What's been happening with Nintendo this past week? Let's find out.
First things up: Wii U sales haven't been too hot lately.
It's been exactly four months today, and while the Wii U enjoyed a relatively successful holiday launch, January and February are looking pretty low for the console. In January, it sold a measly 57,000 consoles, and in February increased that amount to 64,000. It is worth noting that the entire video game market shrank around 25% over the last year; which means these console refreshes will be vital to getting this industry on the growth train again.
Pikachu themed 3DS XL coming soon
On a lighter note(quite literally), Nintendo has confirmed that a Pikachu themed 3DS will be coming to retail stores this month, along with the launch of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. Strangely though, this isn't a bundle deal.
Donkey Kong coming to 3DS this May
Where has our favorite monkey been lately anyway?...
Some interesting tidbits have surfaced regarding what Smash Bros. 4 could have in store for us:
Sakurai's ongoing health status
First up--we've covered it before, but just in case you missed it-Masahiro Sakurai has been suffering from tendinitis as of late. Of course, this raised questions on whether or not this would affect development on the new title, but Sakurai reassured his fans:
That being said, we're still looking forward to Smash 4 being showcased this year at E3.
Some hints about how Smash 4's online will function
Ohmygosh, I'm pretty sure all of us are very familiar with how Super Smash Bros. Brawl's online system worked correct? Well, according a report from Polygon, Sakurai received feedback from a gamer who tried out Brawl online: and he wasn't pleased with the results. He lamented:
Based on this thread, "Nintendoverse in (insert month)" will be a monthly round up of the games due out this month for the Wii U and 3DS. Most games will just be shown in screenshots, but the most anticipated couple will be "keyed in". This month, we key in on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (3DS) 5th
The Amazing Spider-man: Ultimate Edition (Wii U) 5th