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Former Xbox Europe exec still collaborating with Microsoft to leverage unannounced tech

1 comments Leo Chan - Apr 20, 15 11:36am (PST) Like Share (1)

"Clearly related" to gaming, and hoping to catch the "next wave" of technology

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Phil Harrison has officially parted ways with Microsoft as VP of its Interactive Entertainment Team in Europe last week, but the exec who also enjoyed a long history with Sony Computer Entertainment is hardly in between jobs as this week Harrison reveals his new startup called Alloy Platform Industries. Speaking with GamesIndsutry.biz, Alloy was apparently something Harrison has been planning for "a little over a year", specifically with cooperation of Microsoft as well as current Xbox and Microsoft Studios chief Phil Spencer.

That may lay to rest the rumors of bad blood between Harrison and Microsoft following the departure of Don Mattrick, but it also suggests that Harrison's latest venture remains very much related to gaming, certainly enough to have Microsoft collaborate with Alloy in some capacity.

Harrison himself would only hint that his new startup is "definitely in the same neighborhood" as gaming, and the only sure thing is that Alloy has licensed technology from Microsoft (that has not yet been demonstrated to the public) for the purpose of cooking up a new consumer product of some kind.

As for his time at Microsoft, Harrison reminisces that highlights include working with the "crown jewels of game development" like Lionhead and Rare. As if to fuel even more speculation as to what Rare will be up to next, Harrison teases that another career highlight was bearing witness to the studio's secret project.

 
 

March NPD Number Crunch: Battlefield Hardline, Bloodborne lead a month of stingier sales

3 comments Leo Chan - Apr 16, 15 6:02pm (PST) Like Share

PS4 retakes hardware sales crown as both it and Xbox One continue to outsell predecessors

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From the smouldering crater left by February's moonfall emerges new frontrunners to lead video game software sales in the U.S. for the month of March. According to NPD, Battlefield: Hardline and Bloodborne convincingly earned the top two spots in the monthly software top ten charts for U.S. retail sales. Many of February's top sellers have since fallen off the charts, though unsurprisingly most of the incumbents are multiplatform releases.

That said, March still witnessed a fine showing for platform exclusives like Bloodborne, MLB 15: The Show, and Mario Party 10. Square Enix's Final Fantasy: Type 0 HD barely breaking into the software top ten should also be a pleasant surprise for fans, considering the title isn't really a numbered flagship release in the series.

March 2014 (which saw the launch of Titanfall) may have been a tough act to follow even for March 2015's new titles, as monthly (physical) software sales would decrease 3 percent year-on-year to $395.4 million USD. That said, eighth-generation console (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U) software sales as a whole still managed to grow 58 percent compared to March 2014. U.S. retail sales for the gaming industry as a whole would fall 6 percent to $963.7 million.

The PS4 succeeded in reclaiming the crown for top-selling gaming machine of the month from the New Nintendo 3DS XL. NPD notes that both the PS4 and Xbox One continue to outsell their predecessors for the seventeenth month in a row. Unfortunately, total hardware sales dropped 21 percent year-on-year to $311.1 million last month, but this was attributed to the steep decline in sales for previous generation consoles (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii) as opposed to the current offerings.

March 2015 Top Ten Software Sales
  Game Publisher Platform Release
1. Battlefield: Hardline Electronic Arts Xbox One / PS4 / Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC 03/2015
2. Bloodborne Sony Computer Entertainment PS4 03/2015
3. Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 11/2014
4. Mario Party 10 Nintendo Wii U 03/2015
5. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
6. MLB 15: The Show Sony Computer Entertainment PS4 / PS3 / Vita 03/2015
7. Minecraft 4J Studios PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
8. NBA 2K15 2K Games PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 10/2014
9. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection 2K Games PS4 / Xbox One 03/2015
10. Final Fantasy Type 0 HD Square Enix PS4 / Xbox One 03/2015
 
 

New Nintendo 3DS gets Unity support

7 comments Leo Chan - Apr 13, 15 11:37am (PST) Like (2) Share (1)

First and third-party 3DS developers can now unite under Unity

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Unity Technologies confirmed during the keynote speech at its developer conference in Tokyo today that the Unity game engine now supports New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. The engine will allow developers to take advantage of the platform's hardware and software features. This also will provide budding and current game developers who leverage Unity for their apps and projects with the opportunity to explore Nintendo's latest handhelds as potential release platforms.

The announcement only makes mention of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, which isn't too surprising considering these were designed to contain a bit more blast processing than the no-so-New 3DS handhelds. However this could serve to widen the gap between the two 3DS families even further, as Unity-developed 3DS games may not be optimized to run on the older 3DS models.

Nintendo and Unity already enjoy a good working relationship, as the console giant previously made the cross-platform game engine the default software development kit for the Wii U.

 
 

The battlefield's a stage in Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover RPG trailer

5 comments Leo Chan - Apr 01, 15 5:05pm (PST) Like Share

Break out the teenage social (networking) knights

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Nintendo and Atlus have not yet abandoned the Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem collaboration announced over three years ago, as a surprise teaser trailer released alongside the April 2015 edition of Nintendo Direct finally brings the Wii U title (now known as Gen'ei Ibunroku ♯FE in Japan) to life. What you are about to witness may or may not be what you expected from the worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem colliding.

Still codenamed the "Shin Megami Tensei & Fire Emblem Crossover Project" outside of Japan, the trailer paints a picture of a modern Japanese society where behind the scenes, teenagers with attitude must tap into the fantasy world and characters of Fire Emblem to Forblaze Their Dread and Light the Elfire Up in the Night to the sounds of J-pop and glow stick waving crowds. Sounds more like Persona 4: Dancing All Night, but eagle-eyed viewers may spot a post-apocalyptic nod to classic SMT. Well, at the very least it has rocket-powered pegasi. You gotta wonder what sort of ballistae that has got to be weak to.

If the character artwork seems familiar to you, then you're probably a fan of the Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero anime series which featured character designer from the same artist who goes by the handle "toi8".



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Choose a destiny bound by bloodline or loyalty in Fire Emblem 3DS, now confirmed for 2016

12 comments Leo Chan - Apr 01, 15 4:59pm (PST) Like (3) Share

Update A tale of two destinies, sold in two flavors in Japan. But what of elsewhere?

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The upcoming 3DS entry in the Fire Emblem strategy RPG series still has no official title in English following today's Nintendo Direct presentation, but we learn the publisher is finally ready to commit to a 2016 release window outside of Japan. So basically no Fire Emblem to fill out Nintendo's 2015 schedule. We can also finally put a name to the two kingdoms at war in the game: the Hoshido and Nohr.

Nintendo's latest trailer is asking which you'll be siding with, and of course this leads to the bigger picture of choosing what matters to you the most. Whichever you choose... someone's going to have a younger sister calling out to them at the fated confrontation. Meanwhile, the dancer character seen in previous trailers continues to be showcased as an enigmatic presence, one who may also be affected by that all-important player decision somehow. And perhaps we'll also be able to choose a gender for what looks to be the player character once again.

2015-04-02 Update:

Interestingly, the Japanese physical retail release of Fire Emblem 3DS seems to want to help you make your choice in kingdoms before you ever fire up the game: say hello to Fire Emblem If: Black Kingdom and Fire Emblem If: White Kingdom for #TeamNohr and #TeamHoshido, respectively. Of course you're not locked out of the other storyline if you opt to get just one, as (you guessed it) you can simply purchase it as discounted DLC. Ah, the price of loyalty.

But wait! There's more: there's a super special third storyline you can purchase too, yours for a low price after you presumably find out how to say "big bro" in both Nohr and Hoshido dialects. Or just get the limited edition that has both versions of the game. Will the North American release of Fire Emblem 3DS be this edition packed?



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February NPD Number Crunch: Nintendo drops an XL-sized moon on industry

12 comments Leo Chan - Mar 12, 15 5:36pm (PST) Like Share

New 3DS XL was all Nintendo needed to drive hardware

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The battle continues between the PS4 and Xbox One at U.S. retail and while Sony maintains the lead it regained at the start of the year on the home console front, February console hardware sales technically went to Nintendo with its 3DS family of handhelds including the New 3DS XL. Despite launching only one of two flavors of the mostly-new handheld in North America compared to Europe and Australia, Nintendo's 3DS family still proved to be the primary force behind a 10 percent year-over-year growth in overall hardware sales for the month of February.

Nintendo boasts that the New Nintendo 3DS XL accounted for a "great majority" of the 395,000 3DS handhelds sold at U.S. retail last month. At the very least, first month sales for the New 3DS XL were 130 percent higher than those for the original 3DS XL back when it launched in August 2012. Nintendo proved more guarded with monthly Wii U sales which it claims were 20 percent higher year-over-year.

Sony and Microsoft similarly kept console hardware sales close to their chests, but Sony reiterates that the PS4 is already sitting at 20.2 million units worldwide since launch. The PS4 also remains the top-selling hardware out of the three eight-generation consoles in the market. Microsoft meanwhile confirms that Xbox One sales in February were 84 percent higher than those in January.

Recap on how the PS4 and Xbox One have been fairing at U.S. retail over the past few months:

Nintendo's good fortunes continued into software, where The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D proved to be the best-selling game in the U.S. last month. The company reveals that the 3DS remake of the N64 action adventure achieved combined physical and digital sales of 515,000 units. Curiously the other 3DS darling, Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, just barely made NPD's monthly software chart with a total of 290,000 copies sold (physical and digital sales combined).

So we know what it took to land in first and last place on the software charts for February, which refreshingly saw more new releases like 2K Games' Evolve, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, and The Order: 1886. Ready at Dawn's cinematic experience for the PS4 drew groans over its length and gameplay, but it ultimately made a fine showing for itself at retail considering how long in coming it was.

February 2015 Top Ten Software Sales
  Game Publisher Platform Release
1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Nintendo 3DS 02/2015
2. Evolve 2K Games Xbox One / PS4 / PC 02/2015
3. Dying Light Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PS4 / Xbox One / PC 01/2015
4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
5. Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 11/2014
6. NBA 2K15 2K Games PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 10/2014
7. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse Bandai Namco Games PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 02/2015
8. Minecraft 4J Studios PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
9. The Order: 1886 Sony Computer Entertainment PS4 02/2015
10. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Capcom 3DS 02/2015

 

 
 

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector's Editions revealed for September

8 comments Leo Chan - Mar 04, 15 11:32am (PST) Like Share

Now you can bro fist Venom Snake anytime, anywhere

Now that you've marked your calendars for this September 1st, Konami makes the wait over the next few months all the more unbearable by announcing two special edition bundles for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Behold the "Day1" and "Collector's Edition", both offering a little something special for series fans including a full menu of pre-order DLC (it wouldn't be an AAA release without 'em).

The $59.99 USD Day1 Edition is the leaner of the two bundles and may as well pass for the regular retail release, including the game itself, a physical map of the in-game world, and DLC vouchers that players can redeem for weapons, equipment, costumes and of course a trusty cardboard box in MGSV and Metal Gear Online. This is also the only special edition available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the MGSV, but it's $10 cheaper on the older platforms.

The $99.99 USD Collector's Edition meanwhile includes all that plus even more DLC vouchers for more in-game goodies, as well as a host of collectibles including a steelbook case for the game, a "Behind the Scenes" documentary Blu-ray disc containing bonus features and trailers, and the seriously exclusive packaging itself. Now that's one towering box for a video game, all the better to hold the CE's chase item: a "half scale" replica of Venom Snake's bionic arm. Hey, you can articulate the fingers at least. To what purpose we'll leave to your imagination.

For a full breakdown of the actual DLC items, hit Konami's handy cheat sheet listing all the bonuses available for each limited edition bundles.

 
 

Unreal Engine 4 goes free for all after opening up to all

5 comments Leo Chan - Mar 02, 15 11:39am (PST) Like Share

Royalty agreement remains for commercial game releases

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Epic Games transitions the business model behind Unreal Engine 4 again, this time going from subscription-based to outright free-to-download for just about anybody. That means there's no longer any fee to grab one of the most popular development toolsets in the gaming industry, and you don't even need to be in gaming. Future updates are also free, but the royalty agreement with Epic Games remains in effect for game software.

That means Epic Games is still entitled to 5 percent of gross revenue per quarter from any game released commercially and produced using UE4 (after the first $3,000 USD). This royalty does not apply to flim, contracting or consulting projects.

Schools and universities (and their students) have enjoyed free access to Unreal Engine 4 since last September. Developers who have already paid for UE4 subscriptions will receive a prorated refund for their last month, plus $30 worth of credit redeemable in the Unreal Engine Marketplace.

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Dragon Quest Heroes readies full-scale slime invasion in North America and Europe later this year

7 comments Leo Chan - Feb 25, 15 12:17pm (PST) Like (1) Share

Square Enix casts Zaorik on Dragon Quest in the West

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If you're holding out for a Dragon Quest love letter from Square Enix to fans outside of Japan, the wait will be over some time this year as the publisher confirms a North American and European release of Dragon Quest Heroes for the PS4. Dragon Quest Heroes is a collaborative title from Square Enix and Koei Tecmo's Omega Force that takes the universe of the classic JRPG franchise and class-changes it into an Dynasty/Samurai Warriors style action RPG.

If that sort of mashup sounds familiar, recall that Nintendo similarly teamed up with Omega Force to create Hyrule Warriors starring your favorite heroes and villains from The Legend of Zelda series. So too will Dragon Quest Heroes feature a cast of playable characters from series entries both new and old in a brand new story that also introduces new main characters.

Like any good Warriors title, the name of the game is to plow through hordes of hapless enemies and big bosses with merciless combos; returning Dragon Quest characters will get to use series signature attacks, all realized in high-definition visuals. Dragon Quest creator and director Yuji Horii and sound composer Koichi Sugiyama also lend their talents to ensure the game still carries the distinct series stamp.

Interestingly, only the PS4 version of Dragon Quest Heroes has so far been confirmed for a localized English release; the game launches tomorrow in Japan for both PS3 and PS4, with the Western release due some time later this year.

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Vita (and Lastation) get some love with Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart releasing today

3 comments Leo Chan - Feb 24, 15 3:07pm (PST) Like (1) Share

Game of (Moe) War

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Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, Compile Heart's strategy RPG spin-off of their Hyperdimension Neptunia series, finally hits the North American Gamarket today just in time to fulfil your Noire-colored strategy RPG desires. The European physical retail release meanwhile remains on track for this Friday.

It's finally time for Lastation's CPU (Console Patron Unit) Noire to shine as main character of her own title, designed for the Vita. Set in a parallel universe, Hyperdevotion Noire eschews the JRPG framework of the main Hyperdimension titles in favor of being a strategy RPG complete with recruitable characters lampooning popular game franchises like Street Fighter, Dragon Quest and Metal Gear.

Like any good strategy RPG, Hyperdevotion Noire rewards players for building synergy between units and since this is a Hyperdimension themed game, that means letting your lovely little CPU warriors give each other a little kiss to unleash stat and ability enhancing "Lily Boosts." Not in time for Valentine's Day this time around, but it's always the thought that counts. And Idea Factory is thinking you're up for some $34 USD max of launch day DLC as well, including Ultimate Sets for all characters. Welcome to the 2015 Gamarket.



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Evolve, Zelda & Monster Hunter shake up charts during UK launch week

5 comments Leo Chan - Feb 16, 15 12:44pm (PST) Like Share

This past Valentine's weekend saw love letters for IP both new and old

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Despite misgivings some players had over Evolve's DLC, Turtle Rock and 2K Games' new 4vs1 asymmetric multiplayer FPS still proved it had what it takes to leap to the head of the food chain in the UK last week. Indeed, Evolve's first-place finish would make for the first new IP from 2K Games to top charts during launch week since BioShock Infinite's debut back in March 2013.

Joining in the launch festivities was Nintendo with its New 3DS handhelds; players across the pond actually got the benefit of being able to choose between one of two different models to suit their needs. Weekly console hardware sales jumped 57 percent on account of the launch of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Two new major game releases accompanied the new Nintendo handhelds, both well-received. In fact, the 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was the best-selling single platform title last week by Chart-Track's reckoning, earning a second place finish on the software top ten ahead of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Grand Theft Auto V.

Sandwiched in between these two console goliaths is Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, published by Nintendo in the UK. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's first week sales rang in 95 percent higher than those for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in the UK alone, which is impressive considering MH3U launched across two Nintendo platforms simultaneously back in March 2013.

UK Software All-Format Top Ten 2015/02/08 - 2015/02/14
1. Evolve 2K Games PS4 / Xbox One / PC
2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
3. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC
4. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
5. Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360
6. FIFA 15 EA Sports PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC / Wii / Vita / PSP / 3DS
7. Far Cry 4 Ubisoft PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC
8. Minecraft: Xbox Edition Microsoft Xbox One / Xbox 360
9. Assassin's Creed Unity Ubisoft PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC
10. Destiny Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360
 
 

January NPD Number Crunch: 2015 dawns with zombie parkour & PS4 comeback

2 comments Leo Chan - Feb 12, 15 5:10pm (PST) Like Share

But next-gen console sales decline year-over-year

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If the French Revolution wasn't enough to make you want to believe in freerunning action adventure again, then zombies sure as heck did. The NPD Group today confirms that 2015 started with a zombie-infested bang as Techland's zombie-survival-meets-slum-parkour title Dying Light was the best-selling game of January at US retail. It's as fine a testament to the staying power of zombies (pun intended), but just as importantly Dying Light sets a new first-month milestone for new survival horror IP. This honor was previously held by The Evil Within back in October 2014. And it doesn't seem like Dying Light is finished with its fans yet.

Software sales were still down 5 percent year-over-year to $625.7 million USD, but that's a sight better than the colossal 23 percent drop suffered by hardware sales; console hardware sales "only" managed to hit $185.5 million last month compared the $239.6 million scored back in January 2014. Sony Computer Entertainment America has already confirmed that the PlayStation 4 has regained the crown of top-selling console at US retail last month following two months of Xbox One dominance thanks to the $50 price cut on Microsoft's console. However, sales for eigth-generation consoles as a whole remained in decline last month compared to the same period last year.

January 2015 Top Ten Software Sales
  Game Publisher Platform Release
1. Dying Light Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PS4 / Xbox One / PC 01/2015
2. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
3. Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 11/2014
4. Minecraft 4J Studios PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
5. NBA 2K15 2K Games PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 10/2014
6. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Wii U Nintendo 3DS / Wii U 11/2014
7. Far Cry 4 Ubisoft PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
8. Madden NFL 15 Electronic Arts PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 08/2014
9. Destiny Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 09/2014
10. FIFA 15 Electronic Arts PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / 3DS / Vita 09/2014
 
 

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax exports anime mayhem to North America and Europe this summer

6 comments Leo Chan - Jan 29, 15 1:14pm (PST) Like (1) Share

By all that is evil let the portal open and the waifu/husbando wars commence

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Yes that is Holo. No she is not playable. WHY.

Now here's your off-the-wall Sega announcement of the week: the publisher confirms today that it will localize Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax for release in North America and Europe later this summer! If the title makes no sense to you but the fighters in the screenshots ring a bell, Fighting Climax is essentially a "dream match" 2D fighting game featuring a roster of 14 playable and 23 "assist" characters licensed from Japanese publishing house Dengeki Bunko's catalog of light novels. Many of these novels have since been adapted into popular anime series which you may be more familiar with.

We're talking series like Sword Art Online, A Certain Magical Index, Durarara!!!, and... My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute. The anime power levels are over nine thousand in this one, but Sega franchises like Virtua Fighter and Valkyria Chronicles get some love too. Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is the twisted lovechild of developers Ecole and French Bread, and offers players the chance to team up their desired characters in playable/assist pairings to beat the living daylights out of their opponents in both local and online multiplayer modes.



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December NPD Number Crunch: Xbox One maintains sales lead, but PS4 still top console of 2014

5 comments Leo Chan - Jan 16, 15 10:52am (PST) Like Share

Microsoft's $50 price cut proved to be a pretty good idea, and it's still running

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It's a holly jolly Christmas for Microsoft as the console giant confirmed earlier today that its Xbox One managed to keep hold of the title of best-selling console hardware at U.S. retail for the second month in a row. The company also boasted that Xbox One outsold the Xbox 360 by 50 percent on a weekly basis throughout the final two months of calendar year 2014.

No doubt Microsoft's generous $50 price cut on the Xbox One which was originally launched as a holiday promotion and will now continue to apply (starting today) played a key part in ensuring it remained the top selling console during the lucrative holiday shopping season.

While the Xbox One retained its throne as top seller of the month in December, Sony reminds us that the PlayStation4 was still the better selling console of 2014 overall not only in the U.S., but on a global basis as well. The electronics and console giant reiterates that PS4 hardware sales are sitting at 18.5 million units after 14 months in the market; the holiday 2014 sales period alone accounted for at least 4.1 million of the total.

Nintendo confirmed the Wii U enjoyed its best December on record yet, with hardware sales growing 29 percent from last year. Wii U software sales meanwhile jumped 75 percent year-over-year.

To be sure, the industry as whole didn't exactly explode during December 2014, with overall sales barely slipping to $3.25 billion USD compared to the $3.28 billion earned back in the end of 2013. Even hardware sales saw a four percent year-over-year decline to $1.31 billion, and monthly (physical) software sales similarly fell 2 percent to $1.25 billion.

As you'll see, the software top ten for the final calendar month of 2014 was dominated by multiplatform titles, though the latest one-two Super Smash Bros. punch was technically only available on Nintendo platforms. NPD notes that the Xbox One versions of multiplatform titles outsold their PS4 equivalent in nearly every case except for Far Cry 4.

December 2014 Top Ten Software Sales
  Game Publisher Platform Release
1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
2. Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 11/2014
3. Madden NFL 15 Electronic Arts PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 08/2014
4. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Wii U Nintendo 3DS / Wii U 11/2014
5. NBA 2K15 2K Games PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 10/2014
6. Minecraft 4J Studios PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
7. Far Cry 4 Ubisoft PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
8. Just Dance 2015 Ubisoft PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Wii 11/2014
9. Destiny Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 09/2014
10. FIFA 15 Electronic Arts PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / 3DS / Vita 09/2014

 

 
 

Sony postpones PS4, Vita launch in China, with no new dates in sight

6 comments Leo Chan - Jan 08, 15 10:58am (PST) Like Share

Update PSN attacks not reason behind decision to delay Chinese launch

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Update 2015-01-09: The recent cyberattack against Sony Pictures as well as the new round of DDoS attacks against the PlayStation Network over the holiday season did not prove to be factors in Sony's last-minute announcement to postpone the PS4 and Vita launch in China. Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House explains to the Wall Street Journal earlier today that it ultimately came down to a request from Chinese authorities to "make an adjustment to the business plan."

While House was understandly disappointed with this development, he stresses that the launch delay in China should not impact Sony's global sales forecast of the PS4 for the current year.


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Sony confirms it has pulled the plug on launching its PlayStation 4 and Vita in (mainland) China until further notice. Even pre-orders for hardware have been halted. The news comes just ahead of the originally scheduled January 11th launch date for both devices in the new market.

So far it appears this sudden change of plans is a result of "prolonged negotiations with Chinese authorities." As you probably know, China's Ministry of Culture has been the major speedbump in the long road to officially launching consoles in the country thanks to censorship guidelines. While the Chinese ban on console gaming finally lifted last year (at least for Shanghai's free trade zone), all gaming titles must still be approved by the Ministry of Culture before they can be deemed fit for release.

The electronics and console giant has yet to confirm a new launch date for both the PS4 and Vita in China. Pricing of the PS4 in China would have been around 2,899 yuan (~$466 USD), and at least seven titles were originally planned for this weekend's launch including LittleBigPlanet 3, Driveclub, and Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Remake. The PS Vita meanwhile was to be priced at 1,299 yuan (~$209).

 
 

Capcom gets an Unreal Engine 4 assist for Street Fighter V

3 comments Leo Chan - Dec 18, 14 1:48pm (PST) Like Share

Epic throws its support behind Capcom's latest brawler

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Capcom will license Epic's Unreal Engine 4 as the development framework for its newly announced Street Fighter V, marking the first time the publisher turns to any version of the Unreal Engine for the series instead of using a custom, inhouse solution as was the case for Street Fighter IV.

It may be disappointing to learn that Street Fighter V will not prove to be a showcase for Capcom's own next-gen "Panta Rhei" engine, but the game joins Tekken 7 and Guilty Gear Xrd in the ring of fighting games that have adopted Epic's Unreal Engine for development purposes. Capcom has certainly make progress with it: producer Yoshinori Ono recently confirmed to Famitsu magazine that production on the PS4 and PC exclusive title is now about twenty percent complete.

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Nintendo: amiibo sales nearly equal to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's 710,000 units

18 comments Leo Chan - Dec 12, 14 11:28am (PST) Like Share

Guess amiibos really are that hard to keep in stock

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U would prove to the third best-selling title in the U.S. last month by the NPD Group's reckoning, bested only by Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Grand Theft Auto V's fine return to the charts. Nintendo confirms that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U scored nearly 710,000 units in sales during its first 10 days on the market.

What's more, Nintendo is also claiming that sales for its amiibo NFC-enabled figurines are "approximately equal to sales" of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U "so far." According to the console giant, the top three amiibos from the wave one release are:

  1. Link
  2. Mario
  3. Pikachu

You'll note that none of these are the amiibos which several retailers, including GameStop, have reason to believe will be discontinued after selling through their initial stock: Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, and Villager. For its part, Nintendo has only offered questionable reassurance that the hard-to-find amiibos may yet return to markets like the U.S., Canada and Latin America "at a later stage."

 
 

November NPD Number Crunch: Xbox One outsells PS4 for the first time since last December

3 comments Leo Chan - Dec 11, 14 6:01pm (PST) Like (1) Share (2)

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare tops charts, while GTAV returns to the top ten

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Despite November witnessing the official launch of several major gaming titles across all platforms, the NPD Group earlier today confirms that industry sales in the U.S. still ended up falling 11 percent year-over-year to $2.41 billion USD. What's more, November 2014 marked the first time since the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles that hardware sales actually fell ($1.10 billion compared to $1.31 billion in November 2013). On the plus side, monthly software sales didn't suffer from a similarly drastic drop for a change, sliding just one percent year-over-year to $1.09 billion.

Now the part you're probably more interested in: did the Xbox One manage to beat the PS4 in sales last month like Microsoft boasted? While NPD's monthly report card failed to provide unit sales numbers as usual, Microsoft already announced that the Xbox One managed to reclaim the crown for best-selling console hardware in both the U.S. and U.K. during November. The Xbox One will ring in a fine anniversary for the last time it outsold the PS4, assuming the console can keep the momentum through this December. MIcrosoft also confirms that Xbox One software outsold those for the PS4 in November, making for a record-setting month for the number of Xbox Live users.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare perhaps predictably topped the industry charts on the software front for November, though interestingly the best-selling platform for Activision's latest CoD entry would prove to be the Xbox 360. Grand Theft Auto V also makes a triumphant return to the NPD software top ten thanks to the high-definition re-release of Rockstar's record-setting game on PS4 and Xbox One, with the PS4 version selling the best.

Nintendo also made a fine showing for itself with no less than three titles on the NPD software top ten. You'll never ever guess what their bestselling game in November was (honest!), but you may be interested to learn that Pokemon Alpha Sapphire was the better selling Generation VI game, outpacing even Ubisoft's Far Cry 4. Guess you can't have too much water in Hoenn after all. Speaking of Ubisoft, Assassin's Creed: Unity still managed to land in ninth place in spite of its technical woes.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection meanwhile barely squeezed into the charts, highlighting another platform exclusive title which managed to make NPD's software top ten.

 

November 2014 Top Ten Software Sales
  Game Publisher Platform Release
1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
2. Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 11/2014
3. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Nintendo Wii U 11/2014
4. Madden NFL 15 Electronic Arts PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 08/2014
5. Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Nintendo 3DS 11/2014
6. Far Cry 4 Ubisoft PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 11/2014
7. Pokémon Omega Ruby Nintendo 3DS 11/2014
8. NBA 2K15 2K Games PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC 10/2014
9. Assassin's Creed: Unity Ubisoft PS4 / Xbox One / PC 11/2014
10. Halo: The Master Chief Collection Microsoft Game Studios Xbox One 11/2014

 

 
 

Philips reaches licensing agreement with Nintendo, resolving patent dispute

8 comments Leo Chan - Dec 02, 14 10:56am (PST) Like Share

Lawsuits across four regions terminated as a result of reaching settlement

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Philips Electronics confirms it is no longer embroiled in a patent infringement dispute with Nintendo over the motion and gesture-tracking tech in the console giant's gaming hardware like the Wii and Wii U. The Danish technology company has reached an agreement with Nintendo today where both companies will henceforth cross license each other's patent portfolios.

While Philips did not reveal any financial details concerning its settlement, the company will drop patent infringement proceedings against Nintendo not only in Britain where it had already won its patent infringement case back in June, but Germany, France, and the U.S. as well. Indeed, this represents all four jurisdictions where Philips had previously filed complaints against Nintendo.

 
 

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire sell over 3 million copies over 3 days

23 comments Leo Chan - Nov 26, 14 11:12am (PST) Like (2) Share

Not quite Pokemon X & Y's levels, but Europe hasn't hit the new Hoenn train... yet

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In case there was any doubt at this point in Pokemon's life, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold pretty darn well right out of the gates. Nintendo confirms that Game Freak's latest pair of Pokemon titles for the 3DS achieved sales of over 3 million units across the U.S., Japan, Australia and South Korea.

Japanese sales accounted for roughly half the combined total at 1,534,593 units, with the three global regions making up the current remainder over the course of three days (Nov. 21st to 23rd). Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are officially the fourth set of 3DS titles that scored launch weekend sales of over one million units in Japan, joining the esteemed ranks of Monster Hunter 4, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and... Pokemon X and Y.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's launch weekend sales unfortunately didn't quite reach the record-setting levels of Pokemon X and Y back when they hit last year, but it's worth noting that this year's flagship Pokemon entries have yet to launch in Europe.

 
 
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