PopCap Games has a track record of making awesome games. Their latest creation, Plants vs. Zombies on the iPhone, has been on the App Store for not even a month, yet it's already reached $1 million in sales. PopCap reports 300,000 units sold within the game's first nine days of availability.
I'm not surprised by the news though, considering how great the PC version is. Many iPhone owners have likely played it and decided to pick it up for some mobile zombie action. I know I would.
It may sound crazy, but it's happening. Capcom announced today that it plans on bringing Street Fighter IV to the iPhone next month, but it's not your run-of-the-mill port. The company says it has meticulously devised controls that work seamlessly on the device.
Graphically, it's pretty much a watered down version of the console version, but that comes with the territory. Still, it looks good and retains the classic art style.
Ken and Ryu are the only confirmed characters so far, but Capcom says it will be adding both classic and new characters into the game. It will also have Bluetooth multiplayer built in.
PopCap Games' Plants vs. Zombies has finally made its debut on Apple's App Store. Assuming you own an iPod Touch or an iPhone, you should buy it immediately because it costs only $2.99. That's an incredible price for such an awesome game.
"Plants vs. Zombies for iPhone and iPod touch marks the first adaptation of our wildly popular 'flower defense' game to a new platform, and we're excited at how well it has translated to the iPhone and iPod touch," stated Andrew Stein, director of mobile platforms at PopCap Games. "We've stayed true to the original computer version with the full-featured gameplay of Adventure mode, and have optimized this adaptation around a seamless touch interface. Plus, we've added great content, including the new Quick Play Arena which allows easy replay of any level after completing the Adventure mode, and more than a dozen achievements to reward successful completion of in-game challenges."
In the name of good deals, the PSP, DS and iPhone versions of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars are on sale for 30% off, bringing it down to just $6.99.
The offer ends Sunday at 12am EST (the end of Valentine's Day). I'm sure your valentine will appreciate you getting this for them. The kick to the face is their way of saying "I love you."
Expect more games along the lines of NaturalMotion's arcade football game Backbreaker. If a recent trademark filed by the company is any indication, the company will be moving on to hockey next. Superannuation noticed the trademark, which was for IceBreaker Hockey.
Backbreaker is coming out May 18 for PS3, Xbox 360 and iPhone.
EA announced during its investor call that its FIFA 10 had sold 9.7 million units by the month ending December 31, 2009. The game launched outside North America in early October with a late October release stateside. It's very likely that the title has already broken the 10-million mark by now considering the dated information EA divulged. It's estimated the game sold 5.2 million units in December alone.
The publisher recently announced 2010 FIFA World Cup would be releasing April 27.
After being delayed a couple times, PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies iPhone port has been given yet another release date, and it looks like they'll be hitting their mark this time. Check the App Store on February 15 for some Zombie tower-defense action. Along with the good news, PopCap has sent out a new trailer for the game, which you can see above.
A new report from Game Developer Research presented an interesting trend in the gaming industry. The survey revealed that the mobile side of the industry increased 25% last year in terms of development compared to the prior year's increase of 12%. More than doubling the amount of development taking place on the DS and PSP, roughly 75% of mobile developers are supporting the iPhone and iPod Touch.
At the same time, development for the Wii has dropped off a staggering 30% as studios are tending to embrace established IP's on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
"Like any other medium of entertainment, video game development is subject to change with the ebb and flow of the economy and any hot new trends, and this year’s survey continues to reflect this evolution," said Simon Carless, global brand director of Think Services Game Group. "The full, detailed survey document, with its plethora of raw data and wealth of insight, is an important resource for any industry-watchers looking to navigate the changing seas of the games industry."
[via Industry Gamers]
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was revealed yesterday with Sega pinning it as a "Summer 2010" release. That window has been narrowed down today thanks to the people over at Sonic Stadium. The game will be releasing this July. In addition to that information, is confirmation that an iPhone version of the game will be coming also.
Looks like Sega needs to be a little more careful with its website assets.
The iPad presents new opportunities for mobile game developers, so one might wonder if it has any impact on handheld gaming devices such as Sony's PSP or Nintendo's DS. According to Sony, Apple's entrance into mobile gaming has actually benefitted them.
"Apple's entrance into the portable gaming space has been a net positive for Sony," said Sony's John Koller, Director Hardware Marketing. "When people want a deeper, richer console, they start playing on a PSP."
So basically they're saying when people get bored of the iPhone or iPad, they'll come to the PSP. That's quite some amazing spin Sony has managed to put on that.