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    April 26th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Microsoft has revealed the Xbox division earned $2.251 billion during the quarter that ended March 31, 2018. That is up from $1.906 billion last year, an 18 percent increase year-over-year.

    Monthly active Xbox Live users increase 13 percent year-over-year from 52 million last year to 59 million this year. It is also essentially flat quarter-over-quarter.

    "Xbox Live [had] continued growth across Xbox One, Windows 10, and mobile platforms," reads Microsoft’s earnings press release. "Gaming revenue increased 18 percent driven by Xbox software and services revenue growth of 24 percent mainly from third party title strength."

    The third party title is Fortnite. A game that has quickly become one of the most popular in recent months. 

    Sea of Thieves was also the fastest-selling Rare game since at least 1995 with more than one million players in its first days.


    Microsoft is increasing investments in gaming as operating expenses grew five percent last quarter. 

    Thanks VentureBeat.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/276082/xbox-revenue-increases-18-year-over-year-to-225-billion-in-last-quarter/

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    April 26th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

     Nintendo has released its latest hardware and software figures for the Switch and 3DS through March 31, 2018.

    Shipments figures for the Nintendo Switch reached 17.79 million units as of March 31, while the Nintendo 3DS hit 72.53 million units shipped.

    Breaking down the hardware figure even further, 7.14 million Switch consoles have been shipped in the Americas, 4.38 million in Japan, and 6.27 million in the rest of the world.

    Breaking down the 3DS: 25.17 million units have been shipped in the Americas, 24.70 million in Japan and 22.66 million in the rest of the world.

    As for software 68.97 million games have been shipped on the Nintendo Switch and 364.89 million games on the Nintendo 3DS. 

    Nintendo forecasts it will ship 20 million Switch consoles in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2019.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/276077/switch-shipments-reach-1779-million-units-on-march-31-3ds-ships-7253-million-units/

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    April 26th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Nintendo in its latest earnings report have revealed the latest software figures for the best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch. 

    Super Mario Odyssey is the top-selling game and the first Switch game to cross the 10 million mark. It has surpassed 10.41 million units shipped and sold digitally. 

    Here is the complete list of best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch:

    1. Super Mario Odyssey – 10.41 million
    2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 9.22 million
    3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 8.48 million
    4. Splatoon 2 – 6.02 million
    5. 1-2-Switch – 2.29 million
    6. ARMS – 1.85 million
    7. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 1.31 million
    8. Kirby: Star Allies – 1.29 million

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/276078/nintendo-super-mario-odyssey-tops-10-million-units-sold/

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    April 26th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    It's been announced that Shuntaro Furukawa will replace Tatsumi Kimishima as the President of Nintendo.

    Nintendo has been contemplating and implementing the concept of younger generations taking over key roles within the company for years now, and this is a huge step in that direction. The 68 year old Kimishima will be making way for the 46 year old Furukawa, who has held numerous management positions within the company, despite not being that well-known to the gaming community at large.

    What do you think about this move? Will a younger leader cause drastic changes within the company?

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/276070/kimishima-retires-as-president-of-nintendo-replacement-announced/

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    April 26th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Publisher Chuckelfish and developer Pixpil have announced 90's anime-inspired adventure RPG, Eastward, for Windows PC. A release date was not provided.

    View the announcement trailer below:


    Here is an overview of the game:

    Eastward is an adventure game with RPG elements, set in a beautifully detailed decaying world, where society is starting to collapse as the human population shrinks to an all-time low. As the world around falls to ruin, you play as a hardworking digger John, who must guide a mysterious girl named Sam through dangerous decaying cities, inhabited by strange monsters, and even stranger people! Inspired by 90s Japanese animation, the visual style of Eastward has been brought to life using a combination of a modern, innovative 3D lighting system and a rich retro-pixel artwork.

    History:

    Development started on Eastward at Pixpil’s Shanghai office in 2015, with only 3 team members, using a game engine of the studio’s own making. Built around pixel artist Hong Moran’s original intricate post-apocalyptic pixel designs, and the team’s love of the Mother and The Legend of Zelda series and older Japanese animation styles, Pixpil were inspired to create a narrative driven RPG with a soft sci-fi storyline. Since then not only the ambitions of the game has grown, but also the team, now sitting at 10 members strong as they work towards the PC and Mac release.

    Key Features:

    • Single player, dual character adventure RPG with puzzle-solving and dungeon elements.
    • Join John and Sam in their emotional journey across a world falling to ruin.
    • Meet a quirky cast of characters and encounter strange monsters and distant cities.
    • Beautifully rich pixel art style, created using a combination of modern 3D lighting and retro-pixel style artwork.
    • Soundtrack composed by Joel Corelitz (HohokumThe Unfinished SwanThe Tomorrow ChildrenGorogoa), with sound design from Irish studio, Hyperduck Soundworks.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/276081/90s-anime-inspired-adventure-rpg-eastward-announced/

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    April 26th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Publisher Outright Games announced Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion will launch for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on July 17 in the US and July 20 worldwide.

    View the latest trailer below:


    Here is an overview of the game:

    It’s Adventure Time!

    Finn and Jake have saved the Land of Ooo more times than they can count—but, this time, they might be in over their heads.

    Somebody’s up to bad biscuits. They got their hands on another Enchiridion, and they’ve somehow used it to flood the Land of Ooo. Help Finn and Jake as they take to the high seas to solve this latest mystery and save the kingdoms of Ooo in this all-new third-person puzzle adventure. Freely explore unknown waters and familiar kingdoms with your crew of Adventure Time buddies. Unleash your heroes’ unique abilities in exciting tactical battles on land and sea, and interrogate pirates and other suspicious characters as you try to figure out what son of a blee blop is behind this disastrous series of events.

    Explore!

    Travel the Land of Ooo as you’ve never travelled it before—from the deck of Finn and Jake’s new boat. Control Finn, Jake, BMO, and Marceline as you explore the world more freely than ever, sailing between familiar kingdoms and locations, and venturing into uncharted territories in the most immersive Adventure Time experience ever!

    Battle!

    Dingle the bad guys’ bones into tapioca pudding with a new fast-paced, turn-based combat system that lets you make the most out of all of all of our heroes’ abilities. Use items, spells, and potions to buff the party or lay the schmowtow on the enemy. Unleash ultimate hero abilities to perform mega-damage, and upgrade your heroes with the sweet dosh you earn from every victory!

    Interrogate!

    To find out what’s up, you’ll have to explore every kingdom and talk to lots of Adventure Time characters to get the scoop. You might even have to unleash a little “good cop, bad cop” Finn and Jake style on the occasional plughole or D-lister to get them to spill the beans. Gather info, collect loot, and learn about side quests and secret map locations that will help you get to the bottom of this wet, wet, mystery—before it’s too late!

    Key Features:

    • Explore the Land of Ooo freely, discover secrets and collect loot with playable fan-favourite characters, Finn, Jake, BMO and Marceline
    • Set sail across the high seas between kingdoms and venture into uncharted territories to figure out what’s going on
    • Upgrade your heroes, use items, spells, potions and unique ultimate hero abilities to battle bad guys in fast-paced tactical combat
    • An all new Adventure Time story, voiced by the series cast

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/276080/adventure-time-pirates-of-the-enchiridion-release-date-revealed/

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    April 26th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Developer Zoink Games announced Flipping Death will launch in August for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

    View a trailer of the game below:


    Here is an overview of the game:

    When Penny dies under mysterious circumstances, she wakes up and finds herself filling in for DEATH HIMSELF! This temp job comes with a new power – the ability to flip between the worlds of the living and the dead! In this puzzling platformer, she’ll need that – and her wits – if she ever hopes to unravel the mystery of her demise.

    Leap between platforms, solve puzzles, and help the dead rest in peace by possessing the living and making them dance around at your merest whim in this comedy adventure game by Zoink Games, with writing by the Eisner-award winning Ryan North.

    Key Feature:

    • Flip between worlds: Move swiftly between the living and the dead.
    • Possess the living: Control their limbs and read their minds to solve puzzles.
    • Play as Death: You’re just a temp, but the ultimate power of life and death is in your hands.
    • Dive into a rich, colorful world: Explore vivid environments in a pop-up book style and make your way through a completely original storyline!

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/276079/flipping-death-launches-in-august-for-switch-ps4-xbox-one-pc/

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    April 26th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Nintendo announced in the latest financial results worldwide sales for the SNES Classic have surpassed 5.28 million units as of March 31, 2018. 

    This is above the four million units sold in January 2018. The SNES Classic also passed two million units sold in October 2017.

    The SNES Classic was release in September 2017 in North America and Europe, and in Japan on October 2017. 

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/276076/snes-classic-tops-528-million-units-sold-worldwide/

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    April 26th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Publisher X.D. Network and developer FantaBlade announced Icey will launch on the Nintendo Switch via the eShop worldwide in May.

    View the latest trailer below:


    Here is an overview of the game:

    Icey is a 2D side-scrolling ACT and a META game in disguise. As you follow the narrator’s omnipresent voice, you will see through Icey’s eyes and learn the truth about her world. The narrator will constantly urge you in one direction, but you must ask, “Why? Why am I following his directions?”

    You Decide What the Real Story is in Icey

    As you follow the narrator’s omnipresent voice, you will see through Icey’s eyes and learn the truth about her world.

    “All right, you caught me! This ISN’T really just a simple 2D action game, and you WON’T be seeing through Icey’s eyes…NOR will you learn the truth about her world,” says the narrator.

    Icey is a meta game in disguise. The narrator will constantly urge you in one direction, but you must ask, “Why? Why am I following his directions? Why can’t I learn the truth about this world and Icey’s purpose here?” Fight against his tyranny, and uncover what’s really going on for yourself!

    The Real Story

    On the surface, players take on the role of a young girl with no memory, with only the voice of an omnipotent narrator to guide them through Ultimopolis on their quest to find Judas, a dangerous and powerful enemy. Look deeper, however, and players are actually acting as themselves. Should they resist the narrator’s instructions and instead help Icey discover her own self-awareness? You will play as “Icey”…and you will not play as “Icey.”

    Hack and Slash

    There are plenty of combo attacks to tie together during battle in Icey. Once enemies are sufficiently weakened, you’ll be able to dispatch them quickly in a flurry of slashes. Absorb energy released from kill shots to then release a massive attack that damages all enemies within view.

    Icey is available now for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC via Steam.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/276075/icey-launches-for-switch-in-may/

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    April 26th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    SEGA has released a new trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of Shining Resonance Refrain.

    View it below:


    Here is an overview of the game:

    Play as Yuma Ilvern and stop the Empire from exploiting the power of the ancient dragons, including the soul of the Shining Dragon within you. With the help of your friends, realize your destiny, save Astoria, and unleash the strength you’ve always had locked away. 

    In the original game, previously released only in Japan, Imperial Princess Excella was an unplayable character, but in the new “Refrain Mode” in Shining Resonance Refrain, both she and Dragonslayer Jinas can be added as party members for a new experience – just be sure to save this for your second playthrough to avoid any spoilers! As an added bonus, all of the extra cosmetic items and side quests are included in this remaster.

    Dragons were long thought to be extinct, and because Yuma holds the ability to transform into the Shining Dragon, he was taken as a captive of the Empire. With the help of the Dragoneers, Sonia, princess of Astoria, pleads with Yuma to aid them in their fight to save their land from the Empire’s dominion. Typically timid, will Yuma find the courage to realize the strength he has within him?

    Shining Resonance Refrain will launch in North America and Europe for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam on July 10.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/276074/shining-resonance-refrain-trailer-released/

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