NPD: Here’s The Best-Selling Games In December In The United States

You may have seen that the Xbox One was the best-selling hardware in the United States during December, but what was the best-selling software? The NPD group has revealed that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was the best-selling game during the Christmas period. There’s still hope for Nintendo fans as Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U held on to fourth place, beating the likes of Minecraft and Destiny. Here’s the best-sellers in the US.

  1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. Madden NFL 15
  4. Super Smash Bros
  5. NBA 2K15
  6. Minecraft
  7. Far Cry 4
  8. Just Dance 2015
  9. Destiny
  10. FIFA 15

Here’s The UK’s Top 20 Best-Selling Games Of 2014

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
4. DESTINY
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
12. TITANFALL
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
19. DRIVECLUB
20. PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE

XSEED Teases Their 2015 Releases With A Lovely New Year Image

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It seems as though XSEED is about to unleash a number of titles this year. The company produced a banner which it put on Facebook teasing their twenty fifteen releases. A number of these have already leaked due to recent domain name acquisitions. These titles include Corpse Party: Blood Drive, Lord of Magna, Trails of Cold Steel and Xanadu Next. Sounds like there’s plenty of games to look forward to this year courtesy of XSEED.

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 153K And Wii U Sells 30K (Dec 29 – Jan 04)

We published the Famitsu sales charts on Tuesday, but there seems to be some discrepancy between those and the Media Create sales figures. The Famitsu numbers were apparently the prior week’s numbers which were published late due to the holidays. Anyway, now we’ve got the official Media Create charts which shows us sales data from December 29th to January 4th. Consoles sales have predictably gone down after Christmas with the Nintendo 3DS selling 153K and the Wii U managing 30K. Yokai Watch 2 remains the best-seller post-Christmas and continues to dominate the number one spot. Here’s the best-selling hardware and software in Japan.

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 207,932 (2,247,129)
  2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 110,895 (2,394,239)
  3. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 70,913 (2,072,848)
  4. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 58,008 (529,244)
  5. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 45,754 (2,391,014)
  6. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 28,403 (880,180)
  7. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 24,121 (3,064,221)
  8. [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers (Square Enix, 12/18/14) – 22,928 (233,796)
  9. [PSV] Gundam Breaker 2 (Bandai Namco, 12/18/14) – 18,104 (101,768)
  10. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 12/11/14) – 17,451 (135,665)
  11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 16,672 (3,885,120)
  12. [PS3] Gundam Breaker 2 (Bandai Namco, 12/18/14) – 15,464 (104,410)
  13. [3DS] Gotouchi Tetsudou: Gotouchi Chara to Nihon Zenkoku no Tabi (Bandai Namco, 11/27/14) – 13,854 (60,984)
  14. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 12,913 (2,450,300)
  15. [3DS] Sumikkogurashi koko ga Ochitsukun desu (Nihon Colombia, 11/20/14) – 11,875 (86,517)
  16. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN (Spike Chunsoft, 12/04/14) – 11,052 (70,018)
  17. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days (Bandai Namco, 12/04/14) – 10,863 (96,401)
  18. [3DS] Tomodachi Life (Nintendo, 04/18/13) – 10,648 (1,773,200)
  19. [Wii U] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, 11/13/14) – 10,421 (130,381)
  20. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/14) – 9,160 (686,479)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 76,439 (105,947)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 56,700 (42,405)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 42,216 (33,150)
  4. New 3DS – 40,338 (49,503)
  5. Wii U – 30,031 (43,950)
  6. 3DS LL – 19,096 (25,653)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 17,867 (12,578)
  8. 3DS – 17,293 (15,171)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,305 (1,090)
  10. Xbox One – 637 (1,162)
  11. Xbox 360 – N/A (121)
  12. PSP – N/A (7)

Thanks, Simply G

The Japanese Console And Handheld Market Is The Lowest Its Been In 24 Years

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Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has revealed that the Japanese handheld and console video game market is currently at the lowest it has been in 24 years. The reason is the advent of smartphone and tablet devices which have taken off in Japan by a staggering amount. Traditional consoles and handhelds have taken a significant hit because of this. It should be noted that consoles are performing well in the west as Sony announced yesterday that they’ve sold 18.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware in Japan during last year.

Famitsu Top 10 2014

01. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937) – 3,050,178
02. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.937) – 2,464,850
03. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # (Capcom) {2014.10.11} (¥6.264) – 2,381,177
04. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616) – 2,066,022
05. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Shin Uchi (Level 5) {2014.12.13} (¥4.968) – 2,007,327
06. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 994,346 / 1,280,799
07. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) – 842,053
08. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru to Ruka no Fushigi na Fushigi na Kagi # (Square Enix) {2014.02.06} (¥5.490) – 748,139
09. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe (Nintendo) {2014.01.11} (¥4.800) – 687,957
10. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U # (Nintendo) {2014.12.06} (¥7.776) – 478,366

Hardware 2014:

3DS – 3,153,045 / 17,847,056
PSV – 1,147,936 / 3,423,075
PS4 – 925,570
Wii U – 604,856 / 2,123,283
PS3 – 450,034 / 10,018,534
One – 45,958

Thanks, Jacob

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 218K And Wii U Sells 48K

The Japanese sales charts are now in via Famitsu and thankfully the majority of hardware on offer has received a healthy sales boost. The Nintendo 3DS has seen sales of 218,351 and the Wii U has managed to sell 48,927. There hasn’t been a vast amount of software released this week, but Yokai Watch 2 remains a big seller for Level 5 and Nintendo. Anyway, here’s the charts.

01./01. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Shin Uchi (Level 5) {2014.12.13} (¥4.968) – 265.226 / 2.007.327 <80-100%> (-50%)
02./03. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire # (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.937) – 144.435 / 2.464.850 <80-100%> (-1%)
03./04. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616) – 97.669 / 2.066.022 <80-100%> (+20%)
04./06. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U # (Nintendo) {2014.12.06} (¥7.776) – 86.752 / 478.366 <60-80%> (+39%)
05./02. [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers (Square Enix) {2014.12.18} (¥6.264) – 48.360 / 212.204 <80-100%> (-70%)
06./09. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # (Capcom) {2014.10.11} (¥6.264) – 46.471 / 2.381.177 <80-100%> (+36%)
07./10. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) – 43.564 / 842.053 <80-100%> (+33%)
08./08. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937) – 34.336 / 3.050.178 <80-100%> (-9%)
09./00. [PSV] Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Out of Order # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.12.25} (¥6.664) – 27.639 / NEW <80-100%>
10./07. [PSV] Gundam Breaker 2 (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.12.18} (¥7.171) – 23.655 / 78.263 <80-100%> (-57%)
11./05. [PS3] Gundam Breaker 2 # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.12.18} (¥8.208) – 23.092 / 95.442 <60-80%> (-68%)
12./12. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko ga Ochitsukundesu (Nippon Columbia) {2014.11.20} (¥5.184) – 19.406 / 75.540 <60-80%> (-8%)
13./18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) – 19.381 / 4.249.432 <80-100%> (+31%)
14./14. [WIU] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2014.11.13} (¥3.996) – 17.869 / 113.388 <60-80%> (-7%)
15./13. [3DS] Aikatsu! 365-Hi no Idol Days (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.12.04} (¥5.627) – 16.764 / 85.380 <60-80%> (-13%)
16./15. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V # (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2014.12.11} (¥7.992) – 15.410 / 107.524 <60-80%> (-19%)
17./00. [PS4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2014.12.25} (¥8.208) – 14.206 / NEW <80-100%>
18./25. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.800) – 13.104 / 2.355.274 <80-100%> (+52%)
19./20. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind – Chain (Spike Chunsoft) {2014.12.04} (¥5.378) – 12.565 / 54.581 <60-80%> (+15%)
20./24. [3DS] Gotouchi Tetsudou: Gotouchi Chara to Nihon Zenkoku no Tabi (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.11.27} (¥5.626) – 12.420 / 44.707 <60-80%> (+34%)
21./30. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Don to Katsu no Jikuu Daibouken (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.06.26} (¥5.119) – 11.286 / 236.456 <80-100%> (+71%)
22./23. [WIU] Taiko no Tatsujin: Tokumori! # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.11.20} (¥5.627) – 11.048 / 43.884 <40-60%> (+18%)
23./27. [3DS] One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.11.13} (¥6.145) – 10.727 / 81.229 <60-80%> (+37%)
24./21. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo) {2014.07.24} (¥4.936) – 9.380 / 249.016 <80-100%> (-11%)
25./29. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe (Nintendo) {2014.01.11} (¥4.800) – 8.485 / 687.957 <80-100%> (+13%)
26./28. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo) {2014.03.20} (¥4.800) – 8.256 / 467.935 <80-100%> (+8%)
27./19. [PS3] Shining Resonance # <RPG> (Sega) {2014.12.11} (¥8.880) – 8.167 / 93.106 <80-100%> (-42%)
28./17. [3DS] 12-Sai. Honto no Kimochi (Happinet) {2014.12.18} (¥5.480) – 7.958 / 24.214 <60-80%> (-51%)
29./26. [3DS] Tomodachi Life # (Nintendo) {2013.04.18} (¥4.800) – 7.242 / 1.706.265 <80-100%> (-14%)
30./00. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2015 (Konami) {2014.11.13} (¥8.208) – 7.032 / 138.278 <80-100%>

  • Nintendo 3DS: 218.351
  • Wii U: 48.927
  • PlayStation Vita: 40.525
  • PlayStation 4: 30.145
  • PlayStation 3: 10.142
  • Xbox One: 815

Famitsu Readers Pick New Nintendo 3DS Announcement As Their Second Top News Story Of 2014

Wondering which headlines grabbed Japanese gamers the most during 2014? Well wonder no more. Japanese gaming publication Famitsu asked their readers to vote on which stories had the most impact on them during last year. As you can see, the New Nintendo 3DS announcement was voted by Famitsu readers as their second top news story of 2014. Here’s all the details you need to know.

1. The announcement of Dragon Quest Heroes for PS4/PS3 (218 votes)
2. New Nintendo 3DS systems will be released on 11th of October (169 votes)
3. PlayStation 4 sells 322,083 systems during first 2 launch days (151 votes)
4. Youkai Watch sells one million copies (136 votes)
5. Atlus Co., Ltd. starts business from first of April [reorganization after SEGA bought the company] (94 votes)
6. Super Smash Bros. will be released during summer for 3DS and the Wii U version during winter (87)
7. The shocking announcement of Monster Hunter 4G (71)
8. The announcement of Project Morpheus for PS4 (60)
9. The formal introduction of Kan Colle Kai for PS Vita (55)
10. Stating “we want to announce a new game” in the live event of SaGa series (52)
11. The announcement of Theatrhythm Dragon Quest
12. Persona 5 launching at the same time for PS4 and PS3
13. Final Fantasy VII arriving on PS4
14. Splatoon, a title with a new style in third-person shooters, arriving on Wii U
15. The announcement of PoPoLoCrois Farm Story
16. The Legend of Legacy, a perfect new RPG, coming from splendid staff
17. The announcement of Pokken
18. Etrian Mystery Dungeon launching 15th of March 2015
19. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launching in November worldwide
20. The announcement of Bloodborne

Next, below are the results for the creator/maker that left the biggest impression:

Creator:
1. Akihiro Hino (Level-5) (24 votes)
2. Yuji Horii (Armor Project) (21 votes)
3. Masahiro Sakurai (Sora) (17 votes)

Game maker:
1. Level-5 (35 votes)
2. Sony Computer Entertainment (33 votes)
3. Square Enix (26 votes)

The TV commercial that left the biggest impression:

1. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (31 votes)
2. PlayStation 4 Dragon Quest metallic slime edition (24 votes)
3. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (20 votes)

Thanks, Shuhei Yoshida