Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lifetime British Console Sales Figures Get

In a rare act of charity, the usually-stingy ChartTrack have released some hard, useful sales data for the British market, in the form of lifetime sales figures for the current generation of both home and portable consoles. As of this month, the PS3 has sold 1.4 million units. The 360 has sold 2.3 million. The Wii, however, has both trumped, nearly outnumbering the competition combined at a healthy 3.6 million sold. And the handhelds? Nowhere near as close. The PSP has sold 2.9 million units, while the DS has sold a whopping 7.1 million. So, yeah, Nintendo Nintendo Nintendo. Explains the weekly sales charts. Console installed base almost doubles in UK [GI.biz]


Pac-Man? Sit On Pouf-Man

Slipping right under Namco Bandai’s legal radar (until right now, we guess), Italian designer QAYOT has made this Pac-Man-like seat. Covered in a stain resistant coated fabric, the Pouf-Man doesn’t eat pellets like its gaming counterpart but a square cushion. It’s also not yellow. And that’s what people think when they hear Pac-Man: Pellets and yellow. Well, that’s what we always think. Always.

Pouf-Man [QAYOT via technabob via Inspire me, now! via CribCandy via Home Tome]


Guess What Konami's Bringing To TGS...

Konami has announced its TGS game plans, and we are posting them. Oh yes. Let’s dive in:

World Soccer Winning Eleven 2009 (PS3, Xbox 360) Playable, Trailer Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3) Trailer, Stage Event Metal Gear Online (PS3) Playable, Trailer, Stage Event Genso Suikoden Tierkreis (DS) Playable, Trailer, Stage Event Tongari Boushi to Mahou no 365 nichi (DS) Playable, Trailer Castlevania Judgement (Wii) Playable, Trailer, Stage Event Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS) Playable, Trailer, Stage Event Silent Hill Homecoming (PS3, Xbox 360) Playable, Trailer ChaoticEden (PC) Playable, Trailer

That’s right, MGS4 is making yet another TGS appearance. How many times is that now? Lots, that’s how many.


New Campaign, Characters Coming to The Force Unleashed

LucasArts plans to release new characters and a new single player campaign set in the Jedi Temple as downloadable content for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed in coming months, Force Unleashed executive producer Haden Blackman told Kotaku.

The content will be coming to be the 360 and PS3 version of the game. No specific date or prices have yet been set for the downloadable content.

In the coming months Lucas Arts will release a downloadable content pack featuring additional costumes and character models that can be used to play through the single-player campaign. The new models will include Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Kit Fisto.

The skins we decided to release were “based on what we heard from fans,” Blackman said. “But some were from us. We thought Ki-Adi-Mundi or Kiit Fisto would be exciting to see running around in our game.”


British Sales Charts

Britain partied like it was April 2008 last week, with Wii Fit reclaiming the top spot over Mario Kart, which having thrown a cheap-arse blue shell in the path of Lucasart’s Force Unleashed overtook last week’s winner on the home stretch (following last week’s dominance, the SW trilogy-fillers slipped to #3 (360), #4 (PS3) and #7 (Wii) respectively). Oh, and Fun Fact: not one, not two, but four PC games charted last week. Spore, WAR, Crysis Warhead and Colonization. Click through to see how they did.


Street Fighter IV: Gouken Screens

Yup, Gouken’s in the game. You have to unlock him, but he’s in the game. Below, some new screens of the old man in action, giving Ryu not only a taste of the back of his hand, but a taste of his…inky leg as well. Ewww.

SFIV: Gouken Gallery


iDOLM@STER Gets Long Overdue Adult Version

We’re not surprised that there’s a dirty movie version of Namco Bandai’s pop idol sim THE iDOLM@STER, we’re just surprised it’s taken so damn long. Originally based on an arcade game, the Xbox 360 exclusive title lets players manage candy coated pop princess. It’s been a hit with otaku. This naughty “parody” film stars Mika Nurie, Nonoka and Rui Saotome, who blogs:

Today, we filmed the adult version of an idol training game. For an entire week, we did dance training. I was worried that I wouldn’t remember all the dance moves, but I was able to get through the routine… I can’t say the name of the game, but maybe there are lots of people who know what it is.

Glad to know she was able to remember the dance moves. That’s important.

TMAがアイ○ス? [BSOのほめぺげな Blog]


Here, Your Bionic Commando Box Art

Dreads, menacing glare, suspenders, smoking, fresh hot dogs…yup, this is Bionic Commando! Memorise this box art, so you can recognise the game when it hits shelves early next year. 360 version is above, PS3 and PC are after the jump, though don’t go expecting any radical differences between the three.


Empire: Total War: Musketballs

Oh, so this is what it feels like to not just get excited about a PC game, but to lose one’s mind over one. I’d almost forgotten. February 2009 just can not come soon enough.

[via Rock, Paper, Shotgun]


Sony Booth Will Have 14 Unannounced Titles Playable At TGS

Here we go, the list of PS3 and PSP that will be playable at TGS. Let’s look at the PSP titles first, including third party titles:

Sengoku BASARA: Battle Heroes Shin Sangoku Musou: MULTI RAID Musou OROCHI: Maou Sairin KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY Clank & Ratchet: Maru Hi Mission Ignition! Sarugetchu Pipo-Saru Senki Patapon 2 Donchaka BLEACH ~Soul Carnival~ Mainichi Issho Portable Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or2 LocoRoco 2 THE iDOLM@STER SP Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2