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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.

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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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
  20. mojo

    why does everyone think the controller has to evolve?

    #20 2 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 2 years ago
  22. DrDamn

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

    #22 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
  37. DrDamn

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

    #37 2 years ago
  38. monkeygourmet

    @37

    Tell me more o wise one! :D

    #38 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
  45. Gadzooks!

    #42

    Yes, pretty much as DrDamn put it.

    #45 2 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 2 years ago
  47. monkeygourmet

    @stretch215

    Blasphemy!!!

    Say 100 hail Peach’s! ;)

    #47 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
  54. BraveArse

    How very macho of you.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Fin

    bro im 6’8″ 256lbs

    srsly

    y would i lie on the internet

    #55 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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

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    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

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

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

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

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

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

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

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

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

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

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

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

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

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

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

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