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Destiny came, saw & conquered the retail market. Activision has announced today that Destiny has grossed over $325 million over its launch week making it the most successful launch of a new franchise. Ever. Keeping in mind that Destiny had a $600 million budget making this announcement much more impressive.

Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing stated “Destiny fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That’s on part with the engagement levels of our most popular Call of Duty games, which obviously is an industry leader.” Hirshberg then stated. “Millions of games are having a great time playing Destiny and can’t put down their controllers. And this is just the beginning. Destiny is a platform that will grow and evolve and we will continue to work closely with out partners at Bungie to bring a long line of new experiences and content to life in the game.”

At the time of this writing, Destiny sits at a metacritic score of 76/100 with complaints coming in regarding the lack of a story. Destiny is available now for Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. It is expected to launch on PC sometime in the near future but a projected date has yet to be set.

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Coming fresh out of the Tokyo Game Show in Japan, Bethesda has released another trailer to help drive hype for it’s new horror/survival game The Evil Within. The trailer (on Youtube) shows off a sample of the twisted and unexpected horror scenes you might see while playing through the game and is definitely not for the squeamish.

The Evil Within launches on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and PC on October 14th, 2014.

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We had the opportunity to play an early version of Super Smash Bros for 3DS which included playable characters such as Pac-Man and Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles. In this nearly completed build, we were able to try out these new characters as well as a majority of stages that were going to be included in the final game. Unfortunately, the characters featured in the recent leak were not playable at this time.

I can confirm that all of the menus were functional including the functionality that allows you to use the 3DS as a WiiU controller for the upcoming Super Smash Bros for WiiU. The main menu was very clean and easy to navigate as it followed the same menu patterns that was shown in Kid Icarus 3DS or Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Needless to say, Super Smash Bros for 3DS plays very smooth and I surprisingly got a good handle of the circle pad – One of my many complaints from when I played Super Smash Bros for 3DS at Best Buy. While I still experience difficulties playing with the 3DS control style, one of the Nintendo Reps mentioned thatyou can fully customize the control scheme, meaning jump can be moved from the X button to the Y button and so on.

Based on the couple times I have played the games, I would strongly recommend that 3DS owners pick up Super Smash Bros for 3DS. It packs everything that was good about Super Smash Bros and crams it in to a handheld for on-the-go gameplay.

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UPDATE: We have just confirmed that Bowser Jr. will also be one of the playable characters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Super Smash Bros for WiiU.

The user ‘hamayama‘ from Twitch has confirmed that the Duck Hunt Dog, Dr.Mario, Dark Pit, Ganondorf, Falco, Jigglypuff, Mr. Game & Watch, Ness, Wario, and ROB are all available characters in Super Smash Bros for 3DS via a live stream. It appears that he was playing a copy of the full retail game as Super Smash Bros for 3DS is set to launch on Saturday, September 13th in Japan.

This also confirms that these characters will also be playable in Super Smash Bros for WiiU when it launches later this year. Unfortunately, it is also very unlikely that characters such as Wolf, Lucas, Snake, Ice Climbers, Ivysaur & Squirtle from Super Smash Bros Brawl have been cut from the game.

Last month, Nintendo confirmed that Lucina, Robin, Captain Falcon and Shulk would be playable in the next iteration. Super Smash Bros for 3DS is expected to launch on October 3rd, 2014 while Super Smash Bros for WiiU is slated for release this holiday season.

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According to reports by The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft may be planning to purchase the popular Minecraft developer, Mojang, for an estimated $2 billion. The deal could be signed as early as this week however no additional details regarding this buy-out have been shared at this time.

Mojang has successfully sold over 50 million copies of Minecraft since it launched back in 2009 on the PC. Since then, Mojang has earned over $100 million in profit across the Xbox, Playstation and PC platforms. Recently, Minecraft launched on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 for $19.99. Users who have already purchased Minecraft on the Xbox 360 or PS3 can purchase the next-gen versions respectively for $4.99.

The Wall Street Journal has reached out to Microsoft and Mojang but both parties declined to comment on the rumor.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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