Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Christmas Offer

Nintendo UK is launching one of its hottest deals of the year.

Just in time for the festive season – a great value Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle which includes a Nintendo Switch console and a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game download code is available to purchase from the Nintendo Official UK Store now for just £279.99, a saving of £49.99 if purchased separately.

This limited bundle which includes a FREE full game download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the ideal gift for friends and family looking to rev their engines and race together anytime, anywhere this Christmas. This great value Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle is also available to purchase across selected retailers from today whilst stocks last.

Comprising a Nintendo Switch console, a pair of Joy-Con controllers (Neon Red/Neon Blue), and a free full game download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a game which has already to date sold a staggering 11.71 million copies globally, this great value bundle has got everything two players need to start racing right from the get-go. Up to four players can get in the fun by using additional Joy-Con controllers, sold separately.

Nintendo Switch can be played anytime, anywhere, with anyone, so those races could be on the big TV screen at home, in the back of the car, or wherever else the racers in your life feel like hitting the track.

Available on the Nintendo Official UK Store and across selected retail outlets today whilst stock lasts, the great value Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle – containing a Nintendo Switch console, a pair of Joy-Con controllers, and a free full game download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – is ideal for the gift-giving season.

You can purchase the console at https://store.nintendo.co.uk

Train2Game News Fortnite Christmas Jumpers

Don’t know your Floss from your Fresh? Thankfully, Merchoid have you covered this year with a new range of Fortnite 100% knitted Christmas sweaters!

Ranging from youth to adult sizes in a variety of designs, there’s something here for everyone this holiday season!

Christmas is a time to give that special someone in your life a personalised care package. The Flossin’ Around the Xmas Tree sweater is the perfect way to show your love whilst showing off your favourite moves! Featuring key elements from the game, this is an ideal sweater for any fan of the game and a brilliant present to lure them to the dinner table with!

Sleigh bells? Nah, we’ll take the Llama Bell any day! Show your love for the quirky quadruped with the And A Llama In A Pear Tree sweater. They’re usually super rare but we managed to attract a few of these cuddly fellas into our warehouse! Featuring a striking minimalist design, this is guaranteed to make you a talking point at the Battle Royale Map!

If you’re after something a bit more cosplay, why not do your Best Mates dance towards the Merry Marauder sweater? A fan favourite, this holiday skin can now be yours for every Christmas! Or every day for that matter! It’ll look even better when you bust out your Electro Shuffle!

For those who like their clothing a bit more huggable, the Brite Gunner inspired Have A Bear-y, Merry Xmas sweater is just the ticket. With a front and back design, this holiday skin has more than meets the eye! It also doubles as a Valentine’s Day sweater so you can get more out of those hard-earned V-Bucks!

The Fortnite Christmas sweaters are available to order now from https://www.merchoid.com/geeks-guide-to-ugly-christmas-sweaterjumpers/?view=fortnite

Train2Game News Atari 2600 returns for Christmas

One of the most iconic video games consoles, the Atari 2600 is returning as a handheld console and innovative plug and play TV joystick in time for Christmas 2018.

The ‘Atari “Retro” Handheld‘ features the immortalised “wood” effect and includes 50 classic games built-in, including: Asteroids®, Pong®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Breakout®, Millipede® and more.

In addition to featuring a 2.4″ screen, it also includes A/V output (with HDMI adapter available) and super responsive buttons with a stylish analogue control stick.

The ‘Atari “Retro” Plug and Play TV Joystick‘ features a progressive design, with the inclusion of an arcade style button on top of the controller and will connect to your TV with the included A/V cable (or HDMI with an available adapter). It will feature the same 50 built-in games as the handheld.

Pre-orders from FunstockRetro.co.uk will also receive an exclusive limited edition Centipede coin:

The range is officially licensed by Atari and is being developed by PQube, the leading distributor of retro gaming hardware in Europe.

The range was originally announced in 2017 however, development has seen the product range move to October 19th 2018. A lot of care and attention has been put into remaining faithful to the Atari brand and the outcome will be worth the wait. The new images in this announcement are photos of the latest samples, ahead of final production and give the first glimpse of the final design.

CEO of PQube, David Pain quoted:
“We are delighted to be working with Atari on this amazing project. Having sold over a million retro gaming consoles, we have taken the extensive feedback from press, retail and the consumer to develop new range of hardware that is faithful to the Atari brand”

CEO of Atari, Frederik Chesnais quoted:
“We are thrilled to partner with PQube on the compact handheld and Plug and Play TV Joystick,” said Fred Chresnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari. “Both products are packed with nostalgic and fun-filled games that will give our fans the opportunity to relive the golden age of videogames wherever they go.”

The “Atari ‘Retro’ Handheld console” will retail for just £34.99 and the “Atari ‘Retro’ TV Plug and Play Joystick” at just £24.99. It is available to pre-order now at Europe’s Number One Retro Gaming Destination, FunstockRetro.co.uk

Train2Game News 12 Days of GamesAid Christmas

Today, UK games industry charity GamesAid is proud to launch its 12 Days of GamesAid Christmas store on eBay.
The UK games industry has to come together to offer Christmas shoppers the ultimate wish list of unique gaming gifts to help raise money for GamesAid, helping disadvantaged and disabled children.

From 5th – 18th December, the GamesAid eBay store will auction off an amazing array of items – the like money usually can’t buy!

Items include a Deluxe Edition of Final Fantasy XV and artbook signed by game director Hajime Tabata, a copy of Football Manager 2017 signed by the Sports Interactive team, a Limited Edition Shrine of Malacath statue from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and a copy of Star Wars Battlefront: Ultimate Edition with a poster signed by the DICE team.

All the items can be found on the GamesAid eBay store, with even more to be added soon, including a mint copy of Forest of Doom signed by Ian Livingstone and a signed copy of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare- Legacy Pro Edition.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/GAMESAID
“Last year, the UK games industry raised a whopping total of £954,000 for GamesAid. Thanks to some incredible donations from our partners, we’re making Christmas extra special with our 12 Days of GamesAid auction” said Ian Chambers, Chair of GamesAid. “Every penny from the auction on our eBay store will go directly into our funding pot, which makes a huge difference to the lives of the young people our charities support. Please show your support and get bidding!”

Huge thanks to: Activision, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, DICE, EA, Ian Livingstone, Media Molecule, Sega, SK, Sports Interactive, Square Enix, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Techland, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for donating some truly incredible items.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 22.12.15

cod_blackops3In the christmas edition of the charts Call of Duty Black Ops 3 has kept the number one spot.

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Week ending 19 December 2015
POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 2
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
4 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 4
5 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 5
6 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 7
7 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 6
8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 8
9 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 9
10 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 11
11 WWE 2K16 2K 10
12 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT 13
13 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 14
14 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 19
15 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 16
16 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 17
17 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 12
18 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 20
19 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 15
20 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 SEGA 18
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2015 UKIE Ltd

These charts cannot be reproduced either in print or online without obtaining permission from Ukie. If you wish to reproduce the charts in print or online, please contact david.smith@ukie.org.uk for the appropriate license.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 14.12.15

cod_blackops3Next weeks Christmas number one is a threehorse race between the usual suspects; This weeks number one Call of Duty Black Ops 3, FIFA 16 and this years big new comer, Star Wars Battlefront. There are no new games in the charts this week.

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Week ending 12 December 2015
POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 2
2 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 3
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 1
4 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 5
5 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 7
6 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 4
7 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 12
8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 8
9 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 6
10 WWE 2K16 2K 10
11 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
12 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 13
13 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT 19
14 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 11
15 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 17
16 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 14
17 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 18
18 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 SEGA 15
19 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 16
20 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 20
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2015 UKIE Ltd

These charts cannot be reproduced either in print or online without obtaining permission from Ukie. If you wish to reproduce the charts in print or online, please contact david.smith@ukie.org.uk for the appropriate license.

Train2Game News GamesAid Christmas Gifts

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Today, GamesAid announces three great ways to give to the games industry charity this Christmas.

As the wisest men and women know, there is no need to travel afar this Christmas to bring joy to thousands of disadvantaged and disabled children and young people who are supported by the video games industry through GamesAid.

This year, there are three great ways to include GamesAid on your gift list;

GIFT ONE
Humble Bundle presents Codemasters
We are thrilled that our friends at Codemasters are supporting GamesAid and The Prince’s Trust with their latest Humble Bundle offer, which will run from November 24th, 11:00am PST to December 8th, 11:00am PST
Their terrific line up includes:
GRID 2
GRID 2 Drift Pack
DiRT Showdown
Overlord™
Operation Flashpoint Complete (1&2)
Hospital Tycoon
Colin McRae Rally
GRID Autosport
Grid Autosport Road & Track Car Pack
Overlord II
Overlord Raising Hell (Expansion)
Grid 2 Spa- Francorchamps Track Pack
Coupon: 25% off Overlord: Fellowship of Evil
Coupon: 25% off DiRT Rally
GRID Autosport Season Pass
DiRT 3 Complete Edition
GRID 2: All In DLC Pack

“At Codemasters we have seen the difference GamesAid has made for many children and young people and we are proud to throw our support for them via our Humble Bundle to help GamesAid do good things” said Frank Sagnier, CEO, Codemasters

GIFT TWO
The Yogscast ‘Jingle Jam 2015’

The Yogscast Jingle Jam is a 24 day live stream marathon, with all your favourite Yogscast presenters playing games live via the Yogscast Twitch channel twitch.tv/yogscast to raise money for charity.

Since it first launched in 2011, the annual Yogscast Jingle Jam has raised over £1.71M, and GamesAid are excited to be named as one of the charities who will receive money from their 2015 drive.

The Yogscast Jingle Jam 2015 will begin on Tuesday 1st December and will run until 24th December. Viewers can tune-in and choose to donate to charity purely to support the Jam but they can also gain access to a special Jingle Jam Humble Bundle of great PC games.

GIFT THREE
Games On Song

The games industry choir is back, and is aiming to raise more money than ever with their live Christmas Concert. Nearly 40 members of the games industry will take to the stage at St Stephen’s Church, Rosslyn Hill, London on Wednesday 16th December to sing a seasonal selection of festive tunes for GamesAid.

Tickets are on sale now via Golden Giving, priced £20 / £10 aged 16 and under, with extra surprises, mince pies, and mulled wine on the night.

“The choir have put in so much to make this a great evening of traditional carols, solos and game inspired songs” said Ian Chambers, Musical Director of Games On Song. “Join us to help raise more than ever for GamesAid.”

Make the wise choice! Spread some cheer and help us spread the word this Christmas!

Feel good and follow all the latest news @GamesAid

Train2Game News My blog is your blog

Train2GameIt is coming up to the Christmas holidays and I am giving you the chance to voice your opinions on what you like to be heard on the Train2Game blog!

Some of you may remember that last year we had some students do some fantastic blogs that went out over the Christmas period and they were so popular we are going to do it again! You get to have your opinions heard and get your name out there in the gaming world.

You can write your blog on anything games related you like from reviews to opinions to advertisements for your upcoming games and studios, the choice is yours!

If you are interested in writing a blog to be seen on Train2Game News all you need to do is email me at Mark@train2game.com with the blog and a related image.

Get creative and have fun!

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 01.12.14

Call of Duty Advanced WarfighterThe charts are out and Christmas sales are certainly taking a hold with Call of Duty Advanced Warfare returning to number one and Fifa 15 in number two. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire enter the charts at number six and seven respectively with Driveclub just behind that at number eight. LittleBigPlanet 3 just managed to make it to the top twenty hitting number eighteen with its debut.

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Week ending 29 November 2014

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 3
2 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 4
3 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 1
4 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 2
5 ASSASSIN’S CREED: UNITY UBISOFT 6
6 POKEMON OMEGA RUBY NINTENDO
7 POKEMON ALPHA SAPPHIRE NINTENDO
8 DRIVECLUB SONY COMPUTER ENT.
9 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 18
10 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 14
11 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 11
12 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
13 SUPER SMASH BROS. NINTENDO 17
14 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY 15
15 SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM SKYLANDERS 16
16 DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION EA GAMES 5
17 DESTINY ACTIVISION 13
18 LITTLEBIGPLANET 3 SONY COMPUTER ENT.
19 LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 8
20 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 7
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2014 UKIE Ltd

These charts cannot be reproduced either in print or online without obtaining permission from Ukie. If you wish to reproduce the charts in print or online, please contact david.smith@ukie.org.uk for the appropriate license.