Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pokemon X & Y have sold 4 million units since launch

On Saturday, 12th October, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y became the first set of games in franchise history to launch simultaneously worldwide. Nintendo reported today that the games combined to sell more than 4 million units across Japan, Europe and The Americas on Saturday, 12th October and Sunday, 13th October.

“The early response to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokémon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers are eager to experience the franchise for themselves,” said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.

Since this was the first global launch in franchise history there isn’t an exact historical precedent for comparison. However, when combining and comparing regional data for previous launches, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y would be the fastest-selling Nintendo 3DS title of all time and is tracking ahead of the last Pokemon RPG title, Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2, by more than 70 percent.

The series has so far sold more than 245 million games sold worldwide.

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Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds console now available for pre-order

Video Game Box is pleased to announce that we will be selling the packaged version of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for pre-order on release for November 22.
The front cover will be reversible for fans to choose between displaying the nostalgic image of the cover in classic gold, or in full colour. So whether you are a veteran or a newcomer to The Legend of Zelda series, you can choose how to display your copy of this latest Link offering on your mantelpiece!

In addition, you can also pre-order the special edition 3DS console, which comes with a copy of the game.

Pre Order Below…
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Pokemon Live Action launch trailer…

What’s better than a Pokemon launch trailer? How about a Pokemon X & Y live action launch trailer?

Yes, Pokemon come to life briefly in the video below, giving the inner child in us the chance to smile. Want to smile some more? Then don’t forget that you can order the excellent limited edition Pokemon 3DS systems from Video Game Box.

Are you ready to catch them all?

Latest COD: Ghosts trailer

Activision has released a new trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts in which it talks about Squads.

With Squads, you’ll be able to play in a variety of new game modes with your customized squad-mates in multiplayer against another player and their squad, or cooperatively with friends, competing versus an AI-controlled squad. The XP earned in Squads is also connected to your multiplayer progress.

Call of Duty: Ghosts releases on PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 on November 5 with the Xbox One and PS4 versions following before the launch of the consoles.

Yoshida: Microsoft are very smart

Now this is what we like to hear. Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has praised Microsoft’s willingness to change Xbox One DRM and always online policies, after the negative response it got from consumers.

 
That man, Shehui Yoshida told GamesIndustry in a recent interview that Sony know Microsoft “are very smart people.” 
 
“It’s great that they were able to quickly realise that some of the things they were doing were not popular, and were able to make really quick decisions to change some of those things – even things that their engineering group must have spent a lot of time preparing before the launch.

“It must have been a very tough time for them. That shows how smart they are, and it shows their dedication to making Xbox One successful.”

While Sony has on occasion took advantage of the fact that Microsoft made a mistake, Yoshida said that at no point has Sony dismissed its rival as a threat.

“We never took them lightly, especially in the States, we are the challenger – we’re trying to compete with them. Some of the messaging that they stumbled on just gave us more chances to compete with them in the States.

“Other markets are very different – in Europe, we have a larger market share and in Japan, we have a much longer history of being here. Being consistent and persistent helps; the legacy and people’s associations with the brand, their memories of having a great time before.”

During the interview Yoshida was also asked to distinguish the difference between the two consoles, which he was quite happy to do.

 
 “PS4 is really designed for consumers and focused on how people want to play games. At the same time, we’ve really made sure that it’s hardware which game developers will enjoy making games on.
“The ease of use, the performance… It’s very powerful hardware. We believe this is the most powerful console ever made. The content, the games available, the usage of PS4 surrounding games… That’s the message we’ve been communicating, and we’ll continue to do that.”

The PS4 release date is November 29 in Europe. The console will also release on November 15 in the US making it the first next generation console to arrive. PS4 will be available in 32 countries at launch.

New Kirby game announced

Nintendo has announced a new Kirby game for Nintendo 3DS.

The game is expected sometime next year which seems Kirby take part in platforming action which not only sees him move from left to right, but also from foreground to the background.

Check out the video below for more details.

Rockstar Online arrives, new info released

Grand Theft Auto Online will launch at around 12PM UK time today via a game patch. The new online component will be entirely free to play, although there will be some optional Micro-transactions.
 
Below is a description from Rockstar which gives a rough idea of how to access the online component of the game, as well as giving you some background into it.
 
GTA V Online details
 
Access to GTA Online
 
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with your copy of Grand Theft Auto V. On October 1st there will be a small downloadable Title Update released on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE. Upon installation of that Title Update, direct access to begin GTA Online will be unlocked in your GTAV game menu. You will be able to jump right into GTA Online via the 4th (bottom) slot in your GTAV character wheel. We’ve received many questions asking for a specific confirmation of what exact time GTA Online will be available but of course this is contingent on both Title Updates becoming available on each console’s network. As a general timeframe, we do expect the Title Update to become available on PSN and Xbox LIVE starting around 7AM ET tomorrow morning, and your best bet is to stay tuned throughout the day here at the Rockstar Newswire and by following us on Twitter and Facebook where we will be keeping everyone updated.
 
When does GTA Online Take Place?
 
Some people who’ve been playing through Grand Theft Auto V’s Story Mode have been inquiring how the narrative of GTA Online correlates or crosses over. Grand Theft Auto Online is set a few months prior to the events of Grand Theft Auto V’s single player story.
 
Home and Garage Security
 
There’s plenty of havoc and treachery you can cause out in the open world of course, but in order to prevent some really annoying “griefing”, we’ve designed house party invitations specifically to be a friendly social affair where players can visit each other’s pads without fear of having them ruined or losing their hard-earned vehicles in the process. If someone invites you into their property, then it is considered a friendly visit and you will not be able to shoot up their place or steal their cars from their garage. By the way, in any given lobby, if you and another player own the same piece of property, you will each be able to enter your own personal instance of that property at any given time. You will also be able to enter each other’s instance of that property if you exchange and accept an invite. This way, multiple instances of ownership of the same property within a lobby can co-exist.
 
GTA$ and Fair Play
 
To allay some concerns we’ve heard on this subject, we can assure you that the game is designed such that the option of purchasable GTA$ should not disrupt the playing field – and there are a few mechanics in place to help ensure that. All players still have to rank up with Reputation Points (RP) in order to get access to purchase high-end items. No one can begin GTA Online and simply spend a lot of money out of the gate to get a leg up. You will have to earn your stripes and play to unlock access to the aspirational clothes, guns and other items. Please also remember that in GTA Online, hustling to afford the finer things by earning GTA$ doing robberies, stick-ups, winning races and other profitable activities is a fun gameplay experience rather than ever being a ‘grind’. As we mentioned on Wednesday, we will constantly tweak all areas of the game to make it play fairer and iron out any balancing problems (while fixing all the other problems we encounter!), but we really need your help in figuring out what those issues are. So please work with us on that!
 
An Ever-Growing Collection of Jobs
 
Grand Theft Auto Online is a long-term GTA experience that you can expect to be built-upon, to grow and to evolve in many ways in the coming weeks, months and beyond. As part of that, there will be a massive amount of Jobs available to play over time as we will be regularly adding new ones for you to enjoy. Additionally, you will soon be helping to add content to the game world yourselves, by creating custom Race and Deathmatch Jobs through the Content Creator tool which we plan to release this fall. Grand Theft Auto Online is a collaborative project between Rockstar and all GTA players worldwide, so expect that we’ll effectively be working on it together from day one. As a very small example, the Crew Hierarchies feature that was introduced a few weeks back on Social Club was a direct result of popular fan feedback from last year – and we’ll be looking at the GTA Online community’s feedback, input and ideas constantly to help inform how the game itself will grow and evolve. As mentioned last week, we’ll be looking closely at your feedback emails sent to GTAOnline@rockstargames.com and in the GTA Online Suggestion Box board at the forthcoming Social Club Forums. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming you as active participants in the world of GTA Online starting tomorrow.
 
The Character Creation System
 
The hereditary-based character creation system of Grand Theft Auto Online allows for a multitude of options to create your avatar that will then inhabit the online world of Los Santos & Blaine County. Choose your gender then decide on your mother and father. From there, you can choose to give one parent genetic dominance or leave them more evenly matched. The choice is yours. Next, you adjust a set of lifestyle variables which help determine your character’s appearance and starting stats. Decide how much sleep he/she gets, how much partying they indulge in, how much honest work versus illegal activity, and more. Essentially, you can adjust the genetics to wind up with a fresh faced lad or lass or a grizzled, haggard degenerate or anywhere in between! You’ll also be able to preview your end result in real time all throughout to ensure you’re satisfied before putting your character on a direct flight to LS. Of course, once you’re out and about in the open world, you can further customize your character with haircuts, clothing and accessories to suit your tastes.
In addition to the above, In Grand Theft Auto Online, Social Club members get access to weaponry and vehicular unlocks, a whole new suite of Crew features to represent and coordinate with your squad, and special tools to get the most out of Rockstar Jobs and user-created Jobs when the Content Creator tool launches this autumn. 
 
Are you looking forward to GTA V Online?