Sony Gearing Up To Make A Super Mario Bros Movie

Well it’s certainly started out being a weird news day as Sony Pictures is apparently making an animated movie based on the Super Mario Bros franchise. The news was discovered after Sony Pictures was recently hacked and the data was poured onto the internet. The Super Mario Bros movie is very early in development and may never see the light of day, but let’s hope it does.

“I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic],” producer Avi Arad told Sony studio chief Amy Pascal in an email dated Oct. 23, 2014, with the subject line “Mario.” Arad then forwarded Pascal separate images of him with Mario Bros.creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the latter of which included the message, “Happy ceo, lets get together, it’s the mother load. [sic]

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

It’s that time of the month folks as we finally have concrete sales figures for the United States for the month of November courtesy of the NPD Group. The Xbox One was the best-selling video game console in both the United States and the UK. With regards to software Super Smash Bros arrived at number three in the US and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire was at five and Pokemon Omega Ruby was placed at number seven. Hopefully we will get some sales data through from Nintendo.

  • 1.) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC)
  • 2.) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • 3.) Super Smash Bros. (NWU, 3DS)
  • 4.) Madden NFL 15 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)
  • 5.) Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
  • 6.) Far Cry 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
  • 7.) Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS)
  • 8.) NBA 2K15 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
  • 9.) Assassin’s Creed: Unity (PS4, XBO, PC)
  • 10.) Halo: The Master Chief Collection (XBO)

The Game Awards Had Nearly 2 Million Viewers Which Is A 75% Increase Over VGA’s

Wow, it turns out The Game Awards were nothing short of a roaring success. Geoff Keighley, the producer behind the show, has revealed that they had 1.93 million viewers last Friday which is a 75% increase over the last year’s VGA awards. Interestingly social media monitoring and analytics company Sysmos says The Game Awards had a 96 percent “favorable” sentiment on the various networks. However, Keighly still says there’s some things he would change. Here’s what he had to say about the presentation.

“I am absolutely stunned by the results,” Keighley said. “We didn’t have any marketing budget or TV spots for the show. I’m used to having a lot of support resources — a promotional team, a digital media team, a PR team. All we had was the support of the game publishers and fans to spread the word and on social media.”

“It’s empowering that we as a community can get the word out virally about a show like this. I always knew the show would get a better critical response from the community, but in many ways I was making a more serious show that risked not having as much mainstream appeal. That’s why Kiefer Sutherland, Conan O’Brien, Trey Parker and Imagine Dragons were such important bookings. All of them truly love games and came to celebrate our medium.”

“I was really happy with how things turned out.,” Keighley said. “Certainly the audience numbers were well beyond my wildest dreams, and creatively I’m proud of what we put on the screen. Moments like the tribute to Ken and Roberta Williams and the Koji Kondo/Imagine Dragons performance were once in a lifetime experiences.”

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 145K And Wii U Sells 24K

You can tell the holiday shopping season is upon us as both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS have seen sales increases this week in Japan. The Wii U saw the release of Super Smash Bros which soared into the number one position which placed it above Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Here’s the best-selling video games in Japan this week.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 227,527 (New)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 171,813 (1,798,097)
  3. [3DS] Derby Stallion Gold (Kadokawa Games, 12/04/14) – 73,616 (New)
  4. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days (Bandai Namco, 12/04/14) – 33,151 (New)
  5. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 29,670 (1,788,460)
  6. [PS3] Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign (Arc System Works, 12/04/14) – 27,278 (New)
  7. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 25,157 (2,225,855)
  8. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 23,557 (2,925,945)
  9. [PSV] Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (Koei Tecmo, 12/04/14) – 22,152 (New)
  10. [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova (Sega, 11/27/14) – 19,833 (127,147)
  11. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 19,244 (753,870)
  12. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN (Spike Chunsoft, 12/04/14) – 19,073 (New)
  13. [PS3] Resident Evil (Capcom, 11/27/14) – 15,445 (65,703)
  14. [3DS] Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (Koei Tecmo, 12/04/14) – 14,909 (New)
  15. [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Dubbed Version) (Square Enix, 12/04/14) – 13,758 (New)
  16. [PS4] Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign (Arc System Works, 12/04/14) – 12,638 (New)
  17. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, 11/13/14) – 11,829 (65,882)
  18. [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Dubbed Version) (Square Enix, 12/04/14) – 9,461 (New)
  19. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold II: Knight of Fafnir (Atlus, 11/27/14) – 9,456 (68,986)
  20. [PS4] The Crew (Ubisoft, 12/04/14) – 9,002 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 63,714 (48,738)
  2. 3DS – 38,846 (19,722)
  3. New 3DS – 25,541 (22,875)
  4. Wii U – 24,469 (12,496)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 22,355 (27,935)
  6. 3DS LL – 17,319 (15,182)
  7. PlayStation 4 – 15,971 (13,489)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 5,679 (5,360)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 986 (1,285)
  10. Xbox One – 790 (1,237)
  11. Xbox 360 – 189 (108)
  12. PSP – 8 (18)

UK Charts: Pokemon ORAS And Smash Bros Drop, Mario Kart 8 Resurfaces

This week’s individual UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track. Grand Theft Auto V grabs the top spot and snatches it from the clutches of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, though both games continue to do battle on various multiplayer platforms. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have fallen down the chart to positions 13 and 14, despite the remakes having a remarkable debut launch last week, making it the biggest UK launch for a Pokemon game ever.

Further down the chart, Just Dance 2015 enters the chart at 20 for the first time on Wii since its October release. A heavy marketing campaign during the seasonal period has seen sales of the Wii game boosted. Super Smash Bros for Wii U slips back to 26 after entering the individual charts at 14 last week, while Tomodachi Life for the 3DS moves down to 35. Mario Kart 8 also sees a resurgence this week for the Wii U and comes in at 38. Feel free to check out the individual top 40 UK games chart in full below.

1. (02) [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V
2. (01) [360] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
3. (08) [360] FIFA 15
4. (11) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
5. (05) [XBO] Grand Theft Auto V
6. (07) [PS4] Driveclub
7. (10) [XBO] FIFA 15
8. (19) [PS4] FIFA 15
9. (06) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
10. (NE) [PS4] The Crew
11. (15) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
12. (13) [PS4] Far Cry 4
13. (03) [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby
14. (04) [3DS] Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
15. (27) [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
16. (20) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
17. (16) [PS3] FIFA 15
18. (18) [XBO] Far Cry 4
19. (36) [360] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
20. (NE) [WII] Just Dance 2015
21. (22) [XBO] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
22. (21) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
23. (17) [PS4] LittleBigPlanet 3
24. (12) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
25. (09) [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
26. (14) [WIIU] Super Smash Bros
27. (NE) [XBO] The Crew
28. (24) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
29. (35) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
30. (30) [PC] Football Manager 2015
31. (23) [PS4] Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
32. (25) [XBO] Sunset Overdrive
33. (NE) [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 Remix
34. (26) [360] Disney Infinity 2.0
35. (31) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
36. (NE) [PS4] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
37. (28) [360] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
38. (RE) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
39. (RE) [360] Forza Horizon 2
40. (37) [360] Far Cry 4

Shovel Knight Is no Longer Exclusive To Nintendo And PC Now Coming To PS4, PS3 And Vita

Yacht Club Games has announced today during the PlayStation Experience that Shovel Knight will no longer be exclusive to Nintendo platforms and PC. The critically acclaimed title is coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation versions of the game will be the same as the current versions, but Kratos from God of War will be making a special appearance.

Thanks, WhiteEagle

The Verge Declares The PlayStation Vita The Best Handheld Gaming System

The Verge has gone against the grain and declared Sony’s ill-fated PlayStation Vita as the best handheld gaming system money can currently buy. The PlayStation Vita was put against the Nintendo 3DS, Apple’s iPad Mini, and Google’s Nexus 9. There’s a number of reasons why they opted for the PlayStation Vita including Remote Play, Visuals, Cross Buy, Analogue Buttons, and much more. You can see their verdict in the video which is posted above.