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Japan: Nintendo 3DS And Xbox One Battle For Top Spot This Week

This week’s Japanese software and hardware charts have come in courtesy of Media Create. The Nintendo 3DS remains the best-selling system and is followed by the recently released Xbox One which launched this week in Japan. Wii U sales have dropped slightly this week and currently stand at 7K. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware in Japan this week.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 63,401 (2,422,146)
  2. [3DS] Dragon Quest X Online (Square Enix, 09/04/14) – 52,375 (New)
  3. [PSV] Toukiden Kiwami (Koei Tecmo, 08/28/14) – 26,599 (105,983)
  4. [PSV] Love Live! School Idol Paradise Vol. 1: Printemps Unit / Vol 2. BiBi Unit / Vol 3. Lily White Unit (Kadokawa Games, 08/28/14) – 12,856 (72,566)
  5. [PS3] Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Atlus, 08/28/14) – 12,004 (101,472)
  6. [PS4] Samurai Warriors 4 (Koei Tecmo, 09/04/14) – 11,757 (New)
  7. [XBO] Titanfall (EA, 09/04/14) – 8,961 (New)
  8. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 8,221 (659,079)
  9. [3DS] Medarot 8: Kabuto Ver. / Kuwagata Ver. (Rocket, 08/28/14) – 8,214 (41,540)
  10. [XBO] Dead Rising 3 (Microsoft, 09/04/14) – 7,786 (New)
  11. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo, 07/24/14) – 6,919 (173,980)
  12. [XBO] Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft, 09/04/14) – 5,948 (New)
  13. [PSP] Toukiden Kiwami (Koei Tecmo, 08/28/14) – 5,802 (16,828)
  14. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 5,7000 (1,264,844)
  15. [PS3] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (Konami, 09/04/14) – 5,222 (New)
  16. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (Bandai Namco, 08/07/14) – 5,009 (133,059)
  17. [Wii U] Hyrule Warriors (Koei Tecmo, 08/14/14) – 4,933 (96,812)
  18. [PS4] The Last of Us Remastered (SCE, 08/21/14) – 4,898 (44,266)
  19. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Banai Namco, 06/26/14) – 4,749 (157,369)
  20. [PS3] Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin F Coffin of the End (Bandai Namco, 08/28/14) – 4,437 (33,245)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Xbox One – 25,674 (N/A)
  2. 3DS LL – 23,624 (30,111)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 14,441 (19,578)
  4. Wii U – 7,349 (8,584)
  5. PlayStation 4 – 7,299 (6,502)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,139 (7,895)
  7. 3DS – 5,931 (7,404)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 910 (1,156)
  9. PSP – 288 (187)
  10. Xbox 360 – 126 (86)
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Miyamoto Says Blockuster Video Games These Days Aren’t Innovative And Unique Enough

Revered video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto previously called out developers during a recent shareholders meeting in July. Miyamoto said his impressions of E3 were that the video game developers are beginning to become obsessed with creating violent shooters which sport ultra realistic visuals.

“This year, the majority of what the other developers exhibited was bloody shooter software that was mainly set in violent surroundings or, in a different sense, realistic and cool worlds,” Miyamoto said at the time. “Because so many software developers are competing in that category, it seemed like most of the titles at the show were of that kind.”

Miyamoto was recently quizzed by EDGE magazine to follow-up on his opinionated comment. He told the publication that the video game industry needs to create more risky and unique titles, but it still has a long way to go. Here’s what he had to say.

“Oh, I’ve made quite the grand statement, haven’t I? My comment was based upon the fact that I have not been fully satisfied with the inspirations that I have or that other people in the industry have in general. I feel that industry tends, rather than the creator’s individuality and uniqueness, tend to be prioritized. When the people who manage the development budget take the lead in making a game, creators tend to make games that are already popular in the marketplace. Even when there is opportunity for young developers to make something freely, they tend to make similar proposals. I can’t help but feel that the industry has a long way to go. I hope Nintendo will always be a company that aggressively invests in something new – something born from each creator’s individual characteristics.”

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UK Charts: Tomodachi Life Climbs To 7, Mario Kart 8 Moves Up To 21

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart Track. Nintendo’s wacky life simulation game, Tomodachi Life, has climbed back into the individual top 10 after slipping slightly last week and now sits at number 7. It’s a similar story for Mario Kart 8 as well, as the popular racing title moves back up the chart, sitting at 21 from 24, just outside the top 20.

EA has an unsurprising victory this week with newly released The Sims 4. The simulation title finds itself jumping ahead of The Last of Us: Remastered Edition, taking the crown in the number one spot. And rounding out the bottom of the chart is Pokemon X, with no sign of its counterpart, Y, this week. You can check out the individual top 40 chart below.

1. (NE) [PC] The Sims 4
2. (01) [PS4] The Last of Us: Remastered
3. (03) [360] Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
4. (05) [PS3] Minecraft PlayStation 3 Edition
5. (02) [PS4] Metro Redux
6. (12) [PS4] Watch Dogs
7. (13) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
8. (07) [360] Grand Theft Auto V
9. (04) [XBO] Metro Redux
10. (06) [PS4] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil
11. (08) [XBO] Titanfall
12. (15) [360] Terraria
13. (18) [PS4] Call of Duty: Ghosts
14. (19) [360] The LEGO Movie Videogame
15. (11) [XBO] Forza Motorsport 5
16. (22) [360] Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
17. (10) [PS4] Madden NFL 15
18. (17) [XBO] Call of Duty: Ghosts
19. (35) [360] Watch Dogs
20. (14) [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V
21. (24) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
22. (09) [XBO] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil
23. (16) [PS3] Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
24. (RE) [PS3] Watch Dogs
25. (21) [PS4] Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
26. (25) [360] Titanfall
27. (20) [360] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil
28. (NE) [VITA] Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
29. (23) [XBO] Madden NFL 15
30. (30) [360] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
31. (RE) [DS] Frozen: Olaf’s Quest
32. (28) [360] Skate 3
33. (29) [360] Call of Duty: Ghosts
34. (40) [XBO] Watch Dogs
35. (31) [PS3] The LEGO Movie Videogame
36. (36) [PS4] Wolfenstein: The New ORders
37. (26) [PS3] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil
38. (32) [360] Sniper Elite 3
39. (RE) [XBO] Wolfenstein: The New Order
40. (33) [3DS] Pokemon X

 

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Square Enix Recruiting Staff For New Console RPG Studio

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Square Enix is reportedly working hard to acquire new staff for a console based RPG studio. The firm is currently recruiting a Battle Director, Event Director, Lead Planner, Battle Planners, Lead Programmer, Programmers, Marketing Director, Technical Artists, Lead Effects Designer, Lead Animator, Lead 3DCG Character Designer, Lead 3DCG Environment Designer, Lead Menu Designer. It’s all in very early stages at the moment so don’t expect to see the fruits of their labour anytime soon.

Thanks, Danny C

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ESPN President Says eSports Isn’t An Actual Sport

ESPN president John Skipper says that eSports are not an actual sport, but says they’re more like a competition much like chess or checkers. Skipper’s comments came about during Re/code’s Code/Media Series conference when he was asked what he thought about Amazon’s recent acquisition of Twitch.

“It’s not a sport—it’s a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition. “Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports.”

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Ubisoft And Electronic Sports Cup Announce Next Phase In Just Dance Competition

Ubisoft and the Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) today announced the next phases of the Just Dance competition, which can be played by anyone around the globe. Just Dance players are now one step closer to the grand finale at Paris Games Week on October 30th and November 1st, 2014. Here’s how fans can still qualify:

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Just Dance’s online multiplayer mode allows players to compete against each other’s performances; the remaining qualifying sessions are scheduled for September 7th, September 14th and September 21st.

ESWC qualifier events

Through Just Dance competitions, the next finalists will be identified and win their ticket to the world finals. After Montreal (Canada) in July, four new events are scheduled around the world, including:

  • Sydney (Australia) at the Ubisoft EB Expo booth, on October 3 and 5, 2014
  • Igromir (Russia), between October 3 and 5, 2014
  • Copenhagen (Denmark), ESWC Finals with Sports-gaming.dk, on October 10 and 11, 2014
  • Paris (France), on the ESWC stage, at Paris Games Week, on October 29

As the home of the ESWC, France will give a special welcome to their players and the eight best French dancers from on-line qualifications will be invited to compete live on Wednesday, October 29. The qualifier will take place on stage at Paris Games Week and two winners will qualify for the World Finals.

Just Dance TV

The qualifications are also open to the Just Dance TV where players can submit their best performance on Just Dance 2014 through Autodance option until September 21.

ESWC Finals

The top twenty Just Dance players will be flown to Paris Games Week to compete in the Grand Final of the Just Dance World Cup from October 30th to November 1st, 2014. During the Final in front of thousands of spectators, in the room and online (live on Twitch.TV and Dailymotion), the best 20 dancers from international qualifications will perform on the next installment of the game, Just Dance 2015 on Xbox One. The matcheswill be played in the final duel (one versus one), and the result decision based on the combination of several scores as follows:

  •  Technical score: 1 point awarded to the player with the highest score in the game.
  • Artistic score: awarded by the three members of the jury, each of whom will give 1 extra point to the player of their choice for the bestchoreography and best visual performance.
  • In case of a tie, the decision will be submitted to online voting, on the live stream.

Composed of professional dance and acting, the jury will be announced shortly.

Rankings

So far, the on-line sessions have identified a temporary ranking, per platform:

- Wii U: Diegho.San (Brazil), Ferch12 (Mexico)
– Xbox One: BlazingGuitar14 (USA), KelvinJaeder (Brazil)
– Xbox 360: pedro13bkn (Chili), Mr_Manu_xD (Mexico)
– PlayStation 4 system: Klesko (Chili), RenoGroove (Netherlands)
– PlayStation 3 system: eaccy2397 (Mexico), samurox89 (Peru)

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Japan: Wii U Sells 8K And Nintendo 3DS Sells 37K

This week’s Japanese software and hardware charts are now in thanks to Media Create. PlayStation 3 exclusive Persona 4 Arena Ultimax has dethroned the unstoppable Yokai Watch 2 on the Nintendo 3DS. Wii U sales remain steady this week at 8K while Hyrule Warriors slips down to number fourteen. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts this week.

  1. [PS3] Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Atlus, 08/28/14) – 89,498 (New)
  2. [PSV] Toukiden Kiwami (Koei Tecmo, 08/28/14) – 79,384 (New)
  3. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 68,762 (2,358,745)
  4. [PSV] Love Live! School Idol Paradise Vol. 1: Printemps Unit / Vol 2. BiBi Unit / Vol 3. Lily White Unit (Kadokawa Games, 08/28/14) – 59,710 (New)
  5. [PSV] Hyperdimension Neptunia U (Compile Heart, 08/28/14) – 34,980 (New)
  6. [3DS] Medarot 8: Kabuto Ver. / Kuwagata Ver. (Rocket, 08/28/14) – 33,326 (New)
  7. [PS3] Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin F Coffin of the End (Bandai Namco, 08/28/14) – 28,807 (New)
  8. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 11,148 (650,858)
  9. [PSP] Toukiden Kiwami (Koei Tecmo, 08/28/14) – 11,026 (New)
  10. [PSV] Bullet Girls (D3 Publisher, 08/21/14) – 10,030 (39,720)
  11. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo, 07/24/14) – 9,968 (167,071)
  12. [PS4] The Last of Us Remastered (SCE, 08/21/14) – 8,782 (39,368)
  13. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (Bandai Namco, 08/07/14) – 8,361 (128,050)
  14. [Wii U] Hyrule Warriors (Koei Tecmo, 08/14/14) – 7,648 (91,880)
  15. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 6,912 (1,259,144)
  16. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 6,653 (152,620)
  17. [PS3] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (Square Enix, 08/21/14) – 6,486 (22,301)
  18. [PS4] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (Square Enix, 08/21/14) – 6,131 (23,962)
  19. [PS3] Sacred 3 (Spike Chunsoft, 08/28/14) – 5,083 (New)
  20. [PSV] Kiss Bell (TGL, 08/28/14) – 4,530 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS LL – 30,111 (28,788)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 19,578 (15,309)
  3. Wii U – 8,584 (8,985)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 7,895 (2,376)
  5. 3DS – 7,404 (6,914)
  6. PlayStation 4 – 6,502 (5,923)
  7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,156 (1,118)
  8. PSP – 187 (324)
  9. Xbox 360 – 86 (177)