Monthly Archives: April 2011

Big in Japan April 18-24: Pokemon Typing DS

Nintendo’s portable keyboard and typing tutorial bundle tops the Japanese sales charts as PSP outsells 3DS two-to-one.

 

It’s been weeks since Pokemon Black and White last appeared in the top 10 of Media Create’s Japanese sales charts, but it’s impossible to keep the collectible critters at bay for long. Nintendo’s pugnacious pocket monsters returned to the top 10 for the week of April 18-24, as Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS claimed the top spot on the charts with 59,363 copies sold.


Perfect for learning to type while on the bus, the subway, or waiting in line!

As the name suggests, Pokemon Typing DS is a typing tutorial game for Nintendo’s dual-screened handheld. But rather than cram a keyboard onto the system’s touch screen, the game comes bundled with a full QWERTY keyboard that connects with the system wirelessly using Bluetooth. The game includes drills to bring players up to speed on the home row keys, teach them the Roman alphabet, and challenge them to accurately type the names of various Pokemon.

Other notable new entries on the best-seller chart include Sony’s SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs and Konami’s Otomedius Excellent. Sony’s squad-based military first-person shooter sold 12,613 copies, enough to place eighth on the weekly sales chart. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360-exclusive spawn of Konami’s seminal side-scrolling shoot-’em-up Gradius debuted in 10th place with 10,502 copies sold.

The 3DS’ second reign atop the hardware sales chart proved to be a short one, as Nintendo’s new handheld relinquished the top spot to the PSP after a single week. Sony’s portable retook the title with authority, as its 49,162 units sold was more than double the second place 3DS’ total of 23,038 sold. The PlayStation 3 was once again in third place with 19,033 sold, while the Wii continued to lag behind with 7,866 sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF APRIL 18-24
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS / Nintendo / DS / 59,363
2. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional / Square Enix / DS / 45,397
3. Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Hakai-hen / Namco / PSP / 44,973
4. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 / Konami / PSP / 27,931
5. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 / Konami / PS3 / 24,365
6. Meitantei Conan: Aoki Houseki no Rinbukyoku/ Namco / DS / 19,786
7. GachiTora! Abarenbou Kyoushi in High School / Spike / PSP / 13,560
8. SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs / Sony / PS3 / 12,613
9. Pilotwings Resort / Nintendo / 3DS / 10,675
10. Otomedius Excellent / Konami / 360 / 10,502

Hardware:
PSP – 49,162
3DS – 23,038
PS3 – 19,033
Wii – 7,866
DSi LL – 7,064
DSi – 6,214
Xbox 360 – 1,891
PS2 – 1,163
DS Lite – 283
PSP Go – 265

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Big in Japan April 18-24: Pokemon Typing DS” was posted by Brendan Sinclair on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 17:21:40 -0700

Big in Japan April 18-24: Pokemon Typing DS

Nintendo’s portable keyboard and typing tutorial bundle tops the Japanese sales charts as PSP outsells 3DS two-to-one.

 

It’s been weeks since Pokemon Black and White last appeared in the top 10 of Media Create’s Japanese sales charts, but it’s impossible to keep the collectible critters at bay for long. Nintendo’s pugnacious pocket monsters returned to the top 10 for the week of April 18-24, as Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS claimed the top spot on the charts with 59,363 copies sold.


Perfect for learning to type while on the bus, the subway, or waiting in line!

As the name suggests, Pokemon Typing DS is a typing tutorial game for Nintendo’s dual-screened handheld. But rather than cram a keyboard onto the system’s touch screen, the game comes bundled with a full QWERTY keyboard that connects with the system wirelessly using Bluetooth. The game includes drills to bring players up to speed on the home row keys, teach them the Roman alphabet, and challenge them to accurately type the names of various Pokemon.

Other notable new entries on the best-seller chart include Sony’s SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs and Konami’s Otomedius Excellent. Sony’s squad-based military first-person shooter sold 12,613 copies, enough to place eighth on the weekly sales chart. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360-exclusive spawn of Konami’s seminal side-scrolling shoot-’em-up Gradius debuted in 10th place with 10,502 copies sold.

The 3DS’ second reign atop the hardware sales chart proved to be a short one, as Nintendo’s new handheld relinquished the top spot to the PSP after a single week. Sony’s portable retook the title with authority, as its 49,162 units sold was more than double the second place 3DS’ total of 23,038 sold. The PlayStation 3 was once again in third place with 19,033 sold, while the Wii continued to lag behind with 7,866 sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF APRIL 18-24
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS / Nintendo / DS / 59,363
2. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional / Square Enix / DS / 45,397
3. Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Hakai-hen / Namco / PSP / 44,973
4. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 / Konami / PSP / 27,931
5. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 / Konami / PS3 / 24,365
6. Meitantei Conan: Aoki Houseki no Rinbukyoku/ Namco / DS / 19,786
7. GachiTora! Abarenbou Kyoushi in High School / Spike / PSP / 13,560
8. SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs / Sony / PS3 / 12,613
9. Pilotwings Resort / Nintendo / 3DS / 10,675
10. Otomedius Excellent / Konami / 360 / 10,502

Hardware:
PSP – 49,162
3DS – 23,038
PS3 – 19,033
Wii – 7,866
DSi LL – 7,064
DSi – 6,214
Xbox 360 – 1,891
PS2 – 1,163
DS Lite – 283
PSP Go – 265

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Big in Japan April 18-24: Pokemon Typing DS” was posted by Brendan Sinclair on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 17:21:40 -0700

Homeland Security looking into PSN outage

Domestic agency’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team lending advice, hoping to glean lessons to prevent future attacks on government agencies; FBI on the case.

Law enforcement agencies are already looking into the PlayStation Network outage and data breach. Now the Department of Homeland Security is joining the investigation, according to a report on NextGov, a site dedicated to covering the intersection of technology and government.


Homeland Security considers the Sony outage a serious matter.

“The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the recent cyber intrusion to Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity music service,” DHS spokesman Chris Ortman told the site. “DHS’ US Computer Emergency Readiness Team [CERT] is working with law enforcement, international partners, and Sony to assess the situation.”

CERT is a subagency dedicated to helping companies that are the subject to cyberattacks evaluate their vulnerabilities and then recommend steps to remedy them. The goal is to take the lessons learned from the attacks and then offer them to other government agencies and private companies to promote overall cybersecurity.

“We’re all in this together,” said Patrick Burke, a senior vice president in the national security sector at SRA International, a DHS contractor. “We all need to understand that. There’s an adversary that we’re trying to defeat.”

NextGov also re-confirmed that the FBI is helping Sony track down the hackers whose attack has kept the PSN down for a ninth day. “The FBI is aware of the reports concerning the alleged intrusion into the Sony online game server and we have been in contact with Sony concerning this matter,” FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said in a statement. “We are presently reviewing the available information in an effort to determine the facts and circumstances concerning this alleged criminal activity.”

Anyone with additional knowledge of the PSN hack should call the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or file a report online via the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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Homeland Security looking into PSN outage” was posted by Tor Thorsen on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 17:02:44 -0700

Homeland Security looking into PSN outage

Domestic agency’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team lending advice, hoping to glean lessons to prevent future attacks on government agencies; FBI on the case.

Law enforcement agencies are already looking into the PlayStation Network outage and data breach. Now the Department of Homeland Security is joining the investigation, according to a report on NextGov, a site dedicated to covering the intersection of technology and government.


Homeland Security considers the Sony outage a serious matter.

“The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the recent cyber intrusion to Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity music service,” DHS spokesman Chris Ortman told the site. “DHS’ US Computer Emergency Readiness Team [CERT] is working with law enforcement, international partners, and Sony to assess the situation.”

CERT is a subagency dedicated to helping companies that are the subject to cyberattacks evaluate their vulnerabilities and then recommend steps to remedy them. The goal is to take the lessons learned from the attacks and then offer them to other government agencies and private companies to promote overall cybersecurity.

“We’re all in this together,” said Patrick Burke, a senior vice president in the national security sector at SRA International, a DHS contractor. “We all need to understand that. There’s an adversary that we’re trying to defeat.”

NextGov also re-confirmed that the FBI is helping Sony track down the hackers whose attack has kept the PSN down for a ninth day. “The FBI is aware of the reports concerning the alleged intrusion into the Sony online game server and we have been in contact with Sony concerning this matter,” FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said in a statement. “We are presently reviewing the available information in an effort to determine the facts and circumstances concerning this alleged criminal activity.”

Anyone with additional knowledge of the PSN hack should call the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or file a report online via the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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Homeland Security looking into PSN outage” was posted by Tor Thorsen on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 17:02:44 -0700

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations teased, will be Altair spin-off?

Ubisoft’s Facebook page urges gamers to “spread the word to reveal the next Assassin’s Creed game”–and may have prematurely revealed its title.

Given that Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood shipped 6.5 million copies, it should come as little surprise that Ubisoft has already confirmed it is cooking up another installment in the series. The question is, why is the company being so cagey about promoting it?


Will Ubisoft soon be offering some revelations about the next Assassin’s Creed title?

That issue arose this afternoon, when the Assassin’s Creed Facebook page began teasing a new entry in the series. Earlier in the day, the page urged gamers to “spread the word to reveal the next Assassin’s Creed game” with a Flash application that allows for e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook reposting. The application then went down, then went back up again, and was then pulled–although it is still running solo.

The site also featured a teaser video that eager fans quickly uploaded to YouTube. It shows nothing in the way of gameplay, merely depicting some murky visuals with what appears to be some text in Arabic. Commenters translated the text as saying “Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad,” or “Altair, son of no one”–indicating the game could feature the original Assassin’s Creed hero as its protagonist.

Additionally, an eagle-eyed NeoGAF poster did some digging and found a logo for “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.” When asked about the validity of the title, Ubisoft declined comment.

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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations teased, will be Altair spin-off?” was posted by Tor Thorsen on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:16:22 -0700

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations teased, will be Altair spin-off?

Ubisoft’s Facebook page urges gamers to “spread the word to reveal the next Assassin’s Creed game”–and may have prematurely revealed its title.

Given that Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood shipped 6.5 million copies, it should come as little surprise that Ubisoft has already confirmed it is cooking up another installment in the series. The question is, why is the company being so cagey about promoting it?


Will Ubisoft soon be offering some revelations about the next Assassin’s Creed title?

That issue arose this afternoon, when the Assassin’s Creed Facebook page began teasing a new entry in the series. Earlier in the day, the page urged gamers to “spread the word to reveal the next Assassin’s Creed game” with a Flash application that allows for e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook reposting. The application then went down, then went back up again, and was then pulled–although it is still running solo.

The site also featured a teaser video that eager fans quickly uploaded to YouTube. It shows nothing in the way of gameplay, merely depicting some murky visuals with what appears to be some text in Arabic. Commenters translated the text as saying “Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad,” or “Altair, son of no one”–indicating the game could feature the original Assassin’s Creed hero as its protagonist.

Additionally, an eagle-eyed NeoGAF poster did some digging and found a logo for “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.” When asked about the validity of the title, Ubisoft declined comment.

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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations teased, will be Altair spin-off?” was posted by Tor Thorsen on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:16:22 -0700

GameSpot Sync – April 29, 2011

Jody continues to bring news of the PSN issues, fills us in on some Marvel free-to-play action, and talks about White Knight Chronicles II, Driver SF, and more.

 

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GameSpot Sync – April 29, 2011” was posted by DanM on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:00:00 -0700

GameSpot Sync – April 29, 2011

Jody continues to bring news of the PSN issues, fills us in on some Marvel free-to-play action, and talks about White Knight Chronicles II, Driver SF, and more.

 

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GameSpot Sync – April 29, 2011” was posted by DanM on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:00:00 -0700

Shadows of the Damned Unique Developer Diary

Developer Diary with Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami talking about the unique style of Shadows of the Damned.

 

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Shadows of the Damned Unique Developer Diary” was posted by DanM on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Crosshairs– Dungeon Siege III, Gears of War 3, Nobuo Uematsu

This week on Crosshairs, we hack and slash with Obsidian in Dungeon Siege III, we chat to Nobuo Uematsu about video game compositions and we answer questions from the GameSpot community about the Gears of War 3 beta!

 

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Crosshairs– Dungeon Siege III, Gears of War 3, Nobuo Uematsu” was posted by edmondt on Thu, 28 Apr 2011 21:25:30 -0700