Or in other words, what members of Club Nintendo consider the best games of 2013. Which as everyone has likely figured out, consist at least 90% of Nintendo games and roughly mirror the list of titles the company has promoted most in the last 12 months. Keep reading to see the list…
Usually, the amount of good games released in a year is fairly low, with just one or two bonafide classics being released alongside a whole ton of lesser titles no one really cares about. But in 2013, it seems things have been… a little different. In fact, I’d say that this year has actually been one of Nintendo’s best ever years for new games, with every month seemingly bringing a new classic! So here’s a nice look back at 2013 and all the fantastic new games that Nintendo released throughout it.
Unfortunately, Nintendo’s luck in other categories wasn’t quite as good, with the only other award winners being Super Mario 3D World for best Nintendo game and Animal Crossing New Leaf for best ‘casual’ game. Which is a bit of a shame really, given that not one Nintendo title was nominated for ‘best soundtrack’ (an absolutely insane decision) and that Pokemon X and Y lost the ‘best RPG’ award.
But what was A Link Between Worlds up against? What other awards did Nintendo win? Read on to find out!
When it comes to Nintendo and advertising, usually the results are not particularly great. You’ve got those ads that completely miss the mark (also known as every Wii U ad out at the moment), a bunch of contests that usually don’t add up to a whole lot and a lack of European marketing that can be best described as ‘utterly suicidal’. But Nintendo of Europe’s new Animal Crossing New Leaf promotion is a great exception to the rule. In fact, it might even be one of their ‘best’ (especially from the fan point of view) campaigns they’ve ever came up with.
Why? Well let me explain how the rules work:
If you register Animal Crossing New Leaf on Club Nintendo before 11pm on September 7th 2013, you get a Recommendation Code to pass to a friend.
Then if they register a 3DS XL on Club Nintendo and use your code…
They get a free download code for Animal Crossing New Leaf.
Yeah, you heard that right people. If you do this, you get a free copy of Animal Crossing New Leaf. As in, the whole game, for nothing. Okay, it’s a digital copy… but you can’t be too picky about that if you’re getting a new game for no monetary cost whatsoever.
Really though, this is a freaking awesome promotion. Free game for registering your 3DS XL with a code given by a friend (or knowing people nowadays, a random person on the internet)? Jackpot!
And what’s more, the contest rules don’t seem to state anything about what a ‘friend’ means in this situation, meaning that you could probably just go round asking for recommendation codes on Nintendo based internet forums instead. So rejoice European Nintendo fans, if you know someone who owns Animal Crossing New Leaf and haven’t registered your 3DS XL yet, it’s basically free games all round!
So what do you think about this contest? And if you’re a 3DS owner in Europe, are you planning to take advantage of it?
Yeah, sales wise these games are doing fantastically so far. For instance, Animal Crossing New Leaf has so far sold over 5 million copies worldwide, which is rather impressive for a 3DS game that hasn’t long been out in regions not called Japan. And Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon is hanging in there too, with a nice 2.7 million copies sold worldwide (for anyone interested, that’s more than the Gamecube game ever sold).
Additionally, when you consider that neither game has even been out a full year in all regions, and you add the inevitable long term sales these games will make over time… you’ve got some fairly impressive numbers.
So, are you happy with how Animal Crossing New Leaf and Luigi’s Mansion 2 are selling?
Back in the early days of Animal Crossing, you could collect NES games to play inside the actual game. Unfortunately, not only has this feature never returned in a later Animal Crossing title, it’ll apparently never happen again.
Yes, Animal Crossing series creator Katsuya Eguchi has apparently told Kotaku this in an interview:
Please consider it’s not happening ever again. At the time, we didn’t have a Virtual Console system. We thought that playing games inside of a game is kind of funny, and we wanted to do it. But now there’s a Virtual Console where you can play classic games, so we don’t think we will be doing that in future titles.
Above: Not happening in future.
So basically, the Virtual Console means this feature will never return. And honestly? I see exactly where they’re coming from. Why give away free versions of the games in Animal Crossing when you could charge real money for them on the Virtual Console? I mean, it was a nice bonus, but Nintendo wants every possible cent from reselling their classic games, and giving them away for nothing doesn’t factor into that.
So there you have it. You won’t be playing emulated versions of classic NES games in Animal Crossing any time soon. Are you disappointed by this? Or do you understand Nintendo’s decision and not care too much?
So if you want to buy a new copy of Animal Crossing New Leaf a few days before its official release date, and happen to live in the Chicago area, now’s your chance! According to Technology Tell, the Best Buy in Arlington Height (on Rand Road) seems to have the game in early and is selling them prior to the official US release date.
Above: While it’s wrongly categorised, it seems like this Best Buy is selling Animal Crossing New Leaf a few days early for whatever reason.
Is this the only shop doing this? Hard to tell, the article only gives this one example. But they do recommend calling up various other Best Buy stores and seeing if any of the others have the game on sale early, so I guess it’s worth a try if you live in a place with one nearby and want to see if you can get the game a few days before everyone else.
So yeah, just a useful heads up for any Animal Crossing fans over there in the US. Do you plan to head out and see if you can get the game early by looking in Best Buy?
For those of you unaware, Nintendo of America have recently wrapped up an interesting webseries detailing the development of upcoming 3DS title Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Within the series lies tantalising nuggets of gameplay footage and commentary by the American localisation team, who discuss several aspects of the game in addition to their translation efforts. Here is the series in its entirety;
Episode 1: Localising Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Episode 2: Connectivity
Episode 3: Your first day in town
Episode 4: Customising your House
Episode 5: Being the Mayor
Episode 6: The characters of Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Episode 7: The calendar of events
Episode 8: Furniture and pants
Episode 9: Custom Designs
Episode 10: Island activities
As you can see the game is packed, and huge success in Japan suggests the quirky life simulation will be a monster (or should that be animal? I’ll get my coat…) hit in western territories.
Keep it 3DS Daily for further Animal Crossing updates.
It’s pretty decent if I can say so myself. Here’s the commercial:
More of this kind of ‘player interacts with characters from the game’ commercials and less ‘families sit around a television’ commercials Nintendo! It illustrates the concept of the game far better than your generic ads do.
What do you think of this new Animal Crossing New Leaf advert?