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GameStop Says It’s Worried That Digital Games Are Becoming Too Cheap

The digital business model was always going to be a sore point for GameStop which relies heavily on the sale of physical games. GameStop’s company’s president, Tony Bartel, has spoken about his fears that digital titles could become too cheap and deter consumers from buying the games at retail. Here’s what Bartel had to say.

“We want to help ensure that our industry does not make the same mistake as other entertainment categories by driving the perceived value of digital goods significantly below that of a physical game. When the free digital token programs end, we believe that the industry will need to work together to continue to price goods in a way that sustains profitability and encourages a great innovation that this category needs.”

Bartel also said that recent research indicated that the average price a consumer pays for a full, AAA game download is $22. When asked what price consumers expected to pay for a full game digital download, they said approximately $35.

UK Charts: Grand Theft Auto V Nabs Top Spot, Tomodachi Life Remains In Top 30

This week’s UK games charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track. Launched on November 18 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Grand Theft Auto V rides to the top of the chart, while Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 takes numbers 3 and 4, and EA’s Dragon Age: Inquisition rounds out the top 5 this week.

With the individual charts dominated by multi-platform titles, some Nintendo first-party titles get lost among the fray. However, Tomodachi Life holds fast and remains at 24 – mostly due to the meaty TV advertising the title has been receiving as of late. On the other hand, Super Smash Bros for 3DS slips down from 30 to 38. Yet it’s Sonic Boom that fails to even chart after its release in the UK last week with Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal nowhere to be seen.

Though it’s a poor show for Nintendo games this week, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, along with Super Smash Bros for Wii U both release on November 28, so next week’s charts should prove interesting. You can find the UK top 40 individual charts in full below.

1. (NE) [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V
2. (NE) [XBO] Grand Theft Auto V
3. (NE) [PS4]  Far Cry 4
4. (NE) [XBO] Far Cry 4
5. (NE) [PS4] Dragon Age: Inquisition
6. (02) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
7. (05) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
8. (03) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
9. (04) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
10. (06) [360] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
11. (10) [XBO] FIFA 15
12. (08) [360] FIFA 15
13. (NE) [PS4] WWE 2K15
14. (NE) [XBO] Dragon Age: Inquisition
15. (01) [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
16. (NE) [360] Far Cry 4
17. (12) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
18. (07) [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
19. (NE) [XBO] WWE 2K15
20. (14) [PS4] FIFA 15
21. (13) [360] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
22. (19) [PS3] FIFA 15
23. (NE) [PS3] Far Cry 4
24. (24) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
25. (09) [360] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
26. (21) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
27. (NE) [360] Dragon Age: Inquisition
28. (28) [360] Disney Infinity 2.0
29. (20) [PS4] Destiny
30. (NE) [360] Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
31. (23) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
32. (29) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
33. (22) [XBO] Sunset Overdrive
34. (27) [360] Skylanders Trap Team
35. (NE) [PC] Dragon Age: Inquisition
36. (15) [VITA] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
37. (18) [PS3] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
38. (30) [3DS] Super Smash Bros
39. (NE) [PC] Far Cry 4
40. (17) [PC] Football Manager 2015

Kmart Holding Mega Video Game Sale With Plenty Of Nintendo Titles

Looks as though retail firm Kmart is holding what can only be called a mega video game sale. Thankfully there’s something for everyone whether you own a Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One or PlayStation 4. You can grab Zelda Wind Waker HD for $30 or purchase the critically acclaimed A Link Between Worlds for $20. Here’s the multiformat deals which are currently on offer at the US retailer.

$50
Dragon Age: Inquisition – PS4 | PS3 | 360 [Couldn't find a link to the XBO version]
Far Cry 4 – PS4 | XBO | PS3 | 360
Assassin’s Creed: Unity – PS4 | XBO

$40
The Evil Within – XBO [Requires you to sign up for a free Shop Your Way account]
Pikmin 3

$30
Watch Dogs – PS4 | XBO | PS3 | 360
Madden 15 – PS4 | XBO
NHL 15 – PS4 | XBO | PS3
Wind Waker HD
Kinect Sports Rivals

$25
Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor – PS4 | XBO
Wolfenstein – PS4 | XBO [Requires you to sign up for a free Shop Your Way account]
The Evil Within – PS4 [Requires you to sign up for a free Shop Your Way account]

$20
Call of Duty: Ghost – PS4 | XBO | 360 ($15)
Titanfall – XBO | 360 ($15)
Wolfenstein – PS3 | 360
Grand Theft Auto V – PS3 | 360 [Requires you to sign up for a free Shop Your Way account]
Infamous: Second Son
MLB 14 The Show
Wii Fit U with Fit Meter
Pokemon X & Pokemon Y
The Legend of Zelda: ALBW
Yoshi’s New Island
Mario Party: Island Tour

$10
Knack

Thanks, Peter T

Xbox One Has Now Outsold Wii U Worldwide

It was bound to happen sooner or later and the signs were there, but the Xbox One has now outsold the Wii U worldwide. The Xbox One has reportedly sold 7.61 million units worldwide and the Wii U has sold 7.45 million units. The Xbox One launched in November 2013 while the Wii U launched back in November 2012. Interestingly the Xbox One has been outselling the PlayStation 4 in the UK during the past three weeks according to MCV.

Thanks, JapanGamer

Here’s The Full The Game Awards 2014 Nominees From Each Catagory

We’ve already heard that Bayonetta 2 is up for the prestigious Game of the Year at this year’s The Game Awards 2014, but what about the other titles? Well there’s a diverse list of games including a number of Nintendo titles which have seen some fantastic reviews. Here’s the nominees from each category at this year’s The Game Awards 2014.

Best Online Experience

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Dark Souls II
Destiny
Hearthstone
Titanfall

Best Family Game

Disney Infinity 2.0
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Mario Kart 8
Skylanders: Trap Team
Tomodachi Life

Best Sports/Racing Game

Fifa ’15
Forza Horizon 2
Mario Kart 8
NBA 2K15
Trials Fusion

Best Role-Playing Game

Bravely Default
Dark Souls II
Divinity: Original Sin
Dragon Age: Inquisition
South Park: The Stick Of Truth

Best Fighting Game

Killer Instinct: Season 2
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Ultra Street Fighter IV

Best Action/Adventure

Alien: Isolation
Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Bayonetta 2
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Sunset Overdrive

Best Shooter

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Destiny
Far Cry 4
Titanfall
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Best Remaster

Grand Theft Auto V
Pokémon: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
The Last of Us: Remastered
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Games For Change

Mountain
Never Alone
The Last of Us: Left Behind
This War of Mine
Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Best Performance

Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf, The Wolf Among Us
Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Melissa Hutchison as Clementine, The Walking Dead: Season Two
Trey Parker as Various Voices, South Park: The Stick of Truth
Troy Baker as Talion, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Score/Soundtrack

Alien: Isolation
Child of Light
Destiny
Sunset Overdrive
Transistor

Best Narrative

South Park: The Stick of Truth
The Walking Dead: Season Two
The Wolf Among Us
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Developer of the Year

Blizzard Entertainment
Monolith Productions
Nintendo
Telltale Games
Ubisoft Montreal

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

Bravely Default
Hearthstone
Monument Valley
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
Threes!

Best Independent Game

Broken Age: Act I
Monument Valley
Shovel Knight
Transistor
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Game of the Year

Bayonetta 2
Dark Souls II
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Hearthstone
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Japanese Charts: 3DS Sells 65k, Wii U Sells 14k

This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. After a few weeks of next to no new titles appearing, we’ve got an influx of games including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare which makes its debut at the top of the chart on the PlayStation 3 at 79k in sales, with the PlayStation 4 version close behind in third, and between them is newcomer Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 for the PlayStation 3.

Within the top 5 is new 3DS title One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X taking in 35k, but sat in seventh making its debut is the adorable Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker with 28k in units sold. In terms of hardware the 3DS slips slightly bringing in another 65k, while the Wii U has a considerable boost – possibly due to the upcoming holiday season and the newly released Mario Kart 8 bundle for the region – and sits at 14k this week. Below you’ll find the top 20 software and hardware charts for Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 79,586 (New)
  2. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 – 71,303 (New)
  3. [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 64,060 (New)
  4. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 39,502 (2,144,346)
  5. [3DS] One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X – 35,098 (New)
  6. [PS3] Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax – 34,671 (New)
  7. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – 28,025 (New)
  8. [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 – 26,684 (New)
  9. [PSV] Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax – 25,607 (New)
  10. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 21,086 (2,863,976)
  11. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 18,723 (1,720,189)
  12. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 13,544 (713,132)
  13. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 – 6,570 (117,607)
  14. [PSV] Hanayamata Yosakoi Live! – 6,285 (New)
  15. [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 4,867 (New)
  16. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 – 4,243 (75,316)
  17. [PSV] Marginal #4: Idol of Supernova – 4,170 (New)
  18. [PS3] The Evil Within – 4,124 (87,056)
  19. [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 3,370 (New)
  20. [3DS] Tales of the World: Reve Unitia – 2,926 (65,046)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 38,457 (50,619)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 19,301 (9,874)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 15,537 (10,078)
  4. Wii U – 14,002 (4,787)
  5. New 3DS – 13,373 (15,020)
  6. 3DS LL – 9,172 (9,083)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 4,711 (4,666)
  8. 3DS – 4,199 (4,495)
  9. Xbox One – 2,245 (513)
  10. PlayStation Vita TV – 675 (678)
  11. Xbox 360 – 91 (107)
  12. PSP – 25 (25)

UK Charts: Halo Takes Top Spot, Tomodachi Life Remains Best Selling 3DS Title

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track. As in a similar pattern to previous weeks, three Nintendo titles remain in the individual top 40 but are continuously floundering against multi-platform games. Halo: The Master Chief Collection bags the top spot over Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which falls in at number 2 and 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One respectively. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – last week’s chart-topper – continues to dominate the top 10 on all platforms.

Tomodachi Life continues to hold the title for the best-selling 3DS game in the UK charts at 24 this week, while Super Smash Bros for 3DS falls from 19 to 30. Although Mario Kart 8 saw a resurgence last week with the first DLC pack’s release, it drops to 34 from 25. You can view the individual UK top 40 games chart in full below.

1. (NE) (XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
2. (NE) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
3. (NE) [XBO]  Assassin’s Creed: Unity
4. (01) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
5. (02) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
6. (03) [360] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
7. (04) [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
8. (06) [360] FIFA 15
9. (NE) [360] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
10. (07) [XBO] FIFA 15
11. (NE) [PC] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
12. (10) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
13. (NE) [360] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
14. (08) [PS4] FIFA 15
15. (NE) [VITA] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
16. (NE) [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
17. (05) [PC] Football Manager 2015
18. (NE) [PS3] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
19. (11) [PS3] FIFA 15
20. (12) [PS4] Destiny
21. (14) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
22. (09) [XBO] Sunset Overdrive
23. (15) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
24. (20) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
25. (NE) [PS3] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
26. (NE) [PS4] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
27. (22) [360] Skylanders Trap Team
28. (21) [360] Disney Infinity 2.0
29. (26) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
30. (19) [3DS] Super Smash Bros
31. (NE) [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
32. (16) [XBO] Forza Horizon 2
33. (13) [PS4] Alien: Isolation
34. (25) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
35. (18) [360] WWE 2K15
36. (NE) [XBO] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
37. (27) [PC] The Sims 4
38. (NE) [XBO] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
39. (28) [DS] Frozen: Olaf’s Quest
40. (32) [360] Forza Horizon 2