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Nintendo aiming at “core gamers,” “Nintendo loyalists” for 3DS launch

Monday, 24 January 2011 15:10 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Nintendo of America comms boss Charlie Scibetta has told IG the company is aiming at “core gamers” for the launch of 3DS in March.

He also said it was looking at “Nintendo loyalists” for the release of the 3D handheld.

“We know right at launch that the people that will be most interested in buying the 3DS are people that have been buying previous versions of the DS, that are Nintendo loyalists, and people that are core gamers,” he told IG.

“There was a perception years back that we were somehow moving away from that crowd, and not making games that catered to that crowd, and that’s absolutely not true. With this launch, we especially wanted to make games for them and give them what they wanted.”

Despite that, Sclbetta said it was going to aim at every audience in the end with 3DS.

“What’s our target audience down the line? It’s really all ages, both male and female, because we certainly have the software support from third parties, and then from our own first party development to make games that appeal to everybody. We don’t feel that you have to concentrate on one segment at the expense of the other.”

3DS launches in the US on March 27 for $249. It releases in Europe on March 25.

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24 Comments

  1. orakaa

    Well then maybe they should aim at “core gamers” for their next home console as well… and make it region-free (as most of the Japanese games are not translated/edited in Europe and US) ^^

    #1 4 years ago
  2. evilashchris

    I don’t think they have any left after the Wii :D

    #2 4 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    @2 – LMAO!! XD

    And of course they are no one else would dare buy a handheld at £220 otherwise

    #3 4 years ago
  4. orakaa

    @2 : so true…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    That’s right, Ninty – you want your core gamers back now that your ‘new’ audience have all fucked off to the iPhone, eh? :-D

    The proper Nintendo fanboys will be back no problems, but I suspect they’ll have a much harder time convincing the less rabid fans to come back unless they make a hell of a lot of changes to the way they do things.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    I used to be Nintendo all the way.

    No matter what anyone says about Mario Galaxy, it’s been downhill all the way for Nintendo since Mario Sunshine, with NSMB in the DS being the only notable exception.

    This handheld definitely doesn’t have enough to make me change my mind.

    It’s just a jazzed up GameBoy Color…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. StolenGlory

    Yeah, if it the pricing fuck up of the £DS didn’t kill my interest in it, the shoddy launch line up did.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. SOMI

    Nintendo have been shit since 1986 up to this very day, they never were liked by hardcore gamers. It’s shame that Miyamoto isn’t retired yet, or better dead.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. AHA-Lambda

    @8- WTF is wrong with you??

    #9 4 years ago
  10. SOMI

    Nothing everyone knows that when Nintendo brings out a new hardware people tend to get exited till more details surface, it has just happened with the 3DS and we now know it’s going to be a garbage of a machine just like the other Hardware they’ve produced in the 80′s and 90′s.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. DaMan

    SNES was better than MD at many things, it also had the finest sound chip back in the days, N64 was the most powerful of the three.. GCN was almost equal to xbox..

    #11 4 years ago
  12. SOMI

    The SNES sold poorly and it lacked in quality titles aswell as the controller being awkward, the N64 sold poorly and the graphics were horrendous as well as the controller being spastic made, and the GC sold poorly and it looked like a kids lunchbox.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DaMan

    I don’t think you played any SNES games, or N64 ones. check out Perfect Dark graphics too.

    and the only one that did poorly was Gamecube, SNES even outsold MD. NES was discontinued in 1996 iirc.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. LOLshock94

    nintendo started gaming you fuck nugget

    BTW i bet Miyamoto could kick your fat fucking ass you jammy cunt

    #14 4 years ago
  15. SOMI

    Nope they didn’t start gaming, atari was out before Nintendo did anything, and perfect dark graphis were horrible SD, shame it wasn’t in HD.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. lexph3re

    Yeah, nintendo lost me after n64 and completely lost me at ds. N64 graphics at the time were awesome but after you bought the expansion pack. At default n64 was crap. I loved my n64 but playstation and dreamcast stole me away and ps2 made it where I was barely looking back. Ds was nothing more then a bunch of portble snes games and the games that looked decent in 3d were ff4, ff3, and that’s all to me. Bur ff4 and 3 showed me what ff7 would’ve looked like if they actually did claim that title. (Some people forgot ff7 was originally intended for n64 but later they scrapped it due to lack of space on cartridge)

    Outside of that 3ds is not appealing to me and doesn’t make me want to buy it. I’m sad buy this because nintendo was my beginning it opened the door to my pc gaming and future console titles. Now nintendo is like my shamed father.. I don’t want to be seen in public with him. He’s no longer that strong hero that saved the day for me. He’s just an old fart that got his ass whooped by the local elementry school bully.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DaMan

    N64 came out in 1996, DC in 1999. what do we learn from that? they’re different gen systems.

    PSX graphics were horrendous btw, N64 was better in every possible way, if not for the blockiness. there were no atrocious texture artifacts for instance.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. lexph3re

    Did you play perfect dark without the expansion pack? I know I did I lived perfect dark. And was only able to play it without the expansion pack. That game looked like garbage. But, in terms of fun nothing on psx compared. Psx graphics are actually very good. And, I’m actually taken by how well those classics were done when they established the engines for the psx. (Because at that time nintendo was the benchmark for dev)

    Ff7 looked like a n64 game with a little more polish. But, ff8 ff9 and legend of dragoon blew any and all graphics the n64 had out the water. The only thing I loved that the n64 did that most psx games didnt. Was that the majority of their games were open world exploration in 3d. But, they still looked like crap, the step taken though was wonderful.

    As for the dreamcast versus n64. I merely stated what turned me away from my n64. Because gamecube didn’t release against dreamcast but a while after against ps2. Honestly my interest in gaming was just evolving and I see nintendo as the entrance to gaming and fun. And, that’s because they are accessible to all ages. But in the end I honestly expect any and all gamers to eventually step towards either ps3 or 360 with pc as a perk into future gaming (visually)

    #18 4 years ago
  19. DaMan

    no, but why would you if that one relied so heavily on it.

    it was all very long ago, but if I recall correctly WWF No Mercy ran without it, it looked amazing. and so did Goldeneye or plenty of other games.

    I don’t see how those psx games with 2d backgrounds make N64 inferior, polygonal 3d ones were all considerably better. I especially don’t see LoD being relevant, that game had 3d characters looking like FF7′s in-battle ones.. one of the worst 3d graphics on psx.

    ie Syphon Filter did look rather decent considering what it was running on, but the ugly texture distortions ruined each and every one 3d game on psx, with the exception of perhaps MoH, since EA (or Dreamworks) masked it very cleverly.

    oh, and I don’ think I agree with your definitions of gaming and fun, I play both Halo and Ninty games, true fun is eternal, I enjoy them as much as i did back in the days.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. lexph3re

    I never asked for you to agree with my views on games. But, from what I have observed from the beginning of my gaming career. I have notice the ever consistent fade of nintendo introducing people to gaming and then people branching out from there. Very few people have started solely on an xbox or a ps2 and they are probably still head strong teenagers.

    Nintendo has always in the past started the cause for people to become gamers. Its visually easy on the eyes for the time usually simple controls and affordable. But, after a while people branch off to other consoles. Wheteher at the time it was saturn,psx,and n64 or dreamcast,ps2,or xbox.

    For this gen its either ps3, xbox 360. Nintendo made it more apparent this gen that they didn’t want wii to be the number 1 console but aimed for it to be what people buy as a secondary. And doing that they have taken the number 1 spot. The only problem with that is their number 1 as a console and have almost no support.

    You can play halo and ninty games. Hell I have more headstrong nintendo fanboys than anything else. They’ve gone as far as to say they don’t care how crappy the game is for wii or ds their gonna buy it. And, you know why? Because its nintendo!

    And, I would play perfect dark without the expansion pack because I was to poor to get one to enjoy the use of it. So, when my friend had an expansion pack and perfect dark for the first time I was like HOLY SHIT!! This is amazing! But, at the end of the day the games without them were pretty terrible. Remember supeman? Or xena? Hell the only games that were decent were 1st party games and that was still blocky messes. (Except dk 64)

    Psx had a lot of games that showed the devs just weren’t ready. But! They were a nice mix between 3d and 2d which made them playable. Not completely 3d with piss poor dev time. A lot of them like gekido were just bad. But, crash spyro tomb raider silent bomber mgs were all great achievements of their time. To be honest you can pick 80% of the psx catalog up and play them. And, maybe only 10% of the nin64 is playable(expansion pack games are still very good)

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DaMan

    well, I reckon morphing faces and models having holes in them is worse than some blockiness.. more so that all fully 3d games back in the days were quite Lego like.

    I don’t see how it were only first party ones looking good, games like xena were bad looking multiplat ones, it was bad on whatever it was released. besides, there were considerably more devs spending time on psx titles, since the platform proved to be more popular. so if anything, the N64 potential wasn’t realized in many games.

    I’m just saying.. ie perspective correction has quite an impact on 3d games.. Tomb Raider or any of those games you mention would look better if they were released for it.

    psx didn’t show the devs weren’t ready.. there was nothing to be ready for. psx had inferior hardware, with the cd-rom being the only leg to stand on against N64, which is why it had those 1+ Gb games with gorgeous 2d graphics and 3d characters morphing on top of them.

    also, I fully realize one couldn’t afford the pack, I was still playing MD when all the folks at school got a Saturn or PSX. that wasn’t my point.

    and I don’t know what trends have you noticed, or what ‘re the defining qualities of Ninty fans. besides simple to start with =/= simple to master. I ‘m just saying, I can enjoy both Halo’s multiplayer or Bayonetta on the 360, and Mario, because they’re all deep and fun enough, each in it’s own way.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. lexph3re

    When I stated that devs weren’t ready. I stated that to the progression of gaming. That they weren’t ready to make full blown 3d worlds. That they were able to make a great amount of 2d/3d hybrids to help get to that next step in gaming. Spyro, crash, pandemonium were platformers on psx that allowed devs to experiment in the full 3d effect without being taking to seriously.

    If you compared silent bomber to a game like gekido on psx you could tell which devs had what it took to put very nice 3d elements in. Gekido failed though for the demo was completely different from the final release.

    My point not that nintendo isn’t fun. But, that it is lacking in terms of next steps in its hardware. Even though n64 looked good(with expansion) it wasn’t taking the bold step forward in medie I.e cds on the gaming for front. Honestly I’m not sure how the hell sony pulled off its cd gaming. With sega cd and other consoles at the time pulling it off. I really think it was the retail sticker that pushed playstation forward. The fact it offered cd gaming at 2-$300.(I don’t recall original price because I didn’t buy it)

    But, as for fun factor, as a gamer a taste generally mature. We start off solely playing platformers and move into action, rpg, sports, and whatever you like. Unfortunately, nintendo lacks the true quality of those titles outside of platformers. When you play 1 original idea of nintendo you play that idea about 30 more times in a different case.

    Also, I base my views off of others. I know so many nintendo fans(I won’t call them fanboys because they like what they love) and they literally just eat everything nintendo. I have some friends that are buying 3ds just because its nintendo. They try to justify it with the games releasing. Then they show not only how hypocritical they are(big psp arguements in the past on how they no nothing but ports or remakes *rolls eyes*) but how silly they are.

    Now, I can agree about the lack of support n64 received after psx. Because honestly the only thing that carried them were rare and themselves. It still was not enough with a bunch of shitty support. As far as halo and bayonetta…. I’m really glad someone else can appreciate those games because I can’t with getting a headache.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DaMan

    er, I’m not sure what you’re talking about.. the sole reason we saw that many titles with 2d backgrounds was hardware limitations. because polygonal stuff looked bad, especially on psx or saturn. that and because you could have more detailed characters on top of 2d scenes.

    I don’t know who out of of Capcom, Square, Konami, Namco or the likes of them wasn’t ready. some games like Suikoden were in 2d cause they decided to cut the budget. it’s like saying devs weren’t ready to make good graphics..

    well, Pandemonium and the such were what they were cause the genre was quite popular, Pandemonium was one of the very earliest titles too, so they went for simplistic gameplay.. Crash games came out alongside Tomb Raiders, hardly anything to do with being not that ready, it was just what the devs decided to make.

    quality n64 games looked good, some of them relied on expansion, some didn’t. all of them (quality ones) looked good. at least compared to their psx/saturn counterparts. n64 featured some very innovative and high end graphics things for it’s time, like the aforementioned perspective corrected textures or even some AA.. so I ‘m not sure what you’re saying again.. psx came out before those features started to appear, thus it lacked all of them. it had practically nothing but a rasterizer. bare early 3d graphics. cd-rom was the only ‘next step’ (questionable for that time btw) it had. questionable cause one might prefer Turok to Chrono Cross, see.

    I think the ‘if you played the first one you played them all’ is true for any sequel(s).. Ninty games just happen to nail it in the very first games, so there’s hardly any need for tweaking the gameplay part. frankly I don’t quite see what’s wrong with that as long as it’s fun for the one who’s playing.. why on earth should I stop having fun and er, ‘evolve’.. is there some kind of ‘way of the gamer’? also, there’s a good saying everything new is actually well-forgotten old.

    sports? each Fifa iteration is the same old game, with a new interface. each fps is the same old Duke3d.

    the way you described ninty fans and how they ‘eat’ everything is absolutely true for any type of loyal customers.. they don’t play the games, they play their favourite company’s product (console).

    now if you excuse me, sir lex. I’m going to sleep.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. lexph3re

    Nighty night!

    #24 4 years ago

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    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]