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Rob Gronkowski mocks Madden Curse in new video for Madden NFL 17

The 2016-2017 NFL regular season comes to an end this weekend, but Rob Gronkowski won’t be part of it. The freakishly good tight end for the New England Patriots suffered a back injury a few weeks ago and was placed on Injured Reserve on December 3.

Gronk started this season as the “Cover Athlete” for Madden NFL 17, and some would place his bad luck at the feet of the infamous Madden Curse. But you won’t hear that argument from him. Instead, you’ll get this gloriously ridiculous new video of his daily routine… which includes a pep talk for his rubber ducky, a hearty breakfast of Gronk Flakes (they really exist, by the way), and a little Madden NFL 17. It might not be the Super Bowl, but Gronk’s sense of humor hasn’t skipped a beat.

Maybe he can even give Conan O’Brien a call and play some more Mortal Kombat X after the talk show host’s kids go to bed.

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CoD: Infinite Warfare was the best-selling game of November 2016, but it sold less than Black Ops III

Ever since it was first announced, the public reaction to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has been less than kind. Fans furiously downvoted the debut trailer, while others pledged not to purchase something that strayed so far from the franchise’s roots. But it looks like not everyone felt that way.

According to the NPD Group’s latest report (via GamesIndustry.biz), Infinite Warfare was the best-selling game of November 2016. However, it performed much worse for retailers than the first-month sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops III last year.

Total game sales were down roughly 19% versus November 2015, but a few new releases put up big numbers including Pokemon Sun (#3), Pokemon Moon (#4), and Watch Dogs 2 (#8). And in hardware news, it was reported that Nintendo sold 196,000 NES Classic Edition consoles during its first month on sale.

The full Top 10 from November 2016 can be found after the break. (more…)

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EA, 2K dominate October’s best-selling games list as Battlefield 1, Mafa III lead the way

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More games get released in October than any other month (though November is probably close), so it shouldn’t be surprising that megapublishers like Electronic Arts and 2K Games nearly ran the table with the NPD Group’s monthly best-sellers report.

EA’s Battlefield 1 took the top spot, and the publisher placed three other games in the top ten including FIFA 17 (#4), Titanfall 2 (#9), and Madden NFL 17 (#10). 2K Games had an equally strong month, thanks to Mafia III making gamers an offer they couldn’t refuse (and the #2 spot on the list). It was followed by NBA 2K17 (#5), WWE 2K17 (#7), and Civilization VI (#8).

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, NPD’s Sam Naji said that overall industry revenues were up 6% in October 2016, though hardware and accessories aren’t selling as well as they did a year ago.

The full Top 10 from October 2016 can be found after the break. (more…)

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Sports! NBA 2K17, Madden 17, FIFA 17, NHL 17 are the best-selling games in September 2016

nbalogoFootball season is in full swing, and the NBA season is getting ready to tip-off this weekend, so it’s a great time to check out this year’s newest sports simulations. Gamers definitely agreed, as four sports titles were at the top of September 2016’s sales report from The NPD Group.

2K’s NBA 2K17 was #1, and it was followed by three from EA Sports: Madden NFL 17 (#2), FIFA 17 (#3), and NHL 17 (#4). Shooters dominated the rest of the list with BioShock: The Collection rounding out the Top 5, and Destiny: The Collection (#6), Overwatch (#8), and Call of Duty: Black Ops III (#10) all in the Top 10.

Believe it or not, Minecraft failed to find a place in the Top 10 for the first time in nearly a year. Perhaps this is why hardware, software, and accessory sales totaled $838.2 million last month, which is down from September 2015’s $1.09 billion tally. But the NPD is pinning the blame on the PS4 Slim and Xbox One S.

“Spending on software, hardware, and accessories declined by 23% compared to this time last year,” NPD Analyst Sam Naji told GamesIndustry.biz. “The release of the PS4 Slim and the second month of the Xbox One S was not enough to stimulate total hardware spending and this month’s new software releases could not compete with last year’s stronger slate of new games.”

The full Top 10 from September 2016 can be found after the break. (more…)

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Madden NFL 17 rumbles its way to the end zone as the best-selling game of August 2016

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A trio of new releases stood atop the NPD Group’s recounting of the best-selling games of August 2016, but Madden NFL 17 unsurprisingly took the top spot.

EA’s juggernaut is almost always unstoppable during the calendar’s eighth month, but it was equally unsurprising to see No Man’s Sky and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided take up residence at #2 and #3, respectively.

NPD analyst Sam Naji told GamesIndustry.biz: “The release of strong new titles such as Madden NFL 17, No Man’s Sky and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided bolstered console software dollar sales by 8%.”

The remainder of this month’s best-sellers included the usual mix of big titles from 2015 and 2016, with some Grand Theft Auto V (#4) and Minecraft (#9) tossed in for flavor.

A full look at August 2016’s best-selling games can be found after the break. (more…)

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Xbox Store Today: Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Madden NFL 17, Worms W.M.D., more

We’re heading back to the future for today’s Xbox Games Store update, as Square Enix and Eidos Montreal have launched Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the Xbox One. Take control of Adam Jensen, a cybernetically-enhanced secret agent, once again as he deals with the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the augment community. And for a limited time, players who purchase Mankind Divided through the Xbox Games Store will also receive a free download of Deus Ex: Human Revolution for the Xbox 360, along with its expansion, The Missing Link. As you might expect, Human Revolution is on Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility list, so it’s also playable on the Xbox One as well.

Also new this week is Madden NFL 17, the latest game in EA Sports’s football franchise. Available to download now on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, Madden NFL 17 features and expanded and updated Franchise Mode for players who are serious about their virtual football career.

Finally this week, Team17 brought the Worms franchise to the Xbox One with Worms W.M.D. The 2D strategy game includes a Campaign with 30 levels and more than 80 weapons and utilities to ramp up the chaos.

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)

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Madden NFL 17, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, King of Fighters XIV, more added to PS Store

While the fourth quarter is still ahead of us, publishers are running up the score with today’s PlayStation Store update.

Let’s start things off with Madden NFL 17, the latest entry in EA Sports’s long-running football franchise. A rebuilt Franchise Mode is the focus of this year’s game, which is now available to download for the PS4 and PS3. Developer EA Tiburon is also touting improvements to the gameplay on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Also available to download for the PS4 this week is Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The latest game from Eidos Montreal picks up where Deus Ex: Human Revolution left off and explores the aftermath of a terrorist attack that’s left mechanically augmented humans “deemed outcasts and segregated from the rest of society.”

And if you think elective surgery to become some kind of cyborg is crazy, then the future portrayed in The King of Fighters XIV is just as wild. More than 50 humans, robots, demons, and monsters have come together to compete in a new fighting tournament from developer SNK and publisher Atlus on the PS4.

Finally this week, a trio of side-scrollers will surely appeal to retro-minded PS4 owners. Inside is a mysterious platformer from Playdead, and after a short round of Xbox One/PC exclusivity, it’s now available to download through the PlayStation Store. Inside shares a minimalist aesthetic with Metrico+, a PS4 platformer that was inspired by infographics. And Worms W.M.D. brings the strategy series to the PS4 for the first time.

More information about all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And don’t forget to visit the PlayStation Blog for a complete rundown of this week’s new add-ons and discounts. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Madden NFL 17, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, King of Fighters XIV, More

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It’s FOOTBALL time ladies and gentlemen, which means it’s also time for EA Sports to release the next yearly installment in the Madden NFL franchise. Madden NFL 17 will be released for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this Tuesday, and Rob Gronkowski will adorn on the cover. This year, the development team at Tiburon focused on improving Madden’s famed Franchise Mode, so the hardcore statheads should be very happy.

EA also teamed up with Microsoft to offer an Xbox One S + Madden NFL 17 Bundle for fans looking to upgrade their Xbox One console. And if you’re not a sports fan, Microsoft will also launch an Xbox One S + Halo Collection Bundle this week.

Over in a completely separate corner of your local game store is this week’s other big launch… Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Square Enix and Eidos Montreal will release the next chapter in their futuristic story of technologically-augmented humans (and the people who hate them) for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Finally this week, SNK and Atlus will team up to bring The King of Fighters XIV to the PS4. The King of Fighters series gets a graphical overhaul in this 14th installment (not counting spinoffs), with 50 fighters set to battle it out in one of the franchise’s biggest games ever.

Don’t forget to check back later this week to learn all about the latest additions to the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop.

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