Germany: 9% Of Console And 58% Of PC Games Were Sold Digitally In 2014

Some interesting video game statistics have come out of Germany in 2014. 9% of console games were sold digitally while a whopping 58% of PC games were sold digitally last year. That’s €2668M in revenue for what appears to be a healthy market. Germany is the second biggest video game market after the United Kingdom in Europe. If you’re interested you can view some graphs, right here.

Thanks, Denero

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.”

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 28K And Wii U Sells 7K

It’s been a busy week for the Japanese video game sales charts as there has been a number of new releases. As expected it is Final Fantasy Type-0 which has claimed the top spot, fending off titles such as Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and Battlefield Hardline. Interestingly, Battlefield Hardline entered the Japanese charts at number three, which isn’t a bad debut at all for a first person shooter. Anyway, here’s the best-selling software and hardware this week in Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (Square Enix, 03/19/15) – 92,094 (New)
  2. [PS3] Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Capcom, 03/19/15) – 73,373 (New)
  3. [PS4] Battlefield: Hardline (EA, 03/19/15) – 68,823 (New)
  4. [PS4] Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Capcom, 03/19/15) – 42,358 (New)
  5. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 36,151 (New)
  6. [PS3] Yakuza 0 (Sega, 03/12/15) – 29,568 (175,390)
  7. [PS3] Battlefield: Hardline (EA, 03/19/15) – 28,976 (New)
  8. [PSV] Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode 3 Deluxe Package (Sega, 03/19/15) – 26,289 (New)
  9. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 21,433 (71,645)
  10. [3DS] PriPara & Pretty Rhythm: PriPara de Tsukaeru Oshare Item 1450! (Bandai Namco, 03/19/15) – 21,261 (New)
  11. [PSV] Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 20,166 (96,926)
  12. [PS3] Dragon Quest Heroes (Square Enix, 02/26/15) – 16,446 (442,854)
  13. [PS4] Yakuza 0 (Sega, 03/12/15) – 15,255 (105,761)
  14. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 11,353 (2,551,238)
  15. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 10,851 (392,553)
  16. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 8,646 (2,568,569)
  17. [PS4] Dragon Quest Heroes (Square Enix, 02/26/15) – 7,915 (327,389)
  18. [3DS] Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Nintendo, 03/19/15) – 6,893 (New)
  19. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Kuro-sensei (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 6,358 (31,852)
  20. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 6,293 (2,186,501)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 46,395 (33,826)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 20,923 (20,103)
  3. New 3DS LL – 17,652 (19,668)
  4. Wii U – 7,595 (7,054)
  5. New 3DS – 6,566 (7,164)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,352 (7,221)
  7. 3DS – 2,371 (2,666)
  8. 3DS LL – 2,115 (2,590)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 639 (688)
  10. Xbox One – 344 (307)

YouTube Is Apparently Set To Relaunch Live Streaming Service Which Is More Focused On Games

Twitch could be facing some new competition in the form of YouTube for live video game streaming. The popular video streaming site is apparently set to relaunch it’s live streaming service with an emphasis on video games. YouTube has employed 50 new people with expertise in the streaming industry who are looking to target the growing eSports industry as well as traditional game streaming. YouTube is said to be announcing the new program at E3 this June.

 

Nintendo Is Still Against Releasing A New Iteration Of An Exisiting Series Every Year

A lot of video game franchises these days are currently annual such as Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says that the company is still against this tradition. For instance Fils-Aime says with something like Mario Kart there will only be one entry for the Wii U and the next game would be on future hardware. Reggie also hopes that the video games we are playing today on our Wii U console’s will be cherished into the future.

The company won’t overuse its old games, though, Fils-Aime said. Nintendo won’t follow in the same steps of games like Call of Duty, releasing a new iteration every year, he said. “We put out one Mario Kart per platform per generation.”

That strategy has led many Nintendo fans to hold on to their decades-old game consoles to replay their favorites. What’s unclear is whether the Wii U will be as equally loved decades from now.

“We certainly hope so,” Fils-Aime said. “And in the end it’s going to be placed on our ability to have these unique compelling experiences that stand up to time.”

Here’s The Most Wanted Games In Japan At The Moment

Wondering which video games the Japanese are most looking forward to this year? Well Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has you covered. Judging from the readers votes it’s Final Fantasy XV and Persona 5 that are the most wanted games, but Bravely Second comes in third. Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U is surprisingly placed in eighth position.

1. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV – 885 votes
2. [PS3] Persona 5 – 748 votes
3. [3DS] Bravely Second – 709 votes
4. [3DS] Theatrhythm Dragon Quest – 546 votes
5. [PS4] Persona 5 – 523 votes
6. [3DS] Fire Emblem If – 453 votes
7. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 421 votes
8. [WIU] Xenoblade Chronicles X – 318 votes
9. [3DS] Xenoblade Chronicles 3D – 297 votes
10. [3DS] PoPoLoCrois Farm Story – 293 votes
11. [PS4] Yakuza Zero – 289 votes
12. [PS4] Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – 262 votes
13. [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night – 234 votes
14. [PSV] Kan Colle Kai – 230 votes
15. [PS4] Bloodborne – 229 votes
16. [PS3] Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Tengoku-hen – 223 votes
17. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 217 votes
18. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Lost Song – 214 votes
19. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda – 210 votes
20. [PS3] Yakuza Zero – 203 votes
21. [PS4] The Last Remnant – 159 votes
22. [PSV] Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Tengoku-hen – 153 votes
23. [3DS] The Great Ace Attorney – 149 votes
24. [PSV] SaGa 2015 – 143 votes
25. [PS4] Disgaea 5 – 131 votes
26. [PSV] Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – 113 votes
27. [WIU] Splatoon – 111 votes
28. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition – 108 votes
29. [3DS] Stella Glow – 105 votes
30. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 101 votes

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 58K And Wii U Sells 7K

This week’s Japanese sales charts are now in and it’s no surprise to see The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask take the number one position in the software charts. There were a few other new releases this week including Samurai Warriors 4-II and Nanatsu no Taizai: The Seven Deadly Sins – Unjust Sin, amongst others. On the hardware side of things it was the Nintendo 3DS that once again proved the most popular format as it shifted 58K. The Wii U continues to struggle as it only managed to sell 7K. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware in Japan this week.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 230,065 (New)
  2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 44,574 (New)
  3. [3DS] The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin (Bandai Namco, 02/11/15) – 33,270 (New)
  4. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 23,844 (2,479,724)
  5. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 23,519 (New)
  6. [PS4] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 22,468 (New)
  7. [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 16,406 (60,627)
  8. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 12,922 (2,513,921)
  9. [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 12,513 (47,203)
  10. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 9,532 (2,149,794)
  11. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 9,234 (2,470,154)
  12. [PSV] A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd: Library Party (Kaga Create, 02/12/15) – 8,950 (New)
  13. [PS3] Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 6,883 (14,652)
  14. [PSV] Ukiyo no Roushi (Spike Chunsoft, 02/11/15) – 6,699 (New)
  15. [PS4] Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft, 01/29/15) – 6,551 (52,580)
  16. [Wii U] Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo, 01/22/15) – 6,258 (58,267)
  17. [PSV] Hyakka Yakou (Idea Factory, 02/12/15) – 6,235 (New)
  18. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 6,118 (587,913)
  19. [PS3] Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft, 01/29/15) – 5,280 (32,159)
  20. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 5,226 (3,103,815)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 41,821 (21,650)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 21,381 (18,758)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 10,901 (10,013)
  4. New 3DS – 9,584 (7,916)
  5. Wii U – 7,007 (6,517)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,683 (6,426)
  7. 3DS LL – 4,126 (3,084)
  8. 3DS – 3,214 (2,642)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 588 (560)
  10. Xbox One – 191 (238)