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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…)

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Meet Sara Ryder in this new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer

Though players could customize Commander Shepard in dozens of different ways, EA and BioWare definitely treated the main character as the face of the original Mass Effect trilogy. Even “FemShep” got her own special edition for Mass Effect 3. But Ryder, the star of Mass Effect: Andromeda, is still something of a blank slate to most gamers. The game’s latest trailer doesn’t do much to dispel this mystery, but it does introduce fans to “Sara Ryder,” the official female version of the game’s main character:

Put on the uniform of the Pathfinder as Sara Ryder and fight for humanity’s new home. Explore dangerous worlds, keep your crew alive, and unravel the mysteries of Andromeda. The journey begins now. How far will you go?

Mass Effect: Andromeda is now available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Xbox Store Today: Mass Effect Andromeda, This Is the Police, Troll and I, more

We dream of exploring the unknown, discovering what lies beyond.

It’s time to explore the furthest reaches of space once again with Mass Effect: Andromeda. Electronic Arts and BioWare have launched the fourth entry in the sci-fi franchise, and it’s now available to download for the Xbox One. Humanity needs a hero, and players will explore the mysterious and uncharted Andromeda Galaxy in Mass Effect: Andromeda in hopes of ensuring our survival.

Also available to download for the Xbox One today is This Is the Police, a 70s-set police drama that asks players to take on the role of “gritty” Police Chief Jack Boyd. Jack is nearing retirement, and he way he maneuvers the “ugly underbelly” of Freeburg will determine his future.

Finally today, Xbox One owners will also be able to download a story of a boy and his troll (Troll and I), as well as the adventures of a working class astronaut (Blue-Collar Astronaut).

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

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Mass Effect: Andromeda, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, Freedom Planet, more added to PlayStation Store

After Mass Effect 3‘s ending divided fans, BioWare wiped the slate clean for the fourth entry in the franchise, Mass Effect: Andromeda. Now available to download for the PS4 through the PlayStation Store, players will explore the uncharted Andromeda galaxy in a search for humanity’s new home.

Also available to download this week is Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, a two-game collection featuring Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward. Launching on the PS4 and Vita for the first time, The Nonary Games follows two groups forced to compete for their lives in a deadly game. One group is trapped on a sinking boat, and the other is locked in a facility, but can they all escape?

Another well-liked game making its PS4 debut today is Freedom Planet, a retro-themed side-scroller that was inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog’s heyday on the Genesis.

And finally this week, Sony is kicking off their “Play Collective” promotion with the release of Everything, a PS4 game that the developers are pitching as “an interactive experience where everything you see is a thing you can be.”

You can learn more about all of these games (and nearly a dozen other new releases) after the break. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Mass Effect Andromeda, Mario Sports Superstars, Zero Escape The Nonary Games, More

Venture into new worlds with this week’s new retail releases…

BioWare will help Mass Effect fans explore the unexplored this week thanks to the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Leaving behind the rest of the universe, players will visit the Andromeda galaxy and discover “rich, alien worlds in the search for humanity’s new home.”

Mario and friends will also get to try new things this week in the biggest “Mario Sports” game ever. Coming to the 3DS on Friday, Mario Sports Superstars will include Mario-themed versions of baseball, golf, tennis, horse racing, and soccer. The game will also feature support for a new line of Amiibo Cards that’ll power up your favorite athlete in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Oculus VR owners will be able to become a different kind of superstar this week with the release of Rock Band VR. Harmonix’s latest rhythm game will offer “unprecedented stage presence” in virtual reality and a brand new soundtrack.

But if you’re worried about stage fright and would much prefer to battle giant beasts, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force will release Toukiden 2 for the PS4 and Vita. And if you’d rather explore a more familiar world, Aksys Games will bundle together Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward for the PS4 and Vita in Zero Escape: The Nonary Games.

You can find even more new releases after the break. (more…)

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Mass Effect: Andromeda’s CES 2017 trailer includes a look at combat and menu options

Gaming gadgets became a rare sight at the annual Consumer Electronics Show after the organization of the first E3 Expo in 1995.

But a few companies still make the trek to Las Vegas, and this year, Nvidia offered BioWare a chance to show off the latest Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay trailer on the big stage. The new trailer features a heavy focus on combat, but fans also got a glimpse at the game’s upgrade tree and menu options.

And in case you missed it yesterday, BioWare confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on March 21.

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It’s Official… BioWare will release Mass Effect: Andromeda on March 21

Writing on the game’s official website, BioWare’s General Manager, Aaryn Flynn, revealed that Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on March 21.

In addition to confirming the launch date, Flynn also thanked fans, praised the development team, and hyped up the next entry in the Mass Effect franchise in his letter:

Mass Effect: Andromeda is our most ambitious Mass Effect game to date. We’re telling completely new stories, creating new characters, new planets, new species, and introducing new gameplay systems. And for the first time, we’re bringing Mass Effect to the Frostbite game engine, an incredible engine that’s delivering a tremendous graphical jump from the trilogy to Mass Effect: Andromeda. To deliver on this, we’re taking all the time we can to make sure you’re getting the best possible experience.

While this is great news for PC, PS4, and Xbox One owners, BioWare announced earlier this week that Mass Effect: Andromeda isn’t in development for the Nintendo Switch.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda isn’t in development for the Nintendo Switch, but BioWare “never wants to close doors”

Mass Effect: Andromeda and the Nintendo Switch are both set to launch this Spring, so it seems natural to assume that the fourth game in BioWare’s best-selling franchise might eventually be released for Nintendo’s next console. However, it looks like the developer currently has no plans to bring Andromeda to the Switch… though that could change.

Speaking to Stevivor, BioWare’s Michael Gamble succinctly confirmed they’re not working on a Switch port of the next Mass Effect:

Gamble also shot down plans for a version of Andromeda on Nintendo’s hybrid console, the Switch.

“Yeah, not right now, no,” he said. “We’re not planning on it.”

However, Gamble also admitted that if there’s a huge demand for Mass Effect: Andromeda on the Switch, BioWare would have to consider it:

“If the Switch launches and everyone’s just yammering for Mass Effect, who knows.

“We never want to close doors like that.”

This kind of chicken-and-egg conversation around console launches isn’t new, but it’s not surprising that BioWare’s stance is a cautious one. Mass Effect 3 was available for the Wii U from day one, but fans decided not to follow Commander Shepard to Nintendo’s 2012 console. BioWare never released another game for the Wii U, and Electronic Arts completely dropped support for the console less than a year later.

However, the publisher is officially back on board for the Switch, so as Gamble said, you never know.

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