Hi Gamers, DC here … welcome to the third instalment of “The Weekly Wrap” – the best place to find everything that’s happened in the wonderful world of gaming over the past seven days!
Well, it’s been a VERY busy week in that gaming world so, without further ado, let’s get stuck into it.
In case you missed it
One of the biggest games dropped in the past week, yes I’m talking about Fallout 4 … and boy did it drop! Reports are flooding in that over 1.87 million digital copies were sold across all platforms in the first three days. That volume translates to over $100 million and market experts are projecting its revenue and game sales to “surpass those of Skyrim”.
Another game sharing the same release date – Rise of the Tomb Raider – wasn’t able to share the same news, finishing the three days with lacklustre sales performance. It was always going to be a big ask to break records releasing on the same day as one of the most anticipated titles of 2015. Rise was such a fantastic game, hopefully once the wasteland-dust settles people will pick up a copy. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the game, you can find my review here.
Nintendo stole most of the focus from the gaming World this week with their direct showcase. Nintendo fans around the globe rejoiced at much of the content shared, highlights included:
- Cloud Strife, the protagonist – with arguably the coolest hair E V E R – from the beloved JPRG Final Fantasy VII is entering the battlefield as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in the future. There was also a teaser of one more special broadcast for Super Smash Bros. which will be released in December. If you’re a SSB fan, be sure to save this website to your favourites!
- A long time rumour has been confirmed with Zelda: Twilight Princess getting the HD makeover, announced with a release date of March 5 2016. The game will come bundled with a detailed new Amiibo figure modelled after the Wolf Link and Midna characters in the game, plus an official soundtrack.
- Sticking with Zelda news, Nintendo announced that next year marks the 30th anniversary of the legendary series, the perfect time for the next instalment The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. It was revealed that certain saved data from Twilight Princess HD on the Wolf Link Amiibo can be carried over to this game.
- Pokkén Tournament, a collaboration between The Pokémon Company and BANDAI Namco Entertainment, is a new fighting game that lets players use their favourite Pokémon characters to battle it out in fighting arenas. Fans who purchase a first-run version of the game at retail will receive a limited-edition Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card that immediately unlocks the character in the game after tapping it to the GamePad. Pokkén Tournament launches in autumn 2016.
- It’s a new beginning for the Star Fox series, and with a unique control scheme that uses both the TV screen and the screen on the GamePad, players pilot multiple vehicles through intergalactic levels with Fox and his classic crew in Star Fox Zero. The game launches exclusively for Wii U in April 2016.
- For lovers of Splatoon, from November 13 there’s a free software update which adds over 40 pieces of new gear including more winter items, while a new stage called Museum d’Alfonsino will become available on November 14. Further stages and features will be added in future updates through January.
- In Typoman – from Brainseed Factory and Headup Games – players set out on an adventure to explore the incredible power of words, how they can be used to survive the environmental hazards and overcome vicious enemies. The game launches exclusively on Nintendo eShop on Wii U on November 20.
- Massive RPG Xenoblade Chronicles X launches exclusively for Wii U on December 5, Nintendo Direct viewers were treated to some unforgettable scenes directly from Planet Mira.
- Capcom’s iconic Blue Bomber has been a classic part of Nintendo history since the NES days. Mega Man Legacy Collection launches on Nintendo eShop for the 3DS in February and features faithful reproductions of the first six NES Mega Man games (Mega Man 1–6), plus new ways to experience these classics with Challenge Mode’s remix stages and Museum Mode’s repository of original production art.
- Bravely Second: End Layer – for 3DS – the successor to the cherished Bravely Default arrives in Q1 2016, also as part of a Deluxe Collector’s Edition including an Original Soundtrack CD, Agnès Mini Figurine and a Deluxe Artbook of around 250 pages.
- Freshly available on Nintendo eShop shortly after the presentation, Nintendo Badge Arcade is a free-to-download game that lets players control a variety of badge catcher machines to earn badges from popular titles used to customise their Nintendo 3DS HOME Menus. Players can purchase plays using Nintendo eShop funds or enjoy 5 free practice plays per day in which free plays can be won.
- Players can become one of 20 Pokémon in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, launching on February 20. With turn-based battles and ever-changing dungeons, players can encounter every single known Pokémon in the game – all 720 of them!
- Take the epic Hyrule Warriors experience on the go! Hyrule Warriors: Legends offers players the entire Hyrule Warriors game on Nintendo 3DS, but with even more content! This time, Tetra, Toon Link and the King of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker join the Skull Kid from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask on the battlefield. In addition, new character Linkle, a girl who lives in a small village filled with Cuccos and wields two crossbows, joins the large cast of playable characters. Players will be able to command multiple characters on the battlefield for strategic moves and immediately switch between any of them to be in the thick of battle at all times. Hyrule Warriors: Legends launches also as part of a Limited Edition bundle including a compass watch and the game on March 26.
In just a couple of days the whole world – not just those with EA access – will be logging on to bring down AT-AT walkers and calve their way through rebels as Darth Vadar. Star Wars: Battlefront launches on November 19 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. If you can’t wait to roll up your sleeves and dive headfirst in, perhaps you can use the next couple of days to brush up on some tips to master Star Wars! Christian Johannesén, along with other members of the Design team on SW: Battlefront gave some critical insight for players wanting to make their first moments on the Battlefront count. Here’s the link, enjoy!
Games released last week
Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey (iOS) – November 12
Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival (Wii U) – November 13
Knight Squad (Xbox One, PC) – November 16
Games releasing this week
Borderlands: Triple Pack (360, PS3) – November 17
The Crew: Wild Run (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – November 17
Star Wars Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – November 17
Stella Glow (3DS) – November 17
Sword Art Online: Lost Song (PS4, Vita) – November 17
Hard West (PC, Mac, Linux) – November 18
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (PC) – November 19
Celestial Tear: Demon’s Revenge (PC) – November 19
Typoman (Wii U) – November 19
Mayan Death Robots (PC) – November 20
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U) – November 20
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (3DS) – November 20
So that was the week in video game land, catch you next week.