Top 10 Best Selling Video Games of January 2013 (USA)

The NPD Group have revealed the Top 10 highest selling Video Games sold in  America during 30th December 2012 and 2nd February 2013 (January period).  They are the following:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**

  2. Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)

  3. Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U)

  4. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)**

  5. Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)

  6. DMC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360)

  7. Halo 4 (360)**

  8. Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**

  9. Skylanders Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)**

  10. FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP)

**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)

Liam Callahan, who works for NPD,  reflects upon the January period quoting

“With the exception of Capcom’s new Devil May Cry, January saw no major releases to speak of on the top ten, so 2012′s year-end hot sellers like Call of Duty and Far Cry 3 continued to top the charts. That said, new releases did fare a bit better than in past January periods.”

Some of the above figures may come as a surprise to many, with Just Dance 4 beating games such as Halo 4 and DMC, however it is important to take into account the release dates, target audiences and importantly sales of individual games being combined into groups by platform.  For those who love the game ‘Ni No Kuni’, this came close ranking at number 11 however it would have ranked number 7 if sales of individual games were not combined into groups by platform.

Sources;

IGN (2013) NPD: Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3 Top U.S. Sales Charts for January – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/npd-black-ops-2-far-cry-3-top-us-sales-charts-for-january [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].

NPD (2013) Video Game Industry Market Research – Video Gaming Trend Analysis – NPD.com. [online] Available at: https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/industry-expertise/video-games/ [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].

Nintendo Direct!

For just a second forget our prediction of Sony announcing the PS4 in less than a week and lets focus our attention upon another major name within the gaming world – Nintendo!

At 2pm (GMT) today, Nintendo  held a very special Japanese broadcast/ video presentation, featuring an all new Mario and Donkey Kong, a release date for HarmoKnight and more, it is time to discover what Nintendo had in store for us.

The highlights

Who doesn’t love discovering a new game or playing a new game in a much loved series?!  I certainly do!  A main feature of today’s announcement, and the highlights, was multiple new 3DS eShop titles being announced during the presentation

Mario and Donkey Kong

The pair are back and this time a new entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, an instant classic, was revealed.  Titled  ‘Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move’.  Altering from from previous entries in the much loved series players will now view all the action in full 3D.  Another interesting feature is we will also have the ability to create our own levels. There is no release date set currently.  Click below to view the trailer.

HarmoKnight

Although already being released in Japan, on 14th March, exactly one month from now, this game will be released in North America…the free trail version that is. Created by the much loved Pokemon developer Game Freak, this rhythm action game will then be released on 28th March.  In this game you play as a young hero called Tempo, him along with his friends explore and discover thoughout music-themed stages. Each level has different notes distributed throughout it that cleverly correspond to the music that is playing. While collecting these notes and following along with the rythm, you will have to fight off enemies named “Noizoids” and choose between branching paths, saving the world of Melodia is your duty. Click below to view the trailer.

eShop Sale!

To really grab our attention (and re-gain it) Nintendo announced at the end of their broadcast that some of the already released games will be on sale. This is a really clever trick into making us purchase Nintendo games which we may not have thought about previously and so our admiration, and their sales increase.

Gaming website IGN quote the following are already currently, or will be, on offer.

Starting Today:Bit.Trip Saga is five bucks off, marked down to $9.99 from its normal price of $14.99.

Starting February 21:Crashmo goes on sale for $5.99, down three dollars from its normal $8.99.

Starting February 28: Fractured Soul for four bucks cheaper, down to $7.99 from its usual $11.99.

Starting March 7:Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword drops two dollars, down to $4.99.

Starting March 14: Same deal for Ketzal’s Corridors. It goes to $4.99, a savings of two dollars.

Starting March 21:Mutant Mudds hits $5.99 from its normal $8.99.

The complete broadcast can be seen in the following link, please note that the complete broadcast is in Japenese however if you have ever wondered what a man dressed up as Luigi is like then it is worth the watch.

Nintendo 3DS Direct Luigi Special

 

Sources;

Blistered Thumbs (2013) Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight Hits the 3DS eShop Next Month. [online] Available at: http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/2013/02/rhythm-hunter-harmoknight/ [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) The Nintendo Direct 3DS eShop Roundup. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/the-nintendo-direct-3ds-eshop-roundup [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/13/nintendo-direct-coming-tomorrow [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Joystiq (2012) Game Freak’s HarmoKnight coming to 3DS in North America. [online] Available at: http://www.joystiq.com/2012/12/05/game-freaks-harmoknight-coming-to-3ds-in-north-america/ [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Nintendo (2013) Nintendo 3DS Direct Luigi special 2013.2.14. [online] Available at: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/direct20130214/index.html [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Nintendo World Report (2013) Nintendo Reveals Several New 3DS eShop Titles – News – Nintendo World Report. [online] Available at: http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/33309 [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

As some faithful followers may have realised this blog normally focus on games released for platforms such as PC,  Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 in this post the focus is instead going to be on Nintendo 3Ds.

Cover Art

Cover Art

Luigi, from the much loved Mario and Luigi series has, in this game, embarked upon an adventure of his own, come 24th March 2013.  This game, published by Nintendo and developed by Next Level Games will see Luigi confront his own fears of ghosts and a haunted mansions, clue being in the game title.

Storyline

Professor E. Gadd. has assigned Luigi a mission, he must return all of Gadd’s ghosts to him after his, once friendly ghosts which he did research on in a valley have turned evil due to the Dark Moon shattering and are now loose.  Armed with Poltergust 5000, a ghost-sucking, vacuum-like invention, which proves to be a vital piece of equipment, and the objects around him Luigi must solve unique puzzles and a variety of actions all while keeping his nerves to a minimum as he goes off into the night exploring mansions filled with ghosts withdrawing his fear and capture the ghosts. However the ghosts themselves have several tricks to rely upon and  prevent this.

Exclusive Mode

Nintendo has also released that this game will feature a multi-player mode of up to 4 players. Featuring not only ‘local multi player mode’ where the players have to be close by, this game is also able to support an online and download mode.  It all sounds good however  the download function removes some features.  Personally I like how friends do not need to own a copy of this game, to join you on your mission, they do however need to own a 3Ds.  To see what the multi player mode will look like in action view the IGN “Multi player: Hunter Mode” at the end of this post.

Multi Player Mode

Multi Player Mode

Images

As this game is exclusive for 3DS some of the images, while playing the game, will be truly captivating in 3D.

Ghosts await

Ghosts await

Luigi with his faithful Poltergust 5000

Luigi with his faithful Poltergust 5000

Sources;

IGN (2013) Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Gets a Release Date. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/17/luigis-mansion-dark-moon-gets-a-release-date [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) More Details on Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Multiplayer . [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/24/more-details-on-luigis-mansion-dark-moon-multiplayer [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo 3DS). [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/games/luigis-mansion-2/3ds-110795 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Luigis Mansion Nintendo (2013) Official Site – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for Nintendo 3DS. [online] Available at: http://luigismansion.nintendo.com/ [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Official Nintendo Magazine (2013) Multi Player. [online] Available at: http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/viewer.php?mode=article&id=51886 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].