Mario Tennis Aces Serves Up June NPD's Top Spot, Kratos Following Close Behind

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Mario Tennis Aces Serves Up June NPD's Top Spot, Kratos Following Close Behind

It's a little on the late side, but the National Purchase Diary has released the sales rankings for video games for the month of June 2018. 

In terms of software, Mario Tennis Aces topped the charts for the month for all platforms. While many publishers report digital sales to the NPD, Nintendo does not, meaning Mario Tennis hit the first spot solely on physical retail copies alone. This makes Mario Tennis the best debut for a tennis video game in the U.S. period, which has to be thrilling Nintendo, which recently reported that the Switch is on the edge of 20 million units sold worldwide.

Standing tall behind Mario Tennis is God of War, which sticks strong at the second spot since its April release. In a recent report from research organization SuperData, it was revealed that Kratos' latest adventure had driven $131 million in digital revenue alone.

Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Getting A Definitive Edition

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Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Getting A Definitive Edition

Warner Bros. has announced that 2017's Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to Shadow of Mordor, will be getting a definitive edition at the end of the month. Titled simply Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition, the comprehensive collection of all of the game's content both at and since release.

The Definitive Edition includes the main game, the two Nemesis expansions Slaughter Tribe and Outlaw Tribe, and the two story expansions Blade of Galadriel and Desolation of Mordor. Combined with the recent update that removed the marketplace and microtransactions from the game, the Definitive Edition seems to be WB's hopes for a relaunch for a game dragged down by a controversial nemesis model.

You can read our review of Shadow of War right here, as well as our impressions of Blade of Galadriel and impressions of Desolation of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 31.

Newcomer Diego Revealed For Dead Or Alive 6

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Newcomer Diego Revealed For Dead Or Alive 6

Team Ninja and IGN have revealed a new character for Dead or Alive 6, a pugilistic street fighter named Diego. From New York City, Diego is the king of back alley fighting with headbutts and sucker-punches, and is fighting for his mother. He's also the first newcomer announced for Dead or Alive 6 since the game's reveal earlier this year.

In addition, taekwando fighter Rig is returning from Dead or Alive 5. At the end of the previous game's story mode, Rig was revealed to be series antagonist Donovan's son and had been feigning ignorance on the greater machinations concerning Kasumi's clones. Presumably he will be involved in the story again, as it seems unlikely that this plot point will be dropped.

You can find the first trailer of Diego and Rig in Dead or Alive 6 at IGN right here. The game was announced slightly before E3, giving us a chance to play Dead or Alive 6 at the show and talked to the director about how the newest game in the series is de-emphasizing its infamous sex factor.

Lords Of The Fallen's New Studio Is Throwing Out Previous Work, Starting The Sequel From Scratch

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Lords Of The Fallen's New Studio Is Throwing Out Previous Work, Starting The Sequel From Scratch

Of all the games that emulate the Dark Souls series, Lords of the Fallen is certainly one of them. While we praised its more user-friendly systems and new take on the Souls style, it never built a following in the same way other spinoffs like Nioh did. In an effort to differentiate the sequel from its original inspirations, Lords of the Fallen 2's new developers say it isn't using any of the previous work done by the game's former studio, according to an interview with Eurogamer.

In June, the series' publisher, CI Games, announced that Defiant Studios would be taking the reigns from the game's original developers, Deck 13. Lords of the Fallen 2 had been in pre-production with Deck 13 for a couple years, but speaking with Eurogamer, it's clear Defiant intends to steer the series in a new direction.

While still using much of the Souls formula, the studio is excited to push different systems and hopefully lure players in who were scared off by the intimidating reputation of From Software's series. As such, they're scrapping the previous design work of Deck 13 and starting fresh. 

Former THQ Executive Vice President Named COO And President Of Sega America

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Former THQ Executive Vice President Named COO And President Of Sega America

Ian Curran, who worked for THQ for more than a decade in various managerial positions, has been appointed chief operating officer and president of Sega America. Prior to his new role at Sega, Curran was CEO of Gioteck, an electronic accessories company, and also worked for Acclaim.

The press release detailing the news explains his role saying, "In his role, Ian will be responsible for utilizing all resources available to maximize the profitability of the publishing and Sonic business units within the Americas and EMEA, serving also on the board of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. He will report directly to the CEO of SEGA West, Tatsuyuki Miyazaki and will work with employees in SEGA's offices located in Irvine, Burbank and London."

Additionally, in the press release, Atlus' CEO and president Naoto Hiraoka and Tatsuyuki Miyazaki outline ambiguous growth plans for Sega and speak optimistically about the future. "Coming off the success of Persona 5, Sonic Forces, Sonic Mania Plus, and the Yakuza series, and with so much more on the horizon, including Valkyria Chronicles 4, it is an incredible time to join the team. As part of the SEGA family, we are inheritors of an expansive body of work and opportunity which I plan to help reach its full potential," Curran writes.

Valve's Artifact Will Be Playable At PAX West, Releases In November

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Valve has announced that Artifact, their trading card game based on Dota 2, will be playable at PAX West in Seattle at the end of this month. Additionally, they've also revealed that the game will release on November 28 for $20 on Steam, with mobile versions coming in 2019.

Valve announced the card game during their International Dota 2 tournament last year, which makes one of the faster turnarounds for Valve-announced games. While we got a chance to check the game out earlier this year, the PAX West showing is the first time the public will get a chance to test it out.

It would not be surprising if we also see a bit more of Artifact at The International 2018 when it takes place later this month, but fans who want to get hands-on will have to try it out at PAX in Seattle on August 31. For everyone else, November 28 is not that far away.

Marvel Strike Force Adding Four New Playable Characters This Month

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Marvel Strike Force Adding Four New Playable Characters This Month

FoxNext has announced the newest playable additions to its popular mobile title, Marvel Strike Force. This month, players will be able to recruit Scarlet Witch, Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Nick Fury, and Loki.

Scarlet Witch is known by many as one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe, and her powers in the game reflect her ability to alter reality to disorient and confuse her enemies. Ms. Marvel features shapeshifting and fast healing powers make her a unique challenge for opponents. Loki and Nick Fury have long been in the game as A.I. enemies, but August will see them playable for the first time.

Ms. Marvel was announced as San Diego Comic-Con last month during Marvel Games' panel, but it was unclear as to when she'd be introduced. Scarlet Witch is available starting today, with the other three characters joining the roster throughout the month of August. For more on Marvel Strike Force, check out my thoughts on why it's one of the most addictive games I've played all year.

Mafia III And Dead By Daylight Are August's PlayStation Plus Highlights

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Mafia III And Dead By Daylight Are August's PlayStation Plus Highlights

Sony has announced its PlayStation Plus title for August, and the lead titles are pretty solid.

Mafia III and Dead by Daylight will be available for PlayStation Plus subscribers to download on PlayStation 4; Bound by Flame and Serious Sam 3 BFE will be available for PlayStation 3; Draw Slasher and Space Hulk will be available on Vita; A bonus game, Here They Lie, will be available for PlayStation VR; And finally, Knowledge is Power, a PlayLink trivia game will also be available to download.  You can follow the links for our reviews.

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Multiplayer And A Huge List Of Additional Updates Now Available For Stardew Valley

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Multiplayer And A Huge List Of Additional Updates Now Available For Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley's long-awaited multiplayer update is now available for the PC version of the game, and with it comes a bunch of additional updates that change or add to the game in big ways.

A traveling festival now comes through town for a few days in the winter, there is a new mysterious collection type, there are new character events, Skull Cavern has changed, you can now change your profession if you regret your choice, you can craft signs, there are items to help you automatically harvest certain things, and that's just a few of things available in the update. You can find the list here, but developer Eric Barone says it is not a comprehensive list because he wants players to discover much of what is new on their own.

For more on Stardew Valley you can pretty much listen to and episode of The Game Informer Show and host Ben Hanson will find an excuse to bring up the game. You can read our review of Stardew Valley here.

Demo For The Walking Dead's Final Season Available On Consoles

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Demo For The Walking Dead's Final Season Available On Consoles

All good things must come to an end, as they say, and so it is with Telltale's take on The Walking Dead. The first episode of the final season is out on August 14 but you can go ahead and get a taste of it with a 15-minute demo that's available on PS4 and Xbox One.

The Walking Dead has been making a big return to gaming this year, with Overkill's take on the franchise finally arriving as well.

For more on Telltale, be sure to check out our review of the previous season of The Walking Dead.