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  • scissors
    August 20th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    I have long felt that the Paper Mario series is one of the best video games series out there, at least based on its roots, but many - especially those outside of the Nintendo family - probably have no idea why it's talked about quite so much. The idea behind this five-part analysis of every Paper Mario game currently available is to work through each game quickly sifting through the pros and cons of each title for fans and non-fans alike.

    If Paper Mario: Color Splash was the earthquake, then Nintendo’s Paper Mario: Sticker Star was the epicenter of the bad direction initiative. While it isn’t as unoriginally bad as Color Splash, it is the single leading reason we had Color Splash in the first place. 


    The Negatives

    With Paper Mario: Sticker Star being the first game to move to a portable platform it naturally suffers in the graphics department, although a handful of changes that were made to the art style somewhat make up for this, albeit with one glaring exception: the toads. This entry marked the start of the toad invasion that would continue on into the sequel and so is the origin of Nintendo's shift away from unique, risky, and entertaining characters for safe, redundant, and boring ones.

    In previous entries, when you met a Paper Mario character they tended to stand out from other characters in the game's universe. Indeed, the first three titles all had ridiculously unique-looking beings that you interacted with, all with different goals and perspectives. In Sticker Star everything is as bland as a sandwich with no filling.

    The story is also the worst since the original. While the original Paper Mario doesn’t have the most mind-blowing narrative out there, it is at least mostly original, especially when compared to Sticker Star, which is basically a copy-paste of the first game’s story. The crown that Bowser seeks is, more or less, the same thing as the star rod, and the setting is just as derivative.

    The lack of partners also is a huge blow; one that is made worse thanks to the introduction of an inferior (albeit unique) combat system involving stickers. People loved interacting with partners in the past games, so their removal made little sense.

    As for the stickers, which are literally the entire foundation of the game, while they were unique they were also wildly unpopular with fans of the series. The sticker system is tedious and replaced a far more enjoyable and humorous traditional RPG system. Using the stickers is annoying enough, but having to collect them when you run out is tedious in the extreme. Gone are the days where you can just sleep in a bed for a minute to fully recover and go toe to toe with anyone - in Sticker Star you have to spend 10-30 minutes harvesting stickers (depending on how depleted your reserves are) in order to fight bigger bosses. The grind isn't as bad as the one in Color Splash, but it is a chore nonetheless.


    The Positives

    While the stickers proved annoying to many traditional RPG players, some found that they loved new combat system. And while I personally found it to be unique but unenjoyable, I eventually became used to it and didn’t have to grind as much for stickers as I did in Color Splash.

    Overall the title is lot more colorful and brighter than past entries in the series, and the fact that you're playing on a 3DS with a 2D papery image makes it quite the novelty. The trailers you may have seen for the game on YouTube and the screenshots included in this article truly don't do this entry justice - it was superbly designed for the platform's small handheld screen. 

    At first I was unconvinced by the removal of the open world feel of past entries (replace instead by ordinary levels), but after a while I came to change my mind. While I do still prefer the original formula, it soon became clear that the system employed in this entry has its uses. This is not least because  having an overview map with quick travel certainly speeds up transitions between areas (in the original two games you had to do a lot of back and forth traveling, possibly bumping into enemies that provided little experience gain and so were a waste of time to fight). If Sticker Star had been open world, with each level having to be navigated through in order to get anywhere, then traversal would've been a huge pain.


    Conclusion 

    Paper Mario: Sticker Star is certainly not a bad game, but it most definitely is a sub-par Paper Mario entry. Despite having one of the most unique and interesting combat systems I've encountered in any game, the sticker system had one clear flaw: it just wasn't enjoyable (in stark contrast with the combat systems found in previous entries) and was poorly received by most fans. As a result Sticker Star, while not quite the worst Paper Mario game in my opinion, is undoubtedly near the bottom of the pack.

     

    Previous Articles

    Paper Mario Color Splash

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/277828/paper-mario-series-analysis-sticker-star-too-sticky/

  • scissors
    August 20th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Capcom has announced shipment figures for Monster Hunter: World have hit 10 million units worldwide. This figure includes digital sales.


    Shipment figures for the game reached five million units just three days after release and 7.9 million units in May.

    Monster Hunter: World is out now worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will launch for Windows PC on August 9.

     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/277839/monster-hunter-world-ships-10-million-units/

  • scissors
    August 19th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Here we see data representing the global sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the four home consoles and four handhelds over comparable periods for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.  Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

    Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)

     

     

    Market Share (Same Periods Covered)

     

    2015 – (Week ending January 10 to August 1)

    2016 – (Week ending January 9 to Jul y 30)

    2017 – (Week ending January 7 to July 29)

    2018 – (Week ending January 6 to July 28)

    Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year

     

    "Year to date" sales for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2018 versus 2017 and 2018 versus 2016 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.

    Microsoft

    • Xbox One – Up Year-on-Year 416,097 (18.2%)

    Nintendo

    • Nintendo Switch - Up Year-on-Year 1,216,893 (25.2%)
    • Nintendo 3DS – Down Year-on-Year 1,030,549 (-37.5%)

    Sony

    • PlayStation 4 – Down Year-on-Year 1,271,277 (-14.1%)
    • PlayStation Vita – Down Year-on-Year 456,977 (-68.4%)

     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/277838/year-on-year-sales-amp-market-share-charts-july-28-2018/

  • scissors
    August 19th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

     

    PS4 Vs. PS3 Japan:

    Gap change in latest month: 24,313 – PS3

    Gap change over last 12 months: 486,723 – PS4

    Total Lead: 319,434 – PS4

    PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 6,827,549

    PlayStation 3 Total Sales: 6,508,115

    June 2018 is the 53rd month of the PlayStation 4 being on sale in Japan. The gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 3 by 724,313 units in the last month and in favor of the PlayStation 4 by 486,723 units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 4 currently leads by just 319,434 units.

    The PlayStation 3 launched in November 2006, while the PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014. The PlayStation 4 has sold 6.83 million units, while its predecessor the PlayStation 3 sold 6.51 million units.

     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/277829/ps4-vs-ps3-in-japanvgchartz-gap-chartsjune-2018-update/

  • scissors
    August 19th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Analyst Hideki Yasuda from Osaka-based firm Ace Economic Research Institute in a report stated that he believes the PlayStation 5 will launch in late 2019.

    Yasuda did add that the console could be delayed due to a shortage in the supply of electronic components. 

     

    The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the PlayStation 4 Pro launched in November 2016.

    Thanks DualShockers.

     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/277837/analyst-playstation-5-to-launch-in-late-2019/

  • scissors
    August 19th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Nintendo is expecting to ship 20 million Nintendo Switch consoles in the current fiscal year which started on April 1, 2018 and will end on March 31, 2019. 

    Analyst Hideki Yasuda from Osaka-based firm Ace Economic Research Institute believes that Nintendo is being conservative and says that Nintendo could ship 25 million Switch consoles in the current fiscal year, along with 140 million games. That would bring lifetime Switch shipments to 42.79 million units. 


    Yasuda says the reason for the higher shipment figures is that  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Let’s Go, Eevee! will be bigger hits than what Nintendo is expecting.

    Thanks DualShockers.

     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/277836/analyst-nintendo-to-ship-25-million-switch-units-this-fiscal-year/

  • scissors
    August 19th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Sony announced all of the games that will be releasing this week on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation VR in the US. 13 games in total will release this week.

     

    Here is the full list of games:

    • All-Star Fruit Racing, PS4 — Digital, Retail
    • Brawlout, PS4 — Digital
    • F1 2018, PS4 — Digital, Retail
    • Fall Of Light, PS4 — Digital
    • Guacamelee! 2, PS4 — Digital
    • Little Dragons Café, PS4 — Digital, Retail
    • Out Of The Box, PS4 — Digital
    • Pizza Titan Ultra, PS4 — Digital
    • Slime Rancher, PS4 — Digital
    • Socketeer, PS4 — Digital
    • Spectrum, PS4 — Digital
    • Track Lab, PS VR — Digital
    • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr, PS4 — Digital 

     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/277835/new-playstation-releases-this-week-f1-2018-little-dragons-cafe/

  • scissors
    August 19th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Microsoft announced all of the games that will be releasing this week on the Xbox One in the US. 11 games in total will release this week.

     

    Here is the full list of games:

    • Brawlout
    • Shenmue I & II
    • All-Star Fruit Racing
    • Tyler: Model 005
    • Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier
    • Spectrum
    • F1 2018
    • Distrust
    • Haunted: Halloween '86 (The Curse of Possum Hollow)
    • Don’t Sink
    • Phantom Doctrine

     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/277834/new-xbox-releases-this-week-f1-2018-shenmue-i-amp-ii/

  • scissors
    August 19th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    The Pokemon Company and Nintendo have released new trailer for Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! that features Mega Kangaskhan and Mega Gyarados.

    View it below:

    Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will launch for the Nintendo Switch worldwide on November 16.

     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/277833/pokemon-lets-go-pikachu-and-pokemon-lets-go-eevee-gets-new-mega-trailer/

  • scissors
    August 19th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Bandai Namco announced the Anna Williams and Lei Wulong DLC for Tekken 7 will launch on September 6 for $4.99 / 500 yen each.

    View trailers of the DLC characters below:


    Tekken 7 is available now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

     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/277832/tekken-7-anna-williams-and-lei-wulong-dlc-release-date-revealed/

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