The Last of Us holds the #1 spot on UK charts for second week

The Last of UsFor the second week in a row, The Last of Us continues to reign supreme at the top of the UK charts. Following Naughty Dog’s masterpiece is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which continues to hold steady at #2, unable to take the top spot. This has been a quiet week: MotoGP 13, the only new release on the charts, only managed to breach the top 20 chart at 15.

FIFA 13 came in at third and Tomb Raider at fourth. Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 did jump to fifth due to a newly bestowed £10 price tag on both consoles.

Top 10 UK Software Sales (All Formats); week ending June 22:

  1. The Last of Us
  2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  3. FIFA 13
  4. Tomb Raider
  5. Max Payne 3
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  7. Far Cry 3
  8. Injustice: Gods Among Us
  9. Assassin’s Creed 3
  10. Grid 2
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Sony to GameStop: “the flood gates are open” for PS4 pre-orders

sony-gamestop-ps4-memoGameStop sent out a memo this morning to their employees notifying them that Sony has allowed them to start taking “unlimited” pre-orders for the PS4, saying: “Starting now, through this weekend and until further notice, Sony has allowed us to take unlimited preorders beyond your current allotments. In other-words, the flood gates are open for PS4 system reserves, we will let you know when to stop preordering based on limited quantities.”  GameTrailers, who initially published the leaked memo, also noted that apparently one GameStop store started with 24 PS4 pre-orders, and saw that number rise to 138 by the day’s end. Speaking with SCEA CEO Jack Tretton last week, GameStop execs reportedly stated that they’d buy every single unit that could be manufactured.

“Starting now, through this weekend and until further notice, Sony has allowed us to take unlimited preorders beyond your current allotments. In other-words, the flood gates are open for PS4 system reserves, we will let you know when to stop preordering based on limited quantities.”

It looks like the flood gates have opened. Who’s placed a pre-order yet, or plans on reserving a PlayStation 4? Any thoughts on whether or not there will be shortages? Sound off in the comments below.

Next-gen console orders break records at Amazon

PlayStation 4 ControllerAmazon has announced that this past week that their Video Games department has seen a record number of console orders throughout E3. In fact, there’s been a 4000% year-on-year increase in console orders. At one point during the past week, customers were ordering 2,500 next-gen consoles per minute.

“Last week, the Amazon Video Games store made history with its biggest pre-order week ever thanks to the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.”

The feat is minimized by the fact that the console market was suffering at this time last year. However, as MCV points out, “pre-orders for the two consoles stand at nearly twice the amount of all video games orders made on Black Friday 2012.”

That’s good news.

Black Friday: 525k PS3s and over 160k Vitas sold

While the Xbox 360 sold 750,000 units on Black Friday, Sony’s Black Friday sale also proved to be a success (a highly needed one), with the company moving over 525,000 PS3s and 160,000 Vitas (finally, some more positives for the handheld). On the shopping holiday, PS3 bundle sales increased by 15%, while total hardware, software, and peripheral sales increased too. Sony attributed the success to the Ultimate PlayStation Value Bundle, which included a 250GB PS3 and the Uncharted Dual Pack and inFAMOUS Collection for $199, and “Quickly sold out at retailers across the U.S.”

The Vita, which really needed the boost in sales numbers, also managed to move units off store shelves. The Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation bundle sold out at retail in less than five hours, while the Black Ops: Declassified and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Bundles were gone by week’s end. Also, PlayStation Plus subscriptions jumped by 259% compared to last Black Friday’s number.

Well done, Sony.

First-year Black Ops 2 sales could be down by 15%, says analyst

Although Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 raked in over $500 million on launch day, Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia claims that the game’s sales during its first year “could ultimately be down 10 to 15% year-over-year.” In an industry note, the analyst noted:

“Our checks show initial sales of CoD: Black Ops 2 at some retailers were down as much as 20%. Subsequently, it appears sales of CoD did pick up a bit over the Thanksgiving holiday. We think the current sales curve suggests unit sales in its first year could ultimately be down 10 to 15% year-over-year.

 

If we are right, this would be the second year in a row this critical franchise will have seen units decline. We estimate CoD generates 40 to 45% of the company’s EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) on an annual basis and it goes without saying that weakness in this franchise is a cause for concern.”

If you’re having a hard time believing this, you’re probably not alone. The analyst does offer up two good reasons for the future decline: Halo 4 and customers waiting for the holiday sales to start rolling out.

Black Ops 2 tops the UK charts, is the 4th biggest UK launch of all time

After its global launch last Tuesday, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 took the number one spot on the U.K. All Format Charts, and has made it as the 4th biggest U.K. game launch of all time.

It’s important to note though that Black Ops 2 hasn’t performed as well as Black Ops, MW3, or MW2. On top of that, the Xbox 360 version of Black Ops 2 moved more copies, taking 60% of the game’s sales, with the PS3 lagging behind at only 38%.

Halo 4 fell to second place and FIFA 13 took third. Catch the Top 10 after the break. Continue reading

Patcher: “Vita’s too expensive for most”

 

Michael PatcherIn an interview with VG24/7, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Patcher said that the PS Vita is “too expensive for most consumers,” as it’s nearly the same price as the PS3, and that until the library of games available to the handheld gets a boost, sales will remain slow.

“Vita’s too expensive for most, priced pretty much the same as the PS3 everywhere. While I think the Vita is a good value and a great device, when compared to the PS3 it’s pretty expensive.

 

Also, there is not much of a library of Vita games, so sales will probably be slow until we see more content.”

He also took a jab at the 3DS, calling it “not all that compelling.”

In recent sales charts the Vita has performed less than amazing, selling less units in Japan than the older PSP. Sony’s expected to release a sales report regarding the Vita in its Q1 FY12 financial report.

 

PS Vita Sales Drop in Japan, Lags Behind PSP

PS Vita

Japanese hardware sales charts have reported abysmal numbers for Vita sales, falling behind the nearly eight year old PSP. Selling just under 12k models, the Vita fell behind the PSP, which sold 13k. The 3DS remained atop the charts, followed by the PlayStation 3.

As the slew of games for the Vita starts to slow down, sales may drop even more, especially now that rumor is that Vita developers are jumping ship in favor of the Wii U. If Sony doesn’t react fast, will the Vita go the way of its predecessor? See the charts below.

HARDWARE

1. Nintendo 3DS: 44,399 (last week: 47,063)
2. PlayStation 3: 15,214 (14,813)
3. PlayStation Portable: 13,058 (11,004)
4. PlayStation Vita: 11,932 (13,427)
5. Wii: 9002 (6747)
6. Nintendo DS: 1343 (1140)
7. PlayStation 2: 1093 (1197)
8. Xbox 360: 865 (930)

SOFTWARE

1. [WII] Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition – 100,286
2. [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 – 92,178
3. [3DS] Rune Factory 4: A Fantasy Harvest Moon – 85,955
4. [PSP] Digimon World Re:Digitize – 85,817
5. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2012 – 62,740
6. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb – 31,741
7. [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2012 – 28,142
8. [PSP] New Class of Heroes Mono: Toki no Gakuen – 19,284
9. [PSP] Warriors Orochi 3 Special – 18,136
10. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2012 – 16,837
11. [PSP] Record of Agarest War Mariage – 14,556
12. [PSP] Toki no Kizuna: Sekigahara Kitan – 13,667
13. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D – 12,820
14. [WII] Mario Party 9 – 10,969
15. [PSP] Ailu de Puzzle – 10,738
16. [3DS] Little Battlers eXperience: Explosive Boost – 10,244
17. [3DS] Tousouchuu: Shijou Saikyou no Hunter-Tachi Kara Nigekire! – 9603
18. [PSP] Toriko: Gourmet Survival! 2 – 9494
19. [3DS] Pocket Soccer League: Calciobit – 8685
20. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey IV: Denshou no Kyojin – 7217