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Wii U: latest system update has increased CPU, GPU speed – rumour

Friday, 10 May 2013 12:06 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo’s latest Wii U firmware update has boosted the console’s GPU and CPU speed, according to a new rumour.

The rumour comes from a poster on TV Tropes who hasn’t cited any sort of source or provided any evidence, so please do treat this as rumour for now.

Their post reads:

CPU: IBM PowerPC 7xx-based tri-core processor “Espresso” clocked at 1.24 GHz before the 3.0.0 update, 3.24 GHz after the 3.0.0 update. This is an evolution to the Broadway chip used in the Wii, is 64 bit and uses Power6 technote When IBM has said that Nintendo has licensed the Power7 tech from IBM, Nintendo is not using it for the Wii U, explaining its backwards compatibility.

GPU: AMD Radeon High Definition processor codenamed “Latte” with an eDRAM cache built onto the die clocked at 550 MHz before the 3.0.0 update, 800 MHz after the 3.0.0 update.

So following the 3.0.0 update, it is claimed that both the CPU and GPU have seen a clock speed increase. Do you think this is likely? Let us know below.

Thanks Nintendo Life.

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45 Comments

  1. The_Red

    Wait, what? Why didn’t they do it in the first place? Every dev was whining about clock speeds and now they are proving that it could go more without worries about heat and other stuff? Then why not do it in the FIRST PLACE?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    1.24GHz -> 3.24GHz is ridiculous to suggest. People are suggesting improvements in lots of games but I’d like to see some proper technical assessment.

    One point I would make is that perhaps the original figures were wrong, or misreported. The figures for CPU at least were extracted which the WiiU was in Wii emulation mode – and potentially underclocked temporarily.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    1.24 to 3.24?

    =/ wut? Why they locked so much speed? for what purpose? Or their OS was the shittiest thing ever?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Karooo

    You aren’t writing for Nowgamer anymore, Dave.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. JavelinX

    BOOM!! Nintendo teleported a new cpu? You’re patetic! Die with a little of glory!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. pandulce1

    @1: I own the San Francisco Bridge. I’ll sell it to you for $1000. ;)

    “Espresso” clocked at 1.24 GHz before the 3.0.0 update, 3.24 GHz after the 3.0.0 update” A 2GHz CPU overclock? On a chip with such a wimpy heatsink to begin with? And to top it off a 250MHz bump on the GPU. I highly doubt it, but just for the sake of it: what color will this Light of Death be?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Belazur

    God VG24/7 you are embarrassing!
    Why in the hell are you even posting that crap “rumor”?
    You don’t even need a brain to realize that the (so called) rumor is BS!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. CPC_RedDawn

    That is a pretty big increase. The cooling and TDP of the chip would skyrocket if they were to increase the clock speed like this.

    My desktop PC has an i7 3770K and its a 3.4-3.8GHz chip rated at 77W I have it overclocked to 4.8GHz with 1.38vcore and obviously the temps skyrocket which is why I have a water cooler on it (I know that X86/64 CPU’s are different from PPC CPU’s).

    Why would they gimp the system specs at launch and then increase them after… it makes no sense. Its possible, very possible but the heat increase would be a serious issue.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. KrazyKraut

    i think this is bullshit. Maybe some Pikmin came last night and changed my Wii U hardware….

    #9 2 years ago
  10. The_Red

    @6
    I’m not that naive. I know it’s worth at least $2000. Plus there is a perfectly logic explanation for the insane overcloking as KrazyKraut said. We all know Pikmin 3 has been in development for so long. It should have been out much sooner but it’s not. Why?
    It’s obvious. Miyamoto has send them to the houses of every Nintendo owner to change their CPUs and GPUs. They’ve done it with the help of Wonderful 101′s heroes who were also mysteriously delayed.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Monkee_Nutz

    @4 Now that’s a bit of a cunty thing to say.

    Dave practically plastered cautionary warnings all over the fucking article as to how accurate (or not) it could be.

    As a news writer, its his vocation to keep us up-to-date on the significant goings on in the rumour mill as much as it is on everything else.

    Pull your head out of your rectum.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Karooo

    @11 I respect Dave as a journalist, but reporting such a thing when you know it’s clearly a fake is really unprofessional.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. darkshale

    The only reasons I can think of for under clocking this system was do to an OS crash caused at higher clock speeds do to changes in hardware late in development.

    Someone wrote down the amplitude wrong and they let it ship.

    They shipped in power save mode!?! My tablet down clock for me in power save mode.

    (cough bullS4!7 cough)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. deathm00n

    @12 Can you prove me that it’s fake? Do you work for Nintendo or something? If you can’t, then yes, this is news about a rumour, and it’s valid jounalism.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Karooo

    @14 It’s common sense.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    Impressive if true. Could be a number of factors as to why? However, as with all such things, I would want proof before either praising or dismissing it.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. OnionPowder

    I don’t see how this is possible. Unless Nintendo has been gimping releases and fucking over devs on purpose for months for no goddamn reason. You can’t just MAGICALLY increase the clock speed with no extra power consumption or heat. They’ve already designed it for as low power consumption as possible so an increase sounds dangerous as hell. Especially a 45% increase on the GPU. Just running 10% increases is dangerous FFS.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. elem187

    Crap like this makes Nintendo fans look desperate…. pretty much any modern CPU/GPU can be overclocked strictly via software, but would Nintendo really take the chance of breaking retail games already released?

    Also the CPU clock speed going from 1.2ghz to 3gz is unbelievable for any processor. IF the rumor said 1.2 to 1.6/1.8 it might believable hardware wise, but it still remains horsecrap because no way Nintendo would change something like this without talking to every single third party developer for the system (granted thats not many, but something would have leaked by now)

    Further more overclocking a CPU doesn’t really do very much for games. The GPU overclocked would actually increase the performance of games slightly.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    But how do the Fans look desperate, elem187? Fans didn’t do anything. Nintendo did. Fans don’t have to own up to Nintendos actions. Fans just enjoy games.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. elem187

    because Nintendo fans are making up silly rumors to make the console seem more than it is. I love my Wii U and it does exactly what it was designed to do. it was designed for 720p gaming, and it will do that just fine it doesn’t need any bump in performance… in fact it does 720p far better than my ps3, or my brother x360 (ps360 were pretty much subhd most of the time)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. OnionPowder

    @19 I’m assuming he’s saying because fans created this rumor because they are so desperate for the Wii U to take off that they’ll make this up.

    Not that I agree with that statement I’m just trying to translate.

    EDIT: Nailed it

    #21 2 years ago
  22. theevilaires

    Maybe that statement DICE made about frostbite engine 3.0 not being on the Wii U made Nintendo bump up the speeds.

    Then again I can see rabid Nintendo fans making this up after being humiliated their favorite console of choice couldn’t run Frostbite 2 properly enough let alone frostbite 3. I just want my Zelda HD and Metroid HD please.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. OlderGamer

    But clearly all Nintendo fans can’t be lumped together like that. Not as if millions of gamers conspired together. Sorry guys, all I see is more anti Nintendo hate.

    I am sure light will come of this true or not.

    Seems pretty far fetched to me, but I would like more info before forming a solid opinion.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. OnionPowder

    @23 Expecting anything but anti-microsoft, nintendo is doomed and sony are gods circlejerks on these comments is ridiculous at this point. Oh and the PC Master Race that plagues the entire internet now, but that’s just an end of the cycle trend that will be ditched in a year or 2 and resurrected near the end of the next generation.

    Personally I like my Wii U, but it’s also just a damn piece of harddware and not an extension of myself.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    Good point OP.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. stretch215

    How does a random post (w/ no source or evidence!) from some random forumite qualify as news? I’m actually surprised this is being reported on.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Clupula

    @23 – Millions of people didn’t make this rumor up. Probably one or two.

    What then happens is a few dozen rabid Nintendo fans, eager to justify their purchase of a Wii U, spread the rumor in order to feel better about the gameless box in their living room.

    A few hundred people hear this, see it as gospel, and then start citing is as proof of the Wii U’s superiority over the PS3 and 360.

    You don’t need a million people for something like this to spread like wildfire.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Cobra951

    Oh, come on. 1.24 -> 3.24? More than double the speed, out of the blue? The numbers after the decimal point just happened to stay the same? Here, let me start a rumor too, so you have something else to post: The Durango will feature a cup holder on the side. There is no charge.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. DeVitowned

    @28
    The cup holder can only be used if you’re an XBOX LIVE Gold member.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Clupula

    The cup you put in it, though, has to always be online.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. OnionPowder

    You also have to use brand new cups, no washing cups and re-using them.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. monkeygourmet

    Are they saying it has increased speeds after the update we just installed?

    Thats bullshit, even after the update, my Wii U is still slow as a mother fucker.

    I can still make a cup of tea before it loads back to OS and the games all seem exactly the same.

    Also, if they did this remotly without telling anyone, then one faulty unit overheated and set fire to someones curtains then, BOOM! LAWSUIT!!!!

    If you change the speed potentially causing something to overheat without official warning… yeah… not going to happen.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. CPC_RedDawn

    @28

    Whilst I still think this is complete BS. It is very possible to do this. The fact that the numbers after the decimal point stayed the same is a complete and utter pointless argument. You can increase a CPU’s clock speed to whatever you want as long as it is enabled by the manufacturer of that CPU or GPU (in this case its IBM & AMD). My CPU in my PC like I said before is an i7 3770K and it comes clocked at 3.4GHz with a 3.8GHz turbo speed. I have it overclocked by my self to 4.8GHz oh look the number after the decimal point stayed the same… I wonder how I did that?

    Its always funny reading a lot of comments on here or other game sites as 80-90% of the members are always console gamers who know nothing about hardware and how it actually works.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. OnionPowder

    @MG No that was the first of 2 updates. This is in reference to the upcoming update that is supposed to increase speeds even further for the OS. This article is just claiming that the system is going to be overclocked on top of making the OS faster.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Kabby

    How did they verify these so called clock bumps?

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Richenbaum

    They didn’t. That’s the magic of completely unsubstantiated internet rumors.

    Funny thing is now you can suddenly see all these Nintendo fans on the web reading this and going “oh, now that you mention it my random game DOES seem slightly faster!”. Placebo effect in action.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. gameoholic007

    Nin making the Wii U makes no sense alone, then this on top of it. If this is true, I don’t see it making a huge difference in the games.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. OnionPowder

    @38 While nobody is advocating this to be true, but how would a 45% boost in GPU clock speed and over 150% overclock on the CPU NOT make a huge difference in what’s possible? There’s no way the Wii U could get on the level of a PS4 or Durango but to say it wouldn’t provide an increase is just ridiculous.

    EDIT: I just want to make it clear that I think this story is 100% impossible and will not happen and I am not white knighting Nintendo. Just based on pure technical speed it would make a damn difference and to claim the opposite is ridiculous.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. redwood

    BS rumour is BS!!! they can’t possibly block out that much speed.. or maybe let’s assume they are over-clocking this much. (which is absurd) than get ready fro some fried wiiUs

    #39 2 years ago
  40. The_Red

    @36
    While there could be some placebo effect, right now the opposite has happened. The whole thing began when people noticed how much better Epic Mickey 2 after the patch. That is one of the things that got most attention before this rumor though it is entirely possible that they just fixed some broken / buggy elements.

    Epic Mickey 2 on Wii U ran much worse than 360 version. Insane frame drops in some of the paint erasing scenes compared to Xbox. Right now, it seems to run much better. With that said, this still seems rather crazy. One part impossible (1.2 GHz to 3.2GHz) and one part dumb (Why would you do this?).

    #40 2 years ago
  41. malethief

    I’m surprised many Wii U systems didn’t melt after such overclocking.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Clupula

    @41 – Well, that would require this to be nonfiction.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. cacadj

    Super overclocking! I do not believe it!

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Cobra951

    @33: Even if overclocking can be dialed to any arbitrary number (often it can’t, because it involves a clock multiplier) the chance that it would leave 2 numbers to the right of the decimal the same is very low–1 in 100, to be exact. It’s just one more indication of complete bullshit. I agree it’s not proof.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Freddell

    For a normal processor, the updated speed sounds ridiculous, agreed.

    However, it is plausible that the core is infact an IBM A2 related PPC core.

    If so, a three core variant running at 3GHz in 45nm would not use more than est 10-15W. As the core and chip design supports running at a multitude of frequencies, “overclocking” is not the right word here.

    https://www.power.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/ISSCC_WSP_Paper_5_05r2.pdf

    #45 2 years ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

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

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

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

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

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

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

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

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

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

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

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

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

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

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

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

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]