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Iwata recognises lack of software as key Wii U problem

Monday, 12 August 2013 11:10 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has highlighted the Wii U’s lack of software as a key issue in the console’s struggle at market, and has down-played the system’s price as a factor.

It comes as Nintendo’s recent financial report showed it only sold 160,000 Wii U consoles worldwide in Q1.

Speaking with CVG, Iwata stressed that if price truly was the reason for Wii U’s poor sales, then more people would be buying the basic white edition. Iwata added that the more expensive premium bundle is out-selling it, suggesting that pricing is not an issue.

Iwata explained, “If the price is actually an issue [with Wii U], then there is some contradiction between the current sales balance between the Basic and Premium versions of the Wii U. The basic version should have sold a lot, but the fact of the matter is that people are buying more of the premium version. So the issue is not there.”

“I understand that the real issue is the lack of software,” he added, “and the only solution is to provide the mass-market with a number of quality software titles.”

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31 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    It really is difficult to understand why they didn’t spend 2 or 3 years working on exclusives for the WiiU before release.

    It’s almost like they came up with the console overnight, then decided to think about making some games.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Sini

    Nobody wants the filthy casual white iwata, not even nintendo drones.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. VibraniumSpork

    The issue’s also the near non-existent marketing and poor product branding. When these games come they could really do with attempting some kind of soft-relaunch to make the software efforts count.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Francis O

    Iwata is forced to make excuses for 3rd parties. Holding off on their games, doing delays to give 3rd parties a chance. All the Wii U got was late, old, and gimped ports.

    The biggest mistake Nintendo made was trusting major 3rd parties. They will never make that mistake again. That’s why the Wii U is getting 1-3 first party games each month till the end of the year.

    The Wii U’s sales will pick up when they get their software out. The 3DS proved that.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. backup

    problem is kiddy mario games aimed to kids
    just like facebook games for PC gamers

    #5 2 years ago
  6. FeaturePreacher

    @1
    My guess is that they missed all the time developers in Japan were flogging themselves about how far they were behind the west during this current generation of game development. Nintendo just entered the HD era of development when the rest of the publishers were in it for 6 years.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    I don’t follow his Basic/Premium argument. That just highlights that the Premium is well priced compared to the basic model, not that the price overall is not a problem.

    I think riding out the number of titles would be easier for them if the software better used the gamepad too. If people are going to upgrade they need to show that the gamepad is more valid as an addition, as it’s a big part of the price you are paying. It’s nice and adds something to existing games out there, but none of the games are defined by the pad yet.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. wicktus

    @2

    Yeah everybody want your hardcore COD-like games full of DLC and with 6 hours of solo content.

    Stop talking for everybody, Nintendo create quality games even if sometimes they make them casual-Friendly or too easy, they still have a LOT of good games for the core gamers : multiplayer games like Super Smash and Mario Kart or tactical games that are sometimes far from easy : Fire Emblem, Advance wars.

    They just want to reach all of their audience

    WiiU will has a BIG upcoming LineUP
    Zelda Wind Waker HD
    New ZELDA
    Mario Kart 8
    Mario World
    Bayonnetta 2
    X
    Super Smash Bros U
    Rayman Legends

    Not to forget games that will be announced during Gamescom and especially TGS.

    Nintendo can be pretty confident unlike Sony and their Vita.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. dizzygear

    Since they have been cozying up with Sega so much lately what about a deal for some more exclusives than just Sonic.

    *cough*Valkyria Chronicles 4

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Joe Musashi

    @1 “It really is difficult to understand why they didn’t spend 2 or 3 years working on exclusives for the WiiU before release.

    It’s possible they did that – but it wasn’t enough time. Nintendo had already mentioned that they had not anticipated just how much time was required to develop games up to the fidelity the Wii U offers.

    Which should be noted as Nintendo talking about Nintendo – and not eagerly dismissed as them talking about third parties.

    I’m sure the software will come, it’s just taking longer than expected for the flow to gain momentum.

    There are, however, other reasons some are holding back. Identity of the console against the Wii is still an issue. And, reading a topic recently on NeoGaf, the fact that digital purchases are tied to the console and not the customer is offputting for many people who are already accustomed to buying goods digitally.

    JM

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Lengendaryboss

    @8
    Nintendo and Sony are both confident in their platforms. People need to cut this bullshit in thinking manufacturers don’t care for their platforms.

    Sony/Third Parties:
    Dead Nation/Rayman Legends
    Flower/Toukiden
    GOW 1+2 Collection/Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate
    Invisimals The Alliance/Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Collection
    Tearaway/Vahalla Knights 3
    Freedom Wars/DBZ Battle Of Z
    Destiny Of Sprits/Demon Gaze
    Killzone Mercenary/FIFA 14/WRC4

    #11 2 years ago
  12. tilinelson2

    It is rather funny that “big games” like Bayonetta 2 and X will probably sell less than sh*tty games on a dead platform, like Call of Duty Declassified.

    And no matter how much Nintendo fans parrot “Nintendo does quality games”, none of their usual Mario and Zelda games will ever sell more copies than the “COD game full of DLCs with 6 hours of solo content”.

    The upcoming Wii U lineup only appeals to longtime Nintendo fans that will buy a Nintendo console no matter what. To make more than that they must either come up with something really new and interesting or sell their consoles much cheaper than their competitors (or both, that is what worked for Wii).

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DrDamn

    @12
    You might want to check numbers for Mario Kart Wii or New Super Mario Bros Wii compared to a single CoD totalled across all platforms. You will be surprised how comparable they are.

    Those numbers aren’t going to be repeated any time soon with the WiiU, but the Wii was quite the phenomenon.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. mistermogul

    @1 – Totally agree.

    Nintendo had so much time from the demise of the Wii (2010) until the release of Wii U, it doesn’t make sense they were caught off-guard so much.

    After all if they started developing Wii U games back in 2010 then they would have known by, say, 2011 how much longer development was taking. This is at least a whole year before Wii U launched.

    Not only that but I’m sure Nintendo aren’t that stupid to have miscalculated how much more time/resources HD game development would take.

    Something doesn’t add up for me with this whole situation…

    Edit – Note to Iwata – general economics states that lower price = more sales.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Belmont

    @11

    I owe you one !

    #15 2 years ago
  16. tilinelson2

    @13

    Mario Kart Wii numbers are not fair because the game was heavily bundled with Wii in many regions (you can still find lots of Mario Kart Wii bundles to sell here where I live).

    By the way, I think every game that is heavily bundled with a console shouldn’t have its sales compared with games that were not bundled or bundled in small limited editions because most of the time people were not buying it because of the game, but they were just using the opportunity to buy the console they wanted to with a game for cheaper than buying the console + a separate game.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. cindayjon

    just as Scott answered I am surprised that someone can profit $5048 in 4 weeks on the internet. did you see this link,,, max38.com

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DrDamn

    @16
    I’d agree for titles like Wii Sports or Wii Play, but not Mario Kart or New Super Mario Bros Wii. They sold well because people wanted to play them, simple as that.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. wicktus

    People talk about COD but in what COD is a system seller like the game I cited prevoiusly ?

    COD Ghost is coming to the wiiU WITH the nextgen Engine, without doubt a lite version but still.

    COD is multiplatform, even if Microsoft LOVE making people believe that it’s a MS licence with exclusive DLC or anything else it isn’t at all.

    X and bayonnetta 2 are Exclusive Titles and thus are more System seller than COD.

    Don’t forget that Nintendo isn’t challenging Sony or MS.
    People will focus on choosing between ps4 and X1 because 500 euros (especially here in France) is not a negligible investment especially for the market sony/ms are targeting : young employees and students: people will choose ONE of the too (unless you like throwing away money), and to be honest it’s not worth it to buy the 2 supercalculators. The WiiU with its lower price and fun multiplayer titles (by that I mean on the same TV screen) will come next to one of the real next gen monster, that’s the place nintendo is aiming and they successfully did the same thing with the wii.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. tilinelson2

    @18

    I disagree. I think more people bought a Wii because they wanted to play something like Wii Sports than Mario Kart because a lot of people bought it just to play those simple games that relied heavily on motion sense controllers. Unlike Mario Kart or New Super Mario Wii, that were the choice for parents that wanted to buy a console with a game for their children and not spend too much.

    People tend to overlook the appeal of Mario with the parents, not the actual players. It is obvious that a father or a mother will opt for a console that advertises itself with a Mario or Pokemon game instead of a console that advertises itself with Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed or GTA. And parents buying consoles for their children a huge part of the game market. “Core” gamers are the overwhelming vocal majority, but not the overwhelming majority of the gaming business customers.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    @20
    They still sold CoD numbers+ though whatever the reason for buying.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Joe Musashi

    @19 The ‘Wii as everyone’s second console’ is sound logic and I think it’s been proven. Everywhere, people were saying “I want a Wii” or “I want a 360 and a Wii”. Ultimately it sold more, whatever the reason.

    However, in its current position, the Wii U is just a little too expensive, a little too underpowered and a little too similar to other things (such as dedicated tablet devices) to have that same distinctive mindshare that the Wii enjoyed.

    It’s funny really. The 3DS came out and understandably, 3D was its signature defining feature. It hit a rough spot and it’s now flying. The 3D element is very low profile now and the solution was to revert to adjusting price and providing content. I don’t think tablet, cloud, raw power, or any other qualities really speak to consumers as loudly as a good range of content and a compelling price tag.

    JM

    #22 2 years ago
  23. manamana

    Nintendo wasn’t fast enough in developing HD games and they releid on third party stuff. It really is that simple. But what puzzles m, is that they don’t even have a trailer for a brandnew Metroid/Zelda/Mario World/Pokemon. They hope that an overhauled Wind Waker will sail them the customers in but I really don’t think so.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. mistermogul

    @23 – I agree but they do have new Mario – http://e3.nintendo.com/games/detail/super-mario-3d-world/

    #24 2 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    @24
    That’s not the Mario everyone was expecting or wanting though was it? It’s no Mario 64, Mario Galaxy or even Mario Sunshine. How does a sequel to a 3DS game help define the system like those did?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. mistermogul

    @25 – I don’t think we will ever get another Mario 64. How can we? There is no extra dimension for them to innovate in.

    What other ideas can you think of that they can use that have not already been used that will truly blow your mind like the true 3D motion that 64 had? There are excellent ideas in the Galaxy games but nothing genre defining like 64 or SMW.

    I think people expect too much from Nintendo as a result of how strong their software has been in the past.

    Personally I thought the 3DS Mario was the best Mario I’ve played since Mario 64 so I’m pretty happy about a “sequel” on Wii U. The only thing I miss from recent games is the true 360 degree camera control missing from Mario 64 which I think they changed to make the games more accessible…

    Also how do you know “It’s no Mario 64, Mario Galaxy or even Mario Sunshine” – have you played?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    @26
    I expect a Mario game to justify the hardware it plays on. How does a 3DS game on WiiU enable a variety of gameplay, and propose deeper game experiences and new entertainment that people have never had the opportunity to enjoy before? (Iwata’s words on why the gamepad is great).

    Nintendo have a problem that they have created a platform with some unique features which so far they have demonstrated they haven’t a clue what to do with.

    Watch the Super Mario 3D World reveal. The gamepad and it’s features are near non-existent.

    I’m not saying it’s not going to be a great game, it probably will be, but it’s not what the platform needs now. NSMBWU felt very much like a Wii sequel they pushed to WiiU, this feels like a 3DS sequel they’ve pushed to WiiU. Why no game that can only be done on WiiU? Isn’t that what Iwata promised?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. The_GHOST

    No my little yellow japanese friend,
    it is your hardware that sucks

    #28 2 years ago
  29. mistermogul

    @27 – I agree with what you are saying but I’m not sure why people just see this as a 3DS game sequel. Is it just because it uses similar art assets?

    Either way, it doesn’t seem to innovate with the Gamepad at all and Nintendo have definitely failed to think of useful ideas for it so far…

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DrDamn

    @29
    Similar art assets, similar play style, very similar name and the same team.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. monkeygourmet

    @27

    The Miiverse is a huge reason the tablet works for a lot of people, and I think we will see more evidence of that as they update and include apps like the Animal Crossing Plaza.

    Im not sure if you use it that much for art / communication / video calls?

    But, you can’t really complain if it has extensive features you don’t personally use.

    But, I would agree, Nintendo really need to show more evidence for this, especially things like artwork. It really is an amazing community IMO. Easily preferable to Xbox Live and PSN for me, and that is largly down to the pad.

    #31 2 years ago

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  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]