UK Charts: Final Fantasy Explorers Enters Just Outside Top Ten

This week’s UK charts, which have come in courtesy of GFK Chart Track, show that Final Fantasy continues to remain a brand to be reckoned with. The Nintendo 3DS title Final Fantasy Explorers narrowly missed out on a top ten placement and landed just outside at number twelve. It’s the only Nintendo exclusive in the top forty which is dominated by Xbox One and PlayStation 4 titles. If you read the charts each week then this won’t come as much of a surprise, still it’s a shame. Here’s the best-selling video games this week.

01 (01) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
02 (NE) PS4 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
03 (NE) XBO LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
04 (NE) 360 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
05 (02) XBO CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
06 (03 XBO FIFA 16 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
07 (NE) PS3 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
08 (05) XBO TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE (UBISOFT)
09 (04) PS4 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
10 (07) PS4 FIFA 16 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
11 (06) PS4 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE (UBISOFT)
12 (NE) 3DS FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
13 (09) XBO STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
14 (08) PS4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
15 (15) PS4 JUST CAUSE 3 (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
16 (13) XBO FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 (MICROSOFT)
17 (34) PS4 METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN (KONAMI)
18 (10) PS4 RESIDENT EVIL ORIGINS COLLECTION (CAPCOM)
19 (14) XBO JUST CAUSE 3 (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
20 (NE) WIU LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
21 (12) XBO GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
22 (18) XBO HALO 5: GUARDIANS (MICROSOFT)
23 (20) PS4 FALLOUT 4 (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
24 (22) PS4 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
25 (32) XBO RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
26 (24) XBO MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
27 (11) PS4 LIFE IS STRANGE (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
28 (19) PS4 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
29 (33) 360 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE (TELLTALE GAMES)
30 (25) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
31 (37) 360 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
32 (31) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
33 (26) XBO FALLOUT 4 (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
34 (__) PS4 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE (UBISOFT)
35 (27) 360 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
36 (23) PS4 NEED FOR SPEED (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
37 (28) PC FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 (SEGA)
38 (39) PS4 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
39 (NE) 3DS LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
40 (30) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)

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Michel Ancel Says Beyond Good And Evil 2 Still In The Works

Beyond Good & Evil was extremely well-received upon release but it seems as though we have been waiting forever for the sequel. During a Devs Play video from Double Fine, Tim Schafer played an hour of the original Beyond Good & Evil alongside the game’s producer, Michel Ancel. Schafer then said “You’re still in the headspace of this game because you’re making a sequel right” To which Ancel replied, “Yeah, but it’s difficult because it’s hard for me to redo the same game two times. I don’t know how you’re going to manage that for Psychonauts 2.” So there it is, the game is still in development but when we will see it remains to be seen. Let’s hope it comes to Nintendo’s next platform, the NX.

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Video: Here’s A Look At The History Behind Rare

YouTube channel UnboxedTV has taken an extensive look at the history behind one of the most iconic gaming studios, Rare. The video covers everything from the Ultimate days on the ZX Spectrum to the emergence of Banjo Kazooie and Conker on the Nintendo 64. If you have fond memories of the British development studio then you will probably want to give it a watch as it’s well researched and rather interesting.

Thanks, Shuhei Yoshito

Capcom Financial Results For 9 Months Ended December 31: Monster Hunter X 3.2 Million

Financial Results for the 9 Months ended December 31, 2015 Increased by 19.3% in Net Sales, by 9.0% in Operating Income from the Previous Term
– Favorable Consumer business, including “Monster Hunter X (Cross)” and overseas digital download sales contributed to the earnings –

Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) today announced that net sales increased to 57,060 million yen (up 19.3% from the same term last year) in the 9 months of fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. As for profits, operating income increased to 10,604 million yen (up 9.0 % from the same term last year), and ordinary income increased to 10,640 million yen (up 5.2% from the same term last year). Net income for the current period increased to 7,006 million yen (up 7.1 % from the same term last year).

During the 9 months ended December 31, 2015, the latest title in the featured series “Monster Hunter X (Cross)” was a major hit and contributed to significant sales of more than 3 million units, surpassing the initially-planned 2.5 million units. In addition, sales of repeat titles and digital download contents were firm, particularly in overseas markets, in the Digital Contents business.

Regarding online games, “Dragon’s Dogma Online”, an online open-world action game, was strong, while mobile contents sales improved as downloads of “Monster Hunter Explore” surpassed 3 million. Meanwhile, in the growing Chinese market, distribution of the PC online game “Monster Hunter Online” by Tencent Holdings Limited in cooperation with Capcom, which began in December, was off to a good start.

The resulting consolidated net sales were 57,060 yen (up 19.3 % from the same term last year), operating income was 10,604 million yen (up 9.0% from the same term last year), and all profits exceeded the same term last year.

The forecast for the consolidated business results for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 remains the same as what was projected at the financial results announcement on May 7, 2015.

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Sony Never Got The Trademark For ‘Let’s Play’

You may remember that Sony were trying to trademark the common term ‘Let’s Play’. Well, now it seems as though they were unsuccessful trademarking this term as one might expect. The US Patent and Trademark Office rejected the trademark and said that it is a far too ‘generic term’ that’s descriptive in nature. That’s because it’s a commonly used word amongst streamers and YouTubers and it’s not associated with Sony products.

As shown in the attached evidence, the term ‘Let’s Play’ used in connection with video games refers to ‘a video, or less commonly, a series of screenshots, documenting a playthrough of a video game, almost always including commentary by the gamer’ and ‘Let’s Play’ (sometimes called Learn to Play); One or more people that record themselves playing video games through screenshots or captured video (Mostly the latter).’  This phrase merely describes applicant’s services because applicant would stream Let’s Play’ videos.

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Concept Art Of New Mistwalker Game For Consoles

JRPG company Mistwalker appear to be back and ready to develop a new role playing title for current generation consoles. Mistwalker founder Hironobu Sakaguchi showcased some concept art of his new title during a creative media master class at UH West Oʻahu Library in Hawaii. Gematsu reports that the the artwork is illustrated by Kimihiko Fujisawa. Sakaguchi says he wants the art style to look pencil drawn while still being 3D. The mystery Mistwalker game should full be revealed sometime later this year.

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Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 39K And Wii U Sells 11K

This week’s Japanese sales charts are now in thanks to sales tracking firm Media Create. There’s been a number of notable new releases this week including Hyrule Warriors Legends for the Nintendo 3DS which entered the charts at number three. However, it couldn’t quite beat Yakuza: Kiwami for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. With regards to hardware the Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling system shifting 39K while the Wii U only managed 11K this week. Anyway, here’s the best-selling games!

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Yakuza: Kiwami (Sega, 01/21/16) – 103,256 (New)
  2. [PS3] Yakuza: Kiwami (Sega, 01/21/16) – 60,427 (New)
  3. [3DS] Hyrule Warriors (Koei Tecmo, 01/21/16) – 54,479 (New)
  4. [PS4] Just Cause 3 (Square Enix, 01/21/16) – 33,660 (New)
  5. [PS4] Resident Evil: Origins Collection (Capcom, 01/21/16) – 21,015 (New)
  6. [3DS] Monster Hunter X (Capcom, 11/27/15) – 20,714 (2,644,499)
  7. [PS3] Resident Evil 0 (Capcom, 01/21/16) – 15,639 (New)
  8. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 13,764 (1,215,154)
  9. [3DS] Monster Strike (Mixi, 12/17/15) – 11,684 (769,491)
  10. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Level-5, 07/11/15) – 10,608 (2,172,431)
  11. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,431 (631,491)
  12. [PSV] Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (Atlus, 01/14/16) – 9,379 (52,774)
  13. [Wii U] Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, 09/10/15) – 9,264 (776,345)
  14. [PS4] Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (Atlus, 01/14/16) – 7,292 (49,555)
  15. [PS4] Fallout 4 (Bethesda Softworks, 12/17/15) – 5,756 (203,426)
  16. [PSV] Muv-Luv Double Pack (5pb., 01/21/16) – 4,366 (New)
  17. [PS4] Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft, 12/10/15) – 3,915 (60,145)
  18. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 3,890 (639,960)
  19. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops III (SCE, 11/06/15) – 3,827 (283,493)
  20. [3DS] Disney Magical World 2 (Bandai Namco, 11/05/15) – 3,742 (263,358)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 31,452 (30,172)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 24,441 (25,592)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 14,999 (18,202)
  4. Wii U – 11,298 (15,398)
  5. New 3DS – 4,715 (6,241)
  6. 3DS – 2,813 (4,797)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 1,671 (1,939)
  8. 3DS LL – 697 (1,162)
  9. Xbox One – 52 (99)

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