Nintendo boasts ‘record-setting’ 16 million 3DS game sales in 2013


Nintendo‘s handheld business is booming right now, and the company has the stats to prove it. In its annual overview released today, the company says it sold a record-breaking 16 million 3DS games in 2013, which translates to a 45 percent increase over last year. US consumers played a big part in Nintendo’s bumper year, accounting for 11.5 million of Nintendo’s 35 million 2DS and 3DS lifetime sales.

Despite its precarious financial situation and a recent ruling requiring it to share some of its 3DS sales revenue, Nintendo reckons it has plenty more left in the tank: “We’re not slowing down in 2014,” says Scott Moffitt, Nintendo’s EVP of Sales, “the best days of Nintendo 3DS are still to come.

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Nintendo boasts ‘record-setting’ 16 million 3DS game sales in 2013


Toyota and Honda see record sales in China

Japan Times: 


Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. said their sales of new vehicles in China hit record highs in 2013, a turnaround from the previous year when demand for their products fell sharply due to the territorial row between Tokyo and Beijing.

Toyota’s sales of new vehicles rose 9.2 percent from 2012 to 917,500 units, while those of Honda jumped 26.4 percent to 756,882 units, the carmakers said Monday.

Honda’s December sales alone surged 60.4 percent from a year earlier to 101,465 units, also an all-time high. The figures suggest a sign of a dramatic improvement in Chinese consumers’ sentiment toward Japanese autos, despite the lack of tangible political progress in bilateral relations.

In 2014, Toyota said, it will aim to sell more than 1.1 million units in the Chinese market, excluding Hong Kong and Macau, by strengthening sales of the Yaris and other compacts.

Honda, which hopes to sell more than 900,000 units this year, said it will push the sales of the new Accord sedan introduced in the Chinese market this fall.

It is almost certain that 2013 sales of cars and buses in the Chinese auto market, the world’s biggest, has reached more than 20 million units, which is unprecedented by any other single-country market.

Toyota’s previous sales record in China on an annual basis was set in 2011, while that of Honda was marked in 2010.

The Japanese government’s purchase of most of the Senkaku Islands from a private Japanese owner in September 2012 set off a wave of protests and led to a consumer boycott of Japanese products.

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PlayStation 4 sales hit 4.2 million as of December 28th



SCEA CEO Andrew House just took the stage during Kaz Hirai‘s CES 2014 keynote to announce some PS4 sales numbers: 4.2 million systems, and 9.7 million games sold as of December 28th. That’s exactly double the figure the company told us last month, notching 2.1 million cumulative sales by December 1st. It’s a seriously impressive start for Sony‘s next-gen console, putting it clearly ahead of the 3 million Xbox One sales recorded in 2013 (although Microsoft’s console is available in fewer markets right now).

Moving forward, Sony will build on its sales momentum by launching PlayStation Now, a service that’ll eliminate cross-platform compatibility issues by letting gamers stream titles on their PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, smartphone and tablet directly from the cloud. Based on Sony’s acquisition of streaming outfit Gaikai, PlayStation Now will come as part of a new subscription model for users, and will kick off with a limited beta starting later this month, followed by a full US rollout in the summer.

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PlayStation 4 sales hit 4.2 million as of December 28th