Recently, Dengeki PlayStation listed comments from over 100 developers that asked about the status of their games. The one that most stuck out was NIS own comment which didn't really seem optimistic at all. Here is what Shinkawa Sohei of Nippon Icchi had to say:
They need 150k to net a profit. However, it seems very unlikely with PS4 only having two games reaching that in Japan (Knack, which was bundled and MGS: Ground Zeroes), PS4 being somewhat of a flop in Japan, no Disgaea has ever reached 150k in sales, the fact that the game is exclusive to PS4, and also the fact that it releases the same day as Bloodborne which has a lot of hype behind it. I wish NIS the best of luck.
Police in Sweden have taken down The Pirate Bay seizing servers, computers and other office equipment, citing violations of copyright law. It seems that their strategy against police raids didn't work as expected!
Update: all mirrors are reportedly down, for a full list check here: *snip*
Read more on the story over at TorrentFreaks
There have been some rumor's going around the past couple of days that certain Amiibo figures, although only being on the market for a couple of weeks, had already been discontinued. I first learned of the news from temper Soulx, who shared with me this tweet from a local gaming shop.
At first I was skeptical, until coming across a recent article from gamespot getting official confirmation of the cancellation.
Prices for the 3 Amiibo's listed above have already skyrocketed, from the initial $12.99 MSRP, to as high as $60-70 online on Ebay and Amazon.com.
If you plan on purchasing Amiibo's, but are curious as to which ones may disappear sooner rather than later, I actually have some strategic news for you. There are obvious reasons why certain amiibo's have sold out faster over others.
Let's take a look at the Amiibo's listed above.
Marth, a fire emblem character that has next to no merchandise associated with it other than about 2 existing figures made by Figma.
Villager, from a popular Nintendo franchise that has never had a figure release other than the Isabelle Nendoroid by goodsmile.
And Wii Fit Trainer, which has next to no existing merchandise connected to the franchise.
As you can see, franchises that typically have no recognition will typically be the first ones to fly off the shelf, whereas the heavy hitters will most likely stick around for the duration of their lifespan.
So if you plan on picking up anything from Amiibo Wave 2, which launches this Decemer 14th, and consists of Zelda, Little Mac, Captain Falcon, Luigi, Pit, and Diddy Kong, you may want to focus on grabbing a Falcon, Little Mac, and Pit, as merchandise for those specific characters is sparse.
Amiibo Wave 3 will launch in February 2015, and will be the first wave to include retail exclusive Amiibo's, which include the following:
Shulk - Gamestop Exclusive
MetaKnight - Best Buy Exclusive
Lucario - Toys R Us exclusive
Also reportedly, the Lucario Pre-order is already sold out.
Today we have some sad news to report. Ralph H. Baer, aged 92, has passed away on December 6th at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire.
For those who may not be familiar with Ralph's work, Baer was a German-American developer, engineer and inventor, often called the "Father of Video Games". Ralph was the great mind behind the world's first commercially available video game system, the Magnavox Odyssey, and his work laid the cornerstone of gaming. He was also credited for a number of other gaming-related patents and products, including the popular game Simon.
We felt that it is only appropriate that we pay our respects to this great figure and express our deepest condolences here on GBATemp. Ralph was one of those people who made our favourite pass time and hobby a reality, it saddens us to hear of his passing. We hope that Baer's legacy continues to live on.
Should you wish to learn more about Baer and his achievements, feel free to follow this link and read up on him and his work, perhaps some of you will find it inspiring.
A new 3DS firmware update has been rolled out, officially addressing system stability issues on all 3DS consoles. In reality, this block the gateway's new update. It also prevents smealum's Ninjhax exploit from working, so do not update if you are interested in tweaking up your console.
-Shawn Layden on stage (wearing a God of War Kratos tshirt)
-Uncharted 4 gameplay - looks gorgeous
-MLB 2015 guy on stage
-New IP Kill Strain - F2P - Top Down
-From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki on stage - New Bloodborne feature shown - procedurally generated dungeon 'The Challace Dungeon'
-Adam Boyes on stage
-Ultra Street fighter IV coming to PS4 in the spring
-Killing Floor 2 announced
-Darkest Dungeon PS4 announce
-The Forest PS4 announce
-Geometry Wars 3 Vita announce
-Persona 5 will release in the US same time as JPN
-Bastion coming to PS4/Vita
-Orcs Must Die PS4 announce
-Peter Moore on stage for EA - 3 free games for all PlayStation owners, Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare PS4, Need For Speed most Wanted Vita, Mirrors Edge PS3 - get them before the end of the show!
-Dungeon Defenders 2 announce
-Shovel Knight announce - PS3/PS4/Vita
-Enter The Dungeon Announce
-Rocksteady on stage for Arkham Knight - new gameplay trailer - looks fantastic
-Street Fighter V announce - PS4 EXCLUSIVE - Yoshi Ono on stage
"PS4 is the only console this game will ever appear on" - Sony partnered with Capcom for development - gameplay premiere
-Yakuza 5 coming to the west - summer 2015
-Suikoden I & II coming to Vita and PS3 NEXT WEEK - Dec 9th
-Towerfall Ascension Vita announce with all new expansions
-Octodad Deadliest Catch Vita announce
-Super Time Force ULTRA Vita announce
-Banner Saga Vita announce
-Resident Evil Revelations Vita announce
-Gang Beasts PS4 announce
-Tim Schafer on stage
-Broken Age Complete Edition - PS4 and Vita announce
-Grim Fandango Remastered PS4 and Vita release date announce - Jan 27th
-Day of the Tentacle Remastered - PS4 and Vita announce
-Santa Monica studio on stage - 4 new games:
-Fat Princess Adventure - announce - looks too cute!
-Wattam - announce
-What remains of Edith Finch - announce
-The Order 1886 gameplay - Ru Weerasuriya on stage - melee combat vs Lycan shown, looks good
-Media Molecule on stage - Tearaway Unfolded demo
-Super Massive games on stage - Until Dawn gameplay - looks really good
-Square Enix on stage - FFVII PC Remaster PS4 Exclusive
-Sean Murray - No Mans Sky on stage - real-time gameplay
-David Jaffe on stage
-New IP Drawn to Death - Arena Shooter