Nintendo came out strong with the latest Nintendo Directs. We have info on a new Yoshi’s Island and Zelda 3DS game, confirmation on the Animal Crossing 3DS XL for North America and Europe, the Wii U Spring update and EarthBound on the North American Virtual Console.
Iwata could have just announced that last bit and it would have been an amazing presentation, but he just kept on piling on the good news.
Hit the jump for a full breakdown of the North American, European and Japanese streams.No comments
Whatever Nintendo has planned for the Pokémon series, it’s apparently something global.
We don’t know how big this announcement is, or if it will even be anything major, but if they’re willing to hype it up across two continents, it has to be pretty noteworthy.No comments
[Update: Nintendo of Japan will also be airing a Nintendo Direct stream tonight at 3 a.m. PST.]
New information on upcoming Wii U and 3DS games will be revealed during tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct streams.
Both Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe will be airing separate streams. The North American stream is scheduled to go up on at 9 a.m. PST on December 5, while the European stream begins at 6 p.m. CET on December 5.
As of now, Nintendo of Japan hasn’t announced a Nintendo Direct for their region.
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It looks like Wii U sales are off to a pretty good start. 400,000 units of the new console were sold in its debut week in North America.
According to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, the Wii U is “essentially sold out of retail.” He told CNET that they are doing their best to continually replenish stock, but he explained that, “Retailers are also doing their best to get the product to store shelves. But as soon as product hits retail, they’re selling out immediately.”
As well as the Wii U is selling right now, it doesn’t come close the success of the original Wii launch, which sold 600,000 units in its first week. It did, however, outperform the 360, which sold 326,000 units in its first two weeks.
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[Update: The eShop sales will only take place each weekend.]
So it turns out that North America might not have gotten the shaft when it comes to eShop deals.
While Nintendo of Europe will discount a group of eShop games for a limited time, Nintendo of America will cut the price of one eShop game
a week. each weekend.
The promotion began last weekend with Super Mario Land selling for $2.99, a dollar off the regular price.
Nintendo hasn’t revealed the next discounted game, but hopefully they’ll pick more games people will actually be willing to buy.
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To make up for its lackluster sale, the North American eShop will be get two 3DS Virtual Console games every week from July 5 until August 1.
Nintendo put out a promotional trailer highlighting some of the classic (and not so classic) titles that will be coming out this summer.
Games with confirmed release dates:
- The Legend of Zelda (NES) – July 5
- Kirby’s Pinball Land (GB) – July 12
- The Sword of Hope II (GB) – July 12
- Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (GB) – July 19
- Tumblepop (GB) – July 19
- Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (GB) – July 19
Europe’s eShop is having a 20% off sale on select titles.
From today until June 28 the following titles will be on sale:
- Super Mario Land
- Zen Pinball 3D
- The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
- Let’s Golf 3D
From June 28 until July 5, these games will be 20% off:
- Dillon’s Rolling Western
- Fun Fun Minigolf Touch
- Mighty Switch Force
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
North America’s eShop is also having a sale. Sort of. For this weekend only, Super Mario Land is $2.99 – a whole dollar off.
Source: Nintendo DirectNo comments