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Mario Kart 8 is an unqualified hit. Nintendo has announced that the latest entry in the kart-racing franchise has sold more than 2.82 million copies since its release in May. Even more astonishing is the fact that it accounts for 64% of all Wii U game sales in the April-June quarter. To make that number even more ridiculous, remember that Mario Kart 8 was released towards the end of May, so it’s only been available for a little more than a month.
While it’s good news for kart-racing fans everywhere, it’s bad news for everybody else. With Mario Kart 8 sucking up all the attention these past few weeks, every other Wii U game in existence could only account for 1.57 copies sold in the past three months.
Nintendo isn’t faring much better on the hardware front. The Wii U checked off about 510,000 console sales in the April-June quarter, bringing the worldwide total to 6.68 million. That’s not bad, but it’s still well behind the PS4 (and Nintendo’s expectations).
Perhaps a packed Fall, which begins with Hyrule Warriors on September 26, will turn things around.
Even though we’re in the middle of a second golden age of side-scrolling platformers, very few of them attempt to recreate what was so great about the graphical look of games in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. Most of them (Mega Man 9 and 10, Contra ReBirth, Gradius ReBirth) just serve as distant sequels to some NES favorites. So it’s amazing that something like Shovel Knight, a wholly original game from Yacht Club Games, was able to perfectly capture the mood of late 80s game design. It feels more like a lost cartridge rediscovered in the modern day as opposed to a modern game created with modern gamers in mind. Yacht Club’s Sean Velasco told us last year that the company’s goal is to create “really awesome retro/modern fusion games.” I’m glad they got the chance and I’m not sure I’d want it any other way. (more…)
Nintendo has announced plans to release NES Remix and NES Remix 2 as a retail disc this Fall. According to the Comic-Con announcement, the compilation of retro-inspired minigame collections will be titled NES Remix Pack…
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 26, 2014
A price for NES Remix Pack has yet to be announced, but both games are currently available as eShop downloads for $14.99 apiece. So $29.99 sounds about right for the retail compilation.
Disney Interactive has confirmed that your wallet will need avenging after Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes launches on September 23. Priced at $74.99, the Starter Pack, which includes three figures (Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow), the base, two Toy Box discs, and an Avengers playset piece, will be available for the PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Everyone who pre-orders Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes from “top retailers” will also receive a bonus figure for free.
If you’re looking for a more complete Marvel Super Heroes experience, Disney also plans to release a Collector’s Edition of the game exclusively for Sony platforms. It’s unknown how much the PS3 or PS4 package will cost, but it will include everything from the Starter Pack, three additional figures (Hulk, Captain America, and Hawkeye), and a light-up Frost Giant display stand for all of your Avengers figures.
Nintendo has released an epic four-minute trailer for Hyrule Warriors that includes a look at all of the announced characters (including Sheik, Ruto, and Darunia) as well as an NES-styled map, some of the game’s big bosses, and the two-player multiplayer mode. There’s a quick glimpse at the “world colliding” theme that brings all of these heroes together. If you weren’t interested in Hyrule Warriors before, you should be now.
Hyrule Warriors will be released exclusively for the Wii U on September 26.
You might have noticed a lack of new retail releases this week. And that’s because Nintendo decided to release Wii Sports Club today. Nintendo is notorious for releasing games outside of the traditional Tuesday morning slot, but they can get away with that, because they’re Nintendo. Wii Sports Club brings together all five Wii Sports titles while adding high definition graphics and opening up the competition to online multiplayer.
Baseball… Bowling… Boxing… Golf… Tennis… what’s your game?
Are you ready to lace up Sonic the Hedgehog’s red sneakers one more time?
Sega has announced that Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal will be released for the 3DS on November 11. It’ll be followed a week later by the release of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U on November 18. Both games will be a riff on the same plot (an ancient monster named Lyric kidnaps Amy) and will serve as a prequel story to the upcoming Sonic Boom television series on Cartoon Network.
In addition to the release dates, you can head over to the Sega Blog to see the final box shots from both games.
It’s Thursday, so Nintendo has pushed out their newest eShop update. This week, 3DS and Wii U owners will be able to play…
- Master Reboot (Wii U), a sci-fi horror game that asks if your soul is real.
- Wooden Sen’Sey (Wii U), a platformer that takes place in a “Japanese Steam Rock world.” What?
- Super Toy Cars (Wii U), a racing game that features… you guessed it… toy cars.
- Siesta Fiesta (3DS), an arcade-like title that combines platforming with brick-breaking.
- Blaster Master (3DS), an underground shooter originally released for the NES in 1988.
More information on all of these games (and a few others) can be found after the break. (more…)