Rockstar was banking on Grand Theft Auto V being the biggest thing since Call of Duty, and it looks like that gamble paid off – the game scored the top spot for fastest-selling titles in the United Kingdom, with over 1.57 million units sold in its first 24 hours on the market. Those copies generated £65 million in revenues. The record beat out previous best Call of Duty: Black Ops, which debuted in 2010 to 1.41 million units and £58 million in revenue.
We’ll see how well the game did in other territories. I know I saw a large display with 50 or so unsold copies last night at my local Target, but I’m sure a few overstocks here and there won’t keep the whole venture from being profitable.
A new TGS 2013 trailer for Xbox One day-one exclusive Crimson Dragon debuted today, featuring a tease of the game’s story. For those of you not in the loop, it’s a new rail shooter being made by Panzer Dragoon (Sega) series creator Yukio Futatsugi and Grounding, Inc., originally revealed as Project Draco in 2011. The story features human colonists who have made the dragons’ planet their home, but now have to deal with the menacing beasts that roam the planet’s surface.
Click below to check out the trailer.
Right now, Crimson Dragon is one of only a few Japanese-developed games headed to Xbox One, alongside the likes of Metal Gear Solid V, Kingdom Hearts III, and Final Fantasy XV… whenever those games launch. However, Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Spencer says he’s working with a Japanese developer on an Xbox One exclusive title that will be announced closer to the console’s Japanese launch next year.
The next-gen console transition has been disturbingly devoid of Japanese titles, with just a handful announced for either PS4 or Xbox One, and most of them not until later in the systems’ life-cycles. Many are looking to TGS for an opportunity for more next-gen Japanese game announcements.
Last week, Disney claimed that sales of Disney Infinity have been on par with those of Skylanders. We later learned that the game managed to pull 294,000 software sales in its first two weeks. According to Activision, however, that’s pretty far behind the initial sales of last year’s Skylanders Giants, which opened to 500,000 sales in its first two weeks.
A retail version of DuckTales Remastered was already announced for PS3, but now the game’s coming in boxed form to Xbox 360 and Wii U, too. The expanded retail version offerings will kick off starting November 12 for $19.99. Currently, the game is available on Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U’s online stores for $14.99.
Click below for packshots from all three versions.
With every new legend, the Almighty Iwata must Ask. A new Iwata Asks interview feature released today discussing The Wind Waker HD, including how the Toon Link style came to be, how development on the remake influenced Zelda Wii U‘s direction, and how “the Zelda cycle” gave the team confidence in their work. Yep, I guess that means the Zelda cycle is “confirmed”?
It’s a lengthy interview, but if you don’t have time to read it all you don’t have to! I’ve summarized the interview in my classic bullet-point breakdown format. Click below to see.
After much speculation, it is now confirmed that Sega has purchased Index Corporation, the parent company of ATLUS. Nikkei initially reported the buyout, stating that Sega spent ¥14 (around $140 million) to acquire the company in order reverse a trend of fiscal losses. Sega initially denied the claim, but hours later issued an official report. Sega specifically lists franchises like Megami Tensei, Persona, and Etrian Odyssey as the prominent force behind the purchase.
With 13 days still left to go, the Mega Man-inspired Mighty No. 9 has eclipsed $2.2 million in crowd funding via Kickstarter. This means that Keiji Inafune’s fan-fueled game is now locked in for an eventual release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. There are still plenty of stretch goals left to go, including a possible release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but this is a huge victory for backers!
Earlier reports from Famitsu and estimates by Capcom have been re-affirmed in today’s Media Create sales. Monster Hunter 4 is on fire! The hit title just released on September 14 and the Media Create numbers only track data through September 15, but Monster Hunter 4 still sold over 60 times more copies than the next highest-selling game. Naturally, this gave Nintendo 3DS a hefty boost as well.
Remember, even if you aren’t personally interested in these games, if you’re interested in seeing Wii U succeed, the Wii Fit and Wii Sports audiences are going to be critical, so you might want to learn as much as you can anyway. Nintendo hasn’t broken down the games with individual trailers yet, but if you’re curious to see what’s new with Wii Fit and Wii Sports, click below to check out the Nintendo Direct.
Because Wii U has inherited the Wii name, a number of Nintendo fans have wondered when the next installment of Wii’s most popular game – Wii Sports – will appear on Wii U. Nintendo first teased a Wii Sports type game during the console’s announcement trailer back at E3 2011, but we haven’t seen anything related since.
Today, Nintendo announced Wii Sports Club, a set of downloadable Wii Sports-based sports that players can download individually for $9.99. For players who aren’t sure they want to commit fully to any sport, available sports can also be played on a trial basis during the initial 24 hours after install, or paid for on a temporary basis by paying $1.99 for a Day Pass.
Wii Sports Club will also feature online multiplayer and sports “clubs” based on Miiverse, both much-requested features from the original game. At first, the game will offer the five sports included in the original Wii Sports – starting with Bowling and Tennis on November 7 and eventually including Baseball, Golf, and Boxing available at a later date.
Click below for full details.
If you’re into staying fit and you’ve got a Wii U, Nintendo’s got a deal for you. The upcoming Wii Fit U, the followup to the very successful Wii Fit, is slated for a December 13 release, but Nintendo has a special offer for you. Starting November 1 you can download the full game over a month early completely free. This download will be available until until January 31, 2014, and serves as a free trial. Once played for the first time, you’ll have one month to try out the complete Wii Fit U experience free of charge.