Category Archives: Microsoft

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Microsoft Has Bought Minecraft Developer Mojang For $2.5 Billion

The BBC is reporting that Microsoft has successfully purchased Minecraft developer Mojang for a staggering $2.5 billion. The deal was also announced by the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. Microsoft says that the Mojang team would join its internal game studio. Sadly it could rule out the possibility of the game coming to Nintendo platforms such as the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

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GameStop Could Be Closing All Of Its Stores In Spain

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Letters have apparently been sent out to GameStop employees in Spain telling them that their stores are closing. The company says that they will try and transfer some stores to another retailer in an effort to help the workers retain their jobs. Here’s what the letter says in English.

To all the workers,

Gamestop has taken the hard decision of leaving the spanish market.

After nine years supporting and investing in Spain in order to build a profitable business and despite all of your efforts, we couldn’t make it.

Right now we are working on the posibility of transfering a group of stores to another retailer, thereby achieving that the jobs of the employees of this shops can be kept.

In the next days you’ll recieve more information on the process, and I ask you that, within the delicate situation this assumes, among all get that the control of the business and the product be an added value to use in the negotiation of the trespassing of some of your stores.

I attach the formal communication letter of the start of the process, and I’m yours to clear up your doubts.

Regards,

Antonio Gonzalez
Manager Director
Gamespot Iberia.

gamestop_spain_letter_2Thanks, Bruce B

 

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UK Charts: Mario Kart 8 Slips To Number 27, Mario Kart 7 Re-enters At 40

This week’s charts are officially in for the United Kingdom. As expected Activision and Bungie’s Destiny was the best-selling video game this week. The excellent Mario Kart 8 has slipped down to number 27, but interestingly Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS has re-entered the charts at number 40. Here’s the best-sellers this week.

01 (NE) PS4 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
02 (NE) XBO DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
03 (NE) 360 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
04 (NE) PS3 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
05 (01) PC THE SIMS 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
06 (02) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
07 (03) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION (MICROSOFT)
08 (06) PS4 WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
09 (04) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION 3 EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
10 (13) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
11 (07) 3DS TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
12 (NE) PS4 INFAMOUS: FIRST LIGHT (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
13 (NE) PS4 NHL 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
14 (19) 360 WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
15 (08) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
16 (NE) PS3 NARUTO ULTIMATE NINJA STORM REVOLUTION (BANDAI NAMCO GAMES)
17 (11) XBO TITANFALL (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
18 (24) PS3 WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
19 (16) 360 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
20 (18) XBO CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
21 (12) 360 TERRARIA (505 GAMES)
22 (05) PS4 METRO REDUX (KOCH MEDIA)
23 (14) 360 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
24 (NE) XBO NHL 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
25 (NE) 360 NARUTO ULTIMATE NINJA STORM REVOLUTION (BANDAI NAMCO GAMES)
26 (20) PS3 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
27 (21) WIU MARIO KART 8 (NINTENDO)
28 (09) XBO METRO REDUX (KOCH MEDIA)
29 (23) PS3 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
30 (32) 360 SKATE 3 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
31 (10) PS4 DIABLO III REAPER OF SOULS ULTIMATE EVIL (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
32 (17) PS4 MADDEN NFL 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
33 (NE) PS3 THE BORDERLANDS COLLECTION (1 & 2) (TAKE 2)
34 (NE) 360 THE BORDERLANDS COLLECTION (1 & 2) (TAKE 2)
35 (30) 360 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
36 (25) PS4 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
37 (34) XBO WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
38 (36) PS4 WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
39 (26) 360 TITANFALL (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
40 (__) 3DS MARIO KART 7 (NINTENDO)

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Sega Announces Tokyo Game Show Lineup

This year’s Tokyo Game Show will soon be upon us and publisher and developer Sega has outlined its plans for the event. They will be showing off new trailers for Sonic Boom on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and will also have playable builds at the event. Here’s the games that Sega will be showcasing at TGS.

Trailers:

  • Ryu ga Gotoku 0
  • Phantasy Star Nova
  • Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax
  • Hero Bank 2
  • Shining Resonance
  • Puyopuyo Tetris
  • Sonic Toon 3DS
  • Sonic Toon WiiU
  • World End Eclipse
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold 2

Playable:

  • Phantasy Star Nova
  • DengekiBunko Fighting Climax
  • Hero Bank 2
  • PuyopuyoTetris
  • Sonic Toon 3DS
  • Sonic Toon WiiU

Some Stage Events of interest:

  • Phantasy Star Nova presentation (9/18, 12pm)
    – There will be news updates about the game from the developers
  • Ryu ga Gotoku Zero presentation (9/18, 1pm)
    – The first stage event for the game, usually at every TGS that’s when they show off the long gameplay and cutscene trailers for RgG games
  • New Hatsune Miku Project announcement (9/18, 3pm)
    – New project announcement, no platform announced yet
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 presentation (9/19, 3:30pm)
    – There will be new developments and collaborations announced for the game
  • Phantasy Star Nova TGS demo playthrough (9/20, 2pm)
    – The developers will play through the TGS demo live
  • Atlus presentation (9/20, 2:30pm)
    – One hour presentation for Atlus on their upcoming games. The only one specifically mentioned is EO Untold 2, but maybe there’ll be something on upcoming Persona stuff?
  • Shining Resonance Gameplay presentation (9/21, 3pm)
    – First time they’re showing gameplay footage of the game

Thanks, Kyle

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NPD: Here’s The Best-Selling Games In The United States During August

The NPD group has revealed the best-selling video games in the United States during August. Madden NFL 15 was the most popular title in August and secured the number one position. Sadly Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U has slipped out of the top ten. Here’s the best-selling games in the United States last month.

1. Madden NFL 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
2. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
3. Minecraft (360, PS3)
4. The Last of Us (PS4, PS3)
5. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC, Wii U)
6. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, 3DS, DS, Xbox One, Vita, PC)
7. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)
8. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
9. Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
10. The Lego Movie Videogame (360, 3DS, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, Vita)

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Japan: Nintendo 3DS And Xbox One Battle For Top Spot This Week

This week’s Japanese software and hardware charts have come in courtesy of Media Create. The Nintendo 3DS remains the best-selling system and is followed by the recently released Xbox One which launched this week in Japan. Wii U sales have dropped slightly this week and currently stand at 7K. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware in Japan this week.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 63,401 (2,422,146)
  2. [3DS] Dragon Quest X Online (Square Enix, 09/04/14) – 52,375 (New)
  3. [PSV] Toukiden Kiwami (Koei Tecmo, 08/28/14) – 26,599 (105,983)
  4. [PSV] Love Live! School Idol Paradise Vol. 1: Printemps Unit / Vol 2. BiBi Unit / Vol 3. Lily White Unit (Kadokawa Games, 08/28/14) – 12,856 (72,566)
  5. [PS3] Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Atlus, 08/28/14) – 12,004 (101,472)
  6. [PS4] Samurai Warriors 4 (Koei Tecmo, 09/04/14) – 11,757 (New)
  7. [XBO] Titanfall (EA, 09/04/14) – 8,961 (New)
  8. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 8,221 (659,079)
  9. [3DS] Medarot 8: Kabuto Ver. / Kuwagata Ver. (Rocket, 08/28/14) – 8,214 (41,540)
  10. [XBO] Dead Rising 3 (Microsoft, 09/04/14) – 7,786 (New)
  11. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo, 07/24/14) – 6,919 (173,980)
  12. [XBO] Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft, 09/04/14) – 5,948 (New)
  13. [PSP] Toukiden Kiwami (Koei Tecmo, 08/28/14) – 5,802 (16,828)
  14. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 5,7000 (1,264,844)
  15. [PS3] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (Konami, 09/04/14) – 5,222 (New)
  16. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (Bandai Namco, 08/07/14) – 5,009 (133,059)
  17. [Wii U] Hyrule Warriors (Koei Tecmo, 08/14/14) – 4,933 (96,812)
  18. [PS4] The Last of Us Remastered (SCE, 08/21/14) – 4,898 (44,266)
  19. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Banai Namco, 06/26/14) – 4,749 (157,369)
  20. [PS3] Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin F Coffin of the End (Bandai Namco, 08/28/14) – 4,437 (33,245)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Xbox One – 25,674 (N/A)
  2. 3DS LL – 23,624 (30,111)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 14,441 (19,578)
  4. Wii U – 7,349 (8,584)
  5. PlayStation 4 – 7,299 (6,502)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,139 (7,895)
  7. 3DS – 5,931 (7,404)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 910 (1,156)
  9. PSP – 288 (187)
  10. Xbox 360 – 126 (86)