The September NPDs are out, and Nintendo should have plenty of reason to be smiling on all fronts.
First, the Nintendo 3DS continues to dominate the console market by claiming the top spot for the fifth consecutive month. 2013 has been a wonderful year for Nintendo's handheld with a barrage of hit titles that it hadn't seen in previous years. The release of Pokemon X and Y secures even more success in the month of October, and looking ahead to November, Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is set to give it a boost too.
It would appear that releasing all of the properties people want to see gives them reason and excitement to buy a console, just like the Wii U is also discovering.
Since August, Nintendo has released Pikmin 3 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, two properties beloved by Nintendo fans worldwide. The Wonderful 101 also made a small splash, the console's price tag dropped $50, and plenty more promising games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario 3D World, and Super Smash Bros. finally give fans reason to believe in the console.
As a result, Nintendo's staggering console found a 200% boost in sales month-to-month over over the course of September. HD development has plagued the development time of Nintendo's top of the line software, but now that titles are starting to trickle out and look drop-dead gorgeous in 1080p, expect the console to start flexing its muscles in the coming year.
All of these stats came at a time when the industry saw the biggest video game release of all time and is in the process of preparing for two more consoles to enter the fray. If Nintendo can show improvement in the face of such circumstances, then it should have very little to worry about in the coming years.
Oct. 17, 2013
Nintendo 3DS Repeats at No. 1, Wii U Responds Following Price Cut
Nintendo enters the critical holiday selling season with strong momentum, as Nintendo 3DS finished as the best-selling video game system in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive month and Wii U enjoyed new momentum following a price cut.
On Oct. 15, Nintendo revealed that Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, which launched globally on Oct. 12, combined to sell more than 4 million units worldwide during its first two days on the market. A full breakdown of U.S. sales for the games, as well as the new Nintendo 2DS handheld, which launched on the same day, will be included in next month's NPD report. In addition to the latest Pokémon adventure, Nintendo 3DS fans have two exciting games on the horizon, both launching on Nov. 22: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour.
On Sept. 20, Nintendo reduced the price of the Wii U Deluxe Set by $50 to a suggested retail price of $299.99 and introduced a limited-edition bundle that features a download code for a digital copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Sales of Wii U hardware in September increased by more than 200 percent over sales in August, and that is with only 15 days of data being reported at the new price. Over the next few weeks and months, Wii U fans can look forward to playing Wii Party U (Oct. 25), Wii Fit U (Nintendo eShop, Nov. 1) Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Nov. 15) and Super Mario 3D World (Nov. 22).
*Data regarding physical sales of games in September are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo's internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.