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Wii U day-one patch to be pre-installed on consoles from early 2013

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 11:33 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U’s day-one patch is rather hefty, coming in at at around the 1GB according to sources. However, Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that the update will ship with consoles at some point in early 2013.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Fils-Aime revealed that the patch was a last-minute decision geared towards making the console’s online functionality as smooth as possible.

He stated, “Nintendo developers want to make sure that the very best product is available to consumers. That creates a dynamic where our developers are working on elements until the very last point possible. That’s why the system update was required on Day One – and this is quite similar to what’s happened with other consumer electronic products.”

Fils-Aime added that the firmware update should be bundled with Wii U consoles from early 2013, doing away with the large hour-long download and reducing the space taken up on the console’s hard drive.

VG247 recently tested out its Wii U console, and weighed up the console’s hardware clout, software and online features. Check out our coverage here.

Thanks Eurogamer.

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40 Comments

  1. ManuOtaku

    I bought the premium one yesterday, i found it at a good price at 1800$, compare with the initial 2.200$, and i will wait to do the installation, due to fear of a power outage, i will wait for one, and then i do it, i dont want mine to be bricked, i will be very careful, i didnt bought any game, becuase there was no zombieU, scriblenauts or Mario at the store, i will wait for i price drop and buy them next year.

    But good to hear this will be done for future consoles.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. FabioPal

    So early adopters have been f***d.

    This is lame.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    @Dave
    The day one patch is only 1Gb – System takes up 5Gb but the patch is smaller (i.e. it’s not the whole thing).

    @2
    In what way? They have to download a 1Gb patch, that’s the difference. It’s annoying but why are they f****d?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 thanks for that man :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dragon246

    @3
    Compressed file?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mistermogul

    Dave this article is full of fail…

    The update is 1Gb not 5Gb. Second, according to other sites Wii U will ship with updated firmware at the beginning of 2013, not sure where you magicked “spring” up from.

    It makes me laugh how Nintendo gets a bad rep for whatever it does. Do other consoles, OS’s, tablets, phones etc not have updates?

    I mean for fuck sake – I’ve waited a year and a half for the console to release, do you really think I haven’t got the patience to wait an hour for an update before I get online? These articles are ridiculous…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @7 “Dave this article is full of fail…”

    Why do you have to be so horrible about it though? Why can’t you just raise your issue with the piece and let me amend it if need be?

    I didn’t ‘magic’ up ‘Spring’, Gamasutra hinted at Spring in its report, I’m reporting on what they said.

    I don’t understand why readers of game sites have to be so nasty when pointing out things they disagree with. I’m writing these stories FOR you. Help me out a little by pointing out mistakes, things you disagree with in a nice manner please.

    Just wears me down every single day.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    @5
    Not sure, either very compressed or an actual patch, doesn’t really matter though it’s not a 5Gb download.

    @6
    See linked Gamasutra article …
    “Fils-Aime said that only after the patch has been on the market for a few months will Nintendo incorporate it into the firmware that ships with the system.”

    A couple of months = Dec and Jan minimum + some time to put it on newly manufactured machines and for those to get to stores = Feb as well. That puts it at some point in March which = Spring.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @8 cheers man. I’ve amended it anyway.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Len

    @1 Have you gone mad MO? $1800!!! Why buy a console without games at that price, I’m genuinely curious?

    And why not import one or get another member here to sort one out for you like I suggested elsewhere?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    #10 Len thanks for the concern, well for me is an investment, because i will save money in the mid-long term, the more i will wait the more it will cost, as for someone getting it overseas, i will need to do the customs clearance here with all the import papers, and here that is troublesome and expensive, this is a corrupt government and all the institutions, therefore it is a big risk, i know it seems crazy, but under the circumstances it is the right choice, besides if i will end up doing it i will need to buy dollars in the black market which are also expensier.

    Also here we have a ban from the government for selling videogames, therefore the 400$ i got per year, i expend it on those games and anime is not a solution, i think i made the right choice, considering all the factors involved, even if it doesnt seem that way, but i really appreciate the concern and all the suggestions given, by you and a lot of this site commenters <3, thanks from the bottom of my heart, really

    #11 2 years ago
  12. FabioPal

    @3 “@2
    In what way? They have to download a 1Gb patch, that’s the difference. It’s annoying but why are they f****d?”

    Because they don’t, and never will, have the full 8GB available.

    This is lame imho.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. polygem

    @Manu…that´s a hefty price tag, you are a VERY dedicated gamer! the patch doesn´t really take that long. it took maybe 40 minutes for me…i think you can risk to download it.
    you should by any means avoid multitasking while downloading yet. that seems to be the problem for some. the thing can multitask like crazy but seems to get sensitve when downloading. i guess they will patch that soon though.
    cool that you have one though! let me know your ninty id or add me: MiqMoq
    i think you will really love the wiiu, i sure do…cannot wait for future first and third party games. to play indy games on the tablet is also great fun. i will play cod mp on the touchpad in bed this weekend -fantastic. miiverse is great too…it really feels like something is missing now when i turn on ps360…i just want a second screen;)
    nsmb u is great coop. i don´t know how old your kids are but man – this is a fun couch coop game for sure.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. mistermogul

    @8 – I stand corrected.

    @7 – Sorry Dave I didn’t mean to wear you down. You do a grand job.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    @12
    Nor will people with 8Gb machines in Spring. It will come pre-installed but will still use the same amount of space.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    #13 Yes Poly Iam, for good and bad, i breathe gaming and anime as well :). I will add you but like i said i will plan my connection after a power outage, they are common here, i dont want to take any risks, after that price i need to take the neccesary precautions ;), i will add you as soon as i can, i hope no one took my internet name, or else (shakes fists).

    #16 2 years ago
  17. polygem

    i actually wanted to be “Miike”. plain and simple, but it didn´´t work because you need at least 6 letters…:(
    the good thing is: if your ID should have been taken you can still name your Mii ManuOtaku. all your Miiverse posting will have that name then. if you play cod online though, your ninty id will show up on the playlist.
    take your time. cool that you´re on board.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. polygem

    …and don´t let your wife kill you now. be nice to her for at least a month or so ;)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ManuOtaku

    #18 Poly she doesnt know yet, i dont know how to tell her, i think i will say i won it as a price or something like that, i dont have the courage ;_; :), and if the id is taken i will change it to manuolderotaku or something like that, i dont want to lose my internet name, thats part of who iam, really.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. polygem

    i understand and hear you. those internetnames/ gamertags can become really connected to you and feel important. i feel the same, though i still haven´t really found mine after all those online years. i changed mine A LOT, even on the 360 where you have to pay for it (still prefer that paymodel. better than just being stuck with it like on ps3 and now prolly on wiiu too)…i kinda like my new one (MiqMoq – Mike Mock or Mick Mock,)
    but for the wii u “Miike” just would´ve been perfect :( didn´t want to go with Miike666 or something like that. sucked because i wanted to take that Miike name since i first heard about the nintendo id, also liked “Wiiggler” a lot but wanted something slightly connected to my real name.
    oh i wish i had a standard name that i could take anywhere too…maybe i will just stick with the MiqMoq but i doubt that. lol.
    i hope ýours will be still available. i think you have a good 50/50 to 60/50 chance. good luck. seriously.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. CyberMarco

    Manu, wouldn’t be cheaper to travel to USA and buy it yourself, I’m sure it would cost much less, plus a trip for your enjoyment!

    #21 2 years ago
  22. polygem

    …regarding your wife: good luck to you! you´ll need it…maybe paint a brighter picture of the pricing, make it a bit cheaper…that´s not exactly lying is it…oh damn, it is. you´re trapped.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ManuOtaku

    Poly yes for me is part of me, is my name in short (manuel=manu) and that iam an otaku (anime, videogame and heavey metal fan), it really indicates how iam and my tastes. It will be sad if thats the case, i intend to use it the most i can, all my lifetime if i can, which i hope is long, and that i can keep gaming.

    regarding my wife LOL, iam very f***** as hell , T_T, she hates me when i game more than her :)

    By the way i got yesterday balck ops 2 on the 360, and let me tell you is the first one iam decent at, i think it will be my favorite, i love the maps and the wepons, the pace, really i played i couple of rounds and did good 10/10, 7/3, 7/8, 11/10, is the first time in COD, that playing smart pay off, instead of quick reactions, which are not my strong suit.

    I see you playing yesterday, maybe today we can play a couple matches ok.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jiFXAooGtgU Forget your toys, guys. Watch this and relax :D 3DMark just posted it.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    Manu my WiiU is oldergamer, just add me when you get yours up and running. Good luck, with wife and update. Don’t multi task while updating, I think Mike err Poly hit it right on the head. My update was painless other then being long.

    One thing to keep in mind is that if you fully transfer your Wii content to your WiiU, your Wii will basicly be a blank slate. And because WiiU plays Wii games, the value in a blank Wii is minimal. Just saying it migh tbe better to make a new Nintendo ID and not transfer, if you are looking to keep using your wii. Once you do transfer, all of the games are gone from your Wii. They will forever be on the WiiU.

    Other then that my only wife problem is that she wants to keep playing ZombiU. I am a lucky man!

    #25 2 years ago
  26. CyberMarco

    @OG, if you transfer all the content from Wii to Wii-U, can’t you re-download the games on the Wii?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. OlderGamer

    You know, CyberMacro, tbh I don’t know. I haven’t tried it.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. polygem

    “Mike err Poly” lol

    @Manu. i will trade my copy of 360 blops 2 because i just ordered the wiiu one and i am not a big enough cod fan to justify owning 2 copies…atm i just like playing games on that wiiu thing more ;) and cod in bed sounds cool to me as well.
    will try to be online tonight…if my girlfriend doesn´t force me to play some nsmbu coop.
    i like blops 2 a lot too though. dind´t like mw3 AT ALL but really enjoyed blops 1, cod 4 and that one are my fave cod´s. blops2 seems to be good as well, only touched the mp this far though. while my K/D in blops 1 was 1.5ish…right now in blops 2 it´s a devastating 0,97!!! will have to work on that tonight or it will stay with me forever when i trade it in ;) good thing: i really do not care about that stuff anymore. only thing that cares for me these days: is it fun or is it not.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. DrDamn

    Good luck Manu – I am awaiting a post stating your NNID is DivorcedManu ;D. I’m Skylokki as DrDamn was deemed offensive. Quickest way to get the 247 crew is to add one like OG in the MiiVerse then look at their profile and their friends list then work your way through the recognisable friends :). It’s best to add people through MiiVerse rather than the friendslist as they get a notification.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. ManuOtaku

    #21 Cyber i put it this way, the ticket to get there costs as much as the console, plus the ticket back, the hotel, food, i think i will end up spending more that way, now if i would bought a lot of units to sell them later, that will be worht it, but is just to much money, for the reasons i stated above in this thread.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Len

    @11 Wow that is real commitment MO, I doff my cap to you. :)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Cobra951

    @2:

    And that surprises you? Waiting for the dust to settle is always a good idea.

    I was wondering how long it would take before the big update was rolled into the system ahead of selling it. That was quick. Good news for when I give this system more serious consideration next year.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Dave Cook

    @14 no worries chief.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Gadzooks!

    Well I’m happy knowing that when I pick up a WiiU next year I won’t have to patch it. That did sound like a ball-ache.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. zinc

    @Gadzooks, If you don’t mind me asking, what swung your decision to buy the WiiU? You had posted some reservations previously.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. OlderGamer

    @zinc

    He prolly played one, that is what does it for most people. Or maybe just wants to wait till more games come out.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Gadzooks!

    @zinc

    I don’t mind you asking at all!

    I still have a lot of reservations. The online service and OS are currently still lacking in many ways, and launch software is hugely underwhelming (for me).

    However, the potential of the controller has been evident since it was revealed. It’s obvious that there will be games on the WiiU that aren’t possible on other systems, and I like variety and novelty in my gaming.

    I did spend an evening with friends on the WiiU. It works. The whole concept works brilliantly, but I do need some more appealing games to be released. I’m pretty confident those games will turn up soon.

    I did like ZombiU though.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. zinc

    @Gadzooks, Would you say the WiiU has the same “partytime gaming” attraction, that the Wii had?

    And by that, I mean, you & a group playing the console on the same tv. Something that the PS3 & 360 lack.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. polygem

    @zinc: totally. nsmb same room coop is a blast. nintendoland is as well. i am sure it will be even better for same room coop party stuff than wii. you can still use the wiimotes AND the touchpad…this gives developers a lot of stuff to play with. i really do think we will see some innovative stuff in the near future.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Gadzooks!

    @zinc

    I do almost as much couch-based party gaming as single player stuff. There’s no shortage of that kind of game on 360.

    Wii was great at party games though. Boom blox absolutely rocked, one of my favourite games this gen. I’m sure WiiU will be just as good, if not better.

    One thing I really liked was the ease with which players could take turns in Nintendoland. Just a tap of the gamepad to swap profiles.

    Slick!

    #40 2 years ago

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    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]