NPD: Here’s The Best Selling Games In US In January

It’s that time of the month folks as we’ve now received official video game sales information from the NPD Group. It was a slow January due to a lack of new releases, but LEGO Marvel Avengers made it in the top ten at number nine. The Wii U version of the game was the fourth best selling version selling more than the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 3 versions. Talking of the PlayStation it was the PlayStation 4 that was the best-selling system last month in the United States. Anyway, here’s the best-selling games!

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  3. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  4. Star Wars: Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  5. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  6. Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  7. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  8. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  9. Lego Marvel Avengers (PS4, Xbox One, 360, Wii U, PS3, 3DS, Vita)
  10. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)

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Ubisoft Confirms It’s Working On Watch Dogs 2

Ubisoft has today confirmed that it is hard at work on the next instalment in the Watch Dogs franchise. The company wouldn’t say when it’s due or what platforms it is for, but if it did come to a Nintendo platform then it would likely be for the upcoming NX system. The company announced that Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon, South Park, For Honor, & a new service game will be coming to consoles and PC by March 2017.

Initial targets for 2016-17

In 2016-17 the Company expects to achieve sales of around €1,700 million, non-IFRS operating income of approximately €230 million and strong free cash flow generation. Ubisoft will launch a very high-quality line-up, including For Honor ® , South ParkTM the Fractured but WholeTM, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon ® WildLands, the next instalment of Watchdogs ® , and a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services. Growth also will be driven by further increases in revenues for the digital segment and the back catalog.

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

This week’s software and hardware charts are in from Japan courtesy of Media Create. It’s been a bad week for Wii U hardware sales as the console only sold 3,939 units which is quite a substantial drop from the previous week. As we reported yesterday there appears to be a Wii U stock shortage in Japan with a number of retailers waiting for stock to replenish, so this could explain it. The Nintendo 3DS was the second best-selling console just behind Sony’s PlayStation 4. Here’s the best-selling hardware and software this week!

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Bandai Namco, 02/04/16) – 64,446 (New)
  2. [PSV] Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix, 01/28/16) – 46,391 (224,407)
  3. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix, 01/28/16) – 37,784 (174,153)
  4. [PS3] Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix, 01/28/16) – 19,151 (72,305)
  5. [Wii U] Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Nintendo, 01/28/16) – 17,856 (73,187)
  6. [3DS] Monster Hunter X (Capcom, 11/27/15) – 13,391 (2,674,914)
  7. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 11,816 (1,240,225)
  8. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Level-5, 07/11/15) – 10,171 (2,193,737)
  9. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 8,926 (651,150)
  10. [PS4] Yakuza: Kiwami (Sega, 01/21/16) – 8,046 (131,562)
  11. [3DS] Monster Strike (Mixi, 12/17/15) – 7,891 (787,645)
  12. [PS3] Yakuza: Kiwami (Sega, 01/21/16) – 7,243 (85,262)
  13. [3DS] Hyrule Warriors Legends (Koei Tecmo, 01/21/16) – 6,685 (76,338)
  14. [Wii U] Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, 09/10/15) – 6,134 (790,345)
  15. [PS4] Just Cause 3 (Square Enix, 01/21/16) – 4,414
  16. [PSV] Sangoku Rensenki: Omoide Gaeshi CS Edition (Prototype, 02/04/16) – 4,359 (New)
  17. [PS4] Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 (Koei Tecmo, 01/28/16) – 3,950 (24,051)
  18. [PS4] Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft, 12/10/15) – 3,868 (68,593)
  19. [3DS] Disney Magical World 2 (Bandai Namco, 11/05/15) – 3,659 (270,985)
  20. [PS3] Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 (Koei Tecmo, 01/28/16) – 3,528 (18,959)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 31,158 (32,557)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 23,090 (45,114)
  3. New 3DS LL – 19,991 (22,593)
  4. New 3DS – 4,389 (4,978)
  5. Wii U – 3,939 (8,931)
  6. 3DS – 2,705 (3,298)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 1,715 (1,993)
  8. 3DS LL – 459 (558)
  9. Xbox One – 286 (92)

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UK: Here’s This Week’s Charts

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart Track. There’s only been a handful of new titles this week including Gravity Rush for the PlayStation 4 and Digimon Story. Sadly there’s a distinct lack of Nintendo titles in the top forty yet again, but those who keep up to date with the chart every Monday shouldn’t be too surprised. The only Wii U title in the charts is LEGO Marvel Avengers which is hanging on at number forty. Anyway, here’s the best-selling video games in the UK this week!

01 (01) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
02 (02) PS4 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
03 (NE) PS4 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4 (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
04 (05) XBO CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
05 (04) 360 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
06 (03) XBO LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
07 (NE) PS4 DIGIMON STORY: CYBER SLEUTH (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
08 (08) XBO TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE (UBISOFT)
09 (06) XBO FIFA 16 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
10 (11) PS4 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE (UBISOFT)
11 (10) PS4 FIFA 16 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
12 (07) PS3 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
13 (09) PS4 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
14 (29) 360 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE (TELLTALE GAMES)
15 (14) PS4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
16 (34) PS4 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE (UBISOFT)
17 (15) PS4 JUST CAUSE 3 (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
18 (NE) XBO NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4 (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
19 (13) XBO STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
20 (19) XBO JUST CAUSE 3 (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
21 (21) XBO GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
22 (NE) PC XCOM 2 (TAKE 2)
23 (22) XBO HALO 5: GUARDIANS (MICROSOFT)
24 (31) 360 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
25 (__) XBO ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE (UBISOFT)
26 (16) XBO FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 (MICROSOFT)
27 (24) PS4 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
28 (28) PS4 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
29 (26) XBO MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
30 (__) PS4 WOLFENSTEIN: THE OLD BLOOD (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
31 (18) PS4 RESIDENT EVIL ORIGINS COLLECTION (CAPCOM)
32 (30) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
33 (23) PS4 FALLOUT 4 (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
34 (35) 360 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
35 (32) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
36 (37) PC FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 (SEGA)
37 (NE) PS4 GRAVITY RUSH REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
38 (25) XBO RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
39 (27) PS4 LIFE IS STRANGE (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
40 (20) WIU LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)

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Video: Did You Know Gaming? Takes A Look At Bayonetta

Informative YouTube channel Did You Know Gaming? has taken an extensive look at Platinum Games critically acclaimed Bayonetta. The franchise has sold over 3 million units and the sequel to Bayonetta was funded by Nintendo after being stuck in what is described as “development hell”. Check out the video for plenty of enlightening facts.

GameTrailers Top 10 Divisive Games At The Office

The team over at GameTrailers never fail to make some entertaining videos and this latest one is no exception. This time around the folks discuss the top ten most divisive games at the GameTrailers office. There’s certainly some interesting choices selected so prepare yourself for 36 minutes worth of arguing.

Left is against, right is for:

10. Metroid II (Ben Moore vs Daniel BloodWorth)
09. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Kyle Bosman vs Brad Ellis)
08. Shadows of the Damned (Daniel Bloodworth vs Michael Huber)
07. BioShock (Kyle Bosman vs Brandon Jones)
06. Alien Isolation (Brandon Jones vs Michael Huber)
05. Fallout New Vegas (Michael Huber vs Ben Moore)
04. Kingdom Hearts (Brandon Jones vs Brad Ellis)
03. Knack (Ben Moore vs Michael Huber)
02. Borderlands 2 (Brad Ellis vs Kyle Bosman)
01. The Last of Us (Ian Hinck vs Brandon Jones)

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Metacritic’s 6th Annual Game Publisher Rankings

Popular online review aggregation site Metacritic has published its 2016 Game Publisher Rankings. What’s especially interesting is that SEGA has overthrown Nintendo and has claimed the number one position. The company has also beaten the likes of EA and Activision Blizzard with the best reviewed titles according to Metascore published by critics.

Sega is the sole major publisher in this year’s rankings to finish the year with a “green” average Metascore indicating that, on average, its 2015 releases were approved by critics. The company ranked 5th among mid-sized publishers a year ago (it released fewer titles in 2014) and saw its average score increase by four points in this year’s results, even without any releases scoring 90 or higher. Before you get too excited about Sega’s success, note that half of its 2015 titles were new 3D re-releases of older games for the 3DS platform. The publisher released just one game for current-gen consoles: the middling, Sonic-influenced cartoonish platformer Tembo the Badass Elephant.

  1. SEGA
  2. Telltale Games
  3. Sony
  4. Activision Blizzard
  5. Devolver Digital
  6. Nintendo
  7. EA
  8. Bandai Namco
  9. Ubisoft

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