Nintendo haS been remarkably slow to incorporate online functionality into their games and to incorporate it within their hardware. They have just recently began to do things that Sony and Microsoft have been perfecting for years, with game demos and DLC just beginning to get a look-in on the 3DS. If sales figures that market analysts FADE LLC have released today are correct however, Nintendo would do well to continue their current online strategy into the life of the Wii U. They estimate that the eShop made a total of $11 million during the 7 months it was live, impressive numbers for sure.
Although Nintendo would never release such figures themselves, FADE LLC are experts in analysing digital distribution numbers, and they have conducted a list of the highest performing titles in the eShop. At number one was The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening, which contributed nearly a quarter of the total income for the store. Next came the 3D Classics version of Excitebike, which pulled in $1.3 million, despite the game being free for a duration. In total, 481,000 people downloaded Excitebike, half of which were for free.
Other high earning titles included Super Mario Land and the well received Pushmo, with Let’s Golf 3D being the most successful non-Nintendo release. Bearing in mind the increased user base for the 3DS following its holiday sales, and the fact that more and more quality titles are being released every day, expect to see another strong year for the eShop in 2012. Now we just need Nintendo to apply what they have learned to the Wii U release, a more affordable Virtual Console would be a good start.
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