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August NPD Number Crunch: Madden couldn't spur software sales as gamers snap up next-gen hardware

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PS4 remains top selling console eight months in a row

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The NPD Group last week confirmed that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware sales once again accounted for much of the industry growth during the month of August. While console hardware sales grew a stellar 116 percent to $196.2 million USD last month, software sales conversely plummeted 22 percent to $231.6 million at US retail. NPD notes that combined sales for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles year-to-date remain 70 percent higher than their last-gen siblings. And yes, the PS4 still outsold the Xbox One. For the eighth consecutive month.

This is in spite of a major multiplatform game release in the form of EA's Madden NFL 15 last month. While the PS4 and Xbox One versions reportedly sold well, the last-gen flavors simply couldn't pick up the slack. It's becoming a bit of a trend in the industry, and sadly not even Madden could buck it. NPD points to PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii software sales in general dropping up to 57 percent.

On the other hand, Madden NFL 15 still managed to top NPD's software sales chart for August despite being available for only five days during the industry tracker's reporting period. Incidentally the only other August release that made it into the top ten was Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, also published by EA.

August 2014 Top Ten Software Sales
  Game Publisher Platform Release
1. Madden NFL 15 Electronic Arts PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 08/2014
2. Diablo III: Reapear of Souls Blizzard Entertainment PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 08/2014
3. Minecraft Microsoft Game Studios / Sony Computer Entertainment Xbox 360 / PS3 05/2014
4. The Last of Us: Remastered Sony Computer Entertainment PS4 / PS3 07/2014
5. Call of Duty: Ghosts Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC 11/2013
6. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Vita / 3DS / DS / PC 10/2013
7. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Electronic Arts PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 08/2014
8. Watch Dogs Ubisoft PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 05/2014
9. Battlefield 4 Electronics Arts PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 10/2013
10. The LEGO Movie Videogame Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / 3DS / Vita 02/2014
 
 

Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire trailer debuts Mega Rayquaza, demo confirmed for western release

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Stupid Wally, looking all cool with his Mega Gallade

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An all new, content filled Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire trailer has just been released and man, why does Nintendo have to do this to me early on a Friday morning? First, a quick summary. We've got Mega Rayquaza being debuted, official confirmation that the Mega leaks from earlier this week are all real, plans to bring a Special Demo of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to North America and Europe, confirmation of the Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Global Link's return, and did I mention Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon have some crazy new abilities? And don't even get me started on what Team Magma is up to. 

Let's start off with the Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon news. Both of these so-called "reversions" will be acquiring exclusive abilities that should turn a few eyes. Primal Groudon picks up the "Desolate Land" ability that changes the weather to extremely harsh sunlight and prevents the opponent from switch it while it's ongoing. Yes, that means all Water-type attacks will go squelch. Similarly, Primal Kyogre uses Primordial Sea, changing the weather to heavy rain which will squelch Fire-type attacks.

Additionally, Primal Groudon picks up Precipice Blades, "a powerful attack that can hit multiple opponents with an upward surge of sharp rocks,"  and Primal Kyogre gets Origin Pulse, "an attack that can slam multiple opponents with water massed into ballistic orbs." Banned? Banned.

Next up is the confirmation of four Mega Evolutions being added in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Mega Camerupt and Mega Sharpedo will be working for Team Magma and Team Aqua, respectively. Mega Camerupt gains the ability Sheer Force when evolving, raising the power of all attacking which have an additional effect (though those effects are then lost). Its stats will all increase, though at the expense of Speed. Mega Sharpedo gains the Strong Jaw ability when evolving, raising the power of attacks like Crunch. Makes sense. Depending on which of the two games  folk pick up, they'll be beating on one of these two Megas.

Also Mega Evolving on a 3DS soon is Mega Gallade who will be wielded by a young trainer named Wally, who comes from Petalburg City. Nintendo implies that we'll be seeing Wally throughout our journey, as we'll see his Ralts go big an strong, eventually reating Mega status. Gallade's Mega form gains Inner Focus, preventing flinches. Its Attack and Speed will also be boosted, which I think means it's a terrible Pokemon and no one should use it ever except for me. Yes, that is what this means.

Our last Mega update, there's a Mega Pokemon I missed in my last update -- Mega Rayquaza. Not much has been shared about Mega Rayquaza, beyond that he, "is somehow related to the mystery of Mega Evolution." Also, it's a big, bad-ass looking snake monster, so there's that.

  

Finally there are a couple of smaller announcements which should put a smile on a few Pokemon trainers' faces. There's now confirmation of a Special Demo Version of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire coming to both North America and Europe. No dates for the demo's release have yet been announced, but Nintendo did say that players will require a code to access the demo. Perhaps it will be tied to the upcoming Pokemon X/Y distribution events?

Not surprisingly, both the subscription-based Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Global Link will be making a return in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. It's not like Nintendo would create these cool things and then leave them out of their new games, right?

To close out this ridiculously long article (why, Nintendo, why?) there's a brand new Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby trailer to check out. The trailer shows off Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon's new abilities, as well as showcasing the four latest Megas in action. It's  definitely worth checking out.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will be available starting November 21 exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS.



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Watch Dogs finally coming out for Wii U, expect to see Aiden Pearce on a GamePad this November

8 comments Lydia Sung - 6:43pm (PST) Like Share

Yep, we're finally getting a Wii U version

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Watch Dogs will finally be release to the Wii U this fall, on November 18 in North America. For anyone who might have been waiting to see Ubisoft's hit action game on the Nintendo platform, this is probably some really good news.

The Wii U version due in November isn't actually by the original developers, but rather Ubisoft Bucharest, with help from Ubisoft Montreal. Aiden Pearce will be returning in all his vigilante glory, hacking his way to justice. Of course, Watch Dogs Wii U will also support Off-TV Play, meaning you can actually make the game portable by using the Wii U's GamePad.

In Watch Dogs, Pearce takes on the proverbial man in the form of Chicago's Central Operating System (ctOS). In the open urban environment, just about anything can be hacked and used, which is one of the major selling points to the game.

Watch Dogs is already out for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC. It will be released for Wii U on November 18.

 
 

Activision working on licensed The Voice singing game, coming this Oct. 28 to PS3, 360, Wii U, Wii

4 comments Rory Young - 5:55pm (PST) Like Share

Who doesn't want Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine in their living room?

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The Voice is quickly become the next premiere musical reality show/contest of North America -- goodbye American Idol. That makes it all the bigger of a deal for Activision to announce today that they have the exclusive rights for the brand and are hard at work on game for it. Labeling it both a single-player and party game, The Voice will let singers play with a group of up to eight total people. Better yet, look forward to it starting October 21 -- just less than two months away.

Just don't set the bar too high, as The Voice will only be coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Wii. Considering the rather rapid development announcement and release of the project, as well as the platforms being limited to last-gen (all the way back to the Wii, really?), The Voice seems like a rush job. That said, Activision has some musical game chops, with its Guitar Hero franchise which includes a canceled Sing Hero spin-off canceled mid-development. Basically, Activision probably had the tech to make a solid singing game just lying around and tacking on The Voice's brand is a recipe for success.

Details are scant, as Activision just wants the announcement out there. One can only assume the game will come bundled with a microphone so players can plug and play after they buy the game. Similarly, we have to assume that the game will take on some kind of format akin to the show, where singers are chosen by a superstar and must climb their way from simple contestant to winner of The Voice by singing a grueling gauntlet of songs.

Pick up The Voice and start singing starting October 21 next month for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Wii.



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Super Smash Bros., Persona Q and classic NES special edition Nintendo 3DS bundles revealed

19 comments Rory Young - 11:06am (PST) Like (3) Share (2)

What a wonderfully torturous position for fans to be in

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On the back of Nintendo announcing all new 3DS hardware, literally named the New 3DS, the company has decided that maybe they're not done trying to maximize sales of the regular 3DS just yet. Today the company revealed three new special edition 3DS bundles for release this holiday season. Please note that none of these bundles actually package in games, they're simply stylized to get fans pumped to buy a 3DS later this year.

First of the 3DS platforms is the Super Smash Bros.-themed 3DS XL handheld. Covered in the iconic roster of the upcoming fighting game, fans will be able to pick either a blue version or a red version of the handheld. Oddly enough, this bundle will be released September 19, well ahead of the October 3 launch of Super Smash Bros. 3DS. The package will sell for $199.99 and again -- it does not come with the game.

Second is another awesome game-themed 3DS handheld. This is one we've seen previously released in Japan, but held little hope to see it launched in North America. I'm talking about the Persona Q 3DS XL, covered in arcane runes and sporting a unique blue sheen. It looks surprisingly like a book. Again, the handheld will retail for $199.99 and again, it will not come bundled with the game it sports on its front. One final note, it appears that this 3DS XL's release date is not yet finalized, or perhaps it's being pushed back to November 25 when Persona Q itself will be released.

Finally, and we've saved the best for last, Nintendo has revealed a classic NES controller-themed 3DS XL. Coming in that glorious classic grey with black accents and big red buttons, this 3DS XL's color scheme is a huge nostalgia bomb for fans of the original Nintendo console in North America. Available starting October 10 for $199.99, I have to once again note that this 3DS XL does not come bundled with an NES or one of its controllers. *sigh*

Here we have Nintendo placing its fans in the torturous position of either buying one of these three awesome 3DS XL packages this holiday season, or waiting until next year for the New 3DS to be released. Either way, Nintendo wins.





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September Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Mega leaks, Gallade, Sharpedo and Camerupt

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Mega Shark, Mega Camel and Mega... superhero?

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Another month, another batch of CoroCoro magazine leaks for the upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire releases! While a full translation and analysis of the leaks will take some time, there are a few obvious details worth sharing immediately. Those obvious details being three all new Mega Evolutions!  Who has been blessed with the Mega Evolution gift this time around? Let's take a look behind our three mystery doors!

Who is that behind door number one? Why, that's Mega Gallade! Gallade, the male evolution of the Psychic/Fairy Pokemon Kirlia, is a 100% male Psychic/Fighting Pokemon. It's unclear whether or not Mega Gallade will retain that typing, though he certainly looks like a fighter based on his image. We see that his arms have grown a red, sharp edge to them, and his gladiator-esque helmet has grown an additional flourish as well. Also, Mega Gallade's chest spike has all but disappeared, seeming to be more of a superhero logo than anything else.

Door number two, please come on down! Introducing Mega Sharpedo! Sharpedo, which evolved from Carvanha at level 30, is a Water/Dark shark and his Mega Evolution looks like he's gone full submarine rabies. Seriously, this Pokemon had crazy eyes before, but now with the yellow speed stripe it has gone Mega Crazy. Add in some spikes on his nose, some armored chin protection and the movement of his trademark forehead star to his dorsal fin and one has to ask, "Who the heck made this ridiculous design?"

Our final door, who could it hide? Both door one and two were so special, that there's no way door three can disappoint! It's... Mega Camerupt. Oh. Numel's volcanic evolution has reached its eruption point, with its dual humps joining to create one explosive Mega Bump. Magma freely flows down Mega Camerupt's back to produce waht almost seems to be a Bowser shell. Add in some Super Saiya-jin hairstyle, some new black boots and a Zoro-esque M mask and Mega Camerupt is... still just a cow looking thing with a volcano on its back.

That's all for the Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire leaks for now. As the CoroCoro leaks get translated we'll be sure to update this post and/or post additional news covering the new information. And of course, we anxiously await Nintendo's official confirmation (and glorious art assets) in the next week or two. Stay tuned, Pokemon fans.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are 3DS-exlusive remakes of the Hoenn games from 2002, updated for the modern, Mega era. Pick up either or both games starting November 21 in North America and Australia, November 28 in Europe.

All CoroCoro scans sourced from Serebii.net. Thanks to Dragoon for the tip!



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Gore Magala figure conquers Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's Collector's Edition for North America

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For once, why not save a monster and keep it as a paperweight

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Monster Hunter players are by nature collectors. They'll spend hours on end hunting down the most dangerous of foes in game, all to collect items with which they'll craft the most amazing of gear. Whether or not that joy of collecting translates to retail products is another matter entirely, but Capcom plans to provide an option for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate anyway. Should fans want in on the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Collector's Edition, $60 is comfortable price of admission. 

Lucky for collectors, there's even a monster for hunters to conquer in the package. The headlining item in the package is a Gore Madala monster figure, exclusive to the game's Collector's Edition. Capcom says this thing will come in a special translucent style, which could mean they just didn't want to pain the things. I'm kidding, I'm sure the figure still looks awesome. Here's all of the other fancy junk that will be bundled up in the Collector's Edition:

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Retail Copy
  • Gore Madala Figure
  • Felyne in Gore Magala Armor Pin
  • Monster Icon Lanyard
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Supply Item Box

Altogether not a hugely impressive package for a Collector's Edition, until you remember that's it's only $60. That's just $20 over the standard $40 retail price and offers some cool stuff that collector's might be excited about. It's definitely, at the least, an upgrade over just the standard edition and that's all collectors really want, isn't it?

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is a 3DS exclusive title that will be released in North America and Europe in early 2015. No proper release date has yet to be confirmed.

 
 

Pokemon X / Y Shiny Gengar and Mythical Pokemon Diancie distribution events at GameStop this fall

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Pokemon Christmas has come early...

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The momentum is beginning to build for the upcoming release of Pokemon: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and as such the Pokemon Company International have announced today that two limited time distributions will be occurring at participating Gamestop stores in the United States. The events will be running from October 13 to the 26 for a Shiny Gengar holding a Gengarite Mega Stone, along with the particularly desired Diancie during the period of October 27 through to November 16 on Pokemon X & Y via a special code-card. Who says that the US doesn't get events? 

Those fortunate to receive a Diancie via the special in-store code card distribution will be able to transfer it into Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire when it's released on November 21. Not wanting to feel left out after obtaining a Diancite Mega Stone in-game, players will be able to Mega Evolve Diancie during battle and unleash its ferocity upon other trainers to rule the world! ... or perhaps just have a great match. Those attending the events will be able to pre-order Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire whilst in-store -- how convenient! 

If we didn't quite feel pampered enough, in addition to the Pokemon distributions fellow fans will be able to purchase the TCG Gengar Spirit Link 2-Pack containing: two 10-card booster packs from the Pokemon TCG: XY‹Furious Fists expansion and a Gengar Spirit Link Pokémon Trainer card. These are otherwise unavailable nationwide until their November 5 launch where appropriately Diancie, Gengar-EX and Mega Gengar-EX will make their Pokémon TCG first appearances. 

A comprehensive run-down of the XY‹Phantom Forces Expansion as known are as follows: 

  • Two more additions as Mega Pokemon-EX cards enter the scene; Mega Gengar-EX and Mega Manectric-EX.
  • Seven new Pokemon-EX cards including; Gengar-EX, Manectric-EX, Malamar-EX, Florges-EX, Dialga-EX, and Aegislash-EX.
  • Four freshened up full-art Pokemon-EX Rare Ultra cards.
  • Two groundbreaking ³Team Flare Hyper Gear² Pokemon Tool cards which when used can hinder the opponent's Pokemon.
  • Seven ³Team Flare² Trainer cards featuring Lysandre and Xerosic.
  • New ³Full Metal² Dialga-EX‹Special card that features etched artwork and solid ³metal² colour.
  • As well as Diancie's debut in TCG

Phew!

To top it off Pokemon TCG: XY‹Phantom Forces Booster packs will be sold for $3.99 alongside two pre-constructed 60-card themed decks for those wanting to take the plunge into the immersive Pokémon Trading Card Game, which will be priced at $12.99 each.

With this event splendor heading to the US in the coming weeks, be sure to circle a calendar and prepare your 3DS with that Pokemon X / Y cartridge for October 13 to the 26 to snag a Shiny Mega-Gengar, and October 27th through to November 16th for the elusive Diancie. Note again that these distribution events will only be available at participating GameStop locations.

 
 

Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct Live-blog: What's new with Bayonetta beyond her haircut?

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Taking bets on Bayonetta revealed as a Super Smash Bros. fighter

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Nintendo's Bayonetta 2-focused Nintendo Direct is about to begin! I hardly even have the time to finish writing this article, so let's break this down quick. I'm going to live-blog this zany presentation, taking screenshots of the action and providing meandering and often perfunctory commentary throughout. I'm kidding of course, because every word that comes out of my mouth is contemplative and insightful. You do know this is a post about Bayonetta 2, right? I do hope no one is lost.

What exactly can fans expect from the Nintendo Direct presentation for Bayonetta 2? I honestly have no idea. I'd imaging Platinum Games might reveal some of the more varied mechanics of the game, perhaps some hold villains (or friends) who will reappear in the title, and definitely some larger-than-life boss fights. Who knows, it might just be a Platinum Games concept artist showing off his myriad of designs for Bayonetta's hair.

The Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct will begin at 3:00 PM PDT, 6:00 PM EDT on September 4. Should any breaking news occur during the event, expect a more in-depth write-up to be posted here on Neoseeker shortly after the presentation ends. Otherwise, feel free to watch the embedded stream here on this page, or jump into the forums to join in on our community live chat.

 
 

Dragon Quest VII 3DS localization hopes live on, Square Enix currently taking it into consideration

9 comments Max Navarro - 10:36pm (PST) Like (1) Share

More Slime and I'm sold

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Interesting news for Dragon Quest fans has recently popped up from Square Enix, suggesting there may still be a chance of localization for the previously released Dragon Quest VII on the Nintendo 3DS. Following a fan petition, the developers of the series have chosen to reconsider their original stance on the localization project of the remake, and are currently reviewing their options to bring the title to North America.

During an interview with website USGamer, Yuu Miyake, executive producer of the Dragon Quest series, gave fans a bit of insight regarding whether or not the title could hit western markets. Square Enix had originally wanted to bring Dragon Quest VII overseas, but they were unsure of fan reception. Fortunately, a French petition was started, signed, and has now given the company a green light.

At the moment, there aren't any official details other than the fact that the company is looking at various options or methods, processing finances and other development malarkey. Will Dragon Quest VII hit North American and European Nintendo 3DS handhelds? I honestly can't say, but it would be nice to battle my way through a 100+ hour title on a New Nintendo 3DS.

For the record, the last mainstream Dragon Quest title that was localized was Dragon Quest VI on the Nintendo DS, way back in February of 2011. So here's hoping that Square Enix decides we're due for a new one.

 
 
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