Yup, you can definitely tell we’re in a console transition period. Just a single new release was able to crack the list of the top ten best-selling games of May 2013.
Deep Silver’s Metro: Last Light was that game and the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 shooter was able to claim the sixth spot for the mutants of post-apocalyptic Russia. A pair of sorta-new releases helped push the profile of two titles that were originally released in years past. The 3DS version of Donkey Kong Country Returns lifted the game to #3 and the Wii U re-release of Lego Batman 2 helped the Brick Knight squeeze into the #10 slot.
According to Game Informer, sales of retail games are down 31% from May 2012 and retail sales are going to continue to drop as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony move towards an all-digital future. Althugh, to be fair, May 2012 did include the release of Diablo III, which sold a ton of copies at retail.
The NPD Group’s complete report on the top ten best-selling games from May 2013 can be found after the break. (more…)
Nintendo’s 3DS sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past will officially be known as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Bask in the 1992-ness of the E3 2013 trailer above while you try to figure out where A Link Between Worlds belongs in the great Zelda timeline.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will be released in November.
Namco Bandai created Pac-Man Battle Royale specifically for arcades in 2010. The (up to) four-player Pac-Man title made each player compete for a limited supply of Super Power Pellets that would increase Pac-Man’s size and allow the player to eat the other Pac-Men. Using the graphics engine from the excellent Pac-Man Championship Edition, it was an interesting new take on the Pac-Man formula that was only available in arcades.
Until now. Battle Royale will come home this Winter as part of the Pac-Man Museum collection.
The game will be released for the PC, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Wii U eShop, and 3DS eShop. In addition to Battle Royale and Championship Edition, the collection will also include the 1980 arcade original and several other Pac-Man games from the character’s 33-year history. Sadly, the PS3/Xbox 360 version of Pac-Man Museum won’t include Championship Edition, as that game is already available as a separate download on the PSN and XBLA.
I’m not sure I like that, Namco Bandai. However, I’m thrilled that Battle Royale is finally coming home and I’m willing to overlook it (especially since any obsessive Pac-Man fan already owns Championship Edition).
Japanese Developer Atlus, best known for the Persona series, is bringing the next title in the Etrian Odyssey RPG series to the US this Fall for the 3DS. The new game, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, will be the second title in the series on Nintendo’s newest handheld, following on from the success of Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan. It is being touted as a reimaging of the original Etrian Odyssey that debuted on the DS in 2007.
Atlus will once again be employing Japanese animation company Madhouse, who they worked with on Persona 4: Golden and Persona 4: Arena, to provide story cutscenes and voice acting, marking a first for the RPG franchise. The game is also shedding the limitations on class skills found in previous titles, replacing it with a new system, dubbed “Grimoire Stone,” that will allow players to assign skills wherever they choose.
In addition to the game’s Story Mode, there will also be a Classic Mode for the nostalgic gamer, featuring the original game with an extra dash of 3D and three difficulty settings: Picnic, Standard, and Expert.
Have you watched the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. 4 yet? If not, I highly recommend it as the series looks beautiful in high definition. And, if it’s possible, the cel-shaded 3DS version looks even more stylish.
Sadly, the trailer above cuts off before the EPIC Mega Man reveal, but you can see the Blue Bomber deliver a smackdown on the entire Nintendo stable in the complete Nintendo Direct video (the link is cued up at 36:30 for maximum Mega Man).
We knew that Pokemon X and Pokemon Y would be released for the 3DS in October, but now we have an exact date: Saturday, October 12. That’s not just for Japan or the US, that’s for everybody. This is the first worldwide launch of a Pokemon game ever.
And speaking of firsts, Pokemon X/Y will be the first game in the series to introduce the Fairy-type Pokemon:
The first new type to be introduced in a Pokemon video game in over a decade, Fairy-type Pokemon like Sylveon and their Fairy-type moves will be super effective against Dragon-type Pokemon! Prior to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, only Dragon-type and Ice-type moves were super effective against Dragon-type Pokemon. Fairy-type Pokemon will include not only newly discovered Pokemon like Sylveon, but also Pokemon from past titles like Gardevoir, Marill, and Jigglypuff, which will be reclassified as Fairy-type Pokemon in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y.
And while you’re here, be sure to check out the new gameplay trailer above.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata gave us our first look at Super Smash Bros. 4 and it’s definitely coming along nicely. The game’s got a great cel-shaded look on the 3DS and a modern, high definition sheen on the Wii U.
Confirmed characters for the next Smash Bros. game include Mario, Link, Samus Aran, Kirby, Star Fox, Kid Icarus, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Bowser, a Villager from Animal Crossing, and… Mega Man! Oh, yes! Classic NES-style Mega Man will join the fight when Super Smash Bros. 4 is released in 2014.