UK retails charts, Summer GDQ 2019, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Weekend Gaming Update for July 1st, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript.

UK retails charts, week ending June 29th

The UK retail charts for the week ending June 29th brings in Super Mario Maker 2 in the top spot, dethroning Crash Team Racing from last week. This makes it the biggest Nintendo Switch launch of this year, beating out New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe. There were a bunch of new games to make the charts, including F1 2019 at #3, Judgment at #4, and The Sinking City at #12. The recent PS4 sale dreopped a few Sony exclusives down the charts, and the new sale for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey brings it to #8 from #34 last week.

Summer GDQ finishes with $3,000,000 going to charity

Summer Games Done Quick 2019 finished up on Sunday, gathering $3,000,000 across the week-long event. The milestone from $2 million to $3 million was actually achieved in only a few hours as well. This is the largest fundraising effort that the event has had thus far, with more than 2600 people in attendance. If you’re interested in re-watching some of the speedruns, they can all be rewatched on their YouTube channel.

Bandai Namco announce Blue Protocol

Bandai Namco has revealed a new action-RPG called Blue Protocol. It’s going to be developed by Project Sky Blue, which is a mixed team from within their studios. Not much is known past a solitary image provided alongside the press release. It will have a multiplayer, however, and it’s programmed in Unreal Engine 4.

Pokemon Sword & Shield producer comments on backlash

Earlier this month, it came out that in Pokemon Sword and Shield, players would be unable to catch or transfer all of the exiting Pokemon that exist, which now number over 1000. This will be the first main-series title to not support it. As Eurogamer puts it, the backlash to this news was as vociferous as it was immediate. Well, Producer Junichi Masuda has now sent out a public comment addressing the backlash. It’s mostly fluff, but he mentioned that this isn’t a firm decision moving forward, and the feature could return in future games. A lot of people felt like this message was really pointless, or perhaps twisting the knife of an already upset fanbase.

That’s all the news for today. I said this yesterday but tomorrow is Canada Day, which means that I probably can’t get a daily update out. The day after is my birthday, but I think I should be able to get a show out, I’ll let you know. Thank you so much for tuning in, and a big thanks to Tom for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon. My name is Adrian Simple, see you tomorrow, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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