An untimely listing spotted on the Nintendo UK website Tuesday let slip details of planned downloadable content (DLC) for Wii U hit Mario Kart 8.
The webpage details how classic Nintendo character Link from The Legend of Zelda series will surprisingly be made available as a racer in one of two upcoming DLC packs. A range of new tracks, characters and karts were also revealed ahead of schedule, with plenty of callbacks to other well known Nintendo franchises such as Animal Crossing, Excitebike and F-Zero.
However, it wasn’t only the content that got spotted early — both the release schedule and pricing for the DLC was also erroneously on show.
Diablo III reaches the top of the chart with the Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition, bringing the franchise to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 release takes the majority of sales with 47% over 32% on Xbox One, and has the most successful launch on consoles to date, beating the Xbox 360 version by around 500 copies.
The Last of Us (-24%) drops from the top after three weeks up top to slot in ahead of Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare (+200%), which has climbed to third from fifteenth with the release of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 versions.
A small increase in sales fails to keep the Xbox 360 Edition (+5%) of Minecraft from slipping to forth, where a small dip in sales commits the PlayStation 3 Edition (-5%) to seventh.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (+7%) falls one place to fifth, saved somewhat by the release of the final DLC package Nemesis.
Watch Dogs (-11%) plummets four places to sixth and The LEGO Movie Videogame (-11%) drops two to eighth.
Grand Theft Auto V (+3%) slips to ninth ahead of new release Tales of Xillia 2 at tenth.
Falling outside of the top ten for the first time, FIFA 14 (-24%) crashes at fifteenth.
A Lincolnshire-based developer is set to release his debut game after a break-in forced his shop to close.
Paul F (born Paul Fisher; he now goes by the single initial) previously ran a seaside gift shop, but after a break-in at his business in late 2011 he found himself unable to afford the costs required to continue trading.
The Last of Us: Remastered (-40%) is at the top of the chart, followed by Watch Dogs (-22%) at second, for a third straight week. Up two places to third, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+1%) again finds its highest chart position.
Strong sales in Xbox One copies takes Call of Duty: Ghosts (+7%) to fourth from eighth.
Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (-1%) takes two places despite a minor drop in sales.
The LEGO Movie Videogame (+6%) is ahead of FIFA 14 (-21%) and Grand Theft Auto V (-27%), which fall four places each to seventh and eighth respectively.
Battlefield 4 (-12%) stays at ninth for a third week, ahead of Titanfall (+6%) which rises two to complete the top ten.
Sophia George, the first-ever resident Game Designer for the Victoria & Albert Museum has opened Scotland’s biggest videogame festival, Dare Protoplay in Dundee.
Organised by Abertay University, the event showcases the best of Scottish videogame design and creativity, including fifteen games from the Dare to be Digital student competition and over 30 independent games.
Independent developers will compete for a £25,000 innovation prize from Creative Scotland.
iPad title Strawberry Thief, Sophia George’s first game developed in her role at the V&A and based on the art of William Morris, will also be given its first public preview.
The Last of Us: Remastered hits the top of the chart as the fifth largest launch so far this year and fourth best on the PlayStation 4.
Sales in the rest of the top nine are on the rise, but Watch Dogs and FIFA 14 inevitably fall to second and third.
The LEGO Movie Videogame (+27%) builds on sales to reach fourth.
Just 14 copies split the Xbox 360 Edition (+11%) and PlayStation 3 Edition (+22%) of Minecraft at fifth and sixth.
A small improvement in sales cannot help Sniper Elite 3 (+3%) from a three place fall to seventh.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (+21%) and Battlefield 4 (+24%) take one place each to eighth and ninth, ahead of Grand Theft Auto V (-5%) at tenth.
Koch Media announced Wednesday that it has bought the rights to first-person shooter series Homefront from troubled developer Crytek.
Koch Media will now take ownership of the Homefront intellectual property from Crytek, and has announced it will repurpose the Crytek UK Nottingham studio into Deep Silver Dambuster Studios.
Koch Media confirmed that the repurposed studio will continue development on the series’ upcoming open-world sequel Homefront: The Revolution.
EA confirmed Wednesday that its upcoming subscription-based gaming service ‘EA Access‘ will cost £3.99 a month to UK subscribers.
Currently in beta for a limited number of Xbox One players, the new scheme will allow subscribers to download a range of titles and play them unlimited, as long as their recurring subscription is active.
Titles available during the beta include FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 with more titles to be announced.
Members of EA Access will also receive 10% off most EA titles available to download on Xbox One.
The UK game market suffered again this week with a three percent drop in sales over revenue. With no new titles released, that marks the lowest week for income this year.
Watch Dogs (+3%) is at the top again for the third time in a row and sixth overall. FIFA 14 (+5%), which has been at the top on seven occasions this year, is at second for a second week running.
A small sales improvement makes a big difference, as Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-4%) takes three places to fourth.
Sniper Elite 3 (-6%) loses sales but moves up one place to fourth nonetheless.
With the release of the DVD/Blu-Ray of the film this week, promotions have pushed The LEGO Movie Videogame (+41%) up seven places to fifth.
Constantly on the move, Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (-6%) has taken one spot in each of the last four weeks, landing at sixth this week.
Grand Theft Auto V moves up four from eleventh, around Titanfall which sticks at eighth.
Call of Duty: Ghosts falls from the third to ninth, ahead of rival Battlefield 4 at tenth.
EA has seen a couple of surprising movers at the bottom end of the chart – four year old Skate 3 (+17%) continues a successful period which leaves it at twenty-fifth. Promotions also help Need for Speed: Rivals (+44%) back into the top 40.
Update 31/07/14 - Deep Loot is out now for free (offers in-game purchases) for iPhone and iPad.
From time to time we like to shine our Indie Game Spotlight. Today we shine that spotlight on Monster and Monster to take a look at the Leamington Spa based developer’s upcoming mobile title Deep Loot.
Deep Loot, the fifth release from Monster and Monster, is a charming platform puzzle game described by its developer as an “underwater loot-’em up”.
Presented in a charming 16-bit style, Deep Loot sees players control a deep sea diver who traverses platform under the ocean in order to recover treasure, artefacts and avoid the creatures of the sea. The loot can then be used to purchase weaponry and upgrade equipment.
The game also features a wonderful 16-bit style synth soundtrack that matches its visual style superbly.
Now TV, Sky’s media app, is now available to download for the PlayStation 4 in the UK. It was announced via a tweet by PlayStation Europe’s English community manager Chris Owen.
Now TV allows users to pay for on-demand movies, TV shows and sports. A Sky Movies monthly pass cost £8.99, an Entertainment monthly pass costs £4.99, while a Sky Sports day pass cost £9.99.
The app has been available on the PlayStation 3 since last year. Now TV is still set for release for Xbox One ‘this summer’.
UK sales suffered at -10% in the last week of the school summer term, which with no new entry ensures that Watch Dogs (-12%) is at the top of the UK Chart for a fifth time.
FIFA 14 (-13%) is up one place and Call of Duty: Ghosts (-12%) jumps up three, ahead of Wolfenstein (-27%) which sticks at fourth.
Sniper Elite 3 (-29%) drops three to fifth, before Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-3%) and Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (-4%) take one each to sixth and seventh respectively.
Falling from fifth to eighth, Titanfall (-24%) suffers a chunk out of sales, but remains in the top ten for the nineteenth week running.
Having the only improved sales numbers in the top ten, Battlefield 4 (+2%) improves its position, remaining forward of Mario Kart 8 (+31%) which hops to tenth from sixteenth.
Bizarrely, Nintendo DS titles Pokemon Black (+127%) and Pokemon White (+110%) are at twenty-first and twenty-second place after promotions drop their price severely.