New Mario, Zelda games help Nintendo shares reach 3-month high

Shares end the day up 4.15 percent following release of Super Mario 3D World, A Link Between Worlds, and Mario Party: Island Tour.

Nintendo shares reached a three-month high today, ending the day gaining 4.15 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (via Reuters).

The milestone was achieved on the same day that Wii U game Super Mario 3D World and 3DS titles The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour hit shelves in North America.

The Wii U has struggled so far, selling 3.91 million units across the world since launch in November 2012. Nintendo plans to spur hardware sales by releasing marquee first-party games like Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. in 2014.

Today was also a big day for Microsoft, which released the Xbox One across 13 territories. Microsoft will need to sell at least 1 million systems today to match the performance of Sony's PlayStation 4, though it should be noted that the PS4 is currently only available in North America.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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64 comments
daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Nintendo having low sales is no real concern since they have games that they can make that seemingly will make them a good profit.  Super Smash Brothers, Zelda Pokemon etc, these games make them money.

19James89
19James89

I'm delighted that after a year of woe in terms of the negative press about the Wii U, Nintendo is ending the year on a high, with a massive bang.

Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros will shift millions, hell these games will shift tens of millions of units.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Super Mario 3D World superb! I was hesitant to purchase but after reading the reviews couldn't resist. This and Wind Waker HD makes Nintendo the best deal this holiday season. No other console has better games than these period.

mamelon2012
mamelon2012

Are they really just figuring this out?

tightwad34
tightwad34

How about something other than Mario and Zelda? I love them both but my god the Mario games need to slow down fast and they should focus on something new. Just stop pushing the same old and come with something we haven't seen before. I'm sure you can pull that off.

meatz666
meatz666

3 months high in a row is bad for you, Nintendo. Take it easy.

OSJ-1987
OSJ-1987

I'm really glad for Nintendo.  Mario 3D World looks like a really fun game.  If they keep coming out with quality titles like this and get some good third party support, I think I might pick one up.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

Its only a matter of time before there first party games are no longer enough to save them, I seriously how Nintendo learns this soon and start making game consoles publisher want to make games for. I would love to see Nintendo to become relevant  to gaming again for something other then the casual gamer, with something more then just there reliance on 1st party games. There day of being top dog die a few generations ago. I would like to see them become top dog again.


Nintendo should of never can that addon cd they had sony do for them. as a result Nintendo created the playstation when they scraped that addon Granted addons to system almost always fail but non the less playstation happend cause nintendo cause sony took that addon they where making for nintendo and turned into console

ad1x2
ad1x2

I'll admit that I played Killer Instinct until 4AM last night but other than that I've probably spent more time with my new Zelda 3DS XL than I did with my  Xbox One or PS4 in the past 24 hours.

Hurvl
Hurvl

It's funny, you know, because I went to watch Thor: The Dark World today (even better than the first, imo) and I noticed that there were three different Wii U games commercials before the film started. This is in Sweden, mind you, which isn't terribly Wii U-friendly from what I know. I don't know if other theaters in other towns or countries also feature many Wii U games ads, but it seems like Nintendo is really aggressive with marketing their games. The games were Mario and Sonic at the Sochi Olympic games, Lego City Undercover and Super Mario 3D World.

jp_butler1
jp_butler1

Got a PS4, had a Xbox 360, but would still like to see WiiU succeed a little. Even Shuhei Yoshida says that the world needs Nintendo, and said he has two WiiU's at home. Nintendo was a part of my childhood, and I'm glad that the games they make and their handhelds will always keep them relevant, but it would be nice if the WiiU was doing better. 3rd parties have all but abandoned the system, and sales are mediocre at best. Still, because they are Nintendo and they do make fun, family friendly games, I think they'll support the WiiU for quite some time, and they'll keep releasing good, if not great, games. I'm loving my PS4, but I'm guessing that if I had a WiiU I'd probably be putting as much time into the new Mario 3D World as I do into any of my PS4 games. Heck, of it were just a little cheaper I'd probably buy one

iandizion713
iandizion713

I think a lot of people are still waiting on the WiiU. It sucks cause Nintendo needs support, but most parents are waiting till they drop that price. Im still waiting on WiiU, im trying to buy a 3ds XL, would love a 2ds XL, but guess Nintendo is not bringing it out this year :(.

lewiston71
lewiston71

Damn!!........You know your company is badass when two powerhouse systems are released and you still manage to stay relevant with nothing more than just a single title.

number004
number004

Nintendo passes through two console launches from the competition and their stock goes up. Like a boss

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

I wish they would release a new star fox game... and a new Metroid prime as good as the first...

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

cant wait for black friday to get myself a Wii U

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Mario 3D World doesn't interest me at all unlike other major Mario titles. I did support Nintendo though by getting the new Zelda LttP2.

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

i am goin to play WiiU and 3ds till the end of the year, and i somehow believe even the whole year 2014 - i dont see any games comin just the casual stuff like in the last gen - maybe sony have a deal with fromsoft to brign an exclusive action rpg like demon souls just way better with awesome next gen graphics and so on - buts that may just a dream

zequex
zequex

I wonder if the mediocre reviews from Sony and Microsoft helped boost their shares at all.

I mean, seriously. The launch of BOTH NEW CONSOLES happens at once and Nintendo's stock doesn't plummet but jumps?
I mean their new games are great but wasn't Nintendo supposed to be dead come November?

It seems like after seeing what "next gen" actually looks like, Nindtendo's offerings start to look pretty good.

kbaily
kbaily

I'd love to play both the Mario and Zelda games but I have to wait until Christmas.  Not rushing out for a PS4 or Xbox One until they get some games that interest me.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

Went to the XBox One launch event at GameStop for the new Zelda and Mario, dat's how :3

zyxahn
zyxahn

I got both systems and Zelda and Mario as well.  So much gaming.  I woke up with my 3DS on my chest.  >_<  The new Donkey Kong Country has yet to be released and with a new Zelda title for the WiiU coming up and Mario Kart,  Smash Brothers and hopfully another proper Metroid game.  I wish they would make a new Castlevania game in the SotN way for either the WiiU or 3DS.  Nintendo is almost a niche system now.  I love 'em eather way.

dominoodle
dominoodle

The new Zelda is great. Planning on picking up the new Mario soon too.

It's a shame i'm more interested in my Wii U and 3DS atm than my brand new PS4. Come on Sony, release something i actually wanna play =/

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

@mamelon2012 Um, didn't the PS3 start out like this too? God, it's like you can't say anything bad about Sony these days.

Amin_and_Azizah
Amin_and_Azizah

But whenever they release new IP's those IPs don't sell well. (Giest; Pikmin 1; eternal darkness; wonderful 101 etc.) the Nintendo fan base wants Nintendo to continuously focus on their legendary I.Ps so you can't really blame Nintendo for relaying on the franchise's that brings in the megabucks

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@tsunami2311 Dood you should be kissing the ground Iwata and Shiggy walk on. If it wasn't for Nintendo you wouldn't even be playing video games. You'd probably be busy playing 52 pick-up.

john_matrix8953
john_matrix8953

@tsunami2311 It's only a matter of time before you trolls will have your trolling save you from the fact that you trolls rather sacrifice your sexlives to troll Nintendo.  

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

@tsunami2311 I laugh at your ignorance. What do you mean that Nintendo won't be able to rely on 1st party titles forever? It wasn't like that before, why would it be like that now? All you need to do is look at history. And it isn't Nintendo's fault that they aren't getting a lot of 3rd party titles. You really think that Nintendo doesn't like having lots of 3rd party titles on their systems? You really think 3rd parties aren't supporting Nintendo consoles because the Wii and Wii U are "hard to develop for", or that Kyoto is "hard to work with"? Please, I may have been born at night, but it absolutely wasn't last night.  You could only believe that by being brainwashed by arrogant tools like Michael Pachter and Emily Rogers and this fake console war that we've been part of for years. 3rd parties aren't supporting Nintendo consoles because Nintendo stands against nearly everything they are for. 3rd party devs want Nintendo's money. 3rd party devs are scared of Nintendo, and they are scared because in the N64 era, Nintendo proved that they could not only survive without 3rd party support, but succeed beyond imagination - the Wii, DS, GBA and now 3DS are proof of that.  3rd party devs do not want to give Nintendo power, it's not in their business interests, and they continue to support Sony and MS's consoles to fuel their political leverage in this industry. That's the reason why Nintendo didn't get 3rd party support on Wii, and it's the same reason why they aren't getting it on the Wii U. Politics, not horsepower.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@ad1x2 Wind Waker HD and Mario 3D Worlds are also worthy. The picto sharing feature in Wind Waker makes collecting statue figurines much more fun.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@lewiston71 Nintendo is odd that way, always relying on their first party titles and succeding with that tactic, although things have gone slow lately.

svaubel
svaubel

@gameroutlawzz Preaching to the choir. I know most Nintendo fans have been wanting new Star Fox, F-Zero, and Metroid games for years.

Make it happen Nintendo! You cant solely rely on Mario and Zelda series!

svaubel
svaubel

@zequex Wii U has a strong exclusive lineup now. the other two what did they get for their launch stuff? The same old brown games that half of them exist on their predecessors. And both are going to have pretty dry releases schedules next year due to the significant jump in dev costs.

At this point The Ps4 and Xbox seem to put gaming on the backseat and shove into your face everything the system can do that isnt gaming. Nintendo seems to be the only one that puts games at the forefront these days and lets you enjoy bigger, better games without extra steps or expenses. 

All these extra steps the two new systems shove down your throat in order for you to just play a game is stupid, and dont get me started on how with the Xbone you literally cant do anything on the system except single player gaming unless you have a Gold subscription.

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

@zequex a lot people just waited for some good games, now there are pikmin3, zelda wind waker hd and Mario 3d World and the wonderful 101 doesn look bad too - there are also DKCTF, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, bayonetta 2, project X that will be released (maybe even project x) in 2014, who knows what nintendo will tell us on the 7th dec. - who knwos if there might be games that are just mounths away, nintendo doesnt announce the games to far away from its releases.

I hope there will be other HD REMAKES, not that kind the PS3 and Xbox normally see, Widn Waker was really beautiful - Metroid Prime, Zelda TP and SMG would be great, if wind waker gets a remake, these games really should get a remake too.

PS4/Xbox may be fine for CoD, BF and AC players - and it may be around 30-40M people looking forward to the all the lame casual games comin every year again and again, but there are also other games and with the time its just depeding on the games who good both consoles will sell, no its just the new tech, the new gen, ITS NEW - people really like NEW stuff no matter if its really good or not.

over the half of the buyers from the PS4/XBone are CoD and BF players, gamers who want solid games may just go over to the WiiU with its great exclusives, but these just started to come out and i guess PS4/Xbone will sell better in the next year, which is just kind a stupid, i will buy PS4/XBone when there are good games just as i did with the Wii, i would be surprised if the PS4/XBone will see so many great games in a short time with so many others to follow, there seem to be more good games for WiiU in the first 3 years of its lifetime, then the Wii saw, so its just a matter of time till its selling and who is really that stupid to refuse to all these great exclusives and tell their self how great their PS4/XBone is, thats also just stupid, so many think there system is the best, but the consoles doesnt matter, only the games.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

@dominoodle You'll need to wait a bit before Sony releases anything really worth it on the PS4. But it seems that at least the new Wii U and 3DS offerings will be more than enough to keep you entertained through the holidays.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Amin_and_Azizah I don't blame them at all for that. I would hate to see Mario and Zelda go away, but they have been making constant Mario games for 25+ years and as time goes on it gets more frequent. At least they make Zelda every 2 or 3 years or so(maybe every year if you include the handhelds). I just wonder if they would put some of the focus on something other than all the "casual" Mario games how some of the new ideas would turn out. I know they have multiple teams working on different things so they can do it. And I absolutely love the 3DS.

19James89
19James89

@Amin_and_Azizah The Wonderful 101 is not a Nintendo IP, it belongs to Platinum Games and it is the best game I have played on the Wii U and one of the best games I've ever played, quite why Wii U owners haven't gone out in their droves to pick this up is beyond me, they must like easy games like Call of Duty.

jp_butler1
jp_butler1

Agreed! They'd probably be in a much better place if they'd have dug into their catalog of beloved titles and released them or at least announced them in the last few months. I don't have a WiiU, but I'm sure the new Zelda will be epic, and if they announced a couple more reboots if their popular franchises and pair it with another price drop, I'd definitely be a buyer

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

@gameroutlawzz guess its best on PC like Dark Souls is, but the PC Version of Dark Souls2 will be even better as its optimised for PC and not simply ported like Dark Souls, 

Without a PC, a new console might look more interesting but still theres no dark sous 2 for PS4 or Xboxone announced.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@svaubel @zequex Lol, I could say the same thing about the PC, it's about games as much as you want it to be. You can uninstall most other stuff that you don't care for as well as download new stuff that you *do* care about. 

It's funny that the Wii U and the PC are grouped together like this, since they're quite different, but they both seem to be niche platforms when compared to the popularity of the Xbox/Playstation. 

I love my PC, I can take care of both business and pleasure on it, both apply for jobs and play games on it (plus comment on articles like this one :P).

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

@svaubel you have to pay for PS+  to play online on PS4, i dont like playin the same gameplay all over again unless theirs a story and levels and stuff to explore so i dont really need online multiplayer, but the free games you can get through PS+  are not really bad and all in all with PS3 and maybe a Vita too, you would get a lot free games every mounths. So PS+ seems way more better then Xbox Gold, i cant also cant say that PS or xbox online plaiyn is way more btter then on the other system, both are not as good as PC online gaming ...

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

@xgalacticax @dominoodle thats why i canceled my preorder - i was hoping for a really great killzone, but it ended as it looked, i will play it when there are a lot more reasons to buy a PS4, Infamous or unchated isnt really the stuff i would buy a console for, maybe a really good new god of war game, but it should be as good as the trilogy or better.

 But anyway - i would be great to see nintendo announcing a new open world like metroid prime as great as the first one just with a much better look. 

If Nintendo would push it like other companys do with their aaa titles, this game could be the best reason to buy a wiiu in its whole life time for a large number of potentiell buyers.

19James89
19James89

@abHS4L88 It's not a Nintendo IP at all as Nintendo do not own Platinum Games. Kamiya has stated that he wants to be a second party developer for Nintendo though, so maybe one day. 

Also Nintendo published Lego City Undercover and that's not a Nintendo IP is it? TT Fusion are not owned by Nintendo. Also, Nintendo published Mario and Sonic at the Sochi Winter Olympics and yet that is a game developed by Sega-Sammy.