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Posts Tagged ‘Nintendo-Kanal’

Wii Virtual Console 2006-2012

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

With the lifecycle of the Wii coming to a close and Nintendo concentrating their Virtual Console releases more and more on the newer 3DS it’s a good opportunity to look at how well the classic game download service did on Wii in Japan. I used the Wii Shopping Channel and the Nintendo Channel to count games, publishers and genres, as well as play time statistics to calculate minimum download numbers.

These are only displayed for games which get a certain amount of usage by enough users, and only by users who allowed Nintendo to use their data for statistics in the Nintendo Channel. This means they only indicate a minimum number, real download numbers might be even higher. I found the games which display these play time statistics to have at least 3000 confirmed downloads, so the missing titles should have sold less than that.

Nine different vintage platforms have been supported on Wii so far with 636 titles released:

Systems

System Current # Alltime # Best supporter Games # Percentage
FC: 148 148 Nintendo 44 29,73%
SFC: 101 103 Nintendo 27 26,21%
N64: 20 20 Nintendo 19 95,00%
PC-Engine: 111 122 Hudson/Konami 55 45,08%
MD: 89 92 Sega 68 73,91%
NG: 64 64 D4 Entertainment 64 100,00%
SMS: 13 15 Sega 14 93,33%
VCA: 77 77 Bandai Namco 50 64,94%
MSX: 13 15 Konami 13 86,67%
636 656
Games removed: 20

Not surprisingly Nintendo and Sega are the top supporters of their respective old hardware platforms. The PC-Engine got a lot of love from Hudson back in the day, which also shows here (Konami now holds the rights to the Hudson catalogue, but also contributed some titles of their own). Some minor platforms with limited success are almost exclusively represented by one company, like the Master System by Sega or the N64 by Nintendo.

D4 Entertainment has the rights to all the old SNK software on VC and ends up being the sole supporter of the NeoGeo, which has an impressive number of releases but none sold all too well (i. e. below 3000). The MSX seems to be the favorite vintage platform for Konami, who contribute all remaining titles available. Two games by D4 Entertainment for MSX, ALESTE and EGGY, were removed again. All in all 20 games which were once available were removed again.

The Virtual Console Arcade, which was added last, is mainly supported by the companies who dominated this field in the pre-Famicom age. Notably missing are Konami and Nintendo, who as opposed to Capcom, Sega and Namco haven’t even released the arcade versions of their Famicom hits like Gradius or Donkey Kong. The latter three did this with games like Ghost ‘n’ Goblins, Puyo Puyo and Xevious. Similar to the NeoGeo, downloads for VCA have remained underwhelming. This means that despite having released 86 games (50 of which for VCA), almost as many games as Nintendo and more than Sega, Bandai Namco’s success on VC was quite limited.

Publishers

Publisher Games Percentage Publisher Games Percentage
Arc System Works: 16 2,52% D4 Entertainment: 65 10,22%
Artdink: 3 0,47% Tecmo: 11 1,73%
Activision: 1 0,16% Tozai: 1 0,16%
Atlus: 6 0,94% naxat soft: 9 1,42%
Interplay: 2 0,31% Natsume: 1 0,16%
Enterbrain: 4 0,63% Nihon Computer System: 5 0,79%
Capcom: 30 4,72% Nihon Falcom: 8 1,26%
Koei: 5 0,79% Nintendo: 90 14,15%
Konami: 43 6,76% Netfarm: 2 0,31%
Sunsoft: 10 1,57% Paon: 3 0,47%
G-Mode: 2 0,31% Hudson: 69 10,85%
Square-Enix: 21 3,30% Hamster: 18 2,83%
Spike: 3 0,47% Hal Laboratories: 1 0,16%
Sega: 86 13,52% Bandai Namco: 86 13,52%
Taito: 26 4,09% Pony Canyon: 2 0,31%
Takara Tomy: 2 0,31% Marvelous: 1 0,16%
Chunsoft: 3 0,47% UPI Soft: 1 0,16%
All: 636

Maybe the number of titles adds up in sales for Namco, as they probably do for D4.

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Die beliebtesten Spiele auf der Wii in Japan

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Ich hab mir heute den Spaß gemacht, die Liste der beliebtesten Spiele, gewählt von den Nutzern des japanischen Nintendo-Kanals, abzuschreiben. Alle Spiele, die man auf der Wii gespielt hat, einschließlich der Virtual Console Downloads, können dort von ihren Besitzern auf einer fließenden Skala von überhaupt nicht empfehlenswert bis sehr empfehlenswert bewertet werden. Kriegt ein Spiel genügend solcher Bewertungen und fallen sie hoch genug aus, werden Auszeichnungen von Bronze bis Platin vergeben.

Diese können sich im Lauf der Zeit auch wieder ändern, der frühere Platingewinner 428 hat heute „nur“ noch eine Goldauszeichnung. Derzeit hat auch nur ein Spiel diese oberste Auszeichnung verdient, nämlich das RPG Xenoblade von Monolithsoft.

Alle Gold-, Silber- und Bronzegewinner in der jeweiligen umgekehrten Reihenfolge ihres Erscheinens:

Gold Silber Bronze
Golden Eye 007 LA-MULANA Rockman 5 Blues no Wana!?
Pandora no Tō: Kimi no Moto e kaeru made Super Mario Collection Special Pack THE LAST STORY
Chrono Trigger Keito no Kirby Hikari to Yami no Himegimi to Sekai Seifuku no Tō FFCC
Donkey Kong Returns Metroid Other M Downtown Special Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zen’inshūgō!
Mario Sports Mix Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road Victory Chindōchuu!! Pole no Daibōken
Sengoku Basara 3 Biohazard / Darkside Chronicles Karaoke JOYSOUND Wii
Wii Party PokéPark Wii ~Pikachu no Daibōken~ Minna no Pokémon Bokujō Platina Taiōban
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Sengoku Musō 3 Wii Music
Zangeki no Reginleiv Momotarou Dentetsu 2010 ~Sengoku, Ishin no Hero Daishūgō! No Maki Wi-Fi 8-nin Battle Bomberman
Tales of Graces Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Dodōn to 2-daime! DISASTER DAY OF CRISIS
New Super Mario Brothers Wii Wii Fit Plus GRADIUS ReBirth
Tsumi to Batsu: Sora no Kōkeisha Ransen! Pokémon Scramble Rei ~Tsukihame no Kamen~
Ōkami Arc Rise Fantasia Tales of Symphonia -Ratatosk no Kishi-
Monster Hunter 3 Monster Hunter G Totsugeki!! Famicon Wars VS
Wii Sports Resort Zelda no Densetsu Mujura no Kamen Hoshi no Kirby 64
Oboro Murasamasa Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū NEXT Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan Wii
Onepiece Unlimited Cruise Episode 2 Mezameru Yūsha Wii de asobu Pikmin 2 Chiisana Ō-sama to Yakusoku no Kuni FFCC
428 ~Fūsa sareta Shibuya de Nintendo Allstar! Dairantō Smash Brothers (Super Smash Bros. auf N64) Dr. Mario & Saikin Bokumetsu
Dairantō Smash Brothers X Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Minna no Jōshiki Katerepi
Rune Factory Fronteer Metroid Prime 3 Corruption
Machi e ikō yo Dōbutsu no Mori (Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City) Super Mario Brothers 3
Family Ski World Ski & Snowboard NO MORE HEROES
Rockman 9 Yabō no Fukkatsu!! Pokémon Snap
Onepiece Unlimited Cruise Episode 2 Nami ni yureru Hihō NARUTO Shippūden Gekitō Ninja Daisen! EX2
Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū 15 Minna no Nintendo Channel1 Der Nintendo-Kanal selbst ist also auch eine Bronze-Auszeichnung wert…
Super Mario RPG Mario & Sonic AT Beijing Olympic
Super Mario Stadium Family Baseball Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles
Mario Kart Wii Takarajima Z Barbaros no Hihō (Zack and Wiki)
Winning Eleven Playmaker 2008 Tsumi to Batsu Chikyū no Keishōsha (Sin and Punishment auf N64)
Family Ski Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū Wii
Wii Fit Momotarou Dentetsu 16 Hokkaidō Daiidō no Maki!
Sengoku Basara 2: Eiyū Gaiden (HEROES) Double Pack Mario Story (Paper Mario auf N64)
Super Mario Galaxy Onepiece Unlimited Adventure
Dragon Ball Z Sparking! Meteo Star Fox 64
Super Metroid Fire Emblem Toki no Megami
Fushigi no Dungeon 2 Fūrai no Shiren Wii Sports
Biohazard 4 Wii edition Super Mario Brothers
Zelda no Densetsu Toki no Ocarina Super Mario 64
Zelda no Densetsu Twilight Princess Super Mario World
Zelda no Densetsu Kamigami no Triforce
  1. Der Nintendo-Kanal selbst ist also auch eine Bronze-Auszeichnung wert… []

Nintendo-Kanal Update

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Vor einigen Wochen gab es ein wirklich nützliches Update des Minna no Nintendō-Channel (Nintendo-Kanal in Deutschland). Vielleicht gibt es das Update mittlerweile auch im Westen, Google konnte mir diese Frage auf die Schnelle nicht beantworten. Jedenfalls möchte ich euch ein paar Bilder der japanischen Version zeigen.
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