Latest Posts: Japan

Iwata apologizes for Animal Crossing: New Leaf out-of-stock situation due to modified 3DS game cart

9 years ago 61 Comments

Nintendo has released a short video with Iwata apologizing for the out-of-stock situation in Japan currently for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Some have been wondering why this is even a problem since it shouldn’t be difficult to produce more standard game carts.

According to Iwata, Animal Crossing: New Leaf uses a modified 3DS game cart which offers additional save data storage compared to the traditional 3DS game cart. The reason for this is due to the nature of the game saving more items, houses and such data.

Unfortunately, the supplies for this special type of game cart are limited therefore causing the supply issues for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In fact, replenishing supplies will apparently take several months so it’s unlikely the stock situation will be going away any time soon.

This may also have an effect on the timing of the western release of the game… If Nintendo can’t even supply enough copies for Japan, how are they going to supply North America and Europe any time soon? Feel free to speculate in the comments below!

(via Nintendo JPCheesemeister)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf tops Japanese sales charts for the third week in a row

9 years ago 15 Comments

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is continuing to print money as it sold yet another 237,823 retail copies last week (November 19th to 25th) in Japan according to Famitsu’s numbers. This marks the third week in a row where the game has topped the sales charts at #1.

Adding to our total from the last sales post, we can assume the game has sold at least 1,474,926 copies plus the unaccounted for digital download purchases since November 12th. Nintendo may release more sales information for that in the future but for now we’re clueless besides the 200,000 number released on November 12th.

Finally, some may find it interesting to know that Animal Crossing: New Leaf actually outsold Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (it only launched on the 22nd in Japan) last week.

01./01. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) – 237.823 / 1.274.926 (-25%)
02./00. [PS3] Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Subtitled Edition <ACT> (Square Enix) {2012.11.22} (¥7.980) – 223.344 / NEW
03./00. [3DS] Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Dungeon <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2012.11.23} (¥4.800) – 125.911 / NEW
04./00. [PS3] Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational # <SPT> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2012.11.22} (¥4.980) – 86.912 / NEW
05./03. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2012.07.28} (¥4.800) – 27.125 / 1.411.969 (-28%)

Festive Stump DLC item begins delivery on December 1st in Japan

9 years ago 7 Comments

The next DLC item set to be sent out to Animal Crossing: New Leaf players in Japan has been announced. Starting December 1st Japanese players will be able to receive a Festive Stump DLC item through SpotPass to place in their Animal Crossing homes.

There’s not much to say about the item really, it’s basically a Christmas themed stump with snow around it. Distribution of the item ends December 31st.

(via Nintendo JP)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf continues to sell like crazy in Japan

9 years ago 14 Comments

We reported a few weeks back on the sales of Animal Crossing: New Leaf in Japan based on shipment numbers coming from Iwata. Now, we have some hard retail sales numbers from Famitsu that include download cards sold at retail but not direct download purchases from the eShop.

Famitsu reports 721,786 retail copies sold through November 5th to 11th and 315,317 retail copies sold through November 12th to 18th. The two weeks totalled together gives us 1,037,103 retail copies and download cards sold through November 5th to 18th.

Direct digital purchases from the Nintendo eShop aren’t included in Famitsu’s numbers, however Iwata said 200,000 digital purchases were made as of November 12th. If we include those then Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold at least 1,237,103 copies so far! More recent numbers aren’t public unfortunately.

Turkey Dinner DLC item now being sent to Japanese Animal Crossing: New Leaf players

9 years ago 9 Comments

It’s almost Thanksgiving and to celebrate Nintendo is sending out a Turkey Dinner DLC item to Japanese players of Animal Crossing: New Leaf through November 22nd. The Turkey Dinner can be placed on a table as seen in the picture.

Simply turn on SpotPass at the Post Office and make sure your Nintendo 3DS is connected to the internet to receive the Turkey Dinner directly from Pete at your door.

Expect more free DLC items such as this in the future. As a reminder, Nintendo has promised they will not charge for any add-on content in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf has already sold 800,000 copies in Japan

9 years ago 33 Comments

Who would have guessed? Animal Crossing: New Leaf is currently sold out across Japan with the initial shipment of 600,000 copies! An additional shipment of 300,000 more copies is expected by the end of this week which will probably sell out too.

Was that not enough? Nintendo has also sold about 200,000 downloadable copies directly through the Nintendo eShop. Clearly retail game downloads are catching on in Japan. Although some of that may be driven by the fact that the game is sold out everywhere at retail.

If you do a little math there, you’ll notice that means Nintendo has already sold 800,000 copies in just one week. All in all, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is definitely doing well in Japan! Who knows, maybe this will push Nintendo of America to hurry things up. (yeah right)

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