Playing with power again: Nintendo having a heck of a run this holiday

After one of its worst years since the early ’80s, Nintendo is finishing strong these last couple of months by releasing really good games that are rewarded with strong sales.

The company released the marvelous Zelda: Skyward Sword this month, followed by a strong Mario outing for 3DS. Up next: Mario Kart 7, which is also garnering very positive reviews early on.

What’s more, Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime is eating humble pie. “We had to go back and reduce the price of 3DS and we certainly don’t want to go through that when we launch Wii U,” he told Reuters this week.

14 Responses to Playing with power again: Nintendo having a heck of a run this holiday

  1. Richard says:

    Doesn’t this feel great: A holiday season with a new Mario, Zelda and Mariokart within a few weeks of each other? I’m a happy camper. Can’t wait ’till Sunday!

  2. Josh says:

    If only Nintendo would bring back their neglected franchises. F-Zero would be amazing on the 3DS. Just saying…

  3. Cactus Jack says:

    We need a Christmas Infendo Radio now!! 😉

  4. Cactus Jack says:

    And bring Scott back for the Christmas Infendo Radio please!! 🙂

  5. Abdulla says:

    Come on guys make one more Infendo Radio

  6. Skotski says:

    F-Zero 3D would be very awesome……………..

  7. Joe says:

    Infendo Radio for my commute PLEASE.

  8. wrackune says:

    I swear, this better shut the doom-and-gloomers up for good.

    The DS is the best selling gaming platform of all time, and now the 3DS has outsold it in its first year before the holiday season.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  9. Nin3DS says:

    Not surprising. Did anyone really expect Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 or Skyward Sword NOT to sell this christmas?

  10. Hitokiri_Ace says:

    Good for Ninty! 🙂 After playing Skyward Sword, they get another free pass in my book. I’m a fanboy, but I can’t help it, they make such great games!

  11. Mohan says:

    Yep Nintendo is having an awesome party!

  12. Jose Canseco says:

    Malstrom says it best, “Those early numbers mean nothing. It’s the tail that matters. Mario 3D Land will have little to no tail. And how can it be the fastest-selling Mario game when New Super Mario Bros. DS sold, what was it, like 900,000 units in one week in Japan? Maybe Reggie is only talking about U.S. numbers, but still, given what we know about Nintendo’s 3D and 3D Mario obsession, this is simply looking like spin to defend the company’s “philosophy.”

    “I say bring on the 3DS redesign with toned-down or eliminated 3D, a better D-pad in a better spot, better battery life and buttons that don’t sit so damn flush with the system. Oh, and a Super Mario Bros. game.”

    “The huge problem is the Wii U. We know the Wii U isn’t going to pull in the Wii consumers and the Xbox 360 and PS3 have gotten more popular over time. The Wii U could possibly become Gamecubed. Why would anyone buy a Wii U? You could get a cheap PS3/Xbox 360 with a similar game library (Wii U will be getting Xbox 360 ports) or wait for the superior successors to come out.”

  13. EdEN says:

    Vita will have to play catch up for all of 2012.

    The Wii U comment at the end is something my wallet is happy about. $299 with one tablet, one game and extra content (like that on the 3DS) would give the Wii U a nice headstart.

    @Jose Canseco: I’m buying Wii U for the tablet controller and the ability to play the games away from the TV. 90% of my gaming is done on portables at home and the Wii U will allow me to tale care of my VC and Wiiware backlog AND continue gaming when the TV has been taken over by the wife or my daughter.

    And the 3DS without 3D is just a stupid, stupid comment. It’s like asking for a Wii without motion and pointer controls.

    Used to really like reading Malstrom’s posts but he’s been getting a bit too “grumpy old man” for the last couple of months.

  14. baelnic says:

    They aren’t out of the woods yet but I’m glad to see the holidays doing well. I was a anti-3DS guy up until the Zelda bundle on Black Friday. They didn’t give me everything I wanted (better battery) but with more software on the way that I will want (Kart, Luigi’s Mansion 2, etc), a nice redesign (the Zelda edition is sharp), I caved and bought in.

    I wish someone would repost the comment threads from some of those early “How will the 3DS sell” topics. I have a fair bit of crow to eat but I was also pretty close saying the the DS would continue to sell better than the 3DS for the first few months.

    Now if we could do something about $40 games. I won’t be buying both $40 3DS and $60 WiiU games if the WiiU doesn’t blow me away.

    Gratz on a great holiday sales season Big N.

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