo discontinues NES Mini in Europe, too

  • Mr.Spo 18/04/2017

    Seems to confirm that this was intended as a short-term cash booster in their last Christmas quarter, in the absence of any meaningful revenue or sales coming from Wii U, though whether this rules out any change in how Nintendo sell their back catalogue (i.e. Virtual Console) remains to be seen. Reply +3
  • Switch is Nintendo's fastest-selling console ever in the US

  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2017

    @SuperShinobi Yes, but I do think there are several points to consider there, and it's too early to judge. I absolutely think Switch's long term health will rest on strong sales in Japan. As I said, Switch launched with Zelda, a series that has declined some way in Japan. 3DS launched while Professor Layton was still a big seller, with a Professor Layton title.

    Switch has the benefit of 3DS being very mature in Japan, with an incredible 22 million strong install base, and Splatoon 2 (plus Mario Kart before it). Splatoon 2 should be a big boost for Switch, given the original is the best selling current generation home console title in Japan. In the longer run, Nintendo will want Monster Hunter and Animal Crossing on Switch by mid 2018 in Japan.
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  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2017

    @SuperShinobi Again, not true. Using known sales figures, so March NPD, Media Create and European opening weekend sales, both 3DS and Switch would be at around 1.8 million sold to consumers. The major difference is Japan, where 3DS sales were higher than Switch, but Switch seems to make up the difference in Western markets; that could very well be down to Zelda having declined in popularity in Japan.

    Like I said earlier, by late April I could by a new 3DS and launch title substantially below launch prices. With Mario Kart 8 launching on Switch, and given the clear success of Zelda, I would be incredibly surprised if there's a similar reduction for Switch. My own expectations for Switch were a heavy drop off post launch, followed by a price cut, but there are more positive signs for Switch than 3DS for the near term. The long run is anyone's guess.
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  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2017

    @SuperShinobi If you want further proof, 3DS sales after 5 weeks (up to the end of Nintendo's financial year) in Japan were just under 800,000 units sold to consumers (Media Create). Nintendo announced 'sales' of 1.06 million units in Japan during that time frame (in fact, in a slightly shorter time frame).

    It's difficult to get sell-through numbers for 3DS in Europe, but you can see from the US/Americas and Japan numbers that Nintendo do not track sales to consumers.
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  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2017

    @SuperShinobi Right, and the NPD sales for March 2011 count 500,000 3DS units sold to consumers in the United States. Nintendo report 1.3 million units 'sold' in the Americas. Are you seriously suggesting Nintendo sold 800,000 units to consumers in Canada and Mexico, while only selling 500,000 to US consumers? No, that wouldn't add up.

    That's because they're reporting sales to retailers, not "sell through" to consumers.
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  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2017

    @Diji1 The United States is the largest videogame market in the Americas; I was talking about Americas shipments versus US sales. I was not talking about US versus Europe/Japan. Reply 0
  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2017

    @Diji1 Let's try another perspective, then. Americas 'sales' for March 2011 on Nintendo's financial reports are 1.32 million, versus NPD reports of 500,000 sold to consumers in the United States. Do you really think that Nintendo shifted 800,000 units to consumers outside the Americas' (by far) largest market? Reply +1
  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2017

    @SuperShinobi Sold to retailers, not consumers. The numbers are from Nintendo financial reports which only ever report sales to retailers. Double check the actual financial reports, because you're wrong on this. 3.6 million sold to retailers/shipped. Nintendo sold 500k units to US consumers in that time frame (NPD), do you really think consumers outside the US made up the remaining 3.1 million sales? Reply +2
  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2017

    @SpaceMonkey77 Given Microsoft are launching Scorpio in attempt to turn the tables on Sony, I doubt they'll respond to Switch unless it turns out to be a massive success. Even then, any response would probably come in the form of Xbox Live/Windows gaming on tablets, perhaps with a push through Surface.

    The point about software support is spot on, though, and even though this week's Direct wasn't amazing, it was more comforting than the January 2013 Direct for Wii U, when Nintendo announced:
    - Yoshi's Woolly World (launched 2015)
    - Wind Waker HD (2013)
    - SMT x Fire Emblem (Tokyo Mirage Sessions, launched 2015 Japan, 2016 West)
    - Xenoblade Chronicles X (launched 2015)
    - New Zelda title (became Breath of the Wild, launched 2017)

    Now no announcements this week were on that level, but Nintendo's software slate for Wii U was so bare and internal development so bottlenecked they were commissioning a remaster and announcing projects years from fruition. Compare that to this week, with three first party Switch titles confirmed for the next 3 month period, and with the exception of third party titles (like Sonic), Nintendo only discussed software support until summer 2017. A far more encouraging sign that their internal software schedule is more reasonable this time. We'll know far more at E3, but I expect Smash and Pokemon will join Switch's line up for September onwards.
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  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2017

    @SuperShinobi 3DS did not sell 3.6 million in one month. Nintendo shipped 3.6 million, which was actually lower than their estimate of 4 million. On top of that, the 3DS price collapsed by up to 100 in the 2 to 3 months following launch because retailers could not sell their original stock. Post launch shipments for 3DS were 720k across the April to June quarter, which gives another clear sign of how much Nintendo overshipped at launch. Similarly, post-launch quarter shipments for Wii U were 100k, demonstrating Nintendo massively overshipped in the opening month.

    We already know this isn't the case with Switch, because shipments are selling out quickly. Launch weekend sales for Switch were as high as 3DS in Europe, and even with lower shipments, the first month is a record breaking month in the US for Nintendo hardware. It's absolutely right to sound a note of caution because the post-launch quarter will tell us far more about the health of Switch at the current price point, but there are some encouraging signs. The combination of Mario Kart, Arms and Splatoon 2 is also a big positive, as is the lack of movement on Switch's price. By this point after the 3DS launch I'd picked up the machine for 60 below launch price, with Pilotwings for a tenner (40 launch price!), and that's with 3DS launching later in March than Switch.

    Like I said, too early to tell if the system is going to be a major success, but there are encouraging signs Nintendo have done enough to avoid a 3DS or Wii U style belly-flop.
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  • Good news, 3DS fans: Nintendo is finally releasing its Japan-only game backlog

  • Mr.Spo 13/04/2017

    The new IP from Grezzo, Ever Oasis, is also launching in June, a month before the Japanese release. Reply +1
  • Mr.Spo 13/04/2017

    Monster Hunter Stories is getting localised, too. Reply +1
  • Persona 5 is series' biggest launch to date

  • Mr.Spo 10/04/2017

    @OnlyJoeKing After 103 hours, I never had much of an issue. I expanded my inventory somewhat, focusing on melee weapon expansion (shields/bows are far more durable, especially if you master the shield parry, dodging and headshots). If you are struggling to decide what weapons to keep, my basic rule was to have one fire (two if exploring cold regions), one electric, and one cold, then prioritise single-handed swords and lances/spears because I found those easier to fight with.

    Certainly, though, I can understand weapon breakage being a mileage-may-vary case, but I thought the game provides enough of a variety of weapons that it never really becomes a problem. Korok seeds are also abundant if you need to expand the inventory. If a weapon breaks during a fight, odds are you've already killed something and there's a weapon lying on the floor for you. Add to that the ease of bringing out a new weapon with the d-pad shortcuts and I found it enjoyable. I'm not sure if I'd stick with it for the next Zelda, but certainly didn't find it detracted from Wild.
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