Nintendo Dominates Media Create Sales

Nintendo dominated the Media Create sales for the week of November 20 through November 26 in Japan on both the hardware and software front. To be quite frank, it wasn’t even close. The Switch sold a total of 145,200 units. The closest competitor, the PlayStation 4, sold a measly 20,384 units. If you take into account the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, which includes the New 2DS LL, Nintendo actually finished second. They sold 20,283 Nintendo 2DS LLs and 11,511 New 3DS LLs, for a grand total of 31,794 units that fall under the umbrella of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Nintendo Dominates Media Create Sales

The rest goes as expected. The PS4 pro sold a little over 6,000 units and the Xbox One X and Xbox One systems sold in the hundreds.

The software side was topped by Pókemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon and Super Mario Odyssey, selling 168,978 and 77,751 copies respectively. In fact, Super Mario Odyssey sold more than double the next game on the list, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone DX, and Splatoon 2 finished fourth on the list, selling a little over 30,000 copies.

Nintendo Dominates Media Create Sales

In terms of lifetime sales, Pókemon, Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, and Splatoon 2 are the top games on the list, with Splatoon 2 being the only one to surpass one million copies. All Nintendo Switch games.

While this may not seem significant to most, the PlayStation 4 has dominated the Japanese market for some time. The Nintendo Switch has outpaced the PlayStation 4’s first 26 weeks of sales, which could change the Japanese market and the Western video game markets as we know them.

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2018 is the Year of the PlayStation

The PlayStation 4 recently had their Paris Games Week showcase. In it, they showed off a number of games that will release in 2018. If 2017 was Nintendo’s year, 2018 appears to be Sony’s. With exclusives coming to the PlayStation 4 such as Spider-ManThe Last of Us Part IIShadow of the ColossusGod of War, and much, much more, including expansion packs for games such as Destiny 2Call of Duty: WWII, and Horizon Zero Dawn. While Nintendo has their lineup of fantastic IPs, Sony is amassing their own list of amazing franchises, and while they may not be as iconic as Nintendo’s, they’re just as bit as good.

The Last of Us Part II

2018 is PlayStation's Year

The Last of Us Part II feels very much like The Godfather Part II. Its brutality and storytelling puts The Walking Dead to shame. The trailer for the title may have been a little off-putting with the amount of sheer violence and the fact that none of our beloved characters appear, but, the game promises to be one of 2018’s bright spots. A more mature and darker Ellie appears and while details for the game are scarce, it promises to be one of the best the year has to offer.

Spider-Man

2018 is PlayStation's Year

Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man looks incredible. Finally, a Spider-Man game worth looking forward to! The action is top-notch and the latest trailer hints at a plot that will give the films a run for their money. This is the first time a Spider-Man game has actually excited fans, and it’s a PlayStation exclusive! With enemies such as the Kingpin, Green Goblin, and Mister Negative, there’s no doubt that Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 will not disappoint.

God of War

2018 is PlayStation's Year

God of War was a series I thought was dead. The last I remember of it was watching youths (note: not appropriate) playing it during my volunteer days. Nonetheless, God of War is a storied Sony franchise and this installment is looking to be the best yet in the series. Giving Kratos a son will create a very interesting dynamic and I infer that we’ll be seeing a slightly different of iteration of Kratos than days past. God of War is one of the most iconic video game series’ of all time, and no doubt it will not disappoint on Sony’s flagship PlayStation 4 console.

Shadow of the Colossus

2018 is PlayStation's Year

Shadow of the Colossus is a remake of the PlayStation 2 classic by Team Ico. This is one of the most iconic games in all of gaming and to receive full-on remake is every Sony fanboys dream made reality. Following the protagonist Wander, players will traverse an unknown land in hopes of toppling massive colossi in hopes of resurrecting a young girl named Mono. Shadow of the Colossus is one of the best games of all time, and the fact that it is being remade for the PlayStation 4 adds to Sony’s already incredible lineup for 2018.

These are just four of exclusive games coming to the PlayStation 4 in 2018. A full(er) list can be found here, and it’s nothing to scoff at. This doesn’t even take into account the timed exclusives the console is getting, like with Destiny 2, Call of Duty: WII or Star Wars: Battlefront II.

2018 is PlayStation's Year

While 2017 was the year of Nintendo, 2018 will be the year of the Sony PlayStation. Mark my words. The Last of Us Part II alone could make the year. Nintendo will continue to have an excellent release schedule, but Sony is on fire, and has been on fire since the beginning of this year. If Microsoft doesn’t pick things up with the Xbox One with a new Gears of War or Halo, they could find themselves in the PC market rather than selling consoles.

Tetsuya Nomura Teases Final Fantasy VII Remake Announcement

Tetsuya Nomura of Kingdom Hearts fame, who is directing the Final Fantasy VII remake, has teased an announcement regarding the title in Famitsu. He told fans to wait for “important details” that would be announced sometime soon, allegedly this year. This is the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII and the 30th anniversary of the series, but there’s no release date in sight. Kingdom Hearts 3 has finally been announced for 2018 and we did get a few good looks at the game this year.

It’s been quite a while since we’ve gotten anything regarding the Final Fantasy VII remake. It’s somewhat disheartening. Nomura is infamous though for working on projects forever without releasing them. He was the original director on Final Fantasy XV but was replaced by Hajime Tabata. After they changed directors, Final Fantasy XV finally began to come together.

Maybe the Final Fantasy VII remake needs a change in leadership. Working on both Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy VII is a lot of work, and Nomura has a track record of not following through on projects. Many thought Kingdom Hearts 3 would come out this year, yet it’s been pushed to next year, and that’s if the 2018 release date sticks. At least we’ve seen recent footage from that game though.

How much longer are Final Fantasy VII fans going to have to suffer for before they get some news?

Bethesda Working on PS4 Pro Patch For The Evil Within 2

Bethesda has confirmed on their official forum that they are working on a PS4 Pro patch for The Evil Within 2. When the game was announced earlier in the year, Bethesda said it would support the PlayStation 4 Pro. However, when you look on the PS4 boxart, there is no mention of any PS4 Pro support, which is odd. Even PlayStation’s product support page lists PS4 Pro support. Digital Foundry’s analysis though showed that the game did not support the PS4 Pro though.

It’s odd that the game would release with supporting Sony’s enhanced console. Maybe they just ran out of time? Development cycles run on tight deadlines, and finishing the game and making it of the best quality has a higher priority than enhancing a game to run in 4k, among perks the PS4 Pro offers. Bethesda probably planned this from the beginning and had a patch in the works before the issue was brought to their attention.

 

Everyone Should Own a PS4 and Nintendo Switch This Year

This console generation started out as being somewhat lackluster but has come into its own over the last year. It took a while for developers to fully utilize new, powerful hardware, but they came through eventually. After a year or two of countless remakes and remasters, quality original content finally started to to be released on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While 2016 was a great year for both consoles, the PlayStation 4 has had an amazing 2017, with three of their exclusives being among our top games of the year so far.

The Nintendo Switch had a decent launch line up which was defined by the highly-anticipated Zelda title Breath of the Wild, but Nintendo has also had a major release every month since then with the exception of May. June through December is also seeing a steady release schedule, with ARMS coming out in June, Splatoon 2 in July, Sonic Mania and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom in August, Pokken Tournament in September, Fire Emblem Warriors and Super Mario Odyssey in October, and finally Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in December. This doesn’t include some third-party titles like LA Noire or Skyrim, which are coming out in November. While there isn’t an over abundance of games, the quality is overwhelming, even with third-party re-releases. It’s already October and gamers are buying Switch games like wildfire.

I have been a critic of the PS4’s lineup prior to this year, but that is about to change. This isn’t the ’90s where one console is crowned king. To get a full gaming experience you ultimately need more than one console. Everyone needs to own a PS4 and Nintendo Switch this year.

The PlayStation 4 has an incredibly impressive lineup of games that have come out and are coming out this year. They’ve already had Resident Evil 7 in VR, which is a huge coup. While NieR: Automata is also technically on Windows, I do consider it an exclusive. Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the best games of this generation, as is Persona 5. There’s also Gravity Rush 2NiohYakuza 0, and Uncharted: Lost Legacy.  To say that this lineup is amazing would be an understatement, and this feels like the tip of the iceberg.

The list can go on and Sony will continue to build their PlayStation VR brand, something Microsoft is behind the curve on. Both Skyrim and Doom are coming to the PSVR this November, and coupled with Resident Evil 7 in VR, Sony has an impressive lineup of AAA virtual reality games.

Nintendo’s lineup may seem slim, but all their content is quality. Breath of the Wild requires at least 200 hours to master to completion. Nintendo isn’t blowing all their games at once and have a solid release schedule throughout this year into the holiday season. This is a major mistake they’ve made previously and are finally rectifying. One also has to remember that the Wii U didn’t sell incredibly well when considering the release of games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It’s a smart move to release one of the highest-selling games on the Wii U on the Nintendo Switch, and Mario Kart is always a money maker. Super Mario Odyssey in October and Xenoblade 2 in December is just icing on the cake commiserating a wonderful year for Nintendo. The PlayStation 4’s exclusives and third-party support combined with Nintendo’s exclusives (and even their third-party support, to an extent) make the PS4 and Switch must-have consoles.

The Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 are awesome consoles, but limiting yourself to just one is missing out on so much more the gaming world has to offer. It’s no longer a one-console era. To get the full experience of the industry you have to own more than one console. The PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch offer the best exclusives and the best variety of games this generation has to offer. Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn are enough alone to warrant owning both consoles; add everything else into the mix and and it becomes obvious why these systems are must-haves.

Top Games of 2017 So Far

2017 has been a great year for gaming, even though there haven’t been a ton of games that I would category as quality AAA titles. Regardless of that fact, it has been a great year for gamers. A new Nintendo console released, the Nintendo Switch, and with it a plethora of high-quality games and a consistent software release schedule. Sony has also had their share of excellent exclusives, such as Horizon Zero DawnPersona 5, and NieR: Automata. Microsoft has struggled in this respect and the only noteworthy exclusives I can name that they have released this year are Forza 7 and Halo Wars 2, which is not acceptable for such a major publisher and console manufacturer. Unfortunately Microsoft is banking on the Xbox One X, but if there isn’t much to play on it, what’s the point?

There has been something for everyone this year. The holiday season will give gamers even more to be excited about. Battlefront 2 and Call of Duty WWII look especially promising. Bethesda has some great titles coming out in The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II, along with Skyrim and Doom on the Nintendo Switch. That doesn’t even take into account the VR versions of SkyrimFallout 4, and Doom, two of which (Skyrim and Doom) which are coming to the PlayStation VR. It’s a great time to be a gamer and while this list will be re-visited at the end of the year, here are the top five games of 2017 up to this point.

5. Destiny 2

Destiny 2 sure is a treat. It is not merely Destiny 1.5 as some have tried to claim. It stands on its own two feet, has a much better campaign than the original, NPCs you actually develop some affection for, and great all around gameplay. The PVP is great, but the PVE is really the pinnacle of what Destiny is about, for me. I’ve fallen in love with the game and while I hope it doesn’t consume my life like the first game did (The Taken King literally had me hooked), there is a chance it will. Strikes are back, Nightfalls are back, and the weapon system has been tweaked to near perfection. One of my main complaints is that shotguns are now power weapons, but considering how powerful they are it was needed for gameplay balance. Regardless, there is so much to do in Destiny 2 and it is easily one of the best games to come out this year.

4. Persona 5

Persona 5 may well be the greatest JRPG to ever be released (although personally I love Xenoblade X). Fans have been waiting years for this game and they were not disappointed. Atlus poured their heart and soul into this game and it truly shows. What’s even more incredible, from my perspective, is that the game utilizes a turn-based combat system. So many people complain about turn-based RPGs, yet they are ready to sing Persona 5 praises. The bottom line though is that the story is superb with twists and turns, the characters are interesting, the dungeons are great, and it’s an utterly satisfying experience.

3. Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn set the tone for the PlayStation 4 this year. Hopes were incredibly high for this epic, and the developers at Guerrilla Games exceeded all expectations and then some. It even went on to be the second best selling PlayStation 4 game year-to-date, only trailing Uncharted 4. This is quite an accomplishment. Sales do not equate with quality though, but Horizon delivered on all fronts. Some like to compare Horizon to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and although comparisons are valid, they are two different kinds of games. Horizon does have freedom of exploration but the narrative is much deeper. The exploration, puzzles, level of freedom, and game design does make Breath of the Wild superior, but honestly does that even matter? Both are incredible games and deserve recognition as two of the best games to come out this year. I’m really interested to see what they do going forward with the Horizon franchise, as the game did leave things rather open-ended.

2. NieR: Automata

I’ve been told by so many people that I need to play NieR: Automata and it was one of the best games of the year. I finally caved. While it is on Microsoft Windows, it might as well be a PlayStation 4 exclusive. NieR: Automata is an action-RPG which takes place in a dystopian future. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the story is told in a very unique way and is very satisfying. The combat is also a lot of fun and the game is very versatile and incorporates a lot of different genres. It was developed by Platinum Games and published by Square Enix and is by far my favorite Platinum game (Bayonetta included). The story drew me in, the gameplay was a lot of fun, and this is by far one of the best games of 2017.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild really needs no introduction. From a gameplay standpoint it has no rival. While the main narrative is a little lackluster, there are so many great moments with NPCs and if you put the effort necessary into the game, the story actually fleshes itself out. The puzzles are some of the best in the franchise and the conventions of the Zelda franchise, as promised, were turned upside down. I hope the final DLC pack, The Champions’ Ballad, adds more to the story, as it seems that it will. The main dungeons are atypical but they’re a nice change of pace. The world map is enormous and finding shrines and other locations is a puzzle within itself which is actually really rewarding once you find what you’re looking for. The game may be the best of all-time.

While there are a lot more games coming out in 2017, there will be very few that can challenge the ones listed above. From a quality standpoint these games are the best of the best and any one of them can end up as GOTY 2017, although my money is still on Zelda.

Top Exotic Weapons in Destiny 2

Destiny 2 has been an unexpected surprise surprise. While diehard fans of the series has faith in Bungie’s ability to put together a more full, cohesive game, many did have their doubts. The narrative of the game served its purpose and the lore is deeper than before. The campaign actually makes sense, and the game seems to take inspiration from The Taken King and how that revolutionized Destiny and brought it to the forefront, finally, in the FPS/MMO genre. The game isn’t perfect, but no game is. We even did a story review of the game.

Destiny has always been about quests and powering up your gear, and Destiny 2 does not disappoint. Already, fans have found numerous exotic weapons, which are game-changer weapons, so much so that you can only wield one exotic weapon at a time. Here are our top 5 Destiny 2 exotic weapons.

5. Sweet Business

Sweet Business was the first exotic I got in Destiny 2. While it is like a fully loaded machine gun, which tends to be harder to utilize, this gun isn’t as bad as it may appear. It has a huge mag (99 rounds per if I remember), and if you pick up any ammo it will actually go right into your magazine. The gun also has increased hip accuracy, which is always a nice bonus. One downside is low ammo (compared to other assault rifles), but, Sweet Business is incredibly effective on bosses with its large magazine and the fact that shots get more and more accurate the longer you fire the gun is a huge upside. It’s definitely one of the best exotic guns in Destiny 2.

4. Mida Multi-Tool

Oh, the Mida Multi-Tool. Disdained by many, loved my many more. The Scout Rifle that seemingly everyone is complaining about yet so many people are still using (the same complainers most likely.) The weapon allows you to view your radar while still holding down the sights. Also, when the Mida Mini-Tool is equipped in the energy slot you get additional benefits. This gun has caused a lot of controversy as some feel the gun is “overused,” but, there are so many alternatives in the game and we have only begun to scratch the surface of Bungie’s Masterpiece.

3. Skyburner’s Oath

Skyburner’s Oath is a fantastic Scout Rifle for anyone who loves mid-to-long range attacks. The Weapon is very balanced, having solid impact, range, and stability. Its handling, as well as its reload speed do leave a bit to be desired. The weapon is fully automatic though and when you aim down the sights, slugs are stronger. This weapon is very effective against the Cabal, dealing extra damage, and will penetrate Phalanx shields. Enough with the stats though. The Scout Rifle feels great in your hands and will while these weapons require a little bit more skill, once a player knows how to utilize it, nothing can stand in their way.

2. The Wardcliffe Coil

The Wardcliffe Coil has a relatively high blast radius, extremely high velocity, good stability, and excellent handling. The only thing I can say is that the reload speed leaves a bit to be desired, but the volley of rockets it fires is impressive. It seems like a top-notch rocket launcher. While it may not be player’s go-to exotic in PvE, it is definitely beyond useful in both PVP and Trials. It has a huge blast radius depending on how you choose to configure your weapon and may show some shades of the Gjallahorn.

1. Sunshot

The Sunshot is not only the best hand cannon in Destiny 2, but it is also the best exotic weapon in the game. Period. As a hand cannon user myself, although I’ve switched back-and-forth since Destiny year one, I was skeptical at first when I picked this weapon up as one of my rewards from a quest (I was given a choice of three weapons.) The Sunshot, hands down, was the best of the bunch. The handling is fantastic, the reload makes it a must-have for any hand cannon user, the impact will decimate shields, and it has decent range. Not to mention that rounds literally explode, taking their allies with them in the heat of battle.