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.
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.
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.
Already released in Japan and Europe, the new Vita Slim model has been confirmed for North America. Lighter, thinner, and cheaper, the Vita Slim swaps out the more expensive OLED screen for an LCD screen and boasts longer battery life. Vita Slim will launch sometime this spring bundled with Borderlands 2 for $199. You can catch the video announcement after the jump.
This week’s Japanese sales figures are in, and Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost on PlayStation 3 has a commanding lead. Sony games made up four of the top five this week, but Vita sales slumped yet again and PlayStation 3 sales saw only a slight increase, as gamers are likely saving their cash for PlayStation 4. 3DS saw a slight decline as well, with no new games in the top twenty this week. You can catch the full breakdown after the jump.
In an effort to improve Vita sales, Sony has released a cheaper Slim model in Japan, and it’s on its way to the UK next week. The Vita Slim, set to replace the original model when its stock runs out, is cheaper partially due to the fact that it’s using an LCD screen instead of the OLED of the regular Vita. How much will this affect the visual quality of games? Click below to see what Sony had to say on the matter.
The cheaper, slimmer Vita model that launched in Japan last year has officially been confirmed for release in the UK on February 7. Light, thinner, and replacing the OLED screen with an LCD screen, this new Vita Slim is set to debut at £180. Once it hits, Sony will no longer be manufacturing the original Vita in Europe, and the Slim will replace it as the standard model when its stock runs out. Sony has not yet confirmed the Slim for North America, and may be ‘testing the waters’ with a European release before bringing it stateside.
As of yesterday, PlayStation Now beta invites have been sent out by Sony with a message that gives grants “exclusive access to test PlayStation’s game streaming service before its full launch and the opportunity to provide your regular feedback to the PlayStation Now team.” Hit the jump to see what the email looks like.
We’re a few weeks into the new year now, and the sales figures in Japan show that the post-holiday slump is very real this year. Unlike last week, multiple new games hit the top twenty (with Sengoku Basara 4 sitting at number one), but hardware sales were almost universally lower this week. 3DS continues to hold the top hardware spot, but sharp decline from Decembers strong numbers has cut its lead over Vita significantly. You can catch all the sales data after the jump.
Last October Sony launched the PS Vita Slim in Japan. This new model is 20% thinner and 15% lighter and trades in the OLED display for an LCD screen, giving it a cheaper price tag and longer battery life. This model is currently only available in Japan, but that could be set to change soon.
Sony has sent out invitations to a special press event on January 30, and the teaser for the event is “Following the biggest launch in PlayStation history, join us for an introduction to the slimmest.” Vita has yet to establish itself firmly in the Western world, and the combination of a cheaper model and PlayStation 4 compatibility could be a step in the right direction.
Japan’s first full sales week of the new year is in the books, and you can tell the holidays are over as the astronomical figures posted by 3DS, Wii U, and Vita over the past few weeks have leveled out. 3DS took all top five spots this week, including Kirby Triple Deluxe debuting at number one. Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Remake had another solid week as well, cracking the top twenty on both PlayStation 3 and Vita. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.