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

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


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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  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

    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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  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]