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Saving Christmas from Sony's mistakes
November 18, 2000
editor Falco-X shows some interesting articles regarding the
performance of Playstation 2 around the world and how it compares
to Majora's Mask, Nintendo in general and the rest of the competition.
Posts Poor PS2 Performance
NPD has finally released the
October sales figures for the PS2 and things aren't looking so
NPD has posted the sales figures,
which span October 26 - October 31, and there are a few surprises.
The most telling being that only 309,414 units sold, according
to numbers posted by GameWeek. This means that Sony has some
explaining to do. This is a far cry from the 500,000 units that
the company promised for the launch of their next-generation
Moreover, total software sales
for this period amount to only 530,122 units. This means that
the tie ratio currently sits at 1.7, far below the 3:1 ratio
that Sega enjoyed with its initial Dreamcast shipments in 1999.
In fact, this number is very similar to the one being reported
out of Japan, further raising doubts as to whether or not consumers
are taking the machine seriously as a games platform.
As for individual software sales,
the results are abysmal. Madden NFL 2001 sold a measely 122,000
copies! This means that NFL2K1 on Dreamcast has out-sold it by
at least a four-to-one margin! The numbers for TTT are even more
pathetic, with Soul Calibur on Dreamcast hitting 300,000 in its
first month of sales on Dreamcast. Now maybe Namco, EA, Konami,
and the other publishers will see that Sony's over-price, over-cost
and under-produced console is the biggest mistake the industry
has ever endorsed.
Top Selling PS2 Software (October 2000)
Madden NFL 2001, Electronic Arts
Tekken Tag Tournament, Namco - 75,268
SSX, Electronic Arts - 43,475
Ridge Racer Type V, Namco - 23,490
NHL 2001 - Electronic Arts - 20,127
Smuggler's Run - Rockstar Games - 19,050
Midnight Club - Rockstar Games - 18,883
Summoner - THQ - 18,072
Time Splitters - Eidos - 17,847
Armored Core - Agetec - 16,630
The worst thing is that I've
seen about ten Summoner commercials, which points to a multi-million
dollar advertising campaign, and the game has only sold 18,000
copies! Developers are losing their shirts on PS2, retailers are losing their shirts
on PS2 and Sony is leaking money,
with no relief in sight. But the worst thing is that consumers
don't even have any innovative titles to show for all of this
"effort", because the machine is too hard to program!
Its too bad these developers still don't understand that the
Dreamcast now has nearly a ten to one advantage in the American
next-generation market. Now where's my Fifa 2001 soccer, Soul
Calibur 2 and Metal Gear Solid 2 for Dreamcast? Bring it on!
2) Majora's Mask is advertised aggressively
through an Internet teen destination. Nintendo proves it's still
Word spreads quickly about the
end of the world. Word spreads even faster on wireless devices.
Bolt.com is a website designed
for teens, and registration options let them choose from several
different ways for Bolt to notify them of new offers. Those 15-20
year old males who chose to receive "What's Cool on Bolt"
updates through wireless devices are being treated to a bit of
Tying in with Nintendo's "End
of the World" promotion campaign, advertisements for Legend
of Zelda: Majora's Mask are popping up on wireless devices tied
to Bolt's update services. Bolt's advertising push is being done
as part of SkyGo's wireless marketing study, which is designed
to test the efficacy of advertising and direct promotions on
Internet-enabled cell phones
3) Nintendo does poetry with their success
is a poem released by Nintendo, believe it or not. The big "N"
is making fun of Sony's pathetic performance and the failure
of their over-hyped malfunctional DVD player (that can also play
some remixed videogames):
The Slight Before Christmas --
Or, How Holiday 2000 Was Saved
'Twas the month before Christmas and all through the nation
Gamers gave up on that brand new PlayStation;
The orders were stacked up at retail with care,
But the merchants all knew Sony wouldn't be there.
The players were nestled in front
of their screens,
The pie-eyed young tots and the discouraged teens,
This promised to be one distraught holiday,
Without something new interactive to play.
When down at the mall there arose
such a clatter
I leaped from my chair to see what was the matter.
And what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a sleigh full of thrills -- filled with Nintendo gear!
With a little old driver with
presents in tow,
I knew in a moment -- my man, Mario(R)!
A bundle of games he had draped on his back,
"If you want to save Christmas, just open this sack!"
With a wink of his eye and a
pull at his 'stache,
He answered my fears of a holiday crash,
One yellow and chubby, then a mouse, then an elf,
Then a bear and a bird -- and I cheered to myself.
"If your dream is adventure,
then we're up to the task --
Our best Zelda ever, called Majora's Mask(TM).
The country's best seller beginning day one (1),
Competitors just can't compete with this fun!"
"With Disney we're setting
a blistering pace
As Mickey's Speedway USA leads the race.
Or how 'bout the industry's first breakthrough brand?
Donkey Kong Country(TM) in the palm of your hand."
"And Banjo who soared with
his partner Kazooie,
Take separate paths in a sequel called Tooie."
He had a kind face, and a look in his eyes
Then promised the ultimate retailer's prize.
"If Pokemon(R) fun is your
Watch Pikachu(TM) leap in response to your voice.
And nothing before boasts performance this bold:
The hottest games ever -- Pokemon Silver and Gold!"(2)
"Now Marrill(TM), now Magmar(TM),
now Hoothoot(TM) and Staryu(TM),
On Snubbull(TM), on Snorlax(TM), on Squirtle(TM) and Mewtwo(TM)!
To the top of the charts, to the top of the wall,
Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!"
Then he sprang to his sleigh,
to his team gave a cheer,
"The real transition will happen next year!" (3)
And I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
"We said we'd save Christmas -- and Nintendo was right!"
4) Real facts on Nintendo's success:
Launching Oct. 26, 2000, the
same day as Sony PlayStation2, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's
Mask for Nintendo 64 has already sold through more units than
the PS2 hardware, and sold two and a half times as many games
as any PS2 title; source: TRSTS
To date, Pokemon Gold and Silver
for Game Boy Color have sold through 3.2 million copies, the
fastest rate of sale in US videogame history; source: TRSTS
During calendar year 2000, interactive
game systems available for at least three years (led by Nintendo
Game Boy Color and Nintendo 64) will account for more than 80%
of industry revenues, compared to less than 20% for systems launching
in the last 18 months; source: TRSTS and NOA
Extracted from Daily Radar
to those PS2 fans that believe that comparing the PS2 and Zelda
head to head isn't fair they must know that traditionally systems
do sell a lot more than software, simply because everyone who
owns a PS2 may not really want to own a Tekken Tag, for instance.
A piece of software selling more than a hardware system is very
Square poll results shows Nintendo as favourite
Square's European web site asked
visitors which console they'd like to see Square develop for.
People have spoken!
Playstation 2: 8.6%
Xbox: 1.4% (ahem...)
We can get some interesting conclusions
from these results:
suggestions that the acclaimed Final Fantasy series would make
an appearance on Microsoft's X-Box it came in last with 1.4%
of the total votes.
I believe Square should think this again...
PS2's small numbers may indicate the lack of support Sony is
having from europeans...
Dremcast with 31.3% of the votes are a signal of Segas growing
popularity in Europe. (Now also growing in America since Sony's
Finally, Nintendo Gamecube eats
more than half of the total votes. Nintendo supporters have spoken,
they want Square to develop for the future gaming machine. Will
this poll decide Square's future support on Nintendo's next generation
system? We'll have to wait and see...
C'mon Square! As a classic games
manufacturer once used to say: "Do the math!"
Playstation 2 fails pathetically in Latin market!
One of the largest chains
of stores in Mexico: "Sanborns" have received the pathetic
amount of 40 (fourty) units of Playstation 2!
This means that
the largest city in the world (the gate to the Latin american
market) has just received the "overwhelming" amount
of... 40 PS2's. 40 units for millions and millions of possible
consumers? Those are big numbers!
have to pay over 500 american dollars just to get the system
alone! If you can't get your hands on one of these 40 units now
you will have to wait until march of next year!
Sony is doing
bad in USA, is doing bad in Japan, will be doing bad in Europe,
is doing pathetically in Mexico and South America... not too
mention the rest of the world...
Now tell me,
how can Playstation 2 survive next year?
not right here, Fox!"
signing off. - End of Transmition -
don't make us laugh
It's a seemingly unlikely pairing, to be sure. Nintendo has partnered
its Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask game with the World Wrestling
Nintendo and the WWF are holding a sweepstakes that will see
the winner off on a trip for two to the World Wrestling Federation
pay-per-view spectacular, Armageddon, on Dec. 10. Fans can enter
through Dec. 4 at the Zelda website.
To promote the sweepstakes, a
30-second TV commercial was filmed live at a WWF SmackDown! Event
and produced by the WWF's in-house creative team. The spot features
a Zelda player with just 72 hours to save the world, mimicking
the game's plot. Everyone stops what they are doing to witness
if he wins or loses, even World Wrestling Federation fans at
SmackDown! The commercial will air during RAW is WAR (TNN, Monday,
9-11 pm EST) and on SmackDown! (UPN, Thursday, 8-10 pm EST).
The campaign also includes extensive
coverage on www.wwf.com through banners, buttons, interstitials,
as well as an extensive Legend of Zelda area of the site.
Explaining the pairing, Jim Rothschild,
senior vice president of sales for WWF said, "The WWF/Nintendo
Zelda 4th quarter 2000 promotion represents true fusion marketing
by combining a customized television spot with an accompanying
Internet area on WWF.com. These WWF media vehicles provide Nintendo
unprecedented access to the highest-rated male teen TV show,
as well as the most visited male teen website. We're excited
Nintendo has recognized that WWF branded programming and web
properties are key avenues for their marketing plans."
November 8, 2000
received literally tons of E-mails from people asking about the
release date for Majora's Mask in Europe. We have been told that
Zelda: Majora's Mask will be hitting stores in Europe the same
day as in Australia: November 17. Tired of waiting? Don't worry,
the game may make it's nice appearance before that date, just
remember what happened with the game in America. (We mean ALL
America, not just the United States.)
Mask in Mexico
November 1, 2000
and Falco-X have been walking around the streets of Mexico city
to see what was happening with Majora's Mask. The game is now
available at stores, what is even better: there are still enough
"collectors edition" carts for you, so hurry up! The
game is around 800-850 mexican pesos. What are you waiting for?
Go get your limited copy before it is too late!
So... no Zelda
Well, there was
no Zelda presentation, or at least as important as the one of
Ocarina of Time years ago. What happened? Lack of money is probably
the cause. Oh well...
Mask in Australia
October 27, 2000
know that Majora's Mask is hitting stores in Australia on November 17.
Thanks to Bones and John Paul Jones for the information!
We'll keep you
informed if we know more on this issue.
Mask in SPANISH!
October 24, 2000
are some recent news that arrived to the editorial thanks to
our staff member SHADIK. Looks like Nintendo Europe is launching
a SPANISH version of Majora's Mask, what makes us very happy.
So we have confirmed at least two new versions of the game for
Europe: The French one and now the Spanish version.
The bad news
about this is that, in spite of the fact that there's a version
of the game in Spanish chances are that Latin americans will
never see it... unbelievable but true... and sad, let me tell
you. It could be a good idea that for once and for all Nintendo
decides to pay more attention to the Latin american market by
releasing more games in spanish, and of course shipping them
to where they should go. Anyway, good movement from Nintendo,
too bad it was not perfect. Will Gamecube solve the language
problem as Sega has achieved with the Dreamcast? We hope so.
Now, let's check
out some pictures of the Spanish version of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
(We really apologize for the low quality of the pictures)
Mask in the rest of the world
October 24, 2000
We have received many questions about
launch dates for Majora's Mask in different areas of the world,
unfortunatelly it has been really hard to get info on that matter.
After trying to contact several Nintendo sources from around
the world our guess is as good as yours. Nobody gave a straight
answer, however we believe the game will hit other countries
stores during November.
We DO have confirmation
from Nintendo México. Looks like the game will arrive
during the first week of November. At this moment we are trying
to confirm a Zelda presentation in México, however we
haven´t received an official answer. Chances are that a
Zelda presentation will took place in the famous "Espacio
64" in México city, BUT as we said it is not yet
confirmed. If a presentation is done we are going to be there
covering the event of course.
Golden edition is not limited
August 30, 2000
like Majora´s Mask will be shipped in a golden cart but
contrary as we mentioned before the edition will not be limited.
That means everybody will get a golden cart, however only the
first lucky ones to get their copy will get a special cart with
a 3D label printed on it.
Mask To be Released in Europe First!
July 28, 2000
French Translators tell Htloz.com exclusively
that they are already well into translating Majora's Mask and
has have talks with Shigeru Miyamoto. They tell us that Europe
will get Majora's Mask three whole days before the USA. Wow,
I never thought NOE would actually beat NOA at their own game.
We will of course have full impressions of the English Zelda
6 on the htloz, the day of release.
Mask goes Golden
July 26, 2000
has confirmed its plans for a special cartridge for the launch
of Zelda: Mask of Majora.
The company plans
to offer pre-order buyers (and early buyers of the game) a golden
cartridge, just as it did with the release of Zelda 64: Ocarina
will also be treated to a special lenticular label. And it won't
just be available to pre-order buyers.
Anyone buying the game early will have the opportunity of getting
the special edition, though Nintendo warns that there is a limited
The game will
be heavily advertised through the fall on TV as well as via awesome
60 second cinematic ads, at the movies.
Given that the launch date is October 26 the same day as
PlayStation 2 goes on sale Nintendo is hoping that the
public's love of Zelda will persuade some gamers to hold on PS2.
Source: FGN Online
New release date for
July 18, 2000
Nintendo has changed
the release date for Zelda: Majora's Mask in America. It looks
like it will arrive a month earlier than expected: October 26,
Good news for this side of the planet. What about in Latin America?
And Europe? No official confirmation but it is planned to be
released more or less at the same time. We'll keep you informed.
Have a good day.
Zelda: Mask of Mujula
presentation at the E3
July 4, 2000
Weeks ago we mentioned a really cool
surprise at the Zelda: Mask of Mujula (Majora's Mask) presentation
at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles:
A group of men dressed in
black wearing the Masks of the new Zelda game appeared from the
back of the theatre. After a few moments the man wearing the
Mask of Truth revealed his real identity. It was Mr. Shigeru
Miyamoto himself wearing the Mask of Truth!!! Amazing!
This is not new. What is new
is that we finally got pictures from that amazing moment, where
the new Zelda game was presented to the public and Miyamoto gave
an unexpected surprise.
The man in this picture is Peter Main from Nintendo of America.
You can also see the masked men. Shigeru Miyamoto is the one
on the right, wearing the Mask of Truth.
Peter Main and Shigeru Miyamoto (unmasked) in a moment of the
Source: Club Nintendo Magazine
- Latin America
Mask of Mujula
has been released in Japan!
April 27, 2000
Well, the so awaited game is out there.
In Japan at least. Will that be an obstacle for Hyrule: The Land
of Zelda? Of course not. Be ready because we are getting the
japanese game so we can play all day long to bring you the best
information about Zelda: Mask of Mujula (Majora´s Mask
in America and Europe) on the Internet.
Because only in Hyrule: The Land of Zelda you can find the best
and most accurate info on the Zelda games.
Release date for
Zelda: Mask of Mujula
January 22, 2000
For those who can't wait to play another
Zelda game we have some good news!; The Legend of Zelda: Mask
of Mujula is coming earlier than expected. We also have some
new screenshots for your enjoyment.
According to the latest information
we got; Nintendo would be releasing The Legend of Zelda: Mask
of Mujula for the Nintendo 64 on April 27 in Japan.
Previously named The Legend of Zelda Gaiden, the game was originally
planned for a release on the add-on peripheral 64DD but was later
altered for the tradition N64 ROM format. Nintendo of Japan mentioned
that the title may be released in the spring, but it appears
that Japanese gamers may see Mask of Mujula earlier than expected.
This sounds like good news for this side of the world. Now Zelda:
Mask of Mujula is expected for a release this autumn
in North America.
Nintendo keeps changing things,
the name, the dates, ho man, you'd better stay tuned just in
case something else change.
Special thanks to Laura Stobart
/ Video.gamespot.com.uk who informed us of this news.
released in America!
November 4, 2000
Nintendo of America confirmed that Zelda:
The Continuing Saga (Gaiden) will be released in America.
The follow-up to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been
officially positioned for a holiday season 2000 release in the
Nintendo expects the game it to be its best-selling title for
"I can already
predict that next year at this time I'll be standup up here announcing
huge sales projections for the odds-on best-seller of Christmas
2000, the Nintendo 64 sequel to Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,"
said Nintendo's Peter Main
at a recent conference in New York.
It is not known if Gaiden will
still launch in Japan in Q1 2000 as previously announced, or
Nintendo will release the game simultaneously for the holidays.
is not directly involved in
Zelda Gaiden´s development
August 29, 1999
game-designer Shigeru Miyamoto revealed more facts about Zelda
6 (Temporary named as Zelda Gaiden) in an interview he had with
an IGN64.com reporter.
Here's what he said:
IGN64: So you're not involved
with any specific game right now?
Miyamoto: No, I'm trying to stay away from any
specific game project right now.
IGN64: Are you overseeing Zelda
Miyamoto: From time to time at important milestones,
I have to take a look at it. But I'm always trying not to be
involved with the politics very deeply so that I'm not, for example,
writing specifications or setting deadlines.
IGN64: We played Gaiden a short
while ago and it's very impressive. But we're curious, will Link
grow up in Gaiden?
Miyamoto: I actually don't know, but I heard that
the adult Link will probably appear this time too. Also, if you
say that Gaiden on the show floor is really good stuff I can
feel very comfortable because that means my staff members have
already become better than me when it comes to game creation.
IGN64: Tell us about "Ura
Miyamoto: Ura Zelda is based on The Ocarina of
Time for 64DD. It has the same construction of gameplay. It's
very much a parody game based on Ocarina of time, but with new
dungeons to explore. It even features the same storyline.
out the full interview with Shigeru Miyamoto>>>
has a sequel!!!
June 10, 1999
Ocarina of Time, the most succesful Zelda game ever, will have
a sequel. The name is not confirmed yet, but Nintendo is refering
to it as: Zelda: The Continuing Saga. (Zelda Gaiden in japanese).
It is said that the so called URA Zelda (game to be released
for the 64DD add-on for the Nintendo 64) is a different game
and has nothing to do with Zelda: The Continuing Saga (Zelda
Gaiden). Let´s see what happens...
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