Famitsu most wanted for Nov. 28th to Dec. 4th, 2019

Animal Crossing still holding strong

Time to check in on the weekly Famitsu charts. Have a look at how things played out for Nintendo titles for Nov. 28th to Dec. 4th, 2019 below.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 841
Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 485
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – 413
Ushiro (Switch) – 313
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 295
TRIALS of MANA (Switch) – 239
Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 205
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch) – 164
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Switch) – 151
Momotaro Dentetsu ~Showa Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!~ (Switch) – 143
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix (Switch) – 130
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers (Switch) – 114
Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate (Switch) – below 106

Telltale Batman: Shadows Edition heading to Switch

Batman's back

Looks like we might have a leak from tonight's Game Awards. Word has spread early on The Telltale Batman Shadows Edition, which is a package that includes Batman: The Telltale Series, as well as new DLC. The game is priced at $29.99, or you can get the DLC for $5 if you already own the titles included in this collection.

NPD data for Nov. 2019: Switch #1 hardware, Pokemon Sword/Shield and Smash Bros. Ultimate break records

An insane month for Nintendo

Not surprisingly, Nintendo has had an absolutely stellar November in terms of sales. The full NPD data for Nov. 2019 is in, complete with comment from NDP's Mat Piscatella. Check out the full report below.

Overall industry figures

- consumers in the U.S. spent $2.251 billion on gaming-related products online and at U.S. retailers in November 2019
- this is 19% down from the same period in 2018
- year-to-date spending has fallen 12%when compared to 2018, to $11.6 billion
- dollar sales of tracked video game software declined 14% in November compared to a year ago, to $926 million
- year-to-date sales have fallen 8% to $5.4 billion
- gains in software spending on Switch have not offset declines across other platforms

Software sales

Pokémon Sword and Shield

“Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield rank as the No. 3 and No. 5 best-selling titles of November, respectively, while the Pokémon Sword and Pokéemon Shield Double Pack places as the No. 4 best-selling game of the month. These titles combine to achieve the highest launch month dollar sales of any Pokémon release in U.S. history, topping the previous launch month high set by Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Were all versions of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield combined, the aggregate total would place as the #2 best-selling in November.”

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

“Super Smash Bros Ultimate is now the best-selling Fighting game in U.S. history, with a lifetime dollar sales total surpassing that of the previous best-selling Fighting game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl.”

Switch hardware

“Nintendo Switch was again the best-selling hardware platform of November and remains the best-selling platform of 2019.
Hardware spending in November 2019 declined 26 percent when compared to a year ago, to $891 million. Year-to-date hardware spending has fallen 24 percent versus year ago, to $2.9 billion.”

Smash Bros. Ultimate now the best-selling fighting game in U.S. history

Another record shattered

Smash Bros. Ultimate was announced as the best-selling fighting game in the world recently, but now it has garnered another accolade for its sales. Smash Bros. Ultimate, as of today's NPD data, is officially the best-selling fighting game in US history. Ultimate has now surpassed the lifetime dollar sales of the previous best-selling fighting game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Switch Lite 'gaming on the go' commercial

There's no better way to play on the go

The Nintendo Switch Lite is designed specifically for handheld play – so you can jump into your favorite games wherever you happen to be.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled - Winter Festival gameplay

Crashing through the snow, in a decked out Nitro Sleigh – your favorite Bandicoot is back and filled with holiday cheer in the Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Winter Festival Grand Prix! Beginning today, the Winter Festival Grand Prix features an all-new track, Gingerbread Joyride, as well as new characters, karts, pit stop items and a very special Spyro skin that’s sure to bring you holiday cheer.

The studio behind the Sonic movie redesign has reportedly been shut down

...and that's no good

Well this is a bit of sad news. Moving Picture Company's Vancouver office, the studio behind the redesign of Sonic in the upcoming Sonic movie, has reportedly been shuttered. An email was sent to staff, stating that "increasing external market pressures" in Vancouver are the reason, and the "decision has not been taken lightly."

Fortnite will not have a 2020 annual pass

The more things change...

Earlier today, dataminers shared info that pointed to a 2020 annual battle pass for Fortnite. Turns out that's not actually going to see release. This is old data for a scrapped feature, as confirmed by Epic in the statement below.

"We've seen discussions around a 2020 Annual Pass as a result of data mining the v11.30 build. Occasionally prototype features make it into our build that end up not being released. While the 2020 Annual Pass was considered, we have no plans to release it... unlike the Bao Bros."

Check out more pics of Game Freak's massive diorama of Pokemon Sword and Shield's wild area

That's a huge diorama

As we've featured before, Game Freak built a massive diorama of Pokemon Sword and Shield's wild area. We've seen a few pictures and gotten a virtual fly-through, but those didn't really give off a good sense of scale. Now we have a new batch of pictures featuring Junichi Masuda, which give us a much better idea of how big this thing is!

Chef Kirby visits Kirby Cafe Tokyo

Yes chef!

Today is the official grand opening for Kirby Cafe Tokyo at Solamachi Skytree Village in Tokyo, Japan. To celebrate the launch, Chef Kirby himself visited the cafe to take pictures with fans. You can see Kirby waddling in action below.


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