The Wii U may be having struggles when it comes to overall sales, but one Nintendo platform that’s going strong is the Nintendo 3DS. The system, which got off to a slow start back in 2011 has seen steady growth in the ensuing months on the back of an ever increasing library of games.
Exact figures are not known, but according to a press release sent out by Nintendo sales of the 3DS in the month of May increased 60 percent over the same time last year. The Xbox 360 sold 114,000 units, indicating that sales of the 3DS would have been higher than that total. In addition to strong sales of the system Nintendo also had two of the top five selling games for the month of May with Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon both making it into the top five overall from NPD reporting.
Nintendo hopes to build on this momentum with a strong lineup of games for the 3DS that will see release before the holiday season. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will be available on August 11th. Pokemon X & Y hits stores on October 12th. Mario Party will get a full title and be available for purchase in November as will The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. All of these games will release before the holiday season.
This past March the 3DS hit the two year mark since it was originally launched in North America. It’s been through a bit of a rough ride, but things are looking up. Nintendo has put together a little graphic about the system showing some of the milestones from the last two years.
I remember hunting deer on a PC back when I was younger and I realize now just how horrible that game is by today’s standards. Hunting games have come a long way since then by allowing you to hunt all manner of different animals. Teyon’s newest game, Outdoors Unleashed Africa 3D, has reworked the hunt, letting gamers loose on the wild life of Africa to add them to their trophy cases.
What You Need To Know
Outdoors Unleashed Africa 3D is an on-rails, arcade-style hunting game. Players will get to experience hunting several of the big game animals while traveling through several locations across Africa. The whole game takes place on a set path through areas such as savannahs and swamps. This isn’t a normal hunting game at all as your goal will be to take out as many animals in sight before you run out of time.
I always get excited by the prospect of a new Mario game. You can almost guarantee they’re going to be a lot of fun and they’re going to be games to keep you coming back over and over again. Not a week goes by that I don’t play through the original Super Mario Bros. game on the NES. Last year brought us Super Mario 3D Land, which was the first Mario game for Nintendo’s newest handheld. This year brings us the first numbered sequel to 2006’s New Super Mario Bros. This new entry into the franchise takes the game back to its pure side-scrolling roots and adds a little bit of Wario-style greed to the mix.
What You Need to Know
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is all about collecting coins. Everything in the game is set up to give you as many coins as possible. There are six main worlds with about eight levels each and a number of bonus worlds to explore. One new power up, the gold flower, and one classic power up, the raccoon tail, make an appearance along with many series staples. There is a new speed run/coin collection mode and the ability to play the game locally with a friend over a wireless connection.
Teyon’s next game, being published by Mastiff, is called Outdoor Unleashed: Africa 3D. The game is scheduled to hit the 3DS eShop on August 30th for $3.99. This game puts you in the shoes of a big game hunter in more than 35 missions throughout the African Savannah. There are 15 big animals and birds in this arcade-style shooter where you’ll be trying to rack up as many points as possible with various weapons. Want to see the game in action? Check out this trailer and head past the break for the full press release and more screens.
Fractured Soul is a game I haven’t heard a lot about, but after reading this press release, seeing these screenshots and watching this trailer, I’m intrigued. The game is coming to the 3DS eShop on September 13th courtesy of Endgame Studios. It’s a sidescrolling action platformer that will actually take place on both screens at once.
According to the developer, there are more than 30 levels across five different zones that will encompass both side scrolling and shooter styles of gameplay. Online leaderboards will allow speedrunners around the world to compete against each other. If you really want to test your skills, there will be hardcore challenges available to unlock as you play.
The game reminds me a lot of another game that was available on DSiWare and WiiWare called Chronos Twins, which had a similar style of play. I’m going to start The World Ends With You soon, so I’ll be primed for some dual screen games. Fractured Soul hits the eShop on September 13th and will run you $11.99. Screencaps after the jump.
Animal Crossing has been on the minds of a lot of people around the Nintendo Okie offices. I don’t think a week goes by that someone isn’t playing the game in some form or another. We haven’t heard much about the 3DS version of the game here in North America. Today, however, Nintendo of America’s Twitter account let us know when we can expect to get our grubby little mitts on the game. No firm release date has been set as of yet, but:
Animal Crossing is launching for Nintendo #3DS during the first half of 2013!
We now have an idea of when the game is going to come out and during Nintendo of Japan’s video presentation today, they let some details about the game slip.
The game will let you choose which shops will be open in your town. You’ll also be able to set the hours that they’ll be open. (Late night shops in Rydland confirmed!) You’ll be able to swap designs from the Able Sisters with your friends through the use of QR codes, and you’ll be able to customize your furniture, including the color.
The company also announced that Animal Crossing for the 3DS would be getting its own Nintendo Direct video in the future. I really like when Nintendo does these presentations to talk more about their games. Now give me one for Luigi’s Mansion 2.
I’m going to be completely honest with you here. I have absolutely no idea what Adventure Time is. I’ve never seen it. I know Micah is crazy about it and it’s been used in countless parodies on the internet. D3 Publisher is bringing a game to the market later this year for the DS and the 3DS entitled Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage. The one bit of information I know (which means I have to play the game) is the game is being developed by WayForward. Here’s a blurb from the press release.
In the first licensed Adventure Time video game, Finn and Jake wake up one morning to find their trash stolen by the Ice King. Jake couldn’t care less about half-eaten bananas, crumpled up burrito wrappers, and old chicken diapers – but when they find out the Ice King is using their stolen goods to construct a Garbage Princess, the heroes embark on a fantastical adventure to teach him a lesson! Journey through the Land of Ooo in an offbeat adventure and discover perilous dungeons and unimaginable treasures, while playing as Finn and Jake in a unique action-adventure experience.
Past the break are some screenshots and a trailer. Enlighten me as to exactly what this is and why I should pay attention to it. Apparently people like Adventure Time. Who knew?
This rather unique racing game is heading to the 3DS eShop on August 30th. I think it looks interesting. I’m very interested to see how it looks in 3D.
There are only two things required for me to assume a game is going to be really good. The first is that it falls into the Metroid style of gameplay, complete with maps, unlockable areas and plenty of power-ups. The other is that said game is developed by a company I like to refer to as WayForward, aka Den of Awesomeness Supreme. That game also happens to feature a movie starring Adam Sandler (yes, I think his movies are pretty funny). The movie is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, famous for the Clone Wars animated series that he produced among other things.
Hotel Transylvania looks like a really good movie; one that I will be taking my kids to see. The game also looks really good and reminds me of 2D Castlevanias and Metroid games. I think this is one that I’m going to have to keep my eye on. Here are some screenshots to give you an idea of what to expect.
Hotel Transylvania is set to hit stores on September 18th for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.