The second week since PlayStation 4′s Japanese launch has wrapped up, and the young console is still on top. With just over 65,000 sales, PlayStation 4 didn’t break any sales records, but it easily beat out the competition for this week’s top spot. Meanwhile, Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Connect to a New World in English) had a strong debut on 3DS, taking the number one spot on the software charts. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Rejoice, Yoshi lovers! The rumored Yoshi edition 3DS has been confirmed by Nintendo, and it looks even better than the mock-up image. The latest in the lineup of special 3DS models features Yoshi and his eggs, and will launch alongside Yoshi’s New Island (not as a bundle, as previously rumored) for $199.99. Will you be picking one up?
Sakurai is back with another Smash Bros. update on Miiverse, and today’s screenshot reveals some new baddies. Kotake and Koume, the witch sisters collectively known as Twinrova, will be part of the Gerudo Valley stage on 3DS. In the Legend of Zelda games, this deadly duo wields the power of fire and ice attacks, so you’ll want to watch out for them when they pop up!
The next installment in the Lego video game series, Lego The Hobbit, is set to release on April 8 in North America and April 11 in Europe, according to Warner Bros.
In direct correlation with Peter Jackson’s films based off of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the game will follow the events from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Video game sales have been dismal across the board in Japan since the new year kicked off, but now there’s a new console on the market. PlayStation 4 launched this week in Japan with over 300,000 sales in its first two days, easily securing the number one spot. Hit the jump for the breakdown.
Today, Sega released a new behind-the-scenes video for Sonic Boom, its upcoming game for Wii U and 3DS, that focuses on the title’s characters while also showcasing small bits of gameplay footage. Hit the jump to get a behind-the-scenes look at Sonic Boom.
Square Enix’s Bravely Second, a sequel to Bravely Default, will focus more on narrative than actual exploration, according to series producer Tomoya Asano.
And although the game will still be built around an expansive world, players choices and actions will be more integral to the game’s overarching story.
Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys topped the charts with its Japanese debut last week, and it still has a firm hold on that number one spot this week. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze managed number two for its debut, but its 35,717 sales were quite modest and failed to boost Wii U significantly. Elsewhere, it was a pretty quiet week for Japanese video games in the final sales report before PlayStation 4′s release. Hit the jump to catch the breakdown.
Just in time for the release of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze in North America and Europe, Diddy Kong has been confirmed for Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS. Donkey’s young cohort will be joining the fight again, but this time with increased flexibility. As indicated by the image above, Diddy Kong has quite the punching range. You can catch a heaping helping of Diddy Kong screenshots after the jump.
A new “extremely rare” rock and fairy type Pokémon named Diancie has been revealed by The Pokémon Company in X and Y.
Code for this mysterious Pokémon was discovered last year by hackers who also found code for Volcanion and Hoopa. For now, players will have to wait until more details are given on how to capture Diancie, as it cannot be obtained via normal gameplay at the moment. Hit the jump to view a trailer for the newest addition to the Pokémon family.
Nintendo 3DS has been dominating the Japanese sales charts for months on end (although that will likely change for February, as PlayStation 4 pre-orders are sold out everywhere), but how does it stack up against past Nintendo handhelds? 3DS has just surpassed 15 million sales in its home country, and it took 154 weeks to do so. By comparison, Gameboy Advance had sold 11.64 million units during the same time frame, and DS had sold 20.16 million.
3DS is now lagging considerably behind the original DS, but that’s to be expected. The success of the DS was an almost unbelievable phenomenon which will likely not be repeated in an age where mobile gaming on smart phones and tablets has started to chip away at the handheld market. A sizable lead over Gameboy Advance sales is a good sign for Nintendo. The real challenge will be replicating that success in other sales markets where 3DS has not yet met expectations.
After the Nintendo Direct announcement of Steel Diver: Sub Wars, I decided to download it and share my first impressions. Even just playing the free demo, I realized that this would be a cool game, with near fluid gameplay, Morse code chat, and an overall atmosphere that fits it perfectly. Make the jump to dive into my first impressions of Steel Diver: Sub Wars.