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Nintendo’s anti-used games policy: make games people don’t trade

Thursday, 13 June 2013 23:31 GMT By Brenna Hillier

If game makers feel used game sales are eating into their profit margins maybe they should think about making games people want to keep, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime reasons.

Speaking to Polygon, Fils-Aime said the used games cycle doesn’t affect Nintendo very much.

“That impacts games that are annualized and candidly also impacts games that are maybe undifferentiated much more than [it] impacts Nintendo content,” he said.

“Why is that? Because the replayability of our content is super strong. The consumer wants to keep playing Mario Kart. The consumer want to keep playing New Super Mario Bros. They want to keep playing Pikmin. So we see that the trade-in frequency on Nintendo content is much less than the industry average – much, much less.

“So for us, we have been able to step back and say that we are not taking any technological means to impact trade-in and we are confident that if we build great content, then the consumer will not want to trade in our games.”

Interestingly, Fils-Aime also said that an anti-used games stance isn’t something he has noticed behind the scenes, which lines up with EA’s protest that it had nothing to do with Microsoft’s increasingly bizarre-seeming licensing system.

“We will see what happens with publishers, but it seems to me that every major publisher has come and said we don’t mind used games,” he said.

Elsewhere in the interview, Fils-Aime reiterated Nintendo’s message that disc-based retail isn’t going anywhere.

Thanks, GameInformer.

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47 Comments

  1. MadFlavour

    Someone should carve this into a baseball bat and try to imprint it on Cliffy B’s dopey fucking head.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. melonbuster1

    Make systems people want and developers support. REGGIE

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    nintendo is making a lot of sense lately, so a buy of the wii-u is on the do list…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. L.O.R.D

    the people don’t want to play more of of zombieU
    the gamer don’t want to play more of Metroid: Other M , Epic Mickey,Mario Super Sluggers,no ore heroes,Pokemon Battle Revolution….etc

    but yah… he is right, this the same what was thinking to prevent selling your games, game must have very high replay value to make you think about selling your games

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Sini

    Don’t you need to figure out how to make third parties release games on your console first, then how to make customers buy said games, before you have to worry about used games?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. zinc

    ^ Reggies got a point. More people are keeping their GameCube to play Super Smash Bros, than are keeping their Xbox to play Halo.

    Hell, i’d bet the trade-in value of Smash Bros, is twice that of Halo!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. manamana

    What #1 said +100

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Francis O

    Makes sense.Generic shooters lose value quickly, so a majority of American publisher want to do away with use games so they can push out the same shit all the other companies are doing.

    Nintendo’s games are so unique and good, I never want to trade them in.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @8

    Traded all my nintendo products a few years ago and haven’t looked back. Thankfully I have friends that buy every system under the sun and his wii is typically free for me to play that is how I have played the Wii U games and Skyward Sword.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. salarta

    If you’re having problems with used games, make games people don’t trade… oh, but don’t let the people that want those games have them, because that would just be silly.

    Okay, maybe I’m giving Nintendo of America too much flak since they did… eventually… listen to Operation Rainfall. But it’s still a sore spot for me, because it was really annoying that for a while there, Nintendo of America was essentially saying I wasn’t allowed to play the few games I wanted to play on their console even if other regions got them.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    More generalisations, perfect :D

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SlayerGT

    Nintendo = what happens when you have no competition. (imo)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. zinc

    @9, Traded all your Ninty games, no regrets…

    Gratefull your mates had a Ninty system you could borrow, so you can play the games you won’t get elsewhere?

    Wut?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. polygem

    exactly. i always crave to play nintendo games again at some point. always. i´ve learned that the hard way. every time i traded a ninty game in i bought it again later…don´t know what it is, let me just use the words nintendo magic please.

    seriously, i don´t know what it is but these games are charming and really give you the feeling of true value, i don´t want to let them go and i am not a games collector. there are a few other non ninty games i feel the same about but with the ninty ones it´s different, all of them have that special “pleease keep me” face in the box.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Joe Musashi

    It’s a pithy remark and the docile followers will swallow the implicit suggestion quite readily – we already have evidence of that.

    But, the fact of the matter is, I’ve seen first party games on second hand shelves from all the console manufacturers. That includes Nintendo. So, whilst the sentiment may be sound, it’s not got the real-world evidence to back it up.

    A little less conversation, a little more action, Reggie.

    JM

    #15 2 years ago
  16. polygem

    joe, look at my story…these greedy bastards make you fall in love with their games and when you sell them anyway you will end up buying the same game brandnew again later. happened to me not once, not twice, several times. always nintendo. true story. your second hand game will infect another poor victim too in the meantime. it´s not a trick – it´s a ninty game.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DeVitowned

    Nintendo doesn’t always do everything right, but what they have done consistently well is make great games. How else could they continue to make, and sell, the same franchises for 30 years? They take a simple format and still find a way to make it innovative and addicting. That’s where most of these big publishers have got it wrong. They bloat their budgets and focus on flash, but they don’t focus on the core gameplay which is what makes games sell and stay as part of your library. I will never get rid of my Uncharteds, my Metal Gears, my Metroids or my Marios.

    While I agree that Queefy B, and quite a few of these ignorant ball lickers who run their mouths quite ignorantly as of late deserve a bat across their faces, I played the hell out of the first Gears of War game. Even Halo, as simple a shooter and cornball as it is, gets the core mechanics down right and sells.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @15 Pithy? Docile?

    He’s completely right, whether referring to their own games or someone else’s. If I enjoy a game enough to get long term value out of it… I won’t trade it in. It really is that simple.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. zinc

    ^ Pfft, Joes using “anecdotal” evidence poly & as he’s told us, thats worth squat :)

    Some nerd needs to compile a list of game depreciation values of console games, across the platforms …

    Not that we should be able to trade them (seeing as we don’t own them), as Joe has informed us, ad nueseam ;)

    But, evidence withstanding, i’m betting Ninty games, keepingp their worth.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. dreamcastnews

    @15 don’t be so stupid, he wasn’t saying ‘nobody has ever traded our games in’ of course people have just people seem to trade in less of Nintendo’s first party stuff, I worked in retail for years and learnt the games always hold their value because hardly anyone trades them in. There you go.

    DN

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Francis O

    @Joe

    Go look at how many copies of Mario Galaxy 2 are used compared to COD, Medal of Honor, or Assassin’s Creed.

    And I like the fact that you think you know more than Reggie when it comes to their games being traded in more than the competition or not.

    He didn’t say none of their games are traded-in. He just said it was “much much less” than the competition. Which is 100% true. That’s why they don’t give a sh*t about the used game market.

    Now if you can track me down a reasonably priced copy of Xenoblade that would be nice :)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @21 I’ve got one going for about $250 if you want it…

    *whistles innocently*

    #22 2 years ago
  23. polygem

    every time i read a post from joe i imagine an aristocat…no offense joe. if that pisses you off tell me but seriously though, this come to my mind:

    https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/5972066560/h46D33766/

    #23 2 years ago
  24. dreamcastnews

    @23 I envision a samurai sat with the bumper book of the internet code of honour for some reason……Internet samurais, do they even exist?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. zinc

    ^ I always imagine Joe in a smoking jacket & wearing a monocle :)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. dreamcastnews

    Certainly keeps us captivated.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DeVitowned

    @Francis O
    My advice, when a game releases exclusively from a retailer, or in limited edition, jump on it. I bought Xenoblade Chronicles a month before I even got my Wii U, and I had to pay a premium to get Metroid Prime Trilogy! I’m waiting for the price to drop on Pandora’s Tower before I get it, but hope I don’t miss out.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. manamana

    DeVitowned nailed it.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    3 games equal the competition? two of which you made clear you hate, you can’t prove your game has been traded in less than the competition that would require intensive tracking in all retail outlets which could be legal or illegal, bottomline no real way of proving that. I could walk in one store i find one copy of the Killzone trilogy versus five copies of Pokemon Black and White, which did actually happen. Proves nothing.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. polygem

    i actually didn´t want to confess that – ever…but i traded in my metroid prime triology a few months ago for a good but still fair (for the buyer and me) price. it was just there on my shelf and i didn´t play it for a while. i thought, whatever, you´ll get some cash back and someone else will be happy with it. i don´t really collect games. I REGRET IT ALREADY.
    i really was a bad boy current gen. bought tons of stuff new and used and traded lots of stuff in too. my homework for the nextgen is: focus more. keep your shit together.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. zinc

    @poly, You just broke Samus’s heart…

    I hope you can live with that :/

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Francis O

    @ Legendaryboss

    GameStop works supply vs demand system. The more supply they have, the lower the value.

    Nintendo games are constantly priced higher than Xbox and PlayStation games because of supply and demand. Look at Assassin’s Creed 3 MSRP compared to Mario Galaxy 2.
    http://www.gamestop.com/wii/games/super-mario-galaxy-2/75083
    http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-360/games/assassins-creed-iii/99633

    MG2 is still full priced will you can find AC3 for as low as 39.99 new. and 34 used.

    Mass Effect 3, Army of Two, ect all of those game are years newer than Mario Galaxy or Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword yet both Zelda and Mario cost more than them.
    http://www.gamestop.com/wii/games/the-legend-of-zelda-skyward-sword/76865
    http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-360/games/mass-effect-3/89162

    This even happens in the new game market as well. First party game don’t lose their value cause their “evergreen” titles. Meaning they sell over many many years.

    Most Nintendo games are not even worth buying used because there price only $5 below the new price

    Concerning Pokemon, those game might be traded in, but it’t usually to get the newest one, plus they still hold their new value.
    http://www.gamestop.com/ds/games/pokemon-black-version-2/101472

    Pokemon Gold on the DS is still full price at GameStop
    http://www.gamestop.com/ds/games/pokemon-heartgold/75774

    I think this proves Nintendo’s games hold their value longer, and are traded in less. Otherwise they wouldn’t be priced so high.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. zinc

    ^ Agreed. Nintend 1st party titles could replace pork-belly’s on the stock-market, their prices are so good.

    Plus, if Ninty went belly up, these titles would increase in value!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Gamestop in the US? Is a good source for Global used games, makes sense. I said this applies to all retail outlets as they all support used games not just Gamestop, one region does not dictate trends globally.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Francis O

    US is the largest region for video games in the world and Nintendo’s games have universal appeal. Mario sells here, in Europe, and Japan.

    I’m fairly confident these trends apply to Europe as well.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Be that as it may you’re making assumptions on whether trends are applicable worldwide based on the US which is not factual, just because you perceive confidence on something doesn’t make it true.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. zinc

    ^ Well you could just try comparing 3DS game trade-ins to Vita trade-ins.

    :)

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Lengendaryboss

    @Zinc
    That has no relevance to what i said, their games are on Wii, DS, 3DS and Wii U and their competition are publishers of games which spans on Sony, Nintendo and MS platforms, thats what they were comparing it to. Besides they are being vague what competition? games on various platforms or games on hardware rivals.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. machy

    he made some strong point ans I can relate to that I guess

    #39 2 years ago
  40. The_Red

    After lunatic rant from Cliffy, it’s nice to see a man like Reggie talk liek a human. Still not a Wii U fan but my body is definitely ready to get Bayonetta 2 AND keep it for good.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Joe Musashi

    @19 And my point is proved. You don’t get to decide what the genuine owners of the games permit you to do, they do. Just because what Nintendo allow you to do happens to suit your preferences don’t assume it’s a result of any power of yours. They still control the content, not you. It’s their choice, not yours.

    And, when a spokesman make a bold, universal claim in the way Reggie has – you, me or anyone that sees evidence to the contrary sees just how relevant that claim is in the real world. The anecdotal nature of that evidence doesn’t change that. The error is in making such fatuous claim in the first place.

    JM

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Ireland Michael

    @41 Its all anecdotal in the end, honestly.

    My own personal experience is that yes, Nintendo games do tend to have a lot more replayability. I find myself enjoying on the couch multiplayer with people I know and Nintendo titles long after most of my Triple A stuff has run its relatively short (but still enjoyable course).

    Unless we have numbers to back up our claims, this is all based on our own personal experiences. That’s as much true for you as it is for us.

    One thing I’ve always wonder is… do Nintendo games seem to keep their retail prices high for so long because of the demand for them, or because of a deliberate pricing strategy by Nintendo? I’m genuinely curious if anyone has any information regarding this.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Dave Cook

    As someone who has had little luck tracking down copies of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow / Ecclesia, DK Country Returns, Phoenix Wright 2&3, Kirby Squeak Squad / Canvas Curse, and more Ninty games in trade in shops over the years. I may have to agree from a strictly personal experience perspective.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Dave Cook

    Also my copies of Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, No More Heroes 1 & 2, Smash Bros Brawl / Melee, Pikmin 1 & 2, Eternal Darkness, Madworld, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, Killer7, Wind Waker and more arent being traded in. Ever. They’d be too hard to get again at a reasonable price.

    And yes I bought them all before I was able to get review code from Ninty. Actual money folks.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Ireland Michael

    @43 If you’re still looking for some or those, I could probably be convinced to part with them… for large brawn bags full of dollar bills.

    Either way, I applaud your impeccable taste. That is a fine list of superb titles.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. mistermogul

    I must admit if I ever do trade a game in it’s never my Nintendo ones. Reggie may have a point here…

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Strato

    I would never ever trade my Metroid Prime Trilogy.

    #47 2 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]