Shantae Half Genie Hero’s E3 Trailer Revealed Early

Following the wave of good news, WayForward Games has released the E3 trailer for Shantae Half Genie Hero. The trailer below highlights Shantae’s hair-whipping gameplay, as she traverses numerous environments, takes down countless four enemies, and turns into a crab:

Shantae Half Genie Hero is the Kickstarted follow up to the Shantae series — it will be releasing on Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Will Include Online Challenge Mode

It was only a week ago when ArtPlay announced Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night would be coming to Wii U. However, in the latest update, the Kickstarter page revealed that the Online Challenge Mode $4 million stretch goal had been reached. While the mode is inherently vague, the update illuminated some of the finer details:

* Team up with a friend online in both co-op and versus modes
* Power through specially designed stages by clearing challenges, killing enemies, collecting items, and more
* Battle extra-powerful bosses which drop rare items

Additionally, the update hints at the $5 million stretch goal, specifically that it is a new mode, saying it’s “going to make this game even bigger than it was before.” The Kickstarter plans on revealing the new mode later tonight.

 

Japan: Wii U Sells 21K, Nintendo 3DS Sells 18K

The charts from Japan are out thanks to Media Create, and the week shows the “Splatoon bump” is still in affect. While Splatoon’s numbers are down from last week’s debut, it tops the chart for the second week in a row, doubling The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s lifetime sales. More importantly, Wii U sales have seen a moderate increase while Nintendo 3DS has stayed relatively the same.

New Nintendo additions to the list include Stella Glow (at number 4) and New Atelier Rorona: Hajimari no Monogatari – The Alchemist of Arland (at number 8), In the top 20 games, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hold a commanding 13 titles (10 and 3, respectively). For more information, check out the full chart below:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 68,913 (213,731)
  2. [PSV] Shiren the Wanderer 5 Plus: Fortune Tower and the Dice of Fate (Spike Chunsoft, 06/04/15) – 16.224 (New)
  3. [PS4] Natsuiro High School: Seishun Hakusho (D3 Publisher, 06/04/15} – 13.868 (New)
  4. [3DS] Stella Glow (Sega, 06/04/15) – 13.332 (New)
  5. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 13,272 (103,111)
  6. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 12,884 (1,019,603)
  7. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,708 (190,332)
  8. [3DS] New Atelier Rorona: Hajimari no Monogatari – The Alchemist of Arland (Koei Tecmo, 06/04/2015) – 8,352 (New)
  9. [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (Sega, 05/28/15) – 6,867 (48,309)
  10. [PS3] Natsuiro High School: Seishun Hakusho (D3 Publisher 06/04/15) – 6,772 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Wii U – 21,169 (17,713)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 11,763 (12,272)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 10,829 (12,517)
  4. New 3DS LL – 10,677 (11,170)
  5. New 3DS – 4,086 (4,129)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,716 (3,069)
  7. 3DS – 2,089 (1,418)
  8. 3DS LL – 1,039 (919)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 610 (529)
  10. Xbox One – 219 (522)  TEST

​Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Blows Past $3.5 Million, More Stretch Goals Announced

Without a doubt, the Kickstarter for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been a resounding success. The spiritual successor to the Castlevania series still has cash rolling in, basically guaranteeing that this will be the gothic Metroidvania that fans have been pining for. As of this writing, there are only four days left for crowd-funding, and if you take a gander at the Kickstarter page, you’ll see that Koji Igarashi still has one stretch goal left to reveal. 

The funding is currently hovering around $3.6 million, absolutely destroying its initial goal of $500,00. The following are the remaining revealed goals:

  • $3.75 million – Orchestrated music will make it onto the official soundtrack, composed by Castlevania veteran Michiru Yamane.
  • $4 million – Real time online multiplayer challenge mode added.
  • $4.25 million – A third playable character will be added to the roster. The game has a new cast, so who this character will be is entirely unknown.
  • $4.5 million – A retro-styled, bite-sized prequel game will be released on consoles a little bit in advance to set up the story for the main game.
  • $4.75 million – The prequel game will be released on the 3DS and Vita.

While it’s kind of tough to believe that the loftiest of these goals will be reached in four days, who really knows? After all, major Kickstarter projects historically have had massive spikes at the very beginning and end of funding. So, if you haven’t backed it yet, do these new stretch goals persuade?

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 26K, Wii U Sells 23K

Take a look at this week’s Japanese charts thanks to Media Create, albeit a little bit later than usual. Nintendo are doing well, dominating most of the chart and taking up the top 5 spots, with the top 3 being new entries. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition launched this week and jumps straight in at the top spot, selling 180,000 units. Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U finally arrives, maybe lower than anticipated, in at number 3 selling 85,000 units. Paired with Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online, they pushed Wii U sales up from 7,000 last week to a whopping 23,000 this week. The rest of the new entries are taken by the PlayStation Vita which takes up most of the rest of the top 10. Here are the charts for you to take a look at yourself, and see what you think:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 179,926 (New)
  2. [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online (Square Enix, 04/30/15) – 98,923 (New)
  3. [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X (Nintendo, 04/30/15) – 85,586 (New)
  4. [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 20,195 (120,242)
  5. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 20,103 (99,007)
  6. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 16,166 (125,951)
  7. [PSV] Sakeano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend -Blessing Flowers- (5pb., 04/30/15) – 11,202 (New)
  8. [PSV] ToHeart2: Dungeon Travelers (Aquaplus, 04/30/15) – 10,956 (New)
  9. [PSV] Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (5pb., 04/30/15) – 8,104 (New)
  10. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 7,955 (974,448)
  11. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Koro-sensei (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 7,141 (63,814)
  12. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 6,888 (130,353)
  13. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 6,427 (2,610,284)
  14. [PS4] Dying Light (Warner Bros., 04/16/15) – 6,277 (38,837)
  15. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 5,618 (2,597,320)
  16. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 5,272 (2,220,527)
  17. [PS3] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (Arc System Works, 04/23/15) – 4,870 (20,420)
  18. [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (Bandai Namco, 03/26/15) – 4,652 (146,633)
  19. [PS4] Tropico 5 (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 4,495 (13,201)
  20. [PS4] Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II (Compile Heart, 04/23/15) – 4,369 (26,979)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Wii U – 22,898 (7,210)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 19,782 (20,112)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 17,748 (15,467)
  4. New 3DS LL – 17,062 (13,981)
  5. New 3DS – 5,901 (5,329)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 3,956 (4,248)
  7. 3DS – 1,520 (1,095)
  8. 3DS LL – 1,465 (1,253)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 687 (558)
  10. Xbox One – 341 (201)

Famitsu Reviews Xenoblade Chronicles X

Famitsu, the hugely popular Japanese magazine, has released its latest review scores— where a panel of four game reviewers cross-review certain games, scoring them out of 10. This week, they’ve reviewed Xenoblade Chronicles X.

Here are the scores:

  • Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bro. Edition (3DS) – 9/9/9/9
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U) – 9/9/8/8
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (PS4/XBO) – 9/8/8/9
  • The Swapper (Wii U) – 9/8/7/8
  • Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (PSV) – 8/8/8/7
  • Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (XBO/360) – 7/8/8/7
  • Little Inferno (Wii U) – 8/7/7/8
  • White Robe Love Addiction (PSV) – 8/8/7/6
  • Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend – Blessing Flowers (PSV) – 8/7/7/7
  • Radio Hammer (3DS) – 7/7/7/7
  • Super Toy Cars (Wii U) – 7/7/7/5
  • Nashi-jiru Action! Funassyi no Yukai-na Ohanassyi (3DS) – 6/7/6/5