During the Pokemon World Championships, fans received some good and unexpected news. Pokken Tournament will be getting a world-wide release on Wii U in spring 2016. This announcement came in the way of a trailer that you can see below.
Since the announcement of Bandai Namco working on a Tekken-style Pokemon fighter, fans have been clamoring for a Wii U release. The game was released first in arcades in Japan earlier this summer to work on balancing and bugs in a real world environment before they brought it to console. Last month, Bandai Namco announced that they’ll be doing the same style testing at Dave & Busters in the US.
Earlier this month, Sega announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 is getting a Playstation 4 release. This, of course, lead people to believe it would be getting a western release as well. Well, unfortunately, the games status is still in a state of not a no, not a yes, but not at this time. Here’s what a rep from Sega said:
Sega is currently not planning to release the PS4 version of Phantasy Star Online 2 outside of Japan.
Phantasy Star Online 2 originally released back in 2012 on PC and was brought to Vita 2013. It was teased for a western release back in 2012 at PAX but Sega has since went silent about it, giving non-answers when pressed.
Square Enix recently announced that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has reached 5 million registered accounts. Of course, by registered, this means it doesn’t include free trials. That said, it does include Playstation 4, Playstation 3, PC and the short-lived Mac version. Furthermore, it also includes markets in Japan, North America, Europe, and China.
This number and the overall install base are expected to go up with the game releasing in South Korea soon and with possible releases on both the Xbox One and the NX. This good news comes right in time for the games second anniversary which falls on August 27th.
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Xbox boss Phil Spencer gave Nintendo some praise for their IP and strong exclusives on the Wii U. That’s right, the head of competing console praised Nintendo. When asked about exclusive games and their effect on hardware sales, Phil Spencer gave a pretty good response. Here’s what was said:
Do you think exclusive games are necessary to sell hardware? It traditionally would seem that way, but if that’s the case, surely more people would have the Wii U, as that’s got the best exclusives out there.
Phil Spencer: On the Wii U, I think people downplay how many units they’ve sold. I’ve got a Wii U, I think there’s some great games on there. I think Splatoon’s a really nice game and I don’t think there’s a first-party out there that has the strength of IP that Nintendo has. They’re always a beacon to me when I look at what it means to build a first-party portfolio of products, they’ve done a great job.
That’s some pretty high praise there from the Xbox boss. It also tells me that he really gets it. The Xbox brand took a pretty big hit when the Xbox One was revealed and was hurting pretty bad before he became head. After he became head of Xbox, the company started making much better decisions turning things around for the Xbox One and getting on the right track. It really does seem to me that Phil Spencer gets it.
The holiday season is approaching and with it, we’re beginning to get some release dates. Today’s release date comes in the way of the 3DS RPG and spiritual successor of the Saga games, Legend of Legacy. Atlus has announced that they’ll be releasing the game in North America, October 13th. Unfortunately, there’s no word on a European release.
To take it a step further, Atlus has announced a launch edition for the game. The launch edition includes a 40-page hardcover art book and a 10-track soundtrack CD, all in a 6″ x 8″ box. The launch edition will come at no extra cost. This is great for those who are pre-ordering and definitely sweetens the deal of picking this one up.
The newest NPD data is in and there’s some good news for Nintendo. While the Wii U console sales aren’t doing too well, Wii U software sales are up 10% for the first 7 months this year compared to last year. This is thanks to Splatoon, which has sold 85,000 units in its third month on the market in North America. This brings Splatoon up to 540,000 units in the U.S. and 1.6 million units worldwide.
That’s not all though. The 3DS is up 35% in the first seven months of the year compared to last year. This is thanks to the launch of the New 3DS and several key titles. Hopefully Nintendo can continue to outperform their sales last year during the holidays.
Due to the recent firmware exploitation that allows homebrew and region-free gaming, Nintendo has pulled IronFall: Invasion from the 3DS eShop in both North America and Europe.
IRONFALL Invasion is temporarily unavailable on Nintendo eShop. Apologies for the inconvenience. Stay tuned for more information.
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope)
Luckily, the game was a free download and many people who actually wanted to play the game were able to try it by now. Did you check out Ironfall: Invasion? Do you still have a copy on your 3DS?