Super Mario 3D World is SOOO DAMN AMAZING!
If you don’t have a Wii U you are MISSING OUT. Quite possibly the best game I have played this gen. Nintendo went all out on this one.
Wii U sales are actually up.
Okay. So, there have been more doom and gloom articles out recently due to the Xbone and PS4 releasing as well as the expectation for Super Mario 3D World to use Wii U’s to fly off the shelves… Right now, the PS4 has sold 2.1M in NA/EU while the Xbox has sold 1.2M… Yes, those sales seem brisk but the Wii U itself is barely a year old and is standing at 4.1 million right now and most of those sales came closer to its launch and it could be the case that the PS4/Xbone sales drop off sharply too. In fact, according to VGchartz the PS4 second week sales in the NA is 90k. That’s a huge drop off from 1 million. The lack of a huge sales spike from the release of 3D World is also not a big deal if you look at how Mario games have sold in the past. Mario does not sell quickly but has consistently strong sales in the long run. Mario is the tortoise and not the hare… Wii U sales will pick up when the catalog as a whole is very appealing. Finally, Wii U sales have actually been rising for several weeks now and is getting close to the sales of the PS3/Xbox 360. Which, by the way, the PS3 outsold its successor in NA in the second week.
PS3 147,629 (-12%)
X360 84,491 (-11%)
WiiU 46,424 (-38%)
PS3 136,547 (-8%)
X360 80,547 (-5%)
WiiU 34,764 (-25%)
PS3 137,708 (+1%)
X360 72,396 (-10%)
WiiU 30,654 (-12%)
PS3 146,993 (+7%)
X360 75,747 (+5%)
WiiU 76,435 (+149%)
Wii U actually outsold the 360 globally this week!!
PS3 191, 791 (+30%)
X360 113,129 (+49%)
WiiU 69,079 (-6%)
PS3 176,696 (-8%)
X360 106,433 (-6%)
WiiU 77,210 (+21%)
PS3 201,920 (+14%)
X360 116,724 (+10%)
WiiU 111,046 (+44%)
October sales were generally higher than previous months but in Nov
is where the Wii U is really starting to close the gap. Their range went up from 30k-60k weekly in October to 70k-100k. Some weeks the Wii U was close to the sales of the X360. PS3 sales are especially strong due to the recent releases of high quality exclusives. It is not unusual for
last gen platforms to outsell new gen platforms. That being said the Wii U
isn’t the runaway success that the Wii was. But it’s ridiculous to say the Wii U will discontinued like the Dreamcast.
Used data from vgchartz.com
Remembering the original Xbox
Lately I have been feeling oddly nostalgic for the original Xbox. It is odd because I never owned one but I did own its successor - the Xbox 360, which disappointed me, so I sold it to buy a PS3 and never looked back. I also believe that the PS4 is a better value than the Xbox One. Despite all of this I have fond memories of this console. A console I ignored because I saw it as the Mountain Dew Dude Bro console. But I dated some of those “dude bros” and when I saw them playing Halo, KOTOR, Doom 3, and Morrowind I was secretly impressed by the console. At the time, Xbox games had relatively amazing graphics. But more importantly is that the games it introduced to consoles - Western RPG and FPS games. Sports and racing games were also a highlight of the console as the more powerful Xbox was able to produce bigger games with realistic graphics. Then there is Xbox Live. Sure, the other 6th gen consoles also had online services, but Live was the one that pushed online services on consoles further and I remember many of my “dude bro” friends getting excited about it when it was announced. Soon, Xbox owners were playing games online with each other, while the rest of us were stuck in single player mode. I’d argue that the Xbox had stronger local multiplayer than its competition as well. The PS2 was hampered by only having 2 controller ports and while the GCN had 4 ports it didn’t have strong multiplayer games. Halo, split-screen, and 4 ports meant that the Xbox was a favorite at parties.
The original Xbox was a trailblazer. It was more powerful than the other consoles and was the first console to have a hard drive. It also could output to HD (the Dreamcast could as well - but only to 480i and 480p). This allowed for new types of games being brought over to consoles and robust online services.
I had trouble picking up Super Mario 3D World this morning
First, I went to Wal-Mart. They didn’t have the game on the shelves so I asked an employee to check for it in the back. The Wal-Mart employee told me that he thought saw it back there and would look for it… However, he was only able to find the strategy guide. Next, I go to Target and they also don’t have it displayed yet they had Xbone (also released today) games on the shelves. I asked the sales associate to look in the back for the game. Luckily, the associate was able to find it. What is interesting is that an older lady that apparently was looking for games to buy for her kids lit up when she saw me getting 3D World and said that was the kind of game she was looking to buy.
Gamestop probably had the game out this morning but its kind of disheartening that the two stores parents will probably shop at the most were slow to stock a big Mario game on launch day.
Sonic Lost World
…isn’t great but it is decent. Some reviewers are giving the game a 5 or 6… The game is more like a 7.5…
Wii Sports Club Tennis Review
From the perspective of someone who still plays the original Wii Sports…
HD - It doesn’t look much different in videos and in screenshots from the original but the improvements become much more evident when you actually play this on your HDTV. Also, the menus have been redone and look far nicer.
New practice modes - These practice modes are much better and allow you to play more. The old version’s practice modes were frustrating and were difficult to master because every time you would screw up it was back to the menu again. These new modes are far better for practicing your Wii tennis skills.
IMPROVED CONTROLS - A MAJOR improvement here. Positioning yourself in the FH and BH sides is not automatic anymore which makes it feel more like real tennis. The Wii Tennis game has become more nuanced thanks to the motion plus controls.
ONLINE PLAY - Being able to play others online is great. Lag can be frustrating though and I have lost many matches because of it… I’ve also won some against opponents who were obviously having problems and it’s no fun tow in that way. Still, a great addition although you may have to deal with lag at times.
Other additions - You can now SMASH slow, high balls. One thing that aggravated me in the original Wii sports tennis game was the inability to smash and put away easy balls. There is also an achievement system (stamps) and a player profile.
Overall, this version of Wii Tennis is far superior to the original in my honest opinion and the best tennis video game ever.