Today starts the Opening Ceremony for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. During the ceremony, numerous songs from video games are performed while athletes walk across the cameras representing their country. 14 songs were played. A handful of songs were from Square Enix’s Final Fantasy, Mana, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts series, Capcom’s Monster Hunter games, and SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic Adventure 2 is the third movie in the Sonic 30th Anniversary celebration. This is the Dark Story Trailer. There is just one month until the film releases. Enjoy!
Sonic Adventure 2 released on SEGA Dreamcast in 2001. It later launched on GameCube as Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. Sonic Adventure 2 also released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC. The Battle DLC is available for extra on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Steam.
Valve is Trying to Compete with the Nintendo Switch
Valve is introducing a new competitor to the Nintendo Switch called the Steam Deck. It is a brand new hybrid console that lets you play compatible Steam games on TV or on the go. There is even a dock (sold separately) to hold the Steam Deck while players play on the big screen. It is very powerful and allows players to access his or her Steam library so you will already have games to play at launch. Steam Deck is expected to ship in December. More details to follow.
Multiple different options are available for pre-order for the Steam Deck. Each selection has different storage that all uses a SSD (Solid State Drive). There is a 64 GB eMMC SSD Deck with a carrying case listed for $399.00 USD. (Do note that the eMMC SSD model is not as fast as other SSDs.) Another one comes with 256 GB NVMe SSD, as well as fast storage, a case, exclusive Steam perks for profiles all for $529. The most expensive model is the 512 GB NVMe SSD. It also includes faster storage, a premium glass screen, a fancy case, special Steam Profile perks, and an exclusive theme for the digital keyboard for $649.
Special thanks @Nibellion on Twitter! To learn more on Steam Deck, why not visit the official Steam Powdered page HERE.
Next is a list of the top 20 best selling games for June in the US. In order, the first 10 are Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War, Mario Golf: Super Rush, MLB: The Show 21, Scarlet Nexus, Resident Evil: Village, Mario Kart 8, Minecraft, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morale, and Mortal Kombat 11. The rest were Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Super Mario 3D World, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokémon Sword & Shield, and finally Sea of Thieves.
That is all for this report on The NPD Group’s sales data for June 2021. Come back next month to read about the best selling console and games for July.
Play These Three Games Before Skyward Sword HD Releases
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword first launched on the Wii back in 2011. An HD remaster is coming to Nintendo Switch on July 16. But before the game launches on Friday, fans can play three older titles on Nintendo Switch.
Sony held a State of Play on July 8, 2021. It showcased about 30 minutes of upcoming games for PlayStation 4, PS5, and PlayStation VR. Moss Book II, ArcadeGeddon PS5, Tribes of Mridgar, Fist: Forgeo in Shadow Torch, and Hunter’s Arena: Legends. There are also more games, such as Sifu, Jet: The Far Shore, Demon slayer: The Hinikami Chronicles, Lost Judgment, Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, and even Deathloop.
Horizon: Forbidden West and the next God of War will be discussed at a later time this year. So these games were not present during the event. Stay tuned for more announcements.
You can catch my reaction video to the event above. Additionally, you may watch the original presentation HERE.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Buys Returnal Developer Housemarque
Housemarque has developed games for PlayStation since the seventh generation with the PlayStation 3. They have developed games like Dead Nation and a remaster called Super Stardust HD. Another game they made recently released as a PS5 exclusive. This was Returnal.
The day is June 23, 2021. That means it is the 30th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog! The original Sonic the Hedgehog launched back on the SEGA Genesis (also known as the MegaDrive outside North America) on June 23, 1991. The game was a commercial success and brought onward more games for the next 30 games, even after SEGA became third-party publisher in the early 2000s.
One way to celebrate is to watch the Sonic 30th Symphony Orchestra later at 12pm / 3pm ET on YouTubeor Twitch. It will be a live musical performance of music from Sonic the Hedgehog hames spanning from 30 years. Happy birthday Sonic!