Total industry spending for video game hardware, software, and accessories from Jan. 29 to Feb. 25, 2017 declined 21 percent to $724 million compared to last year, according to analysis from The NPD Group. [Read more...]
Total video game sales from March 2015 to March 2016 stayed about the same, according to The NPD Group. In addition, total software sales went up by seven percent, video game hardware sales went down by nineteen percent, and video games software and video games accessories sales increased by eight and nine percent.
The top 10 games for 2016 include: Tom Clancy’s The Division, Far Cry: Primal, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Grand Theft Auto V, UFC 2, MLB 16: The Show, Pokken Tournament, NBA 2K16, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Minecraft.
KD Group will showcase the Kurio Watch, a Bluetooth smartwatch for kids ages 6 to 12 at the North American International Toy Fair in New York City. The watch is sized to fit kids’ wrists comfortably, has a sleek design, an adjustable silicone band, and features a responsive touch screen with high resolution. The watch is set to launch at major retailers across the U.S. and online in the fall.
The Kurio Watch has a customizable interface that allows kids to choose from licensed characters including Transformers, My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, and Pokemon. It also has 128 MB internal memory (expandable by microSD card), a high-quality camera and video recorder, music player, built-in speaker and microphone, accelerometer, plus 20 fun mini-games and apps.
Bluetooth technology allows kids to connect safely with other Kurio watches and tablets, as well as family member’s Android devices, to message each other, share photos and vidoes, and play multiplayer games.
This Sunday, Skylanders SuperChargers, from Activision Publishing Inc., will arrive at North American retailers. The new game features Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser, two of Nintendo’s iconic characters, re-imagined as Skylanders for Wii U system starter packs, as well as in Skylanders SuperChargers Racing Starter Packs for the Nintendo Wii and 3DS systems.
According to data from the NPD Group, Nintendo has sold an estimated 7 million amiibo figures to date in the U.S. alone. The news comes out less than a month before Nintendo introduces Animal Crossing Series 1 amiibo Cards, scheduled to launch on September 25, along with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS.
With Yo-Kai Watch, from Nintendo, launching in the U.S. on November 6, Hasbro will be introducing new play items based on the Yo-Kai Watch franchise in North America and Australia in January. Hasbro’s line, which will expand to additional global markets by the end of next year, will include toys and games centered around collectible medals, each representing a unique Yo-kai.
Disney Interactive has released the trailer for Star Wars Twilight of the Republic, one of three Star Wars play sets to be released for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, which launches in North America on August 30. Developed by Ninja Theory, in partnership with Avalanche Software, Star Wars Twilight of the Republic features iconic moments inspired by Star Wars Episodes I to III.