The Nintendo Wii U console was generally seen as a disappointment with Nintendo, and it’s one that Nintendo will be working hard to rectify with the launch of the new console, the Nintendo Switch next year. However, the Wii U did have its fair share of hit games, including Mario Kart 8. The game was a strong seller for the console, and Nintendo has recently confirmed in its official sales data that the game has broken the eight million unit sales mark. You can check out the software figures at this link.
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Nintendo has been going through a lot of transition of sorts this year. From the reveal that they’ve teamed up with mobile company DeNA to provide new gameplay experiences featuring their legendary IP’s to mobile gamers, to the reveal of the NX, and of course the loss of now former President Satoru Iwata, the company is facing a lot of change. And though sales have been good in many aspects, they have not come close to the record sales they had last generation with the Nintendo Wii and DS.
And so a week has passed since the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo, and needless to say, a lot happened. New games were announced, titles were given release dates, and surprises were littered throughout the week. At the center of these were Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo’s E3 Press Conferences. Each had their own time to showcase what was coming to their platforms. Each had the ability to show why they were the best, but which one actually showed the most and wowed the fans the most? Well, I watched all three conferences, and I’m here to breakdown who I think won E3 because of what was revealed.
One of the biggest attractions at this year’s E3 was the playable demo of Star Fox Zero for Nintendo’s Wii U console. This season there was a dearth of new, quality games that were actually available to play on the floor. So, the fact that an actual demo was available to play for Star Fox Zero on the show floor was pretty exciting. Star Fox is one of the classic, marquee franchises for Nintendo, so I am happy to see the series finally make its return for a traditional update on the Wii U. Star Fox 64 is one of my favorite video game experiences of all time, so I was anxious to see how a new version of Star Fox would stack up against its predecessors.
Ronimo Games has released the latest introduction and launch trailer for Swords & Soldiers II. The latest video for the 2D sidescrolling strategy game is available in the player below.
Nintendo has released a video for the final DLC release for the new hit game Hyrule Warriors. The main attraction will be Ganondorf (aka Ganon) as a playable character. The new video (via Nintendo Life) for the Boss Pack release is available below.
The ambivalent reaction a lot of video game companies have had to the Let’s Play phenomenon is baffling to me. From a business standpoint, nothing is better than free advertising, and a lot of Let’s Plays are just that. Five Nights At Freddy’s would not be the huge hit it is today if YouTube was not blanketed with videos of shrieking players trying to beat the thing.
Sales wise, Nintendo has dominated this generation of consoles. No competitor sold anywhere near as many systems as Nintendo’s little system that could. Unfortunately they did it at the expense of the core gamers and their recent sales numbers reflect that. Join me as I discuss how Nintendo can dominate sales and win back the core gamers in this next generation.(more…)