On Friday, a registration certificate for a ”small video player” submitted by Nintendo appeared on Korea’s National Radio Research Agency (RRA).
Aside from a model number and the device’s country of origin, little information is known about the recent certification. For those who are curious, the RRA serves as a hub for radio wave research in Korea. If any other details about the device surface, we’ll be sure to update the story.
Box art for a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle has surfaced thanks to French site Gameblog. According to the image above, the bundle will include a 32 GB Wii U and Gamepad, Mario Kart 8 and a seven day trial for Wii U Karaoke. No pricing information was released with the images, but if anything is confirmed we’ll be sure to keep you up to date.
This week in Japan Mario Party: Island Tour has reclaimed the number one spot after briefly being knocked down last week. Overall sales were quite disappointing, as every single console reported lower numbers this week. A likely contributing factor is a recent sales tax hike in Japan. PlayStation 4 had an especially disappointing week, as its sales dropped to just barely above PlayStation 3. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Amazon’s highly anticipated set-top box has finally been revealed in the form of Fire TV, a device that will play games as well as stream video. Amazon hopes to outclass the likes of its competition – Apple TV and Roku – by delivering 1080p video and a large selection of games from its newly announced box.
This week’s Media Create sales are a perfect example of the Japanese gaming market. Handheld sales are on the rise with 3DS topping the charts and Vita coming in second. Meanwhile, console sales are in decline, with PlayStation 4′s slow start get even slower.
The two games with the biggest impact this week are also indicative of the Japanese market. Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd took the top spot and pushed Vita sales. Meanwhile, 3DS sales jumped by around 25,000 this week with only one new entry in the top twenty: dating simulator New Love Plus+. You can catch the full breakdown after the jump.
Square Enix gave new details concerning the next Open Beta for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. You’ll be able to join the servers again on April 4th, at 1AM PDT until the same time on the April 7th. The launcher will be downloadable from the Playstation Store as of this time, and this new version will be required to play. If you took part in the first testing period last month, you will need to un-install the original launcher and download the new one. PS4 system software 1.62 is the minimum version necessary to play.
Today, GameStop announced that customers can begin pre-ordering a new variant of Nintendo’s 2DS in the color of “Peach Pink.” It will run at the standard $129.99 and will be available starting April 11 while supplies last.
The 2DS will come bundled with a Disney Magical World-themed carrying case for those interested in picking one up. The game itself, Disney Magical World, will also be released on April 11 as well.
Media Create Sales: Mario Party Tops the Charts, Vita Gaining Steam, Ground Zeroes Fails to Boost PS4
This week’s numbers are in from Japan, and Mario Party: Island Tour is topping the charts. However, counting games that released across multiple platforms, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is number one overall, landing both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions in the top six. Unfortunately for Sony, this was not enough to boost sales of PlayStation 4, which is off to a sluggish start in Japan. Conversely, Vita sales are on the rise, with the standard edition Vita taking the number one hardware spot, and all combined Vita model sales sitting at second behind combined 3DS model sales. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
On Tuesday, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida announced at GDC 2014 that Sony is working on crafting virtual reality technology in the form of its latest endeavor, Project Morpheus. At the moment, the headset has only reached its prototype stage, but the company hopes to deliver an easy to use VR headset in the future that will sync directly with PS4.
Photos of a video game controller with the Amazon logo have been published by Brazil’s equivalent to the FCC, ANATEL.
The controller, which is equipped with rewind, play/pause and fast forward buttons, highly resembles the build of Microsoft’s Xbox One controller, with its angular contours and similar placement of its A, B, X and Y buttons, as well as its offset thumbsticks. Check out a full image gallery featuring the controller after the jump.
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.
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.