Animal Crossing: New Leaf Helps Raise Nintendo’s Stock

According to Game Informer, the recent Animal Crossing: New Leaf has seen great sales numbers, selling over 500,000 copies since its release earlier last month. Because of the Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s success, Nintendo’s stocks have reached their highest level since July 2011. This undoubtedly means good things for the increasingly popular Nintendo 3DS. When the 3DS first came out, it was met with much negativity almost to the point of being considered a failure. Luckily, Nintendo has been able to turn it around with titles such as Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and of course, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. This is also only the beginning, with promising titles such as Pokemon X and Y, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. The 3DS is finally hitting its turning point, and I am sure we will see even better sales in the next few months.

Unfortunately for Nintendo, it seems like all of their new consoles in recent memory have been met with negative reception at the beginning. The Wii was labeled as a console for casual gamers even though it saw its fair share of great games like Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The DS also had a rough start until it became Nintendo’s highest selling system, and the highest selling handheld of all time. I personally believe the same thing is happening with the Wii U. Nintendo definitely made a few more mistakes than usual with marketing it, but starting with the soon-to-be-released and eagerly anticipated Pikmin 3, I believe that the Wii U will begin to pick up steam. Of course, it is probably unwise to assume that the Wii U will sell as well as the Wii did, or even as well as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 may sell.

One cannot doubt that the Wii U is underpowered compared to its upcoming competitors, however, I also make it a point to get at least two consoles in a generation: either Son’y console or Microsoft’s console and whatever Nintendo’s console may happen to be. I do not purchase Nintendo consoles to play mainstream games that I find on my other consoles. Instead, I always purchase Nintendo consoles to play Nintendo first and second-party games. If Nintendo focused even more on their first-party titles for Wii U, I believe they could right any wrongs they may have made already.

[Source: Game Informer]