Metacritic’s 6th Annual Game Publisher Rankings

Popular online review aggregation site Metacritic has published its 2016 Game Publisher Rankings. What’s especially interesting is that SEGA has overthrown Nintendo and has claimed the number one position. The company has also beaten the likes of EA and Activision Blizzard with the best reviewed titles according to Metascore published by critics.

Sega is the sole major publisher in this year’s rankings to finish the year with a “green” average Metascore indicating that, on average, its 2015 releases were approved by critics. The company ranked 5th among mid-sized publishers a year ago (it released fewer titles in 2014) and saw its average score increase by four points in this year’s results, even without any releases scoring 90 or higher. Before you get too excited about Sega’s success, note that half of its 2015 titles were new 3D re-releases of older games for the 3DS platform. The publisher released just one game for current-gen consoles: the middling, Sonic-influenced cartoonish platformer Tembo the Badass Elephant.

  1. SEGA
  2. Telltale Games
  3. Sony
  4. Activision Blizzard
  5. Devolver Digital
  6. Nintendo
  7. EA
  8. Bandai Namco
  9. Ubisoft

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Wall Street Journal: What To Watch From Nintendo Earnings

We will find out how Nintendo has performed during its third-quarter earnings conference which will take place tomorrow once the stock markets have closed. The Kyoto based company is expected to announce an impressive Y33.2 billion ($273.8 million) in profit for the October to December period and Y252.6 billion in revenue. The Wall Street Journal has put together a list of what you could expect to see announced during the event.

  • SLUGGISH SALES: Sales of its 3DS handheld device and software likely slowed further, analysts say, adding it will be difficult for Nintendo to achieve its guidance of Y50 billion in operating profit this fiscal year. The company’s share price is now around Y17,000 apiece, but analysts say the shares are likely to slip, although Nintendo won’t lower its guidance.
  • MIITOMO: Nintendo and its partner DeNA Co.2432.TO +3.19% plan to launch their first smartphone game Miitomo in March, and Nintendo chief Tatsumi Kimishima is likely to provide more details at an earnings conference. DeNA will report its earnings on Friday.
  • AMIIBO: Analysts partially blame Nintendo’s soft sales on supply shortages for Amiibo – chip-equipped figurines that communicate with its games – especially in the U.S. Investors will seek more details on production plans for Amiibo, including if the company plans to release new figurines, cards and stuffed dolls.
  • NX: Anything new about its coming videogame system code-named NX is unlikely at the earnings conference because Nintendo would want to focus on Miitomo first. Nintendo has declined to say when it will kick off its promotional campaign, but analysts expect more details in June and a product launch toward the year-end shopping season.
  • DIRECT: Mr. Kimishima said last year the company would overhaul Nintendo Direct, its online video site that delivers company news and product announcements directly to its fans. He may provide updates on this as well.
  • SURPRISE: Nintendo has a history of making surprise announcements at its earnings calls. It isn’t rare for Nintendo to announce new initiatives at an earnings call as it did for the partnership with theme-park operator Universal Parks & Resorts, a unit of ComcastCorp.’sCMCSA +2.96% NBCUniversal.

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France Console Sales: PlayStation 4 2.15 Million, Wii U 742K, Xbox One 715K

You may have seen hardware sales for Germany which we posted earlier, but now it is time for France. The French have jumped onboard the PlayStation 4 and with regards to console sales it is by far the most dominant platform. What is interesting is that the Wii U has sold more units than Microsoft’s Xbox One console. The Wii U has obviously been out for longer, but it seems as though both France and Germany aren’t too keen on the US centric Xbox console. The best-selling platform so far in France is the Nintendo 3DS.

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Sales in 2015:

  1. PS4: 1,000,000 (+20%)
  2. XB1: 298,000
  3. Wii U: 228,000

Sales in 2014:

  1. PS4: 860,000
  2. XB1: 290,000
  3. Wii U: 240,000

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UK: Nintendo Games Had 6.6 Percent Market Share In 2015

Recent sales data obtained by MCV shows that Nintendo software accounted for 6.6 percent of the UK video game market during 2015. In comparison, Microsoft had 5.9 percent and Sony had 5.7 percent. However, it was third party developers that saved the day with Electronic Arts having the largest market share at 19.5 percent, Activision Blizzard in second with 13.1 percent and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment placing third with 9.5 percent. As far as Nintendo hardware goes the Nintendo 3DS scored fifth place with a 4.8 percent market share, the Wii U had a 3.5 percent market share, Wii had 1 percent, and the Nintendo DS had 0.7 percent, but it was the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that were the dominant forces at 36.3 percent market share and 29.7 percent.

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Kotaku Readers Choose Their Game Of 2015

Kotaku has polled its readers to find out which game out of the many notable releases in 2015 were the best. Interestingly, trolls jumped on board and tried to rig the ballot so that Bloodborne could win Game of the Year 2015. Thankfully, Kotaku spotted this and have been able to find all the legitimate votes for the game which came in second place. That being said, here’s the Kotaku readers Games of 2015!

  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 1,183 votes
  2. Bloodborne – 446 votes
  3. Undertale – 261 votes
  4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 174 votes
  5. Fallout 4 – 170 votes
  6. Splatoon – 107 votes
  7. Super Mario Maker – 105 votes
  8. Rocket League – 82 votes
  9. Rise of the Tomb Raider – 72 votes
  10. Other (write-in) – 55 votes
  11. Xenoblade Chronicles X – 50 votes
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – 38 votes
  13. Ori and the Blind Forest – 32 votes
  14. Monster Hunter 4 – 22 votes
  15. Halo 5: Guardians – 19 votes
  16. Life is Strange – 19 votes
  17. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – 17 votes
  18. Until Dawn – 16 votes
  19. Box Boy! – 11 Votes
  20. Mad Max – 8 votes
  21. Broken Age – 6 votes
  22. Persona 4: Dancing All Night – 4 votes

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GAME Reveals UK’s Favourite Video Game Of 2015

 It’s official: Fallout 4 is the nation’s favourite video game of 2015. That’s according to a recent survey by the UK’s leading video game retailer, GAME, who is launching an exciting competition to win £2,015 pounds worth of reward points in January.

Despite the eagerly anticipated return of the Master Chief in Halo 5: Guardians, or the frenzy which accompanied the launches of FIFA 16 and Star Wars Battlefront, it was Bethesda’s epic action thriller, Fallout 4, which topped the charts of must-have games. Breaking sales records in just its first 24 hours, the open world game really captured the imagination of UK gamers.

In second place came The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, while Batman Arkham Knight and the latest instalment from the ever-popular Ubisoft franchise, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, helped make up an elite list of top titles from 2015, as chosen by the GAME community.

The Top 10 games of 2015:

1.     Fallout 4
2.     The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
3.     Batman Arkham Knight
4.     Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
5.     Star Wars Battlefront
6.     Call of Duty Black Ops 3
7.     Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
8.     Destiny: The Taken King
9.     Halo 5: Guardians
10.  FIFA 16

GAME is giving its customers even more reason to get involved with the list of favourites, offering one lucky gamer the chance to win an amazing £2,015 worth of reward points when they purchase just one game from the 2015’s Top 10. Those buying a game in-store or online will be entered into a prize draw to be drawn before the end of February, with 2,015 runners-up prizes also on offer of 2,015 reward points.

To get involved, head to your local GAME store to purchase a game of your choice or go online at game.co.uk. Gamers can also share their thoughts on the list and look ahead to the some of the hotly anticipated games of 2016 by tweeting #MYGAMEOF2015.

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NPD: Here’s The Best-Selling Games In December In The US

The NPD Group which tracks video game sales in the United States has revealed not only the best-selling games during the vital month of December but also for the entirety of 2015. Interestingly, Nintendo doesn’t feature on either lists which will undoubtedly be a blow for the company who have produced some sterling games this year. Anyway, here’s the best-selling games for the month of December and the entirety of 2015.

Software:

December:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Star Wars: Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  3. Fallout 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  4. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  5. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  6. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  7. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  8. Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  9. Minecraft: Story Mode: A Telltale Game Series (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  10. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)

Full Year:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  3. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  4. Star Wars: Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One) 360, PS3, PC)
  6. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  7. Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
  8. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  9. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)

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