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Animal Crossing: New Horizons “is currently Japan’s all-time best-selling game”

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According to reports, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is currently the most popular video game of all time in Japan.
According to Game Data Library, a website that compiles sales information for Japan. New Horizons has already sold 10.45 million copies in Japan, breaking the previous record of Red and Green, the first two Pokémon games on the Game Boy, according to the website (10.23m).

Despite just being released two years ago, the Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch has accomplished the feat. The other four games in Japan’s top 5 (including Super Mario Bros. and Pokémon Gold & Silver) were all launched more than 20 years ago.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which was made available for the Nintendo Switch in 2018, is currently the fifth best-selling game in Japan. Six Switch titles, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Pokémon Sword and Shield, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3, make up the top 20.

As of September 30, 2022, Animal Crossing: New Horizons had sold 40.17 million copies worldwide, according to Nintendo’s most recent sales statistics, which were revealed this week. According to that, more than 35% of Switch owners have probably bought the game.

With 48.1 million units sold, only Mario Kart 8: Deluxe has outsold Animal Crossing on the Switch.

The previous best-selling game in the series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, had lifetime cumulative sales of 12 million. New Horizons has more than tripled that amount.

Prior to this, Nintendo asserted that New Horizons had a high percentage of digital sales at launch, with an average of about 50% in Japan, the US, and Europe.

Director of New Horizons Aya Kyogoku and Animal Crossing series creator Hisashi Nogami spoke online in 2020 about the franchise’s past and future as part of Japan’s Computer Entertainment Developers Conference (CEDEC).

Kyogoku allegedly informed audience members during the extensive presentation that the series’ 20-year popularity was due to its ability to differentiate each episode sufficiently from the previous one while preserving the series’ fundamental attraction.

The development team has learned over the years that the Animal Crossing series “cannot be sustained without change,” she added, adding that while establishing a series, it was also the most difficult part.

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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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Todd Howard affirms that the timeline of the Fallout series is coherent and well-constructed

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The recent release of Amazon’s adaptation of Fallout has ignited a renewed interest in the series and brought attention to the captivating alternate history that forms its foundation. Fans have expressed concern that the TV show’s events might be at odds with the plot of the Obsidian Entertainment video game New Vegas. Warning: Spoilers ahead for New Vegas and Amazon’s show!

Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard and Fallout TV executive producer Jonathan Nolan recently sat down with IGN to discuss the timeline. Howard was taken aback when showrunners Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet presented him with the surprising concept of obliterating Shady Sands, the bustling capital of the New California Republic, in the aftermath of the events in New Vegas. Howard eventually warmed up to the idea: “After discussing it, we realized that this could be a significant story moment that many things hinge upon.”

It seems that they had to make some tough decisions to ensure everything fell into place, but Howard emphasizes the importance of preserving the integrity of the Fallout timeline: “We take great care with the timeline. There seems to be some confusion in certain areas. However, all the events from the previous games, including New Vegas, did occur. We take great caution in that matter. We’re really pushing the limits here, but the explosions occur right after the events of New Vegas.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it up to par? Even though it may not have a significant impact on the overall quality of the games or show, it is comforting to know that those in charge are paying attention. We value your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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