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Nintendo 3DS Dominate Hardware Sales, 3DS Games…Not So Much

Written on March 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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And Japan goes wild with the Nintendo 3DS but 3DS games miss the mark in the sales chart.

No surprise here. With a year worth of hype, speculation, excitement and hysteria, Japan didn’t fail to please the Nintendo executives as the Nintendo 3DS console dominated the sales chart; and it only needed two days to do so. The Nintendo 3DS has sold 374,764 units throughout the week which is expected for a highly marketed and ground-breaking item.

3DS games on the other hand did well too. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to bank the 1st or even the 2nd spot as the 3DS game Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask only mustered a 3rd place finish below PSP entries Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity and SD Gundam G Generation World. The Professor Layton game banked an impressive 119,591 sales, while other 3DS titles also managed to enter the Top 10 chart.

Hit the break and see the complete console and games chart.

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Will We See PSP Games on the Sony NGP?

Written on January 31, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Will old PSP UMD titles see the light of day again once the Sony NGP comes around?

Sony has announced that it’s currently working with developers and publishers to release past UMD games on the PlayStation Store. Such a move would allow players to play PlayStation Portable titles to other consoles, such as the Sony NGP. Although the company has admitted that not all UMD titles may not be permitted for a re-release due to copyright issues.

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Kingdom Hearts Beats Monster Hunter on the Game Charts

Written on January 27, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Monster Hunter leaves the top spot of the game charts to make way for a new best selling game, Kingdom Hearts.

Move over Monster Hunter 3rd, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix takes over. This week, another PSP title took the honor of toppling down Monster Hunter from the top spot garnering 77,317 units, besting Monster Hunter’s 43,196 units.

Here’s the top 20 covering 1/17 to 1/23, as reported at 4Gamer.

* 1. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix (Square Enix, PSP, 1/20): 77,317
* 2. Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (Capcom, PSP, 12/1): 43,196 (4,094,939)
* 3. Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo, Wii, 12/9): 20,411 (754,679)
* 4. Kaiju Busters Powered (Namco Bandai, DS, 1/20): 17,989
* 5. AKB1/48 (Namco Bandai, PSP, 12/23): 12,765 (351,943)

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The Fall of Nintendo DS and Sony PSP?

Written on January 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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In a recent US-based survey, more gamers are shifting to the smartphones as their choice handheld console for video games. With this seemingly inevitable paradigm shift, will the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP still be around when smartphones finally dominate the category?

The Nintendo DS and PSP are on the edge of their seats as they compete head to head not only against each other, but new against a new player as well, the smartphones. With the uprise of games being developed for the iPhone and Android which took the gaming scene by storm as new forms of gaming consoles, will Nintendo DS and PSP still survive a couple more years as the gamer’s choice? In a nutshell, it will all boil down to what a specific gamer wants and needs. Although the future looks a little grim for the current reigning handheld champs.

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Worst Video Games of 2010

Written on December 24, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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The year 2010 was a stellar year for the video game industry, but impressive as it may have been, there will always be the ones that made eyes roll and made players waste valuable time. Here are the top 10 of the worst games of the year.

It’s a wrap here at the video game industry as the best of the best for 2010 have been release, reviewed and revered by gamers and experts around the globe. Dozens of sites have already proclaimed their top 10 for 2010, and doing another list may be redundant and unnecessary. So instead, we will sing the hymns of praises to the WORST games, the rightfully unsung games that we wished we never wasted five minutes or more of our lives on.

View the list right after the break.

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Secret of Mana Out, Final Fantasy Tactics Delayed

Written on December 21, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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It's one step forward and another step back as SquareEnix's iPhone game releases took a surprising plot twist.

Secret of Mana is now available for the iPhone, which certainly made the fans holler with joy. It’s certainly a nice rebound after Square Enix made a tough and disappointing announcement that Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions release date for the iPhone has been delayed to Spring 2011.

Yes, you heard that right. Sad but true story, SquareEnix announced the devastating news over FFTL:WoL official Facebook page. Apparently, the game needs more time to fine-tune it’s UI and playability, something that has been haunting Final Fantasy XIV ever since day 1.

On the bright side, Secret of Mana can now be bought from the AppStore and it’s enough to feed our hunger for some sweet classic Japanese RPG.

Secret of Mana is the sequel to Final Fantasy Adventure for the Game Boy and the second installment in the Mana video game series.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is a tactical role-playing game developed by Square Enix for the Playstation Portable. The game is an updated version of Final Fantasy Tactics for the PlayStation video game console.

See the teaser after the skip.

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Dissidia Duodecim Confirmed Release Date

Written on December 20, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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It's been leaked over at Jump Fiesta, but now it's official. Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy is set to be out on March 3, 2011 as the developers made the announcement today.

Yes ladies and gents of the video game world, less than 3 months from now we’ll be having the prequel/sequel of the highly anticipated, semi-fan serviced, crossover fighting game in our grasps. That means 3 months to go before Laguna Loire, Tifa Lockheart, Vann, and Lightning join the roster of our beloved Square Enix franchise.

No official word yet if the release date includes the Cosmos and Chaos limited edition PSP bundles. The game is priced at ¥6,090 and a downloadable version will be released simultaneously, priced ¥4,980.

No announcements have been made yet regarding its NA release, but we expect it to come around the following year.

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