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Amazon’s best selling Video Games of 2018 show very surprising results

Published: 6/Jan/2019 18:23 Updated: 6/Jan/2019 20:16

by David Purcell

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Amazon has revealed all of the best selling video games purchased on the website in 2018 and the standings might shock a few people. 

The list, which also includes many video game related items, features a number of household favorites which are available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch platforms. 

Activision announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 had set a new record for revenue generated on its opening weekend, with $500 million worth of sales counted. Yet, despite that fact, it was outsold on Amazon last year. 

ActivisionBlack Ops 4’s Blackout mode has been a big boost for Call of Duty franchise.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was a game that the gaming community had been craving for over eight years and went one better than the Call of Duty title, as it was announced that $725 million had been generated in the Rockstar game’s first three days on sale. 

Surprisingly enough, though, Red Dead 2 didn’t make the top of Amazon’s list either. Instead, it was Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which generated the most sales for the online retailer in 2018 – which may seem surprising. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been hugely popular since it was released in October, 2018.

A possible cause for the new Smash Bros game appearing at the top of the list is that it’s only available on Nintendo Switch, much like Super Mario Party, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and other Nintendo games which feature high on Amazon’s 2018 best seller list below. 

On the other hand, Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 have online versions sold on both the Microsoft store and Sony’s PlayStation store. 

It looks like more PlayStation players buy from Amazon also, with not one Xbox game making the top 10 – which is dominated by games from Sony and Nintendo.

For reference, the highest selling Xbox One game on Amazon was Black Ops 4, which just missed out on the top 10, in the 11th spot.

Standing Game Platform Price
#1  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate              Nintendo Switch          $59.88
#2 Red Dead Redemption 2 PlayStation 4 $59.88
#3 Super Mario Party Nintendo Switch $56.90
#4 Marvel’s Spider-Man  PlayStation 4 $39.99
#5 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch $56.30
#6 Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Switch $47.99
#7 Pokemon: Let’s GO, Pikachu! Nintendo Switch $56.75
#8 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PlayStation 4 $44.85
#9 God of War PlayStation 4 $38.99
#10 The Legend of Zelda:
Breath of the Wild
Nintendo Switch $61.75

Prices accurate as of January 6, 2019.

Source: Amazon US

Esports

Tetris legend Jonas Neubauer passes away aged 39

Published: 9/Jan/2021 13:32 Updated: 9/Jan/2021 13:58

by Luke Edwards

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Seven-time Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer died at the age of 39 on January 4 after a sudden medical emergency.

The American, an icon of the game, won seven of the first eight Classic Tetris World Championships (CTWC) between 2010 and 2017, finishing as runner-up in 2014 and 2018.

His influence extended far beyond his achievements in the game, as he inspired the competitors around him. In a 2018 interview with VICE, now two-time World Champion Joseph Saelee said: “I would say most of my gameplay is based off Jonas’s gameplay. I try to play exactly like him for the most part.”

Jonas was also a popular Twitch streamer, with 25k followers. Such was his greatness, he went viral in 2018 after accidentally breaking the then world record for quickest time to reach 300,000 points, achieving the feat in 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Tributes pour in for Jonas Neubauer

News of his passing was announced on his Twitter account on January 9. The message said: “He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.”

The news sent shockwaves around the world of esports and gaming, with tributes pouring in to commemorate Jonas and his achievements.

Tetris paid tribute, writing “Jonas Neubauer was one of the greatest classic Tetris players of all time in skill, spirit, and kindness.”

Joseph Saelee, who stunned Jonas to win the 2018 CTWC, left a simple message that said: “Rest In Peace, Jonas.”

TSM chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura said: “I only had the opportunity to meet him once, but he was a very kind person who had a great enthusiasm for all games from tetris to chess and beyond.”

Chris Higgins, director of the documentary ‘Best of Five: The Tetris Champions’, described him as a “loyal son, great husband, staunch friend.”

One fan has created a digital card, free for all to sign, which will be sent to Jonas’ family, with the opportunity for people to leave a message to one of the greats of esports.