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Nintendo is making games, not art, says Iwata

Friday, 2 August 2013 08:16 GMT By Dave Owen

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has stated that the company needs to focus on creating games that resonate that customers, rather than art. The point was made during a long interview with Toyo Keizai Online.

In the wake of recent dire financial results for the Wii U system, Iwata restated the beleaguered console’s place in the current game’s market with the belief that better software support in the coming months can revive its fortunes.

“It’s difficult to say ‘the Wii U is a system that does such and such’ in a simple manner, and understanding it takes time.” Iwata said. “While we unfortunately had a period in the first half of 2013 where releases were sparse and hardware sales have lulled, I don’t think that the concept and potential of the Wii U have been rejected.”

To bring customers to the platform, Iwata believes that Nintendo should not focus on making games into art, but on creating games that resonate strongly with their audience.

“Nintendo developers are extremely insatiable when it comes to whether what they make resonates with customers or not. They’ll do anything to achieve it.” Iwata said. “Both Miyamoto [Shigeru] and I repeatedly say, ‘It’s not like we are making pieces of art, the point is to make a product that resonates with and is accepted by customers’.

“Creating is like an expression of egoism,” Iwata went on to say. “People with a strong energy to create something have a ‘this is the strength I believe is right’ sort of confidence to start from. Their standpoint is that ‘this is the right thing to do, so this must be what’s good for the customer, as well.’ But the final goal of a product is to resonate with and be accepted by people. You can’t just force your way through. By saying ‘the point is to be accepted’, I mean, if you go to a customer with your idea and you realise they don’t understand it, it’s more important that they do, and you should shift your idea.”

This interview follows the news that the Wii U sold only 160,000 units worldwide between April and June. This means that, after strong launch sales, the system has shifted only 3.61 million in its lifetime.

Thanks, GameSpot.

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40 Comments

  1. Joe Musashi

    This is precisely the same straw-man logic that my wife uses when presenting me with a less than satisfactory meal.

    Iwata, get your ass back into the kitchen!

    JM

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    “Iwata believes that Nintendo should not focus on making games into art, but on creating games that resonate strongly with their audience.”

    Oh, okay. 8 Mario games in 2013 prove that. *cough*milking*cough*

    “It’s difficult to say ‘the Wii U is a system that does such and such’ in a simple manner, and understanding it takes time.”
    Uh, how ’bout making a console that resonate strongly with consumers?

    Really, Wii U is walking dead, with more dead less walking. 10k outside of Japan and US. That really says it all. Worse than Wii, 3DS, PSP, Vita, PS3,360.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    Awww their being humble! :)

    This is a strange comment IMO. I find games like Pikmin, Mario Galaxy etc… Incredibly artistic.

    Maybe not as much as something like Journey, but Journey was created from the ground up for that kind of experience.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KAP

    I was gonna draw a abracte portrait of every Nintendo IP on a large canvas, I was soon told I was infringing copyright laws and told to burn and bury it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. monkeygourmet

    Also, it’s kind of ironic he should say this.

    With the Miiverse, Nintendo has created the biggest platform for art and artists in the videogame space.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    @2

    How did Sony NOT manage to get the Vita to resonate with customers?

    At least with the Wii U, you can see their difficulties (a lot were brought on by themselves, name etc…).

    The Vita has 2 sticks for FPS, a touchscreen for casuals, online games and movie store, big name AND Indie releases etc… etc…

    I mean, how did they have all that and STILL manage too struggle?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @3
    “This is a strange comment IMO. I find games like Pikmin, Mario Galaxy etc… Incredibly artistic.”

    I think the point he is making is that they should be games first and foremost. If they are artistic too on some sort of level that’s not a bad thing, but make games which people want to play.

    @6
    Not really necessary to go in that direction is it? We have enough of *those* sort of threads already.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. redwood

    @6 IMO vita has longer legs than the wii U… just wait.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. spazman

    aw Iwata, u presided over a console built for 7 year old’s, and now the 7 year old’s have all grown up and want ps4′s – bless

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Bringit

    BREAKING NEWS: 7 Year Olds don’t exist anymore, says Spazman.

    The top forum commentator told VG247 that they’ve all grown up.

    When asked if it’s possible that there could be new 7 year-olds coming through Spazman just said ‘Aw bless.’

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @7, 8

    Im not saying it won’t.

    Im just trying to bring it to people’s attention that sometimes you can have what looks like a sure fire success of a device on paper, then for whatever reason, the public doesn’t ‘bite’.

    It’s often not as simple as:

    “Uh, how ’bout making a console that resonate strongly with consumers?”

    For someone heavily into sales figures and such, that’s an incredibly childish view of a console launch.

    The Xbone’s introduction, even with all of MS’s marketing might and goodwill after the 360 is a good example of this.

    Likewise the PS3 after PS2.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    Really, the quicker Nintendo can force this out-of-touch salaryman to resign, the better off they will be.

    Yes, we’re going to recover with disposable product. Wonderful. Let’s not strive to be anything more. Let’s not attempt to maybe branch out and get the attention of people who previously wrote you off.

    Let’s just make toys.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Clupula

    @6 – Price. I would probably pick one up if it was $150.

    At least in the States, $250 is home console price, not a portable, which carries the perception of not being worth the same type of investment.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. The_Red

    Of course. If Da Vinci had released 42 sequels and spin-offs for Mona Lisa, they wouldn’t have called him an artist.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    @The_Red
    HAHAHA ;)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLxzXyZFj8M

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    @11
    Absolutely but it is simple to respond to Dragon’s points without dragging the Vita into the conversation which will inevitably derail the conversation.

    If the games resonate and the console is priced well then it’s moot, unless you’ve done something like created a console which stabs you in the eyes whilst you play.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Clupula

    @16 – Ah, you mean the Virtual Boy.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. monkeygourmet

    @12

    All consoles are ‘toys’ IMO. And; your right about price for the Vita, especially the memory sticks.

    Isn’t that the gamble though?

    Release older (cheaper) tech that makes profit sooner but has a shorter life span, or more cutting edge tech that has high R&D and manufacturing price, but has potentially more ‘shelf life’?

    The latter used to work, but these days, even cutting edge products are practically out of date by the time they get to market.

    By the time Vita picks up, people are not so ‘wowed’ by it’s features, which begs the question, why target such high end performance in a console?

    Im not saying the Wii U approach is right by the way, Im just pointing out there are positives and negatives to both sides.

    One negative I never agree with though, are idiots saying somethings for children because it isn’t crazy powerful.

    There has to be a good balance between power / price / services. So far the PS4 looks to be getting that right IMO.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Francis O

    @8
    PS Vita will have longer legs than the Wii U because Sony isn’t making another handheld gaming device.

    There will be a Wii U 2 or Wii 3.

    But on topic, Nintendo is about making games, and their games are good. No amount of bashing from the Vg247 drones can stop that. Sales have already increased due to Pikmin 3 and that’s just the start.

    Looking forward to picking up Pikmin 3 and Splinter Cell this month. Then The Wonderful 101 in September.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    @19 – Oh, I’m afraid you seem to have not seen this week’s Japanese sales.

    The Wii U is back to being outsold by the PS3…a seven year old system with a very high profile successor on the way in a few months. And the Vita.

    Those sales increases you spoke of? They are gone.

    I’m afraid this station is very operati…

    Wait. Wrong speech.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    “PS Vita will have longer legs than the Wii U because Sony isn’t making another handheld gaming device.”
    The exact same thing was echoed by Patcher and we both know how wrong he is right? So if PS Vita has long legs wouldn’t Wii U also being out? Oh but wait only when it concerns Nintendo right?

    http://www.nintendo-insider.com/2013/07/22/pachter-nintendo-dominate-handheld-make-great-first-party-software/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKfceBq-j9Y
    Splinter Cell? is it not another shooter with stealth elements and action packed moments? ;) Thats the question :D

    All in good jest Francis :P

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Clupula

    @21 – Don’t you know shooters are bad…unless they’re on Nintendo systems? Duh!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Francis O

    @LegendaryCommentStockingChump

    - I should rephrase what I meant.

    The PS Vita is strong enough to where Sony doesn’t have to make another handheld any time soon.

    ****Stealth*****
    Splinter Cell
    Metal Gear

    ****Shooter*****
    Battlefield
    Call of Duty

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Francis O

    @22

    Clupula, work on your failing YouTube channel.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Clupula

    Hahahahahaha…work on having something in your life other than the internet, son.

    There’s a whole world out there, outside your door. Might want to check it out sometime, instead of worrying about something I put very little effort or care into other than it being something kinda fun for me to do every now and then.

    I mean, the last video I did was basically me saying, “Oh hey. I’m not dead,” because I hadn’t had the time nor interest in doing one in two months.

    You, on the other hand, your entire self-worth seems to revolve around Youtube and that’s just really, really sad.

    Go out. Meet a girl. Meet a boy. Take a walk in a park. Go to a club. See a band. There’s so much more than the internet out there.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Good, good thats right backtrack. especially on MGS

    “And second, you don’t have to shoot people all the time in Watch Dogs, there are stealth and hacking elements. Metal Gear Solid 4 isn’t a shooter, yet there are plenty of guns and shooting.”

    So back then it wasn’t a shooter but includes lots of shooting and apparently didn’t have stealth and now it does. backtrack much further Francis and you will fall into a pit of your own hypocrisy :D :P :) ;)

    http://www.vg247.com/2013/07/25/call-of-duty-ghosts-confirmed-for-wii-u-november-release/#comment-515821

    Edit: you don’t have to shoot people in MGS, you can stun them (Stun Knife) punch X2 kick, CQC them, grenade them, sneak by. Shooting is a option and only to a point mandatory in boss fights lethal or otherwise. You clearly haven’t played MGS4.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Professor Zoom

    Wii u is crap. That’s all that needs to be said…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Lengendaryboss

    @27
    False.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. viralshag

    I rate Clupula a 2/10 on the human scale based on his YouTube channel… Try harder!

    ;)

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Francis O

    @Clupula

    Son? Bitch please…

    Trust me, I’m not worrying about your shitty YouTube channel. You spend so much time bashing Nintendo on here, you could do that on YouTube and make a little extra money for a rainy day.

    It’s funny how you think you know my life or something? My work revolves around the internet, but I get plenty of time away from it.

    Meet a boy? Sorry, I’m not like you brokeback Legendarychump. Not that I have anything against gays.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Clupula

    @29 – Really, I better start raising my subscriptions soon, before the UN does something about me. lol

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Thats right Francis stoop to cheap comebacks, you need something else besides blatant hypocrisy to fall back on.

    “Not that I have anything against gays.” Hmmm you imply me and him are that on more than one occasion when we are not and say you have nothing against gays even though you know its offensive.

    Yep i think we need a larger pit.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Francis O

    Legendarychump

    Nobody is back-tracking. Look at how many threads where I said the PS Vita is fine. It just needs games.

    Like I said, MGS, Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs, have shooting, but they are not shooters. COD, Battlefield, Medal of Honor are pure shooters

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Professor Zoom

    #28 Not false…

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Keep telling yourself that.

    Edit: Do i have that link that infamous comment you made about Infamous SS? No i won’t.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Lengendaryboss

    @34 and Francis as well.
    http://pleated-jeans.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/when-you-prove-that-you-are-right-in-an-argument.gif

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Clupula

    @30 – Hey, Francis, with how often you bring up the gay thing, I couldn’t be sure you weren’t projecting, so I tried to cover all the legal bases with my suggestion to you to just go out and do things that don’t revolve around the internet. You’re under the impression that this shit is important.

    And yes, I suppose I could start playing amateur Michael Pachter and giving my predictions and opinions on videogame stuff, if I wanted. It’s a hobby of mine, but it’s not a focus of my life. I’m too busy playing music, acting, and shopping scripts around to add being a self-proclaimed analyst to the list of things I do.

    On the other hand, I will say if I had good video capture software, I’d probably start putting up some reviews and recommendations of stuff I own, but that’d be the extent of it. This is a hobby. It’s something fun and therapeutic for me. I’m not interested in being your internet competition, although I can totally understand why you’d want me to be.

    What better way to make you the hero you style yourself to be than for you to have a nemesis? Any storyteller can tell you that a hero is nothing unless he has a strong villain to overcome.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Sini

    it’s over people http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/sales/hard_soft/index.html
    only reason why nintendo is still in home console space instead of focusing only on handhelds is because they deluded themselves with wii that they could hold onto casuals. Nintendo decay has been plain to see for over a decade now. Wii U lost casuals and it’s following the trend of selling less than gamecube.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Dragon246

    So…….I smell butthurt :D
    I was hoping for some popcorn stuff.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Ireland Michael

    Because the current Microsoft and Sony lineup are so artistic, right?

    Please.

    I’ll give Sony credit for actually trying from time to time, but beyond them, gaming right now is about as artistic as a wet plastic bag floating in the wind.

    #40 2 years ago

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    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]

  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

    Watch: two videos showing you how to get level 34 raid gear and a shopping list of what you need. One of the big changes that House of Wolves is bringing to Destiny is the chance to upgrade your weapons and gear to level 34. In these videos Arekkz Gaming shows you how to use […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – everything you need to know in one video

    The Destiny: House of Wolves embargo has lifted, and with so much information floating around pertaining to Trials of Osiris, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Arekkz Gaming tells you everything you need to know in one video. In the video above you will be informed of how the 3v3 Team Deathmatch event works, how you […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch a Trials of Osiris match from start to finish

    With the release of Destiny: House of Wolves looming, players will soon be able to participate in the new 3v3 Team Deathmatch event in The Crucible, Trials of Osiris. Below is a video featuring an uncut, complete match from start to finish. In the video, Arekkz Gaming gives you a breakdown of the mode and […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – here’s what your PC needs in order to run it

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is out next week, and Bethesda has today released the PC specs for the standalone title. MachineGames has made some tweaks to the system requirements and have included both minimum and recommended specifications. Minimum OS: 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8 Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 @ 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8320 @ 3.5 […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – watch the livestream reveal right here

    Bungie will be showing off Destiny’s new 3v3 Team Deatmatch Trials of Osiris today, and you can watch the Twitch stream right here if you like. It kicks off at 11am PDT/2pm EDT and will feature community manager Deej and design leads Lars Bakken and Derek Carroll. More will be revealed on House of Wolves […]

  • May Xbox Games with Gold: Mafia 2, CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, F1 2013

    Microsoft has announced the free games Gold members will be able to pick up through Xbox Live. On Xbox One, Gold users can download CastleStorm: Definitive Edition for the month,and Pool Nation FX is being offered for an additional month. Starting May 1, Xbox 360 Gold members can download Mafia 2 through May 15, and […]