GameStop Says Digital Downloads Only Make Up 5% of AAA Game Sales

Popular US retail chain GameStop has revealed some interesting information about the state of physical and digital video games based on DFC data. The retailer says that only 5% of digital downloads are sold to the consumer for AAA games. That means that 95% of purchases are for physical based games. That’s a shocking low figure for digital games. It could well be due to their expensive pricing and average broadband speeds.

Slide 7 shows some key statistics based on DFC data which analyzes the AAA games sold in 2014. You can see that DFC estimates that of the total number of AAA videogames sold last year 12% were downloaded and 88% were physical. Of the 12% downloaded, it is estimated that 60% were given away in hardware bundles, that means about 5% of AAA titles were downloads, but were actually paid for by consumers. DFC estimates that full game downloads of AAA titles paid for by consumers made up only 2% of the total physical and digital software market.

Thanks, SuperSonic

 

Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads For The US

Want to know which games are available for you to download from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop this week in the United States? Well, read on. The big game is Code Name: STEAM which has had mixed reviews from critics and has an average score of 75 on Metacritic, which isn’t too bad. You can also get your hands on the beautiful Trine Enchanted Edition. Here’s what’s available.

  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – Command a strike team of unexpected heroes – assembled by Abraham Lincoln himself – to defend Earth against an alien invasion. Harness the power of steam to scout, surprise and annihilate enemies in this star-spangled blend of turn-based strategy and action game play. Only you can outwit and outgun this otherworldly threat. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will be available on March 13. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • 3D Out Run – 3D Out Run is the much-loved 1986 driving game designed by Yu Suzuki, remastered and enhanced for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Trine Enchanted Edition – Trine Enchanted Edition is the origin story of the three unlikely heroes of Trine: Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight and Zoya the Thief. Spellbound by the magical object Trine, the heroes must join forces to overcome obstacles and puzzles in an interactive physics-based world, battle the undead and their minions and restore balance to the kingdom. BuyTrine Enchanted Edition and receive 20 percent off of Trine 2: Director’s Cut (and vice versa) in the Trine Series Fan Discount. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • F-Zero – GP Legend – Get your adrenaline pumping and race plasma-powered machines against the galaxy’s most elite racers in the Game Boy Advance iteration of this classic racing series! Compete in the Grand Prix or Story modes, climb the standings and unlock additional modes and characters.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • NES: Balloon Fighter
    • Pokémon: Mega Rayquaza
    • Pokémon Friends
    • Pokémon: Hanafuda

Price reduction:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Also new this week:

This Week’s Wii U Virtual Console Game Is F-Zero GP Legend

Wondering which games will be available tomorrow as part of the Nintendo eShop US downloads? Well we know at least one of the games, which is F-Zero GP Legend, which originally came out on the Game Boy Advance in 2003. The game will be available to download tomorrow on the Wii U for $6.99.

Get your adrenaline pumping, and race plasma-powered machines against the galaxy’s most elite racers! Boost down some of the most dangerous tracks in the universe, and strive for victory at all costs—even if it means ramming your opponent off the track. Compete in the Grand Prix or Story modes, climb the standings, and unlock additional modes and characters. Put the pedal to the metal, and get busy boosting, bumping, and jumping your way to intergalactic glory!

Thanks, feelingblind

US Nintendo Downloads: The Donkey Kong Country Series Arrives On Virtual Console

I know you’ve been waiting for them so I’m pleased to say that the Donkey Kong Country games are heading to North America today on the Wii U Virtual Console and the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Rare’s acclaimed 2D platforming titles join IronFall, the thrilling third-person shooter for the Nintendo 3DS eshop. Here’s all the games you can download this week in the United States.

  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • IRONFALL Invasion – IRONFALL Invasion is a thrilling third-person shooter with single-player campaign and multiplayer modes. Equipped with an arsenal of destructive weapons, take cover and repel an invasion of alien robots. Play for free or purchase DLC starting today in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • Titan Attacks! – The Titans are invading! Single-handedly turn back the invading Titan army, drive back the aliens across the Solar System and finally defeat them on their home world. Click here to view a trailer for this modern remix of classic arcade shoot-’em-ups.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo3DS
    • Donkey Kong Land – Making a bet with Cranky Kong is never wise. In this Game Boy adventure, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must set off on another adventure to retrieve their banana hoard from the evil K. Rool’s clutches. Swing, roll, jump and barrel blast through four worlds that are swarming with returning and original enemies.
    • Donkey Kong Land 2 – K. Rool has kidnapped Donkey Kong and he’s demanding the entire banana hoard as ransom! In this Game Boy classic, play as either Diddy Kong or Dixie Kong and take advantage of their unique abilities in more than 40 levels of nonstop platforming action. Keep an eye out for some friendly faces (and some shiny collectibles) to help you out.
    • Donkey Kong Land III – Dixie Kong has been left behind to babysit her younger cousin, Kiddy Kong. But that won’t stop her from seeking adventure in this Game Boy game. Help Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong through 36 Kremling-infested levels, each containing secret areas, bonus levels and collectibles. Maybe they’ll even find the entrance to the hidden Lost World!
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Donkey Kong Country – Armed with chest-pounding muscle, mighty barrel rolls and awesome vine-swinging skills, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong set out to face K. Rool and his reptilian crew of Kremlings in this Super NES masterpiece! Play solo, compete with a friend or play cooperatively with a friend in more than 100 levels filled with collectibles and hidden bonus areas. With the help of Donkey Kong’s quirky family, animal friends and your fast reflexes, our dynamic duo will prove to be an unstoppable force.
    • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest – Donkey Kong has been kidnapped and taken to Crocodile Isle. Only Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong can save the day. In this Super NES sequel to the Donkey Kong Country game, play solo, compete with a friend or tag team with a friend in eight exciting worlds filled with wacky characters, collectable items and secret bonus areas.
    • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble – Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have gone missing! In this Super NES adventure, play as Dixie Kong or Kiddy Kong solo, against a friend or with a friend. Take advantage of each of their unique abilities as they throw each other into action through more than 40 levels.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • Buy one or more participating Donkey Kong games for the Virtual Console service on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and get 30 percent off your Nintendo eShop purchase of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo 3DS). This offer lasts until March 3 at 8:59 a.m. PT. The same Nintendo Network ID must be linked to your Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, as well as your Nintendo eShop account prior to purchase in order to be eligible for the discount. Visithttp://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more information.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • 3D MahJongg and more games from JoinDot are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 13.
    • Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) from Feb. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • NES: Donkey Kong
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Hunter’s Seal - Available Feb. 28
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Palicoes 4 Ever – Available Feb. 28

Price reduction:

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Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads For The US

Nintendo of America has detailed exactly which games you will be able to download from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop this week. The game of the moment is Kirby and the Rainbow Curse which has averaged 75 on Metacritic. There’s also a demo for Citizens of Earth, if you’re interested. Anyway, here’s the games you can download this week on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop.

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse – In this colorful new adventure, guide Kirby through a vibrant world made of clay by drawing Rainbow Ropes on the Wii U GamePad controller. You can even mold your clay Kirby into a Tank, Submarine or Rocket to wreak havoc. Up to three friends can join in and play as Waddle Dee characters to explore levels with you. Kirby and the Rainbow Cursewill be available Feb. 20. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Pokémon Shuffle – Pokémon Shuffle is a free-to-play strategy-based puzzle game featuring a wide variety of Pokémon. Your goal is to clear various stages by matching three or more Pokémon in a row within the number of moves allowed. Know the type of Pokémon and choose them wisely to cause more damage against the opponent Pokémon. You will also be able to raise the level of your Pokémon by using them multiple times. There are 150+ stages awaiting and you will want to collect many different Pokémon – including some Mega-Evolved Pokémon – in order to help you battle efficiently. Challenges await you whether you play at home or on the go. Optional in-game items available for purchase.
    • THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL – New DLC – New add-on tracks are now available for North American fans ofTHEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL. The update includes music from a variety of Square Enix games, including tracks from CHRONO TRIGGER and NIER. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Citizens of Earth – Demo Available – Try your hand at being Vice President of the World in the free Citizens of Earth demo, available now in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Recruit friends, family and everyone else around town to join your party and fight your battles! Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • AXELAY – The alien Armada of Annihilation is taking over planets, and you are the last line of defense. Guide the Axelay prototype through six levels of nonstop galactic action. Use your vast array of weaponry and dodge enemy attacks at every turn.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Ice Cream Surfer is 70 percent off (reduced from $5 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.
    • 99Moves, Abyss and more titles from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 12.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo3DS
    • Snow Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 26.
    • Chat-A-Lot is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to 3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.
    • TOYS VS MONSTERS is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 12.
    • 2 Fast 4 Gnomz is 40 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 12.

Activities:

  • Pokémon Art Academy Competition – Put your Pokémon creativity on display in an online competition featuring art made in Pokémon Art Academy! Create your masterpiece using the Pokémon Art Academy game for the Nintendo3DS family of systems, and then post your work to thePokémon Art Academy Miiverse community. The winning artists will receive a 100-card pack of custom-designed Pokémon Trading Card Game cards displaying their artwork.
    • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must (i) be a legal resident of the 50 United States, D.C., Canada or Mexico, (ii) have access to thePokémon Art Academy game and a compatible device in the Nintendo 3DS family, and (iii) have an active Nintendo Network ID linked to a confirmed email address. Void where prohibited. Contest ends 3/29/15 at 11:59pm PT. Six prizes available to be won, each consisting of 100 Pokémon Trading Cards bearing the drawing of the winner (ARV US $40 each). Odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Eligible entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the winners, using judging criteria set out in the Official Rules, available at http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-art-academy/competition/rules/. Contest co-sponsored by The Pokémon Company International, Inc. and Nintendo of America Inc.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • NES: Ice Climbers

Also new this week:

  • Adventure Bar Story (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Excave (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Flap Flap (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Fishdom (DSiWare on Nintendo DSi; Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • 4Elements (DSiWare on Nintendo DSi; Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

 

US Nintendo Downloads: Monster Hunter 4 Demo Coming To Everyone

This week’s Nintendo downloads in the United States have been confirmed by Nintendo of America. There’s plenty to get your hands on this week including a demo for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The majority of you will have already played it via a demo code, but now it’s available for everyone to play. Oh, and you can also pre-purchase Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U.

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – Demo Version – Experience big game hunting with the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo, now playable on Nintendo 3DS. Play alone in a robust single-player experience or join with up to three other players via a local connection or online via Wi-Fi to tackle hundreds of quests and take down ferocious monsters. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
    • Moon Chronicles – DLC – The three remaining episodes in Major Kane’s epic lunar journey are all available today for download, giving fans the opportunity to experience the entire season without delay. Players may purchase the new content individually, as separate episodes, or choose to purchase the Season Pass, which contains all three remaining episodes for a lower price. Clickhere to watch a trailer for Moon Chronicles.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse – Pre-Purchase – You can now pre-purchase Kirby and the Rainbow Curse in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Upon your purchase in the Nintendo eShop, you can pre-load the game onto your Wii U console, and then you’ll be able to play after a small game update when it’s officially released in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. PT.
    • Hyrule Warriors – DLC – The Majora’s Mask Pack is available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop for only $7.99 and includes new maps, costumes and the ability to play as Young Link and Tingle (Tingle!). The Majora’s Mask Pack is also part of the Hero of Hyrule Pack, the 4-Pack Hyrule Warriors DLC Bundle. The Hero of Hyrule Pack is available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and at select retailers for a suggested retail price of $19.99, and includes the Majora’s Mask pack, two previously released DLC packs, a “Boss Pack” that will launch in March and a bonus in-game Dark Link costume.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo3DS
    • Game & Watch Gallery 3 – With the third installment of the Game & Watch Gallery series, you can enjoy five different games in both their original and revised versions: Egg, Turtle Bridge, Green House, Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Jr.There are also six extra games that can be unlocked and played in Classic mode.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • DIG DUG – Become Dig Dug as you drill and defeat all of the enemies to clear each stage. Defeat the deep-dwelling Pooka and Fygar by using the harpoon and pumping air into them, or by dropping rocks from above. Lure and defeat multiple enemies at once, and collect vegetables for bonus points.
    • MAPPY-LAND – Nyamco and his gang of felines have hidden birthday presents across MAPPY-LAND. Help Mappy find them and make it back to Mapico’s birthday party on time! Activate traps or use special items to distract the cats as you collect six of the same presents in each stage.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Colorful Game & Watch
    • NES: Fire-Breathing Bowser
    • NES: Fire Mario

Price Reductions:

Also new this week:

US Nintendo Downloads: Code Name STEAM Demo Coming To US Today

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Suit up! Your mission awaits! In this compilation that bundles three landmark Metroid Prime games (Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption), play as bounty hunter Samus Aran and experience the danger and intense action of facing adventure alone. Purchase and download Metroid Prime: Trilogy for 50 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 5.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – Demo Version – Download the freeCode Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo and try the exciting new turn-based action strategy game before it launches on March 13. Developed by Intelligent Systems, the company behind the critically acclaimedFire Emblem series, the Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. game lets you command a strike team of unexpected heroes – assembled by Abraham Lincoln himself!
    • Gunman Clive 2 – In this stylish sequel, travel around the world as Gunman Clive and fight samurai, dinosaurs and giant robots. Clickhere to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Shadow of the Ninja – In AD 2029, Emperor Garuda rules with a cruel iron fist. Two fearless ninjas head out into the night to put an end to his evil reign. In this NES classic, play solo or with a friend as you run, jump and slash through 16 stages of hostile enemy territory. Shadow of the Ninja is now available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
  • New Animal Crossing: New Leaf Items
    • Between Feb. 1 and Nov. 7, every two weeks Nintendo will release a new item that has only been available in the Japanese version ofAnimal Crossing: New Leaf. To get them, visit your nearest Nintendo Zone!

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Mario’s Mighty Mustache
    • Luigi’s Mighty Mustache

Also new this week: