This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.
August PS Plus lineup revealed
August’s list of free PlayStation Plus games has been revealed, and it’s headlined by Just Cause 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry.
Here’s the full list:
- Just Cause 3 (PS4)
- Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry (PS4)
- Super Motherload (PS3)
- Snakeball (PS3)
- Downwell (Vita, PS4 cross-buy)
- Level 22 (Vita)
Just Cause 3 launched in 2015 as the latest entry in Square Enix’s open-world action series. Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry is a standalone adventure set after the events of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Super Motherload launched in 2013 for PS3 and PS4.
Downwell is a roguelike action platformer where players have to descend down a well and survive as long as they can by shooting enemies with the playable character’s gun boots, Level 22 is a top-down stealth game that follows Gary who has to sneakily make his way up all 22 floors of a building to his office after a drunken night.
Nintendo Switch sells 4.7M units; Arms, Mario Kart sell well
The Nintendo Switch has now sold 4.7 million units since its March launch.
According to Nintendo’s latest earnings, 1.97 million Switches were sold during the last fiscal quarter.
In terms of software, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 3.54 million units after launching in April.
Arms also sold 1.18 million units in the two weeks between it launched on June 18 and the end of the quarter on June 30.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has continued to sell well, with another 1.96 million sales bringing it to a grand total of 3.92 million units sold overall.
In terms of the company’s other offerings, the 3DS sold almost a million units this quarter, and 5.85 million units of software (down 31 percent from last year). Amiibo had 1.6 million figurines and 1.3 million card packs sold. Downloadable games across all Nintendo platforms made ¥11 billion ($98 million).
All of this is good news for Nintendo. Primarily fueled by the Switch, the company made ¥154 billion ($1.4 billion) in revenue and made ¥21.3 billion ($190 million) in profit. The revenue is up 149 percent compared to the same time last year.
There’s more to come for the Switch, with Splatoon 2 just missing the end of the quarter, and the launches of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and Super Mario Odyssey scheduled before the end of the year.
August Xbox Games with Gold revealed
August’s lineup of free Xbox games has been announced.
Here are the games along with their availability:
- 1-31: Slime Rancher (Xbox One)
- 16-Sept. 15: Trials Fusion (Xbox One)
- 1-15: Bayonetta (Xbox 360/One)
- 16-30: Red Faction: Armageddon (Xbox 360/One)
Slime Rancher is a first-person simulation game that lets you manage a farm of slime creatures. It’ll launch on Aug. 1 after being in Steam Early Access. Trials Fusion is a platform-racing game from Ubisoft that launched in 2014.
Bayonetta is an action game from PlatinumGames that launched in 2010. Red Faction: Armageddon is a third-person shooter from Volition that launched in 2011.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’s Chun-Li getting remodeled after controversy
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’s Chun Li is getting a facelift in response to the controversy on her existing look.
“The development team is hard at work finishing the game for the September 19 release date, and based off the feedback we heard, we are currently making improvements to Chun-Li as well as other Capcom characters. Since the work is still in progress, we don’t have anything final to show you just yet, but stay tuned.”
-Yoshinori Ono, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite producer to Gamespot