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The first year for Nintendo’s Switch continues to go swimmingly, and another exclusive release for the console has claimed the top spot in The NPD Group’s monthly tally of best-selling games.
Splatoon 2 was the top-selling game in July, beating out Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (#2) and a resurgent Grand Theft Auto V (#3). Three other Switch games managed to crack the Top 20, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#5), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (#7), and Arms (#17).
According to GamesIndustry.biz, the Switch was also the best-selling console in July. Nintendo’s new device is so popular that it helped push monthly sales to $588 million, a 19% increase over July 2016.
The remainder of the Top 20 was made up of the usual suspects, including Tom Clancy games (Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege at #9 and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands at #11) and three Call of Duty games (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered at #12, Call of Duty: Black Ops III at #13, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare at #15).
The NPD’s complete “Top 20 Best-Selling Games” from July 2017 can be found after the break. (more…)
NetherRealm Studios launched Injustice 2 for the PS4 and Xbox One a few months ago, and the developer has already added three new characters to the game’s roster as part of the Fighter Pack 1 add-on.
Six more characters will be added to Injustice 2 through future downloadable add-ons, and fans will get their first look at the next three during this month’s Gamescom expo. The characters planned for Fighter Pack 2 (which will be released roughly one-per-month this Fall) will be unveiled during a special “Celebrity Charity Competition” on August 23 at 5:00 PM (Eastern Time).
DJs Steve Aoki and Don Diablo will battle it out in the fighting game in a best-of-five series, and fans in attendance at Gamescom will be able to grab a ringside seat in Hall 9. If you can’t make it to Cologne, Germany, the matchup will also be livestreamed on NetherRealm’s Twitch channel.
The “Celebrity Charity Competition” will support the Aoki Foundation, a charitable group founded by Steve Aoki that supports advances in brain science, as well as disaster relief, developmental disabilities, and animal rights.
Injustice 2 launched in May to rave reviews and big sales, and NetherRealm Studios has already begun to add new characters to the game including Red Hood and Sub-Zero (and the upcoming release of Starfire).
But the developer also recently added two new Shaders for each character and a brand new Premier Skin to the game. Shaders and Premier Skins can be unlocked using Source Crystals, Injustice 2’s in-game currency, which can be earned through the Multiverse Mode or purchased with real money from the game’s online storefront.
The black-and-gold and black-and-silver Tournament Shaders will provide a stylish change for any Gear loadout, and players who purchase the new color sets will help support Injustice 2’s esports community. Tournament Shader sets can be unlocked for 5,000 Source Crystals apiece, and NetherRealm has pledged to donate a portion of each purchase towards tournaments and community events.
Also now available in Injustice 2’s character customization menu is a new Premier Skin for Bizarro Superman. Unlockable for 6,000 Source Crystals, the Bizarro Superman Premier Skin transforms Superman into his backwards doppelganger, and adds completely new dialogue options to the game.
Welcome everyone to the Content Crash podcast. I’m your host, Dan Hartnack. As always, I’m joined by Keno Eastmond.
We’ve got some cool stuff to talk about today. We’re going to focus on everything esports. And what better time to discuss esports than in the aftermath of Evo 2017.
Injustice 2 chilled out earlier this month with the addition of Sub-Zero to the game’s character roster, but we’re looking ahead to a heatwave as NetherRealm Studios will release Starfire as the game’s next downloadable character in August.
In addition to confirming Starfire’s launch month, NetherRealm also released a new trailer for the alien princess during this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. Watch as she pounds the DC Universe with deadly Energy Beams to, as well as Celestial Projectiles, and an out-of-this-world “Supernova” Super Move.
Starfire is slated to be the final addition to Injustice 2 as part of Fighter Pack 1, which also includes Red Hood and Sub-Zero. A new series of downloadable characters that comprise Fighter Pack 2 will be available beginning this Fall.
Fighting game fans have proven, once again, that the genre is alive and well. According to the NPD Group’s recounting of the best-selling games in June, Tekken 7 (#1) and Injustice 2 (#2) took the top two spots. Nintendo’s bizarro take on the genre, Arms, also made a strong debut in the #5 spot.
Speaking of the Switch, Nintendo’s newest console continued to push the game industry to new heights in June, as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#6) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (#7) stayed in the top ten.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella said: “The Nintendo Switch has been the catalyst for year-to-date growth. Year-to-date, hardware spending has grown 19% versus 2016 to $1.4 billion.”
However, older titles also performed well in June, including Grand Theft Auto V (#3), Overwatch (#9), and Minecraft (#17). 2015’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III (#12) even managed to outsell 2016’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (#15).
A complete look at the Top 20 for June 2017 can be found after the break. (more…)
Ed Boon has revealed (via Twitter) that owners of Fighter Pack 1 will be able to download Sub-Zero in Injustice 2 on July 11. Everyone else will get the chance to purchase the Lin Kuei’s Grandmaster on July 18.
NetherRealm has announced that nine additional characters will eventually be added to Injustice 2. The next, Starfire, will make her debut sometime in August.
And in case you missed it, you can check out Sub-Zero’s “Introducing!” trailer right here.
NetherRealm Studios has done it again… The NPD Group (via GamesIndustry.biz) has revealed that Injustice 2 was the best-selling game in May.
In the midst of Wonder Woman-mania, the one-on-one fighter beat out the Switch’s heaviest hitters (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at #2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at #4), as well as Prey (#5) and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia (#7).
Grand Theft Auto V continues to sell well, landing at #3 in the monthly tally. And Blizzard’s Overwatch celebrated its first anniversary by squeaking into the top ten at #10.
A list of May 2017’s top ten best-selling titles can be found after the break. (more…)