EDGE Magazine Names Bayonetta 2 The Game Of 2014

The latest edition of UK publication EDGE magazine has arrived with subscribers and it appears to be a bumper issue. The magazine awarded Super Smash Bros Wii U a 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker a 7, and gave Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire an 8. The respected publication also listed the games which they thought deserved Game of the Year 2014. You can check them out, below.

Reviews

  • Far Cry 4 : 9
  • Dragon Age: Inquistion : 8
  • Assassins Creed Unity : 5
  • Assassins Creed Rogue : 6
  • Super Smash Bros for Wii U : 8
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker : 7
  • Escape Dead Island : 2
  • This War is Mine : 9
  • Never Alone: 6
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby/ Sapphire : 8

Top Ten Video Games Of 2014

10. Little Big Planet 3
9. This War of Mine
8. Far Cry 4
7. Ultra SFIV
6. MGS V: Ground Zeroes
5. Nidhogg
4. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
3. Mario Kart 8
2. Dark Souls II
1. Bayonetta 2

Thanks, Kyle

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 157K And Wii U Sells 27K

Well it turns out the Japanese charts have arrived and it’s been a positive week for Nintendo hardware. Sales haven’t gone up quite as much as expected given it’s the Christmas shopping season, but both formats went up compared to last week. The Nintendo 3DS sold 157,103 units and the Wii U sold 27,334. It was the PlayStation 4 which had the biggest jump thanks to Grand Theft Auto V. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware this week in Japan.

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 1,244,171 (New)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 152,384 (1,950,481)
  3. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 12/11/14) – 81,659 (New)
  4. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 79,005 (306,533)
  5. [PS3] Shining Resonance (Sega, 12/11/14) – 67,282 (New)
  6. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 47,393 (1,835,852)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 32,168 (2,958,112)
  8. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 29,418 (2,255,273)
  9. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 24,938 (778,808)
  10. [PS3] Assassin’s Creed Rogue (Ubisoft, 12/11/14) – 17,656 (New)
  11. [3DS] Derby Stallion Gold (Kadokawa Games, 12/04/14) – 16,659 (90,275)
  12. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days (Bandai Namco, 12/04/14) – 16,023 (49,174)
  13. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, 11/13/14) – 14,628 (80,510)
  14. [PS3] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation with Power-Up Kit (Koei Tecmo, 12/11/14) – 14,054 (New)
  15. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN (Spike Chunsoft, 12/04/14) – 12,650 (31,723)
  16. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi Koko ga Ochitsukun Desu (Nihon Columbia, 11/20/14) – 12,216 (36,053)
  17. [PS3] Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting (Bandai Namco, 12/11/14) – 10,675 (New)
  18. [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova (Sega, 11/27/14) – 10,117 (137,263)
  19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 9,961 (3,830,376)
  20. [PS3] Resident Evil (Capcom, 11/27/14) – 8,493 (74,196)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 83,041 (63,714)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 68,041 (15,971)
  3. New 3DS – 34,676 (25,541)
  4. Wii U – 27,334 (24,469)
  5. 3DS LL – 24,475 (17,319)
  6. PlayStation Vita – 24,039 (22,355)
  7. 3DS – 14,911 (38,846)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 7,803 (5,679)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 974 (986)
  10. Xbox One – 724 (790)
  11. Xbox 360 – 102 (189)
  12. PSP – 8 (8)

Bandai Namco Has Changed Their Name Once Again

In some surprising turn of events Bandai Namco Games have changed their name once again. Not content with being called Bandai Namco Games they’ve decided to change it to Bandai Namco Entertainment. The new name will take effect on April 2015, so we’d better remember that it has changed.

“The BANDAI NAMCO Group operates the game business in Japan and overseas. With the advance of technology and diversification of user preferences, the Group has expanded into new products and service domains that extend beyond its previous game business domain.

“With the start of its next Mid-term Plan in April 2015, the Company will change the names of its subsidiaries to widen the definition of their business field to entertainment without limiting them to the present field of games, thus aiming for further growth through new development of service and content businesses that utilize networks.”

Thanks, Nintendo Commander Quadraxis

UK Charts: Pokemon & Smash Bros Drop Back To Top 30, GTA V Continues Reign At Top

This week’s individual UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track and UKIE. Grand Theft Auto V continues its reign at the top of the charts, while Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and FIFA 15 refuse to budge from the top 5. Formerly seen in the top 20 last week, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire fall into the latter half of the charts at 21 and 24, respectively. Super Smash Bros takes a slight bow and hangs further back at 29, while Tomodachi Life is a non-mover at 35 and Mario Kart 8 shifts into a higher gear and moves up two places to 36.

Due to its heavy advertising campaign in the UK, Just Dance 2015 for the Nintendo Wii manages to boogie on up into the top 10 this week, climbing a massive ten places. It’s Wii U counterpart is nowhere to be seen, however. You can view the UK’s top 40 individual game charts in full below.

1. (01) [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V
2. (04) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
3. (08) [PS4] FIFA 15
4. (05) [XBO] Grand Theft Auto V
5. (03) [360] FIFA 15
6. (12) [PS4] Far Cry 4
7. (06) [PS4] Driveclub
8. (11) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
9. (15) [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
10. (20) [WII] Just Dance 2015
11. (07) [XBO] FIFA 15
12. (02) [360] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
13. (16) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
14. (09) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
15. (10) [PS4] The Crew
16. (17) [PS3] FIFA 15
17. (28) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
18. (21) [XBO] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
19. (19) [360] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
20. (18) [XBO] Far Cry 4
21. (13) [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby
22. (RE) [PS4] The Last of Us: Remastered
23. (22) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
24. (14) [3DS] Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
25. (RE) [XBO] Forza Motorsport 5
26. (25) [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
27. (RE) [PS4] Destiny
28. (29) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
29. (26) [WIIU] Super Smash Bros
30. (23) [PS4] LittleBigPlanet 3
31. (27) [XBO] The Crew
32. (30) [PC] Football Manager 2015
33. (40) [PS3] Far Cry 4
34. (RE) [XBO] Forza Horizon 2
35. (35) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
36. (38) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
37. (RE) [360] WWE 2K15
38. (37) [360] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
39. (RE) [PC] The Sims 4
40. (RE) [360] Destiny

This Handy Chart Shows The Decline Of The Dedicated Handheld Market In The West

        3DS 2014  PSP 2008  NDS 2008
January       97       230       251
February     153       243       587
March        159       297       698
April        106       193       415
May           97       182       452
June         152       337       783
July         108       222       608
August        91       253       518
September    141       238       537
October      138       193       491
November     515       421      1570
December              1020      3040
Through 
November     1757     2809      6910

Total                 3829      9950


A NeoGAF member has rather handily created a chart which shows the decline of dedicated handheld gaming in the west. As you can see the Nintendo DS was throwing around big numbers back in 2008 whereas now in 2014 the Nintendo 3DS is struggling to get anywhere near the same numbers. There will always be a place for a dedicated Nintendo handheld, but the statistics are slightly worrying.

Thanks, Kyle

Sony Gearing Up To Make A Super Mario Bros Movie

Well it’s certainly started out being a weird news day as Sony Pictures is apparently making an animated movie based on the Super Mario Bros franchise. The news was discovered after Sony Pictures was recently hacked and the data was poured onto the internet. The Super Mario Bros movie is very early in development and may never see the light of day, but let’s hope it does.

“I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic],” producer Avi Arad told Sony studio chief Amy Pascal in an email dated Oct. 23, 2014, with the subject line “Mario.” Arad then forwarded Pascal separate images of him with Mario Bros.creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the latter of which included the message, “Happy ceo, lets get together, it’s the mother load. [sic]

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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

It’s that time of the month folks as we finally have concrete sales figures for the United States for the month of November courtesy of the NPD Group. The Xbox One was the best-selling video game console in both the United States and the UK. With regards to software Super Smash Bros arrived at number three in the US and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire was at five and Pokemon Omega Ruby was placed at number seven. Hopefully we will get some sales data through from Nintendo.

  • 1.) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC)
  • 2.) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • 3.) Super Smash Bros. (NWU, 3DS)
  • 4.) Madden NFL 15 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)
  • 5.) Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
  • 6.) Far Cry 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
  • 7.) Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS)
  • 8.) NBA 2K15 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
  • 9.) Assassin’s Creed: Unity (PS4, XBO, PC)
  • 10.) Halo: The Master Chief Collection (XBO)