Quick Hits – Wii U surpasses Xbox 360 in Japan, Wi-Fi being disabled for Wii, DS

wii uEurogamer has reported that the Wii U has outsold the Xbox 360 in Japan in terms of lifetime sales. Nintendo’ s console has reached 1,643,095 units sold, surpassing the Xbox 360, which has sold 1,641,528 units.

Nintendo is currently doing well, selling eight to nine thousand consoles a week compared to around 200 for Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Both lag well behind Sony in sales though, with the PS3 standing at 9.8 million units in lifetime sales and the PlayStation Vita at lifetime sales of 2.5 million.┬áNintendo’s 3DS however, has outpaced them all, selling 15 million units in Japan.

Meanwhile, the PS4 launched in Japan on February 22 and has been enjoying brisk sales, managing 300,000 units in two days, putting Sony ahead for its projected sales target for the end of March. The Xbox One has yet to be released in Japan, though it is expected to launch sometime this year.

In other Nintendo news, a representative told Polygon that Wi-Fi connection services will be terminated globally for the Wii and the DS come May 20. This means no online features will be available to those platforms after that date. Features that will be lost include online play, matchmaking, and leaderboards. Some titles affected by this are Animal Crossing: Wild World and Pokemon Battle Crossing. The Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop will remain unaffected, so you’ll still be able to purchase things online for the Wii and the DS. This will not affect games made for the 3DS and the Wii U.

The recently renamed Bandai Namco has announced a release date for its upcoming fighter game for the PS3 for Europe and Australia. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle will be released on April 25, and is being developed by CyberConnect2, the studio behind Asura’s Wrath for the PS3. The game will feature a mix-up of characters from different eras in the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure saga, and will cover the manga’s full run. Europe gets two characters as free day one DLC- Yoshikage Kira and Shigekiyo Yangu. Though a US release has been confirmed, no date has been announced yet.

Finally, Respawn Entertainment’s highly anticipated online shooter Titanfall has gone gold according the developer’s official Twitter account. The Xbox One and PC version hits the US on March 11, with Australia/New Zealand getting it March 13 and the UK receiving the game on March 14. An Xbox 360 version will be released on March 25 in North America and on March 28 in Australia and the UK.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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