The PlayStation 4′s launch has proven to give a big boost in sales to its companion, the PlayStation Vita.
According to MCV, Vita sale went up 68 percent during the PS4′s first week, and 65 percent the week after. Accurate count of units sold is currently unknown however.
Sony Senior Product Manager Ben Law attributed the increased sales to the connectivity between both consoles.
“PS Vita sales wise we are continuing to see strong week-on-week growth since our latest campaign kicked in. The new TV advert went live this week and we’ve already seen amazing feedback from PS4 owners on the Remote Play feature, and the success of Tearaway highlights what [a] great proposition PS Vita is, either as a standalone device or as the perfect companion to PS4.”
While the Vita struggled until now, it’s nice to see players giving an interest and trying out the portable console. Hopefully, more games will make their way to the Vita while the PS4 continues getting additional connectivity with it.
Welp. We all knew this day would come. The annual Steam Holiday Sale is now upon us, bringing two weeks of despair to frugal minds everywhere.
Sure, starting today you can find blockbusters like Bioshock Infinite for the “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” price of $9.99, but couple that with the fact that the sale is going on from today (Dec. 19) to Jan. 3 and you’ve got yourself a fortnight of online transactions.
Just like previous years, each day features nine special deals for 24 hours, while new flash sales refresh every eight hours. In addition, Steam users also get to vote every eight hours for a community choice winner to get another bonkers sale going. You know – in case you needed even more savings and a larger backlog.
With the inclusion of Steam Trading Cards from earlier in the year and following suit with the Steam Summer Sale, special Snow Globe Trading Cards can be earned in a handful of ways, which will unlock the “coveted” Snow Globe 2013 badge when crafted.
Based on experiences with previous Steam sales, this year’s event will be ridiculous. For the list of the sale’s first batch of daily sales, be sure to hit the jump.
Now excuse me as I search my couch for loose change…
As manga fans flock to Jump Festa to get a taste of all the latest manga and anime, they will also get the chance to try out Freedom Wars.
While Jump Festa has a bigger focus on manga and anime, videogame developers have been continuously showing up in droves as both medias intertwine the same target market. This year, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan will be bringing Freedom Wars to the festival for players to try for themselves. This marks the first playable appearance of the upcoming Vita title, which plays similarly to the Monster Hunter series.
Various Monster Hunter titles had the chance to get special quests from the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine, giving Japanese hunters the chance to wear special costumes based on certain manga characters. That alone makes me wonder if Freedom Wars will get the same treatment.
The official Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U website has confirmed that Rosalina and Luma will be joining the upcoming games’ rosters.
Hailing from the Super Mario Galaxy games, Rosalina and Luma seem to be quite a unique pair. From the gameplay footage, the space princess’ attacks seem to be a mix of the floaty grace of Peach and the elemental magic of Zelda. While Luma seems to be able to attack on his own as well, Rosalina is also shown as being able to control him directly. Their pairing seems to be halfway between the independence of the Ice Climbers and the controlled ownership of Olimar’s Pikmin.
Rosalina and Luma are the fourth (or if you count both of them: fifth) official new characters. They are joined alongside newcomers Animal Crossing‘s Villager, Wii Fit Trainer and Mega Man. While another Mario character isn’t the most exciting news, it’s nice to see more female characters join the Smash canon. And chubby star-things, of course.
Check out the video after the jump to see exactly how Rosalina and Luma duke it out. Also, watch Luma high-five Kirby. It’s cute.
You can go on about how much you know about Mega Man’s model number or the reason for Blanka’s electrical powers, but did you know of Cosmi, Under the Skin’s alien protagonist who terrorizes Earth with bowling balls, boxing gloves and bad karaoke?
With the 30th Anniversary Capcom Character Encyclopedia, now you’ll know.
Nintendo rolled out one final Direct stream before the year’s end, dishing out news related to its 3DS and Wii U Spring 2014 release schedule as well as some new game announcements.
The stream kicked off with its biggest shocker: a new spin-off Zelda title tentatively named Hyrule Warriors, which will be coming out sometime in 2014. Developed by Tecmo Koei, this Wii U title is essentially Dynasty Warriors meets The Legend of Zelda, in which Link does battle with tons of monsters across the fields of Hyrule.
Other new reveals include a new Chibi-Robo! game for 3DS, free Sonic Lost World DLC that features a level inspired by Yoshi’s Island and the reveal of a new Super Smash Bros. character: Rosalina and Luma.
Mosey on over for the full recap, including all the juicy tidbits for the aforementioned games along with other kooky announcements (like Dr. Luigi), trailers and screenshots.
Ever since it was announced that Konami would be delisting Skullgirls from PSN and XBLA by the end of the year, there was a bit of uncertainty as to when it would become available again. But fear not: developer Lab Zero Games has the answer, in the form of the rebranded Skullgirls Encore.
In a news post on its blog, the indie developer has revealed that the original Skullgirls will be removed from PSN and XBLA by the end of Dec. 31, 2013. The Marvelous AQL-published Skullgirls Encore will subsequently be released on both platforms sometime in Jan. 2014.
For PSN purchasers of the original Skullgirls, Encore will be a free download. While old DLC will not work with this new iteration, the character color DLC bundle will be made available for free for a limited time. On the XBLA side, Encore will be downloaded as a patch to the original Skullgirls, which means all the DLC, leaderboards, achievements and save data will remain unaffected.
The Squiggly DLC that was funded by an Indiegogo campaign several months ago will be made available solely for the Encore version of the game, and will be free to download for three months after its release.
Throughout this entire transition, Skullgirls will remain playable both online and offline, although the game itself will not show up on either platform’s storefront following its delisting.
The world of publishing and digital storefronts is quite a complicated one, but it seems like Lab Zero and Marvelous AQL have everything down pat to ensure that console fans of the fighting game won’t get burned.
Source: Lab Zero Games
North American fans of Square Enix’s seminal role-playing series Final Fantasy got a glimpse into what a little extra cash can get them this March, as info on the PlayStation 3 collector’s edition of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster was unveiled earlier today.
Sold exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store, the collector’s edition comes with a hardcover artbook, five lithographs of featured artwork and characters and a Blu-Ray comprised of “over six hours of music” from the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster soundtrack juxtaposed with scenes from the game.
Along with the two games of course, the whole shebang will set you back $79.99.
Square Enix said in a press release that the collection shown today was exclusive to North America and that it may not be what other territories will get on March 18.
As for the Vita version, Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster will be sold as a bundle, with the former being sold on a game card, while the latter will be offered as a download.
You better not pout. You better not cry. The group of robbers from Payday 2 are taking your cash no matter how hard you try – in a new downloadable heist released today on Steam.
Like the last free add-on to Overkill Software’s sequel to Payday: The Heist, The “Charlie Santa” Heist has four players working together to rob a bank based on a map in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
Along with the new mission, Payday 2 users get a free weapon modification. Those who join the game’s official Steam community also get access to a free (and kinda creepy) Santa mask.
Nine new achievements are also included in the free update.
Like the rest of Payday 2, there are mainly two ways players can tackle their act of grand larceny, but even the best laid plans usually fall apart when the game starts throwing wave after wave of cops and SWAT members in.
You can check out a trailer featuring the DLC after the break.
Nintendo’s got a good deal going on the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console for both Mega Man X and Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge, but you better hop into some dash boots sooner rather than later.
The SNES and Game Boy classics are $2 a piece on their respective eShops, down from their original $7.99 and $3.99 price tags. They’ll continue to be for only two days, so you’ll have until Wednesday, Dec. 18. 8:59AM PST to take
Despite still having a working cartridge of Mega Man X, $2 for one of the best SNES action platformers out there is too good of a deal to pass up. Commence silly Miiverse posts about jumping through the boss gates and joking about how the password screen is now useless with restore points.