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Here’s The Most Wanted Games In Japan

The latest edition of Famitsu has revealed the games that Japanese gamers are looking forward to the most in the coming months. There’s plenty of Nintendo related titles in the list including the soon to be released Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros 3DS. Capcom’s Nintendo 3DS exclusive Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate tops the list.

  1. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 949 votes
  2. [PS3] Persona 5 – 800 votes
  3. [WIU] Hyrule Warriors – 603 votes
  4. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV – 488 votes
  5. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – 444 votes
  6. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 432 votes
  7. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 419 votes
  8. [PS3] Tales of Zestiria – 401 votes
  9. [3DS] Bravely Second – 305 votes
  10. [PS4] The Evil Within – 297 votes
  11. [PSV] Toukiden Extreme – 289 votes
  12. [PSV] Bullet Girls – 262 votes
  13. [WIU] Bayonetta 2 – 246 votes
  14. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 244 votes
  15. [PS3] Shining Resonance – 222 votes
  16. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 207 votes
  17. [3DS] Forbidden Magna – 201 votes
  18. [PS3] The Evil Within – 195 votes
  19. [PS3] The Last Remnant – 183 votes
  20. [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers – 180 votes
  21. [PS3] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – 174 votes
  22. [PS4] Omega Quintet – 146 votes
  23. [PS4] Bloodborne – 138 votes
  24. [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova – 126 votes
  25. [PS3] Ni-Oh – 119 votes
  26. [PS3] Persona 4 Arena Ultimax – 104 votes
  27. [PS4] Destiny – 103 votes
  28. [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix – 95 votes
  29. [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – 94 votes
  30. [PS3] The Last Guardian – 93 votes

Thanks, Kallum S

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Ubisoft Says Just Dance 2015 Will Be At Gamescom, No Mention Of Watch Dogs Wii U

Today, Ubisoft revealed a lineup of games including Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, Just Dance 2015, Just Dance Now, Tom Clancy’s The Division, The Settlers Kingdom of Anteria, Shape Up and more for Gamescom 2014,  taking place August 13 – 17 in Cologne, Germany. New, as-of-yet unannounced titles for PC, mobile and digital channels also will be shown during Gamescom for the first time.

Visitors to Ubisoft’s booth (Hall 6, space A021) have more chances than ever before to learn more about their favorite titles first hand at the show. Assassin’s Creed Unity and Tom Clancy’s The Division will be showcased in dedicated 150-person and 85-person theaters, respectively. Attendees also can get hands-on time with a number of Ubisoft’s upcoming games, including Far Cry 4, The Crew and the recently announced Assassin’s Creed  Rogue. Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be available on 40 pods, and The Crew will be available on 24, with the popular simulation chair available again for players who want the added thrill of playing from an interactive driver’s seat. Finally, Far Cry 4 will be playable on 90 pods, the biggest demo installation of its kind for Ubisoft.

There also is a packed program of activities scheduled at the booth. Just Dance 2015, Just Dance Now and Shape Up will be featured on Ubisoft’s center stage. Assassin’s Creed fans will find cosplayers roaming the area and tattoos will be available for every person who plays Assassin’s Creed Rogue.  Meanwhile, Far Cry fans can have their photo taken sitting in Pagan Min’s throne. With additional community activities, prizes and performances planned throughout the event, there is something to keep every fan entertained.

“Ubisoft is making it easier than ever for Gamescom attendees to look at our games and connect with their favorite franchises,” said Yves Guillemot, co-founder and CEO, Ubisoft. “We’re hopeful that every type of gamer will find something to enjoy in our lineup and will have a chance to share their feedback with us.”

 

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Gamescom 2014 Award Nominees Announced

A panel of video game enthusiasts from a number of respected publications have announced the Gamescom 2014 Award Nominees. There’s a splattering of Nintendo titles in the mix including Splatoon and the long-awaited Super Smash Bros. Here’s the nominations.

Best Console Game Sony Playstation:

The Evil Within
Evolve
Dying Light
Far Cry 4
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox:

The Evil Within
Evolve
Assassin’s Creed Rogue
Sunset Overdrive
Ori and the Blind Forest

Best Console Game Nintendo Wii:

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Splatoon
Super Smash Bros. For Wii U

Best Role Playing Game:

Skylanders Trap Team
Risen 3
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX

Best Action Game:

The Order: 1886
Evolve
Far Cry 4
Ori and the Blind Forest
Super Smash Bros. For Wii U

Best Simulation Game:

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call
World of Warships

Best Sports Game:

FIFA 15
Forza Horizon 2
PES 2015

Best Family Game:

Skylanders Trap Team
Silence
LittleBigPlanet 3
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Yoshi’s Woolly World

Best PC Game:

Heroes of the Storm
The Evil Within
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Evolve
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Mobile Game

Darkblade
Super Smash Bros. For 3DS
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call

Best Social / Casual / Online Game:

Orcs Must Die! Unchained
Dance Central Spotlight
LittleBigPlanet 3
SingStar
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Best Online Multiplayer Game:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Heroes of the Storm
FIFA 15
Evolve
Forza Horizon 2

Best Hardware (incl. Peripheral):

Virtualizer
Oculus Rift DK 2
Project Morpheus
Amiibo
SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Wireless Controller

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Japan Charts: 3DS Sells 38k, Wii U Sells 9k

This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. The software charts largely remain unchanged from previous weeks, with Yokai Watch 2 dominating the gaming field. Next week we’re likely to see the ghost-hunting RPG break the two million barrier in terms of units sold. Sticking to the popular sequel is Yoshi’s New Island and Mario Kart 8, along with the first Yokai Watch squeezing into the top 5. Elsewhere, three new 3DS games manage to break into the top 10, while Ubisoft’s Child of Light released for PlayStation Vita enters at number 19.

In terms of hardware sales, the 3DS remains the best-selling handheld console taking in 38k this week, while Wii U is steady once more at 9k. Here’s the top 20 software chart, followed by the hardware chart.

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 143,777 (1,973,310)
  2. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island – 33,192 (91,477)
  3. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 18,067 (578,554)
  4. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure – 8,849 (119,407)
  5. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 8,569 (1,227,267)
  6. [PSV] Oreshika: Tainted Bloodblines – 7,871 (119,336)
  7. [3DS] Happiness Charge PreCure! Kawa-Run Collection – 6,712 (New)
  8. [3DS] SoniPro – 6,086 (New)
  9. [3DS] Fate/Kaleid Liner: Prisma Illya – 5,532 (New)
  10. [PS3] Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea– 5,258 (56,434)
  11. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Bargain Edition) – 4,988 (33,673)
  12. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y – 4,900 (4,116,901)
  13. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy – 4,858 (80,262)
  14. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 4,662 (3,320,858)
  15. [PSV] Tokyo New World Record: Operation Abyss – 4,403 (19,645)
  16. [PSV] Corpse Party: Blood Drive – 4,304 (17,992)
  17. [3DS] Gundam Try Age SP – 4,297 (32,931)
  18. [PSV] Freedom Wars – 4,027 (271,798)
  19. [PSV] Child of Light – 3,893 (New)
  20. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,364 (2,359,011)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS LL – 31,740 (31,789)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 17,179 (21,875)
  3. Wii U – 9,646 (9,429)
  4. 3DS – 7,019 (6,656)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 6,605 (7,175)
  6. PlayStation 4 – 5,695 (5,581)
  7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,506 (1,767)
  8. PSP – 464 (489)
  9. Xbox 360 – 157 (122)
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Assassin’s Creed Rogue Leaked, Platforms Unconfirmed Other Than Xbox 360

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The next Assassin’s Creed title for last gen platforms has leaked and is titled Assassin’s Creed: Rouge. There’s some images of the title on the Assassin’s Creed Chile Facebook page. The video apparently made its way online, but was subsequently pulled by Ubisoft. It looks as though the game is coming to Xbox 360, but we’ve yet to hear which other platforms the game is coming to.

Thanks, Nick S

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UK Charts: Tomodachi Life and Mario Kart 8 Remain In Top 10

This week’s UK charts are in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track. Both Tomodachi Life and Mario Kart 8 remain in the individual top 10, but the popular racing title sees a slight fall from last week’s 6th to 10th in the first week of August. Nintendo’s quirky life simulation game only falls one place this week and into number 4. Unsurprisingly, Sony’s remastered edition for The Last of Us manages to grab the top spot, followed by the ever-popular Minecraft console editions.

Pokemon X and Y once again hold up the 3DS at the back-end of the UK charts, with Y climbing into 30 as X falls to 36. The DS title Frozen: Olaf’s Quest also makes it into the top 40 this week, presumably due to the school summer holiday period getting into full swing. Below you’ll find the individual top 40.

1. (NE) [PS4] The Last of Us: Remastered
2. (01) [360] Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
3. (02) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition
4. (03) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
5. (08) [360] FIFA 14
6. (07) [360] The LEGO Movie Videogame
7. (09) [360] Watch Dogs
8. (04) [PS4] Watch Dogs
9. (10) [360] Grand Theft Auto V
10. (06) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
11. (05) [XBO] Titanfall
12. (12) [360] Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
13. (13) [PS3] Watch Dogs
14. (15) [360] Terraria
15. (14) [360] Sniper Elite 3
16. (11) [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V
17. (19) [PS4] Call of Duty: Ghosts
18. (29) [PS3] The LEGO Movie Videogame
19. (20) [PS3] FIFA 14
20. (27) [PS4] Battlefield 4
21. (24) [XBO] FIFA 14
22. (17) [360] Titanfall
23. (18) [PS4] FIFA 14
24. (22) [XBO] Call of Duty: Ghosts
25. (26) [PS4] EA Sports UFC
26. (23) [PS4] Sniper Elite 3
27. (RE) [360] Call of Duty: Ghosts
28. (38) [360] Battlefield 4
29. (35) [360] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
30. (33) [3DS] Pokemon Y
31. (34) [360] Skate 3
32. (39) [360] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
33. (RE) [XBO] Battlefield 4
34. (40) [PS3] Sniper Elite 3
35. (RE) [NDS] Frozen: Olaf’s Quest
36. (31) [3DS] Pokemon X
37. (RE) [XBO] Forza Motorsport 5
38. (32) [XBO] Sniper Elite 3
39. (36) [XBO] Watch Dogs
40. (RE) [PS3] Gran Turismo 6

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Philadelphia GameStop Requires Customer Fingerprints When Doing Trade-ins

A new policy is in place at Philadelphia GameStop stores which requires customers who trade in video games to provide a fingerprint scan. The company claims the collected thumb prints will go into a database to enable police to track down thieves who bring in stolen goods. However, City Solicitor Shelley Smith claims that the state isn’t requiring GameStop to abide by this. Here’s a few reactions from customers at Philadelphia GameStop stores.

“I really don’t appreciate it. You fingerprinted me like I’m in a police district. No, I’m at a game store.”

“That is a little absurd, it’s just a video game.”

“I think it’s an overreach. It’s going too far.”

“I know that it only happens to people who go to jail, they get fingerprinted.”

“When I went, I got my finger scanned when he broke it out and said ‘I need your fingerprint,’ I said, ‘for what’?’”

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Japan: Small Survey Regarding Favourite Game Developers Puts Nintendo In The Lead

A recent survey conducted by Japanese publication Freshers asked gamers who their favourite developers are. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo gained the most votes as the preferred game developer of choice. They were followed by Square Enix. Here’s the results of those given multiple options in the Japanese survey:

#1 Nintendo (41 votes)
#2 Square Enix (31 votes)
#3 Capcom (22 votes)
#4 Sony (20 votes)
#5 Tecmo Koei (14 votes)
#6 Konami (13 votes)
#7 Sega (12 votes)
#8 Level 5 (10 votes)
#9 Atlus (9 votes)
#9 Bandai Namco (9 votes)
#11 EA (5 votes)
#12 Spike Chunsoft (3 votes)
#12 From Software (3 votes)
#12 Nippon Ichi Software (3 votes)
#12 Microsoft (3 votes)
#16 Marvelous AQL (2 votes)
#16 Arc System Works (2 votes)
#18 SNK (1 vote)
#18 Takara Tomy (1 vote)
Other developers(2 votes)

 

 

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Japanese Smartphone Gaming Market Reaches $5.1 Billion, Has Already Overtaken Dedicated Hardware And Software Combined

We already know that smartphones are now immensely popular in Japan, but what we didn’t know was the extent. It’s been revealed today in the 2014 CESA Games White Paper that the Japanese smartphone gaming market has now hit 5.1 billion, which is more than dedicated hardware sales and software sales combined.

Japan’s mobile gaming market in 2013 was, at US$5.1 billion, bigger than the one for console (hardware and software combined) at US$4 billion.

Thanks, Franco