Pokémon Wasn't The Biggest Seller in Japan Last Year

In 2014, Japan saw the release of big Pocket Monster games Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The games sold a ton in Japan, but not enough to reign supreme. A new challenger has taken the crown: Yokai Watch. » 1/12/15 6:45am 1/12/15 6:45am

The First Japanese Sales Numbers of 2015 Are Not Surprising

We're in 2015. Last year is last year. It's over. The past! But let's take a look at which games dominated the Japanese sales so far this year. Brace yourself for games that... also dominated last year. » 1/08/15 5:00am 1/08/15 5:00am

The Steam Summer Sale Made Over 8 Million People Log In At Once

For reference that's about the same number of people as the population of Switzerland, although probably a lot less neutral. » 6/30/14 4:30am 6/30/14 4:30am

DayZ Standalone has sold two million copies as of last night. This is notable because A) it's still in alpha, B) it only came out mid-December, and C) it was never part of a sale. Very, very impressive. » 5/02/14 5:00am 5/02/14 5:00am

"The original Minecraft has sold 15 million copies!" Minecraft creator Notch tweets a celebratory thumbs up in reaction to his game hitting yet another sales milestone on PC. So far, only Minecraft: Pocket Edition has managed to outsell the original PC version with its 21 million copies. » 4/30/14 6:00am 4/30/14 6:00am

Why New Video Games Still Cost $60

Call of Duty vs. Battlefield. Disney Infinity vs. Skylanders. Every year, intense marketing battles happen over which games will dominate certain categories. Why don't publishers like EA or Activision do what marketplace competitors do in other areas do and simply undercut the price? » 3/17/14 1:20pm 3/17/14 1:20pm

We're Buying More PC Games Than We Can Play

As another Steam Holiday Sale comes to a close, I have spent roughly $100 to purchase 22 games. In the past 2 months I have picked up 3 Humble Bundles. Not a month ago I spent around $50 on 11 games in the Steam Fall Sale. By the time the next Steam Holiday Sale rolls into town I will be lucky if I have played half of… » 3/12/14 11:00am 3/12/14 11:00am

Sales Stink: it's easy to think that sales are good for players, but what if they're not? What if waiting for sales affected the way players feel about purchases and actually lessened the amount of money devs make? The Castle Doctrine's Jason Rohrer explores these questions in a fascinating write-up here. » 1/15/14 4:30pm 1/15/14 4:30pm

Cards Against Humanity is sold out again. This time, they have a good explanation for how it happened. Designer Max Temkin wrote about the process of trying to predict Christmas sales, and why marketing reports aren't very helpful. » 12/26/13 10:40am 12/26/13 10:40am

Proof That American Gamers Really Do Want Japanese RPGs

Does the world still care about Japanese role-playing games? Do people still want to buy them? Do they still deserve our attention? » 3/08/13 3:00pm 3/08/13 3:00pm

A Whole Bunch Of Great Final Fantasy Games Are 50% Off For The Next Two…

If I had a time machine, the second thing I'd do would be go back to last century and tell 12-year-old Jason that in 2013, I will own an ultra-powerful portable gaming device that can play just about any Final Fantasy game, including, for some reason, a bunch of fighting games with weird names and a total remake of … » 2/05/13 12:00pm 2/05/13 12:00pm

Sony Sold 525,000 PS3s Last Week

The week of Thanksgiving marks one of the most important retail milestones for sellers of things. We've got a ballpark figure for how many people brought the new Wii U. (Around 400,000.) And Microsoft bragged about all the Xbox 360 units they shifted into people homes, too. (750,000 for those guys.) So, what about… » 11/29/12 2:45pm 11/29/12 2:45pm

There Are Now as Many as 400,000 Wii U Owners In North America

It's been just over a week since Nintendo ushered in the next-generation of home console hardware with the launch of the Wii U. In that time, the new device has sold 400,000 units. » 11/26/12 12:45pm 11/26/12 12:45pm