January 29, 2010

Nintendo Releases Lifetime Sales Data

by Andy Goergen - 8:23 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Their 2009 financial report gives cold hard data on their market domination.

Nintendo has revealed their sales data for the period from April 2009 through December 2009, including lifetime sales of many of their products.

The Nintendo Wii console has sold 67.45 million units worldwide since its 2006 launch. 17.05 million sales occurred between April and December 2009,... Read more...

January 28, 2010

Excitebike Races Onto European WiiWare Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 10:31 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

The Nintendo and Monster Games racer is finally coming to the PAL regions.

While North American Wii owners have been enjoying Excitebike: World Rally for several months now, Europeans have been anxiously awaiting the day when they could join in on all the fun. That day is rapidly approaching as World Rally is hitting the European WiiWare service as Excitebike: World Challenge on February 5.


January 27, 2010

Nintendo Reveals Mario Tournament Trophy Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 7:22 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Adria Sang

The winner of the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. Wii tournament will receive a golden Mario trophy.

At the start of the year, Nintendo confirmed that they would be holding a special New Super Mario Bros. Wii tournament. The tournament consists of coin collecting battles and will tour Japan throughout the month of February. The player that collects the most coins will be crowned the best NSMB Wii player in Japan and receive a special Golden Mario Trophy.


Climax Interested In More Silent Hill Titles Wii

by Andy Goergen - 6:03 am PST
Total comments: 24 Source: ONM

The Shattered Memories developer speaks out on their role in the franchise, and the sales of third party games on Wii.

In an interview with the Official Nintendo Magazine, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories developer Climax says that they would be interested in making future Silent Hill games.

Game Director Mark Simmons commented on the possibility. "Absolutely. We've always loved working on the series. Since... Read more...

Creators of Izuna Secretly Working on DS Title DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:50 am PST
Total comments: 3 Source: SiliconEra

The studio that brought us Izuna: Legend of The Unemployed Ninja are quietly working on a new title for the Nintendo DS.

On Ninja Studio's product page they have revealed that they are working on a new, top secret title for the DS.

Ninja Studio is known for their DS efforts which include Izuna: The Legend of the Unemployed Ninja and D3 Publisher's Tactic's Layer. Including this unannounced title, they have created six titles for Nintendo's handheld so far.


Possible Candidates for Nintendo's New Wii Budget Line Revealed Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:39 am PST
Total comments: 8 Source: SiliconEra

These titles are possible candidates for the "Everyone's Recommendation" series in Japan.

As announced last week, Nintendo will begin a new initiative called "Everyone's Recommendation Selection" in Japan. Nintendo will choose the highest ranking Wii titles according to the votes found on the Nintendo Channel's best games list. Website SiliconEra compiled a list of games fitting this description.


Iwata Turned Down Natal Technology for Wii Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:21 am PST
Total comments: 16 Source: CVG

A report reveals that Nintendo was offered the opportunity to use Natal technology for Wii.

According to a report by European videogame news site CVG, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata was offered the opportunity to use the technology behind Microsoft's Project Natal on the Wii. Iwata turned it down.

The reason Iwata refused to accept the technology, despite being impressed by the demo... Read more...

January 26, 2010

NSMB Wii Hits Ten Million Sold Worldwide Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 7:35 am PST
Total comments: 27 Source: Edge, Kotaku

The "evergreen", when it comes to Mario, is money.

Last week the NPD Group reported that New Super Mario Bros. Wii had surpassed the U.S. lifetime sales of its 3D brother Super Mario Galaxy. After roughly 45 days on the market, NSMB Wii had moved past Galaxy's 4.1 million copies sold with a tally of 4.2 million.

According to Nikkei (via Kotaku),...

January 25, 2010

Enterbrain President Disappointed with Monster Hunter 3 Sales Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 7:56 pm PST
Total comments: 10 Source: Adria Sang

Despite the title selling a million copies on Wii, the president believes it could have sold better.

In a recent interview with Japanese website, Enterbrain President Hirokazu Hamamura expressed his disappointment over the sales of Capcom's Monster Hunter 3 in Japan. "I thought it would sell more. Crossing the million mark was the passing grade, though. On the Wii, which doesn't have... Read more...

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Gets ESRB Rating Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 7:16 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: ESRB

Looks like Richter and Maria are coming across the pond.

Late last month, a Virtual Console release of Konami's TurboGrafx-16 CD-ROM classic Castlevania: Rondo of Blood made an appearance in the listings of the Australian OFLC ratings board. Fans of the series hoped that this event heralded an imminent North American release, and it seems that their prayers have been answered.

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