Nintendo & Sony Q1 reports, Phoenix Point delayed, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, it is Wednesday July 31st, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links, @gaming_observer on Twitter.

Okay so four companies released their financials today, so I’ll go over two of them now and two of them tomorrow. First up is Nintendo with their Q1. Revenue didn’t change all that much, though profits were down 10% year-on-year. Otherwise, they’re having a wonderful time right now. In hardware, the Switch continues to sell well, rising 13%, bringing the total number of units sold to close to 37 million. Meanwhile the 3DS maintains its descent, with both hardware and software declining nearly 50%. In software, sales were up significantly, 26%. Mario Kart 8 is still the best selling title on the Switch, followed by Super Mario Odyssey.

Sony has also had their Q1 results. Sales and income for the games division are down, and they were attributed to the impact of foreign exchange rates and falling first and third-party sales. There was an implication there that God Of War was an insanely profitable game for them, but Days Gone wasn’t so much. These declines were offset by hardware and digital services. They hit the milestone of 100m Playstation 4s being sold, making it the fastest console to do so, beating out the Wii and PS2. Playstation Plus subscribers have stayed strong.

Rocket League has officially gotten its license to sell in China. It was two years ago that they announced their partnership with Tencent to get it there, AND it’s going to be free-to-play in the country. There’s no official release date just yet. Ever since Psyonix was acquired by Epic Games, which Tencent has a minority stake in, I’m sure that made the process much easier for them.

The next kart racing game is on its way, and it stars none other than the lasagna loving, Monday hating cat that we all know and love, Garfield. That’s right, Garfield Kart is getting a sequel, and it’s coming out on November 5th. There will be 16 circuits to choose from, as well as online and offline multiplayer for up to 8 people.

The spiritual successor to XCOM, Phoenix Point, is unfortunately delayed. The guy making it is named Julian Gollop, and he wrote a blog post apologizing for the inconvenience of players having to wait until December. It was originally planned for late last year, so it’s been quite a while now. When it arrives, you’ll see it on Xbox and PC, exclusive to the Epic Store.

That’s all for today. A big thank you to Obiwan Kenobi for his 5-star review on Amazon, I greatly appreciate it. My name is Adrian Simple, I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone!

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