UK Charts: Mario Party Hangs On In The Top Ten

This week’s UK charts are now in via GFK Chart Track. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise to many, but Bloodborne has taken the top spot on the PlayStation 4. There’s a few Nintendo published titles in the charts including The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D at number 30 and Tomodachi Life hanging on at number 37. Mario Party 10 continues to do well and is still in the top ten. You can view all the best-selling software this week in the chart below.

01 (NE) PS4 BLOODBORNE (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
02 (01) PS4 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
03 (02) XBO BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
04 (NE) XBO BORDERLANDS: THE HANDSOME COLLECTION (TAKE 2)
05 (NE) PS4 BORDERLANDS: THE HANDSOME COLLECTION (TAKE 2)
06 (06) PS4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
07 (05) XBO GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
08 (17) PS4 THE ORDER: 1886 (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
09 (07) PS4 DYING LIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
10 (04) WIU MARIO PARTY 10 (NINTENDO)
11 (08) 360 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
12 (13) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
13 (12) PS4 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
14 (16) XBO HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION (MICROSOFT)
15 (09) XBO DYING LIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
16 (__) PS4 FAR CRY 4 (UBISOFT)
17 (15) XBO FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
18 (03) PS4 FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
19 (21) XBO FORZA HORIZON 2 (MICROSOFT)
20 (18) 360 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
21 (14) PS3 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
22 (24) XBO CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
23 (20) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
24 (37) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
25 (19) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
26 (__) XBO FAR CRY 4 (UBISOFT)
27 (11) PS4 RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 (CAPCOM)
28 (35) XBO EVOLVE (TAKE 2)
29 (36) 360 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
30 (22) 3DS THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA’S MASK 3D (NINTENDO)
31 (NE) PS4 RIDE (PQUBE)
32 (26) 360 TERRARIA (505 GAMES)
33 (27) 360 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 (DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS)
34 (__) PS4 EVOLVE (TAKE 2)
35 (31) XBO MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
36 (30) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
37 (34) 3DS TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
38 (25) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
39 (10) XBO FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
40 (32) 3DS MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE (CAPCOM)

The European Commission Wants To Remove Regional Locking On Digital Goods

In a more than welcome move the European Commission has said that it wants to remove regional limits on digital goods. The new strategy is titled the Digital Single Market and in essence it would allow you to watch US Netflix from the United Kingdom. It would also hopefully eventually remove region locking from consoles which has been a sore point for many gamers who want to play games from other regions, but are unable too.

Think regional locks on movie streaming and other digital goods are silly? So does the European Commission. It’s outlining a new strategy (the Digital Single Market) that would prevent companies from geo-blocking online services when it’s not truly necessary. This kind of arbitrary limit “cannot exist” in a single European Union-wide digital marketplace, officials argue.
It’s not clear what rules will be involved (you’ll likely hear more about that when the full strategy is due in May), but the implication is that you wouldn’t be forced to download or stream from a country-specific service. If you wanted to watch French Netflix from Germany, for example, you could.

Germany: 9% Of Console And 58% Of PC Games Were Sold Digitally In 2014

Some interesting video game statistics have come out of Germany in 2014. 9% of console games were sold digitally while a whopping 58% of PC games were sold digitally last year. That’s €2668M in revenue for what appears to be a healthy market. Germany is the second biggest video game market after the United Kingdom in Europe. If you’re interested you can view some graphs, right here.

Thanks, Denero

UK Head Teachers Will Report Children Playing 18+ Video Games

A recent report by the BBC says that head teachers in Cheshire in the United Kingdom will report parents to the authorities if they find out that their children have been playing 18+ games like Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty. Schools have sent out letters warning parents of the risk of them allowing their children to play unsuitable video games.

“We are trying to help parents to keep their children as safe as possible in this digital era.

“It is so easy for children to end up in the wrong place and parents find it helpful to have some very clear guidelines.”

Capcom Is Holding A Monster Hunter Event On May 31st

Capcom has announced that it will be holding a special Monster Hunter themed event on May 31st. We have no idea what will be shown, but with Monster Hunter 4 already out the door everyone will be looking to see what’s next. Maybe we will see the next Monster Hunter game on consoles? We won’t really know until the event takes place. It should certainly be exciting.

Thanks, Slaughter

GameStop Says Digital Downloads Only Make Up 5% of AAA Game Sales

Popular US retail chain GameStop has revealed some interesting information about the state of physical and digital video games based on DFC data. The retailer says that only 5% of digital downloads are sold to the consumer for AAA games. That means that 95% of purchases are for physical based games. That’s a shockingly low figure for digital games. It could well be due to their expensive pricing and average broadband speeds.

Slide 7 shows some key statistics based on DFC data which analyzes the AAA games sold in 2014. You can see that DFC estimates that of the total number of AAA videogames sold last year 12% were downloaded and 88% were physical. Of the 12% downloaded, it is estimated that 60% were given away in hardware bundles, that means about 5% of AAA titles were downloads, but were actually paid for by consumers. DFC estimates that full game downloads of AAA titles paid for by consumers made up only 2% of the total physical and digital software market.

Thanks, SuperSonic

Bandai Namco Says There Will Be “Massive Surprises” For Tales’ 20th Anniversary

We haven’t had a Tales’ game on a Nintendo platform in the west since Tales of the Abyss on the Nintendo 3DS, but let’s hope that will change. Bandai Namco announced today that there will be “massive surprises” in store for Tales fans as the series reaches its 20th anniversary. Who knows what’s going to be announced? But it sure would be nice to have a new game on Nintendo 3DS or Wii U.

An anniversary won’t be complete without massive surprises… Stay tuned for amazing news over the upcoming months!