Summer Games Done Quick Raises A Staggering $1.2 Million

The charitable Sumer Games Done Quick has once again proved to be a success and has raised an incredible $1.2 million for Doctors Without Borders. The final total raised was an impressive $1,231,954.89, which is wonderful. There were 28453 donations, the largest being  $21,498.00 and the average donation was $43.30. Nintendo fans may have seen the Super Metroid race which was also an enormous success and raised $359,941.62 on its own.

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Yuji Horii Talks Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI was revealed earlier this week and Japanese publication Weekly Jump features an extensive interview with series producer, Yuji Horii. There’s quite a bit discussed including the theme of the story, the different platforms it will be available on at launch, and also the main protagonist of the game who Horii describes as your typical “cool hero”. The only downside is that Square Enix hasn’t committed itself to a western release for the game, but it is still early days.

Please tell us your role in Dragon Quest XI, Mr. Horii.

Horii: “I took on a supervisor-like role starting with Dragon Quest X, but I’m back on the scene in full force for Dragon Quest XI. I’m really shepherding it from start to finish, beginning with scenario creation. I want to also be involved in the final optimizations of the battles, etc.”

What’s the theme of this game’s story?

“This time it’s also the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest, and we have the subtitle “In Search of Departed Time.” We’re putting a heavy emphasis on that 30th anniversary. The story itself has the theme of “time.” So, we’re hoping that people who have followed the series all along will have that sense of nostalgia, and that new players will have a sense of fun and excitement. The same may be said of the supported platforms. It’s already been announced, but Dragon Quest XI will be released on two: PlayStation 4 and 3DS. Furthermore, on 3DS, we you can enjoy both 2D and 3D. You can choose to play in either old pixel-style 2D graphics or fleshed-out 3D. Of course, you can switch [between modes] in the middle of the game, as well. Including the leading edge PlayStation 4, with 2D, quasi-3D [Editor’s Note: he’s talking about the chibi 3D from the 3DS version], and full 3D, we’re giving you various types of Dragon Quest so you can follow its historical evolution.”

You guys also revealed the logo…

“The logo gives off the impression that we’re turning back to Dragon Quest I, but the dragon in the background is actually facing in the opposite direction from the Dragon Quest I logo. It’s been a long time since we had the number behind the title, as well. [Editor’s Note: The last Dragon Quest title to have the number behind the logo was Dragon Quest III.] In many ways, it is a sign that we’re returning to our origins, while still evolving. It takes the idea of Dragon Quest I, but we’re beginning anew with Dragon Quest XI.”

What’s the reason you’ve chosen to make Dragon Quest XI for these two platforms?

“Well, we knew wanted as many people as possible to be able to play it. We’d like people to be able to really settle in and play on a console, but at the same time it was great to have so many people playing Dragon Quest IX when it came out on a handheld, so we were really torn over which system to put it on. In the end, we just said, ‘Well, why don’t we just make it for both platforms?!’ and kicked off the project. We thought about what style would be best for each platform, and the results are what we have now. It’s pretty interesting that you can play the latest game in 2D pixel form, right? Of course, you can fully enjoy the story of Dragon Quest XI even in this mode.”

When do you think the game will be released?

“We’re working hard with the goal to release it before the Dragon Quest 30th anniversary year ends, so please look forward to it.”

What other things are in store for the 30th anniversary?

“Actually, we’ve been planning a lot of events. Most of it still has to be kept secret, but I want to stir up even more excitement than the 25th anniversary. We’re thinking about various projects, and a lot of games are coming out, so please look forward to the future of Dragon Quest.”

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ZombiU Confirmed For PlayStation 4, Xbox One And PC Renamed Zombi

Today, Ubisoft announced the development of ZOMBI, an upgrade of the acclaimed survival-horror game, coming as a digital download for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC on August 18, 2015.

After being one of the Wii U flagship titles in 2012, ZOMBI returns to challenge gamers on multiple new platforms to find out how long they can survive in dilapidated, infected London. For the second time in history, a great plague has shrouded the city in a fog of death. Thousands have died, or worse, been infected by a sickness more gruesome than death. Once again, this fear-fueled first-person shooter invites all players to dive into the horror, chaos and tension found in the best of the genre. The nail-biting survival experience has been optimized for PlayStation4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC, using the power of the latest generation of hardware to bring gamers to a new level of horror.

Players will experience the original oppressive and intense elements that made ZombiU so innovative. The bug-out bag is a necessary component for survival for each player as it contains all the player’s tools, inventory, first aid kits, maps and more. With permadeath, players are faced with a death mechanic which puts them in the body of a different survivor each time they die. In order to retain the equipment they previously gathered in their bug-out bag, they are forced to track down their old, infected character. Should players risk it all to get their bag back or start scavenging anew?

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Here’s The Opening Stage Speedrun For Mighty No. 9

The director of Mighty No.9 has uploaded a YouTube video showing off his unprecedented skills playing the charming 2D platformer. We haven’t got too long to wait until the game is in our hands as it is due for release on September 15th in the United States and September 17th for the rest of the world. If you are curious about the Mega Man inspired title then take a look at the video, below.

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Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 28K And Wii U Sells 11K

This week’s Media Create video game sales charts are now in from Japan. Yokai Watch: Busters for the Nintendo 3DS still continues to dominate the chart, but what is most impressive is the performance of Nintendo’s colourful shooter, Splatoon. The game continues to keep the Wii U afloat and won’t budge from the top five. Nintendo will clearly be happy with the worldwide sales of the title which we found out today currently stands at 1.62 million units. Anyway, here’s the best-selling software and hardware in Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Nintendo, 07/11/15) – 95,369 (1,009,905)
  2. [PS3] Sengoku Basara 4: Sumeragi (Capcom, 07/23/15) – 58,889 (New)
  3. [PS4] Sengoku Basara 4: Sumeragi (Capcom, 07/23/15) – 35,161 (New)
  4. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 24,289 (455,158)
  5. [PSV] Makai Shin Trillion (Compile Heart, 07/23/15) – 18,506 (New)
  6. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 16,110 (359,603)
  7. [PS3] TV Anime The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol. 3 (Bandai Namco, 07/23/15) – 15,060 (New)
  8. [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 14,023 (377,775)
  9. [PS4] Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros., 07/16/15) – 12,273 (61,076)
  10. [Wii U] Yoshi’s Woolly World (Nintendo, 07/16/15) – 11,733 (42,891)
  11. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,180 (263,487)
  12. [3DS] The Great Ace Attorney (Capcom, 07/09/15) – 9,554 (169,161)
  13. [3DS] Langrisser Re:Incarnation Tensei (Masaya Games, 07/23/15) – 9,300 (New)
  14. [PSV] Taiko Drum Master: V Version (Bandai Namco, 07/09/15) – 8,277 (66,959)
  15. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 7,076 (1,074,513)
  16. [3DS] Chou Tousouchuu Atsumare! Saikyou no Tousou Monotachi (Bandai Namco, 07/09/15) – 6,757 (25,277)
  17. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 5,414 (2,668,433)
  18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 5,343 (4,007,043)
  19. [PSV] Vamwolf Cross (D3 Publisher, 07/23/15) – 3,369 (New)
  20. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 2,966 (170,116)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 21,028 (19,432)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 17,656 (24,266)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 13,843 (13,190)
  4. Wii U – 11,257 (11,028)
  5. New 3DS – 5,753 (5,437)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,956 (2,947)
  7. 3DS – 1,286 (1,376)
  8. 3DS LL – 807 (726)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 642 (618)
  10. Xbox One – 211 (242)

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GameTrailers: Top 10 Series That Deserve To Die

It wouldn’t be a Sunday if it we didn’t feature a top ten list from Game Trailers. This week the team have put together a list of franchises that they believe deserve to die (or be put to rest for a long time). There’s one glaring omission on that list and that is Call of Duty, which has started to become a little stale. I think most people could agree that Sonic could do with a nice vacation though.

10.HyperDimension Neptunia
9.Tales of
8.Fable
7.The Sims
6.Soulcalibur
5.Metal Gear Solid
4.Saints Row
3.Dead Island
2.Sonic
1.Assassin’s Creed

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Valkyrie Profile Writer Onboard For New Spike Chunsoft x Tri-Ace RPG

Masaki Norimoto, the founder of Tri-Ace, is the scenario writer for the mysterious new project developed in collaboration between Spike Chunsoft and Tri-Ace. The game is a new “side-view” role-playing game and you can check out the new countdown website for the project, here. You may remember Masaki Norimoto work as he was the scenario writer and game designer on Valkyrie Profile. The project will be officially unveiled in next week’s edition of Famitsu.