Archive for 20 September, 2011
Nintendo's Future Uncertain as Hardware Sales Decline
People could look to Nintendo for innovation, something mindblowingly new that would take gaming to the next level. Lately, Nintendo's well of luck and innovation seems to be running dry. The Wii, although an overwhelming success at the beginning of …
Warner Bros. bringing the boy wizard’s building-block adventures to a close at height of holiday release season.
The Harry Potter series of novels grew increasingly grim as the books approached the climactic showdown between Harry and Voldemort, full of weighty subjects like death, betrayal, and redemption. Gamers will soon have a chance to relive the tail end of the saga in children’s building-block form, as Warner Bros. Interactive today announced that Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 will debut November 11 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, 3DS, PSP, Wii, DS, and PC.
All of the games will cover the events of the series’ last three books: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (which was split into two for the series’ film adaptations). Additionally, the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 movie on Blu-ray will also include a demo for the PS3 game.
For more on the first half of the saga, check out GameSpot’s review of Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4.
Talking Point: The Most Memorable Third Party Game Boy Advance Games
We were a bit tied up with the excitement of E3 and the unveiling of the Wii U, while also looking ahead to what was next for the 3DS. Now we have to admit that we forgot the occasion, apologise to the snazzy little handheld and send it a belated …
Fusion Micro combines the GameCube with the PSP
If modding is your thing, you may have come across our report yesterday where someone managed to get Nintendo Wii games up and running on their Android tablet. Now it looks like there's another mod out there but this time it combines the Sony PSP …
Nintendo 3DS controller criticised
Nintendo, the Japanese manufacturer of the Wii home console and Super Mario and Pokemon games, says the peripheral part isn't necessary, just a matter of preference. Adding it helps deliver a gaming experience more similar to a home console in …
What Price Fun?
3D Game Anybody?
Namco Bandai’s flagship RPG reaches top spot, followed by Resident Evil revivals and Resistance 3; PS3 climbs to top of hardware sales chart.
Recently, Namco Bandai’s announced shipment figures for the recent entry in the Tales of series, Tales of Xillia, with the company stating the title had sold over half a million copies within the week of September 5 to September 11. According to the recent update on the Media Creates sales chart for Japan, those figures were good enough to land the new Tales game in the number one position.
Tales of Xillia sold 525,605 copies and was number one on the chart. Just behind it were Resident Evil Revival Selection and Resistance 3 for the PS3, which sold 93,768 and 20,342 units respectively. Tales of Xillia features a new take on the Linear Motion battle system made popular by past titles, new battle options like in-game party-swapping and tag-team attacks, and a story featuring two protagonists with two different introductions leading to the same plot.
Resident Evil: Revival Selection is a re-release collection that contains high definition-remastered versions of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica. For the overseas market, the remastered titles will be sold separately as downloadable titles on both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Resident Evil 4 will be out on September 20 while Resident Evil Code: Veronica will be out on September 27.
Former number one game Grand Knights History bumped down to fifth place with 19,712 units sold. The PS3 version of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd dropped from second to fourth place with 20,162 units sold, while the Wii rhythm title Rhythm Heaven dropped from third to seventh place with 15,600 units sold.
The PS3 got a huge boost in hardware sales thanks to the aforementioned top three titles, which is possibly supported by the exclusive Tales of Vesperia-themed PS3 bundle that came out on the same week. The system sales went up to 64,786 units, which was twice the number of the last chart’s unit numbers for the system. Trailing behind is the 3DS and PSP; the former sold 49,076 units while the latter sold 25,391 units.
JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5-SEPTEMBER 11
1. Tales of Xillia / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 525,605
2. Resident Evil: Revival Selection / Capcom / PS3 / 93,768
3. Resistance 3 / SCEJ / PS3 / 20,342
4. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Version / Capcom / PS3 / 20,162
5. Grand Knights History / Marvelous / PSP / 19,712
6. Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross / Namco Bandai / Wii / 16,457
7. Rhythm Heaven / Nintendo / Wii / 15,600
8. Hot Shots Golf 5: PlayStation 3 the Best Version / SCEJ / PS3 / 12,357
9. Kirby Mass Attack / Nintendo / DS / 11,240
10. Wii Sports Resort (Wii Remote Plus Pack) / Nintendo / Wii / 10,324
PS3 – 64,786
3DS – 49,076
PSP – 25,391
Wii – 10,743
DSi XL – 2,882
PS2 – 1,386
Xbox 360 – 1,219
DS Lite – 51
PSP Go – 13