We’ve already seen the best-selling games in Germany for 2014 and now it’s time for the United Kingdom. As you probably already know the UK is the biggest gaming market in Europe, so it gives an important indication of what’s selling and what’s not. You’ll be surprised to see that there’s not a single Nintendo first party game in the top twenty best-sellers. Anyway, here’s the physical software charts.
1. FIFA 15
2. CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE
3. GRAND THEFT AUTO V
5. WATCH DOGS
6. MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION
7. FIFA 14
8. FAR CRY 4
9. CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS
10. ASSASSIN’S CREED UNITY
11. MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION
13. ASSASSIN’S CREED 4: BLACK FLAG
14. THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEO GAME
15. BATTLEFIELD 4
16. LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES
17. MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR
18. LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM
20. PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE
2014 was a bumper year for gamers as there were plenty of high quality titles on offer, especially from Nintendo. Germany is one of the biggest video game markets in Europe so it’s interesting to see which games captivated the heart of the nation. Thankfully, Germany didn’t skip out on the supreme brawler which is Super Smash Bros and neither did they neglect to purchase the crazy Tomodachi Life. Here’s the top twenty best-selling games in Germany during 2014.
01 FIFA 2015 (ELECTRONIC ARTS) >1m
02 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE)
03 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD) >500k
04 FIFA 2014 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
05 WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
06 DIABLO III: REAPER OF SOULS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
07 FAR CRY 4 (UBISOFT)
08 MINECRAFT (MICROSOFT)
09 MINECRAFT (SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT)
10 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
11 BATTLEFIELD 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
12 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
13 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG (UBISOFT)
14 ASSASSIN’S CREED: UNITY (UBISOFT)
15 TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
16 SUPER SMASH BROS (NINTENDO)
17 PLAYSTATION NETWORK-KARTE – 20 EURO (SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT)
18 MITTELERDE: MORDORS SCHATTEN (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
19 PC-KARTE – 60 TAGE (DIVERSE)
20 DIE SIMS 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS) >200k
With Christmas fast approaching it’s great that retailers are still putting out some top class Wii U hardware deals. UK video game retailer ShopTo is stocking the 8GB Wii U Basic console with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land for the lucrative price of £189.95. If you’ve yet to purchase a gift for a loved one you might be a little late, but ShopTo generally does next day delivery so there’s a small chance you might get it for Christmas.
Thanks, White Eagle
A recent study conducted by Nintendo UK, in conjunction with Netmums, the UK’s fastest-growing online parenting organisation, has shown that 63 per cent of children across the UK consider themselves fluent in the language of video gaming, compared to just 11 per cent of parents surveyed. However 42 per cent of parents surveyed have never tried to learn any gaming terms, with some stating they feel too old to start or claim it simply isn’t important for them and they leave it to their kids to understand.
Although the study showed that over half (57 per cent) of UK parents still enjoy playing video games with their children, almost one in five (17 per cent) UK parents admitted to avoiding playing video games with their children solely due to their lack of gaming knowledge.
The below list shows the 10 most confusing gaming terms for UK parents surveyed, who recognised the terms but were unable to define them:
- MMORPG – Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game – 53%
- Twitch – Live streaming video platform / community – 50%
- Blue-Shelled – Suddenly being knocked out of first place when you’re about to win (Mario Kart reference) – 50%
- (J)RPG – (Japanese) Role-Playing Game – 43%
- UGC – User-Generated Content – 39%
- Backward Compatible – A newer gaming console that supports games or software designed for older models of hardware – 34%
- Camping – Staying in one spot on a map in a game to gain an advantage- 33%
- NPC – Non-Playable Characters – 32%
- FTW – For The Win – 30%
- FPS – First Person Shooter – 28%
Netmums worked with Nintendo to analyse the data from the research that was conducted through surveying over 1,700 parents across the UK.
On the back of this recent finding, Nintendo has now developed a gaming terminology guide that parents can view on Netmums.com. The research stated that 57 per cent of UK parents would find a gaming terminology guide useful and think it could be an extremely helpful resource to have to hand. The terminology guide is addressing this need and helping parents become savvier with gaming terms and maybe even impress their children with their gaming knowledge.
Siobhan Freegard, Co-Founder Netmums states that ““Gaming terminology can make parents feel extremely alienated and perhaps a little scared about what their children are doing on line. It’s great to have this reference tool, which is live on http://www.netmums.com, to break down those barriers and help all the family get involved in the fun.”
Shelly Pearce, Marketing and PR Director at Nintendo, notes “Nintendo realises that not everyone is tech-savvy, however we are keen to make gaming as inclusive as possible. Along with the help of Netmums, we have looked to address this via the introduction of our gaming terminology guide. This will hopefully ensure that the whole family feels confident gaming together and can focus on having fun!”
UK video game retailer GAME is currently selling the 8GB Wii U Basic Bundle with Super Smash Bros for only £159.99. The bundle is part of the company’s deal of the day which also sees Super Smash Bros Wii U being sold for £29.99. The same software deal is also available on Amazon. Now might be a good time to pick up a Wii U if you’re in the United Kingdom.
If you’re in the United Kingdom and want to pick up a bargain then you’ll be pleased to know that both Amazon and GAME have dropped the price of Super Smash Bros on the Wii U To £29.99. It’s a one day only deal on GAME, but I’m not sure how long Amazon will be running it for. The game generally retails for £39.99 so it’s certainly a good saving before Christmas.
UK retailer GAME are now stocking the second wave of Amiibo figures so if you want them you’d better be quick about it. Nintendo of America has already said that sales of Amiibo are approximately equal to sales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, so they’re clearly selling like hot cakes. Go grab yours at GAME.
Thanks, Lee R