January 31, 2009

Iwata Reveals Number of Global Wii, DS Million Sellers

by Carmine Red - 12:16 pm PST
Total comments: 15 Source: Nintendo

You can count the number of third-party Wii million sellers on six hands! For DS third-party million sellers, you'd need ten.

There's little question that Wii software sells, but does it sell when it's not made by Nintendo? Satoru Iwata, Nintendo President and CEO, recently took the time to touch on exactly that issue at Nintendo's Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing and provided some numbers to prove it.

According...

January 30, 2009

New Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: the Crystal Bearers Trailer Wii

by James Charlton - 12:59 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: Square-Enix

The new trailer comes with the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time disk in Japan and is the most we've seen of the long-anticipated Square-Enix Wii title.

For some time many people expected that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: the Crystal Bearers had been quietly cancelled. The single player Wii exclusive RPG had previously only been shown in tiny segments from trade show trailers.

But thanks to the recently released Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, the Wii/DS connectivity title, a new trailer was included as an added bonus on the disk.


Game Releases and DLC for the Week Ending January 31

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:48 am PST
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There are three whole game releases this week and more downloadable content from Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2.

This very light week consists of only three games: The Wii and DS versions of D3Publisher's Coraline and Atari's The Chase: Felix Meets Felicity.

Guitar Hero: World Tour brings some Springsteen and Oasis to the table while Rock Band 2 brings another batch of six songs from the gigantic backlog of downloadable songs.


January 29, 2009

Namco's Family Trainer Sells Over a Million Wii

by Nick DiMola - 4:00 pm PST
Total comments: 11 Source: Namco Bandai

Known in America as Active Life: Outdoor Challenge, the family sports game crosses the million sold mark in worldwide sales.

Namco Bandai announced recently in a Japanese press release that their Family Trainer title, known in America as Active Life: Outdoor Challenge, has crossed the million sold mark worldwide. According to Namco Bandai's sales figures, the title moved 140,000 units in Japan, 540,000 units in America, and 320,000 units in Europe.


Square Enix Releases Crystal Defenders on WiiWare Wii

by Nick DiMola - 3:08 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Siliconera

The cell phone tower defense game has just been ported, modified, and released in Japan.

Square Enix announced early last week that their cell phone tower defense game was receiving a port to the downloadable services of all of the current generation systems. The WiiWare version, which was released just two days ago in Japan for 1,000 Wii Points, is titled Crystal Defenders R1 and is a downgraded port of the Final Fantasy Tactics themed game.


Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings Coming to Wii and DS Wii

by Nick DiMola - 12:58 pm PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Joystiq

A leaked online video reveals that the once rumored Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 title is now coming to Wii, DS, and "PlayStation."

Late last week, a leaked video has revealed that Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings will be coming to Wii, DS, and "PlayStation." Late last August a listing appeared on the ESRB website for the game, rating the PSP and DS versions. The video revealed a release date of spring 2009.

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Nintendo President to Keynote Game Developers Conference

by Nick DiMola - 12:41 pm PST
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Satoru Iwata is returning to GDC 09 to kick-off the conference with a keynote focused on discovering new development opportunities.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata would deliver a keynote address at this year's Game Developers Conference. 2009 marks Iwata's third appearance as a speaker at GDC. In 2005, Iwata revealed the technology behind Nintendo's codenamed "Revolution" project, now known... Read more...

Nintendo Third Quarter Results: Wii 45m LTD, DS 96m LTD

by Carmine Red - 12:32 pm PST
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo

Nintendo's sales numbers are likely to be the highest ever for the company, but a strong yen is impacting their profits.

Data regarding game sales is usually more readily available in the full fiscal year report, but Nintendo's third quarter report still contained a hefty amount of sales information.

For instance, Nintendo reported that Wii shipments through December 2008 have reached nearly 45 million worldwide.... Read more...

Boom Blox Sequel Coming This Spring Wii

by Carmine Red - 3:56 am PST
Total comments: 69 Source: Hollywood Reporter

Steven Spielberg and Electronic Arts are re-teaming for Boom Blox Bash Party, which promises new levels, an expanded online component, and "more explosive multiplayer experiences."

What happens after you knock a tower of blocks down? You build them back up. That is exactly how Electronic Arts is playing the game with Boom Blox Bash Party, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Wii game Boom Blox.

The sequel will be hitting as early as this spring, a surprisingly quick turn-around... Read more...

January 28, 2009

Year 2008 NPD Sales Roundup and Analysis Wii

by Carmine Red - 11:31 pm PST
Total comments: 17 Source: GameDaily

Wii Play is number one for the apparently hit-centric Wii. Also, Rock Band for Wii is over a million sold, and there's sales data for Shaun White, de Blob, and Wario Land: Shake It!

NOTE: This story concerns NPD whole year sales. For December 2008 monthly sales, click here.

According to the numbers, 2008 was a good year for the games industry. It was also a very good year for Nintendo considering the top four titles in the US were for the Wii, not to mention a three-year-old... Read more...

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