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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)
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Miyamoto Says Blockuster Video Games These Days Aren’t Innovative And Unique Enough

Revered video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto previously called out developers during a recent shareholders meeting in July. Miyamoto said his impressions of E3 were that the video game developers are beginning to become obsessed with creating violent shooters which sport ultra realistic visuals.

“This year, the majority of what the other developers exhibited was bloody shooter software that was mainly set in violent surroundings or, in a different sense, realistic and cool worlds,” Miyamoto said at the time. “Because so many software developers are competing in that category, it seemed like most of the titles at the show were of that kind.”

Miyamoto was recently quizzed by EDGE magazine to follow-up on his opinionated comment. He told the publication that the video game industry needs to create more risky and unique titles, but it still has a long way to go. Here’s what he had to say.

“Oh, I’ve made quite the grand statement, haven’t I? My comment was based upon the fact that I have not been fully satisfied with the inspirations that I have or that other people in the industry have in general. I feel that industry tends, rather than the creator’s individuality and uniqueness, tend to be prioritized. When the people who manage the development budget take the lead in making a game, creators tend to make games that are already popular in the marketplace. Even when there is opportunity for young developers to make something freely, they tend to make similar proposals. I can’t help but feel that the industry has a long way to go. I hope Nintendo will always be a company that aggressively invests in something new – something born from each creator’s individual characteristics.”

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UK Charts: Tomodachi Life Climbs To 7, Mario Kart 8 Moves Up To 21

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart Track. Nintendo’s wacky life simulation game, Tomodachi Life, has climbed back into the individual top 10 after slipping slightly last week and now sits at number 7. It’s a similar story for Mario Kart 8 as well, as the popular racing title moves back up the chart, sitting at 21 from 24, just outside the top 20.

EA has an unsurprising victory this week with newly released The Sims 4. The simulation title finds itself jumping ahead of The Last of Us: Remastered Edition, taking the crown in the number one spot. And rounding out the bottom of the chart is Pokemon X, with no sign of its counterpart, Y, this week. You can check out the individual top 40 chart below.

1. (NE) [PC] The Sims 4
2. (01) [PS4] The Last of Us: Remastered
3. (03) [360] Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
4. (05) [PS3] Minecraft PlayStation 3 Edition
5. (02) [PS4] Metro Redux
6. (12) [PS4] Watch Dogs
7. (13) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
8. (07) [360] Grand Theft Auto V
9. (04) [XBO] Metro Redux
10. (06) [PS4] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil
11. (08) [XBO] Titanfall
12. (15) [360] Terraria
13. (18) [PS4] Call of Duty: Ghosts
14. (19) [360] The LEGO Movie Videogame
15. (11) [XBO] Forza Motorsport 5
16. (22) [360] Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
17. (10) [PS4] Madden NFL 15
18. (17) [XBO] Call of Duty: Ghosts
19. (35) [360] Watch Dogs
20. (14) [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V
21. (24) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
22. (09) [XBO] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil
23. (16) [PS3] Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
24. (RE) [PS3] Watch Dogs
25. (21) [PS4] Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
26. (25) [360] Titanfall
27. (20) [360] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil
28. (NE) [VITA] Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
29. (23) [XBO] Madden NFL 15
30. (30) [360] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
31. (RE) [DS] Frozen: Olaf’s Quest
32. (28) [360] Skate 3
33. (29) [360] Call of Duty: Ghosts
34. (40) [XBO] Watch Dogs
35. (31) [PS3] The LEGO Movie Videogame
36. (36) [PS4] Wolfenstein: The New ORders
37. (26) [PS3] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil
38. (32) [360] Sniper Elite 3
39. (RE) [XBO] Wolfenstein: The New Order
40. (33) [3DS] Pokemon X

 

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Square Enix Recruiting Staff For New Console RPG Studio

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Square Enix is reportedly working hard to acquire new staff for a console based RPG studio. The firm is currently recruiting a Battle Director, Event Director, Lead Planner, Battle Planners, Lead Programmer, Programmers, Marketing Director, Technical Artists, Lead Effects Designer, Lead Animator, Lead 3DCG Character Designer, Lead 3DCG Environment Designer, Lead Menu Designer. It’s all in very early stages at the moment so don’t expect to see the fruits of their labour anytime soon.

Thanks, Danny C