UK Head Teachers Will Report Children Playing 18+ Video Games

A recent report by the BBC says that head teachers in Cheshire in the United Kingdom will report parents to the authorities if they find out that their children have been playing 18+ games like Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty. Schools have sent out letters warning parents of the risk of them allowing their children to play unsuitable video games.

“We are trying to help parents to keep their children as safe as possible in this digital era.

“It is so easy for children to end up in the wrong place and parents find it helpful to have some very clear guidelines.”

UK Retailer GAME Loses Value As First Half Profits Fall

Today hasn’t been a good day for UK video game specialist retailer GAME. Shares in the company have dropped 7% as the retailer posted a fall in both profits and sales. Sky News reports that sales in the 26 weeks to 24 January fell marginally to £582.1m. The company has blamed it on a lack of high-profile releases to boost its profits. GAME tried to reassure investors that things will pick up after Easter with games like Batman Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Solid V.

“The video games market remains dynamic and competitive.”

“While we experienced some challenging conditions over the Christmas trading period, we are confident that our strategy of focusing on customer recruitment, combined with the significant and growing number of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners across our two major territories, provides a solid foundation from which to drive growth over the medium term.

“In the coming weeks and months we can look forward to a solid line up of new physical and digital games launches. Our pre-order rates on the major titles are encouraging and we have secured exclusive editions on many of the key titles.

“We continue to manage the business prudently, balancing the need to fund growth with the discipline of returning excess capital.

“In this regard, I am pleased to announce the group’s intention to return £25m to shareholders by way of a special dividend, in addition to our maiden interim dividend of £12.5m”.

Martyn Gibbs, GAME’s chief executive

Fresh Batch Of New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates Available To Pre-order At Nintendo UK Store

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The Nintendo UK Store has begun advertising a fresh batch of colourful New Nintendo 3DS cover plates. These new faceplates are now available to pre-order and will be released on April 2nd. If you want them then they will set you back the recommended retail price of £12.99. Who couldn’t resist this latest batch?

UK Charts: Mario Party 10 For Wii U Arrives At Number Four

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart Track. It’s been a busy week for video games as there has been a number of new releases. Battlefield Hardline took the number one position and was followed by Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. What was surprising is that Mario Party 10 for Wii U managed to secure fourth place despite mixed reviews. It just goes to show how popular the Mario Party series is with consumers. Here’s the UK top forty charts for this week.

01 (NE) PS4 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
02 (NE) XBO BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
03 (NE) PS4 FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
04 (NE) WIU MARIO PARTY 10 (NINTENDO)
05 (02) XBO GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
06 (04) PS4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
07 (01) PS4 DYING LIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
08 (NE) 360 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
09 (03) XBO DYING LIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
10 (NE) XBO FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
11 (NE) PS4 RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 (CAPCOM)
12 (07) PS4 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
13 (05) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
14 (NE) PS3 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
15 (08) XBO FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
16 (22) XBO HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION (MICROSOFT)
17 (13) PS4 THE ORDER: 1886 (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
18 (09) 360 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
19 (10) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
20 (15) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
21 (12) XBO FORZA HORIZON 2 (MICROSOFT)
22 (11) 3DS THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA’S MASK 3D (NINTENDO)
23 (NE) XBO RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 (CAPCOM)
24 (25) XBO CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
25 (20) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
26 (17) 360 TERRARIA (505 GAMES)
27 (33) 360 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 (DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS)
28 (NE) PC BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
29 (30) PS3 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
30 (19) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
31 (21) XBO MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
32 (23) 3DS MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE (CAPCOM)
33 (06) PS4 DMC: DEFINITIVE EDITION (CAPCOM)
34 (29) 3DS TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
35 (14) XBO EVOLVE (TAKE 2)
36 (__) 360 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
37 (__) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
38 (35) 360 WWE 2K15 (TAKE 2)
39 (34) 3DS SUPER SMASH BROS. (NINTENDO)
40 (36) PS4 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)

James Miller Takes The Crown And Wins Nintendo UK’s Super Smash Bros Invitational Event

James Miller will no doubt be celebrating this evening as he has scored a win at Nintendo UK’s Super Smash Bros Invitational event which took place today. There were a total of 32 players at this year’s event and James Miller won the event playing as Mario’s much-loved brother, Luigi. As well as knowing that he had defeated all this opponents, Miller also walked away with a £60 Nintendo eShop voucher to spend on games of his choice.

Thanks, Martin K

Nintendo UK Hunts For New PR Firm

Nintendo UK has announced that it’s currently searching for a new PR firm in the United Kingdom to help advertise both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The role was previously held by 77PR, but clearly Nintendo UK isn’t completely satisfied with the company’s output. The company is now looking for a new firm to bring about a fresh new campaign to reinvigorate sales of the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U.

“In order to keep the PR activity for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS both fresh and innovative, Nintendo UK is currently reviewing its UK PR agency with the help of the AAR. Nintendo is in the final stages of the process.”

 

UK Charts: Zelda Majora’s Mask Climbs To Eleventh And Dying Light Remains Number One

This week’s UK charts are now in thanks to Chart Track and there’s a couple of new entries including DmC: Definitive Edition and Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition. On the Nintendo side of things The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D climbed from fourteen to eleven and the unstoppable Tomodachi Life reentered the charts at number twenty-nine. Tomodachi Life wasn’t the only Nintendo title to reenter the charts as Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS charted at number thirty-four. Here’s the best-selling games this week in the United Kingdom.

01 (01) PS4 DYING LIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
02 (05) XBO GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
03 (02) XBO DYING LIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
04 (04) PS4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
05 (06) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
06 (NE) PS4 DMC: DEFINITIVE EDITION (CAPCOM)
07 (07) PS4 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
08 (10) XBO FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
09 (21) 360 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
10 (16) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
11 (14) 3DS THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA’S MASK 3D (NINTENDO)
12 (18) XBO FORZA HORIZON 2 (MICROSOFT)
13 (03) PS4 THE ORDER: 1886 (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
14 (15) XBO EVOLVE (TAKE 2)
15 (12) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
16 (13) PS4 ZOMBIE ARMY TRILOGY (SOLD OUT SALES & MARKETING)
17 (26) 360 TERRARIA (505 GAMES)
18 (NE) XBO DMC: DEFINITIVE EDITION (CAPCOM)
19 (23) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
20 (38) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
21 (25) XBO MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
22 (33) XBO HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION (MICROSOFT)
23 (17) 3DS MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE (CAPCOM)
24 (11) XBO ZOMBIE ARMY TRILOGY (SOLD OUT SALES & MARKETING)
25 (09) XBO CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
26 (20) PS4 EVOLVE (TAKE 2)
27 (08) PS4 DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE (BANDAI NAMCO GAMES)
28 (NE) PS4 SNIPER ELITE 3: ULTIMATE EDITION (505 GAMES)
29 (__) 3DS TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
30 (__) PS3 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
31 (31) PC FOOTBALL MANAGER 2015 (SEGA)
32 (40) PS4 THE CREW (UBISOFT)
33 (35) 360 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 (DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS)
34 (__) 3DS SUPER SMASH BROS. (NINTENDO)
35 (__) 360 WWE 2K15 (TAKE 2)
36 (24) PS4 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
37 (19) XBO DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE (BANDAI NAMCO GAMES)
38 (30) PS4 FAR CRY 4 (UBISOFT)
39 (34) 3DS POKEMON OMEGA RUBY (NINTENDO)
40 (__) PC THE SIMS 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)