XL Sales Better Than 3DS

In the first opening week of the new Nintendo 3DS XL, it has sold 10,000 units just in the UK alone. There’s still about another week until the console is released in the US and hopefully Nintendo can continue the celebrations. It’s nothing compared to the Japanese figures, which sold in the hundreds of thousands. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the ten thousand strong sold in the UK was over the course of a week. The hundreds of thousands sold in Japan occurred over two days- which makes my head spin a little.  This is because the console was released in Japan on the same week as New Super Mario Bros. 2- which is not released for another two weeks here in the UK. The combination of Mario with a new Nintendo console is always a winner on the sales charts.

In the UK though, the launch of the Nintendo 3DS XL has helped to boost the sales of such Mario games as Super Mario Land 3D and Mario Kart 7. The latter also has a promotion on at the moment to find ‘Britain’s Fastest Family’ in their Mario Kart 7 competition to win the infamous shiny gold Leaf Trophy. Companies like HMV are promoting the 3DS and the 3DS XL with Mario Kart 7 for this sole purpose.

As someone who has contributed to the amazing first week figures, I personally am really impressed with the Nintendo 3DS XL and I will be writing a full review on it very soon.

Western 3DS Sales Currently Weak

3DS sales are currently down, according to Nintendo.

Saturo Iwata, the President of Nintendo continues to explain that sales are looking a little lackluster for the platform after the big boost at Christmas time. This could possibly account for the recent release of the 3DS XL.

One of the other possibilities for the weak console sales is that in the Eastern Japanese markets, they’ve have a lot more big-budget games released to help fuel the sales of the units. One game is the currently-massive-selling Pokemon Black and White 2, selling two million copies in just two months.

Iwata is mainly concerned because the US and European gaming markets are much bigger than the Japanese market, but the sales of the 3DS units have been at a steady constant in the land of the rising sun. Also in the Japanese market, gamers are much happier to play games on a proper console rather than a smartphone. And thanks to aggressive marketing schemes in the West, smartphones now seem to be choice of casual, portable gaming thanks to smash hit titles like Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies.

Of course, now there is the chance to purchase popular smartphone games on the 3DS but at a much-inflated price compared to the Android or iOS platform. As a parent, I can see how this would make a much more cost-effective purchase for your child’s entertainment- but I would never give my daughter a smartphone or an iPod Touch. She started off on a Leapster LMax and in the next year I will be more than happy to buy her a Nintendo DS.

Parents should learn to think with their brains and not with their wallets. A Nintendo DS/3DS? Far more sturdy than a smartphone or an iPod Touch. Break either of those and you’re looking at a far higher cost of replacement than a Nintendo system would cost.

Also, wishing all our American readers a very Happy 4th of July! :)

Vita Sales Plummet in Japan

In the Japanese games charts this week, the PS Vita has taken quite a knock on their overall sales- they’re down to about 14k a week which is a lot less than the Nintendo 3DS sales of 67k. That’s almost quadruple the sales of the Playstation handheld. The high figures on the Nintendo portable can be accounted for the fact that Nintendo Black and White 2 is due for release this week and excitable Pokemon fans may be eagerly buying the machine to play the new game on. But it appears that it’s not only the 3DS which is selling. The DS, DSi and DSi XL are also having good sales, as the Pokemon franchise seems to have rejuvenated the whole of the Nintendo handheld range.

Here’s the hardware chart, as posted by Andriasang:

  1. 3DS: 68,056 (Last week: 61,793)
  2. PlayStation 3: 15,680 (14,673)
  3. Vita: 13,589 (34,459)
  4. PSP: 8954 (9740)
  5. Wii: 6127 (5963)
  6. Xbox 360: 1073 (1084)
  7. PlayStation 2: 1065 (1237)
  8. DSi: 900 (380)
  9. DSi XL: 704 (689)
 In the first week alone, Pokemon Black and White 2 has already moved over a million copies in Japan, which is good to see for both the franchise and the hardware company. It’s not as good as the original Black and White though as that made about two million copies of the game fly out the door in a mere two days. The game looks like it will be another smash for Nintendo. They’re also have massive sales with their other new titles such as Mario Party 9 and Mario Tennis Open.
It’s a shame for Playstation to be once again the red headed stepchild at the handheld party, but maybe someone needs to tell them that they need a lot more than a nice machine to go up against the might of Nintendo. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. It’s not the hardware that wins the money and the accolades for Nintendo. It’s the games. They have so many classic franchises that only make games for their systems (Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Mega Man, Kirby, etc…) that unless Sony can come up with some Sony-only titles that people will want to buy in their millions like these Nintendo titles- they really don’t stand a chance in heck.

Lord of the Rings Online: Getting Your Monies Worth - Chapter 2

Now that we’ve covered getting the most out of your money Turbine Point wise, you probably want to spend those on some items in the Online store. You also may know that the online store is pretty expensive with 100 Turbine Points equaling to $1 USD. With that said, I’m going to try and help you save on your Turbine Point spending.

The first rule to saving Turbine Points is that you always have in mind that you are spending real money. After purchasing the card for the Turbine Points and entering them in, it may not seem like real money anymore. It’s really like converting USD to CAD, except your converting USD into Turbine Points which still has value, you haven’t lost any money yet. You may not be able to convert your Turbine Points back to USD, but in reality, all you did is convert USD into Turbine Points. Always keep in mind that you are spending real actual dollars even though it does not feel it.

Next, don’t purchase things out of frustration. Finding crafting materials may be frustrating, leveling might be slow, reputation gain might be getting very dull and boring, but don’t purchase these things out of frustration. An ideal situation to buy things like this would be when you plan to grind out reputation in advance, not just spur of the moment things. Can’t find someone to get you somewhere? Don’t purchase something from the Online store unless you plan on traveling a lot. To get somewhere faster, you’d be spending 50 cents (50 turbine points) for a one way trip that you may possibly not use again for the next hour. Purchase items that will benefit you in the long run, not just a spur of the moment purchase!

Turbine also offers new sales that happen within their online store very often. Some of these offers may include things like 25% off of exclusive playable classes, 10% of quests packs and etc. Always keep a look out for these because there is at least one new one every week and can save you a pretty large sum of money.

Those two situations may help you save a bit of points, but that’s probably not what your looking for exactly (coupons anyone?). After a little bit of searching I happened to come across a freely available coupon to use in the Online store. You can check out a weekly list of sales on their website. These aren’t a lot, but I’ve found a couple coupon codes:

DEMOCOUPON - May only be used once per account. Takes 5% off your whole order excluding Turbine Point orders.

LIXP25 - Each account gets one free 25% Legenday Item XP Tome x 5. Lasts through June 21st.

Safe travels, adventurer!