Nightly News Roundup: 2011.03.25

Folks more pre-psyched for 3DS than they were for Wii, Chrono Trigger may hit Virtual Console and more Pokémon sales numbers.

By M. Noah Ward. Posted 03/25/2011 21:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

US 3DS Preorders Surpass Wii’s by Factor of 2

Not everyone initially believed in Wii. That’s at least true if you go by 3DS’s preorders, which, according to Lazard’s video game industry analyst Colin Sebastian, are twice as much as Wii’s for a “similar time period” before each system’s launch. Unfortunately, this being analyst magic we don’t know the exact numbers behind the preorders or “time period” being referenced. But it’s good news for Nintendo, particularly since the review scores for the 3DS launch titles range from mediocre to slightly above average.

Source: Gamespot

Chrono Trigger Hits Japan’s Wii Virtual Console

Did you pay $40 to buy the DS Chrono Trigger port (plus bonus content) in 2009? You may end up kicking yourself if the classic SNES RPG finally sees rerelease on Wii’s Virtual Console. The game’s not confirmed for anywhere but Japan, though, so don’t loathe too much yet: Nintendo of Japan confirmed the game will release in Japan during April.Dates or plans to release elsewhere were not divulged.

Don’t think that Square Enix is missing another chance to upcharge you, though: just as the DS version commanded a higher-than-expected price, the Virtual Console version of Chrono Trigger will cost Japanese gamers 900 Wii points– a 100 point premium over other SNES games. Square Enix has not confirmed if this version of Chrono Trigger will feature any of the extra content or cut scenes that was included in the DS version, but historically, few VC releases have had any tweaks.

Source: Gamespot

Pokemon Black & White Hit 2m in 2 Weeks

First day US sales for Pokémon Black & White? 1.08 million. In the subsequent two weeks, nearly another million have sold according to Nintendo of America, which announced two million copies of the game have sold in two weeks– and that’s just in the US. In Japan, 2.6 million copies were sold in the first two weeks of release over there. The games have received a decent marketing push that includes a pair of limited edition DSis that feature the games’ branding, and the insatiable appetite of Pokémon fans around the world has made up for the rest.

Source: Nintendo

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