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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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    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]