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June 2014 NPD: Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 are the top-selling titles once again

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Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 once again reign supreme over the monthly sales chart as The NPD Group has confirmed the two titles were #1 and #2, respectively, in their June 2014 top-selling games report. The two games were part of a trend that included other May releases such as Minecraft (#3) and Wolfenstein: The New Order (#7).

The only June releases to crack the top ten were EA Sports UFC (#4) and Tomodachi Life (#9),

With Microsoft’s Kinect-less Xbox One hit store shelves in June, so the battle between the next-generation heated up just as the thermometer did. According to Joystiq, the PS4 once again topped the Xbox One, though all console sales more than doubled (a 106% increase, to be exact) the month of May. Ultimate, the entire industry saw a 24% increase in sales over the last month… and that includes a big jump in Wii U hardware sales too.

You can view the complete top ten chart for the month of June after the break. (more…)

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Mario Kart 8 Mercedes GLA DLC officially coming to US this Summer

The Mario Kart 8/Mercedes GLA commercial is still as terrifying now as it was three weeks ago. But now, the terror is closer than ever. Nintendo has announced that the DLC will be available in the US this Summer:

Look at that picture! Mario’s nefarious, wild-eyed and angry expression is only a prelude to his murderous overtures. Like he’s going to pull off to the side of the road and pretend he has car trouble. Then, when someone stops, he’s going to stab them with a hook and shove them into the GLA’s roomy trunk. The 14.9 cubic foot trunk of the GLA has enough space for Bowser, Yoshi, and Princess Peach. With the seats folded down, the trunk expands to 29.5 cubic feet, enough room for Donkey Kong too… if he sees something he shouldn’t have.

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Watch Dogs hacks its way into our hearts as the best-selling game of May 2014

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We were already pretty aware of the fact that a lot of copies of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 were sold in the last week of May. Now, the NPD Group has made it official by releasing their official report of the best-selling games of May 2014.

Not surprisingly, Watch Dogs took the gold while Mario Kart 8 had to settle for the silver. The top ten was populated by several other May releases including Wolfenstein: The New Order (#4) and Kirby: Triple Deluxe (#9). A retail release of Minecraft on the PS3 also pushed that game back into the top five (#5, to be exact).

According to Joystiq, the NPD Group also confirmed that the PS4 has outsold the Xbox One for the fifth straight month. You can view the complete top ten list from the month of May after the break. (more…)

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Mario Kart 8 Review: Nintendo Is (Almost) Firing On All Cylinders With This Sequel

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It’s a safe bet that the gaming public has some idea what to expect from a game whose title ends in a numeral that many people subconsciously pair with the phrase “Is Enough.” Such is the case with Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8. At a time in the franchise’s lifecycle when most publishers would attempt to hide how long the series has been running with a clever subtitle, Nintendo comes right out and says, “Yeah, this is the eighth Mario Kart game, you wanna make something of it?” (more…)

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Happy Friday! Have some hilarious Luigi Death Stare videos

Jason Schreier over at Kotaku has done the Internet a great service by compiling a bunch of Luigi Death Stare videos (some of these are NSFW, because of cursing!). I dare you to watch these and keep a straight face. Make sure your volume is up – wayyyy up.

You can see Luigi’s Death Stare in the new Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U.

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Mario Kart 8 now the fastest-selling Wii U game after 1.2 million copies sold over first weekend

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In the kart race that is the 8th Generation Console War, Nintendo picked up a Blue Shell over the weekend in the form of Mario Kart 8. The latest addition to Nintendo’s popular racing franchise bowled over the competition and sold 1.2 million copies in its first three days of availability across North America, Europe, and Japan. That makes it the fastest-selling Wii U game ever and the seventh Nintendo-published title to sell more than a million copies.

“The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “This year’s E3 is just days away, and it will be all about the future games for Nintendo platforms. This milestone is a great place to start!”

So I guess that ultra-creepy live-action commercial actually increased sales of Mario Kart 8. Mean Mario means business!

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Mercedes Japan is bringing the GLA to Mario Kart 8 in this creepy commercial

In an attempt to be cute, both Nintendo and Mercedes-Benz Japan have actually done more to haunt my dreams than It, True Detective, and that one episode of The X-Files with the inbred cannibal family combined. Well, that’s not totally true because each of those is pretty disturbing. But this is close.

Mercedes-Benz has bought the best product placement imaginable by brokering a deal with Nintendo to add its new car, the GLA, to Mario Kart 8 as free DLC within Japan later this Summer. It hasn’t been officially announced, but the GLA kart will most likely be available elsewhere, too.

In itself this isn’t the terrifying part. The stuff of nightmares is actually to be found in the commercial advertising the car’s placement in the game. At thirty seconds long, it starts out with Mario hopping into a GLA and inexplicably going through the first level of Super Mario Bros. (never mind that there are no cars in that game) and when he reaches the castle at the end, well, you kind of have to see it for yourself.

I apologize for making anyone else see this, but I think it’s kind of like the video in The Ring — if I don’t make someone else view it, I may die.

[Source: IGN]

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Nintendo Download: Mario Kart 8 (Friday), Ittle Dew, Mega Man Xtreme 2, more

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Vroom! Vroom! It’s Mario Kart 8 time as the latest entry in Nintendo long-running racing series will be available to download from the Wii U eShop beginning tomorrow. And don’t forget, every Wii U owner who purchases Mario Kart 8 will also be able to download one of the following games for free: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U. Not a bad deal at all.

Also available to download from the Wii U eShop this week is Ittle Dew, an overhead adventure game that bears more than a passing resemblance to The Legend of Zelda. Joining Ittle Dew is Klonoa: Empire of Dream, a platformer originally released for the Game Boy Advance; Luv Me Buddies Wonderland, a minigame collection starring a bunch of cuddly puppies; and Gravity Badgers, a puzzle game that combines gravity-based physics puzzles and badgers. Hey… why not?

Mega Man Xtreme 2 is the only new game available on the 3DS eShop this week. The game, which was originally released for the Game Boy Color, was Mega Man’s second and final release for Nintendo’s first color handheld.

More information on all of these titles can be found after the break. (more…)

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