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Nintendo is “irrelevant” in hardware space, says former Naughty Dog boss

Monday, 2 December 2013 08:59 GMT By Dave Cook

Former Naughty Dog and THQ boss Jason Rubin has branded Nintendo as “irrelevant” within the hardware space.

During a GameTrailers interview, Rubin reflected on the performance of Wii U in an interview with GameTrailers. He dubbed Nintendo “irrelevant” in the console space but conceded the company is a “worldwide treasure.”

His issue with Nintendo stems from the fact hat Nintendo does now allow its games on third-party formats, something Rubin dubbed “a crime.”

During the interview, he said that Xbox One and PS4 will do well in this generation, “Because Nintendo has stumbled.” He added, “Nintendo is irrelevant as a hardware manufacturer in the console business right now.”

When asked why he felt that way, he added, “[Nintendo's] own numbers.”

He conceded that here will be no developer like Miyamoto, but added, “It is a crime we do not play those games on the systems that we have as a community.”

It’s something I said regarding the Wii U exclusivity of the fun Wonderful 101, but I was quickly branded a Nintendo hater. That was a fun week.

What do you think?

Via Nintendo Life.

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69 Comments

  1. Fin

    Yep.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. SCAssassin

    Thanks former head of a dissolved company.

    In all seriousness though he has a point, Nintendo’s stumbled this gen. Personally I’m optimistic about the Wii U gaining ground in the span of years rather than the explosive demand the Wii had and I have to do the standard disagreeing that Nintendo should go third party.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. polygem

    i think the industry has become a lazy mainstream mess that fears real creativity and innovation

    edit:

    “It is a crime we do not play those games on the systems that we have as a community.”

    that part makes me laugh…compassionately.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. dsr

    Nintendo should do what SEGA did. It will be better for gamers in the long run.

    I don’t want to buy a Mariobox for a price they ask for it right now($100 less than a next gen console), but I would certainly buy some Nintendo games on other platfroms if it was possible.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Dragon

    Yup, agreed 100%. Ninty home consoles don’t sell, and as things stand, will never match the sales of its competitors.

    “It’s something I said regarding the Wii U exclusivity of the fun Wonderful 101, but I was quickly branded a Nintendo hater. That was a fun week.”
    You don’t say :D
    Ignore such people.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. The_Red

    This would be true if 3DS didn’t exist. Sure, Wii U is pretty much dead but Nintendo is still ruling the handheld market. Their rival (Vita) is in worse shape than Wii U.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. polygem

    i still wont count wiiu out after i got my hands on one of those next gen machines. wiiu is different but – for now – simply so much more fun…it also has better games :)
    buy into marketing bubbles in gaming and you’re fucked. it has always been like that.
    you need to make up your own mind by actually playing stuff.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. The_Red

    @7
    I don’t think that really matters in the long run. I mean look at PS Vita: It has the freaking Spelunky on the run which is definition of fun to me.

    It’s about shelf space and the image. Wii U is dead in those terms, regardless of its games and their quality (which arguably are more than Vita’s. Wonderful 101, ZombiU and now World 3D are all awesome titles).

    If anything, having nice games is actually kinda troubling because it means future gems like Bayonetta 2 and X are gonna bomb just like Wonderful 101.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. monkeygourmet

    @Dave

    “It’s something I said regarding the Wii U exclusivity of the fun Wonderful 101, but I was quickly branded a Nintendo hater. That was a fun week.”

    Drama queen detected (as is Mr. Rubin). I think Nintendo understand the impact the potential of going ‘multiplatform’ might have on their IP’s.

    If that decision does indeed come, it won’t be taken lightly or be swayed by people like Mr. Rubin.

    Nintendo could easily make a ‘quick buck’ putting Mario or Pokemon themed gaqmes on IOS. The problem is this may potentially ruin the brand of their products. Sega has been a victim of this to some extent.

    They have 2 of the highest scoring brands over 2 IP’s this Christmas, I think it’s far too early for them to even consider multi platform as an option.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. monkeygourmet

    @8

    “If anything, having nice games is actually kinda troubling because it means future gems like Bayonetta 2 and X are gonna bomb just like Wonderful 101.”

    And all that means is the ‘idiots’ have won.

    The mainstream has well and truely got gaming in it’s stranglehold and unique / good titles don’t matter so much.

    Thats sad for gaming / gamers in general, not just a ‘Nintendo problem’.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. resste

    Nintendo console are unfortunately on downward spiral: http://blog.infoscout.co/black-friday-console-war

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Dave Cook

    @9 err, no, I think you’ll find it was a joke ;)

    #12 1 year ago
  13. The_Red

    @10
    Idiots always win. That’s how mass entertainment works. You don’t see A Prophet or In Bruges doing great in cinemas. Instead it comes down to Transformers, Smurfs and stuff like that.

    The only way good things can win is to move unto more successful platforms. That’s why during PS2 era we had super great yet niche titles on that platform. PS2 had the mainstream hits AND the niche titles. Sadly now, everything is scattered and the best place for unique titles is PC / Steam.

    If consoles ever want to bring bad the unique / weird / awesome, they need to have giant install based on par with PS2. Right now, Wii U is going the opposite way so any game releasing exclusively on that platform is hurting both its own chances as well as chances of most hardcore games (Who like me don’t want to spend $250 on a Wii U just because they are madly in love with Bayonetta 2).

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Mike W

    Nintendo just needs to reevaluate their position that’s all. Personally I think they need to stop advertising the Wii U as a children’s machine and trying to cover it up with that bullshit PR stunt that it’s a system for everybody, because in reality it’s not.

    Somehow and someway they have to get third party developers back on their side, if not it’s going to be an uphill battle.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. FeaturePreacher

    @6
    Actually it’s the other way around, the Vita is selling more than the Wii U, at least in Japan.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. SplatteredHouse

    “Nintendo is irrelevant as a hardware manufacturer in the console business right now.” True. They have thrown ALL of their eggs in to software – but the hardware isn’t being adopted. So, they get FORCED into the competition of value. Comparatively. One that they have been distancing themselves from with good reason.

    And, when you assess those consoles, unless you are drawn by Nintendo’s SOFTWARE, chances are, you’ll probably pick something else. So, they’re trying to sell software, that by design comes “bundled” with that hardware and closed systems.

    “Somehow and someway they have to get third party developers back on their side”
    It isn’t enough to have things like the WiiU exclusive version of Batman? (because: see above) :p In this climate, this closeted reserved development climate we have seen from the AAAs, HOW do they manage to convince a publisher to make them a premier exclusive, perhaps of a new IP – given, that first, they would have to explain away the grim result of similar attempts around the console launch…

    Oh, and what about SINCE then? The year it’s been on sale. Is “what have you done for me lately?” no valid consideration? Nintendo’s been doing what Nintendo do. What their circumstance inclines them to. THE DRAGONS ARE COMING…enough said! ;) Release islands…What kind of sound strategy is that? It’s fine only for as long as people are WAITING on your games. The world isn’t waiting. It simply doesn’t need to. Nintendo’s a niche draw, and in hindsight, that’s coming to cost them.

    @14 “reevaluate their position” – really? They just launched a console! Isn’t the leadup to that the time to do that? Their “big play” this time was the tablet. How much reevaluation can be done now – now that they need to program and plan with that peripheral in mind? How do Nintendo draw players from switching on other devices – seeing that friends list and becoming lost to them? The big N is becoming another player in the mix. The WiiU hardware a thorn in their side.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    @13 PS2 was a fantastic, complete system. Although the architecture and the styles were there and active on PS3, much like might happen with a fire, it was starved of fuel, so it was unable to deliver on the kind of scale, and drive development direction to spread as strongly, after the Xbox was allowed too much room, early on.

    I am delighted to see what may happen; that the pretender who staged effectively a popularity contest , that tried
    to force through awful restrictions (the tip of the iceberg) upon consumers and offered a distinctly ho-hum assortment of titles at launch, with little specific word on what to expect from the platform holder in terms of first-party support even next year, so far. (dat Halo if it’s actually true…and? )

    Microsoft had a super launch window selection on 360, but the playerbase filtered away anything of flavour, and then sat there gobbling chips en-masse until the One showed up – and then, they were content to start over! XBLA…Another great concept – Microsoft itself FILTERED that out. In some respects literally! The outcome stands as a testament to their focus and its attention – like GFWL – Microsoft have form. I found them to be especially bad platform holders. The first Xbox being what it was for the most part, because they were the challengers, not the encumbent champions at the time.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Panthro

    I don’t care much for the other console manufacturers at the moment since IMO they have both kind of dropped the ball with first party software but there will always be a special place in my heart for Nintendo.

    I still consider the best console gaming platforms ever were the SNES and the PSONE… Though it might be nostalgia covering over my eyes and silently whistling the mario tune and PSONE startup sound in my ears; I don’t know but I just remember having a better time with games back then.

    Nintendo shows you that you dont need new IP’s to get fresh experiences with the same franchises….

    Mario has been running and jumping for a hell of a long time and I can gladly say none of his games (that I have played) have ever had me saying ‘Yep; I’m tired of playing this franchise now’.

    Same with Zelda, Pokemon, Smash Bros., the DK platformers and probably few more.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Clupula

    I was tired of Mario 20 years ago. I loved Super Mario Bros 3 on NES and then the series started to get stale. I don’t even like Super Mario World on SNES, nevermind when it went to Mario 64, which was the last one I even attempted to play (only lasted a few minutes before getting bored).

    And I don’t think I’m alone. Sure,, Nintendo’s do-the-same-thing-over-and-over-again approach works with their fanbase, but it’s obviously not translating into system sales, so I can’t be the only person who doesn’t think a Mario or Donkey Kong title is worth a new system for.

    That said, I can’t imagine the stockholders aren’t telling Iwata how much money they could make selling the games to people who don’t own Nintendo systems. I’ve heard so many good things about Zelda (I’ve only ever played Zelda II), that I’d definitely buy a PS4 Zelda. I just wouldn’t buy a system for it.

    Nintendo’s days as a console manufacturer are pretty much done unless they scrap all the old guard and start from scratch, which is unlikely to happen. So, the only two other real options are stick with handhelds or go third party. Either way, it’d be better than what they’re doing now.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Clupula

    As far as the current state of the Wii U goes, I don’t see myself ever buying one. I can name a grand total of 3 games that they’ve shown that look interesting for it (X, Bayonetta 2, and Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, which actually made me look at the system and go, “Hmmmm…maybe one day, if they get more games like that”) and those three are like drops of water in a desert or tired rehashes and endless sequels to outdated franchises. Yes, there’s supposed to also be a Zelda sometime in the future, but they haven’t so much as shown a single screen from it.

    Third parties, on the other hand, are not going to be returning to the system. Once 2015, 2016 rolls around, you’re not going to be seeing a single third party Wii U title, bexcause they will have moved on to the PS4/XB1 and the Wii U will not be able to keep up. Right now, when it can do PS3/360 titles reasonably well, it’s still getting very little support. Once the games catch up with the tech, it will be abandoned completely by them.

    Not to mention, the lack of an integrated online network or trophy/achievement system, and the big stupid tablet controller, and you’ve got a system that should not have been.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Dave Cook

    @19 You don’t like Super Mario World? Fair enough, it’s just the first time I’ve heard anyone say that.

    What didn’t do it for you man?

    (not having a go, just curious as usual etc etc)

    #21 1 year ago
  22. fihar

    I’m curious to what DSB think of this. He seems to be one of the few here that has a rather high opinion of Rubin.

    Remember, Rubin’s speaking on the behalf of the industry as a whole. His comments suggest that he personally does have a soft spot for Nintendo but that it really doesn’t matter in the bigger picture.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. polygem

    i am in world 2 in mario 3d world playing coop with my girlfriend….1000X more fun than i had with my ps4 yet – and i like that thing as well.
    ok, killzone is mediocore, bf is a bugfest, cod is a soso version of cod, nfs is a tutorial game…but the controller is nice, resogun is great and i can see the potential for upcoming games.
    mario 3d on the other hand feels like a superpolished game, a great product, flawless well worth my cash. i paid 49,99€ for it while bf4, which again, for now, is a broken mess of a game, costs 69,99€.
    i really just don’t get it. i don’t get gamers anymore. wiiu is a a device that’s all about fun GAMES. why aren’t the hardcore gamers buying into wiiu? it’s a great console. it feels next gen too, different interpretation of next gen but it’s unique and fresh. weird situation.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. DSB

    @22 The reason I love Rubin is because he believes that developers should play a bigger role in the industry, not because of his opinions on any platform.

    That being said though, if you’re purely looking at the numbers, he’s right. Right now Nintendo have nothing to gain by betting on the Wii U.

    If they went third party, I could see them doubling or tripling their profits. Right now all they’re doing is losing the support of publishers, hurting the platform further.

    You can choose to “see no evil and hear no evil” but the odds are absolutely stacked against it.

    Even with the biggest console in the world, they still couldn’t get people to buy third party products, so what chance do they have? I’d say that makes them irrelevant to the industry.

    But that’s also a problem for consoles as a whole, especially going forward. They may be selling like hotcakes at the moment, but they don’t have a modern digital infrastructure, and with a 500 GB HDD, they’re taking the piss talking about a digital future. One console can hold maybe 9.5 AAA titles if you’re lucky.

    This is 2013, and you’re paying 500 bucks for that box, and they can’t even fit a contemporary sized HDD?

    Sony’s PR is turning clown show, trying to tell people that digital is somehow new even though it’s been a standard everywhere else for almost a decade. It’s already more than slightly silly.

    It doesn’t benefit the customers, it doesn’t benefit the console producers, it doesn’t benefit publishers and it doesn’t benefit devs. It only benefits the retailer. Something so fundamentally flawed shouldn’t be able to survive in my opinion.

    Based on that, I think there’s some truth to the “last generation” talk. It may not be the last, but it will certainly be the weakest in a very long time.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. polygem

    going multiplat would be a very shortsighted move to make for nintendo and i really cannot see that happening any time soon. it would be the wrong thing to do as well. nintendo have some of the strongest franchises. i can see them going a portable only or portable/ homeconsole hybrid route but i don’t think we’ll ever see nintendo games on a sony or ms machine. it wouldn’t work. look at miiverse for example. it’s so well implemented into the games it already feels as if it has always been there. like iwata said, the long term focus is important to keep a brand strong. even with a struggling wiiu i am not worried a bit about nintendo. they just released 3 d world and link between worlds ffs. look at those games. now take a look at the competition. yeah, look at it….see? nintendo are industry pioneers, vets and visionaries. they helped to shape this industry. the 3ds sells like crazy, wiiu is awesome hardware that doesn’t sell so good, alright, but saying that they are irrelevant is just plain. simple. ignorant. bullshit.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. manamana

    Were Nintendo is definitely NOT irrelevant, is in the handheld business. And it would be a wrong to go third party with their precious IPs in the long run, as they are the reason people are buying their handhelds and consoles in the first place.

    poly +1

    #26 1 year ago
  27. monkeygourmet

    @24

    Maybe they are just waiting it out till they can publish some kind of ‘Nintendo Service’, just featuring or streaming Nintendo games to a device similar to Vita TV?

    They have enough in the war chest to at least wait before attempt the easy cash in which multi-platform may provide for them.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. viralshag

    I’d buy Nintendo games on my Xbox One. W101, Bayo2… easy buys.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Derwarf

    Personally, I hope that if Nintendo stop making consoles, they pull out completely. Their time and effort should not be wasted on what I can only describe as the most selfish and small minded gaming generation I have lived through. Games are less about fun and more and more about identity/popularity and reassuring oneself of their “masculinity” (at the least). This also applies to movies/television/music. Anywho, my two cents.. been gaming since before consoles and PCs and never have I seen the console elitism that I see today.

    PS: I don’t say “fanboy” because being a fan is meh, believing you are better due to a piece of electronic equipment…. that’s something else. This is also the same regarding apple vs android and just as lame.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Arnvidr

    @21 Not sure what @19′s reason is, but I have never been a Nintendo fan either. I had some fun with Mario and Duck Hunt in the early 90′s, but it just doesn’t engage me in any way. It might be the kid-friendly image that puts me off, I’m not sure, as I have had some fun with Little Big Planet Karting, but I felt a bit put off the last time I played Mario Kart and Mario Party (on Wii). Never been big on platformers, so Mario in itself is not really appealing, and then what’s left? Maybe unfairly, my attitude seems to be a lot of “if I can play a good game, why would I opt for the Nintendo cutesy version?”

    Also, controller gimmicks, fuck off XD

    Like @19 I would probably pick up a Zelda if it was released on a platform I own (and reviews made me interested), but what’s the chance of that happening?

    #30 1 year ago
  31. fihar

    You can’t compare a platform that has been out for a year with something that’s only been out for a couple of weeks/days, it’s not like the Wii U had a stellar launch line-up.

    Anyway, whether the company has any relevance to us isn’t the question here, it’s how the people who’s working in the industry see the company that is the point.

    @24
    Yeah, Sony has been sending mixed signals in the last couple of years to be honest.
    Plus is a good initiative, especially for the Vita, and the fact that they’ve made every single Vita game digitally available with reasonable pricing seems to show they are starting to take this seriously but then I saw the prices for the proprietary memory cards.

    I still don’t understand why the big three still needs retail to be honest. Can’t they just sell their consoles on generic electronic stores that doesn’t have a focus on video games?

    #31 1 year ago
  32. YoungZer0

    @29: Bollocks.

    You must have been living under a stone during the whole Genesis vs SNES age or the Playstation vs N64 age.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. DSB

    @26 You can’t sustain a multi billion dollar business on handhelds.

    @31 Plus just makes it even more absurd, because people have nowhere to put their games. They can fit 9.5 games on their HDD.

    Right now I have 81 installed on my Steam account :P

    Of course that’s counting a lot of indies which would be anywhere between 30 and 300mb, but either way, there’s still a lot of AAA junk there.

    @Continuing on/monkeygourmet

    What Nintendo could do is wipe the slate clean. Get serious about online, get serious about hardware and make a “mainstream” console that goes head to head with Sony and Microsoft. If they launch 5 years from now, they might capitalize on the fatigue starting to set in.

    It would still be a major gamble, and it would require titanic investment in terms of both effort and expenditure, but I think it would be a better bet than truly going all in on the Wii U at this point.

    That’s the only way I see them not ending up in a negative spiral at the moment.

    It’s true that SEGA didn’t manage to turn a console brand into a software brand, but even speaking as a massive SEGA fanboy, SEGA never had the properties.

    Nintendo has Mario and Zelda for pete sake. That’s like the holy grail of videogames. And that’s really the only way they’ve pulled through with the Wii and the Gamecube relatively unscathed.

    If they didn’t have those properties, both of those would’ve been a complete bust.

    So to me it seems like a lot of wasted effort to make hardware that doesn’t really sell a lot of licenses. Selling your own games might keep you scraping by, and Nintendo may still be rich and plump, but things are about to go south, and money doesn’t last forever.

    In terms of Rubin, you also have to keep in mind that his last major business was sunk by a Nintendo peripheral. I don’t think it keeps him awake at night, but arguably he has a pretty personal understanding of just how spectacularly you can fail on a Nintendo console.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. Derwarf

    @32

    Not at all. I remember great evenings at mates on various consoles. We never looked down upon each other for choice of console.. just another opportunity for a good co op evening. If you did…. well.. no comment. Today if you state what console you play on, you are bound to get a reaction… just like if you state you use iphone or android. You may want to check that rock again….

    #34 1 year ago
  35. Clupula

    @32 – I’ll go one further. I remember when me and the rest of the kids with Colecovision made fun of the kids with Atari 2600, because the graphics weren’t as good.

    I don’t know where #29 has been living that suddenly, out of nowhere, people are arguing about their preferred platform.

    #35 1 year ago
  36. Clupula

    @21 – I just found it to be more of the same. It bored me. I tried it out and found my interest waning. I was kinda hoping Nintendo were going to continue what I thought was a tradition of changing up the gameplay every sequel, like how they did with Super Mario Bro 2. Of course, being as young and uninformed about the industry as I was at the time, I didn’t know that Mario 2 was actually a completely different game just reskinned to be a Mario title.

    But the fact was that I got two games of the same type of gameplay and then one with something different. Nintendo weren’t going to top Mario 3 with that same gameplay, so I was hoping for something different again.

    Then Sonic came out, I played that on my brother’s Megadrive (he lived in Denmark), I fell in love with that, and I got my grandmother to buy me a Genesis, and from that point forward, for many years, my loyalty went to Sega, who it seemed weren’t afraid to take chances (at least during the Genesis days).

    #36 1 year ago
  37. monkeygourmet

    @DSB

    “Get serious about online, get serious about hardware and make a “mainstream” console that goes head to head with Sony and Microsoft.”

    I def agree with the ‘online’ part. As for the hardware… Im not so sure.

    I think Sony / MS are just too powerful for a frontal assualt which would be what Nintendo would be trying to achieve with a similarly spec machine as PS4 / Xbone.

    The people have voted. And the people have voted for micro-transactions, FIFA, COD, BF, yearly sequels, grinding IP’s into the dirt, subscriptions etc…

    For people with more sense, there will be other options: PC (STEAM), Wii U, Indie gaming etc…

    Im not saying these things are exclusive to certain platforms, but the reason MS & Sony have so much backing from third parties is because it’s a financial free for all on their ecosystems. Lots of control over the consumer and almost limitless advertising potential.

    It’s not for me. I’ve made my choice and for a good while it’ll be PC & Wii U for me as I as see how all this this pans out.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. Derwarf

    Well, a nicer place if thats the case. If we wanted jet force gemini, golden eye, turtles in time et al.. we knew where to go. Same if we wanted a weekend of sonic, tekken, tony hawk, streets of rage et al. Cant recall it ever once being an “issue” that you play “x” console or “x” game making you a lower person. How I dont envy where you grew up…

    #38 1 year ago
  39. monkeygourmet

    @Clup

    “I just found it to be more of the same”

    Coming from a JRPG fan?!!!!……?!

    bwahahahahahaaaaaha!!!! :D

    And Sega?

    They still take chances… This is what happens when you go multiplatform and the suits / shareholders start forcing your creative hand:

    http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1600×900/shadow-the-hedgehog/335767/shadow-the-hedgehog-sonic-game-335767.jpg

    #39 1 year ago
  40. SCAssassin

    @36 Not to go into a Nintendo vs Sega argument but you loved Sonic more than Mario after saying it was more of the same thing? As if Sega themselves didn’t do the same game a couple of times with improvements in the Genesis times like the Mario franchise did. Also the only Zelda game you played is Zelda II? Definitely something mad there.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. Derwarf

    @Monkey

    JRPG’s do change.. sometimes the girls wear little more clothing, you grind less and they are over 16yrs old :)

    #41 1 year ago
  42. DarkElfa

    Giving Rubin press for his babbling is as bad as giving the Taliban access to a women’s library.

    #42 1 year ago
  43. dreamcastnews

    I beg to differ with the whole Nintendo should do a ‘Sega’.

    1) Sega were taking such losses that it took until 2010 or so for them to start getting cash rich again even after a small surge in 2003 they still didn’t reap the benefits and Nintendo may see a surge in sales but I doubt long term the PS/Xbox crowd would buy ‘kiddie’ games.

    2) Nintendo still own the handheld sector, something Sega didn’t have a foothold on by 2001 so it was a lack of options by then it was fly or bust.

    3) anybody who’s anybody knows Sega haven’t produced a decent title since the Dreamcast left this mortal coil, at least; if they have, I can’t think what it/they might be.

    4) why should they go third party? Weren’t they making consoles before both MS and Sony? In fact, if it’s such a ‘crime’ that Nintendo aren’t third party surely that works for Sony who started making games for Sega and Nintendo. I’d love to play Uncharted on my Wii U, I had to buy a PS3 for it. That’s just the science of things, that door swings both directions.

    5) people moan about innovations on behalf of Nintendo, why? The Wii controller was a revelation and was what the industry needed at that point, all companies need to push the envelope of what’s possible not just graphics, again , people moan about Nintendo’s stale franchises yet we are all more than happy to use the same controller interfaces for the last 20 years.

    #43 1 year ago
  44. DSB

    @37 I think you think waaaaay too highly of Sony and Microsoft.

    For all intents and purposes, they just scored an own goal with the new consoles. They’re unambitious to the core.

    They’re already underpowered and they aren’t ready for digital. The only thing they seem to have gotten right is that they need TV capabilities.

    I don’t think consoles as a concept has ever looked weaker, personally. I just don’t see how you can look at those specs and be even slightly excited.

    I’ve always jumped in on consoles. I have a PS2 and a 360 because when those came out, I saw a point to owning one, practically from day one.

    This gen, I have no idea why I’d want one. None. I would never spend 500 bucks on a box that does so little.

    I think Nintendo have a real shot. I don’t see how these consoles could ever last 7 years, let alone 10. At the very least, they’re going to need some truly serious upgrades along the way.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. Clupula

    @40 – And I was tired of Sonic by the time Sonic Adventure came out. There were some fun levels in that, but nothing that really blew me away. I never even had the urge to finish Sonic Adventure 2.

    Sega took a lot more chances in the Genesis (and Dreamcast) days than they did at other times.

    The bottom line is, around the early 90′s, I was tired of Mario and Sonic was a more exciting alternative.

    #45 1 year ago
  46. Clupula

    @43 – Are you high?!? Sega haven’t produced a decent title since the Dreamcast days?!? WHAT?!?

    Valkyria Chronicles, the Yakuza series, and all the other ip’s that other developers did for them (Resonance of Fate, all the Platinum titles, the Condemned series, all the stuff coming from Atlus in the future) say hi.

    And I don’t have any idea how you could equate stale franchises with a controller being the same for years. Who the fuck wants to use a stupid, oversized tablet for a controller? Not I! Who wants to use a remote control for a controller? Not I! I was actually a bit annoyed when the Dreamcast dropped the tried and true six-button controller from the Genesis and Saturn. A controller is not something that should change if it feels comfortable for your hands and works well for you to play. You’re not constantly buying new controllers all the time. You should only need one controller per gen (or more if you have friends over).

    You cannot have only one game per gen, so they need to change with the times.

    Apples and oranges, dude.

    #46 1 year ago
  47. Legendaryboss

    Um what to say besides stealth edit…

    #47 1 year ago
  48. salarta

    @43: You’re assuming that the Sony and Microsoft crowd is nothing but teens and adults without kids. The reality is that more and more gamers are becoming parents, and as parents they will buy “kiddie” games for their kids that are on the system. That was part of the reason for Sony making Knack. It’s kid-friendly, so even with all the mediocre reviews (which I’ve heard from people that actually played the game are undeserved), it makes a statement to parents that the console also has games for kids to play. That dips into Nintendo’s practically sole demographic.

    The handheld portion is accurate. It’s the only place where Nintendo is thriving, because aside from mobile phone games, they have no actual competition. Unlike consoles, where the competition is destroying them.

    Sega haven’t produced a decent title? Valkyria Chronicles exists. They’ve also published Bayonetta and Vanquish, two awesome games. And now they own Atlus, so until Sega’s idiotic meddling ruins the developer and reduces it to browser and mobile games like they’ve done for other IPs they have or had, they’ll have some good Atlus games.

    I think the suggestion for Nintendo to go third-party comes from how they suck in the console market, and their only real draw is their first-party games. That’s basically the only thing that sells anything they make anymore. Sony and Microsoft get nearly all the games people want on release, Nintendo gets the most recent 3-5 years only after they finally put out a new console on par with the competition’s specs and capabilities.

    The problem with Nintendo’s “innovations” is that they’ve become insipid and forced. When the Wii came out, it LOOKED like a major step-up for video games because of the new control scheme. People ignored that it was behind Sony and Microsoft everywhere else because they expected a slew of great games focused on new controls. That didn’t happen. The 3DS, while it’s finally becoming useful because of recent games, doesn’t really have its 3D aspects used for video games by anyone other than Nintendo. And the Wii U’s massive controller with the screen on it is just stupid and so blatantly a gimmick added in to try to make the console look like it’s worth buying for some fancy new control scheme that, as the Wii has shown, won’t actually get used in any meaningful way by any developers other than Nintendo or the companies that publish through Nintendo.

    I mean, just look at how Bayonetta 2 is shaping up. Looks great, but all the things about it that look great could be done just as well or better on a Sony or Microsoft console, and the use of the controller screen is an insult to the gameplay. It’s essentially hand-holding easy mode for a game that’s supposed to be a tough action game, precisely the same sort of crap Nintendo does for games like their Mario ones lately. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Bayonetta’s clothes being leather instead of her hair was a demand from Nintendo as publisher, since the sexual allusions are already really pushing Nintendo’s usual restrictive, conservative, kids-only buttons. And we know Nintendo has that kind of restrictive say in what their developers are allowed to do, because they made Mistwalker change the entire atmosphere of their own game, The Last Story, which was originally going to be much darker before Nintendo told them to lighten it up.

    #48 1 year ago
  49. Derwarf

    @46 Who wants 6 buttons over 2 buttons….

    #49 1 year ago
  50. Clupula

    @49 – You’re being sarcastic, right?

    #50 1 year ago
  51. Derwarf

    @49 Not at all. I am taking logic to the extreme, but serious. Some people dont like change, however some change turns out to be productive in the long run. If they dont try we would be stuck with 2 buttons – or worse.

    #51 1 year ago
  52. Legendaryboss

    Oh okay now i read what Rubin i can agree with the “irrelevant” in the hardware space but fine in Handhelds. But as @DSB said “@26 You can’t sustain a multi billion dollar business on handhelds.”

    Factors in which Nintendo needs to improve upon:
    Third Party Relations = More Games.
    Online.
    Specs.
    Pokemon jump from handhelds to consoles.
    Mature Games.
    Less gimmicks, better innovations.
    No restrictive nature of their own Devs making mature games, case and point The Last Story (Salarta).

    #52 1 year ago
  53. Joe Musashi

    Nintendo need to do this. Nintendo need to do that.

    What Nintendo need to do is something other than what they’re currently doing with the Wii U platform. Because it’s not working.

    Ignoring it and harping on about the 3DS is irrelevant in this context.

    Saying who wonderful their games are is irrelevant in this context.

    A CEO ignoring performance of the last 9 months and claiming that you’re going to do four times as much in a quarter of the time is genuinely coming off as delusional.

    The amount of real-world, objective, factual evidence mounting up on an almost-daily basis is impossible to ignore. Impossible, that is, unless you think writing love letters about kirby somehow addresses issues concerning industry and economics.

    Logic time:
    - The software (that exists) is frequently great and gets frequently good reviews. Nobody is arguing about that.

    - The hardware can hold its own. Some people argue about that but the software is there to show off the hardware.

    So if the hardware and software is so great, logically, something else must be a factor in the impossible-to-deny-unless-you’re-already-in-denial woeful commercial performance of the platform.

    “But but 3DS.. !”

    Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

    Nintendo didn’t make the Wii U with the plan of watching it fail and shrugging and saying “Oh well, 3DS LOL!”.

    Accusatory fingers have to be pointed at Marketing and Management. There is absolutely no question that if Nintendo were a publicly owned company, Iwata would have been kicked out based on the performance of the platform and his insistance iraqi-minister-of-information – like that nothing needs to change and everything is fine.

    The Wii U marketing falls into two areas:

    1) Preaching to the converted
    2) Eye-bleedingly awful

    When you have to repeatedly clarify that your new system is a new system and not an upgrade to the old one, you have a major messaging problem.

    For fucks sake, if the public can grasp that Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 are different products and that XBox One is a successor to XBox 360 you really can’t argue that the public is just too dense to make such a distinction.

    Again, the real-world evidence is only possible to ignore if you’re already in denial.

    And to the disgusting insinuation that is threatening to rear it’s head again (from the same corners as before, tellingly) that opinions do not count without first hand experience: the hundreds-of-years-old practice of selling boxed product already proves that consumers will form their opinion with or without the Thought Police giving their blessing or not. The problem is that the opinion formed is one that is not benefitting Nintendo’s Wii U platform and so we see vulgar attempts to quash and dismiss perfectly valid views because they don’t align with the views of a short sighted, narrow-minded, intolerant subset of a gaming faction.

    And the moronic dismissal to the tune of “LOL, guy from bankrupt company shouldn’t be making these comments”. If you actually take your fucking valium and think before you spew knee-jerk reactionary garbage, you’d realise that someone who has found themselves in such a position is more qualified than most to opine on things like ‘irrelevancy’ in this context.

    I expect the latest mario game to have long legs. They all do. But the launch of the title is a watershed moment for Nintendo. It is yet another landmark piece of real world evidence that should be ignored at their peril.

    JM

    #53 1 year ago
  54. SCAssassin

    @48 One of the reasons why Bayonetta 2 even exists is because Nintendo was the only company that would give them any backing, Bayonetta really didn’t do that well at all for Sony or Microsoft consoles to begin with. Not to mention Nintendo itself opted only to observe their progress and have no influence in any of the game’s contents.

    #54 1 year ago
  55. manamana

    @29 ” Their time and effort should not be wasted on what I can only describe as the most selfish and small minded gaming generation I have lived through. Games are less about fun and more and more about identity/popularity and reassuring oneself of their “masculinity” (at the least).”

    This is the biggest pile of horsecrap I ever heard! – games are less about fun? Get lost, you aren’t a gamer.

    #55 1 year ago
  56. manamana

    @33 well, not only but the income from their handhelds and games must be more than what the actual WiiU cashes in. But let’s be fair, Nintendo nowadays is a typical second console for the exclusives and aslong they can keep that role up, it should be good business for next years to come.

    #56 1 year ago
  57. salarta

    @54: I’m fully aware of that and have been since Bayonetta 2′s announcement. It’s why I don’t place any fault on Platinum whatsoever for being exclusive with Nintendo. It doesn’t change my criticisms at all.

    I’d have to see something that proves Nintendo isn’t meddling with Platinum on Bayonetta 2 in any way. I already know thanks to an interview with Sakaguchi that they meddled with Last Story. Sakaguchi said he thinks it made the game better, but it was still Nintendo setting it down as a requirement rather than merely a suggestion.

    #57 1 year ago
  58. monkeygourmet

    @57

    The gameplay shown featuring the fight on that back of a fighter jet seemed to show it was heading in the right direction?

    I wouldn’t get an ulcer over it, the gameplay looks fine from what I have seen.

    And, when it comes out (providing it’s to your liking), you can purchase a Wii U to play it on.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw1LaOP6de0

    #58 1 year ago
  59. fearmonkey

    Nintendo needs to come back to the SNES days, where they made a powerful console, and stop going for the kid and casual market mainly. Nintendo should wait it out a few years, and in 3 years release a console thats more powerful than the Xbox One and PS4 based on the X86 architecture and similar design as the other enxt gen consoles, and forgo the touch screen, just release a gamepad, and make it a NORMAL gamepad. When they release a followup to the 3DS, they should make it like the Wii-u and Vita, where its a separate purchase, but can do what the Vita does now and more. They need to drop the cute designs and drop the Wii name entirely.

    They should stop with the gimmicks, and people will flock to them.

    #59 1 year ago
  60. dreamcastnews

    No, I’m not ‘high’ both those franchises you’ve listed aren’t exactly Sega’s trademark inventiveness – the days where Sega used to use their own hardware to sculpt the software released for their console, they lost that spark.

    Also don’t forget that I’m pretty sure Sega was part-owned by the CSK research institute until like 2004-05 and then by Sammy Holdings, so would the ‘old’ Sega Enterprises be around to this day? I doubt it.

    So do we agree that their should be only one machine that plays everything? I personally don’t think that is a good idea. Where I was coming from with the controller changing things was Nintendo using their hardware to shape the experience given to the player, would Super Mario 3D World have been just as fun without blowing the pad to lower platforms or using the touch screen to raise pieces of the scenery? Probably not but it’s certainly not hurting the game and helps it feel that much fresher – examples of this give Nintendo their inspiration on trying to keep the games different whilst feeling familiar.

    Look. I own a PS4 and a Wii U, I’m happy with this combo, I get cutting edge graphics AND Nintendo’s franchises, problem solved. What’s the big deal?

    EDIT : Joe M, I think you’re missing the point regarding the 3DS being brought into the discussion, the topic is Nintendo being irrelevant, the 3DS isn’t used to cover the Wii U’s poor performance currently, it’s used to show there is an example market where Nintendo still excel, why would they be considered irrelevant when they do extremely well in this respect. I don’t think anyone is masking the Wii U sales – we are all aware it’s not doing well.

    #60 1 year ago
  61. DSB

    @56 Isn’t that the definition of wishful thinking though?

    I mean no offence by saying that, but wanting to be the “second” anything is not a viable business strategy.

    I don’t see how a whole other console can ever be downgraded to an “accessory” to other consoles. It’s a real expense and a real platform.

    I mean, personally that was the Wii for me. I bought one when I lived in the US, and it was a great little timewaster, but even in spite of its impressive numbers, the Wii wasn’t a huge success for Nintendo. It didn’t make them a lot of money, it just did “okay I guess”.

    I honestly don’t think any company spends billions and billions aiming for mediocrity and second place, and I think the inconvenient truth for Nintendo is that being niche only worked because the Wii was such an overwhelming success in terms of units sold.

    The Wii U won’t be. It’s gonna hurt them, and it’s not gonna get better if they try that approach again. The Wii was cool, but it really was a total fluke in my opinion. It was the little engine that could. The Wii U is looking like the little engine that couldn’t.

    #61 1 year ago
  62. polygem

    @joe: wiiu isn’t working for them atm, noone denies that but they keep their focus on building unique and extremely polished, well made and last not least good videogames that actually do sell quite well for the most part. means: wiiu might have been a failure saleswise (this far) but in the long term it doesn’t affect nintendo as much as people seem to believe because their franchises are still *sorry for the word* loved. look at gamecube vs wii.
    means: 3ds works great and sells well, wiiu is great too but noone wants it. solution: don’t panic, let’s make a better machine for our franchises next time. until then, never let the quality drop. problem solved. it really is that easy for them. trust me, you’ll see :)
    calling nintendos hardware irrelevant is just short sighted bullshit.
    also: everyone knows that kirby can change everything.

    edit: stealth edited for peace. love. magic.

    #62 1 year ago
  63. polygem

    kirby X cod

    i’d love that! i must admit…

    #63 1 year ago
  64. manamana

    @61 aren’t they making money on the games rather than the consoles? Seeing how well the 3ds/xl sells, I wonder if it isn’t profitable and ‘multimillion’ business. Considering they would drop the price of the WiiU to 199€ by the end of 2014 and have Mario Kart and such on the shelves, aren’t they going to make money?

    And of course I know that they don’t aim to be second. But in fact they are since the Wii. At least in all households I heard of, it’s 1.PS3/360 and 2. Wii. I can titally see that happen again with PS4/XB1 and WiiU, when the games are out.

    #64 1 year ago
  65. DSB

    @64 But if they’re only making money on their own games, then why on earth do they need a platform?

    A platform only makes sense if you’re making money on everybody’s games, not just your own.

    Nintendo invented that damn model themselves! They should really be uniquely familiar with the concept.

    #65 1 year ago
  66. salarta

    @58: I’m not THAT upset over Bayonetta 2 on Wii U compared to bigger things, I just really dislike 1) Nintendo being so restrictive of what content is allowed on their systems, and 2) Nintendo trying to pretend gimmicks are a reasonable substitute for keeping up with the competition in important areas.

    I’ve already decided that I’m waiting until the Wii U has at least five games I want to play released in the U.S. before I buy one. Right now they only have the recent Mario game. In the future, they may have Bayonetta 2, X, a new Super Smash Bros, and a new Legend of Zelda. Of those, only Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros have suggested coming out anytime soon, so even when those two release, Nintendo still needs two more games available that I’m not more interested in playing on PS3/PS4 or PC before I buy a Wii U.

    #66 1 year ago
  67. Clupula

    @66 – Maybe you’ll get lucky and they’ll put out Tomb Raider x 3rd Birthday for it.

    #67 1 year ago
  68. Clupula

    So, all system preferences aside, being Iwata promised the shareholders that the install base of the Wii U will be at 9 million by the end of the 2014 fiscal year and they will be very lucky if they get to even half of that, do we see Iwata still being at the helm in April?

    #68 1 year ago
  69. Derwarf

    @ manamana

    Actually, you read it… So if My Little Pony or less mature/manly ip made a fun game , you would play it and tell people all about? You wouldnt the slightest be concerned with comments such as “you’re ghey herp derp”. See, I would play it because its just a game and idc about peers and thats what a gamer is…. focused on games…

    P s Your aggression made me chuckle.

    #69 1 year ago

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    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 […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    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.