Gamescom is fast approaching and we know that Nintendo will be at the event showcasing a number of high-profile titles including Super Mario Maker, Star Fox Zero and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. We have now been given a look at the extensive Gamescom Hall Plan for the exhibitors which you can view above. Gamescom takes place on Wednesday, August 5th in Cologne, Germany.
e-Sports are serious business with plenty of money up for grabs, therefore the Electronic Sports League will soon introduce policies to keep drugs out of it. The news comes on the back of the revelation that a number of professional e-sport players have been abusing ADHD and narcolepsy medication, Adderall. The medication helps improves people’s reactions and alertness so it is no surprise that some gamers have been using it. The latest move from the Electronic Sports League should help stamp out the misuse of drug taking by some e-sport players.
The UK Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has told attendees at the Develop conference in Brighton that video games are just as important to British culture as cinema. He pointed out video game development is taking its rightful place alongside the film industry as one of the UK’s most important assets. Vaizey pointed out that there are 33.5 million gamers in the UK with ages ranging from 8 and 74.
“It’s also clustered – it’s not one of those industries that’s based in London, it’s everywhere from Brighton to Dundee. So it was easy for me to become a champion of the games industry, and push for games to take their rightful place alongside some of the more vocal creative industries like film.”
A key emphasis though, was on the cultural role of games. “The British film industry – and this has been a passion of mine – has expanded its remit to support the games industry,” he said. “Games are taking their rightful place alongside the film industry as one of our most important assets.”
This week’s Japanese charts are now in courtesy of Media Create and there’s a few notable new entries this week. Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad and Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken have entered in the charts at number one and number two respectively. However, they haven’t really boosted Nintendo 3DS sales as you might have thought they would. Still, the Nintendo 3DS is the best-selling platform shifting 28K and Wii U shifted 10K. Here’s the best-selling games this week.
- [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Nintendo, 07/11/15) – 693,538 (New)
- [3DS] The Great Ace Attorney (Capcom, 07/09/15) – 135,690 (New)
- [PSV] Taiko Drum Master: V Version (Bandai Namco, 07/09/15) – 46,101 (New)
- [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 29,682 (345,253)
- [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 26,136 (408,312)
- [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 24,650 (325,844)
- [3DS] Chou Tousouchuu Atsumare! Saikyou no Tousou Monotachi (Bandai Namco, 07/09/15) – 13,571 (New)
- [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,898 (243,428)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 6,708 (1,060,442)
- [3DS] Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, 06/11/15) – 4,642 (110,087)
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,608 (2,657,661)
- [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Atlus, 06/25/15) – 4,449 (111,513)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,232 (3,996,960)
- [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 2,891 (164,436)
- [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 2,847 (128,414)
- [PS4] Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Capcom, 06/18/15) – 2,772 (50,017)
- [3DS] Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Marvelous, 06/18/15) – 2,757 (63,524)
- [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 2,746 (2,256,326)
- [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 2,218 (653,783)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 1,901 (274,678)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- New 3DS LL – 21,069 (19,475)
- PlayStation 4 – 15,779 (18,171)
- PlayStation Vita – 13,632 (14,067)
- Wii U – 10,789 (12,781)
- New 3DS – 5,551 (5,506)
- PlayStation 3 – 2,979 (3,102)
- 3DS – 1,184 (1,394)
- 3DS LL – 899 (861)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 613 (741)
- Xbox One – 149 (235)
Disney Infinity 3.0 — in other words, the Star Wars Edition — will be heading to Wii U in late August. People living in Europe will get the game slightly earlier (August 28) than in North America (August 30th). The starter pack comes with a Star Wars Twilight of the Republic play set, a copy of the game, an NFC reading base, a web key for some mobile content, and Anakin Skywalker and Ahsokao Tano figures.
If you are the type to pre-order games, putting down money (on either the starter pack or standalone game) will land you a new toy box game piece at certain retailers. If you are specifically looking for the Boba Fett figure as well as the Rise Against the Empire play set will have to wait until the Sony exclusivity deal passes. Owners who already have the base from previous games have the option of grabbing the game on its own, or a bundle featuring the software and the Twilight of the Republic play set. Along with Wii U, the game is set to release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
This week’s Japanese video game sales charts are now in thanks to Media Create. Unsurprisingly, the latest entry in the Fire Emblem franchise has kept the first-place spot, with Fire Emblem Fates: Black Kingdom proving to be the most popular of the two games. Splatoon refuses to leave the top 10, pulling in at number 3 this week behind Rhythm Heaven: The Best+. In the top 20 games, twelve are Nintendo titles (9 for Nintendo 3DS, 3 for Wii U).
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 54,896 (315,571)
- [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) -34,467 (301,193)
- [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 34,135 (382,175)
- [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Atlus, 06/25/15) – 13,028 (107,064)
- [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 11,941 (232,530)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 7,833 (1,053,734)
- [3DS] Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, 06/11/15) – 6,656 (105,445)
- [3DS] Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Marvelous, 06/18/15) – 4,992 (60,768)
- [PS4] Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Capcom, 06/18/15) – 4,920 (47,246)
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,719 (2,653,053)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,276 (3,992,729)
- [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 3,529 (125,567)
- [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 3,325 (2,253,580)
- [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 3,148 (161,545)
- [PSV] Zettai Geigeki Wars: Metropolis Defenders (Acquire, 07/02/15) – 2,831 (New)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 2,708 (272,776)
- [PSV] Chaos;Child (5pb., 06/25/15) – 2,556 (12,882)
- [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 2,536 (651,565)
- [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Square Enix, 06/25/15) – 2,430 (41,188)
- [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Evolution (Kadokawa Games, 06/11/15) – 2,142 (30,275)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- New 3DS LL – 19,475 (21,818)
- PlayStation 4 – 18,171 (14,482)
- PlayStation Vita – 14,067 (23,134)
- Wii U – 12,781 (13,166)
- New 3DS – 5,506 (8,294)
- PlayStation 3 – 3,102 (2,761)
- 3DS – 1,394 (1,396)
- 3DS LL – 861 (847)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 741 (820)
- Xbox One – 235 (243)
Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. is supercharging Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015 with Skylanders, the world’s leading Toys-to-Life and now Vehicles-to-Life videogame franchise. Activision will reveal the new Skylanders SuperChargers Dark Edition at the convention where attendees will be among the first consumers in the world to play the game with dark versions of the Starter Pack characters, including Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and his Dark Barrel Blaster land vehicle; Dark Hammer Slam Bowser and his Dark Clown Cruiser sky vehicle; and Skylanders fan-favorite Stealth Elf in a new Dark version. As an extra bonus, fans can pre-order the Skylanders SuperChargers Dark Edition Starter Pack at the Skylanders booth #121 and Xbox Lounge in the Manchester Grand Hyatt. North American fans who can’t make it to the convention can pre-order online beginning today at major retailers while supplies last. Skylanders Comic-Con offerings also include a first-look at the highly collectible figures from the all-new Eon’s Elite lineup, as well as the popular franchise-inspired comic book series, Mad Libs and costumes.
The Skylanders SuperChargers Dark Edition includes unique toys that true Portal Masters will want in their collections. All Dark Edition Starter Packs will be available for a suggested retail price of $99.99 and include Dark Spitfire, Dark Hot Streak, a two-sided ultimate collector poster and the highly sought-after Kaos Trophy, which is the only way to unlock special Kaos gameplay content. Dark Super Shot Stealth Elf and Dark Sea Shadow will be available exclusively in the Dark Edition Starter Packs for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Wii U Dark Edition Starter Pack will include Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Dark Barrel Blaster, exclusively. A different, unique adventure including Dark Hammer Slam Bowser and Dark Clown Cruiser will be made available on Nintendo’s Wii system.
“This year Skylanders, the original toys-to-life franchise, gets a boost of high-octane gameplay and innovation by bringing toy vehicles to life for kids with Skylanders SuperChargers,” said John Coyne, senior vice president of consumer marketing, Activision Publishing, Inc. “We look forward to fans checking out our Dark Edition and Eon’s Elite offerings for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con.”
Eon’s Elite is a premium toy line offering fans the ultimate versions of some of the most iconic heroes from the game that started it all, Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure. Each hero is powered up to three times the normal level and updated with premium decorations, new poses and unique sculpts that represent how they appear in their fully upgraded form. The figures are presented in premium packaging featuring a display case with a 3-D lenticular background, making them truly collectible items. This year’s fan-favorite roster includes Voodood, Zook, Slam Bam, Ghost Roaster, Boomer and Dino-Rang and will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.99. The first wave of Eon’s Elite characters – Slam Bam, Zook and Voodood – are Toys“R”Us exclusives and will be available starting November. The second wave of heroes, Ghost Roaster, Boomer and Dino-Rang, will be available in December.
San Diego Comic-Con attendees can check out Skylanders at the following activations:
- Skylanders Show Floor (Booth #121): Fans can get hands-on with the new Skylanders SuperChargers Dark Edition; check out all-new Eon’s Elite collectible figures; take photos inside a life-sized Hot Streak vehicle or with Kaos and Spitfire statues; say hello to life-sized costumed characters Eruptor, Gill Grunt and Jet Vac; and collect giveaways all weekend long while supplies last – including Skylanders buttons and event-exclusive Hot Streak vehicle toys each morning starting at 10 a.m. PT.
- Skylanders Comic Book, IDW Publishing (Booth #2743): Leading comic book publisher IDW will have copies of the Skylanders comic books series available for purchase. Attendees also will learn more about Rift into Overdrive, IDW’s latest Skylanders offering and prequel to Skylanders SuperChargers – available for preorder now online. Fico Ossio, the comic book’s lead artist, will be onsite for signings on Thursday from 10 – 11 a.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT.
- Mad Libs (Booth #1032): Attendees can purchase the popular Skylanders Universe™ Mad Libs. Fans receive a free tote bag with a purchase of three Mad Libs!
- Nintendo Game Lounge (Marriott Marquis and Marina): Convention goers can get hands-on with Skylanders SuperChargers and collect limited edition Skylanders-themed air fresheners while supplies last. Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Penguin (Booth #1514): Fans can purchase Penguin’s Skylanders Universe™ series of books.
- Rubie’s Costumes (Booth #3649): Skylanders fans can purchase costumes at Rubie’s booth.
- Xbox Lounge (Manchester Grand Hyatt): SDCC badge-holders can get hands-on with Skylanders SuperChargers, pre-order the game, enter to win a custom Skylanders SuperChargers Xbox One console on July 9, and collect special Skylanders posters while supplies last. Follow us on Instagram @SkylanderstheGame for contest details. The Xbox Lounge hours: Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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