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Nintendo Switch: Top-Selling Game Console of 2020

As one of the most popular consoles globally, Nintendo Switch witnessed a surge in the number of new players since its release in 2017. With millions of people spending more time playing video games during the coronavirus lockdown, 2020 brought an influx of new Nintendo fans. 

According to data presented by SafeBettingSites.com, Nintendo Switch is the top-selling gaming console in 2020, with 15.6 million units sold as of September, 65% more than PlayStation 4 and Xbox combined.

Nintendo Switch Sales Grows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox Consoles Drop

One of the key reasons for the Switch’s success is the popularity of Nintendo’s first-party titles. Blockbuster series like Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon are exclusive to Nintendo, meaning that fans can only play them on Nintendo consoles. These Nintendo exclusive games dominate the list of top-selling Switch titles worldwide, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being the most popular game.

Statista and VGChartz data revealed that PlayStation 4 represents the second most popular gaming console this year, with 7.22 million units sold as of September. Xbox One ranked third, with 2.17 million units sold in the nine months of 2020. During the same period, gamers bought 330,000 Nintendo 3DS consoles. 

The annual sales of Nintendo Switch consoles have been increasing continuously in the last three years, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox are being affected by a downsizing trend. 

A year after its launch in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch hit 15.5 million units sold worldwide. The growing popularity of Nintendo’s gaming console continued in 2019, with the lifetime sales reaching 49.8 million units in December, a 55% jump from the year before. Nintendo sold nearly 4 million Switch consoles in the first quarter of 2020, with its lifetime sales growing to 53.7 million. However, between March and August, another 9.6 million units were sold, with the cumulative sales surging to 63.4 million units.

In 2017, Sony sold almost 20 million Playstation 4 consoles all around the world. By the end of 2019, annual sales dropped to 14.2 million, a 30% plunge in two years. Statistics indicate that the sales of the third most popular gaming console, Xbox One, fell by 35% in this period, decreasing from 7.6 million units in 2017 to 4.9 million last year. 

Playstation 4 Leads in Lifetime Unit Sales

Although Nintendo Switch is ranked as the world’s most popular gaming console, Playstation 4 still dominates in terms of lifetime unit sales. 

In the first three years after its launch in 2013, Sony sold 35.9 million PlayStation 4 units. Between January 2016 and December 2017, the lifetime unites sales surged by 105% to 73.6 million. Since then, another 40 million units were sold worldwide, with the cumulative sales of Sony’s PlayStation 4 gaming console rising to almost 113 million, as of August. Xbox One hit 48.2 million units in lifetime sales as of August, a 22% increase in two years. 

PUMA × NINTENDO TEAM UP

PUMA teams up with the iconic video game brand, Nintendo, to bring consumers the latest of a string of J. Cole’s signature basketball shoes: the RS-Dreamer Super Mario 64. The launch is in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario, and is the successor of PUMA and J. Cole’s previous collaboration, the now sold-out RS-Dreamer ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears.’

The debut collaboration with Nintendo features design elements reminiscent of Super Mario 64. The new pair of J. Cole’s signature shoes take the quintessential video game to the basketball court with its striking red and blue colorway and animated feature font and design. 

The silhouette features PUMA Hoops technology, which includes a disruptive cord lacing system for a snug and responsive fit, a ProFoam midsole and RS-Foam heel for maximum energy return, and a high abrasion rubber outsole for increased grip.

Like past collaborations between J. Cole and PUMA, the shoe will cross league boundaries and be worn by both NBA and WNBA players during their respective leagues’ play. The new release comes shortly after PUMA’s debut of the highly anticipated RS-Dreamer, J. Cole’s signature basketball sneaker in July, and its additional colorways in August.

The RS-Dreamer Super Mario 64 will retail for $125 and will be available starting this Friday, September 4, exclusively in store and online at the Foot Looker Inc., PUMA.com, and the PUMA NYC Store.

Somi What You Waiting For

SOMI × Interscope Records

Canadian-Dutch-Korean singer-songwriter SOMI has signed to Interscope Records as part of the label’s partnership with THEBLACKLABEL. After winning first place on Korean reality singing competition Produce 101, SOMI emerged as a solo artist in June 2019 with her single “BIRTHDAY,” which has since amassed over 53M streams worldwide on Spotify and 78M views on YouTube to date. The news about SOMI’s signing broke Monday in an exclusive story with Variety where SOMI stated, “I’m very excited to join the Interscope and Universal Music family! They have a great roster of artists I love and a long history of breaking acts. I’m looking forward to the next steps in my career and can’t wait to share my music with the world!”

Today, SOMI announces her brand-new single entitled “What You Waiting For” along with an accompanying music video marking this her first release via Interscope Records. The song was co-written by SOMI and BLACKPINK’s producer, Teddy and represents a new musical direction for SOMI, as she is shifting her practice as a musician and songwriter to mature her sound.

Watch the video for “What You Waiting For” by SOMI HERE.

About SOMI

Born as Ennik Somi Douma in 2001 in Ontario, Canada, SOMI grew up in Seoul, South Korea known as Jeon So-mi. After several commercial ventures, SOMI ultimately became known after winning Produce 101, a South Korean TV singing competition, and subsequently became part of the project girl group I.O.I. The 11-member girl group was known for their pop and multi-genre-friendly sound and SOMI was nicknamed “Nation’s Center” for her 1st place finish and center position in the group. After I.O.I ended their promotions, SOMI continued several collaborative musical and commercial engagements. Her multifarious commercial and acting career has also included several endorsements for brands such as Nintendo, Fanta, and Shiseido and coverage in Vogue and W. In 2018, the young musician joined THEBLACKLABEL and began her musical partnership with producer Teddy.

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Shawn Wasabi Debut Album

For the last five years, Shawn Wasabi fans have eagerly awaited a full-length project from the multifaceted artist, creator and weird kid forever. Today, Wasabi brings the worldhis long-anticipated debut album, MANGOTALE, a body of work that reflects personal growth, musical maturity and this summer’s biggest pop anthems. Out today on Facet/Warner Records, Wasabi has crafted a versatile collection of polished pop cuts reinforced by an all-female crew of singer-songwriters including kennedi, raychel jay, SATICA and more. The 12-track album includes today’s new single, “MEDICINE ft. Tia Scola,” the project is the perfect stay-at-home soundtrack.

On the story behind MANGOTALE, Shawn writes: “MANGOTALE is my first full-length project & I’m incredibly excited for people to listen to it! I produced almost the entire thing on my laptop at home! I’ve changed, developed & grown so much over the last five years – my understanding of the world, of myself & my personality; being disassembled & reassembled; making friends; the people I’ve interacted with & my different musical inspirations/mentors. I feel like this project perfectly expresses that shift while also channeling the energy & emotion I had in those different chapters of my life. MANGOTALE also flexes a lot of my musical range between collaborative pop energy production and weird knob-twiddling audio manipulation sound design.”

Facet Co-Founder Justin Tranter adds: “What Wasabi has done on MANGOTALE blows my mind. It’s a high-level production masterpiece grounded by a collection of the most charming joyful songs maybe ever. Just like Shawn himself, the high-level musicianship never comes off as pretentious because he is smiling and laughing the entire time.”

MANGOTALE kicks off with new track “princess peach,” a nostalgic Nintendo-inspired instrumental intro followed by “HALO HALO (ft. Chevy),” a catchy love song about seeing that special someone again after quarantine. Sweet turns to sour with the bitter beloved single “LEMONS (ft. kennedi),” followed by a dose of “MEDICINE (ft. Tia Scola),” a sultry cut about feeling the good kind of sick – love sick. Halfway through the album come two of Wasabi’s biggest releases, the timely and addictive “ANIMAL CROSSING”and the flavorful favorite, “SNACK (ft. raychel jay).” The boldest in the bunch, “tokyo tea (ft. Spacegirl Gemmy)” fuses elements of future bass with eccentric rap stylings, an ode to Wasabi’s effortless versatility and kitschy electronic sound. Closing out the album, the dream-pop cut “LOVE POTION (ft. raychel jay)” precedes the playful tongue-in-cheek hit, “HOME RUN (ft. raychel jay),”finishing with the languid instrumental outro “IGLOO,” featuring subdued vocals fromWasabi himself.

Since his record-setting release of “MARBLE SODA” in 2015, Shawn Wasabi has become the internet’s favorite creative character. Having evolved from a bedroom YouTube sensation to an established pop hitmaker, MANGOTALE is a testament to Wasabi’s respected reputation as a songwriter and unrivaled skills as a producer. The album speaks to Wasabi’s Filipino roots, referencing cultural cornerstones that are at the core of his craft. He also timed the release of MANGOTALE to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating his identity by sharing his music with the world.

Each track on the album is visually represented by a character from Mango Island, designed by illustrator Ann Alonso. From princess peach to MARBLE TEA to HALO HALO, Wasabi has created his own idyllic paradise for fans to explore when they listen to MANGOTALE.

MANGOTALE Tracklist:

1. princess peach

2. HALO HALO (feat. Chevy)

3. LEMONS (feat. kennedi)

4. MEDICINE (feat. Tia Scola)

5. MANGO LOVE (feat. Satica)

6. ANIMAL CROSSING

7. SNACK (feat. raychel jay)

8. MARBLE TEA

9. toyko tea (feat. Spacegirl Gemmy)

10. LOVE POTION (feat. raychel jay)

11. HOME RUN (feat. raychel jay)

12. IGLOO

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Is Music Important in The Gaming Industry?

When you consider the video game industry and the work that goes into developing these games, your first thoughts might go towards the actual game developers. While these are arguably the most important cog in the process, many more people are involved in the entire production of a game.

Most people don’t realise it, but music is actually very important when it comes to video games and how they feel. In this article, we will look at the importance of music in the gaming industry. Keep reading to hear more about this.

Why Is It Important?

There are many reasons why music is important in the gaming industry including the fact that it helps to immerse players in the game. If you have played a game before and not noticed the music or the soundtrack then the game developers have probably done a great job. The point of the music is not to distract from the game but to tie the entire thing together. For this reason, a lot of importance is placed on the musical elements of a game.

Which Kinds of Games Use Music?

While you will find certain games don’t come with any music at all, just sound effects, there are plenty that have carefully curated soundtracks. Some developers will have music composed specifically for the game while others will utilise existing tracks that have been licensed to them for use in the game. Whether you are playing a game on your Xbox or a casino game like those described at bestcasinobetting.vip, you’ll find music in the game somewhere. 

Typically, the big budget games made by companies like Nintendo will have a special focus on music.

Does This Affect the Industry?

For those interested in how this affects the music industry, you’ll find that it certainly has a large impact. With huge numbers of people around the world playing games every single day, you can expect a few of them to listen to a song and want to hear it again. This has meant that many artists have benefited from their songs which feature in soundtracks, as have the composers who create songs specially for certain games.

Artists like Toto, Ariana Grande and Michael Jackson have all had their songs feature in some video games and this has opened them up to brand new audiences. Over time, video game fans start to enjoy listening to these songs that are often in the background.

Conclusion

The music industry and the gaming industry have their crossovers and many top songs appear in famous video games. With artists in the music industry benefiting from their songs being played over and over, this is often a mutually beneficial deal. Some fans prefer to hear music that has been composed for a video game, but this can be costly and take much longer. 

It is clear from what we have discussed that music is very important in the video game industry. Make sure to listen a bit closer to your favourite video game to see what is going on. 

The Gaming Revolution Started in the Noughties – Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise

The gaming industry has had many significant turning points over the years. According to an article @ theverge.com, the first real digital video game was Stephen Russell’s 1962 creation, Spacewar! For others, it was the Brown Box after it offered a way to connect a computer (of sorts) to a TV and play. For those with shorter memories, names like Atari, Nintendo, and Sega have all been instrumental in the evolution of gaming. However, it’s possible to argue that things really changed for the better at the turn of the millennium. Since 2000, a few things have happened to make gaming bigger and better than it ever was.

Now, we could go back to the 90s and the first-ever mobile games. Tetris has been around on mobiles since 1994, while Snake really put the wheels of progress in motion back in 1997. However, these early offerings were seeds that, while sown, didn’t have much potential to grow until smartphones came along. Because of that, the real starting point for what we’ll call the “next generation” of gaming was poker and casino sites. As the 90s were coming to an end, a new concept in gaming emerged.

Old Games Become New Forms of Entertainment

By combining random number generators (RNG) with some preexisting games, developers were able to create the first online poker and casino sites. The idea quickly struck a chord with gamblers, gamers, and competitive types. Within a decade, the market was booming. The main reasons for the industry’s spectacular growth were unpredictability, diversity, and entertainment. Casino games have always been popular. Taking on the house in a game where anything can happen on the turn of a card or spin of a wheel is exciting. Software companies simply took this and ran with it.

However, what the early pioneers also understood was the power of diversity. Even in the early noughties, the internet was a place for all tastes. As such, developers needed to take a standard selection of games and build on them. So, alongside blackjack and roulette, slots started to gain prominence. With scope to invent new features, bonuses, and themes, the library of options quickly expanded. This strategy has been used ever since. For example, inside the online casino @ Betsafe.com, the lobby is now stocked with more than 1,700 games.

If You Build It They Will Come

From slots with a space theme like Starburst to virtual sports, Slingo, and live dealer tables, there is something for everyone. This level of variety is not only a testament to the evolution of gaming software but the state of the industry. In other words, modern online casinos are no longer reserved for gamblers. Today, they’re entertainment hubs where everyone, from the novice to the pro, can have fun. This is the reason the industry is now worth more than $50 billion according to the data @ statista.com. Why are modern casinos like that? Because more people have access to games than ever before.

When the first iPhone came out in 2007, it paved the way for mobile apps and, thus, games. 13 years later, in 2020, there are thousands of mobile games and more than 210 million players in the US alone. With more people no more than a touch away from some action, the market has opened up. Gone are the days when you needed a PC or console to indulge in virtual fun. This shift in dynamics is, in part, due to the rise of online casino sites and, subsequently, mobile gaming. There have certainly been many significant turning points in the industry over the years. However, in recent times at least, the noughties changed the game more than any other.

Rence – Tears in December

Indie-Pop Whiz RENCE Releases “Tears In December” + Animal Crossing-Inspired “Type 2” Video

NEW SINGLE FOLLOWS SLEW OF BUZZING TRACKS AND VIDEOS FROM THE 2020 ARTIST TO WATCH

Today, genre-defying singer, songwriter and producer Rence unleashes his latest single “Tears In December.”  Get it HERE via Epic Records

The track begins with a creaky guitar and echoey beats as his breathy vocals exhale confessional verses. The energy organically blooms into the quotable refrain—“Sick of the sound of my heart hitting the ground”—before the vibe turns on a dime into a lonely late-night dancefloor singalong. The song takes inspiration from Rence’s own journey and come-up, having made the decision in December of 2019 to move from New York to Los Angeles.

“Tears in December chronicles my personal life following some major changes I underwent recently, including moving back out west from New York,” says Rence. “I thought I needed to leave my old home (and person) behind to start fresh in an exciting new city, but once I got here I realized pretty quickly that I was wrong. This song is that realization. I sing the lyrics to someone very special to me that I made the mistake of leaving, but beyond that interpersonal relationship, I wrote the lyrics to remind myself not to be too quick to move on and forget the past. That past is precisely what got me to where I am and what will help me continue to move forward. In the lyrics I say ‘sick of the sound of my heart hitting the ground,’ but a big piece of that sentiment is the realization that I was the one breaking my own heart. That heartbreak found it’s way into my songs for a while – especially because I’m always trying to be honest and authentic in what I create – and I was just sick of hearing it.”

Rence continues to unveil new music and exciting visuals at a steady pace. Earlier this week, he dropped a tripped-out official video for “Patience,” taken from his Fall 2019 EP.  It followed on the heels an acoustic video for the song where he performed on his front porch accompanied by a solo keyboardist. The latter illuminated his raw, unfiltered talent with a showstopping rendition of the tune. Earlier this month, he released an Animal Crossing video for his most recent single, “Type 2.” It cuts together footage of his Animal Crossing: New Horizons avatar to bounce of the track, bringing the song to life Nintendo Switch-style. Meanwhile, “Type 2” nears half-a-million streams in Spotify in addition to earning critical applause. Lyrical Lemonade claimed, “‘Type 2’ is the perfect example of why Rence is one of the most promising vocalists in the music industry right now.”

Capitalizing on the momentum sparked by the release of his Fall 2019 EP, Rence has received much acclaim and accolades. Pigeons & Planes named him among  “Best New Artists” while his breakout single “Expensive” [feat. Noah Cyrus] recently surpassed 6 million global streams. Having recently wrapped a North American tour with Christian French, Rence has gone on to received looks and acclaim from the likes of Nylon, i-D, The FADER, Billboard, Paper and more.

About Rence

Sharing real life snapshots in song, Rence magnifies his personal perspective through a genre-less palette, bordering pop, alternative, electro, indie and hip-hop all at once, yet never dipping into one for too long. He introduced himself on the breakthrough independent project, Pink. The lead single “Baby Blue” racking up nearly 10 million streams. Peers such as Chelsea Cutler and FLETCHER lent support as critical acclaim came from Hilly Dilly, Lyrical Lemonade, Ones To Watch, Elevator Magazine, and more. Tastemaker Zane Lowe handpicked “Ways To Go” as his “World Record” on Apple Music’s Beats 1.

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Shawn Wasabi – Animal Crossing

LISTEN: Shawn Wasabi Releases Video Game-Inspired “ANIMAL CROSSING” Track In Celebration of Nintendo Switch ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Launch

Featuring Lauded Pop and R&B Artist Sophia Black

Listen to “ANIMAL CROSSING” HERE

Check out the “ANIMAL CROSSING” Visualizer HERE

As a life-long video game enthusiast and master-controllerist, Shawn Wasabi’s newest track “ANIMAL CROSSING” is inspired by the interactive Nintendo game of the same name. Featuring pop-infused vocals from hit-maker Sophia Black, the track arrives uncoincidentally on the same day as the debut of ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ for Nintendo Switch. 

http://shawnwasabi.lnk.to/ANIMALCROSSING“ANIMAL CROSSING” is a rush of sweet melodies and infectious hooks, transporting listeners into the idyllic paradise that awaits in the game. Incorporating 8-bit sound effects and lyrics that reference in-game relics like, ‘peaches by the pool,’ it’s the perfect soundtrack for any gamer to build their tropical island escape. Whether fans are familiar with the game or not, the sentimental nature of “ANIMAL CROSSING” makes it the love song we all need right now. 
Listen to “ANIMAL CROSSING” here.

“ANIMAL CROSSING” drops just a week after Shawn’s latest original tune “HOME RUN,” a flavorful food-inspired collaboration with Raychel Jay, Hollis and Brandon Colbein. Reminiscent of his prior singles like “SNACK” and “MARBLE TEA,” it’s an appetizing blend of Shawn’s expert electronic production and Facet House co-founder Justin Tranter’s polished pop touch. Listen to “HOME RUN,” here

Last month, Shawn created a Midi-Fighter version of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” from his own bathroom. The video immediately took off on TikTok, reaching 500k views on the first day. Within 24 hours, former World of Dance competitor & current TikTok sensation BDash discovered the video and used the beat to kick off a dance challenge on the platform. From Twitch to Jessica Alba, it wasn’t long before the impromptu bathroom beat hit the radar of some of the internet’s most influential personalities. Watch here.

Pokémon x UNIQLO UT 2019 Grand Prix

UNIQLO announces that it will launch UNIQLO T-shirts (UTs) featuring winning designs from its Pokémon-themed UT GRAND PRIX 2019 design contest. Items will become available from June 28th at UNIQLO stores and through UNIQLO.com.

The contest attracted a record of more than 18,000 entries worldwide, reflecting the staggering popularity of Pokémon. The judging panel selected 22 winning designs.

Comment from UT GRAND PRIX Judge:

“Entries from more than 40 countries and regions demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm and wide-ranging interpretations of Pokémon. We were delighted with the prize-winning UT designs, and we are certain people everywhere will love wearing them.”


Overview of UT GRAND PRIX 2019 T-Shirts

Launch date

June 28, 2019

Pricing

$14.90 for men and women and $9.90

No. of colors and patterns

22 (10 for men, 10 for women, and 7 for kids)

Sizes

XS to 3XL* for men and women, Kids ages 3-12

*Available online only

Special website

http://www.uniqlo.com/utgp/2019/us/en/

About Pokémon

Pokémon, one of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises, began with the launch of the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games in Japan in 1996. Pokémon gameplay, which features collecting, training, and trading unique creatures, rapidly gained tremendous popularity around the globe. The video games were soon followed by the introduction of the Pokémon Trading Card Came and beloved animated series. With total games sold in excess of 300 million and the Pokémon GO mobile game released in 2016 reaching over 850 million downloads worldwide (as of August 2018), Pokémon has been loved by people of all ages for over 20 years.

About the UT GRAND PRIX

UNIQLO has conducted its UT GRAND PRIX design competition since 2005 to foster creativity and talent around the world. The contest is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Previous contest themes have included Nintendo, Star Wars, and Marvel, and have attracted numerous entries, with winning designs being been sold around the globe.

About Judge of UT GRAND PRIX

The team is consisted of special 3 members, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of the Pokémon Company, Ken Sugimori, Character Design and Art Director of GAME FREAK inc, and NIGO, Merchandise Department of the Pokémon Company and UNIQLO UT Design Team. Tsunekazu Ishihara is designed the characters of the Pokémon game series, and worked on official illustrations for all the main works. Ken Sugimori is a managing director of GAME FREAK inc. involved in all works of Pokémon software. NIGO is creative director of UNIQLO UT.

Kaepernick Madden Lyrics

By Reid Urban

While Colin Kaepernick made news on Thursday when he was featured in a Nike commercial on Sunday Night Football, he also made news in the video game industry.

Back in early August, EA Sports had edited out a lyric that featured Kaepernick’s name on the Madden 19 soundtrack. It led to outrage and condemnation towards EA Sports. Eventually, they put his name back into the lyrics.

Here is what the lyrics said, courtesy of Big Sean, “feed me to the wolves now I lead the pack and s—, you boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.” Where that name was supposed to be said, it was edited out as if it were a profanity.

EA Sports came out with a statement that it was “an unfortunate mistake,” by taking Kaepernick’s name out of the song “Big Bank” by YG on that soundtrack.

This isn’t EA Sports’s first debacle featuring his name. The Madden 18 soundtrack had a song by Mike WiLL Made-It which featured his name, but was removed as well.

Both YG and Big Sean, whose song had Kaepernick’s name in the Madden 18 soundtrack, took to Twitter to express their displeasure with removing his name.

EA Sports also said about the name, “Members of the team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have the rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect the soundtrack.”