Okay, it’s already available as a download game on both WiiWare and the DSi equivalent to the eShop, but this seems like a bit of a rip off considering that the game has..
I don’t know, been sold as a full price retail game on the exact same console. I repeat, they’re selling a game which is on sale at $40 in shops on the eShop for about 10 dollars. It’s not the same as the full price 3DS version in some sense though, it’s got the same graphics style and features as the versions on many other consoles, but it seems just a little bit unfair to release such a game that arguably directly competes with your other version on the same console. It comes with features such as a Boss Rush, Curly Story, Hell Time Attack, Wind Fortress, Nemesis Challenge, widescreen and 3D support though, which sounds good.
Looks like it’ll obviously be a good game, it’s just that I can see this seeming a bit unfair to anyone who bothered to buy the 3DS remake.
It’ll also supposedly cause the DSiware one to be removed from the 3DS eShop altogether, so you’d better get that one while you still can if you want it so badly.
I was able to attend the gatherings that Nintendo hosts for promoting Kid Icarus Uprising. It’s really hard to attend these places because they are very far from where I live, but this time I managed to get to the Best Buy gathering in Mira Mesa, roughly around 3:30pm. I was expecting some kind of Nintendo van (they usually make a tent of whatever they are promoting) but this was inside the store. It was nothing more than a small table where a lady had set up a couple of cards, some fluffy bags to take up space and 2 3DSes with medieval chains welded on. I walked up and greeted myself. She did as well and began to show me what she had to offer.
She asked if I was familiar with the game. I said I did and we got to the meat of things. Surprisingly she knew what she was talking about. She asked what I liked about the game, and what was hard to do. I asked her questions that only people who play extensively would know. She showed me the weapons she had, the AR cards she has collected (she had 50+ cards!) and the intensity she was currently playing on. She even complained that for some reason the REPs at Nintendo did not give her a stand for the game, which makes it hard for her to play the game and show people. I think she left it in her office or something. It’s understandable too, since she has to make a good first impression for the title, and excessive stress on your left hand is a bad one for this game. She told me “How do they expect me to do my work if I couldn’t have the chance to get my stand” In my head I said to myself: “OMG I wish I had your job, I’m practically playing and showing games for free!!!”
So then after this chat she busted out her AR cards. I scanned all the ones I didn’t have with her. We would ask each other which characters we liked. After all the scanning was done I received a pack of cards, and I shared the ones she didn’t have. I also got a souflee! It is my fav, but then again who doesn’t like that monster? She mentioned that if I had arrived earlier I would have met 2 other employees who were there specifically to streetpass with customers. Again, another job that I am doing for free. Just then another customer has appeared. She went through the same process with him and all 3 of us began chatting about the game. It was a really good experience, and a very welcoming atmosphere. She asked any final questions we might have had. Naturally mine was if there was a way Nintendo planned on selling the huge AR cards she had on the table. Unfortunately they are not being sold or distributed via Club Nintendo in any way as of now. Here’s hoping! She then packed everything up and we were off to our separate destinations; mine being home.
I urge everyone to go to these events. You can check your locations out at the official webpage of Kid Icarus Uprising. I plan on going to the next one which is a little less farther than the one I have attended. The people are friendly and it’s a good way to gather some players for local multiplayer and GEM tags. This is definitely something that should catch on for other companies. Business practices like this is what’s putting Nintendo on top. The cards alone are something that is a craze already. If you look for the cards on eBay you will see that the prices are ridiculous; it shows just how valuable they are to people right now. With 400+ cards to collect, Uprising is sure to sell really well all the way to the 3DS’s life cycle, which will be for a very long time. If there is a Kid Icarus gathering in a store near your location, or if you are able to make it via public transportation, do it! You won’t regret it; it is a great little event Nintendo has made. I hope this can happen in the future for tournaments, it would bring that much more people.
It technically hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Nintendo have registered some new domains recently (presumably for official websites) and among them is the domain ‘FireEmblemAwakening.com’.
As you can see here, it’s definitely owned by Nintendo:
Organisation Name…. Nintendo of America Inc.
Admin Email………. firstname.lastname@example.org
Should it be any real surprise Nintendo is going to release the game outside Japan? Probably not considering the last few Fire Emblem games all got a worldwide release, but at least it seems to be nearly guaranteed now.
And on that note, Marth and Roy’s chances for Super Smash Bros 4 went up drastically!
Will the same pattern apply to the game’s sales over in the US and Europe? Hard to tell, but from the comments of Japanese retailers the game seems to be doing pretty well and flying off the shelves over in Japan.
Here are some of the quotes about the game and how it’s selling:
We’ve heard that others have been experiencing a scarcity of units, so we’ve added more, but still 90% of it was sold out
In the first day apparently. They go on to say that they’re skeptical Nintendo can meet the demand for the title.
60% sold out and it’s looking good
Said by another retailer
They also mentioned 80% sellthrough, which means that of all the copies of the game supplied to the shop by Nintendo, 80% of them were sold to customers so far.
Marketing seems to be helping quite significantly too, another shop owner mentions how the heavy advertising Nintendo did caused a pretty large crowd to come in and buy the game on launch day:
First thing in the morning, it’s 3DS Fire Emblem on parade. I feel like nothing else was sold at all. It’s all Fire Emblem. Rare for a Nintendo title, they released commercials and everything, so a crowd of people came in on the release date.
All in all it looks hopeful for the game especially considering it’s supposedly selling to people of all ages and demographics. Not sure if it’ll do so well in the US given that the country seems to be more obssessed with gritty looking action/first person shooter games than strategy based ones, but here’s hoping it’ll do better than the rest of the Fire Emblem series and maybe go as far as to make the series more of a household name.
There’s been an official Ubisoft survey posted online recently and the questions directly mention and show a second Rayman Origins game. Here are some pictures of the page of the survey about the game:
Apparently they come from a marketing survey run by the company Arkenford, of whom Ubisoft is a regular client.
It looks to be more of the same and generally much like the first game from the limited description and short video shown. The text reads:
Now we’re going to talk about the upcoming sequel of Rayman Origins and show you some video content. IN ADDITION TO ALL FEATURES ALREADY IN RAYMAN ORIGINS (long and intense campaign, in solo or up to 4 players join in/out co-op, beautiful 2D graphics…) its sequel will feature additions on which we’d like your feedback.
The sequel to Rayman Origins will feature brand new settings; legendary worlds filled with castles, vampires, Ghosts, Greek Gods, or dragons…
So yes sounds pretty good so far, and the screenshots look fantastic. What would you want in a sequel?