This week’s Japanese sales charts (11/25/13–12/1/13) are in, and Nintendo has managed to grab the two top spots for hardware sales. The 3DS XL managed to sell 82,409 units, up from 63,709, while the Wii U sold 28,518 units, up from 21,002. On the software side, the top-selling game was debuting Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2, which sold 88,708 units. Pokémon Y and X came in second, with 86,391 units. In third place with 39,812 units is Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, followed by Super Mario 3D World, which shipped 39,812 copies.
Don’t forget to head past the jump to read the full sales charts, courtesy of 4Gamer!
Sales date from the Xbox One, A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D World, and Mario Party: Island Tour launch are in for their "first week" on the market, though the sales data only really counts one day of sales given the data is from the week that ended on the 23rd. That means that A Link Between Worlds had a pretty good launch, moving 294,551 units in the United States along with 119,487 units in Europe. Super Mario 3D World understandably had a smaller debut given the smaller install base of the Wii U compared to the 3DS. The Wii U also had it's best week of sales in awhile and we finally can see the exact breakdown of how the Xbox One launch sales fared. Hop inside.
The PlayStation Vita may be struggling to get a foothold in the United States, but the ability to stream PlayStation 4 games is being touted as the feature that will make the Vita a must own handheld device. So much so there is actually a bundle arriving that provides the PlayStation 4 and Vita all in the same box. Digital Foundry did a pure technical analysis of the the Vita's off-tv capability with the PlayStation 4 and have determined it doesn't stand up to the Wii U GamePad.
"It was perhaps a bit much to hope that Vita Remote Play could match up to the Wii U GamePad, or even Nvidia Shield's performance. Nintendo built its system around its controller - ultra low latency was built into the design, while Vita Remote Play simply doesn't have that priority for Sony. ... As it stands, PS4's Vita Remote Play functionality is a really cool value-added extra, but while fun, it can't really be compared with the Wii U GamePad experience."
As you may already know, Atlus's parent company, Index Corporation, was recently acquired by SEGA. This, obviously, gives SEGA full access to Atlus IP such as Persona and Shin Megami Tensei. While this is all well and good, something that we didn't know previously is that this also gives Atlus full access to dormant SEGA IP. Some examples of this include Jet Set Radio, Sakura Wars, and Space Channel 5.
All of this information was taken from an interview with the SEGA Sammy president, Naoya Tsurumi, in a recent Famitsu. Hit the jump to see what he had to say!
I think we were all holding our breath when Super Mario 3D World was released, hoping that it would be the savior of the Wii U. However, Japanese sales results have indicated otherwise, as the Wii U only managed to sell 21,002 units in the country during the past week, despite the temptation of Super Mario 3D World. In comparison, Sony’s PlayStation Vita managed to sell 21,044 units, with no new title to push sales further.
On the software side, Super Mario 3D World grabbed second place with 99,588 sales as Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for the PlayStation 3 managed to sell 277,082 copies in its opening week, snatching the top spot in the process. Check out the sales charts past the jump!
American denizens been able to enjoy their PlayStation 4 units for quite some time now, and Europeans are eager to join in the fun. In fact, UK retailer GAME has already prepared its own bundle to celebrate the launch of the console. The PlayStation 4 bundled with a Vita and four games (Knack, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Tearaway and Little Big Planet), at a price point of £600 (about $950). If a similar offer ever arrives to the United States, you can expect the bundle to receive a price cut, as both the Vita and the PlayStation 4 come with slighty heftier price tags in the United Kingdom.
The offer certainly looks tempting, and with a lineup of games that is at least worth a glance, I would consider it had my wallet been £600 bigger. What about you? Is this type of ‘ultimate’ bundle a good idea?
Following "irregular activity", PlayStation Network users are advised to change their passwords. MercuryValentine of PlayStation Moderation and Support said:
"If you are getting an error that your PSN account password is incorrect, you may need to reset it. We routinely monitor for irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes reset passwords of affected SEN accounts to protect consumers and their account information."
Changing the PSN password can be done on the PlayStation Knowledge Center page. You can also change the password on your very own Playstation 4, but it is as of now unconfirmed whether you can also change it on your Playstation 3 or your Vita. Whatever platform you choose, the change will still require your PSN email address and the birthdate coupled with your account.
It's recommended you make the change if you get an error message, so if you are one of the people getting it, change the password I say. Better safe than sorry.
While some would debate whether or not they're actually having a terribly large impact on the games industry as a whole, it's undeniable that tablets and mobile devices have grown significantly over the past few years as mediums on which to play games. Big publishers like SEGA and Square Enix, and Sony's Jack Tretton, albeit vaguely, recently mentioned that the PlayStation brand may even eventually find a home on the non-traditional platforms.
In a Q&A session with AllThingsD, Tretton made the claim that "If gaming exists somewhere, we want PlayStation to be there," pointing out however that a made-for-consoles game like Grand Theft Auto V couldn't simply be ported to mobile and be expected to live up to the standards set by the PlayStation home console experience.
Look post-jump for Tretton's quotation.
Persona 4 has been an enormously popular title since its release--enough so to warrant its own anime adaptation, arcade fighter, and handheld remake not long after its initial release. Now it is getting a rhythm game, because Japan, I suppose. Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a "sound action" game being produced by developer Dingo, who is behind a few other of these rhythm games, including Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend. They must be a pretty popular genre to warrant a Persona 4 spin off to reach into them, though it is hard to argue with the quality of the Persona series' soundtracks. It will release in Japan fall 2014.
For trailer and screenshots, hit the jump.
If you’re someone who enjoys Strategy RPGs then chances are you already have one eye on Kickstarter-funded Liege. Smashing its goal of $15,000 in days, its makers managed to bring in a total of over $80,000, and have now managed to gets its upcoming title through Steam’s Greenlight service. Supposedly, the game takes several gameplay cues from Japanese RPGs along the lines of Final Fantasy Tactics and Fire Emblem, but will have a story more reminiscent of Game of Thrones, which alone makes it hard for me to take my eyes off it (lest we forget that the world map bears an uncanny resemblance to Westeros).
A Steam version will be available next year followed by Vita, PlayStation 4 and Wii U releases some time later. Will you purchase Liege?