Temple Run and Minecraft rack up the Christmas downloads

mangi and Mojang’s titles see some Christmas magic

Temple Run and Minecraft rack up the Christmas downloads

Two independent titles, Temple Run and Minecraft, have seen some absolutely stellar numbers over the Christmas holiday.

Imangi Studios founder Keith Shepherd tweeted that Temple Run had been downloaded 2.5 million times across all platforms on December 25. That breaks down to 1 million downloads on the Apple App Store, 1 million downloads on Google Play, and 500,000 downloads on the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Minecraft creator and Mojang founder Markus Persson also tweeted about his title’s success. Minecraft sold 453,000 units all platforms on December 25.

“Across all platforms, Minecraft sold 453k copies on [December 24]! Wowzers!” tweeted Persson. “Sorry, [December 25], not 24.”

This brings Minecraft’s total sales to nearly 18 million, based on previous estimates of 17.5 million by Gamespot.

Uncharted 3 Gets Free Egomaniacal Holiday DLC

Naughty Dog is wishing everyone a Happy Holiday with a couple free customizable Christmas character items for Uncharted 3‘s online multiplayer, along with a wonderfully complex looking (and very secular by contrast) Block Mesh Lab map.

So, what specific character DLC can you look forward to? Aside from present Drake head from above, there’s also a character shirt sporting Naughty Dog’s Co-President Christophe Balestra’s festive fuzzy face. You can also catch Balestra’s handsome mug gracing a customized candy cane crowned AK-47.

You can use all of these (predominantly Christmas centric) holiday items from now until January 8th of next year in Uncharted 3s multiplayer mode.

Do you plan on curling up with (and possibly murdering) your entire family with present-head-Drake imbued with the power of the almighty Balestra branded AK-47 on Christmas day? Let us know in the comments!


source: psls

Pachter: Wii U to sell 3 million by Christmas 2012

Nintendo will ship 3 million Wii U consoles by Christmas 2012, and they’ll all sell out, according to game analyst.

Game analyst Michael Pachter, who’s been critical of the Wii U and Nintendo in the past, believes that the current “negativity” that surrounds the console won’t have an impact on sales.


The negativity surrounds the launch, some update issues with the console, some critics didn’t like the games — this is always the case. And as Pachter points out, “negativity will never go away”. Pachter doesn’t see this to affect the European and Japanese launches either.

Pachter believes Nintendo will ship 3 million consoles to stores by Christmas, and that all 3 million will sell out. He also thinks that Nintendo will sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles by March 2013, on par with what Nintendo has forecast.

This is quite a backtrack from Pachter who last month said that Nintendo’s “5.5 million” sales number was “unrealistic“. Now, apparently, Pachter believes it’s quite realistic.


Sony: PS3 will pass Xbox 360 by Christmas

The managing director of PlayStation UK, Fergal Gara, has said the business is set to embark on a “casual audience breakthrough” with both the new PS3 and the JK Rowling-backed Wonderbook project.


Gara told CVG that the casual market is “hugely important” for the PS3 business, and believes that the transition from Wii to Wii U has opened an opportunity to steal Nintendo’s thunder.

“If you look at the upcoming Christmas market, the Wii will be selling in very low volumes – it’s on its way out – and the Wii U will arrive, but it will bring in a relatively small number of early adopter consumers,” he said.

“We see ourselves well positioned for the casual market who won’t buy Wii U on day one. We’ve got a wow moment, we feel. I remember when people picked up the Wii controller for the first time, that was a big moment, it was a casual market breakthrough, but we thing we’ve got a casual market breakthrough as well with Wonderbook and the lowest priced PS3 yet.”

Gara also acknowledged Nintendo’s successes in the casual market, before reflecting on Sony’s earlier efforts with PS2 karaoke title Singstar.

“If you look at the casual market overall in the last few years, there’s no doubt that the kings of that market has been Nintendo, they have done a great job with a great product,” he said.

“If you look back even further, I think Sony has done a great job with the PS2 in the casual market with games like Singstar.”

Looking forward, he explained that, as Nintendo transitions to the Wii U and begins to find its footing, the PS3’s firm foundations and the strength of Wonderbook could steer it to success.

Beyond the casual market, the Sony exec talked up third-party published core games such as Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 3 and EA’s FIFA 13.

“Obviously we don’t want to forget about core gamers, and while we don’t have that big triple-A game this Christmas, we have a stronger alignment with Assassin’s Creed and FIFA. There will obviously be more to come.

“It would be wonderful to have one. I take huge confidence in what is coming down the line though. Of course we’d love to have a new triple-A game, but we have a great strategy for this holiday period.”

“We don’t have to talk to the same audience all the time. We have a stronger play on family this Christmas, and for the core games we will leverage third parties a bit more. I’m convinced we’ve got some great games coming out next year, such as The Last of Us and Beyond.”

Last week SCEA marketing VP John Koller said the PS3 has at least two or three more years of strong releases ahead of it, and promised the company would support the console as long as there is a development spigot that’s running hot.

Source: CVG