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Skylanders, Guitar Hero Live fall short of expectations

Activision usually puts out fiscal quarter press releases stating that they beat expectations and had another great quarter. That was not the case this time. While the company did well overall, things weren't as rosy as usually. It seems the culprits were Skylanders and Guitar Hero Live.

Activision says that Guitar Hero Live and Skylanders Superchargers both fell short of expectations, with Skylanders' weak performance attributed to increased competition in the market. No reasoning for Guitar Hero Live missing target was given.

Japan - 3DS theme charts for Feb. 1st to 7th, 2016

01. Kurousa-P feat. Hatsune Miku ‘Senbonzakura’
02. Osomatsu-san theme
03. Splatoon: Squid Sisters theme
04. Splatoon: Squid theme
05. Monster Hunter X
06. Dragon Ball Super: Goku SSGSS
07. New Assassination Classroom Theme of Time
08. ONE PIECE: Luffy Sabo Ace
09. ONE PIECE: Luffy Zoro Sanji
10. Pokémon: Mega Mewtwo & BREAK Evolution Mode
11. Pokemon: Poké Kyun Collection
12. Gesu no Kiwami Otome ‘Ryoseibai de li ja Nai’
13. Nemuneko Friends ♪
14. Pokémon: Mega Charizard Y
15. Kojima clerk Special Voice
16. rerulili feat. Hatsune Miku x GUMI 'Brain Fluid Explosion Girl’
17. Shantae: Curse of the Pirates All-Stars
18. Assassination Classroom: Theme of Time 4
19. Giga P feat. Kagamine Len ’+♂ (Plus Male)’
20. Monster Hunter 4G: Hunting Weapon Gallery
21. Kagerou Project 'Blindfold Orchestra’
22. Dragon Ball Z: Goku vs Freezer
23. Giga P feat Kagamine Len 'Gigantic O.T.N.’
24. SEKAI NO OWARI 'Dragon Night’
25. HoneyWorks feat. GUMI 'Confession Rehearsal’

NPD - Jan. 2016 top 10, analysis and more

Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
Star Wars: Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
Lego Marvel Avengers (PS4, Xbox One, 360, Wii U, PS3, 3DS, Vita)
FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)

- $605.2 million on new gaming products, down 4 percent from $627.6 million last year
- hardware and software sales were down
- hardware sales were $157 million, down 15 percent from $185.4 million last year
- game sales were $212.7 million, which is a 10 percent year-over-year decrease from $235.6 million
- peripherals were up 15 percent from $206 million in 2015 to $235.5 million in 2016

TOMY Commemorates 20 Years of Pokemon

TOMY International, the master toy licensee and distributor for Pokémon in categories including figures, figure accessories, plush, playsets and role-play, debuts its all-new line. With 2016 marking 20 years of Pokémon, TOMY introduces commemorative products and celebrates this milestone with retailer-exclusive promotions throughout the year. On February 27, 2016 Pokémon celebrates 20 years since the first video games, Pokémon Red and Green, launched in Japan for the Game Boy system.

To celebrate, TOMY will release one retailer-exclusive Mythical Pokémon each month, from February to December 2016. Toys "R" Us, Game Stop, and Walmart will carry the exclusive items. In the Pokémon universe, Mythical Pokémon are considered extremely rare. Select Mythical Pokémon will be released as 8" plush in a special crushed velvet material, and as 2" pearlescent-finished figures with their own unique pearlescent-finished Poké Balls. In addition to the monthly Mythical Pokémon, various limited-edition Pikachu products will also be featured as retailer-exclusives throughout the year. TOMY's attention-to-detail and unique stylizing captures Pokémon in a line that offers something for every Pokémon fan.

Over the past 20 years, fans have discovered over 700 Pokémon characters while buying more than 275 million video games and 21.5 billion trading card games. To commemorate 20 years of Pokémon, classic video games Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow will come to the Nintendo 3DS on February 27, 2016. Additionally, Pokkén Tournament for the Wii U will launch on March 18, 2016. Pokémon GO, a ground-breaking mobile game that will encourage fans to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon, launches later this year.

Capcom shows off new offices in San Francisco

It’s been quite the couple of weeks for the Capcom USA crew. For the last several years, our offices were based out of San Mateo, California. But on January 25th, we moved 25 miles up to San Francisco – the same year as the 25th anniversary of Street Fighter II. Coincidence? Yes. Yes it is. But we’re all enjoying our new offices by the Bay, and we wanted to give you a quick tour (in pictures) of our new home.

Full blog here