In my home city of Glasgow, we are blessed with several small gaming havens where people can enjoy old arcade classics. Last year, I interviewed the guys behind our first-ever “arcade bar,” Super Bario, and now I have the pleasure of talking to Androo Faulkner, owner of the gaming and instant raman noodle emporium known as R-Cade.
MLB Advanced Media is stepping up to the plate again this Spring with the upcoming release of RBI Baseball 18.
Francisco Lindor, the All-Star shortstop from the Cleveland Indians, has been drafted as the cover athlete for the retro-styled baseball sim. And the development team will add a Franchise Mode, Home Run Derby Mode, and more than 100 MLB Legends to the series for the first time:
RBI Baseball 18 Features
Franchise Mode: Take control of your favorite MLB team! Make trades, pick up free agents or call up rookies through multiple seasons.
Brand New Home Run Derby Mode: Challenge a friend or the CPU in the ultimate slugfest!
Better Ballparks: Experience enhanced lighting, textures, revamped 3D crowd system, and new dynamic camera angles in all 30 MLB ballparks.
Authentic MLB Players: Completely redesigned player models including over 300 digitally modeled likenesses and hundreds of new animations.
MLB Legends: Play as the greats with over 100 historic players.
Roster Updates: Get the latest rosters throughout the 2018 season and use the new Import Rosters feature to keep your in-progress Franchise current without starting over!
RBI Baseball 18 will be available this March for the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and mobile devices. The game’s first trailer has been embedded above.
The Swedish developer brought SteamWorld Dig 2 to the platform in September, and followed that up with the Switch launch of SteamWorld Heist just a few weeks ago. Today, Image & Form announced that the original SteamWorld Dig will be released for the Switch in February (February 1st, to be exact):
A trio of new games will be available on store shelves this week, and all three should provide plenty thrills for players.
Bandai Namco and Arc System Works will team up to release Dragon Ball Fighter Z for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on Friday, January 26. The 2D fighter will include dozens of characters, as well as a graphical style that attempts to recreate the signature look of the popular anime franchise.
Also set to launch on store shelves this Friday is Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World. The latest game in the monster-hunting franchise will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One, and it’ll include a massive new continent and drop-in multiplayer.
Finally this week, Sony and Supermassive Games will release The Inpatient for the PS4 on Tuesday, January 23. The PlayStation VR-powered horror title takes place more than 60 years before Supermassive’s Until Dawn and it promises to immerse players in the conspiracy-laden hallways of Blackwood Sanatorium.
That’s it for this week’s New Retail Releases, but we’ll be back later this week with a look at all the new additions to the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop.
It looks like GameStop is getting into the collectible figure game with the Totaku Collection.
Similar in size and shape to Nintendo’s Amiibo collection (but without any of their game-enhancing NFC features), the Totaku Collection’s first wave will be available exclusively through GameStop on March 23. According to the retailer’s website, each Totaku figure has been priced at $9.99 and seven different figures will be available as part of the first wave:
The Hunter from Bloodborne
Crash Bandicoot from Crash Bandicoot
Kratos from God of War
Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet
Parappa the Rapper from Parappa the Rapper
Heihachi Mishima from Tekken 7
Feisar FX350 from Wipeout
It’s unknown how often new figures will be added to the Totaku Collection, but GameStop wants to create “a unique series of highly detailed figurines from video game franchises past and present,” so if they’re a success, the line could grow very large in the future.
Microsoft is closing out the week with yet another Xbox Games Store update. Today, Xbox One owners will get the chance to purchase and download five new Xbox One games including The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Beholder: Complete Edition.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person mystery game where players will search for a missing boy and possibly stumble across a murder with ties to the occult.
Beholder: Complete Edition also plays into this sense of paranoia as players take control of a landlord who’s been tasked with spying on his tenants. Peep into their lives and eavesdrop on their conversations to keep the ominous-sounding totalitarian “State” happy.
You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break.
Call of Duty: WWII earned a spot at the top of The NPD Group’s list of best-selling games for both November and December, and now the tracking firm has confirmed that Activision’s shooter was also the best-selling game for all of 2017.
It looks like Activision had a pretty good year, especially with Destiny 2 checking in at the #3 spot, but Nintendo was the publisher with the biggest presence on the NPD’s Top 10. The consolemaker can claim three games in the Top 10 including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#5), Super Mario Odyssey (#9), and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (#10).
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, The NPD Group also confirmed an uptick for the industry as a whole. Gamers spent $14.59 billion on their favorite hobby in 2017, an increase of 11% over 2016.
Sony’s PS4 was the best-selling console of the year, but the Switch and Xbox One have also benefited from brisk sales:
“Combined sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One continue on a record-setting pace,” [NPD Gaming Analyst Mat] Piscatella said. “Over the first 50 months in market for each console, the combined hardware installed base of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One now exceeds that of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by 18 percent, and that of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox by 4 percent.”
The NPD’s Top 10 best-selling games for 2017 can be found after the break.
Activision’s Call of Duty: WWII has reenlisted for a second tour of duty as the best-selling game of the month. According to The NPD Group (via GamesIndustry.biz), the shooter was the best-selling game in December 2017, besting Star Wars: Battlefront II (#2) and Super Mario Odyssey (#3).
The holiday season dominated last month’s list, as several games that were tailor-made for gift-giving ranked high in the Top 20 including NBA 2K18 (#4), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (#5), Madden NFL 18 (#6), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#9). But perhaps most surprisingly, the Xbox One debut of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds landed at #7 after just a few weeks on sale (PC sales weren’t included in the NPD Group’s calculations).
You can find The NPD Group’s complete list for the Top 20 best-selling games from December 2017 after the break.