Animal Crossing sold better than you thought, Fortnite now on Android, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer for Wednesday, April 22. We’ve got a few interesting stories here, so let’s get into it.

The NPD Group has shared their sales data for the whole month of March, and it is pretty fascinating. So this group tracks sales in the United States, which totalled $1.6 billion in spending, which is hardware, physical software, some digital software, accessories, and game cards. For March, that’s a 35% increase compared to last year, so spending is way up, that’s the second highest total for March in history. The breakout star of the month though is Animal Crossing, and you might “well duh” but it’s actually bonkers how much money the game sold. First of all, it’s already the best selling Animal Crossing in franchise history. But also, it’s the third best selling launch month of any Nintendo-published game in history, besides Smash Bros Ultimate and Brawl. Not only did those things happen in 10 or 11 days, because it came out on the 20th, but also Nintendo is company that they doesn’t share digital data. So those things are physical only, who the heck knows what’s going with digital right now. Think about COVID and the fact that people are way more likely to buy the game that way. So we don’t know those numbers, but this will be one of the best selling games Nintendo has ever had, which is really saying something. Personally, very happy to hear that its doing well, and I hope it has a long lifecycle.

Fortnite is now officially available through the Google Play store. Epic Games previously had provided it outside of Google Play in order to avoid the 30% cut of revenue that Google wants to take. They were very publicly against that revenue share, saying nobody should be paying it. The change came around for an important reason though, so from Epic Games “…we’ve come to a basic realization. Google puts software downloadable outside Google Play at a disadvantage, through technical and business measure such as scary, repetitive security pop-ups….restrictive manufacturerer and carrier agreements…public relations characterizing third party software sources as malware, and new efforts…to outright block software obtained outside [the store]. We hope that Google will revise its policies and business dealings in the near future, so that all devleopers are free to reach and engage in commercy with customers on Android.” Say what you will, they stood for something they cared about, but ultimately lost the battle.

Death Stranding on PC has been delayed until July 14, after originally being slated for June 2nd, so a fairly short delay. Kojima Productions are of course all working from home so I’m sure they’ve shifted a few timelines.

Mario Maker 2 just announced its newest and final content update. Not only is there a huge slate of things to do, like usual with those updates, but they’ve now added a World Maker, so you can create your own Mario Maps with multiple levels contained within. It can have unique layouts, routes, and themes. I thought this would be a great way of creating cohesive levels under a certain theme. Nonetheless, that’s available now, check it out. 

Valve has been drip feeding information about the Artifact reboot, so I’ve been trying to not report on it every time, but I felt like this one was significant, it’s going to have a single player campaign. I guess that’s not exactly rare for the card game genre, but certainly its a new direction that maybe you weren’t expecting. If you want to get into the nitty gritty of what they’re changing with the game, feel free to check out their blog posts, they talk about initiative, new cards, new keywords, and even stat tracking. I’m pretty excited to see what they do.

Alright everyone, thanks very much for joining me. I’d also like to thank Mutz for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon. That’ll be all for today, and I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, until then, Happy Gaming Everyone