Go Pikachu, I Choose You!!

Hey everyone, sorry its such a late one today. Let’s get straight into the news and first up is details of a Pokemon fighting game coming to consoles next year!

Pokemon Tournament has been officially announced for the Wii U. The previously arcade only fighting game will be making its console debut in Spring 2016. We don’t know much more about the game beyond its reveal trailer, but the game will definitely include such Pokemon as Pikachu, Lucario and Charizard. I will admit that the trailer has me interested, even though I’m not the biggest fighting genre fan. I’m really excited to be able to fight with Pokemon in a different format to the turn based strategy that we are used to. The only thing that does surprise me a little is that it’s coming to Wii U, especially if the NX is coming next year…

Rockstar are without doubt one of the most successful developers — and one of my favourite. We spoke recently about how GTA V has sold-in 54 million units, well now we have learnt that the GTA franchise as a whole has sold 220 million units! Just think, if on average a game is sold for £45, that is almost £10 billion in revenue! In the same presentation that this was revealed, it was also confirmed that Red Dead Redemption has sold 14 million copies. While this isn’t GTA figures, it is still a very successful number. We already know Rockstar San Diego is working on something, I really hope it is a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, and would love it even more if it came next year!

Konami‘s Pro Evolution Soccer series was once the pinnacle of football simulation. Back in the PS2 era, these were the football games I played. Unfortunately, for Konami, PES has since slipped and FIFA now reigns supreme. PES‘s latest iteration launches of September 15th this year — one week earlier than FIFA — but Xbox One owners won’t get to enjoy PES 2016 in its full 1080p glory. The latest demo shows it running just below the full 1080p resolution, but Konami are pretty sure that “no one will be able to tell the difference.” I don’t want this to develop into another resolution console race war, but it is disappointing that developers still haven’t worked out how to make games run at 1080p on these consoles yet. It does make you question the longevity of this console generation though — are they underpowered?

Staying with football (kind of) Madden NFL 16 is launching next week on all platforms but, if you want to get a sneak peak, it is available now to EA Access members. I have already downloaded my version and plan on checking it out over the weekend. If you are not familiar with how this works, EA will often allow gamers to play their upcoming games a week early for a certain period of time — in this instance 10 hours. I know I’ve said it before but I love the EA Access service. In the interim, check out this bizarre promotional trailer for the game:

Final news item this week, and Sony has announced a Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain themed Walkman. The Japan exclusive item appeared on Sony’ Japanese store for 140,000 yen, which equates to about £729. In addition the the walkman, there were also smartphones and tablets that carried a similar Phantom Pain theme. Obviously this items are going on sale in conjunction with the game’s release, but it made me think, do people still buy Sony Walkmans?! In Japan they obviously do, but I almost can’t imagine people with standalone mp3 players now — especially when most of us have smartphones that offer the same features.

mgs walkman

Finally here are this week’s game releases:

That’s all I have for you today, have a good weekend!

Matt