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Wii U to beat Wii’s launch records, but not its tail – analyst

Monday, 12 November 2012 23:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Wii U will sell hugely at launch but fail to live up to its simple forebear, according to one analyst firm.

The Wii U consoles will sell 3.5 million units worldwide before the end of December this year, according to IHS Screen Digest, as reported by Forbes.

The Wii sold 3.1 million over a similar period in 2006, so that’s a 12% increase, which IHS believes may lead to stock shortages.

Unfortunately, IHS isn’t back the console to continue this momentum; it predicts about 53.2 million sales in its first four years of life, just 70% of the Wii’s 75.9 million.

“This time around, Wii U’s pure innovation, coupled with a limited volume of high-quality Nintendo software, will not be enough to drive the ongoing sales momentum we witnessed with the Wii console, especially at a higher price point,” IHS senior principal analyst Piers Harding-Rolls explained.

“Long-term success depends on ongoing consumer engagement delivered through the constant release of high-quality content from both first and third parties, a competitive non-games entertainment proposition and a sound digital and online strategy to go along with such innovation. Nintendo is still some way short of delivering a comprehensive engagement-led value proposition at the launch of the Wii U.”

The Wii is the best-selling console of this generation, with close to 100 million units sold worldwide. The Wii U launches on November 18 in the US and November 30 in Europe and beyond.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.

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21 Comments

  1. jogo

    Hi everybody! I’ve been reading gaming news since they exist. Now I finally registered cause I’m sick of it.
    For months now analysts have been “predicting” that the WiiU will a. not be succesfull or b. not as succesfull as the Wii.
    Now that this super analyst read online that WiiU launch sales will surpass those of the Wii, he states it and still resists that it will not be as succesfull as the Wii. In a couple of month he will see that the sales will be constant and will again correct himself, like Pachter has been doing now FOR YEARS. Than they will state we didn’t see these blockbusters, zelda mario 3d, smash maybe metroid, starfox mario kart whatever coming. thats why we predicted wrong.
    the reason is you didn’t because all of you don’t know games just business, nintendo is about games, that drives their business, not numbers.

    Before the DS, and I’m not a fanboy, I said it will be a success. Analysts said no.
    Same before the Wii
    Same before the 3ds
    And you know what? they are the most succesfull consoles of their generation, all of them.
    And the WiiU surprise will be succesfsull too.

    And… if the 3ds had had the software for the first months a pricedrop wouldn’T even have been necessary.

    The WiiU is very cheap for what it offers, Nintendo is loosing money on it.
    And it has innovation and games no competitor will ever have. It has a big chance to win that generation too.

    TO ALL ANALYSTS MAINLY PACHTER:

    I predigt: It will not dreamcast itself.
    Nintendo has very much clue about what they are doing.
    They have a great online strategy.
    It will be a success.

    And I predict alot of excuses and corrections from all the business guys that should stop talking abput games when thats nothing they know anything about. Analysts are right for microsoft and sony because these are business companies and they “get” them, but that doesn’t work for nintendo.
    PACHTER can you finally admit that???
    Silence to all business analysts regarding Nintendo.
    It really starts to get boring.
    Maybe we should start predicting what analysts will predict, that will be very easy… So they start to be obsolete.

    Thanks

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TheBarstow

    53million in it first 4 years isn’t a bad figure at all. In fact, if current market conditions are taken in to considerations, that figure is very good.

    If the Wii U has a 6 year life cycle it may even be able to surpass the 60 million mark.

    I hope these analysts are right.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    “Hi everybody! I’ve been reading gaming news since they exist. Now I finally registered cause I’m sick of it.”

    Welcome to our little corner of the web and game industry, Jogo.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Jogo

    Thanks! Love the gaming community!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Mike W

    Well I will be picking this up on Sunday with ninja gaiden and zombie u.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dragon246

    @1
    Do you realize you are doing the same things as them ? And these analysts say with some knowledge because that’s their jobs.
    Also I really don’t think (like most others), the wiiu will get anything closer to wii figures. Ninty showed its hands early with wiiu, both ms and sony have ample opportunity to get back in the game.
    “The WiiU is very cheap for what it offers, Nintendo is loosing money on it.”
    Absolutely wrong imo. Current gen tech with smaller fabrication processes results in cheaper manufacturing process, not costlier.If they were selling it at a loss, they would have expected operating losses instead of profit. Tablets aren’t costly to manufacture now.
    “They have a great online strategy.”
    Ninty with great online strategy? Ha. You are kidding right? Both psn and xbl beat it to a pulp.
    “And… if the 3ds had had the software for the first months a pricedrop wouldn’T even have been necessary.”
    Stop kidding yourself there. 3DS would have suck like a ship without a price drop, no amount of games could have saved it, just like vita.
    That said, getting unity for devs and tvi looks interesting. Although saying anything now about sales would be premature.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Jogo

    Oh common, not really.

    Just google how often (I’ll help you: always) the analysts have been wrong about nintendos machines: ds wii 3ds. Have you even tried to understand what I wrote. Its not predictions. Its facts from the past plus the wii u preorders are better than the Wiis and the big games are yet to come – how hard is it too see that it will do well?? BEtter asked why would anyone think they won’t do well.

    You practically proved yourself wrong with every point you made. Microsoft and sony had ample opoortunity with motion gaming since nintendo showed its hands early, did it help – no.
    Both their efforts are ar from being as succesfull as nintendos. Imagine the last generation without nintendo.
    The industry would be in trouble without all the new people coming too gaming through nintendo.

    Next one:
    Absolutely wrong imo. Current gen tech with smaller fabrication processes results in cheaper manufacturing process, not costlier.If they were selling it at a loss, they would have expected operating losses instead of profit. Tablets aren’t costly to manufacture now.

    Google first
    Nintendo publicly stated that WiiU is sold at a loss,
    what are you doing on this site.
    You think they would state something that is bad for investors if it wasn’t true?
    At least you should give in to this.

    “They have a great online strategy.”
    Ninty with great online strategy? Ha. You are kidding right? Both psn and xbl beat it to a pulp.
    You don’t know anything about their strategy right? Well thi is the only prediction that i made.
    based on these facts: former xbla staff helped on it. they have video chat for everyone. most of the games will be digital too on day one. Again just google for this stuff. No friendcodes anymore. the 3ds online system is already pretty ok….

    “And… if the 3ds had had the software for the first months a pricedrop wouldn’T even have been necessary.”
    Stop kidding yourself there. 3DS would have suck like a ship without a price drop, no amount of games could have saved it, just like vita.
    That said, getting unity for devs and tvi looks interesting. Although saying anything now about sales would be premature.

    Again
    The vita still doesn’t have games thats why it still sells crappy. The 3ds now has the games and is doing good. The games helped more than the price cut.

    Do you know Pascher? If so you would have to understand what i am talking about, i was a fan of his until I realized he just doesn’t get nintendo. Just giove me one prediction from him about nintendo that he was right with? Will be hard for you although its his job to predict, and he should have some knowledge.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Digital Bamboo

    I don’t think anyone ever thought that the Wii U was going to outsell the Wii in the long run. Just look at the controllers.

    Part of the reason why the Wii has sold nearly 100M units is because it can be played by almost anyone, regardless of age, experience, or strong coordination. I’m not trying to be funny here, I’m not knocking the Wii, I just got one a few months ago & I love it, but it’s true. Some people just can’t deal with a standard game controller.

    The Wii U’s gamepad requires a certain amount of experience with game controllers in order to use, experience I suspect a considerable chunk of Wii users who never moved beyond Wii bowling lack.

    Having said that, who knows how many experienced players will pick up the Wii U for HD Mario et al., stronger 3rd party support & indie games. Only time will tell.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    @7
    I am really not in a mood to argue but here goes-
    1.Analysts have been wrong on ms and sony too.
    2.” wii u preorders are better than the Wiis”
    When was this said?
    3.”Nintendo publicly stated that WiiU is sold at a loss”
    Yeah I know,allow me to rephrase that, they aren’t selling it at a substantial loss, that too not because of manufacturing cost, which would be cheaper for such an old tech.
    4.”former xbla staff helped on it. they have video chat for everyone. most of the games will be digital too on day one.”
    So? Video chat can be done by present gen consoles/any other device using skype. With no unified online gaming, its bound to suck in comparison to psn-xbl. Play something else other than ninty and you will understand.
    5.”The games helped more than the price cut.”
    Its just not true. Almost everyone agrees here on this.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Not in mood to argue… Delivers multi-paragraph argument.

    :-/

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Gadzooks!

    I’m getting more and more concerned that WiiU isn’t what I hoped it would be, specifically regarding the online service.

    No unified voice chat, no achievement system, etc.

    The online service needed to be front-and-centre, but seems to once again be an afterthought.

    I’ve gone from ‘must preorder’ to ‘probably buy in launch window’ to ‘need to try it first’.

    At the same time, seeing the almost generational leap 343 made with Halo4, I’m really not feeling the need for new hardware right now, even though I think that WiiU controller will rock.

    I hope the WiiU blows my socks off when I get round to trying one, but at the moment the more is revealed the less I’m excited for it.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    @Jogo
    Welcome to the site. :)

    Couple of points.

    Pre-orders. Are these shop pre-orders or people pre-orders? Wii-U could sell more that Wii on launch simply by having a better supply. Wii exploded once people got to actually play it. In terms of better tail? I don’t see Wii-U exploding like Wii did in the first couple of years, not based on what they have shown so far. Wii had Wii Sports – it was a fantastic killer title which encompassed what the Wii brought to the table. As a gamer I’m fascinated by what the WiiU will be able to do, and actually I think as a games machine it is much better than the Wii, but I don’t see a Wii Sports which will sell it on to the masses post launch window yet. Not that there won’t be something – but I haven’t seen it yet.

    Looking forward past the launch window I don’t think it will reach the peak sales numbers of the Wii, but then it may not have sales numbers falling off a cliff too.

    Online wise everything you’ve said shows Nintendo are improving on what they have done before. However improving on a turd ain’t tricky, they have a big way to catch up. We just don’t have enough info at this point to make any calls. For all we know they could just be rolling that turd in glitter. On the plus side there is a lot of system RAM they are reserving for the OS – so there is a lot of potential here. I doubt it will all be there at launch though.

    I’ve still got my Wii-U pre-order(s), but the outlay is quite big for me (as I no longer have a Wii) to get the most out of it. I’ll make a call post US launch. I think it’s a great machine which will do ok and have some great games for it – more great game than the Wii. Still don’t think it will sell as well overall though.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    Jogo welcome to this site, and welcome to the NDF (Nintendo Defense Force) :)

    Regarding what you say i do think the WiiU will do better than the Wii, in a lots of aspects, it will have stronger third party support, it will have a better online experience, the gap will be not as a big as with the wii was comparing it with the competition, graphically speaking, theres an important % of people that do owns a wii, and will jump to the WiiU, etc, for all these previous mentioned reasons, i believe it will do better, now the thing and more important issue, all this factors will transfer to overall sales, well i guess yes, the WiiU will have more legs than the Wii did, and because of this it will do aprox. the same numbers in the long run, and even surpass it.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @13
    I think it could do, but it also depends what Sony, MS and ? do too. WiiU has potential to have a longer and more consistent tail, even if it never peaks as high as Wii on a weekly basis. It does depend a lot on what others do though.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ManuOtaku

    #14 i do agree Doc, is earlier to tell , but it seems like it has the elements to achive that goal, but like you said it will also depends on the competition, in specs, price factor and overall strategy from both Sony and Microsoft, and last but not least the overall economy situation in japan, and globally.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Jogo

    I’ll just comment on this:
    Play something else other than ninty and you will understand.

    I only have an Xbox 360, no Wii, as i said I am not a fanboy. I want HD graphics, I hope they will remake Galaxy and other titles in HD.
    And I didn’t like the motion controls too much. But it was good still, just not for me.
    And it was good for the industry.
    Nintendo keeps innovating – you.. keep hating :-)

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Jogo

    Amazon france has wii U listings for mario kart star fox and Zelda by the way.
    But I don’t think they have more information on those than we have..

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Jogo

    @Dragon246:

    What I would never do would be going on a site for Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 and post there that people should try the WiiU thats its better and whatnot. Why do xbox and playstation guys do that?

    Bored of your console..ha? HaHa

    Why can’t people just have fun like the nintendo fans are, I don’t see much hate coming from them, maybe cause nintendo raignes supremely since years now..

    #18 2 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    Dragon

    “2.” wii u preorders are better than the Wiis”
    When was this said?”

    “Wii U launches next week in the US, and Nintendo is anticipating big sales throughout the holiday. In fact, according to research firm IHS Screen Digest, the Wii U will actually outpace the original Wii’s holiday sales start with 3.5 million units sold between November and December, which would represent a 12 percent jump over the Wii’s start of 3.1 million sold.”

    —- http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-11-12-wii-u-to-sell-3-5-million-units-globally-this-holiday-ihs

    It means nothing in the grand scheme of things. People that don’t want to like the system or nintendo for that matter, won’t change their minds. Going to keep hearing the same tired worn out arguements like it is old tech or nintendo is just for kids. But I have recently played a WiiU (more then just the demo of Rayman mind you). I am not going to go into too much detail, I don’t want anyone getting into trouble. What I can say tho is that the system kicks complete ass. Period.

    Most of the games I have played the graphics are ahead of where xb360/ps3 games are. On average. What I noticed most was the colors poped. I mean really poped. And the chars in game where big. the controler was great. It was light, contoured in my hand perfectly. It felt solid and well built. The screen was crisp, easy to use, and was really integrated well depending on the game.

    I had made a few posts here about wanting to sell the system, maybe ebay it for extra xmass cash. I am 100% keeping it now.

    I am not an WiiU spokesperson or expert or any such thing, but in my mind if you want the WiiU to be a PS360, you are better off staying with PS360. It isn’t going to have xross game chat. It isn’t going to have achivies. It isn’t going to be a haven for OMP shooters. It is going to be a Nintendo system. If you enjoy Nintendo games, want them in HD, are excited about a second screen, like to play online(but don’t center your gaming around it), then this system is for you.

    I for one am glad Nintendo is being Nintendo and not trying to copy MS. I already own a xb360. And I am not selling it anytime soon. So if I want to play BF3, I can still do that. Buying a WiiU won’t change that.

    At this point I am so thirsty for new hardware/software and new game experiences that I can’t help but be excited. Actualy playing the thing put all of my fears to rest. Read what the game press is actualy saying about the system. They think it is cool, neat, fun, great, holds lots of promise, etc. Their concern is in wondering if enough people will buy it and will it be able to sustain itself over the long haul. They don’t question the quality of the hardware itself, only if sells.

    That is a silly thing to worry about. But as jurnos it is part of their job to anylize the thing. Because as a gamer, I want to know about the quality of the system, the games, and the potiental fun factor for me personialy. And I am not going to to sit around and wonder/worry if all of my friends are going to buy one or if the system will have a ten year lifecycle(lets hope not).

    So in the long run if you like nintendo and are interested buy the system. If you don’t like nintendo you aren’t honestly thinking about a purchase to begin with. If you are on the fence or aren’t an early adaptor, no biggie. Just do what is right by you. After all at the end of the day you are the one playing it.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DrDamn

    @OG
    “Most of the games I have played the graphics are ahead of where xb360/ps3 games are. On average. What I noticed most was the colors poped. I mean really poped.”

    I’ve heard this sort of thing from a friend who has played one too. Not that there is a massive polygon increase or resolution jump, but that the image quality was better. Better effects, better blending, better aliasing sort of thing.

    “I for one am glad Nintendo is being Nintendo and not trying to copy MS.”

    Disagree to an extent here. Nintendo can still be Nintendo, that does not preclude coming up to scratch on accepted industry standards though. It shouldn’t allow them licence to be crap is what I’m saying :). I understand it’s not so important for you, but you can’t make out it’s a good thing when addressing these points – which are important to others – would ultimately attract more gamers to the machine. They can still be Nintendo within these boundaries.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Cobra951

    @19:
    Thank you for the unofficial report, OG. I have been lamenting that the Wii U is the first Nintendo console that I am not at all excited about. Your good experience chips away at that wall. But I will still wait and see what shakes before I jump in (if I ever do). Good hardware is only one fraction of the requirements, and I don’t have anywhere near a good vibe about the software at this point.

    #21 2 years ago

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    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]