Frenchy Bird listed for Feb 5th release in Europe

Excave: Phantom Tower of Fate footage

Thanks to RikuKH for sending this in!

Super Mario Series amiibo - Now available for pre-order on Nintendo UK's store

Japanese Weekly Software & Hardware Sales Jan 19th-25th 2015

01. [PS3] Tales of Zestiria (Bandai Namco Games) (¥8.715) - 340.891 / NEW
02. [3DS] The Legend of Legacy (FuRyu) (¥6.458)- 53.974 / NEW
03. [WIU] Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo) (¥3.996) - 32.137 / NEW
04. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Shin Uchi (Level 5) {2014.12.13} (¥4.968) - 31.875 / 2.404.246
05. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.937)- 17.035 / 2.474.658

06. [PSV] Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky # (Koei Tecmo) (¥6.264)- 15.778 / NEW
07. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # (Capcom) {2014.10.11} (¥6.264)- 12.318 / 2.440.373
08. [PSV] Tsurugi no Machi no Ihoujin: Kuro no Oukyuu (Experience) (¥5.980)- 11.559 / NEW
09. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616)- 10.475 / 2.122.433
10. [3DS] Kenka Bancho 6: Soul & Blood (Spike Chunsoft) {2015.01.15} (¥6.458)- 8.794 / 33.068
11. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U # (Nintendo) {2014.12.06} (¥7.776)- 8.728 / 569.714
12. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937)- 5.979 / 3.088.387
13. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156)- 5.386 / 901.365
14. [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers (Square Enix) {2014.12.18} (¥6.264)- 5.178 / 249.497
15. [3DS] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (Warner Entertainment Japan) (¥5.076)- 5.052 / NEW
16. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800)- 5.006 / 3.904.259

17. [PSV] Gundam Breaker 2 (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.12.18} (¥7.171)- 4.397 / 122.296
18. [WIU] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Entertainment Japan) (¥5.616)- 4.207 / NEW
19. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V [Bargain Edition] (Rockstar Games) {2014.06.26} (¥5.389)- 4.133 / 116.633
20. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V # (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2014.12.11}- 3.831 / 154.713

New3DS LL 20,065
Vita 14,991
PS4 13,793
PS3 8,600
New3DS 8,028
Wii U 7,088
3DS LL 3,882
3DS 3,287

Vita TV 589
Xbox One 259

Nintendo UK Store - Majora's Mask New 3DS XL available for pre-order again

Pre-order yours here! (thanks to Calum for sending this in!)

Updated amiibo compatabilty chart

Kirby's Adventure Wii (Wii DL) - First Look

Splatoon Daily Screenshots Jan 28th 2015

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Do you want Nintendo's next-gen hardware to be portable/console combined?

Stay safe out there, gang. Nasty weather hitting the nation in various spots. Snow is coming to gunk up the roads, so please keep your wits about you. Don't drive unless you absolutely have to! If you can, stay warm and snuggled up in your homes with family/friends. See you in a few, short hours!

For a very long time now, Nintendo has been making both consoles and portables. Nintendo portables let you take your games on the go, albeit with a little less visual pizzazz. Nintendo's consoles pave the wave for grandiose adventures that give us the latest in top-notch visuals and also let Nintendo's devs really strut their stuff. That's how it's almost always been, but will it continue to be that way?

Nintendo has been dropping slight hints for awhile now that their hardware future might be a tad different from how things operate now. It seems that Nintendo is, at the very least, considering a hardware future that combines both console and portable in one. Imagine a device that lets you play the latest Nintendo games on your TV, but then you can unplug that device and take it with you for play on the go.

Obviously, a platform like this would take quite a bit of designing prowess. It might also come with a number of hurdles that Nintendo hasn't had to deal with before. Could a portable home console built with on-the-go functionality built in still deliver the console experience that fans want? Could a beefy home console find a way to actually be portable and not cumbersome?

Now Nintendo hasn't officially confirmed that this is their future, but it seems like it's in the realm of possibility. How would you feel if Nintendo decided to take this approach? Would you be happy to see both worlds combined, or saddened to see the end of Nintendo's two lines of hardware? Leave a comment and let us know what you'd like to see from the Big N when it comes to future hardware creations.

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: million
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.


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