The Game Awards Had Nearly 2 Million Viewers Which Is A 75% Increase Over VGA’s

Wow, it turns out The Game Awards were nothing short of a roaring success. Geoff Keighley, the producer behind the show, has revealed that they had 1.93 million viewers last Friday which is a 75% increase over the last year’s VGA awards. Interestingly social media monitoring and analytics company Sysmos says The Game Awards had a 96 percent “favorable” sentiment on the various networks. However, Keighly still says there’s some things he would change. Here’s what he had to say about the presentation.

“I am absolutely stunned by the results,” Keighley said. “We didn’t have any marketing budget or TV spots for the show. I’m used to having a lot of support resources — a promotional team, a digital media team, a PR team. All we had was the support of the game publishers and fans to spread the word and on social media.”

“It’s empowering that we as a community can get the word out virally about a show like this. I always knew the show would get a better critical response from the community, but in many ways I was making a more serious show that risked not having as much mainstream appeal. That’s why Kiefer Sutherland, Conan O’Brien, Trey Parker and Imagine Dragons were such important bookings. All of them truly love games and came to celebrate our medium.”

“I was really happy with how things turned out.,” Keighley said. “Certainly the audience numbers were well beyond my wildest dreams, and creatively I’m proud of what we put on the screen. Moments like the tribute to Ken and Roberta Williams and the Koji Kondo/Imagine Dragons performance were once in a lifetime experiences.”

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 145K And Wii U Sells 24K

You can tell the holiday shopping season is upon us as both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS have seen sales increases this week in Japan. The Wii U saw the release of Super Smash Bros which soared into the number one position which placed it above Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Here’s the best-selling video games in Japan this week.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 227,527 (New)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 171,813 (1,798,097)
  3. [3DS] Derby Stallion Gold (Kadokawa Games, 12/04/14) – 73,616 (New)
  4. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days (Bandai Namco, 12/04/14) – 33,151 (New)
  5. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 29,670 (1,788,460)
  6. [PS3] Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign (Arc System Works, 12/04/14) – 27,278 (New)
  7. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 25,157 (2,225,855)
  8. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 23,557 (2,925,945)
  9. [PSV] Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (Koei Tecmo, 12/04/14) – 22,152 (New)
  10. [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova (Sega, 11/27/14) – 19,833 (127,147)
  11. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 19,244 (753,870)
  12. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN (Spike Chunsoft, 12/04/14) – 19,073 (New)
  13. [PS3] Resident Evil (Capcom, 11/27/14) – 15,445 (65,703)
  14. [3DS] Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (Koei Tecmo, 12/04/14) – 14,909 (New)
  15. [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Dubbed Version) (Square Enix, 12/04/14) – 13,758 (New)
  16. [PS4] Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign (Arc System Works, 12/04/14) – 12,638 (New)
  17. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, 11/13/14) – 11,829 (65,882)
  18. [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Dubbed Version) (Square Enix, 12/04/14) – 9,461 (New)
  19. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold II: Knight of Fafnir (Atlus, 11/27/14) – 9,456 (68,986)
  20. [PS4] The Crew (Ubisoft, 12/04/14) – 9,002 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 63,714 (48,738)
  2. 3DS – 38,846 (19,722)
  3. New 3DS – 25,541 (22,875)
  4. Wii U – 24,469 (12,496)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 22,355 (27,935)
  6. 3DS LL – 17,319 (15,182)
  7. PlayStation 4 – 15,971 (13,489)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 5,679 (5,360)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 986 (1,285)
  10. Xbox One – 790 (1,237)
  11. Xbox 360 – 189 (108)
  12. PSP – 8 (18)

UK Charts: Pokemon ORAS And Smash Bros Drop, Mario Kart 8 Resurfaces

This week’s individual UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track. Grand Theft Auto V grabs the top spot and snatches it from the clutches of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, though both games continue to do battle on various multiplayer platforms. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have fallen down the chart to positions 13 and 14, despite the remakes having a remarkable debut launch last week, making it the biggest UK launch for a Pokemon game ever.

Further down the chart, Just Dance 2015 enters the chart at 20 for the first time on Wii since its October release. A heavy marketing campaign during the seasonal period has seen sales of the Wii game boosted. Super Smash Bros for Wii U slips back to 26 after entering the individual charts at 14 last week, while Tomodachi Life for the 3DS moves down to 35. Mario Kart 8 also sees a resurgence this week for the Wii U and comes in at 38. Feel free to check out the individual top 40 UK games chart in full below.

1. (02) [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V
2. (01) [360] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
3. (08) [360] FIFA 15
4. (11) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
5. (05) [XBO] Grand Theft Auto V
6. (07) [PS4] Driveclub
7. (10) [XBO] FIFA 15
8. (19) [PS4] FIFA 15
9. (06) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
10. (NE) [PS4] The Crew
11. (15) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
12. (13) [PS4] Far Cry 4
13. (03) [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby
14. (04) [3DS] Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
15. (27) [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
16. (20) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
17. (16) [PS3] FIFA 15
18. (18) [XBO] Far Cry 4
19. (36) [360] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
20. (NE) [WII] Just Dance 2015
21. (22) [XBO] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
22. (21) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
23. (17) [PS4] LittleBigPlanet 3
24. (12) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
25. (09) [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
26. (14) [WIIU] Super Smash Bros
27. (NE) [XBO] The Crew
28. (24) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
29. (35) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
30. (30) [PC] Football Manager 2015
31. (23) [PS4] Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
32. (25) [XBO] Sunset Overdrive
33. (NE) [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 Remix
34. (26) [360] Disney Infinity 2.0
35. (31) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
36. (NE) [PS4] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
37. (28) [360] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
38. (RE) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
39. (RE) [360] Forza Horizon 2
40. (37) [360] Far Cry 4

Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex) Unveils Their New Engine Titled Dawn Engine

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Eidos-Montréal, the award-winning Square Enix studio behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution and THIEF, today announces the ‘Dawn Engine’, their new, state of the art game engine that will be the cornerstone to the development of the Deus Ex Universe projects at the studio.

The Dawn Engine, based on a heavily modified version of IO Interactive’s Glacier 2 engine, features new technology that allows for improved rendering capabilities, real-time physics, and advanced artificial intelligence programming, among other things. An official screenshot from the Dawn Engine can be found above.

“The technology behind any game is a key component in ensuring that gamers are able to develop both an emotional and visceral connection to what they are experiencing within the game world,” said David Anfossi, Studio Head at Eidos-Montréal. “We’ve worked tirelessly over the last few years developing this engine, building upon and improving both the visual and immersive artistry in our games. We truly believe that our engine will help us to strengthen both the gameplay and storytelling experiences we strive to create.”

Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi Says Expect An “Unexpected” Game Announcement “Soon”

Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who has worked on Resident Evil and Devil May Cry, has announced that he has an announcement to make soon about an unexpected title that will get everybody hyped. There’s no mention of formats so the Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS could be in the running. Either way we should find out more about the game shortly.

Thanks, killbill

UK Charts: Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Make Top 5 Debut, Smash Bros For Wii U Lands At 14

This week’s individual UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS have got off to a flying start and make their debut in third and fourth positions, respectively. It’s also the franchise’s best UK launch to date according to Chart-Track, improving on X and Y’s sales by 17 per cent. Though the two remakes have held off meaty competition from a number of multi-platform titles, Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4 slips to second and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on the Xbox 360 nabs the top spot on the back of Black Friday sales this weekend.

While Pokemon titles have blasted through the rankings, Super Smash Bros for Wii U arrives in at number 14, despite its considerably high user and critic scores. Launching against such Black Friday Xbox One bundle deals has given it a small step back, but we’ll have to wait and see if it can climb any further in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Below you’ll find the individual UK top 40 games chart in full.

1. (10) [360] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
2. (01) [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V
3. (NE) [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby
4. (NE) [3DS] Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
5. (02) [XBO] Grand Theft Auto V
6. (08) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
7. (NE) [PS4] Driveclub
8. (12) [360] FIFA 15
9. (18) [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
10. (11) [XBO] FIFA 15
11. (07) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
12. (32) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
13. (03) [PS4] Far Cry 4
14. (NE) [WIIU] Super Smash Bros
15. (09) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
16. (22) [PS3] FIFA 15
17. (NE) [PS4] LittleBigPlanet 3
18. (04) [XBO] Far Cry 4
19. (20) [PS4] FIFA 15
20. (17) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
21. (06) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
22. (NE) [XBO] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
23. (RE) [PS4] Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
24. (31) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
25. (33) [XBO] Sunset Overdrive
26. (28) [360] Disney Infinity 2.0
27. (15) [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
28. (25) [360] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
29. (34) [360] Skylanders Trap Team
30. (40) [PC] Football Manager 2015
31. (24) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
32. (RE) [XBO] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
33. (05) [PS4] Dragon Age: Inquisition
34. (RE) [XBO] Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
35. (26) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
36. (21) [360] LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham
37. (16) [360] Far Cry 4
38. (29)  [PS4] Destiny
39. (RE) [360] Destiny
40. (RE) [PS4] The Evil Within

Sales Data Show Wii U Captured Six Percent Of Console Market On Black Friday

console_market_share_data_black_friday_2014The Wii U captured about six percent of the console market on Black Friday, November 28th. According to data collected by InfoScout, Nintendo’s system placed just above PlayStation 3 but below Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Both Xbox platforms dominated the console market, owning 62 percent of the market share. InfoScout’s data was accumulated from purchases made at major retailers carrying electronics, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy and GameStop.