Iwata says Wii U is 'not over', multiple unannounced titles in the works

Wii U might not be selling like crazy, but it did fall in-line with Nintendo's expectations for sales in this recent quarter. That's certainly a good thing, and Iwata has gone out of his way to state that the end isn't in sight for the platform.

“Wii U is not over yet. I want to continue to build on playing on people’s high expectations [for the system].” - Satoru Iwata

Mr. Iwata also made a point to state that there are multiple unannounced games in the works. When we'll hear about those is anyone's guess.


Nintendo financial results for Q3 2014-15 - full details

Net Sales: 271.521¥ billion yen
Operating Income: 31.40¥ billion yen
Net Income: 45.215¥ billion yen

Nintendo Full-Year Guidance:

Net Sales: 550¥ billion yen (↓)
Operating Income: 20¥ billion yen (↓)
Net Income: 30¥ billion yen (↑)

Additional Information Q3 (Software/Hardware Shipments, Digital Sales, Cash & Equivalents):

Pokemon ORAS: 9.35 million
Super Smash Bros 3DS LTD: 6.19 million
Super Smash Bros Wii U LTD: 3.39 million
Mario Kart 8 LTD: 4.77 million

Wii U HW: 9.2 million total

3DS HW: 50 million total
Wii U HW for Q3: 1.91 million
3DS HW for Q3: 4.99 million
Digital Sales: ¥10.4 billion yen
Digital Sales: ¥ billion yen
Amiibo: 5.7 million shipped
Cash & Equivalents: ¥920.531 billion yen (↑)
Full-Year Forecast lowered due to Euro forex (down to 130Y)
lower forecast for 3DS HW sales
lowered operation profit estimates from ¥40 billion yen to ¥20 billion yen
raised Net Income Up by ¥10 billion yen to ¥30, due to exchange gains
hoping to reach 9 million sold for 3DS and 3.6 million Wii U by fiscal year end
software attach rates: WiiU - 5.75, 3DS - 4.31

A blurb from the PDF above...

During the nine months ended December 31, 2014, for “Nintendo 3DS,” “New Nintendo 3DS/New Nintendo 3DS XL,” launched as the newest members of the “Nintendo 3DS” family in Japan in October, got off to a good start and continued to sell well. However, as sales of the “Nintendo 3DS” hardware in the United States and in Europe, where “New Nintendo 3DS/New Nintendo 3DS XL” were yet to be launched, did not grow sufficiently, the global sales of the “Nintendo 3DS” family hardware were 7.08 million units.

As for the “Nintendo 3DS” software, “Pokémon Omega Ruby/Pokémon Alpha Sapphire” and “Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS” enjoyed robust sales with 9.35 million units and 6.19 million units sold respectively, while titles such as “Tomodachi Life,” “Mario Kart 7” and “Pokémon X/Pokémon Y” showed steady sales. There were also a number of hit titles from third-party publishers in the Japanese market. As a result, the global sales of the “Nintendo 3DS” software were 53.04 million units.

With respect to “Wii U,” Nintendo released two big titles, “Mario Kart 8”and “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U,” which enable family members and friends to have fun together in their living rooms. These titles sold 4.77 million units and 3.39 million units globally, and the global sales of the “Wii U” hardware and software reached 3.03 million and 20.59 million units respectively. As a result, net sales were 442.9 billion yen (of which overseas sales were 323.2 billion yen or 73.0% of the total sales) and operating income was 31.6 billion yen. As a result of exchange gains totaling 51.0 billion yen due to depreciation of the yen at the end of this period compared with the one at the end of the last fiscal year, ordinary income was 92.3 billion yen and net income was 59.5 billion yen.


Nintendo the number 1 publisher on Metacritic for 2014

Shooting up three spots in our rankings to #1 among the large publishers, Nintendo is also the only one of the majors to finish the year with a "green" average Metascore—despite the fact that only 56% of its games received positive reviews from critics. (Basically, 2014 was not the most memorable of years in gaming history.) Nintendo's performance is even more impressive given the fact that it released more unique titles (34) than any other publisher in 2014. The Wii U and 3DS maker saw its Metascore average increase by 2.7 points in last year (compared to the previous year) even though it didn't have a single 2014 game score as highly as its 2013 leader, Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo was actually the only publisher last year with more than one game (with at least 7 reviews) to score in the 90+ range, with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Bayonetta 2 both hitting 91. In a reverse from 2013, the publisher's Wii U games scored more highly than its 3DS releases. The average for the former was an impressive 81.3 (for 12 Wii U releases), while its 22 3DS games averaged just 73.9.


Viz re-releasing The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past comic from Nintendo Power

- features art from Shotaro Ishinomori
- follows the story of the Super Nintendo game, but includes new characters and plot elements
- due out May 5th


This week's European downloads - January 29 (Metroid Prime Trilogy, Hyrule Warriors DLC and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Metroid Prime Trilogy (Nintendo) - €9.99/£8.99 (Ends February 5. regular price €19.99/£17.99)
Metroid Prime Trilogy gives players the opportunity to experience the entire Metroid Prime story arc by bringing together critically acclaimed Nintendo GameCube titles Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, as well as the hit conclusion to the series, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, in spectacular style. Now you can return to - or discover for the first time - the rich universe of the Prime trilogy every step of the way. Immerse yourself in Samus' struggle against the Space Pirates as she encounters the all-consuming, corrupting substance called Phazon. Discover the history of the Chozo Ruins and the mysteries of Tallon IV, retrieve the Light of Aether and take on the might of the shape-shifting Ing, search and destroy the Leviathan Seeds and bring the curtain down on your bitter struggle with Dark Samus. Scanning your surroundings will enable you to piece together the mysteries of ravaged worlds, while using the full range of capabilities offered by Samus' armoured suit will help you to find new areas hidden from view and solve difficult puzzles as you upgrade and expand your arsenal along the way. The entire trilogy can now be controlled using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to take aim at a huge array of alien enemies and interact with the richly-detailed surroundings. Originally created for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on Wii, the intuitive pointer-based control scheme makes the process of delving into the darkest corners of the galaxy more immersive than ever. Just point your Wii Remote at the screen to aim at enemies and adjust Samus' outlook; moving and firing with ease as you battle to save the solar system, one enigmatic planet at a time.

Hyrule Warriors: Majora's Mask Pack (Nintendo, Add-on content) - €6.99/£6.29
Contents of the pack:
- A new Adventure Mode map (Termina) with six new 8-bit weapons and sixteen new mask-inspired costumes as rewards
- Two new playable characters (Young Link and Tingle)
- Three new costumes (Skull Kid's Clothes for Lana, and Era of the Hero of Time Outfits for Sheik and Impa)

Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games) - €5.99/£5.39 (€4.99/£4.49 if you downloaded Abyss, 99seconds, Unepic, Rock Zombie, 99 Moves, Spy Chameleon on the same Wii U)
Get ready to enjoy Off Road races with your friends and family! Rock 'N Racing Off Road offers the most entertaining and exciting races, with loads of skids, crashes and amazing jumps. You will have several modes of play, such as Cup mode, time trial and multi-player with the option of up to 5 Players at a time, as well as an online ranking table where you can compare your best times with friends and players from around the world.

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (KONAMI, GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29
Dracula is rising once again. At the full moon, the resurrection will be complete! As vampire slayer Nathan Graves, you must storm Dracula's castle in time to save your mentor before his life force is used to restore the Count's. In this, the first Castlevania for Game Boy Advance, defeat monstrous enemies and giant bosses, and gain experience points and special abilities to help explore new areas. Combine action and attribute cards to create more than 80 unique magic spells; from fire whips to ice blizzards. Can you whip Dracula into shape?

Special offers
Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Cypronia) - €3.69/£3.33 (Ends February 5, regular price €4.99/£4.49)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Gunman Clive 2 (Horberg Productions) - €2.99/£2.50
Gunman Clive returns in an all new adventure. Now in colour! After rescuing Ms Johnson, Gunman Clive returns to again find the town under attack by bandits. To stop them once and for all he must chase after their leader; an adventure that takes him all the way around the world, facing bigger and deadlier enemies than ever before. Gunman Clive 2 retains the same classic gameplay formula, but dials the action up a notch further, with improved and more colourful graphics, more dynamic levels and richer, more diverse environments, bigger bosses and tons of new enemies.

Best of Board Games (Bigben Interactive) - €24.99/£19.99
Chess, Mah-jong, Solitaire: rediscover 3 timeless classics in this scintillating compilation! Whether you're a beginner or a professional, you'll enjoy these classics, not only with their traditional rules but also with brand new game modes. Check the game rules at any time and test your abilities in Adventure Mode with lots of challenges to take up!

Best of Arcade Games (Bigben Interactive) - €24.99/£19.99
Rediscover 4 timeless classics in this scintillating compilation! Whether you're a beginner or a professional, you'll enjoy these classics, not only with their traditional rules but also with brand new game modes. Check the game rules at any time and test your abilities in Adventure Mode with lots of challenges to take up!

NES Balloon Fighter (Theme, available January 30) - €1.99/£1.79
This retro theme features classic SFX and patterned icons and folders. Scroll the Touch Screen to animate the balloon fighter.

NES Fire Mario (Theme, available January 30) - €1.99/£1.79
This retro theme features classic SFX, brick folders, and blue icons. Scroll the Touch Screen to see Mario throw fireballs.

Sakurai discusses how returning stages were chosen for Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS

Coming from a Game Informer interview with Masahiro Sakurai...

There’s the two versions of the game and each one offers different stages; it’d be impossible to create completely original world settings for each one. So one or the other might be a stage ported from the previous game, and the choices are made based on a variety of balance decisions – the popularity of the stage, whether or not it’s a match for the 3DS screen, and whether or not two stages from the same setting are getting ported (for example, if two different Mario-themed stages are ports on both the 3DS and Wii U version).


GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 493


We have a super-sized show today, which was totally unexpected. We just had a TON to talk about when it came to what we played! Deux unleashes a flurry of title he's been enjoying, and I give impressions of the New 3DS XL. On top of that, I fess up to a very unexpected game that I've been dabbling with the last few days. Can't wait to get email shamed for it!

Download the show here (thanks MoldyClay!)

A detailed look at Hyrule Warrior's sales

Wii U

Hyrule Warriors ~130k
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper ~35k
Fist of the North Star 2 ~15k


Samurai Warriors Katana - 35k
Samurai Warriors 3 - 320k
Samurai Warriors 3XL - 80k

New IP Musou - sales in Japan for first game
340k - Dynasty Warriors 2
1060k - Samurai Warriors
670k - Warriors Orochi (excl PSP/PC)
660k - Dynasty Warriors Gundam (inc PS2)
660k - Fist of the North Star
70k - Warriors Legends of Troy
860k - One Piece Pirate Warriors


Pokken Tournament - tweets, pictures and info (completed)

Controller information
- Game isn't going to be as difficult to get into compared to other fighting games
- Namco is developing it for both veteran players and newcomers
- Controller was chosen to make it easier for beginners to get into since arcade sticks can be a little difficult or intimidating for those who have yet to play a fighting game
- Controller has a red part that lights up below
- Trigger buttons, traditional d-pad, four face buttons included
- Said to resemble the look of the Famicom controller


- Support Pokémon are chosen at the start of each round
- These can be used at any time, but they will also have a cool-down period
- Lapras appeared from the side, and it covered a wide area with its Surf attack
- Snivy with a Leaf Tornado attack, and its charge time marked as ''Fast''
- Lapras shows Surf with a charge time of ''Normal''
- So far, Namco have shown Support Pokémon of Emolga and Fennekin as a ''Set A'', Snivy and Lapras as ''Set B''
- Whether you can mix and match Support Pokémon remains to be seen
- In middle of a fight, there's something called a ''Phase Change'' that makes the camera angles look more like a 2D fighter with a side-view
- There are certain moves that can force a Phase Change as well
- Burst Mode, which works as a temporary power up, where Pokémon go into their Mega-forms, and those without Mega versions get a similar power up
- In the demonstration, Namco showed Lucario going into his Mega-form, while Pikachu got an power-up with an electric aura
- Special attacks are quite simple to pull off, so they won't require complicated commands to execute
- Stage description for one of the battle arenas was shown in English


Nintendo takes number 1 publisher spot in France (plus other details)

- Nintendo was #1 publisher with almost 4.5m games sold in 2014, second year in a row. EA and Ubisoft are #2 and #3
- in the Top 20 for 2014, 8 games are from Nintendo
- Pokémon OR/AS was their #1 games with over 476k sold.
- Tomodachi Life is at 439k on Dec. 31st, over 450k right now (quite popular with children and young girls)
- Smash Bros. 3DS is at 279k (good word of mouth)
- Wii U is at over 510k, #2 behind PS4 but still better than XB1 (roughly 430k iirc). That's below their expectation (~550k by the end of 2014).
- Smash Bros + Wii U bundle accounted for 1/3 of Nintendo's total HW sales during the last 2 weeks of the year.
- Wii U is +40% YoY.
- 240k Wii U sold in 2014
- Mario Kart 8 sold 346k
- amiibo at 200k
- 20k amiibo sold last week. Right now, most people buying them do so for collecting. So this year, they're gonna emphasize the use in games.
- MM3D N3DS already out of stock
- betting big on MH, which usually sells 100k/game.


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