Here Are This Week’s Famitsu Review Scores

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This week’s Famitsu scores are in and you can check them out below. Let us know if anything catches your fancy:

Lost Heroes 2 (3DS) – 8/8/7/7
Dragon Ball Xenoverse (PS4/PS3/XBO/360) – 7/8/8/7
Xtype+ (Wii U) – 7/6/8/7
Color Zen (3DS) – 7/7/8/6
Hazumi (3DS) – 7/7/7/7
6×1?Unlimited? (3DS) – 7/6/7/7
Zomgeri Panic Nightmare (3DS) – 7/6/7/6
Shinjuku Dungeon (3DS) – 7/6/7/6
Sangoku Stories Ten (3DS) – 6/6/7/6

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XBOX One Going Back Down to $349

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Well, it looks like the XBOX One price drop will once again become a reality. After raising the price of Microsoft’s latest home console back to the “normal” $399 for the last 8 days, Microsoft has decided to put the console back to the sweet spot of $349. Here is what XBOX’s Major Nelson had to say regarding the situation:

I want to thank all of the Xbox fans who contributed to our record-setting holiday and making 2014 such a successful year. The Xbox One deals were quite popular and have inspired a new promotion starting January 16 where fans in the U.S. can buy an Xbox One for $349 at their preferred retailer.

Some interesting statistics about 2014:

• Xbox 360 became the best-selling seventh generation console of all time in the U.S.

• In 2014, users logged nearly 8 billion hours globally in apps across Xbox 360 and Xbox One, a
50 percent increase from time spent in 2013.

• Xbox One became the best-selling console in the U.S. in November and December and weekly average sales during these months outpaced Xbox 360 by 50 percent at the same point in its lifecycle.*

• Xbox One also sold more games throughout November and December in the U.S. than any other current-generation platform.*

• From November 24 to January 3, fans spent more time playing on Xbox than they ever have before, at any point in the history of Xbox.

• In the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta alone, 18 million games have been played to date.

The Xbox Wire has a great year in review summary and what to expect in 2015, including a few upcoming console titles and the future of PC gaming on Windows 10. You can find that article here.

* According to NPD Group

Sounds like the right move to me Microsoft. Will this make you jump for the XBOX One?

Japanese Hardware Sales

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Here are the official hardware sales between December 22 and December 28 for Japan. Nintendo has to be pleased with their Holiday performance as they took the top 3 spots in terms of hardware sales.

Check out the list below and let us know what you think:

New 3DS LL – 105,947
New 3DS – 49,503
Wii U – 43,950
Vita – 42,405
PS4 – 33,150
3DS LL – 25,653
3DS – 15,171
PS3 – 12,578
Xbox One – 1,162
Vita TV – 1,090
Xbox 360 – 121
PSP – 7

Big Gaming Predictions For 2015

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It’s that time again my friends. Time where we peak into our gaming crystal ball and try and make some big gaming predictions for the upcoming year. With 2015 already in full swing, we here at MVGN have made some predictions for 2015 and we hope you enjoy them. Will Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo drop the prices of their home consoles? Will The Last Guardian release? What will Nintendo do next?

Check out our predictions and let us know what you guys think!

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Here Are Amazon’s Top 10 Games of 2014

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Amazon has put together a list of their top 10 games of 2014 and you can check out the list below. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor pretty much surprised everyone when it was released and took top honors from the online retailer.

Check out the full list below:

10. Dragon Age: Inquisition
9. Ocotdad: Dadliest Catch
8. Mario Kart 8
7. South Park: The Stick of Truth
6. Super Smash Bros.
5. Sportsfriends
4. Towerfall: Ascension
3. Dark Souls II
2. Transistor
1. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Here’s The Best-Selling Games In The US In November

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Here is a list of the best selling game in the US for last month. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare lead the way reaching across a number of platforms followed by GTA V. Nintendo’s exclusive Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS rounds out the top 3.

Check out the list and let us know what you think:

1.) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC)
2.) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
3.) Super Smash Bros. (NWU, 3DS)
4.) Madden NFL 15 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)
5.) Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
6.) Far Cry 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
7.) Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS)
8.) NBA 2K15 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
9.) Assassin’s Creed: Unity (PS4, XBO, PC)
10.) Halo: The Master Chief Collection (XBO)

Why Microsoft Needs to Keep The XBOX One Price at $349.99

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Currently Microsoft’s latest home console is retailing for $349.99. Ever since the XBOX One has dropped to that aggressive price, the system has been selling out at retail stores across the nation. Every time we enter a retail store, we notice that the system is now sold out and seems to be a general trend since the big price drop.

$349.99 seems to be the sweet spot for the XBOX One and the gaming community has been rushing out to pick up Microsoft’s latest home console. The company has stated that this is a temporary price cut and the system will go back to its original price after this holiday season. Although Microsoft has been vocal about this being a temporary price cut, we here at myvideogamenews think it would be wise for the company to leave the price right where it is and gain some ground against Sony and the PS4.

Gamers have gotten used to the XBOX One being $349.99. Matter of fact, this price point for the system has shifted a ton of units and has put the XBOX brand back in the lime light. It’s no secret that Sony’s PS4 is off to a massive success and with this price cut, the XBOX brand is becoming a lot more competitive with Sony’s success machine, PS4.

The system has some fantastic titles already available at retail and gamers are more likely to place their hard earned dollars down on these exclusives if the price remains at $349.99. One can argue that gamers will buy games anyway, but with the price of the XBOX One being $50 less, it’s more money for gamers to pick up an extra game or controller.

Microsoft may be losing money on each system sold but they are most certainly gaining market share and may make it up with other avenues in their business model (controllers, games, XBOX live etc). We think that IF Microsoft does end up brining the price of the XBOX One back to it’s $399 mark, it would be a big mistake.

Momentum is currently in full swing in the XBOX camp and when you are in this business, momentum is a great thing to have in your favor. We think it would cause mass confusion with the general public if Microsoft decided to place the $399 price tag back on its home console.

Overall it appears as though Microsoft has found that all important sweet spot for their latest home console. The XBOX One is flying off the shelves and although it’s the holiday season, we think that they should ride this wave as long as they can. Eventually the company will reduce the price point to $349.99 anyway, so why not gain market share now and force Sony to play their hand with the PS4’s price.

What do you guys think Microsoft should do?

Here is What The Actual Video Game Award Looks Like

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For all of those who are curious, here is what the actual video game award looks like for tonight’s video game awards show. The show will take place in a couple of hours and gamers should expect some major announcements from the event.

The award looks rather nice doesn’t it?

The Game Awards Nominees Announced

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Here are the Game Awards Nominees for the upcoming show hosted by Geoff Keighley. Nominees for The Game Awards 2014 were selected by a jury of 28 international media. In some cases the jury is provided advanced review code of upcoming games in order to meet the Game Awards 2014 judging deadlines. Games must have been commercially released by Tuesday, November 25 to be eligible for awards.

Here is the list:

Best Online Experience

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Dark Souls II
Destiny
Hearthstone
Titanfall

Best Family Game

Disney Infinity 2.0
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Mario Kart 8
Skylanders: Trap Team
Tomodachi Life

Best Sports/Racing Game

Fifa ’15
Forza Horizon 2
Mario Kart 8
NBA 2K15
Trials Fusion

Best Role-Playing Game

Bravely Default
Dark Souls II
Divinity: Original Sin
Dragon Age: Inquisition
South Park: The Stick Of Truth

Best Fighting Game

Killer Instinct: Season 2
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Ultra Street Fighter IV

Best Action/Adventure

Alien: Isolation
Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Bayonetta 2
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Sunset Overdrive

Best Shooter

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Destiny
Far Cry 4
Titanfall
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Best Remaster

Grand Theft Auto V
Pokémon: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
The Last of Us: Remastered
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Games For Change

Mountain
Never Alone
The Last of Us: Left Behind
This War of Mine
Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Best Performance

Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf, The Wolf Among Us
Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Melissa Hutchison as Clementine, The Walking Dead: Season Two
Trey Parker as Various Voices, South Park: The Stick of Truth
Troy Baker as Talion, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Score/Soundtrack

Alien: Isolation
Child of Light
Destiny
Sunset Overdrive
Transistor

Best Narrative

South Park: The Stick of Truth
The Walking Dead: Season Two
The Wolf Among Us
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Developer of the Year

Blizzard Entertainment
Monolith Productions
Nintendo
Telltale Games
Ubisoft Montreal

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

Bravely Default
Hearthstone
Monument Valley
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
Threes!
Best Independent Game
Broken Age: Act I
Monument Valley
Shovel Knight
Transistor
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Game of the Year

Bayonetta 2
Dark Souls II
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Hearthstone
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

You Will See JPRGs on XBOX One States Phil Spencer

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Phil Spencer, Microsofts head of Xbox, has taken to twitter to announce that the XBOX One will see some JRPG’s in the future. Spencer wouldn’t comment any more on the situation but has gone on record saying that he hasn’t talked to Mistwalker in quite some time. Whether or not these future JRPG’s will be exclusive remains to be seen but it’s nice to see the head of XBOX intreating with his audience.

Stay tuned for more.