Nintendo wants you to know that 2014 was a good year for them, and it ended with the best month of sales the company has ever seen, according to a company press release. The company says that Wii U hardware and software sales rose by more than 29 percent and more than 75 percent, respectively, over sales in 2013. This was spurred on by the release of titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. during the year. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby sales have combined to reach more than 2.6 million people in the six weeks the games have been on the market. Alongside Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS December was the best month ever for the 3DS.
Other Nintendo highlights from the full 2014 year include:
- Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sold over 1.7 million physical and digital units and 1.3 million physical and digital units, respectively, in 2014.
- Total sales of amiibo figures in 2014 are nearly twice the sales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
- In 2014, 16 Nintendo 3DS titles sold at least 250,000 units. Of those titles, eight sold more than 500,000 units and three sold over 1 million units.
- In 2014, the top 15 best-selling hand-held titles were all released on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Nintendo has a number of titles for both systems already lined up for 2015 so they’re hoping to ride this wave of momentum to continue an upwards trend for both systems. There is also a new model of the 3DS coming next month that the company hopes will help spur sales of their handheld line even more.
Don’t let the Rock of Gibraltar stop you from watching this week’s Go Round of Super Mario Land for the Game Boy. And for the record, people, Game Boy is two words. Remember that. It could save your life someday.
In a crazy attempt to prevent fans from being able to obtain Rosalina Amiibo figures one man has bought over 100 of them.
Let that sink in for a second.
The guy that bought these figures did not buy them because he is an avid fan of Rosalina but because he does not like her and wishes to negatively impact Rosalina fans. He has stated he is a collector of vintage Nintendo items and that he is disgusted by Nintendo adding Rosalina to every Mario game they can. The guy also plans to spend an additional $35,000 on Lucina, Robin, Palutena, and Zero Suit Samus.
I have no idea what this guy plans to do with all these unloved Amiibo figures. He could resell them and make a decent profit, which is very likely to happen, he could just store them all in vault hidden away from the eyes of man for all of eternity, or maybe just bury them in a landfill in New Mexico. One thing I do know is this person has too much money to waste on his hate when he could do something useful like donation to charities.
Hunt for gems and throw turnips at Shy Guys with this week’s Go Round of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Wii U owners who purchased the black Deluxe version of the Wii U were eligible to enroll in the Digital Deluxe promotion. This program gave you points towards any purchases made through the eShop that could be redeemed for cash to purchase more eShop games. It was a nice incentive to buy games digitally over their physical counterparts. Nintendo had always said that the promotion was temporary. The official end date for eligible purchases is tomorrow December 31st, 2014.
If you’ve got any thoughts on getting some last minutes points to be eligible for an additional $5 credit voucher you better make them quick. In addition you have until March 31st of next year to redeem your vouchers for eShop credit. I ended up being eligible for about $30 in credit over the life of the promotion.
Head on over to the Digital Deluxe page and log in to see if you’re eligible for any credit.
What happens when an overweight plumber and a giant blue hedgehog take over the “lympics?” Probably something a little like this week’s Go Round of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the Wii. We bobsled, we figure skate, we do that rock ice game thingy; everything the “lympics” are known for.
I really got to remember to post these on time. I’ve been slacking lately. You know who hasn’t been slacking? Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as they take down crime in Lethal Weapon for the NES. Who better then Mel Gibson to kick down a chopper?