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Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 Gameplay Trailer Reveals March Release

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:00
PS4 game debuts in N. America on March 27, Europe on March 30
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German Ratings Board Almost Threw Nintendo Labo In The Trash

Game informer - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:34

The other day, Nintendo introduced their Labo initiative, various kits that let children make toys from pre-cut cardboard and various permutations of the Switch's three pieces. Before it was revealed to the world, however, the German ratings board nearly accidentally threw it away.

Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (Entertainment Software Self-Regulation), commonly shortened to USK, is the ratings board for software in Germany. Today, the group tweeted a story about how they received Nintendo's new cardboard peripheral in the mail and weren't quite sure what to make of it.

"Finally we can tell the story, when we had the latest Nintendo hardware, it was almost dumped by the cleaning crew as waste paper," the tweet said when translated to English. "In the past no one would have believed this story, anyway."

There you go, Nintendo was one custodial mistake away from not understanding why Labo wasn't rated in Germany. Labo is releasing for the Switch on April 20 in Variety and Giant Robot packages. We also collected some of the internet's reactions to Nintendo's new project.

(Thank you to @TheYremaster for aiding the translation.)

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Anime Boston to Host Sunrise Producer Hideyuki Tomioka, Screenwriter Katsuyuki Sumizawa

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:00
Convention to take place March 30-April 1
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Call Of Duty: WWII And Star Wars: Battlefront II Win December U.S. Sales

Game informer - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:24

In December's video game sales, brand recognition ruled the roost as a lot of familiar faces lined up the top ten sales, according to the NPD Group.

November and December are the Superbowl of video game sales in the United States with a rather large piece of yearly software coming just from those two months. This year, Call of Duty: WWII continued its surprising dominance over the year's sales with a strong first place showing, followed closely by Star Wars: Battlefront II.

In November, Activision was quick to point out that Call of Duty had not only topped the charts in November, it topped the charts for all games released in 2017 period. That momentum has not abated and Call of Duty: WWII is officially the best selling game of 2017. In terms of December sales, Battlefront II came in second, showing that the Star Wars brand vastly overcomes the controversy surrounding the game. Super Mario Odyssey rounds out the top three, moving up several places from its November placement.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on the Xbox One is the highest ranked new IP of the month, with Microsoft recently reporting a milestone of three million players on Xbox One version.

You can check out the top 20 below.

Call of Duty: WWII 1 Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017 2 Super Mario Odyssey 3 NBA 2K18 4 Mario Kart 8 5 Madden NFL 18 6 Playerunknown's Battlegrounds 7 Assassin's Creed: Origins 8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 9 Grand Theft Auto V 10 FIFA 18 11 Destiny 2 12 Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 13 Splatoon 2 14 Need for Speed: Payback 15 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 16 Just Dance 2018 17 The Sims 4 18 Pokemon: Ultra Sun 19 Pokemon: Ultra Moon 20

 

Additionally, we can also show the top 10 games for all of 2017, since the calendar year has ended.

Call of Duty: WWII 1 NBA 2K18 2 Destiny 2 3 Madden NFL 18 4 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 5 Grand Theft Auto V 6 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands 7 Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017 8 Super Mario Odyssey 9 Mario Kart 8 10

 

In terms of hardware, Nintendo took command of the month mostly on the back of strong Switch sales, but it was not enough to overcome Sony's hardware dominance, which took the year overall. The two months before the Switch came out obviously favored the PlayStation 4, as well as the scattered other months where Sony won the numbers game. Based on a tweet from Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg, we know the Xbox platform outsold the PS4 in December, as well.

The 3DS also did remarkably well in December, selling 27 percent more than the little handheld did in the previous December.

 

Our Take
Overall, it was a good month for sales in terms of raw revenue, as December 2016 had analysts worried that the industry was cooling down overall. The growth this year is encouraging. Nintendo seems bullish on 2018 being able to match the previous year and Sony really has nothing to worry about. Microsoft's objective for 2018 is to really show the world what the Xbox One X can do after strong launch months, so hopefully they're ready to do just that.

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Sentai Filmworks Confirms English Dub for Sword Oratoria

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:00
Sentai Filmworks revealed an English dub for the Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side anime series on Thursday....
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Eromanga Sensei's Sagiri Gets Ready for the Pool in VR App

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:45
The Eromanga Sensei virtual reality game is already getting a sequel. The first game was mostly an alarm clock app that included the ability to nap with...
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Slayers Novels Get Sequel After 18 Years

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:00
Preview to run in Dragon Age magazine this weekend
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Oreimo's Ayase Turned in Conversational, Holographic A.I. Girlfriend

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:45
Gatebox has paved the way for two-dimensional waifus, first by introducing its "Holographic Communication Robot" in 2016 and followed by establishing its...
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Nintendo Sells 2.6 Million Units Of Hardware In The U.S. In December Alone

Game informer - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:37

 

As the hibernating bear of sales analysis wakes up from its post-Christmas lull, it is time for companies to brag about how much hardware they sold over the holiday. First up is Nintendo, which boasts an absurd 2.6 million units of hardware in the month of December, an exceptionally high number even for the Christmas season.

The numbers, delivered by the NPD Group, include the Switch, the Nintendo 3DS, and the SNES Classic Edition, with the sales ranking in that order. The Switch, which notably had no official holiday bundle or discount of any kind, lead the charge with 1.5 million units sold during December, which brings its grand total up to 4.8 million. This confirms Nintendo's insistence earlier that the Switch is the fastest selling console in U.S. history.

The 3DS follows behind with 750,000 units sold, a nearly 30 percent increase over the previous December. The higher sales were likely spurred on by Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as well as the 3DS providing a cheaper handheld alternative to the more expensive Switch, but that kind of increase is still fairly unprecedented.

Most notably, that increase makes December 2017 the best month of sales for the 3DS since the same month in 2014.

 

Our Take
The Switch had a great first year, which technically isn't even complete for another month and a half. The 3DS sales justify Nintendo's reluctance to let go of the system, so it wouldn't surprise me to see some more small software stay on the 3DS for at least a little bit longer.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Both Negima TV Anime

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:07
Negima!, Negima!? both previously licensed by Funimation
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New Gegege no Kitarō Anime Announced for Dragon Ball Super's Timeslot (Update)

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:36
Kitarō anime to feature completely new cast
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Yūri Katsuki Looks Princely for Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama Collab

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:15
The prince of the ice-skating rink is getting a redesign to match. Yūri Katsuki of the hit anime Yuri on Ice is crossing over into Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru...
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Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg Leaves After Eight Years

Game informer - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:08

Eric Hirshberg is leaving Activision after eight years as CEO of Activision Publishing, a division of Activision Blizzard. 

Hirshberg arrived to the company as an outsider from the game industry, bringing his advertiser mentality to how games were marketed. Under Hirshberg, Activision saw massive successes like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Skylanders, Destiny, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, among other hugely profitable titles.

He is staying until March as the search for a new CEO of Activision Publishing commences. Hirshberg is leaving the company on a high note, with Call of Duty: WWII's debut smashing records.

We have been able to talk to Hirshberg on a few occasions. He spoke with us about the importance of Sledgehammer on the Call of Duty franchise and how development rotation affects the series.

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Hirshberg also talked to us about Hollywood and Call of Duty's symbiotic love affair.

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And most recently, we got his thoughts on Call of Duty, Crash, and games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. "Serving as Activision’s CEO has been an honor and a thrill,” Hirshberg said in a statement release today. “This is an amazing company. One which routinely delivers epic experiences for our fans on a scale that no one else can. I have nothing but admiration for the incredible team I have had the privilege to lead."
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Violet Evergarden

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:21
Aesthetically, Violet Evergarden is a fantastic show that's worth watching for its production values alone, but the story is shaping up pretty well too.
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Kill Me Baby Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint in Kirara Fantasia Game

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:15
And one character gets a new voice actress...
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Tactics Manga Revived in New Series

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:15
Last volume of Sakura Kinoshita, Kazuko Higashiyama's series debuted in 2013
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This Week in Anime - GARO -Vanishing Line- Takes a Road Trip Across America!

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:39
Now that it's done setting up its story, GARO -Vanishing Line- has taken off on a wild road trip across the USA. We explore how this change has made the show stronger.
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Twitch Brings On High-Profile Streamers Like Markiplier In Disney Deal

Game informer - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:39

Twitch announced today that the Amazon-owned streaming company has made a deal with Disney's Digital Network to bring exclusive content from high-profile Youtube personalities like Jacksepticeye, Markiplier, LuzuGames and Strawburry17.

The deal gives the personalities their own channels to manage and create live and pre-recorded content that will remain exclusive to Twitch. While most of them have produced content on Twitch before, the deal struck ensures content will be more common and stay exclusive to Twitch.

The streaming service is also adding new tools for promotion, such as countdown clocks and the ability to re-run previously recorded videos at scheduled times.

While Twitch didn't go into details of the exclusive content, the company did confirm that there won't be anything preventing fans from making clips and potentially uploading them to other services, such as Youtube, except for the usual reasons like copyright infringement when the content is taken without the copyright holder's consent.

The new promotion tools should be arriving later today, alongside the first of the exclusive content.

 

Our Take
The deal with Disney expands their digital network beyond Youtube and grants Twitch some immediate big names in the video on demand arena. As Youtubers begin to feel the pressure of the service's different rules and algorithms, Twitch providing a home for them is a smart move.

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Sword Art Online Creator, One-Punch Man's Murata Come Out for Ready Player One Event

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:15
Film's producer, Sword Art Online director, illustrator Yūji Kaida will also attend
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Nintendo Switch Was Best-Selling Console in U.S. in December

Anime News Network - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:15
Console sold 1.5 million units
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