It wouldn’t be a Sunday if it we didn’t feature a top ten list from Game Trailers. This week the team have put together a list of franchises that they believe deserve to die (or be put to rest for a long time). There’s one glaring omission on that list and that is Call of Duty, which has started to become a little stale. I think most people could agree that Sonic could do with a nice vacation though.
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Masaki Norimoto, the founder of Tri-Ace, is the scenario writer for the mysterious new project developed in collaboration between Spike Chunsoft and Tri-Ace. The game is a new “side-view” role-playing game and you can check out the new countdown website for the project, here. You may remember Masaki Norimoto work as he was the scenario writer and game designer on Valkyrie Profile. The project will be officially unveiled in next week’s edition of Famitsu.
Gamescom is fast approaching and we know that Nintendo will be at the event showcasing a number of high-profile titles including Super Mario Maker, Star Fox Zero and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. We have now been given a look at the extensive Gamescom Hall Plan for the exhibitors which you can view above. Gamescom takes place on Wednesday, August 5th in Cologne, Germany.
e-Sports are serious business with plenty of money up for grabs, therefore the Electronic Sports League will soon introduce policies to keep drugs out of it. The news comes on the back of the revelation that a number of professional e-sport players have been abusing ADHD and narcolepsy medication, Adderall. The medication helps improves people’s reactions and alertness so it is no surprise that some gamers have been using it. The latest move from the Electronic Sports League should help stamp out the misuse of drug taking by some e-sport players.
Playtonic, the developers behind the gorgeous 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee, have sat down for an extensive interview with Redbull. There are a number of topics addressed in the interview, but one of the most interesting is why Rare turned its back on the 3D platformer genre that many would say that the company had nailed. Gavin Price says that for Rare it was simply a case of moving forward and trying out different things, which in theory the company should be applauded for.
I don’t think they turned their back on the genre consciously. It was more of a desire to move ahead and try new things such as Viva Piñata and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts – concepts that kind of needed a bit of horsepower behind them, and they had the hardware to finally do them. Inevitably every studio probably has lots more ideas than developers to go around, so maybe it was more the case there just wasn’t enough resources to continue with platformers and deliver new experiences.
The UK Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has told attendees at the Develop conference in Brighton that video games are just as important to British culture as cinema. He pointed out video game development is taking its rightful place alongside the film industry as one of the UK’s most important assets. Vaizey pointed out that there are 33.5 million gamers in the UK with ages ranging from 8 and 74.
“It’s also clustered – it’s not one of those industries that’s based in London, it’s everywhere from Brighton to Dundee. So it was easy for me to become a champion of the games industry, and push for games to take their rightful place alongside some of the more vocal creative industries like film.”
A key emphasis though, was on the cultural role of games. “The British film industry – and this has been a passion of mine – has expanded its remit to support the games industry,” he said. “Games are taking their rightful place alongside the film industry as one of our most important assets.”
This week’s Japanese charts are now in courtesy of Media Create and there’s a few notable new entries this week. Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad and Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken have entered in the charts at number one and number two respectively. However, they haven’t really boosted Nintendo 3DS sales as you might have thought they would. Still, the Nintendo 3DS is the best-selling platform shifting 28K and Wii U shifted 10K. Here’s the best-selling games this week.
- [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Nintendo, 07/11/15) – 693,538 (New)
- [3DS] The Great Ace Attorney (Capcom, 07/09/15) – 135,690 (New)
- [PSV] Taiko Drum Master: V Version (Bandai Namco, 07/09/15) – 46,101 (New)
- [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 29,682 (345,253)
- [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 26,136 (408,312)
- [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 24,650 (325,844)
- [3DS] Chou Tousouchuu Atsumare! Saikyou no Tousou Monotachi (Bandai Namco, 07/09/15) – 13,571 (New)
- [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,898 (243,428)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 6,708 (1,060,442)
- [3DS] Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, 06/11/15) – 4,642 (110,087)
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,608 (2,657,661)
- [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Atlus, 06/25/15) – 4,449 (111,513)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,232 (3,996,960)
- [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 2,891 (164,436)
- [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 2,847 (128,414)
- [PS4] Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Capcom, 06/18/15) – 2,772 (50,017)
- [3DS] Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Marvelous, 06/18/15) – 2,757 (63,524)
- [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 2,746 (2,256,326)
- [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 2,218 (653,783)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 1,901 (274,678)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- New 3DS LL – 21,069 (19,475)
- PlayStation 4 – 15,779 (18,171)
- PlayStation Vita – 13,632 (14,067)
- Wii U – 10,789 (12,781)
- New 3DS – 5,551 (5,506)
- PlayStation 3 – 2,979 (3,102)
- 3DS – 1,184 (1,394)
- 3DS LL – 899 (861)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 613 (741)
- Xbox One – 149 (235)