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Did you vote this month?

Yes 10 62.50%
 
No 2 12.50%
 
You can vote on these things? 2 12.50%
 
I dunno, lol 2 12.50%
 
Total:16

Information was gathered from this thread.

Final results:

111 skus of games, including the same game on different platforms

864 points of data

9 platforms

2 generations of gaming

 

Publisher Totals

 

Publisher Appearances Points Average
Sony 11 159 14.455
Nintendo 12 156 13
Square Enix 17 106 6.2353
Ubisoft 10 100 10
Take-Two 12 79 6.5833
Microsoft 3 40 13.333
Capcom 5 29 5.8
XSEED 1 27 27
Atlus 5 24 4.8
Namco Bandai 4 18 4.5
Konami 4 17 4.25
THQ 5 16 3.2
Activision Blizzard 3 15 5
Electronic Arts 3 12 4
Bethesda 2 12 6
Disney 1 11 11
Sega 3 10 3.3333
Warner Bros 3 7 2.3333
Daedalic 1 5 5
LucasArts 1 5 5
NCsoft 1 5 5
Geeta 1 4 4
CCP Games 1 3 3
Focus Home 1 3 3
Lace Mamba 1 1 1

Platform Totals

 

Platform Appearances Points Average
3DS 14 128 9.1429
DS 1 13 13
Wii 7 62 8.8571
Wii U 10 72 7.2
360 18 119 6.6111
PC 19 99 5.2105
PS3 35 341 9.7429
Vita 5 19 3.8
PSP 2 11 5.5


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The Top 21 Single Platforms

 

Title Platform Publisher Points
The Last of Us PS3 Sony 82
Assassin's Creed 3 PS3 Ubisoft 40
Halo 4 360 Microsoft 36
New Super Mario Bros 2 3DS Nintendo 34
God of War: Ascension PS3 Sony 31
The Last Story Wii XSEED 27
Beyond: Two Souls PS3 Sony 25
Paper Mario: Sticker Star 3DS Nintendo 25
Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS Nintendo 23
Pikmin 3 Wii U Nintendo 19
Final Fantasy Versus XIII  PS3 Square Enix 18
Assassin's Creed 3 Wii U Ubisoft 15
Borderlands 2 360 Take-Two 15
New Super Mario Bros U Wii U Nintendo 15
Watch Dogs PC Ubisoft 14
DmC PS3 Capcom 13
Pokemon Black and White 2 DS Nintendo 13
Rayman Legends Wii U Ubisoft 12
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Wii Disney 11
Tomb Raider 360 Square Enix 11
Tomb Raider PS3 Square Enix 11


The Top 23 with Combined Platforms

 

Title Publisher Points
The Last of Us Sony 82
Assassin's Creed 3 Ubisoft 64
Halo 4 Microsoft 36
New Super Mario Bros 2 Nintendo 34
Tomb Raider Square Enix 33
God of War: Ascension Sony 31
The Last Story XSEED 27
Beyond: Two Souls Sony 25
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Nintendo 25
Bioshock Infinite Take-Two 24
Fire Emblem: Awakening Nintendo 23
Grand Theft Auto 5 Take-Two 23
Borderlands 2 Take-Two 21
Pikmin 3 Nintendo 19
Watch Dogs Ubisoft 19
Final Fantasy Versus XIII  Square Enix 18
New Super Mario Bros U Nintendo 15
DmC Capcom 13
Pokemon Black and White 2 Nintendo 13
Darksiders 2 THQ 12
Dishonored Bethesda 12
Dragon Quest X Square Enix 12
Rayman Legends Ubisoft 12


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Games from

Sony

 

Yakuza 5 PS3 2
The Last of Us PS3 82
God of War: Ascension PS3 31
Beyond: Two Souls PS3 25
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault PS3 4
The Last Guardian PS3 4
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Vita 3
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale  PS3 2
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale  Vita 2
Soul Sacrifice Vita 2
Sports Champions 2 PS3 2
The Unfinished Swarm PS3 2

Nintendo

 

New Super Mario Bros 2 3DS 34
Paper Mario: Sticker Star 3DS 25
Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS 23
Pikmin 3 Wii U 19
New Super Mario Bros U Wii U 15
Pokemon Black and White 2 DS 13
Animal Crossing: Jump Out 3DS 8
Kirby Dream Collection Wii 5
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 3DS 5
Pandora's Tower Wii 4
Pokemon Dream Radar 3DS 3
Pokedex 3D Pro 3DS 2

Square Enix

 

Final Fantasy Versus XIII  PS3 18
Tomb Raider 360 11
Tomb Raider PS3 11
Hitman: Absolution PS3 9
Tomb Raider PC 9
Dragon Quest X Wii 8
Final Fantasy Type-0 PSP 6
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance 3DS 6
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy 3DS 5
Final Fantasy X HD PS3 5
Dragon Quest X Wii U 4
Heroes of Ruin 3DS 4
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy 3DS 3
Hitman: Absolution 360 2
Sleeping Dogs PC 2
Tomb Raider Wii U 2
Final Fantasy 1 PS3 1

Ubisoft

 

Assassin's Creed 3 PS3 40
Assassin's Creed 3 Wii U 15
Watch Dogs PC 14
Rayman Legends Wii U 12
Assassin's Creed 3 360 5
Assassin's Creed 3 PC 4
Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Patriots 360 3
Watch Dogs 360 3
Just Dance 4 Wii 2
Watch Dogs PS3 2


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Lists of games per platform

PS3

 

Title Platform Publisher Points
The Last of Us PS3 Sony 82
Assassin's Creed 3 PS3 Ubisoft 40
God of War: Ascension PS3 Sony 31
Beyond: Two Souls PS3 Sony 25
Final Fantasy Versus XIII  PS3 Square Enix 18
DmC PS3 Capcom 13
Tomb Raider PS3 Square Enix 11
Bioshock Infinite PS3 Take-Two 10
Ni no Kuni PS3 Namco Bandai 9
Hitman: Absolution PS3 Square Enix 9
Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3 Take-Two 9
Okami HD PS3 Capcom 8
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 PS3 Konami 7
Persona 4: The Arena PS3 Atlus 5
Final Fantasy X HD PS3 Square Enix 5
XCOM: Enemy Unknown PS3 Take-Two 5
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PS3 Activision Blizzard 4
Need for Speed: Most Wanted PS3 Electronic Arts 4
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance PS3 Konami 4
Tales of Graces F PS3 Namco Bandai 4
Tekken Tag Tournament 2  PS3 Namco Bandai 4
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault PS3 Sony 4
The Last Guardian PS3 Sony 4
Dishonored PS3 Bethesda 3
Resident Evil 6 PS3 Capcom 3
Dust 514 PS3 CCP Games 3
Borderlands 2 PS3 Take-Two 3
Yakuza 5 PS3 Sega 2
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale  PS3 Sony 2
Sports Champions 2 PS3 Sony 2
The Unfinished Swarm PS3 Sony 2
Agent PS3 Take-Two 2
Watch Dogs PS3 Ubisoft 2
Tales of Xillia PS3 Namco Bandai 1
Final Fantasy 1 PS3 Square Enix 1


360

 

Title Platform Publisher Points
Halo 4 360 Microsoft 36
Borderlands 2 360 Take-Two 15
Tomb Raider 360 Square Enix 11
Grand Theft Auto 5 360 Take-Two 9
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 360 Activision Blizzard 7
Aliens: Colonial Marines 360 Sega 6
Bioshock Infinite 360 Take-Two 6
Darksiders 2 360 THQ 5
Assassin's Creed 3 360 Ubisoft 5
South Park: The Stick of Truth 360 THQ 3
Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Patriots 360 Ubisoft 3
Watch Dogs 360 Ubisoft 3
Resident Evil 6 360 Capcom 2
Forza Horizon 360 Microsoft 2
Gears of War: Judgement 360 Microsoft 2
Hitman: Absolution 360 Square Enix 2
Medal of Honor: Warfighter 360 Electronic Arts 1
Metal Gear Rising 360 Konami 1


Wii/Wii U

 

Title Platform Publisher Points
The Last Story Wii XSEED 27
Pikmin 3 Wii U Nintendo 19
New Super Mario Bros U Wii U Nintendo 15
Assassin's Creed 3 Wii U Ubisoft 15
Rayman Legends Wii U Ubisoft 12
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Wii Disney 11
Dragon Quest X Wii Square Enix 8
Kirby Dream Collection Wii Nintendo 5
LEGO: The Lord of the Rings Wii Warner Bros 5
Pandora's Tower Wii Nintendo 4
Dragon Quest X Wii U Square Enix 4
Just Dance 4 Wii Ubisoft 2
Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U Sega 2
Tomb Raider Wii U Square Enix 2
Darksiders 2 Wii U THQ 1
Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition Wii U Warner Bros 1
Scribblenauts Unlimited Wii U Warner Bros 1


PC

 

Title Platform Publisher Points
Watch Dogs PC Ubisoft 14
Dishonored PC Bethesda 9
Tomb Raider PC Square Enix 9
Bioshock Infinite PC Take-Two 8
SimCity PC Electronic Arts 7
Darksiders 2 PC THQ 6
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav PC Daedalic 5
Star Wars 1313 PC LucasArts 5
Guild Wars 2 PC NCsoft 5
Grand Theft Auto 5 PC Take-Two 5
Mists of Panderia PC Activision Blizzard 4
Lilly Looking Through PC Geeta 4
XCOM: Enemy Unknown PC Take-Two 4
Assassin's Creed 3 PC Ubisoft 4
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes PC Focus Home 3
Borderlands 2 PC Take-Two 3
Sleeping Dogs PC Square Enix 2
Lucius PC Lace Mamba 1
Metro: Last Light PC THQ 1


3DS/DS

 

Title Platform Publisher Points
New Super Mario Bros 2 3DS Nintendo 34
Paper Mario: Sticker Star 3DS Nintendo 25
Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS Nintendo 23
Pokemon Black and White 2 DS Nintendo 13
Animal Crossing: Jump Out 3DS Nintendo 8
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance 3DS Square Enix 6
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - The Mirror of Fate 3DS Konami 5
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 3DS Nintendo 5
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy 3DS Square Enix 5
Heroes of Ruin 3DS Square Enix 4
Monster Hunter 4 3DS Capcom 3
Pokemon Dream Radar 3DS Nintendo 3
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy 3DS Square Enix 3
Etrian Odyssey 4 3DS Atlus 2
Pokedex 3D Pro 3DS Nintendo 2


Vita/PSP

 

Title Platform Publisher Points
Persona 4 Vita Atlus 9
Final Fantasy Type-0 PSP Square Enix 6
Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time  PSP Atlus 5
Dragon's Crown Vita Atlus 3
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Vita Sony 3
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale  Vita Sony 2
Soul Sacrifice Vita Sony 2


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Points per Platform

 

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This month saw a slight increase over last month in terms of votes, possibly thanks to E3. E3 also brought around a major paradigm shift for various games and platforms. The Wii, Wii U, PC, and PSP all saw moderate growth, while the DS, 360, and Vita saw moderate declines. The real stories, however, are the dramatic 58 point decline in 3DS points and the superb 66 point rise for the PS3.

3DS

Back in May, the 3DS had 208 points out of 853 total, crushing every other platform by 2 to 1 or more except for the PS3, which had a moderate sized edge over it. And the number one game of the month was the then unofficially named Paper Mario 3DS. Today, the 3DS has a mere 124 points.

What happened, you ask?

E3, I answer.

E3 2012 was a mixed one for Nintendo in general, but it pretty much sucked for 3DS owners. No major new games were announced, with the possible exception of a new portable Castlevania. As for the remaining already announced titles, there are a few words to be said.

You see, much of the 3DS’s support came from five 1st party titles. In no particular order, these were: Paper Mario: Sticker Star, New Super Mario Bros 2, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Animal Crossing: Jump Out. These five titles combined had over 140 points in May.

Now, it is impossible to determine exactly why each of these titles lost points over the past two months. But I’m willing to make a few guesses.

Sticker Star’s signature mechanic, stickers, was only revealed at E3. Before then, people were expecting a successor to the N64 and GameCube titles. The new mechanic, although it has some fans, drove people away rather than attracting support. Despite a prominent position in the software showcase, many people are unsure how a game where stickers are attached to every action can possibly be balanced.

New Super Mario Bros 2 suffers from the opposite problem of Paper Mario: not changing enough. To many, it looks like New Super Mario Bros for the DS with new levels and an emphasis on high scores via coins. Furthermore, the official revelation of New Super Mario Bros U diverted interest in 2D Mario platformers, particularly since that game is both on a new platform and has more new gameplay elements.

Luigi’s Mansion seemingly lost most of its support as soon as it gained the subtitle “Dark Moon.” The good news is, this does not seem to be due to the title’s own flaws. Mind you, the E3 showing did not turn many heads, thanks to a lack of new information. Luigi’s Mansion was simply never anybody’s top pick; it benefited from being lower down on a lot of peoples’ lists. As new games were shown at E3 and old ones on other platforms gained attention, it simply robbed Luigi of votes he depended upon.

Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing both shared a common problem: they never appeared at E3, and there has been little to no new information about them. As the likelihood of 2012 release diminishes, people have become distracted by more punctual games. The lack of info about Fire Emblem is infuriating because the game is already out in Japan, and had previously been announced for a 2012 release in Europe. Animal Crossing is frustrating for a different reason; it was announced two years ago, and still lacks much solid info. Other than the proper title, we’ve had little information since E3 2010.

With Nintendo not offering any new titles for the 3DS this E3, and with the old titles gathering less interest, it is up to 3rd parties to fill in the void. Unfortunately, 3rd parties seem to have avoided handheld gaming in general lately. The most notable release is the trio of 3DS games from Square Enix (Kingdom Hearts 3D, Theatrhythm, and Heroes of Ruin), which are all due for July release. Unfortunately, none of those games have garnered much interest, with the arguable exception of Kingdom Hearts, which got a surprising 16 points back in May. However, the entire trio has a combined 15 points so far. Bravely Default has also gathered some interest in the past, but what little new information has leaked out of Square Enix hasn’t blown people away. Besides, it doesn’t seem likely to come out anytime soon, something that drives people away from games in these votes.

Other than Square Enix, what big 3rd party games are on the horizon for the 3DS? A controversial Castlevania, a Scribblenauts game also coming to the Wii U, a 2D Epic Mickey game, and not much else. Sure, there are a few eventual hits like Monster Hunter 4 and the Professor Layton/Ace Attorney games, but those won’t be out for a while yet, especially in the West.

So, in conclusion, the 3DS was once a force to be reckoned with on these charts, but within just two months, has declined dramatically. It is still significant, but the decline of the big five upcoming Nintendo games for the system, combined with a lack of increased or even stable 3rd party support, has sabotaged it.

PS3

The PS3 has often been popular on VGChartz, but the July 2012 vote shows just how far that extends. About 40% of all points were for the PS3 alone. That's more than the Wii, Wii U, and 360 combined. Admittedly, the PS3 is a regular champion in this competition, but rarely by so much. Guess what happened? E3, once again.

First of all, The Last of Us was a major hit at E3 this year, with a trailer that emphasized gruesome survival style combat and great AI. Already a hit last month, it had nearly 10% of the total vote for this month's competition. For comparison's sake, The Last of Us had more points BY ITSELF than the Wii, PSP, and DS combined. From the looks of it, this game will easily top the charts for months to come.

Next off, Assassin's Creed. This game was big already, but a strong showing at multiple E3 conferences this year further boosted this title, to the point where the PS3 version alone is in 2nd place on the charts. When combining platforms, AC3 is the only title that stands a reasonable chance at dethroning The Last of Us this year.

God of War: Ascension also made a strong showing, with both single player that offers more of the same great stuff the series is known for and innovative multiplayer highlighted around or before E3. God of War is the fifth most wanted game on the charts, not combining platforms.

Other healthy performers on the PS3 include: Beyond: Two Souls, at 7th place, from the creators of Heavy Rain, which made an impressive E3 debut; Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the long awaited Square Enix title, which promises to bring the series back to its former glory; and Dmc and Tomb Raider, the reboots of popular series.

Games that did not perform particularly admirably include: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Ratchett and CLank: Frontal Assault, The Last Guardian, and Sly Cooper 4.

Wii/Wii U

Surprisingly, both the Wii and Wii U saw improvements month over month, rising a combined 43 points. This was due to a moderately good E3 for the Wii U combined with surprisingly resilient support for the Wii.

Most of the support for the Wii came from two notable titles: The Last Story, which sees a July release in America, and thus is appearing here for the last time, and Epic Mickey 2, the follow up of the popular 2010 platformer. Four titles were also moderate sized hits on the Wii U, helping the platform grow month over month: New Super Mario Bros U and Pikmin 3 from Nintendo, and Assassin's Creed 3 and Rayman Legends from Ubisoft. Pikmin 3 is currently the Wii U's most anticipated product, and is tied for 9th place on the chart with Fire Emblem.

Interestingly enough, only about half of the more anticipated games on Nintendo's consoles can be considered Nintendo games. This is similar to the PS3's numbers.

Others

Although the PC had a variety of titles as usual, only one stood out, the multiplatform game Watch Dogs. The 360 was dominated by the very popular Halo 4, and also saw plenty of votes for Tomb Raider and Borderlands 2. The Vita, without Gravity Rush, saw a notable decrease, with only Persona 4 standing out. The PSP saw a few votes this month, as people patiently wait for JRPG releases.



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This month, the biggest loser of points in general was Nintendo. I've already discussed above how their 3DS titles has each lost at least a few points, but think it's worth mentioning that Nintendo as a publisher lost more points than Nintendo as a platform maker. This means that Nintendo is starting to share more of their space with 3rd party publishers, most notably Ubisoft on the Wii U, Disney on the Wii, and Square Enix on the 3DS. Ubisoft was the big winner this month, jumping from 48 points to 100 points. This was due to a combination of Assassin's Creed 3's brilliant showing, the debut of Watch Dogs, and a solid E3 for Rayman Legends.

Major games on their final month include: The Last Story, three Square Enix games for the 3DS, and not much else. Must be summer.



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Eager to see the one hitman vote :'(



Data is finally up. I did more writing and less charts this time, so tell me what you think.



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I'm quite surprised the Wii saw improvements! Wii U was expected, however.

Those PS3 points are ridiculous.



Carl is a Piplup hater and deserves to be punished eternally.