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The War Machine (Springs to Life) Part 4.
-By Philip Wesley-
-Presented by DMG Ice.com-
-May contain harsh language-
|I am starting to get sick of people
(read: idiots) saying that Nintendo is DOOOOOOMED because the PSP is
currently moving a good amount of units. Is Nintendo really doomed?
Remember when Nintendo announced the Nintendo DS? Does anyone remember
what Iwata said? The exact quote was "People ask if the Nintendo DS and
the new competiting product will affect the 99.9% portable market share
that the Nintendo Game Boy Advance currently enjoys. Well, it can't
really go up can it?"
And he is absolutely right. If I consult the Media Create Hardware Sales for the week of the 21st to 27th of February, this is how the portable market is broken down. I'm removing the none portables, like the the Play Station 2, Game Cube, and Xbox.
Sony is playing catch-up in PSP unit sales and that is to be expected. What is currently happening is that Nintendo and Sony are building a USER BASE. The user base in Japan for the Nintendo DS is already higher than that of the PSP and that bodes well for game sales. Until just recently, no PSP title was able to crack the top three in video game sales. Oddly enough, it was a port of an old RPG called Popocropolis and could have very well been on the GBA as far as graphics were concerned. It broke into the top 2 on a week when the biggest selling title was a brand new PS2 Dragon Ball Z game. Popocropolis sold a grand total of 33,759 units on it's first week of sales. Compare that with the recent DS release Another Code and its first week sales of 59,346 units. Remember that both companies lose money on the hardware and gain money on sales of software. In terms of software sales, Nintendo is still complaining that DS software sales are slow in Japan.. even though they have completely smoked the PSP in software without fail. Since the release of the PSP, the Sony unit has had less than five titles even crack the Top Ten in terms of sales. The DS has had most of its launch line-up sell through rather well and it has breached the top 3 in software sales several times. Both Super Mario 64 DS, and Wario Ware Touched! have sold over 600,000 plus units in Japan alone. Not bad for a company that is "losing." I expect Tales of Eternia to be the next PSP game to reach into the Top 3.
It appears that Nintendo plans to segment the handheld industry. If Nintendo wanted to, they could have put full backwards compatability with their GB line into the Nintendo DS, lowered the price by a few hundred Yen and we would not even be having this conversation on sales. IF Nintendo wanted us to consider the DS as a GB successor.. the total sales would look like THIS for 2004.
Good thing that the Nintendo DS is just a "third pillar!" Just for fun, let us add all of Sony's unit sales for the PSP, PS2, and PS One into one lump sum and compare it to JUST Nintendo's handheld sales.
Back to handhelds, Nintendo and Sony are fragmenting the market. This appears to where the market is going right now.
The Five MUST HAVE (Yet not obvious) games of 2005.
Riviera: The Promised Land - You were expecting me to mention Wario Ware Twisted! or Pokemon Emerald? Those are going to be hot, but I think that Riviera will be a pretty hot title in itself. The game has an odd engine to it that focuses a bit more on storyline. It does has some sweet storyline though. RPG gameplay with a heavy story is always welcome in the United States.
Sigma Star Saga - This better have the Wayforward Walk in it. Wayforward Technologies gave the Game Boy Color an Xtreme Sports RPG that totally pushed the abilities of the GBC. If I told you I was not expecting their Namco published Space Shooter RPG to be hot, I would be lying. It may not have the sales that some of the other must haves on this list will: But you should buy it. It will completely rock your socks and share its ice cream with you. It's from the people who gave us SHANTAE. So, preorder this one.
Tales of Phantasia - Nintendo swears this is coming here from Namco. The game is a remake of the old Super Nintendo game and it features a minute intro song as well as some sweet music and graphics. The gameplay is classic RPG goodness with lots of groovy mode 7 style graphics. Noting that most of the games listed here are RPGs, you and I both know the GBA is going strong with an EPIC BANG.
Fire Emblem 2: The Sacred Stones - While not really the second one, this is pretty much what people will refer to the game as. The original Fire Emblem was beautiful goodness from the Advance Wars people. New characters, a deep storyline, great music, and epic combat. This is teh cool. It is like am emblem of pure awesomeness, but on FIRE.
Mega Man Zero 4 - The fourth part of Capcom's robotic samurai epic is tied with the fifth installment in their Battle Network game series as one of the hottest titles this year. Expect a dark storyline coupled with loads of frantic action and sword slashing goodness as new threats, new characters, and new allies join the fight. Ceil is watching!
The amount of titles we can expect to see is actually quite good: Expect a slimy game from SquareEnix to be shown at E3 and Nintendo still has F-Zero Climax, DK: King of Swing, Earthbound Collection, Earthbound 2 (Mother 3), and a few surprises a E3. Like NES Classic Series 3...
"I keep hearing rumors about a new Game Boy unit and I am concerned!" I will address the Game Boy Next this following week. But for now, I will address what is on a lot of peoples minds: "Is Nintendo just going to release an update to the GBA SP?"
I think they need to. The Game Boy Advance SP is a great device, don't get me wrong, but the ability to improve what is already there is vast. A few of the "improvements" being touted are as follows.
-Editorial by Philip Wesley-
-Sources: Media Create, Nintendo
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