Good news for would be gamers in China as The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the ban placed on video game consoles in the country has been completely lifted. You may remember that the ban was temporarily lifted by the government in January, but the only way console manufacturers could sell consoles was with government approval. Let’s hope Nintendo gets its foot in the door.
This week’s Japanese charts are now in courtesy of Media Create and there’s a few notable new entries this week. Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad and Great Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken have entered in the charts at number one and number two respectively. However, they haven’t really boosted Nintendo 3DS sales as you might have thought they would. Still, the Nintendo 3DS is the best-selling platform shifting 28K and Wii U shifted 10K. Here’s the best-selling games this week.
- [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Nintendo, 07/11/15) – 693,538 (New)
- [3DS] The Great Ace Attorney (Capcom, 07/09/15) – 135,690 (New)
- [PSV] Taiko Drum Master: V Version (Bandai Namco, 07/09/15) – 46,101 (New)
- [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 29,682 (345,253)
- [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 26,136 (408,312)
- [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 24,650 (325,844)
- [3DS] Chou Tousouchuu Atsumare! Saikyou no Tousou Monotachi (Bandai Namco, 07/09/15) – 13,571 (New)
- [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,898 (243,428)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 6,708 (1,060,442)
- [3DS] Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, 06/11/15) – 4,642 (110,087)
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,608 (2,657,661)
- [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Atlus, 06/25/15) – 4,449 (111,513)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,232 (3,996,960)
- [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 2,891 (164,436)
- [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 2,847 (128,414)
- [PS4] Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Capcom, 06/18/15) – 2,772 (50,017)
- [3DS] Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Marvelous, 06/18/15) – 2,757 (63,524)
- [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 2,746 (2,256,326)
- [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 2,218 (653,783)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 1,901 (274,678)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- New 3DS LL – 21,069 (19,475)
- PlayStation 4 – 15,779 (18,171)
- PlayStation Vita – 13,632 (14,067)
- Wii U – 10,789 (12,781)
- New 3DS – 5,551 (5,506)
- PlayStation 3 – 2,979 (3,102)
- 3DS – 1,184 (1,394)
- 3DS LL – 899 (861)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 613 (741)
- Xbox One – 149 (235)
A recent survey conducted by Nielsen takes a look at the reasoning behind peoples buying habits for the current generation of consoles. Those studied say that they purchased the PlayStation 4 for the higher resolution of games, while those who purchased an Xbox One bought it because they love the Xbox brand. Interestingly those who purchased a Wii U did it purely because of the fun-factor of the console as well as the fact that it’s a more suitable console for younger gamers. You can check out the reasonings in the chart above.
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Looks like Square Enix is still investing in console titles as the publisher and developer has revealed that they have a brand new RPG title in the works for consoles that isn’t a remake. Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda announced in the latest issue of Famitsu that the game will be revealed next month in December. The company also has Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 in development so it will be interesting to see which platforms it will be for. Here’s what Matsuda had to say about the mysterious title.
“Actually, right now, we’re working on a new RPG specifically for consoles and it isn’t a remake. We’ll start talking about it more in December and go from there.”
Horii Yuji, the creator behind the Dragon Quest series, believes that the current smartphone boom is a fad and that once it settles down developers will return to work on traditional home consoles. Hori was talking about the state of the Japanese video game market which is currently completely dominated by smartphone gaming. Here’s what he had to say about the issue.
“People say that home consoles don’t sell anymore in Japan, but once the smartphone boom settles I think home consoles will be the focus of attention again. It’s true that with smartphones and handhelds you have the benefits of taking them anywhere with you or watching TV as you play, but I think fans of video games are still feeling the desire to play games on the big screen. Also, with handhelds because the controller and the screen is on the same device it makes it painful to play for long periods of time. Playing with a home console controller and being able to move your hands around is more comfortable.”
Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada has spoken to Japanese publication 4Gamer regarding why Pokken Tournament is being developed for arcades first, rather than going straight to console. Harada explained that he likes to see how games do in the arcades before porting to consoles to judge how popular the game is.
“That’s something that got a big reaction, for better or worse [from the development staff],” Harada replies. “There are several reasons for this choice, one being that ‘if it were on arcades, it would be interesting to see fan reaction sooner’.”
“The other reason, which is something I always say, is that it’s important for fighting games to at least succeed in arcades once,” he continues. “With arcades charging 100 yen for a single play, if it’s a boring game, it will most certainly be dismissed. It’s really a harsh environment for [arcade games].”
“Pokémon definitely has a family-oriented image, but in addition to how we decided on developing [Pokkén] as a competitive game with depth, we must also be prepared to face such severe conditions,” says Harada.
“Once you have a title that can make it out of the lion’s den called arcades, it’s something you know you can be proud of for being the real deal. Additionally, there aren’t too many developers that take on these kind of challenges nowadays.”
The Movoto Real Estate Blog has put together a fun chart that shows just how popular the current generation consoles are on Facebook. The blog has created a state-by-state breakdown of the amount of Facebook “likes” each current generation console has received. The Xbox One appears to be the most “liked” games console in 22 states and is closely followed by the PlayStation 4 which is most “liked” in 19 states. Interestingly, the Wii U hasn’t won enough “likes” to win in any states. It should also be noted that 9 states were ambivalent. You can check out the fun chart above and more details, here.