On September 11th, Sony filed a lawsuit against Wildcat Creek and Bridgestone. By appearing engaged in a Mario Kart Wii battle in an advertisement for Brigdestone, actor Jerry Lambert, who plays Sony’s marketing character, Kevin Butler, supposedly caused confusion in the video game market and damage to Sony. Sony claims its lawsuit is based on violations of the Lanham Act, which prohibits false advertising.
“Sony Computer Entertainment America filed a lawsuit against Bridgestone and Wildcat Creek, Inc. on September 11. The claims are based on violations of the Lanham Act, misappropriation, breach of contract and tortious interference with a contractual relationship. We invested significant resources in bringing the Kevin Butler character to life and he’s become an iconic personality directly associated with PlayStation products over the years. Use of the Kevin Butler character to sell products other than those from PlayStation misappropriates Sony’s intellectual property, creates confusion in the market, and causes damage to Sony.”
-Dan Race, Sony’s senior director of corporate communications
For some reason, celebrities are playable in NBA 2K13 – a basketball video game. Some of the celebrities in the game include Justin Bieber, Bow Wow, Sean Kingston, Mac Miller and Jersey Shore’s Pauly D and Vinny. NBA 2K13 is out now for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PC and Wii. Wii U’s version launches sometime during November 18th and March 31st 2013.
The NPD Group has revealed the 10 best-selling video games of July in the U.S. Although there are no Nintendo titles on the list, six out of the top 10 are multiplatform games that are also on Nintendo consoles. According to Nintendo, compared to July 2011, the Nintendo 3DS saw a sales increase of 44%. In July, more than 120,000 Nintendo DS and 124,000 Nintendo 3DS hardware were sold.
- NCAA Football 13 (360, PS3)
- Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSV, PC)
- The Amazing Spider-Man (360, PS3, 3DS, NDS, Wii)
- Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)
- Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3, PC)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, DS, Wii, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360, PS3, PC)
- NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
- Dead Island (360, PS3, PC)
Famitsu has published a list of the best-selling video games of July in Japan. Nintendo DS titles Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 are atop the list with 855,502 units sold. New Super Mario Bros. 2, which was released in Japan on July 28th, is number two with 430,185 units sold. Wii’s Kirby’s Dream Collection is third with 131,720 units sold. Out of the 10 best-selling games of the month, eight titles are exclusive to Nintendo platforms.
- [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
- [Wii] Kirby’s Dream Collection
- [3DS] Etrian Odyssey IV
- [PS3] Persona 4 Arena
- [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigina Orb
- [3DS] Rune Factory 4
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D
- [PSP] Digimon World Re:Digitize
- [3DS] Danball Senki Baku Boost
Another Nintendo video game is the number one best-selling title in Japan. The newly-released New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the chart-topping software of the week, with 430,185 units sold. The Nintendo 3DS remains atop the hardware charts and went through a sales boost because of the Nintendo 3DS XL, which launched in Japan on July 28th. Here are the Japanese software and hardware charts.
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
- [PS3] Persona 4 Arena
- [PSP] Nayuta no Kiseki
- [WII] Just Dance Wii 2
- [NDS] Pokemon Black & White 2
- [PSP] Super Danganronpa 2
- [3DS] Demon Training
- [WII] Kirby 20th Anniversary Special Collection
- [PSP] Digimon World Redigitize
- [3DS] Kobito Zukan Kobito Kansatsu Set
- Nintendo 3DS: 235,974
- PlayStation 3: 18,160
- PlayStation Portable: 14,029
- PlayStation Vita: 9,081
- Wii: 10,549
- Xbox 360: 632
- Nintendo DSi: 496
- PlayStation 2: 439
According to the ESA (Entertainment Software Association), the average American gamer is 30 years old – 32% are under 18, 31% are between 18 and 35, and 37% are over 30. Fifty-three percent of American gamers are male, while 47% are female, and the average U.S. household owns at least one video game console. In 2011, American consumers spent $24.75 billion on video games, hardware and accessories. Do any of these statistics surprise you?
Tilmen from NintenDomination has uploaded 50 minutes of high quality footage from Level 5’s Time Travelers. Most of the captured footage takes place on the top screen of the Nintendo 3DS XL. Time Travelers is out now in Japan for the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.
2K Sports has announced that Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose will be featured on the box art of the upcoming NBA 2K13. The game will be released this year for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, PC, Wii and Wii U.
Eurogamer recently went hands-on with Wii U. During their trial, the Wii U GamePad’s image did not lag behind the television screen and, as a matter of fact, Wii U’s controller rendered faster than the TV. Eurogamer claims that the Wii U GamePad’s connectivity with the TV is significantly better than the PlayStation Portable’s “heavily buffered Remote Play feature.”
“Latency also factors into the equation when using any wireless device, and memories of the PSP’s heavily buffered Remote Play feature have us hoping for a significantly reduced delay between the higher and lower screens. Fortunately, we’re pleased to find that latency here is impossible to pick out without some exacting method of measure. In testing the difference, we find results that completely subvert our expectations here; in instances where gameplay is mirrored between the two, the GamePad screen actually renders the image 116ms before the 50-inch LG screen does.”