Nightly News Roundup: 2011.12.09

Nintendo cashes in on holiday shopping, Smash Bros. developers remembers the good old days, and NPD gives us a new batch of Black Ops numbers

By Andy Hoover. Posted 12/09/2010 23:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

November Great for Nintendo’s Console Sales

Americans took to the stores last month as though there were some rapidly approaching period of copious gift giving. This occurrence proved quite fruitful for Nintendo, because they managed move 2.7 million consoles during the month.

Wii sold 1.2 million units, with half of those sales coming around Thanksgiving, and DS and all its iterations combined for 1.5 million units.

Source: Nintendo

Masahiro Sakurai Reflects on Smash Bros.

Many hardcore fans of Nintendo’s popular fighting series feel that Melee was the best, and the game’s creator kind of agrees. In a recent Famitsu interview, Sakurai talked about how Melee required a grueling 13 months of development that involved no vacations, no weekends, and 40 hour work days. The result was his “sharpest” game and the GameCube’s best selling title.

However popular Melee ultimately proved, Sakurai will likely avoid approaching any future iterations with the same mindset. All the time spent tweaking and adding to the lightning fast gameplay ultimately created a steep learning curve that rewarded serious gamers but did little to serve more casual fans.

Brawl is more representative of Sakurai’s current approach to design, balancing games to reward the efforts of the serious gamer while still maintaining a level of accessibility that is welcoming to newcomers.

Source: 1Up

Call of Duty: Black Ops Surpasses Another Modern Warfare 2 Record

Right out of the gate, Black Ops surpassed its predecessor, and as November went on it apparently didn’t lose any momentum. NPD has revealed that Black Ops has sold a grand total of 8.4 million units across all platforms in its first month, a number that easily surpasses Modern Warfare 2’s first month sales of 6 million and makes the game the seventh best selling game of all time.

While it probably isn’t responsible for the entire 2.4 million gap, it is worth noting that a Wii version of Black Ops shipped along with every other version while Modern Warfare 2 never made its way to Wii.

Source: IGN

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