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The Evolution Of World Nintendo News (21/7/13)

July 21, 2013

So, this is where it begins. A new start for World Nintendo News, and lets hope the websites new format is more successful then the last one. As said in the post earlier today, instead of posting small pieces of news every now and again, we will post a blog at the end of every day, along with your usual features, reviews, guides and such. It should be better for everyone involved.

It really was hard to start this blog. I’m sure many of you are finding it hard to read it for the same reason as me. Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Nintendo really have struck gold with this gem, haven’t they! Animal Crossing is a series I’ve been playing my whole life, but Animal Crossing: New Leaf has me playing the game longer then any game I’ve ever played before. I looked in my activity log today, and in just over one month I’ve played New Leaf for 160 hours. This is more then Ocarina of Time 3D and Super Mario 3D Land got in 18 months combined. Within the next week, it will have surpassed Mario Kart 7 and claimed the number 1 spot with 167+ hours.

Bracken

It’s rather sad to think that around 20% of my last month has been spent in the unfortunately named town of ‘Bracken’. If you don’t know what Bracken is, I put a picture in the post. Hardly the kind of……vibrant name most people give their towns. Still, it’s more inventive then Hyrule.

Anyway, back on track, New Leaf is the most important 3DS game for Nintendo. It’s selling better then any other 3DS game for the past 2 years. 500,000 copies sold in North America in half a month. The only game selling more copies is ‘The Last Of Us‘, but having played the PS3 exclusive, it is about the best game I’ve ever played on the console, so this isn’t something which makes the New Leaf sales seem insignificant. We probably could have predicted that New Leaf would sell so well, considering it has sold 3.86 copies in Japan and South Korea in half a year. If only a similar game could come to the Wii U……

Before World Nintendo News stopped posting stuff, it was fair to say the Wii U had received an underwhelming launch; even now it would be hard to say that the console was particularly popular. However, Nintendo are looking to improve the situation with their newest machine. The recent release of Game & Wario was the first Nintendo developed game to come to the Wii U since launch, and Pikmin 3 will be released worldwide within a couple of weeks. Iwata, the president of Nintendo, thinks that these games releases, along with some big titles in the future, will help to change the public opinion of Nintendo.

“Wii U is a machine for which the evaluation differs greatly depending on whether you own it at home or not. So, what we really need to do now is to launch software titles for the Wii U that can take advantage of its unique aspects, one after the other. So much so that a great number of people are able to touch the Wii U and feel how unique it is. We need to expand the number of such people. And once the number of people has reached critical mass, I think the public view of Nintendo will be changed.”

While I agree that Nintendo needs to have more games released on the Wii U, I don’t believe that the public opinion of the Wii U and image_ninNintendo will change until Q4 of this year. As much as I like Pikmin, I can’t see it selling consoles on a large scale. Then you have The Wonderful 101, which looks like a good game, but again, do Nintendo really think people will buy a Wii U to play it? After that is when the sales should start to pick up.

From October to December, you have The Lengend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Wii Party U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario & Sonic at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Wii Fit U and Super Mario 3D World. More Nintendo developed games will be released in these 3 months than in the previous 9. This is when I predict there will be a serious surge in Wii U sales, and from then on consumers will keep buying. Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. Wii U will both be released in 2014, and presumably many more unannounced games will fill the gaps in between this pairs release dates. These games should allow Nintendo to have a strong second half to the fiscal year, and change the fortunes of the Wii U.

In other news, there has been a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  game announced for the Wii and 3DS. The game will be released by Activision with the title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on October 22nd in North America and October 25th in Europe. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will be set in the gap between the first and second series of the show, so it should be a treat for fans of the TV show.  The game will be a side-scrolling fighter with local multiplayer, and will also come the Xbox 360 and PS3. It’s strange that the games coming to the Wii and not the Wii U, but maybe that shows just how poorly the Wii U is preforming at the moment. However, it’s still nice to see the Wii isn’t dead just yet.

Finally, there has been a couple of new details for the 3DS title The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which will be released around November this year. In an IGN interview Bill Trenton revealed the following details:

  • Set after the story of The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
  • The world is the similar to the one in A Link To The Past, but some things have changed
  • Link can merge into any world
  • The game runs at 60FPS

You can see the IGN interview with Bill Trenton here. It’s definitely worth a watch, as there’s some very interesting gameplay footage.

Also, make sure you check out our History of Animal Crossing feature, which is the first part to our guide of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which should be finished in the next month or so.

This blog Nintendo summery thing will be coming out everyday at around 8PM GMT, so make sure you follow us on Twitter @world_nintendo, and WordPress to make sure you never miss it. That’s all for today then, till tomorrow.

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