Category Archives: Sony

Sony Says Wii Is A Shadow Of Its Former Self And That Vita Offers Better Value For Money Than Nintendo 3DS

Looks like Sony is back making digs at Nintendo while defending their own products, which I suppose is to be expected. Firstly Sony UK MD Fergal Gara said that the Wii, or the Wii brand, is currently a shadow of its former self. Then in a separate interview Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden said that the PlayStation Vita offers consumers better value for money than the Nintendo 3DS. You can read the quotes from the two employees, below.

“I’d like it to continue with the innovation stream I just talked about, but also what we want to see in the next year or two is a bigger mass market play, shall we say. So in order to broaden and perhaps fill the void that’s being left latent by, say, the Wii – which is a shadow of its former self. We need to have the kind of product that will engage that more casual consumer. I think that’s a big opportunity for us, and that’s not yet clear on the horizon, but something we should and I’m sure will be focused on as we look forward into year two, three and four.”

“I believe that Vita is the best handheld gaming experience, full stop, period. Nothing comes close to that. You can talk about your mobile, you can talk about your tablet, you can talk about, you know, Nintendo platforms or what have you in the handheld space. I think, pound-for-pound, buck-for-buck, Vita is the best gaming experience you can have.”

Thanks, gamerprince1999

UK Charts: Halo Takes Top Spot, Tomodachi Life Remains Best Selling 3DS Title

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track. As in a similar pattern to previous weeks, three Nintendo titles remain in the individual top 40 but are continuously floundering against multi-platform games. Halo: The Master Chief Collection bags the top spot over Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which falls in at number 2 and 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One respectively. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – last week’s chart-topper – continues to dominate the top 10 on all platforms.

Tomodachi Life continues to hold the title for the best-selling 3DS game in the UK charts at 24 this week, while Super Smash Bros for 3DS falls from 19 to 30. Although Mario Kart 8 saw a resurgence last week with the first DLC pack’s release, it drops to 34 from 25. You can view the individual UK top 40 games chart in full below.

1. (NE) (XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
2. (NE) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
3. (NE) [XBO]  Assassin’s Creed: Unity
4. (01) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
5. (02) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
6. (03) [360] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
7. (04) [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
8. (06) [360] FIFA 15
9. (NE) [360] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
10. (07) [XBO] FIFA 15
11. (NE) [PC] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
12. (10) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
13. (NE) [360] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
14. (08) [PS4] FIFA 15
15. (NE) [VITA] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
16. (NE) [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
17. (05) [PC] Football Manager 2015
18. (NE) [PS3] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
19. (11) [PS3] FIFA 15
20. (12) [PS4] Destiny
21. (14) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
22. (09) [XBO] Sunset Overdrive
23. (15) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
24. (20) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
25. (NE) [PS3] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
26. (NE) [PS4] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
27. (22) [360] Skylanders Trap Team
28. (21) [360] Disney Infinity 2.0
29. (26) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
30. (19) [3DS] Super Smash Bros
31. (NE) [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
32. (16) [XBO] Forza Horizon 2
33. (13) [PS4] Alien: Isolation
34. (25) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
35. (18) [360] WWE 2K15
36. (NE) [XBO] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
37. (27) [PC] The Sims 4
38. (NE) [XBO] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
39. (28) [DS] Frozen: Olaf’s Quest
40. (32) [360] Forza Horizon 2

Geoff Keighley Is Paying For The Game Awards 2014 Out Of His Own Pocket

Journalist and presenter Geoff Keighley has revealed that he is paying for The Game Awards 2014 out of his own pocket. The awards were previously called the VGA’s and weren’t particularly taken to by gamers. Let’s hope this year’s event will be an improvement.

“The investment is my own. I’m bankrolling it and we’re trying to sell some sponsorships. But there are no submission fees.”

“There is a fair amount of risk involved, though he declined to say how much of his own money he had to put up for the show. “I thought about doing a Kickstarter, but I would feel awkward doing that. I think I need to take this on myself to prove I can do it. I need to prove to everyone this is going to be great. If I were to Kickstart it there would have been a fair amount of skepticism.”

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

We’ve finally got October’s NPD sales results for the United States. The NPD Group says consumers spent $790.7 million on games, accessories and hardware during the month of October. Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS had a good month, as the game was the second best-selling software in the US during October. However, it should be noted that Bayonetta 2 failed to make the top ten. Anyway, here’s the top ten best-selling games according to NPD data.

  1. NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (3DS)
  3. The Evil Within (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC)
  4. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (360, PS3, PC)
  5. Destiny (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  6. Skylanders: Trap Team (360, Wii, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, mobile)
  7. FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii, PS Vita, 3DS)
  8. Madden NFL 15 (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
  9. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, XBox One, PC)
  10. Minecraft (360, PS3, PS4)

“October 2014 marks the first 12 months of sales for the Xbox One and PS4,” said Callahan. “After the first year, these consoles have had a great start as cumulative sales are currently over 70 percent higher than the combined first year totals of Xbox 360 and PS3.”

“The NPD Group also confirmed that the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U hardware made up 80 percent of the money spent on game-related products in October.”

The VGA’s Are Now Called The Game Awards And It Airs On December 5th

On December 5, videogame creators, press, and fans around the world will come together to celebrate all things videogames with The Game Awards 2014. Built to honor every aspect of the world’s most dynamic form of entertainment, The Game Awards 2014 will highlight the cultural significance of the $100B a year gaming industry with awards, world premieres, musical performances, and appearances by game developers, eSports players and online content creators. The Game Awards 2014 is a new show created specifically to acknowledge the place of videogames at the center of modern entertainment and culture.

“The Game Awards 2014 will celebrate our collective love of games and the passion we all hold in our hearts for this incredible entertainment medium,” said Geoff Keighley, Producer, The Game Awards 2014. “Gaming has never been stronger, and this year we will recognize the fastest-selling launch year in history for new game consoles, the rise of eSports and mobile gaming around the globe, and preview the games that will make 2015 the biggest year yet.”

Airing live from the state-of-the-art AXIS Theater in front the industry and the public, The Game Awards 2014 will be viewable around the world across a record number of gaming devices, platforms, media partners and services. More details on ways to watch the show will be released in the coming weeks at www.thegameawards.com Public tickets for the awards will be available for sale via TicketMaster on Tuesday, November 11.

The Game Awards 2014 is produced by Geoff Keighley, with the guidance of an advisory board that includes Reggie Fils-Aime (President and COO, Nintendo of America), Yves Guillemot (Co-Founder and CEO, Ubisoft), Hideo Kojima (Executive Contents Director, Kojima Productions), Shawn Layden (CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America), Peter Moore (COO, Electronic Arts), Rockstar Games, Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox, Microsoft), Martin Tremblay (President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) and Valve.

“The Game Awards is a special event to honor the achievements in gaming, our talented developers and devoted fans. We look forward to celebrating the power of games this December,” said Yves Guillemot, Co-founder and CEO, Ubisoft.

“PlayStation looks forward to seeing our fans and celebrating with them both at The Game Awards and The PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas this December,” said Shawn Layden, CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “For those who can’t join us in person, we will be livestreaming the weekend on PlayStation Network.”

“Electronic Arts has long championed the way gaming brings together players with the talented teams behind the world’s greatest video games, and this event will be an exciting new opportunity to do just that,” said Peter Moore, COO, Electronic Arts. “We look forward to supporting The Game Awards alongside our friends in the industry.”

“We have long been believers in the potential for videogames to inspire, challenge and entertain, and we look forward to standing with the industry to celebrate the medium at The Game Awards this year,” said Jennifer Kolbe, VP of Publishing, Rockstar Games.

“Xbox is proud to be a part of The Game Awards and to celebrate the creative and innovative work that happens across the gaming industry all year long,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, Microsoft. “I am pleased Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners around the world will be able to watch the entire program through Xbox Live.”

“It’s been an amazing year in games and we’re excited to celebrate the industry’s achievements at The Game Awards alongside friends, colleagues and fans around the world,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“Valve is excited to share The Game Awards with over 100 million users on Steam around the world,” said Gabe Newell, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Valve. Alongside the free livestream, Steam will offer a special limited time Steam Sale as part of The Game Awards 2014 broadcast. More details will be announced closer to the event.

Is Jurassic Park The Next LEGO Game?

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Everyone is interested to see where the LEGO video game franchise will go next and it seems the next instalment might be based on the blockbuster Jurassic Park. A hint was given when the credits roll for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham where you can see a Tyrannosaurus Rex showing up with the Jurassic Park theme song. Would you be interested in a Jurassic Park based LEGO title?

Japanese Charts: Nintendo 3DS Sells 79K And Wii U Sells 4K

We’ve finally got the Japanese sales charts in thanks to sales tracker, Media Create. Sales of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on the Nintendo 3DS remain strong and keeps it firmly in the number one position. Hardware sales remain dire as the Wii U only managed to sell 4K units despite the release of LEGO: The Movie which entered into the charts at number nine on the platform. Here’s the best-selling games.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 57,645 (2,104,844)
  2. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 27,182 (2,842,890)
  3. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 24,509 (1,701,465)
  4. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 (Konami, 10/23/14) – 9,070 (111,037)
  5. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014 (Konami, 10/23/14) – 7,661 (71,073)
  6. [PS3] The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 10/23/14) – 7,562 (82,932)
  7. [3DS] Tales of the World: Reve Unitia (Bandai Namco, 10/23/14) – 5,280 (62,120)
  8. [3DS] LEGO Movie: The Game (Warner Bros., 11/06/14) – 4,180 (New)
  9. [Wii U] LEGO Movie: The Game (Warner Bros., 11/06/14) – 3,574 (New)
  10. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 3,210 (699,588)
  11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,844 (3,805,306)
  12. [PS3] Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (2K Games, 10/30/14) – 2,676 (15,062)
  13. [PS4] Metro Redux (Spike Chunsoft, 10/30/14) – 2,624 (8,782)
  14. [3DS] Dragon Quest X Online (Square Enix, 09/04/14) – 2,501 (116,252)
  15. [PS4] The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks, 10/23/14) – 2,359 (66,956)
  16. [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (Square Enix, 10/02/14) – 2,258 (129,660)
  17. [PS4] Onechanbara Z2: Chaos (D3 Publisher, 10/30/14) – 2,245 (12,719)
  18. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (Bandai Namco, 08/07/14) – 2,158 (154,098)
  19. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 2,033 (1,293,939)
  20. [PSV] Super Hero Generation (Bandai Namco, 10/23/14) – 2,028 (22,856)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 50,619 (41,633)
  2. New 3DS – 15,020 (14,040)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 10,078 (8,906)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 9,874 (10,688)
  5. 3DS LL – 9,083 (9,270)
  6. Wii U – 4,787 (4,696)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 4,666 (5,066)
  8. 3DS – 4,495 (4,730)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 678 (718)
  10. Xbox One – 513 (599)
  11. Xbox 360 – 107 (79)
  12. PSP – 25 (50)