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According to data published by Japanese sales tracking firm Media Create, Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition moved 51,723 units over the week of December 19-25, 2016. This brings the portable version of Mojang’s builder to a grand total of 1,018,699 units sold since its release in March 2015.
The physical version of the game is published by Sony Interactive Entertainment (formerly Sony Computer Entertainment) and acts as the company’s first million seller in Japan since 2004’s Gran Turismo 4 on the PlayStation 2.
Yes, Sony’s best selling title in its home region in more than decade is from a series owned by Microsoft on a platform they abandoned years ago. As it stands now, Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition has been Sony’s final retail release for the handheld in Japan.
Upcoming PSVita exclusives, Killzone: Mercenary, and Tearaway will have more information unveiled this week as embargos on a PlayStation event held weeks back end. Polish gaming magazine PSX Extreme posted up a preview of their upcoming February issue with the cover story being more information regarding Killzone: Mercenary, and Tearaway. Killzone: Mercenary is reportedly running the PlayStation 3 Killzone engine, and looks gorgeous, with crispy textures, and big draw distances. Characters models are also well detailed, with the animation to match. The game’s frame rate is steady despite the stunning action, and has been tailored for on the go gaming. Story wise the game will star new protagonists. More information regarding the multiplayer, story, and social features as well as the release date (described as “sooner than we think”) will be revealed shortly. The first person shooter will be Vita’s first retail game in the genre not made by Nihilistic Software, the studio behind the poorly received Resistance: Burning Skies, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified releases.
Unfortunately, more information regarding the magazine’s coverage of Tearaway, the new IP from Media Molecule wasn’t shared.
Issue 185 of PSX Extreme will hit Polish news stands on January 27.
European PlayStation Vita owners may have noticed an Invizimals: Trading Card App on the weekly PlayStation Store update. There’s a reason for that. Sony, Invizimals developer Novarama, and Italian collectibles company Panini have partnered up to launch a new Invizimals trading card game. While there has been other Invizimals collectibles from that trio this new set of cards, dubbed “Hidden Challenges” marks a new move in the franchise’s expansion in Portugal, and Spain. Panini has committed to releasing over 470 different physical cards that’ll have players battling their favourites Invizimals, and launching powerful vortex strikes. Cards will retail for euros. In addition to the physical game, there is the Trading Card App that has been released on PSVita, PSP, iOS, and Android. This free app will allow users to import their physical Hidden Challenges cards into the virtual world to continue the fight. The app will provide collection statistics, online multiplayer, and of course allow users to demo the augmented reality features that made the franchise famous.
Daniel Crespo of Novarama said that while Invizimals is a Sony property, the ability to release mobile apps expands the amount of people who can become aware of the series. He later said that it’s important to distinguish mobile apps from the traditional Invizimals games to ensure that one doesn’t replace the other. The studio saw Invizimals: Hidden Challenges as a fun diversion while the studio took 2012 off from releasing Invizimals games in an attempt to make the next one special. Presumably the next game will be launched alongside the Invizimals television series set to air later this year.
Panini currently plans to release Hidden Challenges only in Spain, and Portugal. As such, the apps are also exclusive to those countries. The Invizimals games have sold over 600,000 units in that market since launch in 2009.