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Black Ops Cold War and Switch top the March NPD charts

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War returned to the top of the NPD charts in March, and Switch was once again the best-selling console.The NPD March 2021 report has been released, and it finds total industry spending reaching a March record of $5.6 billion, which is up 18% over March 2020. First-quarter spending totaled $14.9 billion, up 30% year-over-year.Watch on YouTubeHardware dollar sales were 47% higher year-over-year (yoy), and set a March record of $680 million, compared to the previous high of $552 million which occurred in March 2008.Year-to-date hardware spending came in at $1.4 billion, which is up…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Switch were tops in January – NPD

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Nintendo Switch once again dominated US retail in January, according to NPD.The NPD January 2021 report has been released, and it finds total industry spending in January 2021 reached a January record of $4.7 billion, 4which is 42% higher year-over-year.Hardware dollar sales reached $319 million, which is 144% higher than in January 2020, making it the highest total January month since 2011 when $$323 million was achieved. Once again, Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in units sold and was the highest of any January month since the Wii in January 2010.Like December, PlayStation 5 was the…

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The SEGA Genesis Mini is back on sale

By Grace Curtis, Monday, 21 December 2020 16:49 GMT It’s a blast from the past! If you’re looking to party like it’s 1991, the Sega Genesis mini is on sale again at Target and Amazon, $40 off the regular price. While Sega are not the first company to try and cash in on their golden years, this console was met with particularly good reviews, with Digital Foundry calling it ‘possibly the best mini retro console yet’. You can read the whole write-up here.This little nostalgia machine comes with forty games pre-downloaded including Streets of Rage 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog, titles…

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Oculus store launches Black Friday deals for Quest and Rift

By Henry Stockdale, Friday, 27 November 2020 21:31 GMT With the original Oculus Quest being discontinued after Oculus Quest 2’s launch last month, there hasn’t been any hardware bundles going for the older Virtual Reality units this Black Friday. Honestly, we’d not seen a huge amount of Virtual Reality offers anywhere. Until now that is, as Oculus have just launched their Black Friday 2020 offers. Deals are admittedly stronger for the Oculus Rift lineup, going as high as 88% off in some instances. That said, there’s still some great offers for Quest owners too, bringing us several bundles filled with acclaimed…

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Amazon, Best Buy and Gamestop are offering big Black Friday discounts on Switch games

By Henry Stockdale, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 20:12 GMT As we get closer to Black Friday, many sites are continuing to post their hottest deals and if you’re a Nintendo Switch owner, you’ve got no end of choices to go on.From Nintendo’s star icon (We of course mean Luigi) searching haunted hotels to the JRPG powerhouse that is Fire Emblem: Three Houses, there’s something for everyone and Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop have been bringing us some outstanding offers. If you’re happy to go pre-owned, GameStop are also knocking an extra couple of dollars off too, though this varies from game…

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is 50% off this Black Friday

By Henry Stockdale, Monday, 23 November 2020 15:02 GMT Since Microsoft introduced Game Pass in 2017, it continues to offer some fantastic value across Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC with its subscription-based model. And this Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Black Friday offers makes it even better.That’s all thanks to Best Buy’s latest Black Friday offers. Their latest deal is a 3 Month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership for $22.99. You’d usually be looking at paying $14.99 a month, so this offer gives you a massive 50 per cent saving.For the unfamiliar, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate combines your membership of…

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Xbox Black Friday 2020 deals announced

By Henry Stockdale, Friday, 20 November 2020 18:20 GMT With a week to go until Black Friday and the Xbox Series X|S having just launched, Microsoft have now revealed their gaming deals for 2020 and honestly, it’s a great time to be investing in some cheaper games.With over 700 discounted titles to choose from, it’s mostly Xbox One selections here but backwards compatibility means there’s no issue for next-gen console adopters. Either way, you’ll be pleased to know a small selection of discounted games include their Series X|S enhanced versions too, like Borderlands 3 and Forza Horizon 4. Furthermore, Microsoft also have…

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Sony announces PlayStation Black Friday 2020 deals

By Henry Stockdale, Friday, 20 November 2020 17:14 GMT You wouldn’t think Black Friday actually starts next week with all the deals going live today, but despite recently launching the PlayStation 5, Sony have now released their own set of offers today. Now live via Amazon and PlayStation Direct, there’s quite a range of options from older PS4 classics to this year’s biggest hits. Having launched their own PSN and PS Plus discounts today as well, there’s plenty of additional offers elsewhere too.Anyone already subscribed to PS Plus is also entitled to free shipping via PlayStation Direct, so if you aren’t,…

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Target’s Black Friday ad leaks early confirming discount consoles, games and more

By Henry Stockdale, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:32 GMT Black Friday is just over a week away at this point but whilst some retailers have already gone live with gaming deals. Target’s video game offerings haven’t launched yet, though thanks to a leaked ad, we now have an idea at what they’re looking to offer.Detailed via photo scans of their upcoming adverts, the star of the show here is their Nintendo Switch bundle, offering Neon Red/Blue Joy-Cons, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and a 3-month Switch Online subscription. Outside of this though, there’s numerous Switch, Xbox One and PS4 games all…

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AOC could be streaming on Twitch again soon

By Alex Calvin, Thursday, 5 November 2020 17:58 GMT United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said that she will be appearing on streaming service Twitch again in the near future.Replying to a query on the subject on Twitter, the Bronx and Queens Rep said that she planned to appear on Twitch once more, but maybe after she’s had some rest.The politician – popularly known as AOC – is coming off the back of winning a second term as the representative in her New York district this week as part of the elections in America. At the time of writing, the…

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NPD July 2020: Switch and Ghost of Tsushima are the month’s best-sellers

Nintendo Switch was once again the best-selling console, according to the NPD July 2020 report, and Ghost of Tsushima was the best-selling game for the month.The NPD has released its report for the month of July 2020.Software sales hit $3.3 billion in July 2020, which is up by 34% year-over-year (yoy). Digital content spending, which includes full game downloads, post-launch content, mobile, and subscription spending, increased by 41%.Year-to-date 2020 content spending reached $23.0 billion, up 21% yoy with the strongest gains coming from digital content spending on consoles.Ghost of Tsushima was July’s best-selling title and it debuted as the fifth…

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Trump’s WeChat executive order won’t affect Tencent-owned game companies

By Sherif Saed, Friday, 7 August 2020 13:08 GMT President Trump’s new executive orders are limited to chat and social media apps.On Thursday, United States President Donald Trump issued two executive orders aimed at banning Chinese-made apps TikTok, and WeChat. The executive action prohibits American businesses and people from conducting transactions with TikTok owner ByteDance, and WeChat parent company Tencent. The orders take effect in 45 days, after which the US Secretary of Commerce will clearly state the transactions that fall within the orders’ purview.The orders, which the Chinese government and the two companies in question opposed, are meant to…