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Japanese Charts: 3DS Sells 65k, Wii U Sells 14k

This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. After a few weeks of next to no new titles appearing, we’ve got an influx of games including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare which makes its debut at the top of the chart on the PlayStation 3 at 79k in sales, with the PlayStation 4 version close behind in third, and between them is newcomer Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 for the PlayStation 3.

Within the top 5 is new 3DS title One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X taking in 35k, but sat in seventh making its debut is the adorable Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker with 28k in units sold. In terms of hardware the 3DS slips slightly bringing in another 65k, while the Wii U has a considerable boost – possibly due to the upcoming holiday season and the newly released Mario Kart 8 bundle for the region – and sits at 14k this week. Below you’ll find the top 20 software and hardware charts for Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 79,586 (New)
  2. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 – 71,303 (New)
  3. [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 64,060 (New)
  4. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 39,502 (2,144,346)
  5. [3DS] One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X – 35,098 (New)
  6. [PS3] Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax – 34,671 (New)
  7. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – 28,025 (New)
  8. [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 – 26,684 (New)
  9. [PSV] Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax – 25,607 (New)
  10. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 21,086 (2,863,976)
  11. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 18,723 (1,720,189)
  12. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 13,544 (713,132)
  13. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 – 6,570 (117,607)
  14. [PSV] Hanayamata Yosakoi Live! – 6,285 (New)
  15. [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 4,867 (New)
  16. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 – 4,243 (75,316)
  17. [PSV] Marginal #4: Idol of Supernova – 4,170 (New)
  18. [PS3] The Evil Within – 4,124 (87,056)
  19. [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 3,370 (New)
  20. [3DS] Tales of the World: Reve Unitia – 2,926 (65,046)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 38,457 (50,619)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 19,301 (9,874)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 15,537 (10,078)
  4. Wii U – 14,002 (4,787)
  5. New 3DS – 13,373 (15,020)
  6. 3DS LL – 9,172 (9,083)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 4,711 (4,666)
  8. 3DS – 4,199 (4,495)
  9. Xbox One – 2,245 (513)
  10. PlayStation Vita TV – 675 (678)
  11. Xbox 360 – 91 (107)
  12. PSP – 25 (25)

UK Charts: Halo Takes Top Spot, Tomodachi Life Remains Best Selling 3DS Title

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track. As in a similar pattern to previous weeks, three Nintendo titles remain in the individual top 40 but are continuously floundering against multi-platform games. Halo: The Master Chief Collection bags the top spot over Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which falls in at number 2 and 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One respectively. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – last week’s chart-topper – continues to dominate the top 10 on all platforms.

Tomodachi Life continues to hold the title for the best-selling 3DS game in the UK charts at 24 this week, while Super Smash Bros for 3DS falls from 19 to 30. Although Mario Kart 8 saw a resurgence last week with the first DLC pack’s release, it drops to 34 from 25. You can view the individual UK top 40 games chart in full below.

1. (NE) (XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
2. (NE) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
3. (NE) [XBO]  Assassin’s Creed: Unity
4. (01) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
5. (02) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
6. (03) [360] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
7. (04) [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
8. (06) [360] FIFA 15
9. (NE) [360] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
10. (07) [XBO] FIFA 15
11. (NE) [PC] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
12. (10) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
13. (NE) [360] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
14. (08) [PS4] FIFA 15
15. (NE) [VITA] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
16. (NE) [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
17. (05) [PC] Football Manager 2015
18. (NE) [PS3] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
19. (11) [PS3] FIFA 15
20. (12) [PS4] Destiny
21. (14) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
22. (09) [XBO] Sunset Overdrive
23. (15) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
24. (20) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
25. (NE) [PS3] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
26. (NE) [PS4] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
27. (22) [360] Skylanders Trap Team
28. (21) [360] Disney Infinity 2.0
29. (26) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
30. (19) [3DS] Super Smash Bros
31. (NE) [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
32. (16) [XBO] Forza Horizon 2
33. (13) [PS4] Alien: Isolation
34. (25) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
35. (18) [360] WWE 2K15
36. (NE) [XBO] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
37. (27) [PC] The Sims 4
38. (NE) [XBO] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
39. (28) [DS] Frozen: Olaf’s Quest
40. (32) [360] Forza Horizon 2

Geoff Keighley Is Paying For The Game Awards 2014 Out Of His Own Pocket

Journalist and presenter Geoff Keighley has revealed that he is paying for The Game Awards 2014 out of his own pocket. The awards were previously called the VGA’s and weren’t particularly taken to by gamers. Let’s hope this year’s event will be an improvement.

“The investment is my own. I’m bankrolling it and we’re trying to sell some sponsorships. But there are no submission fees.”

“There is a fair amount of risk involved, though he declined to say how much of his own money he had to put up for the show. “I thought about doing a Kickstarter, but I would feel awkward doing that. I think I need to take this on myself to prove I can do it. I need to prove to everyone this is going to be great. If I were to Kickstart it there would have been a fair amount of skepticism.”

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

We’ve finally got October’s NPD sales results for the United States. The NPD Group says consumers spent $790.7 million on games, accessories and hardware during the month of October. Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS had a good month, as the game was the second best-selling software in the US during October. However, it should be noted that Bayonetta 2 failed to make the top ten. Anyway, here’s the top ten best-selling games according to NPD data.

  1. NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (3DS)
  3. The Evil Within (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC)
  4. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (360, PS3, PC)
  5. Destiny (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  6. Skylanders: Trap Team (360, Wii, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, mobile)
  7. FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii, PS Vita, 3DS)
  8. Madden NFL 15 (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
  9. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, XBox One, PC)
  10. Minecraft (360, PS3, PS4)

“October 2014 marks the first 12 months of sales for the Xbox One and PS4,” said Callahan. “After the first year, these consoles have had a great start as cumulative sales are currently over 70 percent higher than the combined first year totals of Xbox 360 and PS3.”

“The NPD Group also confirmed that the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U hardware made up 80 percent of the money spent on game-related products in October.”

The VGA’s Are Now Called The Game Awards And It Airs On December 5th

On December 5, videogame creators, press, and fans around the world will come together to celebrate all things videogames with The Game Awards 2014. Built to honor every aspect of the world’s most dynamic form of entertainment, The Game Awards 2014 will highlight the cultural significance of the $100B a year gaming industry with awards, world premieres, musical performances, and appearances by game developers, eSports players and online content creators. The Game Awards 2014 is a new show created specifically to acknowledge the place of videogames at the center of modern entertainment and culture.

“The Game Awards 2014 will celebrate our collective love of games and the passion we all hold in our hearts for this incredible entertainment medium,” said Geoff Keighley, Producer, The Game Awards 2014. “Gaming has never been stronger, and this year we will recognize the fastest-selling launch year in history for new game consoles, the rise of eSports and mobile gaming around the globe, and preview the games that will make 2015 the biggest year yet.”

Airing live from the state-of-the-art AXIS Theater in front the industry and the public, The Game Awards 2014 will be viewable around the world across a record number of gaming devices, platforms, media partners and services. More details on ways to watch the show will be released in the coming weeks at www.thegameawards.com Public tickets for the awards will be available for sale via TicketMaster on Tuesday, November 11.

The Game Awards 2014 is produced by Geoff Keighley, with the guidance of an advisory board that includes Reggie Fils-Aime (President and COO, Nintendo of America), Yves Guillemot (Co-Founder and CEO, Ubisoft), Hideo Kojima (Executive Contents Director, Kojima Productions), Shawn Layden (CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America), Peter Moore (COO, Electronic Arts), Rockstar Games, Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox, Microsoft), Martin Tremblay (President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) and Valve.

“The Game Awards is a special event to honor the achievements in gaming, our talented developers and devoted fans. We look forward to celebrating the power of games this December,” said Yves Guillemot, Co-founder and CEO, Ubisoft.

“PlayStation looks forward to seeing our fans and celebrating with them both at The Game Awards and The PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas this December,” said Shawn Layden, CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “For those who can’t join us in person, we will be livestreaming the weekend on PlayStation Network.”

“Electronic Arts has long championed the way gaming brings together players with the talented teams behind the world’s greatest video games, and this event will be an exciting new opportunity to do just that,” said Peter Moore, COO, Electronic Arts. “We look forward to supporting The Game Awards alongside our friends in the industry.”

“We have long been believers in the potential for videogames to inspire, challenge and entertain, and we look forward to standing with the industry to celebrate the medium at The Game Awards this year,” said Jennifer Kolbe, VP of Publishing, Rockstar Games.

“Xbox is proud to be a part of The Game Awards and to celebrate the creative and innovative work that happens across the gaming industry all year long,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, Microsoft. “I am pleased Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners around the world will be able to watch the entire program through Xbox Live.”

“It’s been an amazing year in games and we’re excited to celebrate the industry’s achievements at The Game Awards alongside friends, colleagues and fans around the world,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“Valve is excited to share The Game Awards with over 100 million users on Steam around the world,” said Gabe Newell, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Valve. Alongside the free livestream, Steam will offer a special limited time Steam Sale as part of The Game Awards 2014 broadcast. More details will be announced closer to the event.

Sounds Like Xbox One Lifetime Sales Have Overtaken Wii U Worldwide

Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, has announced that the company has sold in to retailers more than 10 million Xbox One consoles. We found out that Nintendo has sold 7 million Wii U console since the system launched back in 2012. Medhi also announced that Xbox One sales in the United States have risen dramatically due to the price cut and that they’re currently outselling the PlayStation 4.

The response to this wave of blockbuster game releases and new bundles has been amazing, and sales have skyrocketed since the new price took effect on Nov. 2. Compared to the previous week, Xbox One sales in the US have more than tripled, which is exciting as more and more friends will be playing together this holiday. As we head into the busy holiday season Xbox One led generation 8 console sales in the US for the past two weeks.  Shortly, we will have sold in to retailers more than 10 million Xbox One consoles.

Is Jurassic Park The Next LEGO Game?

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Everyone is interested to see where the LEGO video game franchise will go next and it seems the next instalment might be based on the blockbuster Jurassic Park. A hint was given when the credits roll for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham where you can see a Tyrannosaurus Rex showing up with the Jurassic Park theme song. Would you be interested in a Jurassic Park based LEGO title?