eShop made $11 million in 2011, says analyst
Digital analysis firm FADE LLC has estimated that eShop generated approximately $11.1 million from 3DS and Virtual Console titles last year. They may not be official figures, but FADE’s recent report certainly makes for some interesting reading.
Leading the pack is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX, which contributed nearly one quarter of the $11.1 million, selling nearly 339,000 units for $2.3 million.
Other top performers include 3D Classics: Excitebike and Super Mario Land, and the highest non-Nintendo game was Gameloft’s Let’s Golf! 3D.
But as you’ll be able to see from the list below, there’s still a large gap between first and third party success on eShop, as only two non-Nintendo games managed to break into the top ten (and Poisoft’s Hyu Stone isn’t even out in the West yet).
Again, please note that these are only estimated sales figures and revenues, and thus may not be 100% accurate. It’s also worth bearing in mind that eShop only launched on June 6th 2011, meaning that these figures only cover a seventh month period.
FADE’s Estimated Top Selling Titles, by Gross Revenues (Annual, 2011):
1. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo) – 338,700 Units / $2.3 Million USD (VC)
2. 3D Classics: Excitebike (Nintendo) – 481,100 Units / $1.3 Million USD (eShop)
3. Super Mario Land (Nintendo) – 230,500 Units / $1.1 Million USD (VC)
4. Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! (Nintendo) – 112,700 Units / $969,000 USD (eShop)
5. Pushmo (Nintendo) – 93,300 Units / $634,000 USD (eShop)
6. Kirby’s Dream Land (Nintendo) – 84,500 Units / $384,000 USD (VC)
7. Let’s Golf! 3D (Gameloft) – 43,200 Units / $356,000 USD (eShop)
8. Donkey Kong (Nintendo) – 82,800 Units / $348,000 USD (VC)
9. 3D Classics: Xevious (Nintendo) – 47,900 Units / $301,000 USD (eShop)
10. Hyu Stone (Poisoft) – 50,300 Units / $293,000 USD
Source: Nintendo Life
Ten-minute Kingdom Hearts 3D trailer
Ever felt like you needed ten whole minutes of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance footage? Well, Square Enix has done just that and released a new “special” trailer. Enjoy!
Source: Nintendo Life
Pandora’s Tower gets UK release date
The hotly anticipated Pandora’s Tower will be arriving on UK shores on April 13th 2012, Nintendo has announced.
In Pandora’s Tower, players will take on the role of soldier Aeron as he battles to save his friend Elena from a strange curse that’s slowly transforming her into a demon. Aeron must climb thirteen towers and defeat the monsters that lurk inside, but in order to break the curse he must also harvest said monster flesh and feed it to Elena (and if you thought that was rather disgusting, check out Nintendo’s “gutsy” Pandora’s Tower-themed Valentine’s Day cards!).
With real-time combat, motion controls, multiple endings and a unique relationship system, Pandora’s Tower is the last of the three Operation Rainfall titles to hit European Wiis, after Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story.