NIS America’s Judith Pi Reveals Details On Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana For Nintendo Switch [DEVELOPMENT IMAGES]


Associate Product Marketing Manager at NIS America, Inc. has spoken in online interview revealing therein interesting information specific to Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana incoming to Nintendo Switch! Ys is a Japanese computer and console role-playing video game series, and Nihon Falcom corporation’s flagship franchise. It started on the NEC PC-8801 in 1987, created by Masaya Hashimoto (director, programmer, designer) and Tomoyoshi Miyazaki (scenario writer). In terms of the number of game releases, Ys is second only to Final Fantasy as the largest eastern role-playing game franchise. Ys is particularly popular in Japan and Korea.


Hi! My name is Judith and I’m currently an Associate Product Marketing Manager at NIS America. I am in charge of all aspects of social media marketing for this title. Ys is an action RPG series that centers around Adol Christin (besides Ys Origins). He’s an adventurer who travels the world (usually with his companion Dogi). The Ys series gameplay has evolved a lot over the past 30 years, with several different styles, but all the games feature fast, addictive gameplay and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is no exception! We are aiming for the highest quality possible in all aspects. We anticipate a mid-summer launch. Many Nintendo Switch gamers have compared Ys VIII to the Monster Hunter and Xenoblade series. Also of note is that this is the first time an Ys game has been brought over to a Nintendo home console since Ys III: Wanderers from Ys was launched on the SNES. We believe that the revised localization of Ys VIII better captures the essence of the Japanese language version. That said, language and culture are deeply intertwined and not everything can translate 100% from one language to another; in those cases, we have made sure that the essence of the original is preserved. Please stay tuned for more details specific to the Switch version of this game. As the social media manager, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of our supporters who take the time out of their day to talk to us via our social channels like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It makes me so happy to be able to personally see what everyone has to say, the good and the bad, things we can improve on, and things you are all excited for. Nothing makes me happier than being online and getting to know you all through our games. “



Media Create Sales (Feb 19 – Feb 25) – NS Sales Steady, Bayo 2 (NS) Drop Less Than Anticipated [DETAILS/CHARTS]


(Numbers are JPN Only)

In this the 52nd week of the NS on the market the NS sold 39,696 bringing LTD sales to 3,757,827 and YTD sales to 445,208. The units sold are flat from last week, unfortunate they haven’t started increasing stock levels yet, but at least the drops have come to an end (for now at least). About a year on the market now, just a few more days.

Bayonetta 2 (NS) saw sales drop -43% this week to 5,443 for a total of 14,975. This gives a bit of hope for the legs of the NS version of Bayonetta 2 as the Wii U version had a drop of -82%, dropping from a much better first week total of 38,828 all the way down to 6,970



In addition, the NDS has finally caught back up with the NS and will almost certainly stay ahead for the foreseeable future.


Media Create Software

01./01. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980) – 53.982 / 1.890.273 (-37%)
02./00. [PS4] Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match # (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.22} (¥7.600) – 46.411 / NEW
03./00. [PS4] Metal Gear Survive (Konami) {2018.02.21} (¥4.980) – 31.359 / NEW
04./00. [PS4] Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal # (Marvelous) {2018.02.22} (¥6.980) – 24.118 / NEW
05./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 19.501 / 2.062.345 (-11%)
06./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 17.259 / 1.363.646 (-10%)
07./12. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 12.252 / 883.780 (+4%)
08./11. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 11.639 / 1.626.145 (-8%)
09./05. [PS4] Dynasty Warriors 9 # (Koei Tecmo) {2018.02.08} (¥7.800) – 8.959 / 147.634 (-58%)
10./00. [PSV] Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Ultimate # (Koei Tecmo) {2018.02.22} (¥6.800) – 8.833 / NEW
11./10. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo) {2018.01.18} (¥5.980) – 8.634 / 151.225 (-32%)
12./15. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 8.614 / 1.566.656 (-8%)
13./09. [PS4] Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet # (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.08} (¥8.200) – 6.027 / 94.631 (-54%)
14./14. [NSW] Bayonetta 2 (Nintendo) {2018.02.17} (¥5.980) – 5.443 / 14.975 (-43%)
15./02. [PS4] Seiken Densetsu 2: Secret of Mana # (Square Enix) {2018.02.15} (¥4.800) – 5.336 / 41.378 (-85%)
16./00. [PSV] Tokimeki Restaurant: Project Tristars # (Koei Tecmo) {2018.02.22} (¥6.800) – 4.319 / NEW
17./18. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980) – 4.271 / 165.894 (-27%)
18./20. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 4.215 / 403.972 (+1%)
19./17. [PS4] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.01} (¥7.600) – 3.992 / 92.935 (-33%)
20./50. [PS4] Star Wars: Battlefront II # (Electronic Arts) {2017.11.17} (¥7.800) – 3.898 / 89.486


Media Create Hardware


3DS by model (last week):
New 2DS LL – 6,693 (5,778)
New 3DS LL – 3,693 (3,424)
2DS – 850 (959)

PS4 by model (last week):
PlayStation 4 – 29,392 (41,496)
PlayStation 4 Pro – 5,383 (8,006)


Media Create week 52 sales comparison (LTD)

NS: 39,696 (3,757,827)
Wii: 54,362 (3,870,665)
3DS: 94,667 (5,026,622)
Wii U: 28,518 (1,219,474)
PSV: 11,039 (1,074,621)
PS4: 21,381 (1,118,805)
NDS: 132,012 (3,774,084)
PSP: 92,121 (2,228,797)
PS3: 17,434 (1,246,201)




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Nintendo Absolutely Cleans Up In Las Vegas 2018 D.I.C.E Awards [RESULTS]

AIAS is a organization that promotes computer and video game entertainment with the annual D.I.C.E. Summit event, where its previously named Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony has been held annually since 1998 in Las Vegas Nevada. Its membership consists of industry professionals, and only professional members who meet a set of minimum criteria are able to vote for the best entertainment software of the year, making it the most prestigious of ceremony.

Read more “Nintendo Absolutely Cleans Up In Las Vegas 2018 D.I.C.E Awards [RESULTS]”

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy Coming to Switch [RUMOR]

Coming from source behind Shonengames the trilogy which released last year via PS4/XBone is currently being ported to the Nintendo Switch. If true the collection would accompany ongoing portfolio building on the platform, Bandai Namco president Mitsuaki Taguchi has stated that the names of the three exclusive games would be made known by Spring / Summer 2018, having hinted at new game in the Tales series and confirmed Metroid Prime 4, Bandai Namco couldn’t be busier on Nintendo Switch.





Starbreeze Studios Confirms Payday 2 To Recieve All Future DLC On Nintendo Switch [DETAILS]




Payday 2 on the Switch will be based on an older version, 1 month behind rival content updates. Starbreeze reasoned that given the timeframe of the early 2018 release for the Switch version, the studio “had to go with the content ported and available at the time of console submission,” but addressed that “future content updates” are planned for the Switch version after release.



[JAPAN] Media Create Sales (Jan 29 – Feb 4) – MHW Keeps Performing Well, NS at 49K


This Week Jan 29 – Feb 4

NEXT WEEK: Feb 5 – Feb 11


Numbers are from Japan only

In this the 49th week of the NS on the market the NS sold 49,165 bringing LTD sales to 3,635,424. A 3K jump for this week.

Monster Hunter sold another 346,187, bring life to date sales to 1,591,356. Not a half bad hold. It looks like Capcoms bet is paying off. Skyrim (NS) meanwhile opens at 14K for the week.

Media Create Software:

01./01. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980) – 346.187 / 1.591.356 (-72%)
02./00. [PS4] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.02.01} (¥7.600) – 68.731 / NEW
03./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) – 25.758 / 1.997.568 (+0%)
04./02. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo) {2018.01.18} (¥5.980) – 21.279 / 114.059 (-18%)
05./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) – 21.263 / 1.307.897 (-3%)
06./05. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) – 15.978 / 1.587.954 (-4%)
07./00. [NSW] The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks) {2018.02.01} (¥6.980) – 13.922 / NEW
08./07. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) – 12.709 / 847.677 (+24%)
09./06. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) – 11.028 / 1.539.029 (-13%)
10./11. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980) – 7.037 / 149.345 (+8%)
11./09. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Legend Banbarayaa – Sword / Magnum (Level 5) {2017.12.16} (¥4.800) – 6.053 / 496.905 (-22%)
12./14. [NSW] Arms (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980) – 4.453 / 360.484 (+1%)
13./15. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980) – 4.391 / 391.086 (+0%)
14./00. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800) – 3.767 / 110.217
15./13. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980) – 3.731 / 218.461 (-22%)
16./08. [PS4] Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT (Square Enix) {2018.01.11} (¥7.800) – 3.691 / 137.791 (-54%)
17./16. [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.11.03} (¥7.900) – 3.363 / 382.650 (-20%)
18./20. [NSW] Monster Hunter Double Cross: Nintendo Switch Ver. # (Capcom) {2017.08.25} (¥5.800) – 3.180 / 211.119 (+1%)
19./23. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.12.01} (¥7.980) – 3.158 / 181.254
20./21. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) – 2.775 / 371.535

Media Create Hardware:

System This Week Last Week Last Year YTD Last YTD LTD
PS4 # 109,287 140,145 36,378 437,430 244,597 6,329,833
NS 49,165 47,107 – 322,805 – 3,635,424
3DS # 11,461 11,313 26,101 97,481 200,289 23,920,260
Vita 4,207 3,744 9,626 28,524 79,539 5,816,404
X1 637 1,686 111 4,023 632 92,459
3DS by model (last week):
New 2DS LL – 6,522 (6,842)
New 3DS LL – 3,857 (3,377)
2DS – 1,082 (1,094)

PS4 by model (last week):
PlayStation 4 – 86,174 (110,023)
PlayStation 4 Pro – 23,113 (30,122)

Sources: Gematsu / my sales archive / Reset Era

Media Create week 49 sales comparison (LTD):

NS: 49,165 (3,635,424)
Wii: 37,617 (3,745,527)
3DS: 84,789 (4,789,379)
Wii U: 17,737 (1,154,048)
PSV: 13,091 (1,042,804)
PS4: 13,793 (1,061,274)
NDS: 48,520 (3,528,389)
PSP: 31,078 (2,026,582)
PS3: 12,365 (1,192,852)



NEW: Sony Marvel Universe VENOM 2018 First Official Footage [TEASER]


I thought Spider-Man went back to Marvel after Sony contract ended hence the name “Homecoming“, now Sony created their own “Marvel Universe“ not even associated at all with Marvel/Disney “Marvel Cinematic Universe” competing aggressive as fuck and making a Venom movie?! Wt fucking fuck. Starring Bane from DC Batman too? Damn. And they filming Black Cat movie? And Silver Sable Movie? This is fucking crazy. Spider-Man isnt apart of Marvel Cinematic Universe…. wtf. BS! Well, I thInk for sure Peter Parker won’t be in the film. Look at Tom Hardy playing Eddie Brock, old af, no way they are going to retreat the scene back to Midtown High School with Brock playing football like the last 3 Spider Man from Sony, or to college like the Marvel Spider-Man Topher Grace trilogy, this is much much further, I wouldn’t be surprised if Venom has left Midtown Manhattan altogether. I’m thinking this movie takes place after Peter Parker is married to Mary Watson when Eddie Brock became vigilante antihero but was separated from the Symbiote and imprisoned onRykers Island. and Venom came back for Eddie and got him out I think that’s exactly where this movie starts somewhere around there. That’s when Venom first makes Cletus Kasady into Carnage on the side, it’s smartest time to illustrate, that’s when Eddie Brock broken out jail, and his wife kills herself and he goes into that deep depression and gives up on vendetta again against Spider Man for her love, and that’s why Peter Parker won’t be in movie I think. Since Sony is making a Black Cat movie too, I’m going to guess Ghost Rider is in this Venom movie he has to be if Black Cat movie is following Venom movie and Sony owns Ghost Rider that means Mophisto in Hell is here in Venom too. So maybe Eddie Brock is wanting to bring her back. Maybe Eddie tries to make a deal to cure his cancer diseased body so he isn’t dying so Venom Symbiote doesn’t leave.



This could actually be really bad ass. Why? Because Marvel is making Avenger movies, and Spider Man is at Sony and won’t be in the Avengers for long haul. Seeing what characters Sony is branding as leads starting this, and knowing Venom, like I do, Flash Thompson was in last 3 Sony Spider Man movies sooooo ya I smell Anti Venom coming. Sony is maneuvering very intelligently to likely create move with the “Dark Avengers“ with Spider-Man, against Marvels own Avengers. Normon Osborne is alive in Sony’s Spider-Man still, not in Marvels, and the Green Goblin is the perfect villain for Venom ignoring Carnage. Considering Venom weakness is heat and sonic forces the GG uses both of these with pumpkin bombs and explosives, and his range is on par with Venoms tendrils, Venom can get as high as Goblins Glider, Goblin is long range and Venom is close, you can’t have the Dark Avengers without Norman Osborne, Venom and Wolverine, all are now fucking dead and killed off in Marvel Spider-Man/XMen movies. Wolverine isn’t a part of Marvel anymore, Hugh Jackman said he would have stayed as Wolverine if so, and he didn’t. Whats kind of crazy is Hugh Jackman picked Tom Hardy as the new Wolverine and now Tom Hardy is Venom. This is really cool,and really sad for Marvel if I’m right about leading to Dark Avengers.


Licensing Source Book Europe Leaks Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Switch Port [DETAILS]



DHX’s 2018 Spring Licensing Source Book Europe published an outline set forth by Activision pacing a 5 year development focus on the series carrying the IP to other consoles through the year 2022. See Below:



It might seem strange seeing Crash Bandicoot focusing on a rival of Sony platforms rather than continued effort on the platform in which it came since now porting over Nintendo Switch. It should be interpreted easily as the wisest target audience to penetrate with the series as the demographic seems more fitting and encourages greater revenue as result. Sony has never held any first party rights to the series itself despite how aggressive the mascot marketing appeared to consumers in past generations. While Insomniac developed Spyro, Naughty Dog developed Crash, and Universal Interactive Studios published both IP licensed at Sony. The IP became property of Vivendi following their purchase of UIS, and Activision has since acquired Vivendi and thus now controls where to focus the series moving forward.