Games featuring Yoshi as a main character have never really held a strong spot for Nintendo. The games had fun mechanics and gave variation to the Super Mario Franchise with Mario’s number one Dino side kick, but the little green egg machine never does as well as the player one plummer himself. This year, that has been subject to change when it comes to sales.
According to the market research company NDP Group, October quarterly results for the top ten video game sellers show Yoshi’s Woolly World at the number eight slot. Super Mario Maker did not make the list, but is still steady and places close to tenth. This proves good news for Nintendo as hardware sales have dropped 42% since last year thanks to issues with the 3DS trying to handle Super Smash Brothers and failing to keep a secure slide pad. But not all of it can be blamed on lack of hardware quality or price. Much if it has to do with the completion on other consoles and PC. I mean, seriously, what can possibly beat the release of Fallout 4 right now? Oh, right… sequels.
- Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)
- NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One)
- Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- WWE 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, Xbox ONe, 360, PS3)
- Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)
- Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
- Rock Band 4 (Xbox One, PS4)
To beat Uncharted is impressive. And the fact that it secured a spot when Microsoft and Sony have fought for such a dominant lead at a time when Nintendo has been weak in releasing new titles makes it all the more unbelievable. But despite 2015 being a miserable year for Nintendo, 2016 shows some promise. With StarFox Zero and the next Zelda game on the way as well as more nostalgic game releases in the eshop stores as well as it’s plans for mobile gaming, Nintendo may come back to wow and woo consumers and fans again once more. However, all we can do is wait…