Nintendo launched its 3DS not too long ago and the console sold pretty well to start with. In Japan the PSP beat the 3DS one week in sales, but that was related to a new PSP game that was popular in Japan. New details on the 3DS sales figures have surfaced this week that show Nintendo had a good opening week of the new game console.
The video game market finds itself in a rather interesting place. Its consoles are still selling exceptionally well, some of the best games released in a long time hit store shelves in 2010, and yet, consumers, pundits, and analysts are wondering when Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo will be announcing new consoles.
Even if some people may be bored with the first-party titles that Nintendo has released for the Wii videogame console, there's no doubt that the Nintendo-branded consoles have a way of flying off the shelves and into the homes of millions of people. In the United States, Nintendo is happy to announce that they've managed to continue their sales strengths with not only the Wii console, but also the DS handheld videogame console.
One of the more popular characters in the world of gaming is the classic Sonic the Hedgehog from Sega. Sonic has been around for a long time a now and has been in games on multiple consoles. This is the first time I have seen the blue guy on a gaming accessory though.
Just about a half a month ago, we reported the fact that Nintendo was asking developers of the game Conduit 2 to not utilize Wii Speak in their game. Looks like it was because now, just a couple weeks later, they've announced they're going to completely phase out the Wii Speak peripheral - perhaps to replace it with something neater?
While Black Friday is over and done with, and we're knee-deep in the savings that come with Cyber Monday, it looks like Nintendo made a killing off the Black Friday week. They sold plenty of consoles, which include members of the DS family, as well as the Wii home console. They sold enough, in fact, that the company feels like a formal press release is the right thing to do. Some may call this bragging, but then again, when you've sold as many consoles as Nintendo did, there might be a little room to do that.
One aspect of playing games online, is the ability to talk to people while you're doing it. Using microphones, both wired and wireless, allows players all over the world to talk to complete strangers, catch up with old friends, or just make small talk with their best friend, all while playing their favorite games. But, while headphone/microphone combinations may still be the item of choice for communication online for most gamers, Nintendo (and more recently, Microosft) wanted people to be able to talk without the headset, so more people could communicate all at once. That's why WiiSpeak was introduced with the Wii version of Animal Crossing, so you could sit and chat with a friend, without having to worry about a headset.
We could say that Angry Birds is popular, but that would be an understatement. The game, which has made its way from iOS to webOS and Android, is a mobile title that lets you sling-shot birds from a set location, and take down structures where pigs reside, all in hopes of collecting points while you take out the pigs. The game's popularity has been insane, and it looks like Rovio, the developer behind the game, is getting ready to expand the horizons of some angry birds.
Even if Nintendo isn't seeing the profits they'd like to, and Wii sales slumping, it looks like the company isn't planning on making any drastic changes to the working model they've got in place now. They still believe that the $200 price point for the console, which already has plenty of extras in the box, is the right way to go. Instead, they believe that offering up console bundles is the way to go forward.
What in the world? Nintendo has just (10 minutes ago or so) released two new sites for two new games: Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii, and Mario VS Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem! for Nintendo DS. Looks like lots of fun for everyone! Get Thinkering!