Sections

Wii U console to sell at a loss, Nintendo confirms

Thursday, 25 October 2012 08:57 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U will make a loss per console, according to Nintendo exec following the release of the company’s financial report.

If you missed Nintendo’s financials yesterday, check them out here. The company posted a loss, albeit a smaller one than last year. However, 3DS sales outside Japan are weak, causing the company to slash its financial projection for the year considerably.

IGN reports that Nintendo predicts it will sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles before the fiscal year is through. Which would go some way to bumping up its financials.

However, Nintendo’s senior managing director Yoshihiro Mori confirmed that the company would make a loss on each console sold, although could not say how much, adding, “Manufacturing costs are expensive, and we priced the machine at a level customers would accept.”

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said. “It’s important for us to develop a healthy business next fiscal year by combining sales of hardware and software.”

What’s your take on this? It’s natural for consoles to make losses at the outset then offset that with software sales, but will the Wii U be enough to help wipe out a portion of Nintendo’s losses? Let us know below.

Latest

  • 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 […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

77 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    I think that’s bollocks with that hardware and cheap controller.

    Look at the Apple or Samsung selling their high tech tablets and they are doing great.

    Apple’s ipad 2 costs now 299$ and it is still a much better tech than Nintendo’s kitchen sink without multitouch screen.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    It’s not a cheap controller. It just looks cheap admittedly. I thought the same as you mate, until I actually held it and used it, then saw what it was capable of. It’s pretty smart.

    I wouldn’t be so quick to judge that format though to be honest, I’m sure Sony and Microsoft will follow suit soon enough.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Dave, what about the hardware? It’s the same as Xbox 360 or PS3 power and these guys sell it with a profit i think.

    How about the next gen MS and Sony consoles with much better memory, processor and graphics card?

    So this does not make sense really.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 Oh no, I get that absolutely man. I was talking purely about the controller.

    My guess is that they should be charging more for something inside the unit, but they’d never tell us what exactly.

    I think the next-gen will be dominated by tablet controllers. Just my prediction though. The internet also saw a leaked Xbox 720 spec sheet about 6 months back – which could be fake – that separated the spec out between the hardware itself and something called external hardware, which had a screen.

    Tablets everywhere.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Dragon246

    @2
    If sony and ms follow suit, then pc it is for me next-gen. 2 screens feels like a gimmick, just like AR or 3d. Most games will use it for inventory management and guess what, we have been doing it for ages using trusty old menus.
    And someone accuses sony of bringing exotic hardware.

    I will wait for a hardware review before believing in what they say.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Francis O

    @3 Its actually not the same as the PS3 and 360

    The Wii U has nearly Triple the RAM. The CPU and GPU are for sure stronger. and multiple developers have stated its more powerful than the PS3 and 360.

    http://www.gamezone.com/products/scribblenauts-unlimited/news/scribblenauts-dev-says-wii-u-is-definitely-more-powerful-than-current-gen

    Wait till games like Smash Bros and Metroid Prime 4 come out for the Wii U. Just like the PS3 you got to have games built from the ground up to take advantage of the Wii U’s power.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Clupula

    @6 – You do realize the only reason it has triple the RAM is so that stupid tablet controller will work properly. That’s what the RAM is getting used for.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Gadzooks!

    #5

    I don’t believe that for one second, and I bet you have no problem with Vita’s rear touchpad which is almost the same thing.

    The WiiU controller takes the best of the convential controller and enhances it with an accurate pointing device. You don’t have to look at it to use it, just like a laptop trackpad.

    Some games could use the 2nd screen unwisely, granted, but frankly some games use a regular controller poorly. Your error, and the error of many, is thinking of it as a screen that does touch, rather than an input device that can display buttons and such.

    Not having that extra flexibility on MS and Sonys next consoles would be a terrible mistake, IMO.

    This is the first genuine, useful controller evolution since twin sticks. I’ll my hat, and any donated hats, if this design doesnt become the new standards for console controllers.

    No salt, no ketchup, just straight up uncooked hat. I’m that confident.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    @6, Ram is very cheap and Ram is used for the interface, OS and controller. That’s why it has nearly triple ram.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Dragon246

    @8
    I bet you have no problems with smartglass, using your tablet/phone/pc with your 360.

    “The WiiU controller takes the best of the convential controller and enhances it with an accurate pointing device. You don’t have to look at it to use it, just like a laptop trackpad.”
    Yeah? Just let me know when a review of wiiu game says that you can use the 2nd screen without looking at it, I will buy 2 wiiu that day.
    And if its so, why bother putting a screen, put a trackpad instead, its way cheaper.

    “This is the first genuine, useful controller evolution since twin sticks. I’ll my hat, and any donated hats, if this design doesnt become the new standards for console controllers.”
    I thought wireless controllers were the biggest one since twin sticks.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    I don’t like the WiiU pad :-/ Its big & clunky, how can something that dwarfs the origional Xbox pad, be a step forward?

    I guess the whole idea of controller less play is dead now… Now it’ll be all about huge fucking touchscreen pads everywhere… Especially as the big 3 will see it as a way to flog £100+ peripherals…

    42inch plasma? No what you need is a 7inch handheld! Revofuckinglutionary!!

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Gadzooks!

    #10

    I can’t see any use whatsoever for smartglass to be honest. Control with a touchscreen is great, but it has to be in conjunction with a traditional controller.

    There’s no way I’d put down the pad, pick up my phone, unlock it, launch smartglass, select a menu (or whatever) then go back to a pad.

    Plus I already have remotes for all my electronics, so Smartglass won’t replace that.

    Smartglass seems like a kneejerk ‘me too!’ without any thought about whether it can really work.

    And like I said, some games might use the WiiU 2nd screen in the wrong way. Bad design in games is commonplace.

    Those that use it the right way though.. That’s going to make a regular twinstick seem like a NES pad.

    Evolution.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Deacon

    @ Gadz

    You may be right about next gen controllers. I sincerely hope it doesn’t go that way though. WiiU looks unique, but I don’t see MS and Sony clamouring to have their own tablet controller. I’m not sure the extra unit cost would be worth it over the long term, and I’m doubtful that it could innovate for more than a few game types. Then you have the issue of including it in ALL sku’s, like WiiU. I don’t see it. I’ll gladly join you on the hat-eating if I’m wrong!

    IMO, the ‘first genuine, useful controller evolution since twin sticks’ was the introduction of the significantly under-used motion control six-axis type stuff. Not sure why devs haven’t tried to do more with that.

    The traditionalist in me hates the thought of holding a huge tablet controller for 7 hours straight. As opposed to the ergonomic gamepads we’re all used to.

    Back on topic – not great news that this not-exactly-cutting-edge tech is already a loss-leader for Ninty. At that price too. I’m surprised.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Da Man

    accuses sony of bringing exotic hardware.
    Lmao. You really know bugger all.

    Good grief.

    Seriously, what planet are you from? Sony were being criticized for unfriendly hardware leading to clumsy dev tools. Which is another topic entirely.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    @8
    “I don’t believe that for one second, and I bet you have no problem with Vita’s rear touchpad which is almost the same thing.”

    Never thought of it that way, and on reading it thought “Eh?” for a bit. The WiiU controller as a touchpad (i.e. not looking at it) is very much like the rear touchpad on the Vita and addresses similar issues. Touch control without getting your hand in the way of the screen.

    “Not having that extra flexibility on MS and Sonys next consoles would be a terrible mistake, IMO.”

    They have to evolve from a standard controller in some way. Even the advantages a touch screen has in terms of text input is huge compared to a regular controller.

    @12
    “Those that use it the right way though.. That’s going to make a regular twinstick seem like a NES pad.”

    It’s not just second screen, it’s second screen with touch which is key too. Was playing Saints Row 3 last night and it struck me how well that genre would adapt to WiiU. Map in front of you when you need it like a satnav. Need to set GPS route? Just touch it. Controllers are great for a lot of stuff, but things like pointing or text entry are rubbish. This goes a long way to addressing that.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. mistermogul

    Wow Nintendo taking a leaf out of MS/Sony’s book. I think it’s risky… Yamauchi must be sh***ing himself!

    #16 3 years ago
  17. monkeygourmet

    Hahahaha!

    Always makes me smile watching Nintendo haters skip and dance around rumours and trends; part fear of the unknown, part admiration, part jealously…

    It’s the same as it always is:

    Nintendo find a niche

    Everyone slags them off

    Sony and MS desperately try to create copycat devices

    Sony and MS fans defend new motion sensing tablet controller…

    In a dance to the end of time! :)

    I too think tablet controllers will play a huge part in the next gen console war, so much so that the consoles themselves will probably just be tablets in the future.

    As much as you all want to deny it, Nintendo always creates trends others try and follow. It’s sad really. :)

    Also, Smartglass is not the same, and nor is Vita / PS3, I can’t believe people are still flogging that dead horse of an argument…

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Deacon

    Not *always*! I don’t see anyone rushing to get a handheld 3D device to market ;)

    I don’t know if it’s due to the general lack of innovation in the industry, or that Nintendo aim more for the casual crowd. It’s like CoD. Companies see Ninty selling X-million, and they want a piece. Fair play to ‘em. I’m really not convinced that we’ll see the same thing with WiiU though, but that’s just me. Getting off topic now… apols.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. monkeygourmet

    @18

    Touchscreen DS – PS Vita though…

    I know touch screen and a lot of this tech is already around, but not in console form. Nintendo are great at taking existing tech and making it into fun toys and games. :)

    #19 3 years ago
  20. mojo

    why does everyone think the controller has to evolve?

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    @7
    Lets just clarify something on the whole extra ram is all for the extra screen point.

    360 has half a gig and that is used for game, graphics, sound, display and OS.
    PS3 has half a gig and that is used for game, graphics, sound, display and OS.
    WiiU has 2GB. 1GB is used for the OS. 1GB is used for game, graphics, sound and display.

    So how is the more than 0.5GB extra all being used up on a display with lower resolution than the main screen?

    Yes it needs some extra memory for the second display, but no it doesn’t need more than the 360 and PS3 need for *everything*. So the conclusion is that the WiiU has more memory available for the game, graphics and sound and that can be a useful advantage.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DrDamn

    @20
    Because it’s not very good at some things which are useful for games?

    #22 3 years ago
  23. monkeygourmet

    Just had a thought…

    I bet After about 6 – 8 months Nintendo will announce a new Wii U pad, still without multi touch, but a higher res screen, maybe 720p…

    They’ll prob charge £99.99 for it with a pack – in Nintendoland type game.

    That way they’ll be able to convince a lot of people to pick up and extra pad and then announce dual pad games for E3 2013…

    That’s what the extra ram will be for, Their prob holding back the dual pad features at the moment.

    Maybe Mario Galaxy 3 or whatever will support 2 pads?

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    “Nintendo always creates trends others try and follow.”

    like Xbox 360 controller and Playstation Home Rip off?

    “Nintendo are great at taking existing tech and making it into fun toys and games. ”

    99% of the games that does not work and are fun to 8 year old kids and… well Zelda in which controller does not work correctly too.

    Nintendo fanboys are always funny and think that Nintendo is a gaming Jesus.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. monkeygourmet

    ’99% of the games that does not work and are fun to 8 year old kids and… well Zelda in which controller does not work correctly too.,

    Was it bugging out when you illegally downloaded it to play on the Dolphin emulator?

    What a shame, should have just bought a Wii, it’s always worked perfectly for me on that.

    Or we’re your wrists to weak to use the Wiimote after years of mouse use on Warcraft?! :)

    As for the home rip off, Nintendo had the NES modem network running along time ago, ironically it has the longest history of online gaming services but the weakest current online infrastructure:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famicom_Modem

    #25 3 years ago
  26. ManuOtaku

    I do agree with Doc here, if one person do the math, WiiU RAM is 4 times bigger that those found on the 360 and ps3, and is quite an important leap, if you look closely the WiiU ram is split 1GB for running OS and 1GB for game related things like graphics, the ps3 and 360 is aprox. 512 MB, which is also split in half like 256 MB for OS and 256 for gaming(more or less), therefore the 1GB of the WiiU in each respective field is 4 times more or bigger, the same if we compare the total 2GB versus 512 MB, therefore there is a considerable leap, is not on par with the 360 and ps3.

    Having said that people that think of the controller could get in the way of gaming, they are not seeing the asymetrical style of play, which is the main attraction for this control pad, which can bring new types of gameplays, i think games like nintendo land clearly demostrates why you will need to use the controller screen, and it is not getting in the way in the game/gaming, is quite the opposite you really need it in order to play different roles, which is good thing, different type of multiplayer games, also a game like zombie U also enhance the experience rather than making it a core for watching the second screen, for conventional/traditional games the WiiU controller will be use normally, hence the xbox360 looking wiiU controller, therefore i think people needs to realize this and think about the overall possibilities, which are new ways to play games and at the same time keep bringing the same experiences as before.

    As for the topic at hand, i really hope Nintendo Knows what is doing, because they dont have multiple divisions in order to compensate big losses like the other two, this will be the first time they release a console at a lost, maybe they are trying a new strategy with the WiiU something that mixes their way of doing business witht he other two, maybe this is short term, with a long term goal in mind, i really hope they did ponder it really good.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. monkeygourmet

    @26

    Also, look at how much people can squeeze out of the PS3′s tiny 256mb RAM now…

    At the moment, to get things quickly ready for launch, most of the Wii U games will be unoptimised.

    Wait till people see what it’s capable of next year, things like Metroid and Starfox should show people a different side.

    I bet they can easily get the pad down to using 512mb with a bit of tweaking. 2 pads would use 1 gig leaving 1 gig for the console itself.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Da Man

    #25 He doesn’t know the history of videogames despite continously crashing into articles, hysterically crying about consolized casuals. Nutcase actually thinks Unreal was the first multiplayer fps and Dreamcast gamepad didn’t exist.

    He’s compensating for that by making things up. Such as claiming having played PC games online in 90s.

    What a moron.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Unknown_Gamer

    Hardy har har !

    If Atari exist till this day non of those nintendo fanboys gonna talk shit about other platforms.

    You know what nintendo lovers problem ? Nintendo lovers problem that they have a way of thinking provocative and hostile I’ve never experienced before in my experience to the gaming world ,They think they ruled the world of games after the first appearance of their devices to this day ,And still think the same way even with the release of their existing ,The strange thing is that they represent the role of the poor in the world of games and they did not get enough support from the rest of the third party companies although I do not know what the cause of their distaste for the rest of the hardware and not paying attention to them and in particular the playstation systems .

    #29 3 years ago
  30. monkeygourmet

    @28

    It’s strange… I never pretend Nintendo actually invented the tech, it usually applies it in a way others try to copy.

    Christ, the PS1 was a SNES add on! :)

    #30 3 years ago
  31. DrDamn

    @26
    The OS on PS3 and 360 uses a lot less than half the available memory. They are very streamlined once a game is running. PS3 uses about ~50Mb and the 360 uses ~32Mb.

    The fact Nintendo is reserving 1Gb for the OS is quite an interesting talking point. It implies there are a lot bigger plans for the OS than we are currently aware of.

    @27
    PS3 has 256Mb main + 256Mb graphics of which ~50Mb is used for the OS. So it totals ~460Mb for games.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. ManuOtaku

    #27 monkey i agree, if a developer could found something new about the WiiU, i mean something they were not informed off, i think within time they can learn some more things to improve the performance of the streaming between the controller and the games
    http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=188498

    #32 3 years ago
  33. OlderGamer

    My take?

    A strong yen is going to be a real bitch for JPN game companies.

    I hope, for Nintendos sake, they are able to get production costs down quick.

    Maybe this is why are aren’t currently looking at 99usd PS3s and xb360s.

    If WiiU costs this much, I bet Sony and MS launch their new systems for 500-700usd, maybe more.

    Maybe this is the real reason we are working on the 8th year of this gen?

    Really it all boils down to economics, it always has. Price of the hardware, price of the games, the(added/inflated) price of DLC. This is why I think all platforms need to adopt a LIVE Gold style subscription plan. I was reading on a nother site yesterday that MS said Gold is so curcial to their strategy. It helps off set hardware costs.

    If Nintendo and Sony had the same level of subscribers, it would help them off set the strong Yen and the ofc the harware costs. But in truth, only MS offers an online service that is worth paying for. That is one of the biggest reasons I see MS dominating next gen, esp as they expand the Gold umbrella of services. The other two guys could well be screwed.

    I have been saying it for a while, the big budget, trip A, console market is in for a shake up. Next gen will be interesting to watch to say the least, fanboys beware.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. monkeygourmet

    @29

    There’s a reason your unknown, that made next to no sense.

    I follow gameplay.

    I used to play Amstrad, C64, Atari ST, Amiga etc…

    Nintendo just offer some of the best, consistent control and gameplay in the business right now. Thats just a fact. The day they stop producing games like Mario Galaxy, maybe I’ll change my tune…

    #34 3 years ago
  35. DrDamn

    @34
    “Nintendo just offer some of the best, consistent control and gameplay in the business right now. Thats just a fact.”

    No, that’s just an opinion. For example, I liked the idea of Mario Galaxy but thought the controls and camera were terrible. That’s just my opinion though. :)

    #35 3 years ago
  36. monkeygourmet

    @DrD

    Of course, but Nintendo and quality Gameplay articles are everywhere :)

    @Manu

    Thanks for the article link! :)

    @33

    Indeed!

    I’ve always said the Wii U can actually help Sony and MS squeeze another year or so out of old hardware. It’ll be the first time there was parity in the market for a while.

    Gives everyone a breather while they get their shit together.

    I think we will see a lot of disappointed fanboys though when the new plans are revealed.

    720 and PS4 are not going to be like consoles as we know them, Wii U as the last ‘console’ in my book.

    A swan song to the physical market if you will.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. DrDamn

    @36
    Even widely held opinions are not facts. :)

    #37 3 years ago
  38. monkeygourmet

    @37

    Tell me more o wise one! :D

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Erthazus

    @TardMan, “Nutcase actually thinks Unreal was the first multiplayer fps and Dreamcast gamepad didn’t exist.”

    link where I said That? Of course you don’t have any because you are a moron.

    @monkeygourmet, “Was it bugging out when you illegally downloaded it to play on the Dolphin emulator?”

    Not at all because i would pay for it if that thing had decent resolution and controls. At least modders give me much more stuff with the dolphin emulator. There is a nice resolution, even graphics update and that is really funny though.

    Also, for your info, I bought the Wii at launch for the Zelda and sold it in the end. It was the last Ninty console I had.
    I still have my DS though because i’m a fan of “The World Ends with You” and I will buy 3DS if TWEWY 2 will be announced for it.

    “As for the home rip off, Nintendo had the NES modem network running along time ago, ironically it has the longest history of online gaming services but the weakest current online infrastructure”

    We are not talking about “Online”, we are talking about Playstation Home Rip Off. It is exactly the same but better this time and can be viewed/played without additional download and other crappy stuff Sony did on the PS3.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. Da Man

    ^That link can be found every time your open up your shit scooper in an fps article. Tell me more about Halo CE and how you played your tech demo in 1999.

    You’re just way too retarded to realize Marathon came before.

    #40 3 years ago
  41. Gadzooks!

    #27

    A further point on memory and 2nd controllers: A 720p, 32bit framebuffer is a bit under 30mb. There will be a few other odds and ends to account for, but essentially the gamepads take up very little memory.

    The games in main memory will need to store assets and possibly another framebuffer but again that will be minimal, and offset by the free’d up OS footprint.

    The only real issue with 2nd pad games is the time to render up a 2nd pads frame. If the main use of the pads screen is for maps and menus then that rendering will take very little time.

    That means virtually a full gig free for the OS, whether one or two pads are being used.

    So overall a 2nd pad will have little to no impact on performance or memory.

    The vast majority of games that allow multiple players on the same console take a hit to framerates due to having to process two views, additional physics, AI, etc. For example, Minecraft drops from 60fps to 30fps in splitscreen.

    Same applies to WiiU. It isnt the 2nd pad causing system load, it’s the 2nd player.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. monkeygourmet

    @Zooks!

    Good info! So, do you think it’s more of a timing question than a hardware one?

    I.e. they know people who have forked out for the console are hardly going to stump up another £100 for another pad that has limited use at the mo.

    Better to wait till E3 2013, showcase Zelda 4 Swords 2 on it and 3DS cross play as a bid to interrupt 720 / PS4?!

    :)

    #42 3 years ago
  43. DrDamn

    @42
    Yeah. Essentially don’t put people off buying a WiiU due to expensive additional controller costs until you have a compelling reason for them to buy.

    #43 3 years ago
  44. monkeygourmet

    @Anyone / Dave

    I’m trying to get an idea of how the tablet pad feels…

    I know it’s not multitouch, but can anyone who’s tried one tell me about how it compares to the 3DS touch screen for example?

    I would like to know as the 3DS touchscreen can be a bit shitty for navigating menus, although I mainly put that down to the size of the screen.

    Any impressions would be very helpful! :)

    #44 3 years ago
  45. Gadzooks!

    #42

    Yes, pretty much as DrDamn put it.

    #45 3 years ago
  46. stretch215

    Everyone is talking about controller “evolution” and the second screen. I feel that having to look down at a second screen will not only completely break the immersion, but probably get you killed in-game (especially online). Sure, you could pause the game, but doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Don’t get me wrong, I think two screens will work great for certain titles. But not enough to call it “evolution”, more like “gimmick” or “trend”. Which aren’t bad things, but call it what it is. Maybe gimmick + “Nintendo magic” = “evolution” :D

    #46 3 years ago
  47. monkeygourmet

    @stretch215

    Blasphemy!!!

    Say 100 hail Peach’s! ;)

    #47 3 years ago
  48. Gadzooks!

    #46

    As I said earlier, your error is thinking of it as primarily a screen.

    When you start to think of it in terms of a trackpad/soft keyboard that can also act as a screen, then the ‘controller evolution’ is obvious and not anything approaching a gimmick.

    #48 3 years ago
  49. stretch215

    How is it a track pad when you need both hands to hold the damn thing? What are you going to track with, your tongue? Edit: the damn thing is 10″ wide. No way you’re going to be able to track anything while properly holding the controller in game.

    #49 3 years ago
  50. Cobra951

    “What’s your take on this? . . .”

    New consoles are worth somewhere in the $300 (US) range in the wide market. The cost of production is irrelevant. Nintendo knows this, apparently. What else is there to say? Maybe that I wish I had some interest in it. This is the first Nintendo console that I have no desire to get. Sad times.

    Note: The 51st comment is spam. The entire substantive page 1 gets swapped for one spam message now.

    #50 3 years ago
  51. Gadzooks!

    #49

    I’m sorry to hear of your chronic muscle wasting disease. If you have the wrist strength of a toddler then I guess this isn’t the right controller for you.

    #51 3 years ago
  52. Dragon246

    *Ninty announces wii. Motion controls!*
    Ninty fans- WOAH! Future is here!

    *Ninty announces wiiu. Gamepad with a screen-dual screen!*
    Ninty fans- WOAH! Fuck motion controls. THIS IS the future!

    Hype machine is what its said.

    While you can like whatever you want, shoving it other peoples throat wont help anybody. There were people who hate motion controls and this too will have a fair share of non-believers.
    Also innovation just for the sake of it is what ninty is good at.

    @Monkey
    “Touchscreen DS – PS Vita though…”
    Yeah dude. Ninty invented touchscreen and every console that uses it is a copy. Right.
    Pro controller is definitely not a copy.
    Ever heard of capacitive screens? 50$ chinese tablets have more processing power than the “gamepad” and they have a capacitive screen.

    As it stands, gamepad doesnt feel too hot for now, and its something sales will reflect imho. As analysts said, it would be fun to watch what happens to wiiu after the initial demand subsides.

    #52 3 years ago
  53. stretch215

    @ gadzooks Whoa nerd! No need to get nasty :). Let me start by telling you strenghth is not the problem. If the motion isn’t comfortable people won’t use it. Simple. Look at the pad, now use that tiny brain of yours to imagine someone holding that in one hand and tracking with it. Even you must now agree that the premise is ridiculous. Anyways, I’m 6’7″ 255 lbs. I have enough strength in my wrist to snap your neck. Easily.

    #53 3 years ago
  54. BraveArse

    How very macho of you.

    #54 3 years ago
  55. Fin

    bro im 6’8″ 256lbs

    srsly

    y would i lie on the internet

    #55 3 years ago
  56. monkeygourmet

    @53

    I’ve said time and time again, Nintendo don’t invent tech, but they apply it in a way that other firms want to replicate.

    I even said it earlier but you wanted to jump down my throat again, you must be getting a taste for it! :)

    I don’t understand why but it does make me laugh…

    People slag off Nintendo eg motion controllers, then something like MOVE comes out and all the Sony fans shit their panties with excitement.

    One thing is good with Sony, they usually refine the tech, ie PS Vita and Move, they just forget / don’t bother to support it.

    Sony HQ : tick another box then move on….

    As for tablets being better and cheaper, it’s chalk and cheese really. All next gen consoles will be out of date within weeks compared to PCs and even things like the iPad in the near future.

    Doesn’t mean squat :)

    #56 3 years ago
  57. OlderGamer

    “People slag off Nintendo eg motion controllers, then something like MOVE comes out and all the Sony fans shit their panties with excitement.”

    A Big +1 on that point MG.

    Said fans do the samething with IPs as well. Mario Kart and Smash Bros are just kidie games, but LBPK and All Stars are AMAZING!!!

    #57 3 years ago
  58. monkeygourmet

    @59

    Exactly, totally the same with IPs and it always has been since the Snes and Genesis…

    Incredibly annoying, if not the most annoying thing for me on the forums.

    Soon it’ll be Vita and PS4 features and Smartglass are awesome even though we hated the shitty Wii U pad.

    Let’s face it, people dont like change, Nintendo shake things up that’s all.

    I remember thinking the original DS looked bat shit crazy, then, after playing it I realised how cool it was for gaming.

    At least Nintendo are brave enough to attempt and commit to new tech! :)

    Gaming would be crazy boring without there wacky ideas!

    #58 3 years ago
  59. Ireland Michael

    @58 Unfortunately, and this is coming from someone to whom LittleBigPlanet is one of their favourite franchises of this gen, LBP Karting is altogether terrible, and a cheap and lazy ripoff. The controls are lazy, the mechanics are weak and uninspired, and criminally for a LittelBigPlanet game, it’s almost completely lacking in any charm whatsoever. ModNation Racers was a vastly better game.

    At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who created the tech, as long as the experiences are fun. Whether its a WiiMote, Move controller or Kinect. It doesn’t bloody matter.

    Iterative inspiration and copying the competition are part of every industry, and sitting around criticising one side over the other achieves nothing.

    All that matter is whether the experience is fun or not.

    @59 “At least Nintendo are brave enough to attempt and commit to new tech!”

    Nintendo’s tech is no more “new” than any of the competitions’ is. They were just lucky enough that their ideas took off.

    #59 3 years ago
  60. OlderGamer

    I agree, and I always thought Modnation racing was a great start to a promising kart franchise. I really think, had they stuck with that(maybe even cameo SackBoy and a few others in there) they actualy would have had a game to cover the Mee Too with Mario Kart.

    Modnation was pretty well done I thought.

    #60 3 years ago
  61. monkeygourmet

    @60

    It kind of does actually.

    Why can’t we have 3 vastly different formats with different ways of playing?

    MS and Sony are practically the same, it’s only Nintendo who goes out on a limb.

    Nintendo’s ideas tend to take off more because they do this crazy thing after releasing them… Supporting them!!!

    It’s called backing your horse!

    No, that’s not to say I don’t have fun on MS and Sony machines, I’m just haven’t been wowed by their tech and products for a looooong time.

    When I see a new Nintendo machine, it just makes me think of all the new possibilities, granted only about 20% of those are realised, buts it’s still fun to see new ideas being put forward! ;)

    Whenever I see Sony or MS announce something, I usually think, oh, that’s a bit like that Nintendo xxx…

    It’s sad really.

    Also, you really do take a Buddhist approach to the 3 platforms, ‘why can’t we all just have fun…’

    However, even a Buddhist would know that Nintendo games offer a purer more life affirming gameplay balance that replicates the eb and flow of natural control and rhythms… ;)

    #61 3 years ago
  62. Ireland Michael

    @62 “MS and Sony are practically the same, it’s only Nintendo who goes out on a limb.

    Nintendo’s ideas tend to take off more because they do this crazy thing after releasing them… Supporting them!!!”

    Because Microsoft hasn’t been supporting the Kinect at all… Oh, wait, they have. Constantly. Sometimes to the point of ramming of ramming it down people’s throat, sure, but to say they’re not supporting it is just ludicrous.

    I won’t deny that Sony could do a far better job of supporting the Move, but I think that’s oversimplifying things. While they may take a traditional approach to design in general, I think it’s hard to deny that they’ve taken plenty of risks when it comes to creating inventive ideas for their games with their first party titles, alongside supporting a lot of third party games that anyone else (Nintendo included) would have considered very risky ventures. You just need to look at thatgamecompant for proof of that.

    “However, even a Buddhist would know that Nintendo games offer a purer more life affirming gameplay balance that replicates the eb and flow of natural control and rhythms.”

    I’m assuming this is a joke and not serious. =P

    I do think Nintendo has a knack for cohesive gameplay. When they actually bother to put in the effort. Unfortunately, that effort doesn’t occur half as often as it used to. Their rehashing of the NSMB formula is getting especially tedious at this point.

    #62 3 years ago
  63. monkeygourmet

    @63

    I would argue that MS support of Kinect was more of a ‘placeholder’ this gen, but yeah I get what your saying with Sony though.

    I feel Kinect will come into its own but require a handheld controller too…

    So, although supported, I think it’s been pretty weak this gen.

    #63 3 years ago
  64. Dragon246

    @OG and MG
    Cancel what I said earlier, you REALLY like to shove your opinions in others throats. Tell me an article where I said move was awesome.
    I would say Kinect the best tech to come out this gen. Although I think it has most of its potential outside of gaming, like medical etc.

    “As for tablets being better and cheaper, it’s chalk and cheese really. All next gen consoles will be out of date within weeks compared to PCs and even things like the iPad in the near future.”
    Yeah, I was stating tablets that are released one year before wiiu releases and its still a better and cheaper tablet (the chinese ones)

    “However, even a Buddhist would know that Nintendo games offer a purer more life affirming gameplay balance that replicates the eb and flow of natural control and rhythms… ;)”
    Keep your Buddhist approach to yourself please. All buddhist monks I met (We have lots of them here :)) never have heard what a game console is, let alone wiiii-uuuuu.
    Come out of your bubble and you will see that sony does a better job than any pubs at releasing innovative games.

    *Goes to ashram and starts praying to cleanse his mind from the thoughts of war- console war :P *

    #64 3 years ago
  65. monkeygourmet

    @65

    But the Wii U tablet IS a ‘Chinese one’… And that’s a whole other problem! ;)

    Anyway, it’s not a tablet, it’s a;

    2 screen experience

    http://www.vg247.com/2012/09/17/wii-u-gamepad-not-a-tablet-its-a-two-screen-experience-reggie/

    A Chinese, 2 screen experience!

    :D

    #65 3 years ago
  66. Dragon246

    A chinese experience …
    I have heard enough of that for a lifetime, it sucks, even though I am a dragon :)

    #66 3 years ago
  67. OlderGamer

    Hey Dragon man, I just state my opinion, I would never force it on ya. But look at Sony, look at this gen, and tell me it doesn’t at least feel a little bit like they(and this putting it mildly) drew much inperation from Nintendo. With both Move and IPs being the main things that stand out.

    And ofc here is the disclaimer, that is the way the way game industry works. Lots of products have come from ideas found in other products.

    #67 3 years ago
  68. Ireland Michael

    @68 They may have driven inspiration for Nintendo with the Move, but the gameplay thing is a very recent development, and I seriously hope PSA and LBPK end up being the only games to do this. Because most of Sony’s franchises stand up pretty darn well on their own, and they are far more experimental and creative than Nintendo has been in a very long time.

    #68 3 years ago
  69. OlderGamer

    Maybe Mike, but if you go back to the 32bit days, Sony didn’t need to make the game themselves. Instead of Daytona PSx hosted Ridge Racer. Instead of Virtua Fighter, PSx had Tekken. And to be fair the industry has always worked a bit like this. Look at all of the companies trying get mascots Nintendo had Mario, Sega had Sonic, and Sony used both Crash and Spyro as the public mascot faces for their early systems. Even MS tried with stuff like Vodo Vince and a couple of other attemps I can’t recall at the moment. And that is just mascots.

    Everyone today wants a FPS brand they can pitch. Sure CoD is king, but MS and Halo work pretty well too, and Sony has been trying to get their own from Killzone to Resistance to Warhawk/Starhawk.

    All of proving what we both know, what we all know, just biz as usual in the games industry. Nothing new.

    #69 3 years ago
  70. OrbitMonkey

    On topic: Doesn’t the whole, “making a loss” seem a change of tact for Ninty? Though tbh the loss could be a dollar a console…

    #70 3 years ago
  71. OlderGamer

    I agree OM, something I wasn’t expecting to hear from Nintendo. I think it could be bad thing. Time will tell.

    #71 3 years ago
  72. Dragon246

    @68
    “But look at Sony, look at this gen, and tell me it doesn’t at least feel a little bit like they(and this putting it mildly) drew much inperation from Nintendo. With both Move and IPs being the main things that stand out.”
    So do you mean because ninty made motion gaming big, they are the sole custodians of it. As of now, ninty motion controllers are the worst in the business.
    Do they own entire video game genres just because they were one of the first in them like ssb or mario kart etc.?
    Its a pretty weak argument. They were great games, thats precisely why they are taken as inspirations, and these new games improve and expand the formula.
    Ninty fans while watching anything All Stars -
    “WOAH! That is a clone! SSB IS WAAAAAAY BETTER!
    Really? Have they played the beta before reaching that conclusion. No. All-stars features entire new gameplay systems, but they only see that its a 4-person brawler and go, “SMASH BRO CLONE!!!”.
    They really need to broaden their horizons to see there is much more to gaming than ninty.

    #72 3 years ago
  73. Gadzooks!

    #54

    Sing along now:

    Macho macho man,
    I wanna be, a macho man.
    (with girls wrists)
    Macho macho man,
    I can barely lift, a half-filled flan.

    #73 3 years ago
  74. Ireland Michael

    @73 I have. And beyond winning the fights in a different way, the game is completely ripped off from SSB in almost every way. Even the goddamn menus are a ripoff. And somehow, it manages to possess less in the process too. The character templates are basic and there’s almost nothing to them. It’s boring, charmless, and the aesthetic is a clusterfucked mess or inconsistency.

    The problem with gamers like you is that your opinion is completely slanted in one direction. You’re not interested in an objective viewpoint. You just want to religiously defend a certain format.

    I think OG is being way too convenient and praising with his stance on Ninty too mind. At least in this thread. You’re starting to show a blatant bias that skimps on one company’s responsibilities to bolster your negative opinion of another, and it’s starting to become more and more noticeable,

    #74 3 years ago
  75. OlderGamer

    No Dragon ofc not, but often times there are leaders/inovaters and followers. Right now Sony are in follower mode. Instead of getting out in front of things, being new, being better they are mostly just chasing someone elses tail.

    One of the best features, imo, this gen that Sony brought to the table is the wirelss usbmin to usb rechargable control pads for PS3. It wasn’t huge, but it worked. And it is a nice thing to have. Better then spending an extra 20usd for a play and charge kit.

    That would be an example of being a leader. Another one would be PSN+. They have done that very few times this gen.

    I know some folks will disagree, they see BR or 3D as a big thing. I don’t. My collection for BRs is very small. I still buy SD over BD in most cases. And I don’t own a 3D TV and don’t plan on getting on anytime soon. It isn’t inovating/leading if your the only ones pushing it.

    BR isn’t the new standard, nor the standard of the future, digital is(just for clarification). And 3D will happen when A: it comes standard on every TV, and B: it doesn’t require glasses of any kind. I just think that Sony has shown that they don’t understand the market/consumer. Do I hate them? No. Prolly seems like it to folks like you and Lex tho. But it has gotten to a point where I don’t feel the need to even turn on my PS3, haven’t in a few days now. I don’t see that changing much, and I don’t feel any anticipation to own a PS4. I bought my PSx, PS2, and PS3 at launch. I might pick up a PS4 after a couple of years in with a lower price and more games.

    #75 3 years ago
  76. motaromomonja

    some people like copycat ideas.. choose d original and not the copycat. for example, modnation is just a revised edition of mario kart. and copycat ideas never wins d original.

    #76 3 years ago
  77. Meta_Dragon

    @75

    Sony aren’t the only ones copying Nintendo. Smartglass would be a prime example of that.

    #77 2 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]

  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

    Watch: two videos showing you how to get level 34 raid gear and a shopping list of what you need. One of the big changes that House of Wolves is bringing to Destiny is the chance to upgrade your weapons and gear to level 34. In these videos Arekkz Gaming shows you how to use […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – everything you need to know in one video

    The Destiny: House of Wolves embargo has lifted, and with so much information floating around pertaining to Trials of Osiris, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Arekkz Gaming tells you everything you need to know in one video. In the video above you will be informed of how the 3v3 Team Deathmatch event works, how you […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch a Trials of Osiris match from start to finish

    With the release of Destiny: House of Wolves looming, players will soon be able to participate in the new 3v3 Team Deathmatch event in The Crucible, Trials of Osiris. Below is a video featuring an uncut, complete match from start to finish. In the video, Arekkz Gaming gives you a breakdown of the mode and […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – here’s what your PC needs in order to run it

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is out next week, and Bethesda has today released the PC specs for the standalone title. MachineGames has made some tweaks to the system requirements and have included both minimum and recommended specifications. Minimum OS: 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8 Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 @ 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8320 @ 3.5 […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – watch the livestream reveal right here

    Bungie will be showing off Destiny’s new 3v3 Team Deatmatch Trials of Osiris today, and you can watch the Twitch stream right here if you like. It kicks off at 11am PDT/2pm EDT and will feature community manager Deej and design leads Lars Bakken and Derek Carroll. More will be revealed on House of Wolves […]

  • May Xbox Games with Gold: Mafia 2, CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, F1 2013

    Microsoft has announced the free games Gold members will be able to pick up through Xbox Live. On Xbox One, Gold users can download CastleStorm: Definitive Edition for the month,and Pool Nation FX is being offered for an additional month. Starting May 1, Xbox 360 Gold members can download Mafia 2 through May 15, and […]