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REPORT: Wii U Sold 308k Units In Japan In First Week

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Matt Gardner
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News
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First week sales, Japan, Nintendo, Sales, Wii U

REPORT: Wii U Sold 308k Units In Japan In First Week

That's 15,000 Fewer Than The Vita's First Week Sales

According to data apparently procured from Enterbrain, the Wii U's first week in Japan has been a little underwhelming, with Nintendo's latest console failing to match up to the first week figures for it predecessor...and, interestingly, the Vita.

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Diablo III Console Builds "Up And Running"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Blizzard Entertainment, Console games, Diablo III, Ports

Diablo III Console Builds "Up And Running"

Blizzard "Exploring Console Options"

It's somehow still not yet official, Blizzard have once again confirmed that they are working on porting Diablo III to console, even if they can't come out and announce it as A Thing.

What this means is that there are working builds up and running already, but they're not ready to announce anything yet, probably because as soon as they do, the internet will transform into a swirling mess of slavering hordes.

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Joins Humble THQ Bundle

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, The Humble THQ Bundle, THQ

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Joins Humble THQ Bundle

Nearly $4.5 Million Raised So Far

Acclaimed RTS Warhammer 40K: Dawn Of War (the GOTY Edition, no less) has been added to the Humble THQ Bundle, bringing the total haul up to seven games and three DLC expansions. The pay what you want promotion has garnered sales approaching four and a half million Dollars thus far, providing the beleaguered publisher and some worthy causes with a hefty war chest.

Matt recently discussed whether the Humble THQ Bundle represents an exciting glimpse of the future.

Space Hulk Trailer Tells Us That Space Hulk Is Coming

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
Tags:
Games Workshop, PC games, Space Hulk, Strategy games, Warhammer 40K

Space Hulk is coming next year! And that's pretty much everything that we know from that trailer.

Full Control are beavering away on a turn-based strategy recreation of the classic Warhammer 40k boardgame, for release next year on PC, Mac, and iOS.

There's a few further details after the jump >>

Newell: PCs To Compete Against Consoles For Next-Gen Living Room Supremacy

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Big Picture Mode, Gabe Newell, PC games, Steam, The Battle For The Living Room, Valve

Newell: PCs To Compete Against Consoles For Next-Gen Living Room Supremacy

Having intimated that the reaction to Steam's Big Picture Mode was "stronger than expected," Gabe Newell has suggested that living room PCs will compete against next-gen consoles for big TV gaming.

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Analyst: NPD Data Shows Low Wii U Game Sales

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Analyst Predictions, Nintendo, NPD, Sales, Wii U

Analyst: NPD Data Shows Low Wii U Game Sales

Ah analysts. We even have a ban on one or two of the more notable pencil pushers and number crunchers who tend to grab headlines for stating the bleeding obvious. However, it would seem that the NPD data from last week hid a little tidbit of information that might not bode well for Nintendo's recently released console.

According to GII, Longbow Research's James Hardiman noted that "while the original Wii saw two games sold for every console in its opening month on shelves in 2006, the Wii U posted a comparatively paltry 1.2 games sold per system".

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Paradox Announce Mercantile Crusader Kings II Expansion Pack

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Crusader Kings II, Crusader Kings II: The Republic, DLC, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games

Paradox Announce Mercantile Crusader Kings II Expansion Pack

Blood counts for a lot in Crusader Kings II. In fact, it pretty much counts for everything, which is perhaps not surprising in a game all about building a dynasty across centuries. However, Paradox are to build upon their fantastic grand strategy title by introducing a spot of capitalism to proceedings, giving players the chance to become the head of a Patrician family in a burgeoning Merchant Republic, and build a mercantile empire to conquer the known world.

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UK Games Charts | 8th December 2012

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Far Cry 3, FIFA 13, Games charts, Sales, UK Charts, UKIE

UK Games Charts | 8th December 2012

The problem with releasing a console that barely pushes the top level of current-gen console power, with only a smattering of games, none of which can really boast to being  "killer app", is that your competitors will be firing on all cylinders. Thus it's perhaps no surprise that a week on from the Wii U's release, Nintendo Land and NSMBU have fallen 15 and 22 places respectively. ZombiU is nowhere to be found in the top 40.

Instead, it would seem that gamers are perfectly happy spending £40 on the likes of Blops II, which sits pretty at #1 once again; the excellent Far Cry 3; and top ten mainstay - FIFA 13.

Hell, even Wonderbook held firm in 21st place.

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Project GODUS Hits Halfway Mark, Gets New Dev Diary

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dev Diary, God games, Kickstarter, PC games, Peter Molyneux, Project GODUS

Project GODUS Hits Halfway Mark, Gets New Dev Diary

Ah those crazy kooks over at 22Cans. Having reached the halfway point for Project GODUS' funding target over on Kickstarter, they've released a new developer diary explaining the various roles played by members of the team, and it's complete with a bit of gameplay footage right at the end.

As things stand currently, 8,510 backers have pledged £238,772, but there are only 11 days left.

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Nintendo Explain Mature Content Restrictions On Wii U

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Matt Gardner
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News
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18+ games, Mature games, Nintendo, Nintendo eShop, Wii U

Nintendo Explain Mature Content Restrictions On Wii U

Having trouble downloading mature-rated content on your Wii U before 11pm? Well that's because Nintendo have been busying themselves trying to comply with Germany's hardline stance on mature content distribution.

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Bundle In A Box: Eclectic Delights | Pay What You Want | PC

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Bundle In A Box, Delve Deeper, Eversion, Fibrillation, Indie Games, Pay What You Want, PC games, Shadows on the Vatican, War Of The Human Tanks

Bundle In A Box: Eclectic Delights | Pay What You Want | PC

  • What: Shadows on the Vatican: Act 1, Delve Deeper (inc. DLC), War of the Human Tanks, Eversion and Fibrillation (beat the average for The Adventures of Shuggy, Stay Dead, The 4th Wall and Flibble)
  • Where: Bundle In A Box
  • Current Price: Pay What You Want

Did you get your knickers in a twist over Humble Bundle shacking up with THQ for their latest slice of Pay What You Want action? Well regardless, there's a new indie bundle stuffed with curios over at Bundle In A Box. The lowest point of entry is 99 cents, and as usual if you beat the average (at the time of writing it's sitting at $2.90) you'll almost double the size of your bundle.

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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 2nd - 9th December 2012

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, December 2012, Game news, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 2nd - 9th December 2012

The Wii U has finally made it over to our shores this week and Jon's been working overtime to get the console reviewed along with a few of the launch games, naturally we've got even more to come next week. In the news Bioshock Infinite got a minor delay and we got a swet collection of new trailers at this year's Spike VGAs. Reviews include New Super Mario Bros. U, Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force, Planetside 2 and Tank! Tank! Tank!. We've got some hands-on reports for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Hawken and Strike Suit Zero and our other features include a survival guide for Far Cry 3 and Game of the Month.

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Dark Souls II Announcement Trailer

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Dark Souls II, Spike VGAs 2012, trailer

Dark Souls II Announcement Trailer

Masochists, assemble! Dark Souls II has been announced at this year’s Spike VGAs. The previous game and Demon’s Souls are legendary for their unforgiving difficulty and we’re sure Dark Souls II will be just as much a big huge massive bastard to play.

This first trailer doesn’t show any gameplay, but the mix of CGI and live action does paint a foreboding picture for the latest adventure. So, abandon all hope, stock up on despair and buy a very large swear jar.

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Explosions, Snow and Samurai in New Tomb Raider Trailer

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Crystal Dynamics, Spike VGAs 2012, Tomb Raider, trailer

Explosions, Snow and Samurai in New Tomb Raider Trailer

Another VGA trailer for you of the mightily impressive-looking Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics. Half of the material is stuff we’ve already seen to be honest, but there are enough new elements to make it worth a watch.

It begins with Lara climbing a tall radio antenna on a snowy mountain, which seems to be a new location. There’s a lot of bow action too, it’s getting hard to see how far we’re expected to go along with the notion that we’re getting a new Lara who is going to be a more vulnerable character when she’s leaving such a huge body count behind her. Everyone has their breaking point I suppose.

Enjoy the trailer and look out for the quick glimpse of a bloody massive samurai. Don’t think an arrow to the kidneys is going to be enough for that guy.

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New Bioshock: Infinite Trailer from VGAs 2012

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Bioshock Infinite, Spike VGAs 2012, trailer

New Bioshock: Infinite Trailer from VGAs 2012

As per tradition, the Spike Video Game Awards came and went leaving us with a new collection of world premier trailers. Hopefully we won’t see one for Bioshock: Infinite the same time next year, as we’re pretty hopeful the game will be out by then. Maybe. Fingers crossed.

The latest footage shows Booker DeWitt meeting Elizabeth for the first time and you can see her with longer hair and different clothes than previously, possibly indicating a longer passage of time for the game’s events.

After that, there’s a large amount of gameplay footage of an extensive gunfight with some new enemy types to take on along with an appearance from a Handyman robot. Interestingly, the Handyman can be seen smashing an enemy airship before coming to fight you, which shows off the battle between Columbia’s two factions. It’s a shame that it appears that they both want you dead. Good thing you’re tooled up with tonics (i.e. plasmids) that send swarms of birds at your enemies and Elizabeth is providing backup by bringing you ammo. Apparently, you can use the Skyhook at a messy melee finisher too.

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The Last of Us Trailer Confirms Release Date

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Naughty Dog, Spike VGAs 2012, The Last Of Us, trailer

The Last of Us Trailer Confirms Release Date

May 7th. That’s the date to officially drop everything for Naughty Dog’s next adventure. The date will technically be for the US release, but we’d expect the game to be out the following Friday in the UK, possibly beforehand as we’ve seen multiple mid-week releases over the last few months for bigger titles like Black Ops II and Resident Evil 6.

We have the new trailer from this year’s Spike VGAs for you after the break. There’s a mix of action and dialogue to digest with the introduction of a few supporting characters too. They seem to be friendlies compared to the usual bandits keen to rob and murder you.

Joel seems to be arguing with everyone and there seems to be tension building even with Ellie. You’ll also see glimpses of in-game footage of Joel taking on infected humans for the first time. We still want to see more, but it seems that a close-range shotgun blast to the face is a good place to start when taking them out.

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Game Buzz | Episode 12 - Handbags and Hats

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Eurocom, Game Buzz, Humble Bundle, Podcast, PWNCAST, THQ

Game Buzz | Episode 12 - Handbags and Hats

The news pretty much slowed to a trickle this week, but we still find time to discuss the Battlefront III smack talk, the impact of the THQ Humble Bundle and what it means for indies, and Eurocom's closure. Then we get sidetracked. By the sheer awesomeness of Haytham Kenway, and his hat.

Game Buzz: Episode 12 - Handbags and Hats. Recorded December 7th, 2012

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Click the banner at the top to play the file, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

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The Spike VGA 2012 Winners Are...

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Spike VGAs 2012, VGA Awards

The Spike VGA 2012 Winners Are...

For those of you not willing to sit through another awful video games award ceremony with ‘hilarious’ humour and continuous disconnects from your live stream, we’ve compiled a handy list of all the winners from this year’s Spike VGAs show.

The ceremony is less about the awards to be honest, as gamers mainly see it as a platform for some juicy new trailers and this year was no different. We’ll bring you the best of those soon later on too.

There are quite a few surprises in the winners list, so let us know what you would have chosen instead or if you think there are some worthy winners in there.

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Army Of TWO: The Devil's Cartel Trailers Get Permission To Engage

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel, EA, PS3 games, Shooter, Visceral Games, Xbox 360 games

Army Of TWO: The Devil's Cartel Trailers Get Permission To Engage

EA has released two more trailers for Army Of TWO: The Devil's Cartel. The first gives us a look at what can charitably be called a backstory surrounding the upcoming cooperative shooter, while the second focuses on rap artists Big Boi and B.o.B who lend their voice talents to the game.

The Devil's Cartel is out on March 28th, and Matt's hands-on preview suggests that it might be rather fun despite the drab colour palette. As fans of the first two games and local co-op in general, we've got our fingers crossed.

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New BioShock Infinite Screenshots Hit The Net

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Bioshock Infinite, FPS, Irrational Games, PC games, PS3 games, Screenshots, Xbox 360 games

New BioShock Infinite Screenshots Hit The Net

BioShock Infinite may have been delayed another month, but you can merrily fritter away the hours staring at this clutch of new screenshots. You'll witness enormous Tesla coils, an awful case of dermatitis and Elizabeth dressed in a much more conservative outfit.

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