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Nintendo hails Wii U sales success in the US

Nintendo hails Wii U sales success in the US

Shares jump on positive Christmas.

Nintendo has hailed sales of the Wii U in the US and investors have responded in kind.

More than 460,000 Wii U units were sold in December, according to the NPD Group, which means the Wii U has now sold nearly 890,000 units in the US after 41 days on the market.

Nintendo compared the amount of money the Wii U has generated versus the amount of money the Wii had generated after the same time period: the Wii U has set tills ringing to the tune of $300 million in the US. After 41 days on sale the Wii had generated just over $270 million.

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Nintendo: there's no danger of creating too many Mario games

"Every edition in the series is foundationally sound."

When questioned whether the recent glut of Mario games (Super Mario 3D Land last December, New Super Mario Bros. 2 in August, New Super Mario Bros. U this November) risked endangering the IP, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime had a simple reply: no.

Nintendo responds to Mario sequelitis criticism

Nintendo responds to Mario sequelitis criticism

Iwata: "We only create a New Super Mario Bros. title once per platform."

Nintendo has responded to recent criticism that it has begun churning out Mario games at too frequent a pace.

Company president Satoru Iwata explained that the past logic of releasing one 2D Mario per Nintendo system would still continue - probably.

"We only create a New Super Mario Bros. title one per platform," Iwata told Kotaku. "I think we'll probably go ahead and continue at that pace.

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Saturday Soapbox: How do you solve a problem like Mario?

Does New Super Mario Bros. 2 represent a creative cul-de-sac? And if so, does it even matter?

Currently sitting on a Metacritic average of just 78 per cent, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is comfortably the lowest-scoring mainline Mario game to date. That tally may be acceptable by many standards, but for one of gaming's most consistent performers, the numbers aren't good.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Review

It's common practice among game publishers to churn out yearly entries in a popular series, employing one of their most talented studios to buff its critical reputation to a shine every two years and then recruiting a B team to fill in the gaps by copying from a game design cheat-sheet. Infinity Ward and Treyarch. Criterion and Black Box. Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Montreal.

The shocking thing isn't that Nintendo's Super Mario series - once the byword for creativity, a sacred cow of game design that could reliably be expected to change everything, every time - has become one of those factory-made annual franchises. It's that the developers working under Shigeru Miyamoto at the company's Kyoto headquarters - the team that made this latest outing on 3DS - is now the reserve squad.

In the late 2000s, Mario moved house. It was a different outfit, led by Yoshiaki Koizumi and Koichi Hayashida and based in Tokyo, that created the cosmically dizzying Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii. By the end of the sequel, they were exploring the farthest reaches of the platform game in a ceaseless parade of surreal spatial ideas. In last year's Super Mario 3D Land, they achieved a perfect synthesis of the taut traditions of the 2D 'Bros.' games with the freewheeling invention of the Super Mario 64 line, and created the best portable Mario game ever. Mario never looked back.

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UK 3DS XL sales total almost 10,000 in one day

UK 3DS XL sales total almost 10,000 in one day

Steady start, but nowhere near Japanese haul.

Nintendo sold just less than 10,000 3DS XL units in the UK on Saturday.

The 3DS XL total was "a little shy of five figures", Eurogamer contributor Johnny Minkley told our sister site GamesIndustry International.

UK chart company Chart-Track does not publicly release hardware sales figures, and Nintendo claimed this morning it would not divulge 3DS XL sales totals.

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Japan chart: 3DS XL launch a bigger success than DSi or DSi XL

Japan chart: 3DS XL launch a bigger success than DSi or DSi XL

New Super Mario Bros. 2 pipes in 430,000 copies.

More than 193,000 3DS XL consoles have been sold in Japan in just two days, chart company Enterbrain has announced.

The figures (reported by Famitsu) compare favourably to the launches of other Nintendo hardware revisions. The DSi and DSi XL sold fewer during their opening two days in Japan - 170,000 and 103,000, respectively. Mind you, both launched a bit later in their parent system's (DS) lifecycle.

The 3DS XL's launch was accompanied by New Super Mario Bros. 2, which managed a whopping 430,000 sales in two days.

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC details revealed

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC details revealed

First Mario title with paid-for extras.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS is Nintendo's first Mario game to offers downloadable content.

Paid-for extra levels will be made available after the game launches, European Nintendo president Satoru Shibata announced earlier this morning, during the company's Nintendo Direct conference.

But DLC development will not begin until the main game is finished, Shibata assured fans. This means that pricing and release details for the DLC will be announced at a later date.

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 release date announced

New Super Mario Bros. 2 release date announced

Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven and New Art Academy coming too.

3DS platformer New Super Mario Bros. 2 launches in Europe on 17th August, just two days before its release in North America.

At the Nintendo Direct Conference this morning several other games were announced for Europe as well.

Chief among them is Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, which will come out this October in Europe. This marks the dapper detective's first foray on 3DS. A new free puzzle will be added to the game every day for 350 days after launch. A new trailer is below.

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 co-op mode shown

Plus: Gold Rush coin hunt mode.

Upcoming 3DS platformer New Super Mario Bros. 2 will offer a co-operative option for the game's campaign, allowing a second player to join the action, playing as Luigi.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 US release date

New Super Mario Bros. 2 US release date

Mario gets money-orientated.

3DS platformer New Super Mario Bros. 2 will launch in the US on 19th August.

The title will differentiate from just-announced Wii U title New Super Mario Bros. U by focusing more on money collecting.

Coins will spawn everywhere around Mario, and collecting them will be key to your high scores.

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 announced for 3DS

New Super Mario Bros. 2 announced for 3DS

New Pokémon apps, 3DS firmware update, Mario Kart 7 patch coming.

Nintendo mascot Mario will star in New Super Mario Bros. 2 this summer, a new side-scrolling platformer due for release on 3DS in August.

A sequel to the New Super Marios Bros. games on DS and Wii, this latest title mixes classic 2D jumping and goomba-squashing with snazzy new visuals.

Mario's much in-vogue Raccoon suit is also set to make an appearance. Steady there, PETA.

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