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PS Vita price-cut announced for Japan

Monday, 18 February 2013 08:09 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony has announced via live stream that both the 3G and Wi-Fi models of PS Vita will receive a price-drop in February.

Update: Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that there are currently no plans to announce a PS Vita price cut for Europe.

A rep told the site, “The price cut announced today is for the SCE Japan region only. We have nothing to announce at this time regarding pricing within the our own region.”

The livestream confirmed that both models would reduce to 19,980 yen from February 28th.

That’s around $215 or £138.

No price drop has been confirmed for the West as yet, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground for updates.

Meanwhile, a Phantasy Star Online 2 bundle was announced for Japan, including a copy of the game and a console. It also comes in at 19,980 yen, releasing March 28th.

The stream also showcased Toukiden, a new portable action game from Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force. It’s a hack-n-slash that supports up to four players, and allows players to connect PS Vita and PSP consoles. It will get a demo in April.

Soul Sacrifice was also dated for a March 7th release in Japan, along with a red console bundle costing 24980 yen. We first reported on the bundle’s contents here.

Incoming games Gundam Breaker from Namco Bandai and Valhalla Knights 3 were shown, and were given a loose 2013 launch window.

God Eater 2 was also show, and a new feature was revealed for the original game God Eater Burst. The ‘UMD Passport’ system will eventually let players transfer their original PSP game to their PS Vita. No date was given for the feature, but it seemed rather neat.

Finally, Final Fantasy X HD was shown, with new character models and rather snazzy visuals. It looked lovely.

What do you make of the above? Let us know below.

Also, be sure to check out my full run-down of PS4 rumours ahead of the big reveal this Wednesday.

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42 Comments

  1. Dragon246

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTT!!!!
    Now the game begins!
    The cut of 5000 yen is awesome!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. manamana

    Sony is dropping bombs. Wednesday can’t come soon enough :-)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    Could be that they need to clear inventory, why else would they price 3G and Wifi the same, if not for a new model which incorporates both?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    @3,
    Or they will phase out the wi-fi only model soon.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dragon246

    Dragons crown is not dead after all.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    @4, Probably the other way around, I see an LTE revision coming soon. Too bad the ridiculous prices Aussies pay for 4G, especially for the very limited coverage that we have.

    Our largest mobile network in Aus only gives us 3GB of data on their LARGEST monthly mobile plan that charges $100 ($130) per month, locking you in for 24months. That could be used well within an hour & I think they charge around 15 cents per MB (over $150 per GB)excess usage.

    Also, I think their passport system was a decent idea, however their were more efficient ways they could have gotten physical PSP games onto the Vita. An adapter being the first thing to come to mind. The capability of locking a physical game’s identity to a person’s account through some sort of optional activation process being another- I don’t think it should render the PSP game useless, just not capable of playing online through another account like a PC game.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    Price cut does not mean anything. I thought PS Vita price was okay. It was like the original price and hardware alone was worth it.

    But the question here is “Games” and Vita does not have them. Phantasy Star Online II is amazing thing, but why should I bother for example if it will be released next year in EU/US on the PC!? So PSO2 is the best thing they can offer?

    Japanese peeps won’t care unless everyone is ape shit about Soul Sacrifice which for now… they are not.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dragon246

    @CJ,
    Really? Unless they are adding phone features in next iteration, it would be useless.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Beta

    Awesome. Now if this cut was also in other territories and Sony cut the price of the memory sticks as well then the Vita would have a much better chance at succeeding.

    Which it should because it’s an excellent handheld marred by poor support from Sony.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. mistermogul

    Have they reduced the ridiculous price of the memory cards also?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    @8, How so? Faster speeds is always better, my problem is the way my local network operators handle it. They don’t charge more for 4G over 3G but they’re still stuck in the early 2000′s for their pricing structure.

    Even the majority of our broadband deals have data caps & only last year did we start moving from copper to fibre optics, it won’t be in my area for another year or 2 (current download speeds [for my ADSL2+] peaks at 6MBits on a good day)& my closest CBD for another 3-4 years.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. woe

    The Vita needs system sellers not PS3 and PSP ports.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    @12, and PS2 ports of not the best RPG’s.

    FFX HD release… lol.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Beta

    Hopefully things like Tearaway help to drum up interest. Sony need to get some more first party studios working on Vita.

    Unless we want more games like Blops: Declassified.. :P

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dragon246

    For comparison, 3ds xl costs 18,900 Yen in japan and is the best selling sku there. Vita is now really competitively priced. Also the fact that the 3ds heavy hitters will only start flowing from april onwards in japan, giving a one and half month leeway for vita, which has SS, One Piece, Atelier, Tales and PSO all lined up for march/ feb.
    Really getting excited now! Its a very good chance that the price cut will be announced on Wednesday now.

    Another announcement, for 24990 yen, a vita bundle consists of 32 gb card. Thats a really good deal too.
    http://www.siliconera.com/2013/02/18/playstation-vita-bonus-pack-comes-with-32gb-memory-card/

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    http://kotaku.com/5984963/check-out-final-fantasy-x-hd-version-for-the-ps-vita

    FFX – screens. Yeah well, don’t know who will buy this.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. manamana

    @7 “Phantasy Star Online II is amazing thing, but why should I bother for example if it will be released next year in EU/US on the PC!?” Why the heck do you need to compare everything and their mother to PC? What has a handheld gaming device to do with a stationary computer with monitor, keyboard and a mouse or in best case a laptop? Shure it needs more games but stop whining like a crybaby all the griggin time!

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dragon246

    @17,
    You are wasting your time talking to the wrong person.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @Sony246, Shut up your Sony fanboy trap. He is not talking to you. M’kay?
    you better answer my question on “why you hacked your PS3″, alright?

    @manamana, “Why the heck do you need to compare everything and their mother to PC?”

    Maybe because PSO2 is coming to the PC too and I already played the Jap version and Japanese people already play PSO2 on the PC?

    Handheld gaming device has to do with a tablet PC or a laptop where you can play it in the future.
    Vita need it’s own games, not ports.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Dragon246

    ^ *Yawns* ^
    Anything else to say?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Mike W

    @12

    Good point Woe, I thought it was a bad decision for Sony to release games that are already available on consoles.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Dragon246

    @Dave,
    Shouldn’t you add the details about dragons crown? Thats the only thing missing from the update above.
    http://gematsu.com/2013/02/dragons-crown-second-trailer
    http://www.destructoid.com/atlus-action-rpg-dragon-s-crown-reconfirmed-for-vita-245660.phtml

    #22 2 years ago
  23. dizzygear

    “Update: Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that there are currently no plans to announce a PS Vita price cut for Europe.”

    Go suck a dick then Sony.

    “Meanwhile, a Phantasy Star Online 2 bundle was announced for Japan, including a copy of the game and a console. It also comes in at 19,980 yen, releasing March 28th.”

    Now this i would buy if it included a memory card as well.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Mike W

    I’m pretty sure the price cut is coming to other regions, they’re probably going to announce it at a later date.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Daminic22

    ^ yeah same..cant wait for Feb 20..I think Sony is about to bring it :)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Dragon246

    @23,
    Did you really thought they would confirm a worldwide price cut to a gaming site and not announce it on Wednesday?
    In japan, it will help since games are coming, but I don’t think same results will be achieved in the west without a heavy hitter like GTA or something like that announced.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Beta

    Well of course they have to say there are no plans.

    That’d ruin the announcement of a price cut on Weds if there is one coming. :P

    #27 2 years ago
  28. CyberMarco

    @16 At least get a pair of glasses and learn how to read!!!

    “Note that they were taken from a standard definition stream and are not in HD.”

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Dragon246

    @CM,
    :D

    #29 2 years ago
  30. dizzygear

    @23 They SHOULD make these things global announcements in this day and age. Making Japan exclusive price cut announcements does nothing but piss people off.
    But it seems Sony is still stuck in 1999 when these sort of announcements would never reach western ears.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Dragon246

    @30
    This event wasn’t for western audiences. That is why the meet wasn’t even subbed in english.
    Surely you can wait for 2 days, can’t you?
    An announcement on 20th feb will reach more western ears , plain and simple. Take out your pitchforks after that.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. dtyk

    I typically never bother to comment, but this is very exciting. I’m personally a sucker for monster hunter type games, and everything shown here was pretty much like it. Toukuden, Soul Sacrifice, God Eater II, PSOII, heck even that gundam game looked pretty fun.

    Mark me pleased. :D

    #32 2 years ago
  33. mistermogul

    I’ll get a vita the day Sony don’t shaft me up the ass for a frickin SD card…

    #33 2 years ago
  34. OlderGamer

    How are the Vitas Load times?

    It has been a while since I last had one in my hands and I only played Dungeon Alliance and Uncharted. Friends system. I recall the load times being longer then I would have liked, is that the case for all of the games?

    I had a really nice PSP3000, but freaken hated the load times. Playing games like Madden and and a few others where so bad playing them was a chore. But, Phantasy Star Portable one and two where pretty decent loadwise. Loved those.

    My interest in Vita is growing. I could use it with PSN+. I can play RO, DA, DC, and ofc PSOII. The price needs to drop, and I think it will.

    But, can anyone speak in a non fanboy or anti fanboy way and let me know what the load times are like?

    #34 2 years ago
  35. friendlydave

    @OG The load times vary for me, Gravity Rush loads fast and fine but some of the older games I have [Mostly PSP games; FFtactics] takes a while longer. Nothing painful though.

    I have no games on Cart so I can’t speak for those load times.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. OlderGamer

    Thnx friendlydave.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. dtyk

    @OlderGamer,

    If I remember correctly, most games have relatively short load times (Gravity Rush, Ninja Gaiden, MGS HD). The PSP games as #36 said, load longer, likely due to emulation hurdles the system has to jump through.

    In my opinion, it’s worth a buy if the price drops. I bought an open boxed one for $200 USD and felt that it was worth it. The SD cards, as everyone knows, are pricey. However, you technically only need the SD for PSP games, unless you really like digital distribution for new games.

    PS: The vita has an awesome youtube app, for some reason.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. OlderGamer

    If I get one it would be in a strong part for PSN+. So a lot of storage would be important. However I just looked at Gamestop, they want 100usd for a 32gb card. That is crazy. Very prohibitive.

    So:

    http://www.gamestop.com/ps-vita/consoles/playstation-plus-instant-game-collection-playstation-vita-bundle/107056

    +

    http://www.gamestop.com/ps-vita/accessories/32gb-playstation-vita-memory-card/98472

    equals 400usd. To be fair I could spend less, but I want what is included. Esp the PSN+. But the question is; is the total price worth the total package? Like I said a price cut seems likly, maybe that will help.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Dragon246

    @OG,
    Load times vary. But they should not be a problem imo.
    About cards, I just work off an 4gb card and its perfectly fine.
    The trick? Backup everything on pc/ps3. I have around 45gb of games+demos on my pc, and thats excluding videos, songs and so on. I really think 4gb is the best choice.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. theevilaires

    I hope they announce a LTE version and make it thinner plus upgrade the camera to 8MP (I mean this is SONY they do make cameras,8MP should be minimal).

    #40 2 years ago
  41. DrDamn

    @OG
    Load times tend to vary from game to game, some are better than others. Take PS+ into account and budget for a decent size card (16Gb is about right). You can switch stuff in and out as needed but the beauty of any handheld is being able to carry stuff around with you. Hopefully they rework the card costs as it is prohibitive.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Hoika

    Sony is getting agressive lately. I kinda like them when they are angry. I’ll be getting Soul Sacrifice and God Eater 2. Toukiden looks great too.

    @42 I have a 16GB too, works fine for me too. It’s enough for me. But they indeed should cut the price of the cards or give free games, free PS+ months with them or something like that.

    @34 Tell me more about your stepmother, is she a milf? Does she like crossword puzzles? Does she know the etiquette of a DP?

    #42 2 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]