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Damon Baker Moves To Xbox Team

Damon Baker, who was the head of third party relations over at Nintendo America, has announced today that he has joined the Xbox team over at Microsoft. His job role will be similar to the one he left at Nintendo as he will be evaluating all second and third party content on the Xbox One and its successor, which is expected to launch next year.

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Japan: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Has An Impressive Debut On Nintendo Switch

It is already Wednesday which means it is time to have a look at the latest Media Create sales charts which are now in from Japan. The Nintendo Switch has got off to a good start in 2019 and while sales have dropped a little from last week, it is still comfortably outselling the PlayStation 4. This week saw the release of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe which shot straight to number one with an impressive debut.

  1. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/19) – 166,303 (New)
  2. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 62,580 (2,676,740)
  3. [PS4] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 01/11/19) – 41,510 (New)
  4. [NSW] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 01/11/19) – 26,588 (New)
  5. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 19,565 (199,003)
  6. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 19,054 (955,194)
  7. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 17,931 (197,062)
  8. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 15,353 (1,414,948)
  9. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 14,991 (2,070,890)
  10. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 12,590 (562,344)
  11. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 11,061 (2,893,881)
  12. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 8,636 (1,255,292)
  13. [NSW] Go Vacation (Bandai Namco, 12/27/18) – 7,576 (42,711)
  14. [PS4] Judgment (Sega, 12/13/18) – 6,837 (240,293)
  15. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (SIE, 10/12/18) – 5,618 (519,799)
  16. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 4,682 (290,959)
  17. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 4,134 (1,935,809)
  18. [PS4] God Eater 3 (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 12/13/18) – 3,546 (204,056)
  19. [NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 3,082 (720,725)
  20. [NSW] Fitness Boxing (Imagineer, 12/20/18) – 3,024 (13,201)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 78,056 (199,982)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 12,012 (87,669)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 6,289 (29,513)
  4. New 2DS LL – 3,954 (22,645)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 1,711 (4,138)
  6. New 3DS LL – 1,483 (3,281)
  7. 2DS – 268 (557)
  8. Xbox One X – 38 (102)
  9. Xbox One – 12 (53)

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Dragon Ball Games Super Showcase Coming 14th January

Bandai Namco of America has announced this evening that they will be hosting a Dragon Ball Games Super Showcase. The event will take place on the 14th of January 4pm-5pm PT and will be streamed live on Twitch. The company has teased that the event will have “big reveals, big news, and big interviews with the producers of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2.” So it should certainly be something for Dragon Ball fans and gamers to look forward to.

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22nd Annual DICE Award Nominees Revealed

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The annual DICE awards are due to take place on Wednesday, February 13th at the Aria Resort & Hotel Las Vegas and this year’s nominees have been announced by the The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. There were a number of great titles released on multiple formats last year so it will be interesting to see which games win when the winners from each category are announced on February 13th.

Game of the Year 
God of War
Into the Breach
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
God of War
GRIS
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Moss
Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
GRIS
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Character
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Kassandra)
God of War (Atreus)
God of War (Kratos)
Marvel’s Spider-Man (Peter Parker/Spider-Man)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Arthur Morgan)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Detroit: Become Human
Forgotton Anne
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Tetris Effect

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Battlefield V
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Moss

Outstanding Achievement in Story 
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Florence
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Technical Achievement 
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Battlefield V
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2

Action Game of the Year
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Celeste
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Far Cry 5
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Adventure Game of the Year
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return of the Obra Dinn

Family Game of the Year 
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Kirby Star Allies
LEGO DC Super-Villains
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Unravel Two

Fighting Game of the Year
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Dragon Ball Fighter Z
SOULCALIBUR VI
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Racing Game of the Year 
Forza Horizon 4
F1 2018
Wreckfest

Role-Playing Game of the Year
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Monster Hunter World
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Sports Game of the Year 
FIFA 19
Mario Tennis Aces
MLB The Show 18

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Bad North
Frostpunk
Into the Breach
Northgard
RimWorld

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement 
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Beat Saber
Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders
Tónandi
Torn

Immersive Reality Game of the Year 
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Beat Saber
Moss
Sprint Vector
Transference

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game 
Celeste
Florence
Into the Breach
Minit
Return of the Obra Dinn

Portable Game of the Year 
Dandara
Donut County
Dragalia Lost
Florence
Oddmar

Online Game of the Year 
Fortnite
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Laser League
Red Dead Redemption 2
Sea of Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design 
God of War
Into the Breach
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Return of the Obra Dinn
Subnautica

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction 
Florence
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return of the Obra Dinn

Most Nominations:
God of War – 12
Marvel’s Spider-Man – 11
Red Dead Redemption 2 – 8
Return of the Obra Dinn – 6

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2019 GDC Awards Nominees Announced

GDC 2019 will be taking place in March and the awards ceremony will be taking place during conference. The panel has put together their favourite games of 2018 and there’s some great selections including indie title Celeste. Read on for the full list:

Winners in all categories will be honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards on Wednesday, March 20. The ceremony will be hosted once again by Tim Schafer. It kicks off at 6:30pm PST, 9:30pm EST and 2:30am UK (March 21). It will be streamed live on Twitch with other streaming platforms to be announced.

2019 GDC Awards Nominees

Game of the Year

  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909)

Honorable Mentions: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft), Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive), Into the Breach (Subset Games), Monster Hunter: World (Capcom), Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Bandai Namco Studios & Sora / Nintendo), Tetris Effect (Monstars and Resonair / Enhance)

Best Audio

  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Tetris Effect (Monstars and Resonair / Enhance)

Honorable Mentions: Battlefield 5 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Beat Saber (Beat Games), Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios), Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909), Wandersong (Greg Lobanov / Humble Bundle)

Best Debut

  • Florence (Mountains)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio)
  • Moss (Polyarc)
  • The Messenger (Sabotage)
  • Yoku’s Island Express (Villa Gorilla)

Honorable Mentions: Beat Games (Beat Saber), Digital Sun (Moonlighter), Okomotive (Far: Lone Sails), Two Point Studios (Two Point Hospital)

Best Design

  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Into the Breach (Subset Games)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

Honorable Mentions: Frostpunk (11 bit studios), Minit (Kitty Calis, Jan Willem Nijman, Jukio Kallio & Dominik Johann / Devolver Digital), Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909), Astro Bot Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

Best Mobile Game

  • Alto’s Odyssey (Snowman)
  • Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Holedown (Grapefrukt Games)
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones (Nerial / Devolver Digital)

Honorable Mentions: Furistas Cat Cafe (Runaway), The Room: Old Sins (Fireproof Studios), Pocket Run Pool (Zach Gage), Alphabear 2 (Spry Fox), Twinfold (Kenny Sun)

Best Narrative

  • Florence (Mountains/Annapurna Interactive)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909)

Honorable Mentions: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft), Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Celeste (Matt Makes Games), Life is Strange 2 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix), Where the Water Tastes Like Wine (Dim Bulb Games and Serenity Forge / Good Shepherd Entertainment)

Best Technology

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games / Microsoft Studios)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

Honorable Mentions: Sea of Thieves (Rare / Microsoft Studios), Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft), Battlefield V (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909)

Best Visual Art

  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909)

Honorable Mentions: Battlefield 5 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Tetris Effect (Monstars and Resonair / Enhance), Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works / Bandai Namco Entertainment), Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft), Below (Capybara Games)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Beat Saber (Beat Games)
  • Budget Cuts (Neat Corporation)
  • Moss (Polyarc)
  • Tetris Effect (Monstars and Resonair / Enhance)

Honorable Mentions: Jurassic World Alive (Ludia), In Death (Sólfar Studios), Tendar (Tender Claws), Firewall Zero Hour (First Contact Entertainment / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Deracine (FromSoftware / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Innovation Award

  • Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Nintendo Labo (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Tetris Effect (Monstars and Resonair / Enhance)

Honorable Mentions: Minit (Kitty Calis, Jan Willem Nijman, Jukio Kallio & Dominik Johann / Devolver Digital), Celeste (Matt Makes Games), God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Astro Bot Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Moss (Polyarc), A Way Out (Hazelight Studios / Electronic Arts)

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The Klonoa Anime Film Has Now Been Cancelled

You may remember that an animated movie based on the charming Klonoa series was in the works. However, the creator behind the manga, Hitoshi Ariga, has revealed today that the movie has now been canned. Ariga has apologised to fans who were looking forward to the film and couldn’t be specific why the film didn’t come together. The Klonoa film was being produced by Rob Pereyda and the script was written by Ariga.

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US: Super Smash Bros Ultimate Was Best-Selling Game On Amazon In 2018

2018 was a great year for gamers with a number of high profile video games available for each platform. Now it is 2019 it’s time to look at Amazon’s best–selling video games of 2018 and it was Super Smash Bros Ultimate which took the crown. Amazon is obviously a huge retailer, so it is always interesting to see which games and products consumers couldn’t help purchasing in 2018:

Amazon.com best-selling video games of 2018:

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
3. Super Mario Party
4. Marvel’s Spider-Man
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
6. Super Mario Odyssey
7. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (PS4)
9. God of War
10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Amazon.com best-selling video game products of 2018:

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2. $10 PlayStation Store Gift Card
3. $20 PlayStation Store Gift Card
4. Nintendo Switch Screen Protector Glass
5. PlayStation Plus: 12 Month Membership
6. Nintendo Switch – Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con
7. $50 PlayStation Store Gift Card
8. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
9. $10 Xbox Gift Card
10. $25 Xbox Gift Card

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Iizuka Says He Wouldn’t Mind Remaking Sonic Adventure

Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka has said in a recent interview with Retro Gamer that he wouldn’t mind remaking fan-favourite Sonic Adventure. He told the magazine that he can now see the rough edges in Sonic’s 3D debut and that it would be fun to rework it with modern day hardware. Sonic Adventure made its debut on the SEGA Dreamcast.

“It was the first highspeed 3D action game that also featured a scenario highlighted with six different stories, the A-life Chao, six unique styles of gameplay – it is a unique game offering even 20 years after its release. At the time, it also wasn’t just a solitary software release, it was the title to bring people to the Dreamcast and we were given the budget to make something to showcase the hardware. However, it was the very first 3D game that we worked on and looking at it now I can see the rough edges it has, which really makes me want to remake it again.”

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EDGE’s Favourite Games Of 2018

UK publication EDGE magazine has published their favourite games of 2018. There are categories for each platform as well as best hardware and best publisher etc. The game which captured EDGE’s heart this year was Red Dead Redemption 2 by Rockstar Games. Interestingly, God of War, which seems to have won quite a few Game of the Year awards, is noticeably absent from the top ten. Here’s EDGE’s favourite games and products of 2018:

PlayStation GOTY: 

  1. Tetris Effect
  2. Astro Bot
  3. God of War

Xbox GOTY: 

  1. Forza Horizon 4
  2. Sea of Thieves
  3. Game Pass

Nintendo GOTY: 

  1. Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  2. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion
  3. Octopath Traveller

PC GOTY: 

  1. Return of the Obra Dinn
  2. Pillars of Eternity II
  3. Subnautica

VR GOTY: 

  1. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
  2. Tetris Effect
  3. Persistence

Best Visual Design: 

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2
  2. Return of the Obra Dinn
  3. Chuchel

Best Audio Design: 

  1. Tetris Effect
  2. Return of the Obra Dinn
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Storytelling: 

  1. Return of the Obra Dinn
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2
  3. The Banner Saga 3

Best Hardware: 

  1. PSVR
  2. Xbox Adaptive Controller
  3. Nintendo Labo

Best Living Game: 

  1. Fortnite
  2. Destiny 2
  3. Overwatch

Best Publisher:

  1. Sony Interactive Entertainment
  2. Nintendo
  3. Enhance Games

Best Studio:

  1. Epic Games
  2. Rockstar Games
  3. Sony Japan Studio

Overall GOTY: 

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2
  2. Tetris Effect
  3. Return of the Obra Dinn
  4. Into The Breach
  5. Astro Bot
  6. Hollow Knight
  7. Monster Hunter World
  8. Smash Bros Ultimate
  9. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadline
  10. The Banner Saga 3

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Japan: Developers Vote For Their Favourite Games Of The Year

128 Japanese developers and industry professionals have been quizzed by the team at Weekly Famitsu to find out which their favourite games of the year were. A few slipped in from the previous year such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (the developers hadn’t got round to playing them) but the majority are games were released this year. Each game featured in the list below was awarded points according to the votes provided by each developer. Here’s how they ranked:

  1. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  2. Monster Hunter: World
  3. Detroit: Become Human
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2
  5. God of War
  6. Octopath Traveler
  7. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  8. Fortnite
  9. Conan Exiles
  10. Splatoon 2
  11. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
  12. Dead by Daylight
  13. Fate/Grand Order
  14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  15. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
  16. Cities: Skylines
  17. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  18. Dragon Quest Rivals
  19. Dungeon Maker
  20. Kyoutou Kotoba RPG Kotodaman
  21. Zanki Zero: Last Beginning
  22. Super Mario Party
  23. Border Break
  24. Teku-Teku Teku-Teku
  25. NieR Automata
  26. Assassin’s Creed Origins
  27. Clash Royale
  28. Dead Cells
  29. FarCry 5
  30. Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle

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