It's the 20th anniversary of once wonderful fighting game series Soul Calibur. And so to mark the occasion publisher Bandai Namco has released a new Soul Calibur Pachislot game in Japan.
SoulCalibur 5 has now sold 1.56 million copies worldwide since its release in February 2012.
That's fewer than SoulCalibur 4, which notched up more sales in less time: 2.3 million in seven months.
Those figures and more come from Namco Bandai's new third-quarter earnings report.
Fighting game Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is nearing one million sales.
It shifted 840,000 copies in Europe and Japan up to the end of September 2012, Namco revealed in its financial report. The game launched in early September, so that figure relates to only a few weeks on sale.
With the game due to launch on Wii U soon, TTT2 should hit the million mark - a total that will please the money men at the Japanese publisher.
Soulcalibur 5 sales stand at 1.38 million copies as of 30th June, Namco Bandai revealed in its Q1 financial report.
Predecessor Soulcalibur 4 managed 2.3 million sales after eight months on sale, whereas Soulcalibur 5 has only been available for six. But in both cases, the meat of the sales were recorded directly after launch.
Pity, really, as Soulcalibur 5 very much got the cherished fighting series back on track - back in the same sort of shape it was in on Dreamcast a million years ago. Our Matt Edwards gave Soulcalibur 5 a "high five" and a score of 8/10.
Street Fighter 4 has a new world champion: South Korean Akuma player Seon-woo Lee.
From Software's superb action role-playing game Dark Souls sold over a million copies in the West, Namco Bandai has revealed.
That's 1.19 million units on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe and the US, to be exact. Japan sales aren't included because there the game was published by From Software itself in collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.
Shifting over a million units in the West alone can only be considered a success, and with the upcoming PC release set to add to that tally, From Software is no doubt celebrating. A sequel - or at least a spiritual successor - can't be far off.
SoulCalibur 5 will receive a free title update for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 21st March, Namco Bandai has announced.
It rebalances the characters, tweaks the gameplay - based on fan feedback - and optimises new online ranked game search.
This title update will be followed by monthly DLC costume packs for use in the fighting game's Creation Mode. The first of which due out on 3rd April on Xbox 360 and 4th April on PlayStation 3.
SoulCalibur 5 has entered the weekly Japanese software chart at number two, but sales are well below its predecessor.
Final Fantasy 13-2 has entered the UK all-formats chart in first place, ending FIFA 12's reign on top.
Namco Bandai has defended its pre-launch SoulCalibur 5 DLC announcement - and insisted there's plenty on the disc to keep fighting game fans happy.
Namco Bandai has announced a Europe-wide tournament for fighting game SoulCalibur 5, out today.
The tournament is called SoulCalibur Impact 2012. The UK event takes place at St. Stephen's Rosslyn Hill in London on 17th March - the same day as the European Grand Final.
The ultimate winner gets a £1000 cash prize and a Soul Edge replica trophy.
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Namco Bandai has announced the downloadable content for upcoming fighting game SoulCalibur 5.
The original Soulcalibur will be released on iPhone and iPad this Thursday, 19th January, publisher Namco Bandai has revealed.
You'll need an iPhone 4/4S , iPod Touch 4 or iPad 2 to play it.
The arcade and Dreamcast classic arrives with an impressive roster of modes plus all 19 original fighters, Andriasang reports.
In a step forward for video games, Soulcalibur 5 lets you increase the size of female fighters' breasts.
Gamers wanting the full 1000G available in Soulcalibur 5 will need to fight 100 online matches, according to a list of Achievement posted online by X360A.org.
Namco-Bandai has unveiled a new fighter debuting in Soulcalibur 5 called Xiba.
Mad Catz is making the official Soulcalibur 5 fight stick.
The Soulcalibur 5 Arcade Fightstick Soul Edition launches worldwide January 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Writing in the Shoryuken forum, Mad Catz's MarkMan offered more detail.
Ezio Auditore, star of Assassin's Creed, is a playable character in upcoming fighting game Soulcalibur 5.
Eurogamer went hands-on with the guest character at a Namco Bandai event this week.
Ezio is powerful at close and long range. He has six available weapons, including his Roman Longsword, Stiletto, Crossbow, Hidden gun and his Hidden blade.
Project Soul has announced the addition of Raphael to upcoming fighting game Soulcalibur 5.
He is joined by Leixia and Nightmare in a fresh reveal.
Nightmare returns, but "this Nightmare is different from Soulcalibur 4, he's completely new," said producer Hisaharu Tago at a Namco Bandai press event attended by Eurogamer last night.
The hooded star of Assassin's Creed 2 and Brotherhood, Ezio Auditore, is strongly rumoured to be a playable character in Soulcalibur 5.
Project Soul has announced three new characters for upcoming fighting game Soulcalibur V.
They are Zwei, Natsu and series stalwart Ivy, now 49-years-old.
Producer Hisaharu "Heath" Tago said on the PlayStation Blog that fans need not worry about Ivy's age – she stopped ageing at 32. "In a way, her eternal existence is promised," Tago said.
The developer behind upcoming fighting game Soulcalibur V wants it to have at least 26 characters.
The roster will be made up of a mix of new characters and returning favourites, who may have new weapons or armour, the new issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu revealed (translated by Siliconera).
The game is 10 per cent complete, and is due out at some point next year.
Namco Bandai has lifted the lid on Soulcalibur V at its press event in Dubai this morning.
The game, set 17 years after Soulcalibur IV, features guest characters, Project Soul producer Hisaharu Tago told Christian Donlan for Eurogamer.
The main character is Patroklos, son of Sophitia. Patroklos is "inspired" by the gameplay of Sophitia, but is "sharper" and "more agile". He has new moves, but they're all inspired by Sophitia's.
Namco Bandai has unveiled 3D fighting game Soulcalibur V, due out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012.
Producer Hisaharu Tago told an audience at the Japanese publisher's LevelUp event, attended by Christian Donlan for Eurogamer, that the game is the "true sequel" in the popular weapon-based fighting game series.
It takes place 17 years after Soul Calibur IV. Tago told fans to expect returning characters and new ones.