Days Gone tops UK sales charts third week in a row

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Days Gone tops the UK charts for the third straight week. UK’s game sales have been down and this week’s no exception. However, Days Gone by Bend Studios has taken the top dog position for the third week in a row. Days Gone has once again topped the charts and held its spot from FIFA … Read more Days Gone tops UK sales charts third week in a row

Anthem takes first place in UK’s weekly game sales

Anthem takes first place for game sales in UK.

Anthem has been dominating the sales charts in the UK. EA and BioWare’s new AAA game took first place at the top of the charts in the UK last week, taking down Far Cry New Dawn from the previous week. But things aren’t all good for Anthem though, because the game wasn’t that spectacular compared … Read more Anthem takes first place in UK’s weekly game sales

2018 game and console sales shatters records; Switch best-selling console

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People are still buying games. According to a new report released for the NPD and ESA, video game sales reached an all-new record figure of $43.4B in 2018. For doubters in the industry and all those still stuck in the retro era complaining how games are garbage these days (that’s me), people are still buying … Read more 2018 game and console sales shatters records; Switch best-selling console

Best-selling PS4 games of 2018 – Charts released

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was the best-selling game on PS4 in 2018. With 2019 upon us, PlayStation has posted the sales data for the best-selling PS4 games in 2018. From the chart, we can see that the most-downloaded game on its digital storefront last year happened to be Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which … Read more Best-selling PS4 games of 2018 – Charts released

Best-selling games of 2018 on Amazon; SSBU takes first place

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Amazon has released a list of the top 10 best-selling games of 2018. With 2019 now upon us, we can take a look back at 2018’s sales since they’re completely finalized. Sales reports and figures that have been released to the public are now available on Amazon so we can get official sales data from the … Read more Best-selling games of 2018 on Amazon; SSBU takes first place

Red Dead Redemption 2 tops UK charts

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Red Dead Redemption 2 has topped the charts in the UK this holiday based on a report from the UK Interactive Games Charts (Ukie). Ukie is a non-profit organization that supports and represents games released in the UK and analyses the entertainment industry for video games. It data-tracks large and small companies and covers apps, games, … Read more Red Dead Redemption 2 tops UK charts

Digital game spending down in 2018; Battlefield V sales analysis

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Battlefield V was probably the most silent release this year for an AAA title and was a point of controversy for a period of time after its release last month. Some said that it was a fake, non-genuine representation of WWII, and others complained about no content at launch. The game didn’t sell as many copies … Read more Digital game spending down in 2018; Battlefield V sales analysis

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s sales (already) surpasses other games, accessories, and digital cards on Amazon

Amazon reports that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best-selling video game product of all time in 2018. This is just crazy, considering that we’ve had so many blockbuster games this year. Just a few that I can think of off the top of my head are Marvel’s Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of … Read more Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s sales (already) surpasses other games, accessories, and digital cards on Amazon

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sets the record for highest pre-sales of any SSB game ever

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Nintendo announced during a new video posted on Twitter that their next-gen Super Smash Bros. title has broken the record for highest-pre sales in all of the game’s history. This means that no other Super Smash Bros. game has ever recorded more pre-orders than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

This is the fifth entry into the platformer fighting series that releases one game every new console. SSBU will have a whopping 74-character roster on launch day, online play (that probably actually works given that Nintendo’s online service costs money now), and the ability to get more content via free or paid DLC.

Some players have been eyeing the Nintendo Switch and waiting for this particular game to come out, so we can also expect to see some console sales alongside the game for those who aren’t buying the SSBU/Switch Bundle.

Masahiro Sakurai, the game’s director recently commented about the selection of characters for the game’s roster. This will be the next signature title from Nintendo and includes a free Pirahna Plant playable fighter if the game is purchased and registered by January 31st, 2019.

The game will have full compatibility for handheld play- locally, online, TV mode, or even Tabletop mode. And the game will work with Nintendo GameCube controllers. There will be new and returning techniques, like directional air dodge and shield timing. And for those who want to play the original levels, SSBU will have all past stages of every SSB game ever released into one brawler game for the ages.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch on December 7th for the Nintendo Switch. You can pre-order the game here on Amazon.

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Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee sells over 3M copies first week

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Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee has received a mix of both praise and criticism for changing the game formula. However, the new pair of titles in the Pokemon series is still doing well in sales numbers on the market. The initial sales of the games have been revealed through a tweet on the Japanese Twitter account @poke_times:

Now, we can see how the games performed, and it appears that the two Pokemon titles had a level of success on greater than expected. The tweet announced that Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee have collectively sold over 3M units in the first week of the game’s short history.

This is a very successful launch for the Pokemon series itself, which is still going after all these years, though isn’t as quite popular as before. The launch has now become the bets first-week release in the entirety of the Switch sales history.

However, the fact that the user base for the Nintendo Switch has grown since other games like Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: BotW have definitely contributed to these sales figures for getting the users pooled together for the next major release.

Regardless, these two games are now the leader in week-one sales on the Nintendo Switch’s relatively short history. The only other game that I can see breaking this record in the coming weeks is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

We’ll report back to see how they compare soon after launch in early December. There’s a lot to be excited for Switch fans.

Octopath Traveler sells 1M copies; Thanks fans with banner art

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Square Enix’s Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch has now shipped over 1M copies globally.

Developed by Square and studio Acquire, the Switch exclusive title’s success was relayed through an announcement from the official Octopath PR Twitter account stating that download numbers and shipments worldwide have netted over a million copies. They also drew a “1M thanks” banner using characters from the game for their fans with “1,000,000 Travelers! 1,000,000 Thanks” in text.

Octopath Traveler has become very successful for Square Enix. Over 90% of its initial stock in Japan was sold in July with over 100K units sold in less than 14 days. The game also has several sold-out locations of the physical disc all over the world, but mainly in Japan, to which at one point sold hundreds of copies in just a few hours after a new batch was released tot he public. Square then apologized for the shortage of physical copies and encouraged a digital download on the Nintendo E-shop if possible.

The game is obviously more popular overseas but has garnered a sizable audience in the West as shown by the sales figures.

Traveler is a retro take on the classic RPGs for an older console with 8 different characters each unique with abilities and personalities. There are also 8 stories in total. Some modern revamps include an improved turn-based system for battles and the use of animated sprites in an HD texture environment which was called an HD-2D effect by the developers.

The characters and positioning of the banner alluded to the official artwork of Bravery Default, which was released for the Nintendo 3DS which the producers of Octopath Traveler worked on also. Tomoya Asano and Masashi Takahashi both worked on both titles to create a consistent universe and their style shows in the fan art created for the community.