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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Super Mario Odyssey are October 2017’s best-selling games

A northeastern cold snap proves that Fall is all… as does the massive number of new releases that cracked The NPD Group’s list of best-selling games from October 2017. WB Games’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of War lead the way at #1, but it was closely followed by Assassin’s Creed Origins at #2, Super Mario Odyssey at #3, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole at #4.

Nintendo actually had a huge month, placing four titles in the Top 20 (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#15), Mario Kart 8 (#16), and Fire Emblem Warriors (#17) were the others), as well as owning the top two hardware platforms. However, GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that overall industry sales still dropped 11% versus October 2016 to $825 million:

With interest in the Switch and the Super NES Classic still sky-high, Nintendo hardware managed to account for two-thirds of the hardware sales generated. That being said, NPD noted that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is still the best-selling hardware platform year-to-date. Furthermore, in the accessories category, the black DualShock 4 wireless controller was both the best-selling accessory of October, and the best-selling accessory year-to-date.

The complete Top 20 from October 2017 can be found after the break. (more…)

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EA Sports might discontinue yearly releases of Madden and FIFA

EA Sports has a particular way of doing things, and sticking to an annual release schedule for their games lineup is a big one. For decades, a new Madden appears on store shelves every August. It’s followed by updated NHL and FIFA games a month later, and the latest NBA Live (when it’s not on the bench) typically launches in October. But things might be changing for the venerable publisher.

Speaking to Bloomberg, CEO Andrew Wilson said that EA Sports might discontinue yearly releases and switch to offering downloadable expansions or subscriptions instead:

“There’s a few different things that have got to happen first. We do a lot in a FIFA game every year, and a lot in a Madden game. There’s a lot of code that we make available as part of the new iteration. But when we look at what we do in Korea or China, we don’t do it that way. There, every four years we release a new big code drop, and we offer incremental change over time.”

Wilson didn’t lay out a road map for how this change might be implemented, but I’m sure many sports fans would be interested in purchasing a full-priced game once and adding to it with roster updates and Story Mode expansions in future seasons.

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Destiny 2 tops September 2017’s list of best-selling games

Activision has been rather quiet on the Destiny 2 front since the game’s launch, but The NPD Group confirmed this morning that it was the best-selling game during the month of September. It’s doing so well at retail that the tracking firm has also declared Destiny 2 the best-selling game in all of 2017… so far.

Aside from Destiny 2, sports games dominated the sales chart in September, including the debuts of NBA 2K18 (#2), FIFA 18 (#4), and NHL 18 (#8). It was also a good month for games with long tails as Grand Theft Auto V (#7), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#9), and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (#10) continue to hold onto their slots in the top ten.

You can read more about last month’s best-sellers and view the monthly Top Ten after the break. (more…)

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FIFA 18, Golf Story, Inversus Deluxe, more added to Nintendo eShop

It’s another big week for the Nintendo Switch… because dozens of new titles (and a few new 3DS games) are now available to download through the Nintendo eShop.

Later this week, EA Sports will bring their soccer simulation FIFA 18 to the Switch on September 29. But beginning today, Sidebar’s “Golf RPG,” Golf Story, will tee off on the Switch eShop. It’ll be joined by monochromatic shooter Inversus Deluxe, picture puzzler Picross S, and co-op spaceship manager Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (on October 3).

Over on the 3DS, Nintendo fans will be able Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters on September 29 and Culdcept Revolt on October 3.

You can learn more about this week’s additions to the Nintendo eShop after the break. (more…)

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FIFA 18, Pinball FX3, Ruiner, more added to Xbox Store

High stakes competitions are the name of the game in today’s Xbox Games Store update.

EA Sports launched FIFA 18, Zen Studios flipped out with Pinball FX3, and Devolver Digital delivered the “brutal action shooter” Ruiner. Also available to download today are a pair of collections editions… Halo Wars 2: Complete Edition and Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition.

You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break. (more…)

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FIFA 18, Gundam Versus, Danganronpa V3, more added to PS Store

We’ve got another packed PlayStation Store update today, so let’s not waste any time…

EA Sports will let players return to the pitch in FIFA 18. The battling mechs from the Gundam universe will make their PS4 debut in Bandai Namco ‘s Gundam Versus. NIS America’s murder mystery series continues in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. Pinball FX3 calls “next” in the pinball simulation arena. Hob is a new action-adventure game from Runic Games. SteamWorld Dig 2 digs deep into its “MetroidVania” roots. And Bethesda has bundled together all the downloadable content in Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition.

All of these games will be available to download for the PS4.

You can learn more about this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store (including a handful of Vita games) after the break. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: FIFA 18, Gundam Versus, Danganronpa V3, More

Go for the goal with this week’s new retail releases.

EA Sports will bring FIFA 18 to the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PS3, and Xbox 360. It’ll be joined on the pitch by Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport 7: Ultimate Edition, which Xbox One owners can pick up three days earlier than the launch of the standard edition.

There’s nothing standard about massive mechs, and Bandai Namco will bring Gundam Versus to the PS4 this week. NIS America will also deliver a wild new entry in the Danganronpa series, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony for the PS4.

Finally this week, Level-5 and Nintendo will bring Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters to the 3DS, Bethesda will bundle together the Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and THQ Nordic will swoop onto the Switch with Sine Mora EX.

Nintendo will also launch the Super NES Classic Edition microconsole this week, but it might be hard to find one in stores.

A complete list of this week’s new retail releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Super Mario Odyssey wins “E3 2017 Best of Show” from Game Critics Awards

A marquee upcoming release for the Nintendo Switch has once again claimed “Best of Show” from the Game Critics Awards at the E3 Expo. Super Mario Odyssey took home the big prize this year, along with additional wins for “Best Console Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game.”

Altogether, Nintendo took home top honors in six categories. Super Mario Odyssey’s trio of statues were joined by “Best Handheld Game” for Metroid: Samus Returns, and “Best Original Game” and “Best Strategy Game” for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

The editors that make up the Game Critics Awards panel made a lot of obvious picks in the rest of the categories, but they also threw in a few surprises. Strong debuts from Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (“Best Action Game”), Destiny 2 (“Best PC Game”), and Forza Motorsport 7 (“Best Racing Game”) lead to a few big wins, but I’m not anyone was expecting Arc System Works to surprise the crowd with Dragon Ball Fighter Z.

All of this year’s winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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