In this weeks episode the NintendPals try out a brand new section for the show, they chat about some upcoming games including one that Myles found on a sketchy website and as always we talk about we’ve been spending our playing this week. Also Myles got drunk and played Mario Kart 8 again and Nick had an ill family member.
It’s time once again to take a look at what releases we can look forward to on the Wii U and 3DS this week.
Wii U – Physical Releases
Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush £34.99/€39.99 (£31.49/€35.99 If you own another downloaded Kirby game) – The long awaited brand new Kirby game (that came out in the US in February under the name Kirby and the Rainbow Curse) is finally hitting the UK this week. Rainbow Paintbrush follows the touch-screen style gameplay of Kirby and the Canvas Curse that came out on DS in 2005 but with brand new and beautiful claymation style graphics. Continue reading European Releases: Week Beginning 5th May 2015
Sony shared their sales numbers for the fiscal year from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 and there’s good and bad. First let’s talk about the good news. The good news is their gaming division did VERY good with sales being up 33% over 2013. In total, the gaming division made 48.1 billion yen (around $404 million). During that time period, 17.9 million home consoles were sold, 14.8 million of those were Playstation 4’s. They also managed 3.3 million handheld devices. Because Sony sold so many Playstation 4’s, they’re projecting even stronger sales this year with 16 million Playstation 4’s being the target.
Sony’s Chief Financial Officer, Kenichiro Yoshida, explained that they’re anticipating a lower operating incoming for the Playstation brand this year compared to last year. However, the reasoning for this is because they’re going to aggressively invest in the Playstation brand in 2015. This year they’ll be getting behind first-party development in a big way, will be making a push for original entertainment content, will be pushing the PS Vue, and will be investing heavily in Project Morpheus. Yoshida later explained that last year, Sony spent 89 billion yen in research and development and that for 2015 Sony is expecting a “double-digit expansion” of that number.
For the not so great news, Sony’s other divisions weren’t profitable and have continued to struggle. This means despite the Playstation brand being incredibly successful right now, as a whole the company lost 126 billion yen (over $1 billion). To sum it up, the gaming division is looking fantastic, everything else though isn’t.
Over the past few years, whenever Nintendo was talked about in the news from a financial stand point, everything was all doom and gloom. However, despite all the negativity, the Wii U sales have been increasing and Nintendo reportedly posted an operating profit of 25 billion yen in the quarter ending in March 2015. This is thanks to Super Smash Bros., Yokai Watch, the launch of the New 3DS in the West, and the Amiibos.
Last year, in the first two months of the Amiibo’s launch, 5.7 million Amiibo’s were sold worldwide and 3.5 million were sold in the U.S. alone. Since the Amiibo’s and Super Smash Bros. launched, the Wii U has seen an increase in hardware sales by 10% in the U.S. which has continued into 2015 with a 20% increase for the first quarter, according to NPD. Michael Pachter believes the Amiibo’s will bring in $200 million – $300 million annual revenue for Nintendo. He also states that as more games use the Amiibo’s, more people will want them.
Overall though, things are looking better for Nintendo. Sales of the 3DS are up thanks to the New 3DS, the Wii U sales are doing better year over year, software sales are looking good, and many Amiibos are still sold out in the U.S. at retail. Nintendo is starting 2015 off strong. Combine this with the recent news of the partnership with DeNA and it seems 2015 will turn out to be a better year for Nintendo then 2014.
This week on the NintendPals podcast Myles and Nick discuss the latest Mario Kart DLC and 200cc mode – specifically how neither of them could work out how to actually access the thing. They also talk about various ways to either not spend money or save it and have another rant about the state of Amiibo stock.
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Anyway, down to business. Every week, preferably on a Tuesday, I (Myles) will be bringing you all the physical and digital releases scheduled for the week, along with some of my own thoughts and opinions on the products in question. If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see here, don’t hesitate to contact me, which you can do by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are no digital releases for 3DS this week and no physical releases for either console this week.
Wii U – Available 23rd April 2015
The Mario Kart DLC 2 Pack: Yes, the long awaited second DLC pack for Nintendo’s premier racer will be available this week. Featuring 8 new tracks which will be split into two cups, which includes series favourite Baby Park from Mario Kart Double Dash, 3 new playable characters; The Villager from Animal Crossing (boy and girl versions), Isabelle from Animal Crossing and Dry Bones Bowser and 4 new karts to zoom around in, including a rather fetching moped called the city trooper. All of this will be available for £7 or €8 unless you purchased the season pass back when the first DLC came out, in which case you just need to download it.
Nintendo’s shares saw a significant jump after yesterday’s unexpected news. We saw an increase of 27.5% by the end of the day. Today that trend continues with another large jump. As I type this, Nintendo’s stock has risen another 21.57% and the day isn’t over yet. Nintendo’s stock hasn’t been trading this high since 2011. This is definitely good news for Big N.
While we gamers are mixed on the announcement of Nintendo’s new partnership, the investors are in love with the decision. So much so that shares jumped 27.5% by the end of the day. This brings prices up to $18.22 per share.
This is definitely a good day for Nintendo. Heck, it’s a good day for gamers in general. Even if some don’t like the games Nintendo makes on mobile, the more money they make the more they can invest in their consoles. This could definitely help to keep the NX away from the “rocky-launch syndrome” that 3DS and Wii U had.