Creative titles at Ubisoft have just received a boost as the company has revealed that Ubisoft’s internal studios can create low-cost video games without receiving executive approval. Providing the games budgets are cheap enough (between $500k – $3 million) then the studios can begin skipping the arduous pitching process. This should lead to some very interesting video games coming from the studio which has brought us games such as Rayman and Child of Light.
You will be pleased to know that there are currently two Wii U titles in the top ten individual format charts for the United Kingdom. If you are a regular reader of the blog then you will know that the UK market is notoriously difficult for Nintendo to crack, with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One being the dominant systems. However, the charming Yoshi’s Woolly World is setting pretty at number seven and LEGO Jurassic World for the Wii U has entered in at number six. Here’s the best-selling video games in the United Kingdom this week.
01 (01) PS4 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
02 (02) XBO BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
03 (03) 360 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
04 (05) XBO THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
05 (06) PS4 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
06 (NE) WIU LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
07 (04) WIU YOSHI’S WOOLLY WORLD (NINTENDO)
08 (08) PS4 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
09 (09) XBO LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
10 (10) PS3 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
11 (11) XBO THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
12 (07) PS4 THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
13 (15) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
14 (14) PS4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
15 (13) WIU SPLATOON (NINTENDO)
16 (12) XBO HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION (MICROSOFT)
17 (17) XBO GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
18 (25) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
19 (20) 3DS LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
20 (27) PS4 DYING LIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
Want to get your hands on some bargains this week from the Wii U eShop? Well Nintendo Europe is holding a massive sale in indie titles beginning on 9th July and ending on 23rd July. Basically if you own one of the titles listed below then you qualify for discounts on any of the others listed. There’s fourteen Wii U indie titles available, so there’s bound to be something for everyone.
14 Wii U titles presented by 7 studios from 6 countries are on sale on Nintendo eShop in the Epic Indie Sale. If you own one or more of following titles on your Wii U, you can download the others at a discounted rate. This offer ends on July 23.
- BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games) – €4.79/£3.99 (Normally €11.99/£9.99)
- EDGE (Two Tribes Publishing) – €0.79/£0.71 (Normally €1.99/£1.79)
- Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games) – €5.99/£5.19 (Normally €14.99/£12.99)
- Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Drinkbox Studios) – €5.59/£4.79 (Normally €13.99/£11.99)
- Mighty Switch Force! 2 (WayForward) – €2.00/£2.00 (Normally €5.00/£5.00)
- Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (WayForward) – €3.99/£3.59 (Normally €9.99/£8.99)
- RUSH (Two Tribes Publishing) – €0.79/£0.71 (Normally €1.99/£1.79)
- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (WayForward) – €6.79/£6.39 (Normally €16.99/£15.99)
- Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party (KnapNok Games) – €3.59/£3.20 (Normally €8.99/£8.00)
- Swords & Soldiers (Two Tribes Publishing) – €1.19/£0.99 (Normally €2.99/£2.69)
- Toki Tori (Two Tribes Publishing) – €0.79/£0.69 (Normally €1.99/£1.79)
- Toki Tori 2 + (Two Tribes Publishing) – €5.99/£5.19 (Normally €14.99/£12.99)
- Trine 2: Director’s Cut (Frozenbyte) – €6.79/£5.39 (Normally €16.99/£13.99)
- Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte) – €5.19/£4.39 (Normally €12.99/£10.99)
Splatoon has proved to be a popular Wii U hit for Nintendo. The ink based shooter has performed well in the United States, the UK, and Japan, based on the official sales data we have received. We have learned today that it is currently the highest-selling Wii U eShop game of all-time in Japan, beating the likes of Dragon Quest X, Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2. The news was announced via Nintendo’s official Japanese website which has a dedicated section for Wii U eShop charts and states that Splatoon is now the all-time best-seller.
One of the surprise announcements of E3 this year was the announcement that Star Fox Zero is being developed by none other than Platinum Games. Yusuke Hashimoto, who also directed Bayonetta 2, says development of the game was very fun, especially collaborating again with Nintendo. However, Hashimoto also revealed that it was “nerve-wracking” when Shigeru Miyamoto stepped in to show them a new idea, asked them what they thought, and they had to come up with a decent answer about whether it should be implemented or not.
“The three of us are always working together and it’s very fun,” Hayashi says, “but obviously when Mr. Miyamoto shows you something and is like, what do you think of this, and you have to come up with a good answer, it’s very nerve-wracking.”
“I’m struck by how fast this goes,” says Hashimoto. “The turnaround between the exchange of the two parties is very quick. It’s a kind of development speed I haven’t really seen before.”
Devil’s Third is a third party title for the Wii U that the majority of you are curious about. We haven’t really heard much new information about the game, despite it being released next month in Europe. Nintendo of America won’t even comment on the game, which as a few of you have noted, is extremely odd. Thankfully, Valhalla Games have taken to Facebook and have said that they’re ready to answer questions by the media about the action title.
Dear Media Friends,
We’ve been asked many times about Devil’s Third for a long time and we’ve felt sorry that we couldn’t respond to such requests.
Thank you very much for your patience and waiting for our game.
The time has finally come.
Now, we’re ready to answer to questions from you and your readers.
So, please send us your questions to the following E-mail address.
Itagaki will try to provide exclusive information to you if you promise to never cut or omit his words to be featured in your article.
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
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If you weren’t a fan of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD‘s primarily gold packaging, you’ll be happy to know that Nintendo is now selling the colorful version of the box art at retailers in North America. It looks like the gold box art is still being sold if you prefer that one. Which cover would you pick if you had to choose between the two? I would pick the colorful one as I feel it better captures the vibrant nature of game.