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Nintendo Releases Shipment Numbers of 3 Top Franchises

Nintendo has recently released data showing the worldwide shipment figures for three of it’s coveted franchises: Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario Kart.  The charts below show the units shipped in millions.  and start from the franchise beginnings and continue to the present. Some of the figures might be surprising, such as Super Mario Bros 1 out shipping all other Mario Bros almos...

Metroid: Other M $7.99 at Best Buy

Metroid fans, young and old have many opinions on Metroid: Other M. Some some like it, some have been on the fence, yet others have practically boycotted the game entirely! Many have decided not to even attempt it. US Retailer Best Buy has given us all the opportunity to purchase the game at an extreme discount and give it another shot. The Best Buy web site lists the normal retail at $49.99, but ...

Preview: The Last Story

After finishing up Xenoblade Chronicles last month, my body just wasn’t ready for another huge RPG. I had put in The Last Story for a bit, but only enough to know that the game would be another 50+ hour adventure that I just couldn’t pass up. Now that finals are over and I have had an entire weekend to devote myself to the game, I think it’s appropriate to give my initial impress...

Wii Bringing Back Some Classics

Nintendo of America has shared some great news for fans of Pikmin and Mario Tennis!  On June 10th, 2012 NoA will release Pikmin 2 and Mario Power tennis for the Wii as part of their “Nintendo Selects” line of games.  Both of the classic games will be available for the low price of $19.99. Nintendo also announced that Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Donkey Kong Country will now sell for the...

A Review: Simplicity + charm + rhythm = Rhythm Heaven Fever for Wii

At first I was surprised that Rhythm Heaven Fever didn’t include motion in its control scheme. The controls, in fact, are infinitely simple: the “A” and “B” buttons are essentially the summary of control for the entire game. Upon thinking about this, I decided it was for the game’s benefit. Rhythm is a precise art (trust me, I know). Motion control is not a prec...

The potential cost of a trip through Skylanders

Skylanders is one of the most controversial products ever released to the gaming world, linking software and electronic figurines into a unique and potentially costly experience. Its main hook — physical toys that actually “level up” — is instantly appealing, but if the game itself had turned out to be garbage, it would have sunk into oblivion. Much to the surprise of the g...

Analyst says Nintendo is to blame for declining video game sales. Huh?

With video games sales in the United States starting to take a tumble, Doug Creutz of Cowan and Company offered his two cents as to why this is happening: Nintendo is to blame. Creutz states: “Everybody needs to realize that the Wii software segment is trending down 50 percent year over year, and has been for the last 12 months. That is a massive decline. There’s no way you could not have a declin...

Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for Nintendo Systems

Today, Nintendo has announced the newest downloads for the eShop and Nintendo Video that will be available this week.  Of the three new items announced, I am interested in “underneath the Sycamore”.  The old time comic look seems quite interesting.  Will you be downloading any of these? Nintendo eShop  Ketzal’s Corridors – The evil god Koruptal has brought chaos and destruction t...

What Nintendo could learn from Skylanders

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve recently – and belatedly — discovered the surprisingly great Skylanders, and have now morphed from embarrassed newcomer to up-front defender of the game (despite its ruthless, money-sucking business model). Truth be told, Skylanders is a brilliant and beautifully-crafted adventure, both on Wii and 3DS. Having finished the 3DS version, I was several cha...

Sonic 4: Episode II Boasts New, Bonus Content…but Leaves Nintendo Out to Dry?

The newest trailer for Sonic’s latest episodic release revealed this potentially disappointing news to the general public. Sonic 4: Episode I was, in my opinion, one of Sonic’s finest titles to date. Sure the physics were a bit…wonky, to be honest, but the game did everything else right – including holding a spot on the Wii Shop Channel, giving everyone a chance to play the...

The Case for an Achievement System on Nintendo Consoles

I admit it. I’m an achievement junkie. Well, to be clear, I’m a trophy junkie, since I own a PS3, but “achievements” is the more common term. It’s fun to see what I have accomplished in the games I’ve played and it’s also fun to see what my friends have pulled off. The problem is that I’m just not as passionate about Playstation games as I am about Nintendo games. This is why I would like to see a...

XSEED says that The Last Story will have a limited run in North America

First, the good news: The Last Story is STILL going to be released in North America on June 19 for the Wii. The bad news? The game’s publisher, XSEED, has announced that the game will have a limited run once it launches stateside. In addition, the publisher is unsure about releasing a special edition version that was available in Europe and Japan. XSEED also issued a statement regarding thei...