Tuesday, March 6, 2012

eShop Sales-Ratings: February 2012

The Nintendo eShop is Nintendo's online shop through the 3DS where people can download games from old Nintendo hardware, DSiWare games, and new download software specific for the 3DS. Because Nintendo does not disclose sales numbers, and developers are most likely barred from revealing them, we do not know how games are doing on the service.

But we might have at least a small hint.

After playing a game on the 3DS for over a hour, players are capable of rating these games via the eShop, and the totals are shown on each game page, showing up to five stars based on what the population thinks. At the very least, we now have minimum sales figures for the games, but with a very large disclaimer: these numbers represent the users who have done the following:

1) Purchased the game
2) Played the game for over an hour on the 3DS, and
3) Chose to rate the game on the eShop.

People who play the games on their DSi systems cannot rate games, nor can people who have not played the games for less than one hour. Since rating cannot be done outside of the eShop, some might have forgotten to or chosen not to rate said games. Also note that a rating does not necessarily correspond with a sale in the month in which it appears, only emphasizing the number of additional people who completed the above steps.

With that disclaimer in mind, check after the jump to see how everything did.


 Free Apps
1 1 Swapnote 11489 30766
2 2 Nintendo Video 11125 59938
3 3 Pokedex 3D 11012 69953
4 4 Netflix 5843 36384

It is interesting to note just how the applications are doing this month.  The difference between the top and third applications is less than five hundred.  The gap has swiftly shrunk between Nintendo Video and Pokedex 3D monthly ratings, and I have a feeling the streams will cross in the following months.  Swapnote is still the least-rated application, but it is looking close to pass Netflix without a problem in March.  Pokedex 3D is the most-rated product on the eShop, hinting that there is a userbase of at least 70,000 people in the US; hopefully there are many more actually downloading.

One note to make is that from here, I can see that ratings were down for the month (46k to 39k), so one can anticipate the other rating totals to be lower as well.

Hulu Plus released on the Wii, but the 3DS version remains unreleased.  Perhaps March or April will better suit it.

Video Downloads
1 1 Thriller 108 463
2 2 Night of the Living Carrots 91 365
3 3 The Pig Who Cried Werewolf 28 108

No difference here, and there is really no commentary to make, except that The Pig Who Cried Werewolf passed 100 ratings.  It surprises me that they continue to get the ratings they do months after Halloween.

Pre-eShop DSiWare*
1 1 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! [CN] 1169 7356
2 3 Photo Dojo 934 6042
3 2 Plants vs. Zombies 853 7577
4 7 Inchworm Animation 426 3702
5 5 Mario Clock 397 2432
6 6 Dr. Mario Express [CN] 360 1573
7 8 Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 - From the Abyss 348 2707
8 4 Cave Story 324 4495
9 9 Zenonia 264 2359
10 10 GO Series: 10 Second Run 259 1885
11 15 Crystal Monsters 232 1439
12 11 Tetris Party Live 219 1956
13 16 Pop Island - Paperfield 214 1539
14 13 Bomberman Blitz 201 1929
15 14 Nintendo Countdown Calender 199 1165
16 12 Shantae: Risky's Revenge 158 2868
17 18 Army Defender 155 1237
18 17 Mario Calculator 129 675
19 23 My Farm 112 586
20 21 Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. 84 474
21 20 JellyCar 2 81 1017
22 28 Glory Days: Tactical Defense 81 578
23 19 Soul of Darkness 65 1011
24 27 Anonymous Notes Chapter 2 - From the Abyss 62 589
25 24 Earthworm Jim 58 427
26 31 Pop Island 58 579
27 22 Dark Void Zero 55 905
28 30 Extreme Hangman 46 626
29 33 Arcade Bowling 44 465
30
Music on: Retro Keyboard 38 179
31 29 Blazybloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale 35 417
32 25 Touch Solitaire 35 530
33 36 Paper Airplane Chase 34 408
34 26 5 in 1 Solitaire 32 345
35 42 Faceez Monsters! 31 231
36 41 GO Series: Defense Wars 30 250
37 32 My Exotic Farm 27 307
38 34 AiRace 26 291
39 40 Escapee GO! 26 198
40 37 MySims Camera 24 92
41 38 Castle Conqueror 20 303
42 35 Petz Dogz Family 13 127
43 39 WarioWare: Snapped! 10 285
44 43 Petz Kittens 10 88
45 44 A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back 4 100
[CN] Game was made free for download via Club Nintendo
*Note: This list does not contain every pre-eShop release but is periodically updated to include more.

No surprise that the Club Nintendo game Mario vs. Donkey Kong got first place, followed by the usual affair of Plants vs. Zombies and Photo Dojo.  Another Club Nintendo release, Dr. Mario Express, seems to be decelerating faster than MvDK, but as it was a lower game naturally on the charts, it should not be a surprise.

For landmarks, Nintendo Countdown Calender, JellyCar 2, and Soul of Darkness all surpassed a thousand ratings, and Turvys Strike Back, a regular bottom-placed game, has just hit the hundred mark.  Last month's debut Music On has appeared at 30; not great but not bad either.

This month's Club Nintendo product was Art Academy: First Semester, so I chose to add it, its sequel, and a number more of Legacy DSiWare titles to the listing; we will see how they perform for March.

Art Academy: First Semester [CN] 909 909
Art Academy: Second Semester 119 119
GO Series: Picdun 306 306
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords 571 571
Ivy the Kiwi? Mini 141 141
Absolute Chess 869 869
Aura-Aura Climber 547 547
UNO 906 906
Rayman 636 636
Dragon Quest WARS 621 621

Post-eShop DSiWare
1 1 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition* 12101 59930
2 2 Bloons TD 583 1934
3
GO Series: Undead Storm 444 444
4 3 Cut the Rope 434 1247
5 5 Cake Ninja 102 225
6 11 Extreme Hangman 2 97 564
7 8 Afterzoom 75 739
8 9 Castle Conqueror: Against 69 173
9 6 Rytnik Retrobits 68 212
10 4 Come On! Heroes 64 249
11 28 Crazy Hamster 63 170
12 7 Doodle Fit 61 193
13 10 Elite Forces: Unit 77 52 128
14 19 Magical Whip 45 253
15 22 My Asian Farm 40 177
16 15 My Australian Farm 38 221
17 16 Let's Create! Pottery 37 370
18 12 1001 BlockBusters 36 240
19 17 GO Series: Fishing Resort 35 269
20 23 Calculator 32 161
21 40 Hip Hop King: Rytmik Edition 30 40
22 24 Moto eXtreme 28 202
23 20 The Lost Town: The Dust 27 324
24 13 Escape Trick: Convenience Store 27 113
25 80 Lola's Alphabet Train 27 28
26 48 Gaia's Moon 25 33
27 42 Kung Fu Dragon 23 81
28 14 Chronicles of Vampires: Origins 23 84
29 18 Word Searcher 4 20 67
30 21 Slingo Supreme 20 51
31 25 Stratego: Next Edition 18 188
32 29 Go! Go! Kokopolo 18 216
33 31 Academy Checkers 15 57
34
40-in-1 Explosive Megamix 15 15
35 27 Make-Up & Style 14 167
36 26 Build-a-lot 13 125
37 64 Flipper 2: Flush the Goldfish 13 17
38 35 3 Heroes: Crystal Soul 12 23
39 49 Roller Angels 11 57
40 59 Jewel Keepers: Easter Island 11 79
41 32 Antipole 11 174
42 33 GO Series: Portable Shrine Wars 11 98
43 55 Blockado - Puzzle Island 11 72
44 45 Zoonies - Escape from Makatu 10 77
45 61 Escape Trick: Ninja Castle 10 49
46 43 Simply Minesweeper 10 69
47 56 1950s Lawn Mower Kids 10 29
48 57 Quick Fill Q 10 16
49 47 Castle Conqueror: Heroes 9 41
50 50 Trollboarder 8 59
51 34 Defense of the Middle Kingdom 8 63
52 46 Break Tactics 8 74
53 53 Halloween: Trick or Treat 8 62
54 63 House M.D. - Crashed 8 25
55 39 WordJong Arcade 8 22
56 30 Christmas Wonderland 8 41
57
iSpot Japan 8 8
58 36 Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? 7 107
59 37 Furry Legends 7 37
60 58 Hidden Photo 6 60
61 71 Delbo 6 40
62 41 Farm Frenzy 6 76
63 83 Go Fetch! 2 6 31
64 67 House M.D. - Blue Meanie 6 57
65 73 101 Pinball World 6 8
66 77 Play & Learn Spanish 5 27
67 68 DotMan 5 31
68 52 House M.D. - Skull and Bones 5 28
69 38 Castle Conqueror: Revolution 5 81
70 44 Anne's Doll Studio: Gothic Collection 5 14
71
Box Pusher 5 5
72 54 Heart Spaces Euchre 4 58
73 51 Bugs 'N' Balls 4 37
74 62 Play & Learn Chinese 3 18
75 70 Just SING! Christmas Vol. 3 3 7
76 75 Just SING! 80s Collection 2 12
77 60 Puzzle Rocks 2 17
78 78 Crystal Caves of Amen-Ra 2 27
79 79 Battle of the Elements 2 5
80 69 House M.D. - Under the Big Top 2 13
81 65 Gold Fever 1 26
82 74 Zimo: Mahjong Fanatic 1 32
83 81 Beach Party Craze 1 26
84 72 Boardwalk Ball Toss 1 26
85 66 Puzzle Fever 1 40
86 76 Oscar's World Tour 1 18
87 85 Double Bloob 1 1
88 82 B-Team - Episode 2: Ice & Venom 0 7
89 84 Bridge 0 5
* Game was a free download until February 2012, now no longer available.

As stated in the above disclaimer, this month marked the end of Four Swords Anniversary Edition's availability for download.  This does not end the potential for ratings, as it can be reached via Download History.  No surprise, it was the most-rated game in the DSiWare segment (and as a free game I occasionally ask myself why I put it here, although it is a little late to rethink it).  Equally unsurprising, both Bloons TD and Cut the Rope appeared just below it, and Cake Ninja from December continues to get a high number of ratings.

A surprise in the form of zombies arose this past month; GO Series: Undead Storm cut between the two November releases with 444 ratings, a solid if not magnificent debut for a new DSiWare release.  Other DSiWare releases were not so well-received; 40-in-1 Explosive Megamix, the second-most rated debut, only got 15 ratings.  The highest previous-month debut this month is Hip Hop King: Rytmik Edition with 30 ratings (triple the ratings it got last month).

Cut the Rope has become the second new DSiWare release to hit over a thousand ratings, and some games passed the hundred-rating mark: Escape Trick: Convenient Store and Elite Forces: Unit 77.  Also, after two months of having no rating, Double Bloob finally received its first rating.  B-Team Episode 2 and Bridge both received no rating this month.

One other note that came as a bit of a concern: only four DSiWare games released this month, the lowest number of debuts since tracking began in July by quite a margin.  Is the DSiWare service finally ebbing away for 3DS software, or has the App Store taken away smaller games on the muddled DSiWare service?

Classic Games
1
Super Mario Bros. (A) 13332 13332
2 1 Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX 1032 19800
3 2 Kirby's Dream Land [CN] 955 5901
4 3 Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins 872 5606
5 4 Super Mario Land 610 11505
6 5 Metroid II: Return of Samus 352 1514
7 7 Donkey Kong 254 4573
8 6 Tetris 191 464
9 8 Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge 141 1121
10 9 Game & Watch Gallery 121 1346
11 13 Pac-Man 68 312
12 10 Mario's Picross 64 1306
13 11 Gargoyle's Quest 56 741
14 15 Blaster Master: Enemy Below 45 127
15 12 Bionic Commando 44 112
16 14 Catrap 34 244
17 16 Double Dragon 27 173
18 18 Lock'N Chase 27 48
19 20 Alleyway 19 732
20
Maru's Mission 19 19
21 21 Avenging Spirit 16 240
22 23 Qix 15 245
23 24 Golf 15 55
24 22 Burger Time Deluxe 15 107
25 17 Adventure Island 14 89
26 19 Radar Mission 13 273
27 28 Baseball 9 201
28 25 Balloon Kid 9 98
29 26 Tennis 6 182
30 29 Side Pocket 4 30
31 27 Fortified Zone 2 117
(A) Game was given freely to Ambassadors - 3DS owners before August 2011
[CN] Game was made free for download via Club Nintendo

This month might appear a little unfair, particularly because of one addition: the first Ambassador NES game to be released for download (Super Mario Bros.).  That game sits at the top as it debuts with over 13k votes already made to it, when it most likely did not get all those ratings in one month.  On that note, it is still lower in ratings than Link's Awakening DX, which is on the verge to becoming the most-rated purchasable product on the eShop within a month, surpassing 3D Classics: Excitebike.  Either way, below you will see the remaining Ambassador games with their ratings as of Super Mario Bros.'s debut on the eShop.

1
The Legend of Zelda (A)
8103
2
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (A)
5383
3
The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap (A)
5273
4
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ (A)
4512
5
Metroid (A)
4474
6
Metroid Fusion (A)
3793
7
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (A)
3548
8
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (A)
3318
9
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (A)
2962
10
Yoshi (A)
2591
11
Mario vs Donkey Kong (A)
2287
12
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (A)
1871
13
Wario Land 4 (A)
1853
14
Wrecking Crew (A)
1797
15
NES Open Tournament Golf (A)
1729
16
Donkey Kong Jr. (A)
1571
17
Balloon Fight (A)
1520
18
Ice Climber (A)
1087
19
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (A)
394

The Virtual Console only got one more release, the oddity Maru's Mission with 19 votes this month.  Last month's Lock 'n Chase did better than that debut, but not by much.  Both Kirby's Dream Land and Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins passed the 5k mark, and Mega Man: Wily's Revenge became the first third-party Virtual Console title to surpass a thousand ratings.  Gargoyle's Quest is close to meeting that same milestone, but it will take time to pass.

In March, both Mario's Picross and Radar Mission are Club Nintendo items, so both will most likely grow in monthly ratings for the next couple months, and more Ambassador games are expected to emerge as well (Metroid is already out as of this post).

3DS Download Software
1 1 Pushmo 2532 8404
2
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword 1969 1969
3 2 FreakyForms: Your Creations, Alive! 1236 5938
4 3 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure 1216 4521
5 9 Mutant Mudds 1073 1455
6 4 VVVVVV 693 2093
7 5 Mighty Switch Force! 665 2176
8
Dillon's Rolling Western 665 665
9 6 Zen Pinball 3D 582 1231
10 8 3D Classics: Excitebike* 359 20492
11 7 3D Classics: Xevious [CN] 353 2711
12 11 Let's Golf! 3D 197 2560
13 10 Samurai Sword Destiny 178 468
14 12 3D Classics: Urban Champion 120 956
15 13 Pyramids 78 459
16 14 3D Classics: Twinbee 57 556
* Game was made freely available throughout the month of June 2011
[CN] Game was made free for download via Club Nintendo

Whereas January focused on third-party releases, February only had two Nintendo-published games.  Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword, which debuted at the beginning of the month, did very well at approaching two thousand, while week-old Dillon's Rolling Western almost passed the thousand-rating mark.  Mutant Mudds  more than doubled its ratings in February, and along with fellow January-release Zen Pinball 3D, it surpassed a thousand ratings easy.  Both VVVVVV and Mighty Switch Force! surpassed two thousand this month, even if their ratings were slowing down a little.  No doubt, 3D Classics: Urban Champion will pass the grand mark in March.

I am still stoked at Pushmo's performance months later.  The game is keeping pace to surpass 3D Classics: Excitebike if ratings continue, but even if it does not, it has made a great stride on the eShop, both saleswise and critically.  Will any game be able to get it off first place in the near future?

Overall 
1
Super Mario Bros. (A) 13332 13332
2 1 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition* 12101 59930
3 2 Pushmo 2532 8404
4
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword 1969 1969
5 4 FreakyForms: Your Creations, Alive! 1236 5938
6 5 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure 1216 4521
7 3 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! [CN] 1169 7356
8 24 Mutant Mudds 1073 1455
9 6 Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX 1032 19800
10 8 Kirby's Dream Land [CN] 955 5901
11 12 Photo Dojo 934 6042
12 9 Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins 872 5606
13 11 Plants vs. Zombies 853 7577
14 7 VVVVVV 693 2093
15 10 Mighty Switch Force! 665 2176
16
Dillon's Rolling Western 665 665
17 15 Super Mario Land 610 11505
18 16 Bloons TD 583 1934
19 13 Zen Pinball 3D 582 1231
20
GO Series: Undead Storm 444 444
*Game was available for free until February 2012.
(A) Game was given freely to Ambassadors - 3DS owners before August 2011
[CN] Game was made free for download via Club Nintendo

I have to say, this is one varied Top 20, having all but one category on the list (video downloads).  The debut of Super Mario Bros. and Four Swords AE's continued ratings top the charts, but from here on, the latter should start dwindling in ratings without new downloads to vote.  In terms of non-free downloads, Pushmo remains at the top, and both of Nintendo's debut 3DS eShop titles appeared on the list.  Mutant Mudds makes its first Top 20 appearance, and Zen Pinball 3D is able to stay on, even if it looks on the verge of disappearing in March.  New DSiWare title GO Series: Undead Storm ends the Top 20, continuing the small surprises this month.

Ratings seem to be tied mostly to 3DS Download Software; nine of them occupy the Top 20.  The rest of the contents seem quite varied, too: 5 Classic Games (3 GameBoy, 1 GameBoy Color, and 1 Nintendo), 3 Legacy DSiWare titles, and 3 new DSiWare titles.  Will the variety continue into March?  We'll have to wait and see.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating. Expect me to read more of your stuff.

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