Has 2013 Been an Impressive Year for Nintendo Games?

Usually, the amount of good games released in a year is fairly low, with just one or two bonafide classics being released alongside a whole ton of lesser titles no one really cares about.  But in 2013, it seems things have been… a little different.  In fact, I’d say that this year has actually been one of Nintendo’s best ever years for new games, with every month seemingly bringing a new classic!  So here’s a nice look back at 2013 and all the fantastic new games that Nintendo released throughout it.

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Fire Emblem Awakening could have been the last Fire Emblem Game

That’s if the sales were poor anyway.  Here’s an interesting quote from an interview with the developers in Spanish gaming magazine “Hobby Consola”:

Question: Fire Emblem has had a long lifetime. Do you get the feeling it gets harder to release a new episode every time?

Yamagami: No doubt. Truth be told, sales are dropping. The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descend on sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we’d stop working on the saga. I remember when I came back from the meeting and told the team “My God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!”. Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put everything we always wanted to include. That’s how this new project was born!

In other words, if Awakening had failed to sell… that’d be it for Fire Emblem as a franchise.  So be grateful people, it’s your support for the game that’s kept the series from being cancelled for low sales!  That’s a pretty close call if you ask me…

Are you glad Fire Emblem Awakening did so well?  And what would you be thinking if Fire Emblem had been cancelled as a series?



Register Three 3DS Games, Get a Fourth One Free – So Many Games Promotion

Been buying a lot of new 3DS games recently now that the system has tons of great games available to purchase?  Can’t afford yet another title and want to be part of an interesting promotion?  Well you may just be in luck, since Nintendo of Europe is launching the ‘So Many Games!’ promotion and letting anyone who registers three games get another one for absolutely free!

Best of all, the games eligible for this promotion are some of the best new games around, as shown by this list:

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS version)
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf

So it seems like a great deal to take advantage of if you ask me.  After all, you’ve already likely bought Luigi’s Mansion 2, have some sort of interest in Fire Emblem Awakening and Animal Crossing and want at least one of those games a fair bit, right?  What’s more, the promotion lasts all the way to June 30th, so there’s plenty of time to purchase any games from the above list that haven’t been released yet too.

Any European Nintendo fans interested in taking up this offer?



Nintendo’s Digital Sales are Sky Rocketing… Well Obviously

As far as digital game sales go, Nintendo is apparently very pleased with them at the moment.  11% of all Nintendo’s sales from the first party 3DS games available both digitally and physically are from digital download sales, and 80 000 of Fire Emblem Awakening’s sales too. So as far as that goes, they’re doing well.

But am I the only one who’s thinking that this news is all a little… obvious?

I mean, call me a cynic if you like, but what did they expect was going to happen?  Prior to the 3DS and Wii U, there were absolutely ZERO full Nintendo games being sold on the eShop or through download services. Wanted a Wii or DS game?  You had to go outside and buy it from a shop, with the only things sold online being bite sized titles like WarioWare Snapped and Paper Plane.  Or Virtual Console titles.

Fire Emblem Awakening Bonus Art Book

Above: Fire Emblem Awakening is doing well as far as eShop sales go.

So of course their digital sales are ‘soaring’, their new games are actually being made available for download digitally when they wouldn’t have been before.  It’s a bit like saying Luigi’s Mansion 2 has sold 100% more copies in 2013 because it wasn’t available to buy in 2012.

Still, it’s nice to see Nintendo making a fair bit of money from digitally distributed versions of their games at long last and people deciding to buy these versions instead of retail ones. And it’s good to know 3DS game sales are up this year (although again, not a whole lot of great games for 3DS were released in 2012 compared to 2013).   Just maybe they should consider the rather minor external factors that cause this to be the case before acting like it means people are saying digital download copies of games are the next big thing.


Nintendo; Our Digital Sales are Soaring – GamesIndustry.biz