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3DS price cut: Nintendo’s Midas touch fails at last

Friday, 29 July 2011 07:56 GMT By Rob Fahey

Yesterday’s Nintendo Q1 release and accompanying 3DS price cut was a revelatory peek into a giant in peril. Rob Fahey takes a look at what went wrong.

Nintendo 3DS

Launched worldwide in February and March at ¥25,000, $250 and AU$350.

Nintendo announced a massive price cut yesterday, effective August 11.

4.3 million units sold since launch.

Failed to breach NPD’s top ten software sales until Ocarina of Time.

3DS has had clearly visible issues since launch.

The worm has turned. After the Wii launched, Nintendo refused to drop the price of the console for years, creating what many gamers saw as a ridiculous situation where Nintendo’s console ended up selling for more money than the significantly more powerful Xbox 360. It would have been madness to drop the price while the Wii was selling so strongly that they could barely keep it in stock.

Now we’re on the other side of the looking glass, and everything is topsy turvy. The 3DS has only been on shelves for a handful of months, and Nintendo is tripping over itself in its haste to slash the price. On August 11, the console’s price will drop by around a third – more, in some markets, with the Japanese price in particular making an astonishing tumble from 25,000 Yen (comparable to the cost of a PS3) to 15,000 Yen (more like the asking price of a PS2).

You don’t have to look far to see the reason, either. 3DS launched in late February in Japan, and one month later in the West. By March 31 the console had notched up 3.61 million sales – not quite the 4 million target Nintendo wanted to hit, but not really terrible either. The next three months is when the “terrible” kicked in – through the months of April, May and June, Nintendo only sold 700,000 3DS consoles around the world.

On paper, it looks like the console fell off a cliff straight after launch. In reality, it’s not quite that dramatic – those are “shipped to retailers” figures, not “sold to consumers” figures, so the chances are that a lot of those 3.61 million units were still sitting on store shelves at the end of March. Retailers wouldn’t order more until they’d sold the ones they already had, so although, the next three months were slowm we could be looking at a a gradual decline rather than a perilous dive.

It looks like the console fell off a cliff straight after launch. In reality, it’s not quite that dramatic – those are “shipped to retailers” figures, not “sold to consumers” figures, so the chances are that a lot of those 3.61 million units were still sitting on store shelves at the end of March.

On the other hand, that line of thinking means that the launch sales were even less impressive than first glance communicates, and that the figure of 4.3 million units sold that’s being bandied around at the moment isn’t as good as it sounds. Some of those units, too, are still sitting on shelves like sad puppies in abandoned dog homes, waiting for a gamer to come and pick them up. That definitely won’t happen until August 11, obviously, since you’d have to be quite mad to buy a 3DS between now and the price drop.

Doing this kind of rapid price cutting on a console is pretty embarrassing stuff – basically an admission that you’ve seriously botched your launch, and that your new platform is in a lot of trouble. It’s going to hurt Nintendo especially badly, since the DS and the Wii have made it into the golden boy of the industry – and of the stock market in Japan, where at one point in recent years its valuation made it into Japan’s second-biggest company after Toyota, and came close to number one.

To underline how ridiculous that is – Nintendo makes games consoles and software. Toyota is the biggest car manufacturer in the world, and the largest employer in Japan’s third-biggest city, Nagoya – where I live, as it happens. There’s an entire suburb city, about ten miles from here, officially called “Toyota City”, which mostly houses Toyota workers, and this region is responsible for 80% percentof Japan’s exports, largely because Toyota is here. Now I like Mario as much as the next man, but the idea that Nintendo could be worth as much or more than Toyota? No, just no. Yet that’s what the stock market thought a couple of years ago, which gives you an idea of just how crazy they were over Nintendo’s Midas touch.

Foundations trembling

What went wrong for the 3DS? There are several factors that you can point at. The 3D itself, for one thing, is a pretty good effect when it works – but the reports of it causing headaches and eyestrain were widespread enough to make people wary of it, and it doesn’t work very well in fast action-based games anyway. Besides, 3D in general has a bad rap at the moment; lots of cinema-goers I know have started deliberately avoiding 3D screenings of movies, for example, and that negativity rubs off badly on the 3DS, even though the technology is different.

Ocarina of Time, a remake, is arguably the 3DS’s sole “killer app”.

Then there’s the price – significantly more expensive than the DS was at launch, it’s worth noting, and pretty hard to justify when it’s only a few quid cheaper than a PS3, and actually more expensive than an iPod Touch. There’s the software issue, too. It’s a common complaint that the 3DS has no games – not an accurate assessment, in my view, but an idea so prevalent that it’s done some serious damage.

The marketing also didn’t help at all. Nintendo focused so heavily on the 3D aspect of the console that many people don’t realise what a significant upgrade it is from the DS even with the 3D switched off – in fact, many less hardcore gamers are still under the impression that it’s just a normal DS with a 3D screen, much like the DSi LL was a normal DS with a bigger screen. “I don’t like 3D so I don’t need it” has been a common line of argument, which is frustrating in ways (I really like my 3DS, personally, even though I usually play with 3D switched off) but totally understandable given that Nintendo has talked about nothing but the 3D effect for months.

Yet to be honest, the real problems the 3DS faces aren’t under those categories at all. Since the DS launched, the world has changed – and Nintendo has forgotten to change with it. Devices like the iPhone, Android phones and the iPod Touch (which, as mentioned, is cheaper than the 3DS’ original price) have pulled the rug out from underneath dedicated handheld consoles. We could argue until we’re blue in the face about whether iOS games are any good (and no matter which side of that argument you’re on, you have to admit that from a core gamer’s point of view, they’re definitely getting better all the time), but it makes no odds in the end – they’ve changed our expectations. Now we expect handheld games to cost less than £5 and run on devices that also play our music and movies, receive our emails, browse the web, and god knows what else.

The world has changed – and Nintendo has forgotten to change with it.

The final blow for the 3DS was probably the revelation that the PlayStation Vita, a much more powerful and fully-featured system, is going to launch at the same price later this year. Is it any wonder that 3DS sales collapsed after that announcement – falling so hard that even Ocarina of Time couldn’t help out much? Even Vita is going to have a tough time in the market, thanks to the rise of the smartphone, but the battle for the biggest slice of this shrinking pie turned into a massacre when it turned out that Nintendo wouldn’t even have a price advantage.

All of that being said, it’s probably still too soon to write off the 3DS entirely. It’s never going to rival the success of the original DS, but at the lower price, it looks a lot more attractive – especially now that games like Starfox and Ocarina of Time are out. With a new marketing campaign and a plenty more big-name titles on the shelves by Christmas, Nintendo could still turn this around. Everything the House of Mario touches may not turn to gold any more – but now that they’ve bitten the bullet and acted swiftly to help out the 3DS, maybe they could at least turn it to silver.

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21 Comments

  1. Freek

    Compelling software sells consoles and when the high point of the library is remakes of N64 titles, there’s bigger issues then price point.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Lounds

    But smartphone gaming doesn’t have the same production value like you get with a 3DS or Vita, when you get a handheld console you’re buying a console, so you’re getting that level of production, although I think 3DS software is expensive (i don’t have one) I remember when PSP came out, the games were about £25-30 and they were bloody good.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. wishdokta

    This is complex news.
    You see, Nintendo put their numbers out a month ago. Them saying, 3DS is not selling that good at the moment. Since then, an amount of units of Zelda were moved. I guess the story is going more upstairs than downstairs at the moment.
    Price cut in most cases is two things: Reducing price to get to the consumer. Whether this is crucial for Nintendo’s money, you’ll see somewhere down the line – but not at the moment.
    We had a similar case with PS3 after release. Costly hardware with a minor of software isn’t going to be nice on early statistics.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Stace Harman

    Convincing people that already have a smart phone, and are happily playing games that cost a couple of quid, to spend a couple of hundred on a dedicated portable games console is a tough challenge.

    My iPod Touch usurped my DS Lite last year and there are a couple of games I own (albeit ports – PvZ and Civ Rev) that work better for cheaper on the Touch than they did on the DS.

    This reminds me of the N64. If I remember rightly, the N64′s UK RRP was slashed by £100 just one month after launch. It didn’t go on to achieve tremendous lifetime sales (though did better than the GameCube).

    Rob’s bang on the money about Nintendo failing to push the rest of the 3DS’ features. Every advert focuses on the 3D element and that’s the feature about which a strong message cannot be successfully conveyed via 2D medium.

    Nintendo has a lot of people to convince with both 3DS and Wii U next year, two consoles that are eliciting excitement but also doubt. Hard to believe that Nintendo could slip from its lofty position, but then the same could’ve been said for Sony going from PS2 to PS3.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Lounds

    I miss the days when everyman and his dog had a PS2.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. varsas

    Let’s hope that Nintendo learn their lesson with Wii U. The E3 announcement was botched since it was far less clear that it was an entirely new console until the end when they finally showed better than standard Wii footage via PS3/360 clips. If they don’t push the graphical improvements then that it will fail in a similar way and I am sure that the casual Wii owners are sick of buying peripherals so pushing the controller is definitely not the way to go!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. viralshag

    I have a feeling Nintendo will see similar sales with the WiiU as they have the 3DS. I’m not going to get into the whole hardcore vs casual thing, but I do think Nintendo will now see their true fan base that is willing is to buy everything they produce is relatively small compared to the ‘casual’ gamers that find their consoles somewhat less intimidating and possibly more accessible than their competitors.

    I just cannot see people shelling out more cash for something that doesn’t really look like it will be an improvement over the other consoles. And if anything, those ridiculous Wii sales could be where Nintendo gets bitten on the arse. I can see a huge number of people saying to themselves, “well I did buy the Wii, but I don’t really play it that often. So I will probably give whatever this new one is a miss.”

    #7 4 years ago
  8. tenthousandgothsonacid

    I reckon the Vita’s fucked too and I say that as a Sony fanboi. I’m not going to bother getting one, got a phone for games on the move now…

    #8 4 years ago
  9. rrw

    @8 i doubt that you are sony fanboy

    anyway i found this interesting

    http://i.imgur.com/AJSXD.gif

    #9 4 years ago
  10. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @9 I’m honoured to have lost the fanboi tag then. But there’s quite a few people who would disagree with your assessment :)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    “and Nintendo has forgotten to change with it. ”

    Nintendo’s online strategy has been thoroughly alienating, particularly in the advent and wake of connectivity advances and mobile platforms and stores. They’re also in danger from not other traditional games platforms but the rise of apps and social platforms.

    Vita’s an unknown quantity. I don’t think anyone can guess how that may end up, but there could be a pincer movement, if Sony Suite is more fully realised and this branching out differentiates itself in identity from the core Vita download store content, and makes impact in presence on mobile devices.
    The new aggressor though, also has the benefit of being able to boast all the names and familiar styles that any console fan can appreciate from the start, presented with a console-level sheen – and, of course, it’s no longer Sony’s first time to this particular dance.

    Nintendo have strayed square in the sights of Apple, now (and, unfortunately for N, I doubt Apple has needed to expend even a drop of sweat to date. They need take no action to engage, whereas Nintendo must move mountains) …But, Nintendo really are just a games company. Their games pricing and online strategies I just don’t think are compelling.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. ManuOtaku

    While i do agree with most of the points established in this topic, i think the situation was handled good by nintendo given 20 free games to the 3ds early supporters that did pay the 250$ price tag, i know this doesnt cost nothing to nintendo but it shows they want to entice their loyal consumers, that in my eyes is a great thing, and i also believe that nintendo even with this price cut is still making a profit, a lesser one for sure, but they are making a profit for sure.

    Having said that i think the main problem with the 3DS is the 3D, not that the effect is bad or badly implemented, i think is great and it adds a lot to the games, but i think a lot of people, me included suffer a lot with this tech, from eyestrain to headeaches, and that is a big barrier, i find the graphics great for a handled machine they are a big improve over the DS, and like i said the 3D asppect is great is a neat addition to any game when is handled in the right way like in the ocarina game, really neat, but is not for everyone and thats the key issue, regardless even if it is without any glasses.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Clupula

    I must admit to looking forward to the Wii U tanking, only because I think Nintendo have gotten very arrogant, much like Sony did after the PS2. Releasing a system that only manages to match the PS3 and 360 is an incredibly arrogant move in this day and age. It’s a system that’s about two or three years too late, quite honestly, and I cannot see anyone except for the biggest Nintendo fanboys buying it, as the system currently stands. Just about EVERY game announced for it you can get already and that controller looks like a disaster.

    Personally, I feel, in a perfect world, Nintendo would go the way of Sega and just become a third party software developer. Which, btw, amuses me because I look at Sega’s lineup as a third party developer and I think, “If they went back into being a console maker and all those games were exclusives, I wouldn’t need another system besides the one they put out.”

    #13 4 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    Gonna be interesting to see what Vita does. I am guessing it will fair better globaly. But I doubt it will do very much outside of JP. Same problems for 3DS mostly – too expensive and not a smartphone.

    This could be less of a Nintendo made problem and more of another nail in the coffen of dedicated handheld gaming.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DSB

    The Vita might hurt Nintendo on the market, but in terms of sales, I think it’s just a question of the dragon finally devouring its own tail.

    Apple has some kind of weird cult-like image that means 50% of consumers are willing to buy an Apple product without even having seen it (!!!) and so those people will happily throw away their old Apple products to replace them with a tweaked newer edition.

    I just don’t think that sort of thing works for a handheld console like the DS. As far as I can tell it doesn’t have the same brand-lore to protect it, and it actually has to perform to earn those sales.

    I think that’s going to be Nintendos biggest problem. Obviously the Wii-U wasn’t big enough to top the Wii in terms of what people were expecting, and how would it be? The Wii changed the game, simply tacking on a tablet isn’t going to give the same effect.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    “Apple has some kind of weird cult-like image that means 50% of consumers are willing to buy an Apple product without even having seen it (!!!) and so those people will happily throw away their old Apple products to replace them with a tweaked newer edition.”

    Very well stated sir – I applaud you for this – it’s so true.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Dannybuoy

    I just saw an ad on TV for 3DS. It touted NEXT GENERATION GRAPHICS, BREAKTHROUGH HARDWARE, GREAT GAMES LIBRARY. I did have a bit of a chuckle

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    I hate the 3DS ads we get over here. They’re lame, fake interviews with people going on about how awesome the 3D is… In fact they dont really talk about anything else. Just goes to show how much Nintendo want to sell the thing off that sole gimmick.

    Though to be fair, Nintendo do take the effort of making ads by country, rather than by region.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. DSB

    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/07/29/the-u-s-treasury-has-less-cash-on-hand-than-apple-inc/?hpt=hp_c2

    It’s official, after throttling Microsoft for the top spot, Apple is now richer than the worlds biggest economy. Although granted, they’ve gotten a little boost from the Republicans, who apparently want to finish what Bush started and run the country into the ground.

    I have absolutely no ill will towards Apple. I think it’s outstanding :P

    #19 4 years ago
  20. manamana

    Very well described aspects in this good report Rob. Thanks!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Sini

    I hope 3ds flops hard, this outdated hardware bullshit that nintendo keeps riding every generation needs to stop.

    oh, sony needs to lower vita price to nice $200.

    #21 4 years ago

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    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]