Critics apparently favored Wii U’s launch line-up more than the PlayStation 4′s launch titles. According to a report by Gaming Blend, via Metacritic, Wii U launch exclusives scored higher than the games available only on Sony‘s new console. For example, a PS4 “triple-A” game, Killzone: Shadow Fall, currently has a Metascore of 75, while Wii U’s ZombiU from Ubisoft sits at 77. On the other hand, “family-friendly” PS4 title Knack currently sits at 60 on Metacritic, whereas Wii U’s Mario launch game – New Super Mario Bros. U – stands at 84.
Respected UK gaming publication EDGE magazine has asked its readers to vote for the twenty best games of EDGE’s lifetime. As expected, there’s a number of critically acclaimed Nintendo titles adorning the varied list. The number one game as voted by EDGE readers is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which is closely followed by the sublime Super Mario 64. You can view the readers entire top twenty games, right here.
- The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
- Super Mario 64
- Half-Life 2
- Final Fantasy VII
- Resident Evil 4
President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has told IGN that his company needs Nintendo to thrive for the sake of the video game industry. In order to preserve traditional gaming – via dedicated controllers with actual buttons and analog sticks – the executive suggests that Nintendo and Sony must coexist in a world where touch-based gaming by way of smartphones and tablets continues to gain popularity. Yoshida, who owns two Wii U consoles, classifies both firms as being in the same category and not as direct competitors.
Yoshida: “Well I have two Wii Us. I play Wii U games with my daughters, because they make pretty fun family friendly games.
“I think success or making mistakes depends on how you set your goal. I don’t know what was Nintendo’s goal when they launched Wii U. To me, it was a bit confusing because what they do really well was create some very safe environment for anyone, especially children to enjoy games like induct those people who have never played games ever to become gamers. And they always do very well.
“To me, what they have made with Wii U was continuing what they were doing well. But the messaging when they were saying ‘we are for core gamers’ was a bit confusing. But this year I think they slightly changed their messaging, and it seems to me like they are coming back to where they are focused.
“When you look at the situation around Nintendo that way, do you characterize Nintendo as our competition? I think in the bigger scale of things happening in the industry or tech or people’s lives, how they play games on what device, and how they start to learn to play games, I think Nintendo and us are pretty much in the same group, and we need Nintendo to be very successful to help induct as many consumers who like to play games with controllers, right?”
Yahoo Games have taken the opportunity to list which console launches were the best, and which were genuinely the worst. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo latest home console, Wii U, was listed as one of the worst console launches of all-time along with the Phillips CDi and the Panasonic 3DO. However, the Wii, the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo were listed as the best console launches of all-time. Here’s the list.
Best console launches:
Worst console launches:
- Phillips CDi
- Playstation 3
- Wii U
Andrew Wilson, the new boss of Electronic Arts, has explained to Kotaku that he really doesn’t want the company to be voted the worst in America for the third year running. Wilson doesn’t believe that Electronic Arts were ever really the worst company, but he says that he realises that consumers who buy their products were ultimately trying to tell them something. Whether the company has changed their ways remains to be seen.
“We started thinking about how we don’t want to be viewed as the worst company in America. I personally don’t think we’ve ever been the worst company in America, but it says something. The consumers out there are telling us something. And we actually took it very seriously. This was before Andrew was the CEO. We and [EA chief operating officer] Peter Moore and a couple of other guys in the executive company got together to try to understand what caused people to say these things. And there were some things out there that…consumers told us they didn’t like. online pass was one thing.”
Sega is teasing on Twitter that it has something to announce on October 29th. The above Halloween inspired image was posted to the company’s Twitter account. There’s plenty of speculation as to what the announcement might be, with some believing it to be a new Typing of the Dead game with the word ‘spelled’ filling in the blanks. However, October 29th is also when Sonic Lost World is released in North America, so it could be something to do with that.
This week’s Media Create sales charts are now in from Japan. The Nintendo 3DS has enjoyed another bumper week, thanks to Pokemon X & Y. Nintendo’s latest handheld sold a respectable 154,578 units, but it wasn’t quite as impressive as the week before when it sold a staggering 213.570 units. The Wii U continues to struggle in Japan. This week saw the console dip below the 3,000 units mark. It should also be noted that Rayman Legends which recently launched in Japan, exclusively on Wii U, failed to enter the top thirty.
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 473,151 (2,339,721)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 104,394 (2,757,217)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) – 88,219 (448,334)
- [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 44,565 (New)
- [PS3] Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 29,314(New)
- [PS3] FIFA 14 (EA, 10/17/13) – 26,170(New)
- [PS3] Beyond: Two Souls (SCE, 10/17/13) – 22,481 (New)
- [PS3] Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou (Sega, 10/10/13) – 11,819 (85,515)
- [PS3] Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (Namco Bandai, 10/10/13) – 11,212 (88,450)
- [PSV] DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload (Spike Chunsoft, 10/10/13) – 9,532 (85,704)
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 94,988 (141,245)
- Nintendo 3DS – 59,590 (72,325)
- PlayStation Vita – 25,763 (60,166)
- PlayStation 3 – 11,643 (12,395)
- PSP – 3,651 (3,467)
- Wii U – 2,999 (3,276)
- Wii – 806 (703)
- Xbox 360 – 539 (575)
Respected UK gaming publication EDGE has quizzed its readers to find out what they determine to be the best games of our lifetime. As expected there’s an incredible number of critically acclaimed titles in the list ranging from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask to Resident Evil 4. You can see the high-profile games that the readers have voted for, below.
20 – World of Warcraft
19 – Marjoa’s Mask
18 – Vice City
17 – Chrono Trigger
16 – Portal
15 – Red Dead Redemption
14 – Bioshock
13 – Ico
12 – The Last of Us
11- Dark Souls
10 – Super Mario Galaxy
9 – Metal Gear Solid
8 – Shadow of the Colossus
7 – Goldeneye
6 – Halo
5 – RE4
4 – Final Fantasy VII
3 – Half Life 2
2 – Super Mario 64
1 – Ocarina of Time
Activision UK senior brand manager Kevin Flynn has told MCV that the development team is confident that it will reclaim the sales record back from Grand Theft Auto V with the Call of Duty franchise. Grand Theft Auto V smashed Call of Duty’s record for the biggest video game launch ever when it released last month. Activision revealed that last year’s Black Ops II has now surpassed 3m units sold in the UK.
“Congratulations to the team at Rockstar for their success. We look forward to getting the record back before the next GTA title. We know that our unaided awareness for Ghosts is leading the way against other unreleased triple-A titles. Our digital content has proven extremely popular and Black Ops II has sold more than 3m units in the UK.”
The Nintendo 3DS enjoyed another bumper week in Japan with the release of the long-awaited Pokemon X & Y. Sales of the console reached an impressive 213.570 units. Pokemon X & Y sold 1.8 million units, which will clearly put a smile on Nintendo’s face. However, it was a dire week for Wii U sales as the console only managed to sell 3.276 units and this is on the back of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Nintendo’s struggling home console couldn’t even beat the ageing PSP. Here’s the software and hardware charts.
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 1,866,570 (New)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) – 360,115 (New)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 110,208 (2,652,824)
- [PS3] Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (Namco Bandai, 10/10/13) – 77,228(New)
- [PSV] DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload (Spike Chunsoft, 10/10/13) – 76,162 (New)
- [PS3] Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou (Sega, 10/10/13) – 73,696(New)
- [PS3] Fairy Fencer F (Compile Heart, 10/10/13) – 40,666 (New)
- [PSV] Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou (Sega, 10/10/13) – 33,898(New)
-  Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) – 26,612 (New)
- [PS3] Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (Tecmo Koei, 09/26/13) – 11,044 (116,054)
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 141,245 (85,885)
- Nintendo 3DS – 72,325 (37,102)
- PlayStation Vita – 60,166 (3,538)
- PlayStation 3 – 12,395 (10,232)
- PSP – 3,467 (4,093)
- Wii U – 3,276 (4,001)
- Wii – 703 (914)
- Xbox 360 – 575 (354)