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All Articles: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix
Nintendo smashed sales records in March 2017… but Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands was the top-selling game
Nintendo told us all about their record-setting sales month last week, but the NPD Group made it official today when they revealed their retail report on the video game industry for March 2017.
NPD analyst Sam Naji told GamesIndustry.biz: “March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records.The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category.”
However, even though The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild managed to sell more than 900,000 copies, it wasn’t able to secure the #1 spot. Instead, Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands was the best-selling game last month, likely due to Nintendo’s unwillingness to share their digital sales figures with the NPD Group. Other strong sellers on the Switch included 1-2 Switch (#13) and Super Bomberman R (#17).
Big debuts weren’t limited to Nintendo’s Switch, and it was a banner month for several new releases last month, as Mass Effect: Andromeda (#3), Horizon: Zero Dawn (#4), and Nier: Automata (#9) also smashed expectations. Combined with impressive Switch hardware sales, these games helped the industry record more than $1.36 billion in total sales for the month, a 24% year-on-year increase over March 2016.
The complete list of best-selling games from March 2017 can be found after the break. (more…)
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5, MLB The Show 17, more added to PS Store
It’s another big update for the PlayStation Store this week, so let’s get right to it…
Kingdom Hearts III is still no closer to release, but Square Enix wants to prepare PS4 players with the downloadable release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix. The compilation includes four full Kingdom Hearts games (Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Herts: ReChain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II, and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep), and it offers the most complete look back at the franchise’s beginnings.
Telltale continues the story in The Walking Dead: A New Fronter this week with Episode 3: Above the Law. Now available to download for the PS4, players will need to help Javier find a role in his newly reunited family in the middle episode of this season.
Sports fans will have several new choices to choose from this week on the PlayStation Store, including dueling baseball games (MLB The Show 17 and RBI Baseball 2017), an old school hockey game (Old Time Hockey), and a boxing management simulation (Punch Club).
Elsewhere on the PlayStation Store, the “Play Collective” promotion rolls on with the PS4 release of Videocult’s side-scrolling survival game, Rain World.
Finally this week, Ska Studios will bring Salt and Sanctuary, their side-scrolling action RPG, to the Vita.
You can learn more about this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store after the break. (more…)
Opening Day is just a few days away, and game publishers are getting ready to trot their annual baseball sims onto the retail field. So step up to the plate with Sony and check out the Ken Griffey Jr-fronted MLB The Show 17 for the PS4, or have a catch with MLB Advanced Media and their Corey Seager-fronted RBI Baseball 2017 for the PS4 and Xbox One.
Also set to be released on store shelves this week is Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix, a repackaging of both Kingdom Hearts compilations from the PS3, now for the PS4. So if you’re itching to replay Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Herts: ReChain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II, and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep… here’s your chance.
Further down this week’s retail list, we’ve got the GameStop-exclusive Has-Been Heroes, which will be released for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. The roguelike action/strategy game was developed by Frozenbyte and features a bumbling band of knights protecting a pair of princesses.
That’s it for this week’s New Retail Releases report, but we’ll be back later this week with the latest additions to the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop.
Square Enix has announced plans to bring the entire Kingdom Hearts saga to the PS4 in 2017.
We’ve known for some time now that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue (a remake of Dream Drop Distance) would be released for the PS4 this January, but today the publisher confirmed the Kingdom Hearts compilations previously released for the PS3 (Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix) will be relaunched exclusively for the PS4 on March 28, 2017.
Available for the first time in a single package, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix will include four games (the “Final Mix” versions of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, and Birth By Sleep, as well as Re:Chain of Memories). Remastered cinematics for 358/2 Days and Re:Coded will also be included in the compilation.
All of these games will hopefully get you ready for Kingdom Hearts III, which might be released in 2017. In the meantime, Square Enix released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix, and it’s been embedded above.
If you missed out on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix when it was released last year, you’ll want to pay extra attention to the recently announced Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix Collector’s Edition. That’s because the Collector’s Edition will include the first Kingdom Hearts HD collection as well as the second.
The Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix Collector’s Edition has been priced at $99.99 and it will be available exclusively through Square Enix’s official website. In addition to both HD collections, it will include a Collector’s Steelbook Case, a Shadow Heartless plush Toy, an exclusive Sora/Mickey collectible pin, and a 30-page hardcover Art Book.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix (which Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix and Birth By Sleep: Final Mix, as well as a “Theater Mode” version of Re:Coded) will be released for the PS3 on December 2.
Rockstar Games was on a quest for booty last month as Grand Theft Auto V was declared the best-selling game of the month by The NPD Group (via Joystiq). Not only did GTA5 sell a ridiculous amount of copies, but the title actually raised the fortunes of the entire video game industry. In September 2012, the game industry recorded $848 million in retail sales. Last month? $1.07 billion. Whoa.
The rest of the top ten includes a mixture of new releases and August holdovers. NBA 2K14 (#3), Diablo III (#4), FIFA 14 (#5), Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix (#6), and NHL 14 (#8) represent the new releases while Madden NFL 25 (#2), Disney Infinity (#7), and Saints Row IV (#10) all remained on the list from August. The retail version of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (at #9) was the only game with a pre-August release date to crack the top ten.
If you’d prefer your monthly NPD report in list format, we’ve got that too:
Bestselling Games in September 2013
1. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
2. Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360, PS3)
3. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
4. Diablo III (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
5. FIFA 14 (Xbox 360, PS3, Vita)
6. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix (PS3)
7. Disney Infinity (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
8. NHL 14 (Xbox 360, PS3)
9. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Xbox 360)
10. Saints Row IV (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
For everyone that missed Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain of Memories the first time around, Square Enix has combined them both into a new high definition re-release known as Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix. As you may have guessed, it’s in stores this week. Also available this week is NHL 14. The only remaining official hockey game will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Finally this week, The Elder Scrolls Anthology brings Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim together in massive multi-disc PC collection. And EA will release The Sims 3: Movie Stuff, probably the last Sims 3 “Stuff” expansion before next year’s release of The Sims 4.
Square Enix is bringing the Final Fantasy franchise to this year’s E3 Expo in a big way. The publisher plans to have not just one or two, but four Final Fantasy games on display at the show. In addition to the three previously announced games (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster), Square Enix will unveil a first look at “the next-generation” of the franchise. Square Enix executives have previously hinted that this new game may be connected to Agni’s Philosophy, the technical demo they presented at last year’s E3 Expo.
In addition to a quartet of Final Fantasy titles, Square Enix will also show off a few of their co-productions with western developers including Murdered: Soul Suspect, Thief, Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut, and Deus Ex: The Fall. Rounding out Square Enix’s E3 offerings is Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix, a PS3 exclusive set to release this September.
More details on all of these titles can be found after the break and be sure to check out the Square Enix Presents YouTube Channel next week for a ton of Square Enix videos from the show floor. (more…)