From June 8 to June 14, 2020

3 Months on Top

Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out on the Nintendo Switch on March 20th of this year. Since then it has held the top selling spot on Nintendo’s eshop (their online store). Or it had bee until this past Tuesday when it was dethroned by Minecraft Dungeons Microsoft’s attempt to spin-off their top selling franchise into the RPG space. Combining Digital and physical sales Animal Crossing has sold over 13.4 million copies. In other words nearly as many people as owned Nintendo’s last home console, the Wii U, have the game. [Forbes]

Animal Crossing: New Horizons time at the number 2 spot on the eshop was very short lived. By Friday the game was back on top and Minecraft Dungeons was at number 2. It seems the longer the world is in crisis the more people are seeking escape via the “Nook Island Getaway Package”.

0 or 1 Optical Drives

Sony finally revealed more about their upcoming PlayStation 5 via an hour long “Future of Play” broadcast last Thursday. Their new console will initially be available in two models: the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, which does not include a disk drive and will only play games that have been purchased digitally and downloaded to the system. This change has been long rumored and dreaded by the big video game retailers like Best Buy and GameStop. Fans are divided as well, with some loving the convenience of digital games and others appreciating the longevity and resell-ability of physical media. Given the two models exist the battle will rage on.

It is worth noting that Microsoft’s current console family has a digital only version: Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. And it has long been suspected that they will eventually bring a digital only version of the Xbox: Series X to market. Nerd It Here First writer Deepak Chitnis would be remiss if this article did not clarify that the position of NIHF.com is that all support physical media no matter the media’s medium.

54 Years in the Comic Book Industry

Last Friday comic writer Dennis O’Neil passed away at 81. O’Neil was most well known for his work writing stories for the caped crusader. He was even co-creater of the al Ghul family of Batman villains and oversaw the death of Jason Todd story. Although he did not create him he did name Optimus Prime. He is also credited as having a key hand in hiring Frank Miller during his time at Marvel and assigning him to take over Daredevil comics. Over the course of his career O’Neil wrote stories for Spider-man, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Superman, and many other characters from your favorite comics. [gamesradar]

Dennis spent time working for both DC and Marvel over his career. This further proves the fan DC vs Marvel debate is silly given the characters and stories mostly come from all of the same people. Having a preference and favorite characters will forever be understandable, but acting as if one does no wrong while the other does only evil is the same as saying a Cup o’ Joe is not coffee.

1 Pick Up in 2004

Now for this week’s Nerd History Number. Director Peter Jackson joked, “it’s nice to win an Oscar before you’ve even finished the film” while filming the last shots for a scene to be included in the extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. These shots of falling skulls can be seen in the Paths of the Dead scene (embedded above). For more The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King fun check out the most recent Shifting Expectations episode. [mcgill]