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Metroid: Other M Review

Written Fri, Sep 3, 2010 by Just Push Start

Metroid: Other M ReviewAfter almost two decades since the release of Super Metroid on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the true sequel to the long forgotten Super Metroid is finally here. After the long wait, Metroid fans can finally find out what happens to the infamous Samus Aran after the defeat of Motherbrain. Metroid: Other M is nothing like the Super Metroid but instead, it reinvents the game compeltely by taking the features from the past three Metroid games that were released on the Nintendo Gamecube and Nintendo Wii. Don’t worry, the Metroid experience is still intact.

Full review after the break.. read on.


Submitted by PPNSteve on Sat, 09/04/2010 - 05:40. categories [ ]

Media Create Japanese Sales for week ending August 22, 2010

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Bandai Namco’s Another Century’s Episode R for the PS3 is this weeks Japanese video game sales chart topper according to tracker, Media Create, selling about 220,000 copies and beating previous entries in the series first sales weeks by a fair margin. The game is the fourth entry in the action series featuring mechs and robots from various Japanese anime series like Mobile Suit Gundam, Macross Zero and Code Geass, and is the first entry on the PS3Media Create

After the success of Sengoku Basara 3 a few weeks ago and this week’s Another Century’s Episode R, Japanese publishers of smaller franchises such as these must be more optimistic about achieving success on PS3 as their recent PS3 instalments have sold more copies in their first weeks on sale than their previous PS2 ones.

Wii Party continues selling well for Nintendo, dropping 45% to 69,000 copies this week and falling to second place in the chart. Meanwhile Compile Heart’s Super Dimensional Game Neptune for PS3 sneaks in at number 3 with 23,000 copies sold in its first week. This game is certainly interesting and… different. It features four continents named Planetune, Lastation, Rinnebox and Ruwii in the world of Game Industry and is an RPG in which the goddesses of these continents battle each other in human form, hardware form or hardware personification form.

Level 5’s Inazuma Eleven 3 (NDS) continues selling well, dropping just 36% (remember last week was Obon, so most games got a boost to sales) to 18,000 for a total of almost 800k so far. Capcom’s Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3) continues its strong run with 18,000 copies sold this week for a total of just over 350 000. The rest of the top 10 is pretty uneventful, with most games falling one or two spots because of the new entries.

You can see the entire chart below:

  1. Another Century’s Episode R (Bandai Namco) - PS3 - 220 000
  2. Wii Party (Nintendo) - Wii - 69 000
  3. Super Dimensional Game Neptune (Compile Heart) - PS3 - 23 000
  4. Inazuma Eleven 3 (Level 5) - NDS - 18 000
  5. Sengoku Basara 3 (Capcom) - PS3 - 18 000
  6. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (Bandai Namco) - PSP - 16 000
  7. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo) - Wii - 14 000
  8. Art Academy (Nintendo) - NDS - 13 000
  9. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 (Sega) - PSP - 13 000
  10. Friend Collection (Nintendo) - NDS - 10 000

More numbers, including this week's hardware sales, after the break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 08/27/2010 - 18:18. categories [ ]

Japanese Sales Data for Week Ending Aug 15, 2010

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Nintendo's latest Wii hit shows its impressive legs once again this week, with mini-game collection Wii Party returning to its first place spot on the Japanese video game sales charts. Almost zero competition certainly helped.Media Create

Really. There wasn't much in the way of competition for Wii Party — or anything else for that matter. New PSP game Corpse Party: Blood Covered - Repeated Fear may have a great title, but it didn't crack the top ten. The same for Kazoku Keikaku.

That stagnant release week helped keep games like Sengoku Basara 3 and Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X near the top of the charts, making for a relatively unexciting week, sales competition-wise.

For the bestselling games in Japan for the week of August 9 to 15, courtesy of Media Create, read on.

01. Wii Party (Wii) - 124,000 / 736,000
02. Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3) - 35,000 / 335,000
03. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 28,000 / 780,000
04. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (PSP) - 28,000 / 136,000
05. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (PSP) - 24,000 / 301,000
06. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 21,000 / 770,000
07. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (DS) - 17,000 / 125,000
08. Egokoro Kyoushitsu DS (DS) - 15,000 / 3,379,000
09. Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory (Wii) - 15,000 / 220,000
10. Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Dororon! Youkai Daikessen!! (DS) - 14,000 / 176,000

More stuffs, including hardware, after the page break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 08/20/2010 - 22:30. categories [ ]

LEGO STAR WARS Honors 30 Years of The Empire Strikes Back

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LEGO STAR WARS Honors 30 Years of The Empire Strikes Back15-foot wide LEGO mystery mural

[16-Aug-2010] -- To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, LEGO Systems, Inc. and Lucasfilm Ltd. summoned the force of LEGO® and STAR WARS fans and families to participate in a three-day collaborative build of an eight-foot tall,  to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The mural was constructed by attendees of Star Wars Celebration V and a LEGO Master Builder at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center from August 13-15.


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Japan's Weekly Sales w/e Aug 8, 2010

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Last week's sales champ, Sengoku Basara 3, was soundly defeated by Namco's latest Tales game, which draws upon the powers of a big PSP install base and Japan's love of doe-eyed anime-style characters. How well did Tales of Phantasia do?Media Create

Well enough to outsell Wii Party! Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X moved an impressive, first place spot-winning 108,000 copies during its debut week, enough to force Wii Party to settle for second. Not bad for a PSP remake... of a remake? Honestly, I'm thoroughly confused by just how deeply the remakes go for Tales of Phantasia. Any superfans that can provide more insight?

There are a handful of other new entries on this week's chart, including the sexy-sounding StormLover, Tetris Party Premium and the "special edition" release of Assassin's Creed II.

Japan's bestselling games for the week of August 2 to 8, according to Media Create, is below.

01. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (PSP) - 108,000 / NEW
02. Wii Party (Wii) - 83,000 / 612,000
03. Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3) - 57,000 / 300,000
04. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (PSP) - 36,000 / 277,000
05. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 24,000 / 752,000
06. StormLover (PSP) - 20,000 / NEW
07. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 17,000 / 749,000
08. Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu (DS) - 16,000 / 213,000
09. Sengoku Basara 3 (Wii) - 15,000 / 65,000
10. Battle Spirits: Digital Starter (DS) - 15,000 / NEW

More numbers and all the hardware data after the break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 08/13/2010 - 23:16. categories [ ]

Media Create Japanese Sales Charts week ending Aug 01, 2010

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What does Japan like this week? Feudal Japanese fantasy battles in the form of Sengoku Basara 3 and rhythm games starring vocaloid Hatsune Miku. Yep, shirtless samurai warriors and sexy singing robots are just what Japan needed more of. Media Create

The PlayStation 3 wins this week's software war, thanks to Capcom's Sengoku Basara 3, which moved close to a quarter million copies to Japanese gamers. (We knew the series as Devil Kings when it made its Western debut.) The Wii version of that game also charted, moving 50,000 copies. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd, the previously mentioned vocaloid-starring rhythm game from Sega, sold 241,000 copies to PSP owners.

Last week's champ, Wii Party, is still hangin' tough, crossing the half-million mark this week. A handful of new debuts, from Metal Max 3 to the latest Ys game, also appear in the top ten.

Check the full list for all the new recruits. According to Media Create, these are the bestselling games in Japan for the week of July 26 to August 1, 2010.

01. Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3) - 243,000 / NEW
02. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (PSP) - 241,000 / NEW
03. Wii Party (Wii) - 83,000 / 529,000
04. Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride Card Battle Taisen (DS) - 64,000 / NEW
05. Sengoku Basara 3 (Wii) - 50,000 / NEW
06. Metal Max 3 (DS) - 47,000 / NEW
07. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 34,000 / 727,000
08. Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga (PSP) - 30,000 / NEW
09. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 (PSP) - 22,000 / 103,000
10. Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu (DS) - 21,000 / 197,000

More sales data, including the hardware numbers, after the break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 08/06/2010 - 16:49. categories [ ]

Japanese Sales Charts Week Ending 25July 2010

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After taking a breather from dominating Japan's sales charts, Nintendo's Wii Party continues to party hard at the top of the list. Wii Party could be a great game, so why shouldn't it sell really well? Media Create

Well, it didn't have much strong competition this week, with PSP role-playing game Fate/Extra coming closest to threatening Wii Party's first place finish. The rest of the stuff is purely Japanese fare, with the exception of Ninety Nine Nights II. It debuted unimpressively in 17th place. Not surprising for an Xbox 360 game, but surely not good news for publisher Konami.

Games like the latest Inazuma Eleven, Fire Emblem and Super Mario Galaxy 2 continue to sell well overseas. To see how your favorite Japanese train simulator or portable game show performed, read on.

These are the bestselling games in Japan, according to Media Create, for the week of July 19 to 25.

01. Wii Party (Wii) - 99,000 / 446,000
02. Fate/Extra (PSP) - 72,000 / NEW
03. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 44,000 / 693,000
04. Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu (DS) - 39,000 / 176,000
05. Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory (Wii) - 36,000 / 172,000
06. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 (PSP) - 29,000 / 81,000
07. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 (PS3) - 28,000 / 148,000
08. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 21,000 / 714,000
09. Last Ranker (PSP) - 21,000 / 81,000
10. Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Flame Rumble XX - Kessen! Shin 6 Chouka (DS) - 20,000 / NEW

Much more after the break.. read on.


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 07/30/2010 - 17:16. categories [ ]

Media Create Japanese Sales Charts for week ending 18 July 2010

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Last week's Japanese software champ, the brand-new Wii Party, had its first place festivities cut short this week after a strong showing from two other games, both on Nintendo's platform.Media Create

Nintendo DS remake Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu reigns supreme this week, with Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory, an arcade to Wii port, coming in second. The sales figures may make it look like a tie, but according to sales tracker Media Create, the Fire Emblem re-release outsold everything else.

Konami's latest baseball game, Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010, and Capcom's new RPG Last Ranker also managed to crack the top ten. You can see for yourself by checking the full top 30 bestselling games below.

01. Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu (DS) - 136,000 / NEW
02. Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory (Wii) - 136,000 / NEW
03. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 (PS3) - 120,000 / NEW
04. Wii Party (Wii) - 113,000 / 348,000
05. Last Ranker (PSP) - 61,000 / NEW
06. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 (PSP) - 52,000 / NEW
07. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 46,000 / 649,000
08. White Knight Chronicles II (PS3) - 34,000 / 210,000
09. Bokujou Monogatari: Futago no Mura (DS) - 20,000 / 84,000
10. Momotarou Dentetsu Tag Match: Yuujou - Doryoku - Shouri no Maki! (PSP) - 19,000 / NEW

Much more data, including hardware numbers, after the break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 16:06. categories [ ]

Media Create's Japanese Sales Charts w/e July 11, 2010

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Nintendo's newest mini-game good time, Wii Party, makes it debut in Japan, handily defeating its competitors with a strong first week. Does the Wii have a new multi-million-seller on its hands?Media Create

With 235,000 copies of Wii Party sold in the first week, it doesn't seem unreasonable for the first-party game to be well on its way to cross the million sold mark. While Super Mario Galaxy 2 may be slowly approaching the million mark after nearly two months on the chart—it debuted with 340,000 in sales during week one—the Wii's more casual-focused games tend to fare a bit better.


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 07/16/2010 - 19:06. categories [ ]

NPD: Nintendo Titles Rule U.S. Top 20 in June 2010 Sales

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Nintendo had the largest presence on NPD Group's Top 20 June U.S. video game retail charts, as Mario titles on Wii and Pokemon games on Nintendo DS proliferated the rankings, the tracking firm announced on Friday.NPD Group

Nintendo had a total of eight out of 20 titles on the list, compared to other publishers like Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft that had one or two titles each that made the chart.

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