Wii U Is The Second Best-Selling Current Console In France

France seems to love Nintendo, and that’s great. So far the Wii U is the second best-selling video game console in the country. The PlayStation 4 has taken the lead with one million consoles sold and the Wii U is next with 490K. The Xbox One is currently last, selling 330K. However, things are different in the United Kingdom, which is the biggest video game market in Europe. Here’s the figures for France.

France Current-Gen Hardware Sales

  • PS4: 1.000.000
  • Wii U: 490.000
  • XBO: 300.000 – 330.000

European PlayStation 4 Rankings:

  1. UK – 1.5 Million
  2. Germany – 1.2 Million
  3. France – 1 Million

Thanks, Seamus

Minecraft: Story Mode Announced For All Platforms Minus Nintendo

The Walking Dead developers TellTale Games have announced that they’ve partnered up with Mojang to create Minecraft: Story Mode for every current platform going except the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. The game will be coming to Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices sometime next year. You can read the details about the announcement, here.

  • Minecraft: Story mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft.
  • Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.
  • The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software.
  • We’re not intending on creating an “official” story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game.
  • The Minecraft 2 thing was a joke. No really. It was a joke.

As 2014 comes to a close, we are delighted to confirm our partnership with Mojang to create a new episodic game series based on one of the most popular video games in history – Minecraft.

Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice. It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices.

Telltale’s game series will mix new characters with familiar themes, in an entirely original Minecraft experience, inspired by the Minecraft community and the game that continues to inspire a generation.

EDGE Magazine Names Bayonetta 2 The Game Of 2014

The latest edition of UK publication EDGE magazine has arrived with subscribers and it appears to be a bumper issue. The magazine awarded Super Smash Bros Wii U a 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker a 7, and gave Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire an 8. The respected publication also listed the games which they thought deserved Game of the Year 2014. You can check them out, below.

Reviews

  • Far Cry 4 : 9
  • Dragon Age: Inquistion : 8
  • Assassins Creed Unity : 5
  • Assassins Creed Rogue : 6
  • Super Smash Bros for Wii U : 8
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker : 7
  • Escape Dead Island : 2
  • This War is Mine : 9
  • Never Alone: 6
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby/ Sapphire : 8

Top Ten Video Games Of 2014

10. Little Big Planet 3
9. This War of Mine
8. Far Cry 4
7. Ultra SFIV
6. MGS V: Ground Zeroes
5. Nidhogg
4. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
3. Mario Kart 8
2. Dark Souls II
1. Bayonetta 2

Thanks, Kyle

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 157K And Wii U Sells 27K

Well it turns out the Japanese charts have arrived and it’s been a positive week for Nintendo hardware. Sales haven’t gone up quite as much as expected given it’s the Christmas shopping season, but both formats went up compared to last week. The Nintendo 3DS sold 157,103 units and the Wii U sold 27,334. It was the PlayStation 4 which had the biggest jump thanks to Grand Theft Auto V. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware this week in Japan.

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 1,244,171 (New)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 152,384 (1,950,481)
  3. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 12/11/14) – 81,659 (New)
  4. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 79,005 (306,533)
  5. [PS3] Shining Resonance (Sega, 12/11/14) – 67,282 (New)
  6. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 47,393 (1,835,852)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 32,168 (2,958,112)
  8. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 29,418 (2,255,273)
  9. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 24,938 (778,808)
  10. [PS3] Assassin’s Creed Rogue (Ubisoft, 12/11/14) – 17,656 (New)
  11. [3DS] Derby Stallion Gold (Kadokawa Games, 12/04/14) – 16,659 (90,275)
  12. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days (Bandai Namco, 12/04/14) – 16,023 (49,174)
  13. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, 11/13/14) – 14,628 (80,510)
  14. [PS3] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation with Power-Up Kit (Koei Tecmo, 12/11/14) – 14,054 (New)
  15. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN (Spike Chunsoft, 12/04/14) – 12,650 (31,723)
  16. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi Koko ga Ochitsukun Desu (Nihon Columbia, 11/20/14) – 12,216 (36,053)
  17. [PS3] Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting (Bandai Namco, 12/11/14) – 10,675 (New)
  18. [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova (Sega, 11/27/14) – 10,117 (137,263)
  19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 9,961 (3,830,376)
  20. [PS3] Resident Evil (Capcom, 11/27/14) – 8,493 (74,196)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 83,041 (63,714)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 68,041 (15,971)
  3. New 3DS – 34,676 (25,541)
  4. Wii U – 27,334 (24,469)
  5. 3DS LL – 24,475 (17,319)
  6. PlayStation Vita – 24,039 (22,355)
  7. 3DS – 14,911 (38,846)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 7,803 (5,679)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 974 (986)
  10. Xbox One – 724 (790)
  11. Xbox 360 – 102 (189)
  12. PSP – 8 (8)

Bandai Namco Has Changed Their Name Once Again

In some surprising turn of events Bandai Namco Games have changed their name once again. Not content with being called Bandai Namco Games they’ve decided to change it to Bandai Namco Entertainment. The new name will take effect on April 2015, so we’d better remember that it has changed.

“The BANDAI NAMCO Group operates the game business in Japan and overseas. With the advance of technology and diversification of user preferences, the Group has expanded into new products and service domains that extend beyond its previous game business domain.

“With the start of its next Mid-term Plan in April 2015, the Company will change the names of its subsidiaries to widen the definition of their business field to entertainment without limiting them to the present field of games, thus aiming for further growth through new development of service and content businesses that utilize networks.”

Thanks, Nintendo Commander Quadraxis

UK Charts: Pokemon & Smash Bros Drop Back To Top 30, GTA V Continues Reign At Top

This week’s individual UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track and UKIE. Grand Theft Auto V continues its reign at the top of the charts, while Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and FIFA 15 refuse to budge from the top 5. Formerly seen in the top 20 last week, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire fall into the latter half of the charts at 21 and 24, respectively. Super Smash Bros takes a slight bow and hangs further back at 29, while Tomodachi Life is a non-mover at 35 and Mario Kart 8 shifts into a higher gear and moves up two places to 36.

Due to its heavy advertising campaign in the UK, Just Dance 2015 for the Nintendo Wii manages to boogie on up into the top 10 this week, climbing a massive ten places. It’s Wii U counterpart is nowhere to be seen, however. You can view the UK’s top 40 individual game charts in full below.

1. (01) [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V
2. (04) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
3. (08) [PS4] FIFA 15
4. (05) [XBO] Grand Theft Auto V
5. (03) [360] FIFA 15
6. (12) [PS4] Far Cry 4
7. (06) [PS4] Driveclub
8. (11) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
9. (15) [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
10. (20) [WII] Just Dance 2015
11. (07) [XBO] FIFA 15
12. (02) [360] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
13. (16) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
14. (09) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
15. (10) [PS4] The Crew
16. (17) [PS3] FIFA 15
17. (28) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
18. (21) [XBO] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
19. (19) [360] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
20. (18) [XBO] Far Cry 4
21. (13) [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby
22. (RE) [PS4] The Last of Us: Remastered
23. (22) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
24. (14) [3DS] Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
25. (RE) [XBO] Forza Motorsport 5
26. (25) [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
27. (RE) [PS4] Destiny
28. (29) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
29. (26) [WIIU] Super Smash Bros
30. (23) [PS4] LittleBigPlanet 3
31. (27) [XBO] The Crew
32. (30) [PC] Football Manager 2015
33. (40) [PS3] Far Cry 4
34. (RE) [XBO] Forza Horizon 2
35. (35) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
36. (38) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
37. (RE) [360] WWE 2K15
38. (37) [360] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
39. (RE) [PC] The Sims 4
40. (RE) [360] Destiny

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

It’s that time of the month folks as we finally have concrete sales figures for the United States for the month of November courtesy of the NPD Group. The Xbox One was the best-selling video game console in both the United States and the UK. With regards to software Super Smash Bros arrived at number three in the US and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire was at five and Pokemon Omega Ruby was placed at number seven. Hopefully we will get some sales data through from Nintendo.

  • 1.) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC)
  • 2.) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • 3.) Super Smash Bros. (NWU, 3DS)
  • 4.) Madden NFL 15 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)
  • 5.) Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
  • 6.) Far Cry 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
  • 7.) Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS)
  • 8.) NBA 2K15 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
  • 9.) Assassin’s Creed: Unity (PS4, XBO, PC)
  • 10.) Halo: The Master Chief Collection (XBO)