By Jenna Pitcher on May 17, 2013 05.17.13
Nintendo sold 2.1 million first-party Nintendo 3DS software units in the U.S. during the first 18 weeks of 2013, an increase of 52 percent over the same time period last year, Nintendo reports. Since its launch on April 24, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins sold almost 94,000 physical and digital copies. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sold more than 140,000 physical and digital units in April in the U.S.. The game sold more than 530,000 units in the U.S. since its launch on March 24. New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U, which launched in November last year, shifted 770,000 physical and digital units in the U.S. to date. Nintendo notes that data of physical sales of games in April are sourced from the NPD Group and digital downloads of games data is from Nintendo's internal sales...
By Tracey Lien on Dec 26, 2012 12.26.12
Animal Crossing: New Leaf, sold two million copies in its first two months of release, making it the first Nintendo 3DS title to ever crack the two million mark, Japanese games industry magazine Famitsu reports via Tiny Cartridge. The game has sold 2.1 million units, which puts it ahead of other 3DS titles like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Monster Hunter 3G, and New Super Mario Bros. 2. The sales for Animal Crossing: New Leaf also eclipse those of the best-selling PlayStation 3 game — Final Fantasy 13, which sold 1.9 million copies in Japan. Animal Crossing: New Leaf still falls behind the best-selling game on the Nintendo Wii — New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which sold 4.4 million copies in Japan.
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 21, 2012 12.21.12
Nintendo's holiday card brings season's greetings from some fan-favorite characters in a winter wonderland. The stars of New Super Mario Bros. 2 wish you a happy holiday season. That's Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad and Bowser — and, of course, gold coins. You can click on the snow globe they're stuck in to shake it, which will unleash a torrent of coins that might slow down your computer. But nowhere on the site is there an option to buy the snow globe in question, which makes us sad.
By Matt Leone on Dec 20, 2012 12.20.12
At a press event last week, Nintendo announced the latest two downloadable expansion packs for New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS. These being the ninth and 10th packs available, if you need a refresher, you can catch up here. The Mystery Adventures pack opens up the game's structure with more exploration and side paths, while the Impossible pack offers a series of stages built to frustrate. Nintendo had the Impossible pack on display at the press event, and it almost stood up to its name. I'm far from a competitive Mario player, and I attempted the first stage about 20 times, getting three-quarters of the way through on my best try. A Nintendo representative on hand said it took him about two hours to initially clear the first stage. Both packs are available for download now.
By Michael McWhertor on Nov 26, 2012 11.26.12
Nintendo has released a set of classic, NES era-inspired courses for the coin-drenched New Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan, according to a newly released edition of Nintendo Direct. The "Golden Classic Course Pack," now available in Japan, adds new courses based on levels from Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3. New Super Mario Bros. 2's latest downloadable add-on features rearranged, coin-stuffed versions of levels 1-1 and 1-2 from Super Mario Bros. for the NES, as well as one of Bowser's castle levels. Versions of Super Mario Bros. 3 levels 1-1 and 1-5 are also featured, as is a course based on the original Mario Bros. The DLC is currently being offered for free to Nintendo 3DS owners in Japan. Nintendo will begin charging 200 yen for the "Golden Classic Course...
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 14, 2012 11.14.12
Nintendo will set up shop at malls nationwide during the holiday season, letting shoppers get hands-on experience with the Wii U and 3DS, the company announced today. Dubbed the "Nintendo Holiday Mall Experience," the setup will offer people the chance to try out Wii U games such as New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, ZombiU, FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Just Dance 4, Darksiders 2 and Scribblenauts Unlimited. The 3DS XL will also be playable; the list of available games includes New Super Mario Bros. 2, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Pokédex 3D Pro, Skylanders Giants, Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!! and Sparkle Snapshots 3D. "The Nintendo Mall Experience is your oasis from the shopping...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Nov 12, 2012 11.12.12
Best Buy is currently offering a buy two, get one free sale including eight titles for the Nintendo 3DS, the company announced on its website. Titles include Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Rayman Origins, Activision's The Trash Pack, Angry Birds Trilogy, FIFA Soccer 13, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. The third free game must be of equal or lesser value to the other two games, according to promotion. The promotion also cannot be combined with other Best Buy offers or coupons. It should be noted that all three Mario titles are $39.99 each, while the remaining five are $29.99 each.
By Emily Gera on Nov 12, 2012 11.12.12
Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL devices are Nintendo's "number one priority" this holiday season, the company's vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt told VentureBeat. According to Moffitt, Nintendo expects to see shortages of its Wii U console over the holiday season; However, a robust lineup for the Nintendo 3DS device and a new focus on digital distribution are making the handheld platform the company's main priority. "Nintendo's number one priority this holiday is 3DS and 3DS XL," he said. "We're seeing an ever-growing momentum in our handheld business. Nineteen months in, we're still a million units ahead of the pace of DS at this point in its life. As you know, DS was the best-selling gaming system of all time, and so we're pleased with that. We're seeing great momentum...
By Tracey Lien on Oct 25, 2012 10.25.12
New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS will be getting two new downloadable content packs today, Nintendo announced in its Direct stream this morning. The two packs will consist of the Gold Mushroom Harvesting Pack which will have a difficulty of two out of five, and the Record Challenge B Pack which will have a difficulty of three out of five. Both packs will be available in Japan today from 8 a.m. ET. The North American Nintendo Direct will take place later today at 10 a.m. ET. Update: During the North American Nintendo Direct, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that the map packs would be added to the region's eShop today as well.
By Emily Gera on Oct 24, 2012 10.24.12
Nintendo is lowering its annual profit forecast after recording a larger than expected loss for the first six months of the fiscal year, having reported "weaker than expected" sales of the Nintendo 3DS outside of Japan. The company's forecast for the 2013 fiscal year has lowered from ¥20 billion, or roughly $250.6 million in profits, to ¥6 billion, or roughly $75.2 million, despite seeing 5.6 million 3DS units sold during the first half of the fiscal year and 19.03 million software sales. Nintendo however made a smaller loss throughout the six months ending September 2012 in comparison to the same period last year. In 2011, Nintendo lost ¥27.9 billion in net income, roughly $349 million. During the same period in the last fiscal year, the handheld device sold 3.07 million units,...