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Friday, July 19, 2013

07/19/2013 - Animal Crossing and 3DS Post Huge Sales in US
STRONG ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF LAUNCH HELPS NINTENDO 3DS REPEAT AS BEST-SELLING PLATFORM

July 18, 2013 - Nintendo 3DS sold nearly 225,000 units of hardware in June and finished as the best-selling video game system in the U.S. for the second consecutive month. A strong launch for Animal Crossing: New Leaf and the continued strength of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon helped sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware and software increase by more than 40 percent and nearly 105 percent, respectively, over the same time last year.

Highlights for the month include:

• Through the first six months of 2013, Nintendo has sold nearly 3.6 million combined physical and digital units of first-party Nintendo 3DS software, an increase of more than 85 percent over the same time frame last year.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf sold more than 505,000 combined physical and digital units in June. More than 20 percent of these sales were through the Nintendo eShop, the second-highest ratio behind only Fire Emblem Awakening. Nintendo's internal trackers show that sales of the game continue to be strong in July as well, indicating that Animal Crossing: New Leaf is poised to be one of the biggest games of the summer.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D sold more than 108,000 combined units in its second month and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon added nearly 115,000 combined units in its fourth month on the market, bringing its lifetime total to more than 750,000 combined units.

• Nintendo had three of the top five best-selling software SKUs for the month.

Nintendo 3DS will build on its momentum with the successive launches of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Aug. 11), Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (Oct. 12), Mario Party for Nintendo 3DS (name not final; November) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (November).

Starting in August and continuing through the end of the year, Wii U will launch a series of great games, including Pikmin 3 (Aug. 4), The Wonderful 101 (Sept. 15), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (October), Wii Party U (October), Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (November), Super Mario 3D World (December) and Wii Fit U (December).

*Data regarding physical sales of games in June are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo's internal sales figures. All numbers are specific to the United States only.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

07/17/2013 - Gaia Interactive Comic-Con Panel
Gaia Interactive to host Panel at San Diego Comic-Con!


San Jose, Calif., July 16th 2013 - Gaia Interactive, the world-class social gaming publisher of Monster Galaxy and host of the world’s largest forum Gaia Online, recently announced its Panel at San Diego Comic-Con. This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Gaia Online will be hosting an official panel full of exclusive sneak peaks of upcoming projects including Gaia Online’s Club Verge and the first revealing of the trailer for Gaia Interactives upcoming flagship mobile title, Hordes of Nords.

“We’re extremely excited to showcase the spectacular Hordes of Nords trailer to our users while also giving them the chance to be the first to experience Club Verge and other upcoming project releases while having a chance to win exclusive prizes.” said Jason Loia, Chief Operating Officer at Gaia Interactive.

Starting at 7pm on Saturday, July 20th Gaia Online users will be able to participate in the Official Gaia Panel in Room 5AB and be among the first to experience Gaia’s flagship mobile title, Hordes of Nords, Club Verge and other upcoming projects. Gaia’s also sneaking in some super-secret prizes for attendees to be on the lookout for as well as a sneak peak at its upcoming Frontier Skies Card Game.

For more information about the Official Gaia Panel and to sign up for your very own Gaia account Visit
http://www.gaiaonline.com

About Gaia Interactive
Founded in 2003, Gaia Interactive makes games that capture the imagination. As a pioneer in virtual goods, our profitable titles have given us a solid foundation in the social and mobile space, and pointed us toward bigger successes ahead. With beautiful artwork and compelling game design, our games have delighted millions of players - and we're just getting started. Here’s your opportunity to put your passion to work with our world-class engineers and the awesome creative team that put Gaia Online on the map: help us take Gaia Online from the world’s largest forum community to a multi-platform social and mobile gaming powerhouse! For more information, visit
www.gaiaonline.com.
 

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

07/16/2013 - Warner Bros Announces The LEGO Movie Video Game
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games combine an action-adventure journey and LEGO building for a one-of-a-kind experience with The LEGO® Movie Videogame
Enter the most fantastical world of LEGO building where gamers can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary with an all-new and unique digital master building ability
LONDON, UK. – July 16, 2013 – The fate of the LEGO® world lies in your hands! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games today announced that The LEGO Movie Videogame will be available in 2014 alongside the much-anticipated “The LEGO Movie,” from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, and a toy collection of “The LEGO Movie” building sets.

The LEGO® Movie Videogame will be released for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 4® and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, the Wii U™ system and Windows® PC, as well as Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system and PlayStation® Vita handheld entertainment system.

In a scenario drawn from the film, The LEGO Movie Videogame puts LEGO kids into the role of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Players guide him as he is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

“We’re thrilled to be able to give kids the joy of reliving Emmet’s adventures in becoming virtual Master Builders with The LEGO® Movie Videogame,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “Players will be taking on the ultimate mission to save the LEGO world and use their virtual building prowess to build unimaginable sets and creations.”

In The LEGO® Movie Videogame players will be able to collect and use LEGO instruction pages to build construction sets or harness the awesome power of the Master Builders to virtually build extraordinary LEGO creations along the way.  With more than 90 characters inspired by the film and 15 exciting levels, kids can build and adventure like never before.   

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07/16/2013 - Comic ConQuest RPG Debuts at Comic-Con 2013
Game On, Comic Con

Sleepy Giant Teams Up with Emmy Award-Winner Jeff Matsuda and Free Lunch Design for Comic ConQuest

July 16, 2013 - Sleepy Giant Entertainment is partnering with Free Lunch Design (creators of the Icy Tower franchise) on Comic ConQuest, a free-to-play tactical RPG adventure set in a giant comic and sci-fi convention in which costumed fans have been transformed into the characters they portray. The homemade costumes and plastic weapons become real, and the show floor becomes a battleground as the attendees-turned-heroes use their newfound powers to fight their way to faction supremacy.

Comic ConQuest will feature the talents of Emmy award-winning producer and renowned comic book artist Jeff Matsuda. Matsuda’s career spans 18 years in TV, film, comics and videogames. He is best known for producing The Batman and Jackie Chan Adventures, and for his work on fan favorite comic book titles such as X-Men, Batman, Wolverine, The Avengers, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“I’ve always loved going to Comic Con and seeing Klingons walking around talking to Harry Potter and Batman. And I’d think, how awesome would it be if they had actual powers and fought to see who could rule the con? So when Sleepy Giant came to me with the idea for this game, I dove in headfirst,” said Jeff Matsuda, Executive Producer.  “We’ve got a super nerdy dream team over here with backgrounds in art, comics and gaming, and we’re passionate about making Comic ConQuest a fun, die-hard nerd experience.”

This is an epic adventure in a world where the suit really does make the hero.  Players battle their way through the con, fighting for survival, hunting for swag, forming guilds, and striving for supremacy in the war-torn wasteland of the once (mostly) peaceful show floor.

Comic ConQuest is slated to launch across web, mobile and tablet platforms in Q4 2013. Players who register by August 31, 2013 will receive free exclusive early access (to the web version) along with a set of virtual steak knives (in-game). Sign up and learn more at
comicconquest.net.

Become a fan:
Comic ConQuest Facebook | @Comic_ConQuest | @SleepyGiant | Sleepy Giant Facebook

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Monday, July 15, 2013

07/15/2013 - Ultimate Warrior Returns to WWE 2K14
Ultimate Warrior Returns from Parts Unknown to WWE® 2K14
Enigmatic WWE Legend makes historic video game franchise debut; available through exclusive pre-order offer
2K today announced the emphatic return of Ultimate Warrior to the ring – virtually – in WWE® 2K14, the forthcoming installment in the flagship WWE video game franchise.  Making his long-awaited arrival from Parts Unknown, the self-professed “Founding Father of Life Intensity” will be an exclusive playable character for those who pre-order the game at any participating retailer for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft or PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. 

“Immortality is inspiration, pure and simple. An example to others that they, too, can do things larger than the life they are actually living, and Ultimate Warrior was the pure embodiment of this belief, in what has proven to be a very attention-getting and inspiring way,” said Warrior. “It was my good fortune to be his creator and performer, and I am humbled by all those fans who’ve not only kept his legacy alive, but deepened it over time. In WWE 2K14, Ultimate Warrior’s creed, ‘Always Believe,’ lives on.”

Making his WWE debut in 1987, Ultimate Warrior garnered worldwide attention and became a pop-culture phenomenon for his iconic music and ring entrance, zealous personality, boundless energy and dominant in-ring prowess.  Though he faced many rivals throughout his career, including Honky Tonk Man, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Sgt. Slaughter, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Undertaker, perhaps his most celebrated match was against Hulk Hogan in “The Ultimate Challenge” at WrestleMania® VI on April 1, 1990.  Warrior defeated Hogan that day to unify the WWE Championship and Intercontinental Championship, becoming the first WWE Superstar ever to hold both titles simultaneously.  

“There has never been another WWE Superstar quite like the Ultimate Warrior – his intensity and energy is unmatched, and his legacy is undeniable,” said Chris Snyder, Senior Director of Marketing at 2K. “Fans love him, opponents fear him and everyone can agree that he’s one of the most iconic Legends in WWE history. Pre-ordering WWE 2K14 is the only way we mere mortals will ever have a glimpse into the greatness that is Ultimate Warrior.”

Become Immortal – 2K’s lineup of premier sports simulation titles expands with the company’s upcoming release in the renowned WWE video game franchise, WWE 2K14.  Developed by Yukes for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, WWE 2K14 is positioned to be the most electrifying, authentic and comprehensive WWE video game experience to date.   WWE 2K14 is not yet rated by PEGI. Players who pre-order WWE 2K14 will receive Ultimate Warrior at no extra cost on launch day on October 29, 2013 in North America and November 1, 2013 internationally.

For more information on WWE 2K14 and 2K, visit
wwe.2k.com, facebook.com/WWEgames and @WWEgames on Twitter.

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