“I don’t know why Iwata is still employed”: Pachter gloomy on Wii U’s future

Thursday, 5 December 2013 21:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Wii U’s “underwhelming” performance has industry analyst Michael Pachter hedging bets on Nintendo for the coming generation.

Speaking at the Game Monetization USA Summit in San Francisco this week, as reported by GamesIndustry, Pachter said that while it’s possible new games may turn the Wii U’s fortunes around, he’s not counting on it.

“I don’t know why Iwata is still employed,” he said of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, pointing to the company’s failure to bring Nintendo content to other platforms in order to create new fans who might embrace the 3DS and Wii U.

The Wii U’s lifetime sales will top out at around 30 million, he added.

The analyst had more love for Sony, predicting the PlayStation platform will thrive.

“The graphics are phenomenal, and the huge RAM makes future innovation likely,” he said, also praising its CPU power.

The analyst is also keen on the Xbox One, although he expects a new model with a built in TV tuner, and believes Sony will pull ahead if Microsoft doesn’t lower the price of the Xbox One.

Nevertheless, Pachter doesn’t expect the console market to grow significantly in coming generations.

“I don’t think you’re ever going to see 500 million consoles out there,” he said.


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    #1 1 year ago
  2. Joe Musashi

    Do you ever get that feeling of déjà vu… ?


    #2 1 year ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    He’s kinda beating the same old drum at this point, but it’s hard not to agree with the tune.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. kupocake

    It’s quite refreshing for Pachter to own up to the fact that he’s utterly clueless about a business decision in the video game industry. Rather than having a go at guessing at what’s going on, like usual.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. polygem

    i don’t know why pachter is still employed tbh.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Diingo

    I’m not sure why everyone is bashing on him when he’s right about the Wii U becoming an irrelevant console. The PS4 has already sold over 2 million units which is close to half of the Wii U’s sales record.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    Bitchy ‘ol Pach! :)

    He has no idea what Iwata’s contract looks like, you can’t just sack / let people go regardless of performance until certain stages / agreements are fulfilled or not as the case may be.

    Obviously he could step down, but how often does that happen in any industry?

    He’s just taking swipes that’s all.

    Iwata’s made a bold (and frankly unrealistic) forecast, but if were vilifying people for not getting things right, half of MS’s PR team should have their heads on the block over the reveal debacle.

    It doesn’t really happen like that in reality though.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. monkeygourmet


    Because he gets thing wrong about as much as he gets things right.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @6 Groupthink is a powerful thing.

    People insult him because people insult him. If that makes any sense.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @6: He’s usually always wrong and yet somehow still makes money.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. The_Red

    Didn’t Pach say this 2 weeks ago? And a month before that? And a year ago?

    I’m not saying he’s wrong (Quite the opposite, it’s a miracle that Iwata hasn’t been fired yet). The problem is that Nintendo is not the company that listens to others. Heck, Reggie himself proudly said that they don’t care about fan feedback and petitions.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @11 You do realise he’s being *asked* these question? He’s not standing on a podium and shouting it from the rooftops.

    It’s the media that is latching onto it so much.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. sebastien rivas

    I must admit, for once I agree with the guy on one thing.

    When he states “Pachter doesn’t expect the console market to grow significantly in coming generations.”
    If Consoles are going media then yes I don’t think there will be much growth. The one in all while leaving a race for graphics as stupid as it sounds is not a good omen for game industry

    #13 1 year ago
  14. monkeygourmet


    It’s funny, he gets more assertive and obnoxious when the ‘analysis’ is a dead cert.

    Even a child could see Sony is almost certainly going to romp this gen, MS to come in second and Nintendo to mop up whatever’s left.

    His balls swell when it’s an easy call, but he doesn’t usually comment on all the fuck ups he makes.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. The_Red

    I think at least half of those times he wasn’t asked specifically about Iwata. My point isn’t about him saying “Nintendo is doing badly”. It’s talking directly about Iwata’s employment status which has become like a regular thing.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. mistermogul

    “Nintendo is not the company that listens to others”

    Exactly. Pachter needs to realise this and move on.

    Also, analysts are quick to forget the success Iwata has brought to Nintendo since he took charge after the Gamecube. Wii, DS and 3DS have all done well and grown Nintendo’s coffers. A 75% strike rate ain’t bad.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. monkeygourmet


    I think, when he thinks he’s on a roll, his mouth runs away with him, very unprofessional.

    Iwata should kick him in the nuts.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. fearmonkey

    @17 Id pay to see that, with mario sound effects!

    Pachter picks on Nintendo because they never listen to him, and right now he can say “see I told ya so”. He wasnt right about the Wii, but is feeling his oats now that the Wii-u has faltered.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. monkeygourmet

    From the article, his genius idea:

    “Nintendo should put old GameBoy Advance content on phones and tablets for free, and charge $3 to $5 for more recent titles from the DS. Pachter feels this would generate enormous revenue for Nintendo and bring millions of new fans into their brands…”

    Quick cash in exchange for poor quality. Genius Pach, genius. And how do you propose you control Mario 3 on your phone Pachter? With shitty touchscreen. Eliminating one of the things that Nintendo hold dear (control and gameplay) is a good way to draw people to the brand?

    Hmmmm… Not convinced at all.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. monkeygourmet


    Indeed, he’s getting drunk on his own farts.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. LordCancer

    the wii u touch pad is flimsy and gimmicky, worse nintendo won’t make anything new. jr is right, no one gives a shit about mario. i wouldnt buy nintendo games on ps4 or xbox one because i already played the best versions of those games along time ago. even this website did up an article about the new zelda game standing on giants and thats my feeling about nintendo except i felt it on gamecube and stopped caring when i got the original xbox, now i have a ps4 and black fridayed a ps3 and last of us. why would anyone seriously buy a nintendo? make something new that isn’t mario or zelda. windwaker was terrible the first time now you expect me to drop 300 for that pos? HA! nah i got a ps4.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Dark

    Pachter predictions are full of shit , but this time i think he makes some good points
    iwata think the Wii U will reach its goal of 9 million units by end of March .. yeah good luck with that.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. debug

    I’ve looked at an article trying to tell if Micheal should be relevant or not in gaming news.

    So, not really. Maybe VG247 should do the same, and try to convince us that Patcher is worth listening.


    #23 1 year ago
  24. monkeygourmet


    “investors “[...] like optimism. We don’t like conservatism.”


    admittedly, he was talking about Activision when he said that though! :)

    #24 1 year ago
  25. polygem

    “Nintendo should put old GameBoy Advance content on phones and tablets for free, and charge $3 to $5 for more recent titles from the DS. Pachter feels this would generate enormous revenue for Nintendo and bring millions of new fans into their brands…”

    this is the most stupid and short sighted thing they could do. he really said that? they should do the ‘shovelware’ with their classics on mobile phones? this guy is so wrong it hurts.

    nintendo must stay nintendo on nintendo machines. no easy cash ins. that would be stupid. what counts is quality not quantity. sure, they could earn shitloads of money by going multiplat, by doing silly things like pachters masterplan but if they would do what he said there they would instantly kill what they’re are about.

    guy is hanging out with his wall street buddies too often. too many bubbles not enough substance.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. absolutezero

    Everytime. Every single fucking time.

    I actually want Nintendo to shut its fucking doors so I get to stop seeing this shit. If the meer existence of a company thats not Sony offends people to such a high degree then fuck it. Shut it down.

    Shut it all down.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. polygem


    #27 1 year ago
  28. monkeygourmet


    I would like to see more use of their back catalog on Wii U though.

    I’d like to see a virtual Nintendo museum with GC, GBA games all available. At the moment, it feels like they are using crappy NES / SNES games to pad out Wii U game releases. That sucks a bit. But yeah, putting them on phones is a horrible idea.

    People can emulate them anyway with android / IOS. They play like shite without physical controls.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Dirk

    Nintendo is getting crap for not supporting business rivals? I really don’t understand this argument. Why the hell would Nintendo help sell a rival’s hardware and allow them to profit from Nintendo’s products?

    I’m more interested in why Nintendo made little effort to advertise their Wii U than why they aren’t helping out the competition.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Tormenter

    “I don’t know why Pachter is still employed”: Iwata gloomy on an intelligent future.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. polygem

    @27: i would love to see that as well but implemented in an intelligent way like the luigi game that comes with mario 3d land (edit:world:) for example. this adds even more value to some great content and it helps building trust in a brand. it gives you a good feeling about having spent your money on a great product. some might say this isn’t doing anything for their stockholders but in fact that’s not true. caring about the little details that help shaping the face of your company can pay off in the long run and if anyone has shown how long term success works in the videogame business, it’s nintendo.

    i want to see so much more nes/snes games on the virtual console/e-shop as well, even ds games but they really need to stay on nintendo platforms. this part is essential. i think it would be a shit move to look for cash ins outside of their own systems now. maybe at another time but not now. for now they must focus on their own platforms more than ever before. they must be even more nintendo than they’ve ever been before. this way, they will survive. everything else would be a huge mistake.

    @29 :)

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Joe Musashi


    When presented with a genuine, real world business issue – a number of the ‘pundits’ above made it very clear they don’t have the inclination, the real-world knowledge of the cajones to think their way out of it. They’d rather make silly remarks and be evasive.

    But the moment someone else speaks up, they show up like clockwork to passionately dismiss and deride any view that doesn’t match their own. After all, it’s far easier to shoot down someone else’s real-world analysis and assessment than actually engage the brain and offer one of your own.

    And when pointed out, they’ll deflect, distract and twist. Never acknowledging the transparancy of their behaviour and always project their lack of accountability by targeting others.



    #32 1 year ago
  33. absolutezero

    Video games.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. polygem

    *and the dj plays an old celine dion song*

    #34 1 year ago
  35. monkeygourmet

    This is the image I have in my head whenever I read a comment by @Joe:

    It’s the ‘critic’ character from the Pixar film ‘Ratatouille’. I think it fits perfectly.

    #35 1 year ago
  36. _LarZen_

    The Wii U is a gigantic failure, some heads probably should roll over at Nintendo’s headquarters.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. Ireland Michael

    @34 Except for the fact that (at least in this case) he’s entirely right.

    The Wii U is a complete failure at a retail level, and nothing is really being done about it. Most people in his position would have been fired by now.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. monkeygourmet


    And, as I said, Pach’s comments are are hot air unless you know how Nintendo operates with its staff.

    What should or shouldn’t happen is a side point to proper analysis and sounds more like personal bitching.

    Btw, I prob agree with his sales figures (Wii U), more or less.


    Nintendo are a weird company, they don’t always operate in the same way as rivals (for better or worse).

    Miyamoto on being ‘poached’:

    As discussed previously, Nintendo’s individual compensation is not extraordinarily high. Miyamoto has been offered higher salaries from competitors in an effort to lure him away. But he has stayed, since at Nintendo he commands a budget that dwarfs any salary offer, a budget for the creation of surprise and delight. In his own words:

    “Money they pay you and money you get to use for work are totally different things. I realized that very early on. For our main developers, there’s actually no budget (laugh). No, don’t worry, we’re very careful about managing it. But we have it good, the company tells us we can use what money we need.”

    #38 1 year ago
  39. Francis O

    Seriously, Why is Iwata still employed? Its not like the 3DS is crushing the every other system to the tune of 1.3 million units last week.

    And how about that Wii U? It sold more than the PS4 in North America over Black Friday. The sales in Japan are rising as well.

    Pachter is a joke, people buy the 3DS because its the only place you can play Ninty’s games.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. stealth

    Iwata is doing a great job. I disagree with pachter.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. Dragon

    A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary.

    #41 1 year ago
  42. Tormenter

    @30 :D

    #42 1 year ago
  43. Clupula

    Iwata needs to go, in order for Nintendo to become a healthy company once more. Right now, the success of 3DS is enough to balance out the failure of the Wii U.

    But I can see why he hasn’t been removed yet. He did make the promise to the shareholders to sell 9 million units by March. A number there is no possible way for them to accomplish, as they will be VERY lucky to reach 5 million by then, but it’s still a bar that was set. If he’s still employed in April, though, I will be very surprised.

    Nintendo needs an enema, and then an infusion of new blood, who will bring the company into the 21st Century. Sure, there will be ass-plankton who will try to skewer numbers in order to make things look better than they are, by doing things like, saying the Wii U sold better than a system that sold a million units two weeks before and is currently experiencing a drought, while omitting the fact that it was outsold by every other console in the market, but those people are doing more to hurt Nintendo, in the end, than to help it.

    #43 1 year ago
  44. Cobra951

    “Game Monetization USA Summit”–the most disturbing part of that story.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. Kabby

    Yeah, I did a bit of a double take when I read that shit too.

    #45 1 year ago
  46. The_Red

    Can’t argue with that :)

    Of course nobody’s saying that games should be free and developers should stop asking for money but that summit name and team SCREAM micro-transactions too me. Sadly, even Nintendo has tried that in Japan so no one is safe (MS, Sony or Nintendo).

    #46 1 year ago
  47. polygem

    @36:…and isn’t that fantastic?

    that’s my point all the time. i know people do not really understand that nintendo indeed operate with a different ethic than their competition. i know i will get shit thrown at me from all sides but it doesn’t matter because they really are and i hope it will stay like that for as long as posible because this is why we see so much different stuff from them. sometimes it works (wii, 3ds), sometimes it doesn’t (*saleswise* wiiu). sure they need to earn cash just like everyone else in order to survive but they refuse to see a bad ceo in iwata only because he launched a (great) console that noone wanted. it’s not like all he was doing was a mistake. in fact he did a lot to push nintendo into a bright future and helped to modernise them – in slow nintendo pace, but they’re on a good and solid way. they still are in a good position in a changing market, even with a struggling product. i think it’s naive to paint a picture of a sinking nintendo with iwata as the captain. i know capitalism works like this. you fail. someone who’s stronger will eat you up alive. you’re dead…now, this means you must see nintendo as a whole as a failure but that’s just not the case and this is where the logic of some guys on here ends. only the wiiu struggles, a machine that will have a lifespan of 5 years max. miiverse is ready, 3ds is a huge success just like the wii. the next nintendo thing will be interesting. it’s still to early to let the heads roll, only fools would scream for that.

    now let me sign my *save iwata* petitition and send it to reggie.

    #47 1 year ago
  48. Legendaryboss

    Oh my another one? 4+ in one week? Okay, nope.

    #48 1 year ago
  49. Legendaryboss

    Hmm this guy commented on Wii U, why am i seeing “Nintendo have 3DS?”

    #49 1 year ago
  50. polygem


    because it’s a full story bro and it plays a lead character in it.

    NOONE says wiiu is doing great but many are talking in superlatives dooming nintendo, asking for iwatas head.

    to me that’s really a naive and shortsighted view, to others i am the one romanticising nintendo :)

    who wants to judge that?

    we’re just a bunch of guys talking out of our asses on the internet.

    #50 1 year ago
  51. polygem

    it’s the pub of 3 millions

    #51 1 year ago
  52. Jlahoud

    I don’t know why Pachter is employed…he is an idiot speculator who does not know anything aboud gaming…he shoud shut up and leave gamers alone….he.must be paid by the competition to create fear about Nintendo. But as much as he say Nintendo will never surrender…wii u is a great system just like 3ds and he shood shut up

    #52 1 year ago
  53. Jlahoud

    Anybody got Pachter email so we can write his a message to buzz off an leave Nintendo alone…the more he speake the more he proves that he incompetant and corrupted by some industry fools …

    #53 1 year ago

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  • Completionists could spend over 200 hours in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to be a rather long game. If you are a completionist, you could spend over 200 hours playing the game, according to CD Projekt RED. Answering a question pertaining to game length on Twitter, senior game designer Damien Monnier said if “you do everything” the game will last […]

  • Limited edition Batman: Arkham Knight Steel Grey PS4 announced

    A limited edition bundle for Batman: Arkham Knight has been announced which includes a Steel Grey PS4 with a custom design based upon the Rocksteady title. It comes with a matching DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller, the game on Blu-Ray, and exclusive bonus content the Scarecrow Nightmare that’s available to play on PS4. There’s also a […]

  • Super Mario 64 HD project receives takedown notice from Nintendo

    Nintendo has issued a takedown notice for Unity-developed Super Mario 64 HD, the fan project which created an updated version of the first level of the game and allowed users to play it in their browser. It was also downloadable, with no attempts from creator Roystan Ross to monetize the project. Still, the news shouldn’t […]

  • Dying Light players should use “extreme caution” handling Antizin injections tomorrow

    Dying Light players will be able to participate in “something unusual” which Techland says will “radically change the game experience” for one day only tomorrow, April 1. According to the developer, players will need to use “extreme caution” when handling Antizin injections as the latest batch has been sullied with a foreign contaminant. The chemical […]

  • Nintendo of America’s hosting a Nintendo Direct on April 1

    Nintendo of America will be hosting a Nintendo Direct tomorrow, April 1 of all days. The company will be discussing upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. The session will take place at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT/12am CET. Catch a #NintendoDirectNA about #WiiU & #3DS games on 4/1 at 3 p.m. PT. Don’t let the date fool […]

  • How eSports changed Call of Duty

    Betting on eSports for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has reinvigorated the biggest game on consoles and turned it into a spectator sport. “We were looking at the eSports scene blowing up. Every year it was getting bigger. Players were maturing and being more discriminating. We had to understand the impact that eSports is having […]

  • Destiny: how does the road ahead look?

    The future of Destiny looks very bright with House of Wolves and Comet releasing this year. But what about next year, and the one after that? Alex has a new video for you that tries to paint a picture of the future of Destiny. He goes over the timeline as we know it based on […]

  • GTA 5 patch 1.09 improves Heists matchmaking

    GTA 5 received a patch towards the end of last week. The patch, version 1.09, brought with it a few improvements to Heists and plenty of other fixes. Rockstar has released patch 1.09 (1.23 PS3 and Xbox 360) for all versions of GTA 5 to help make the Heisting experience better for all. The ‘auto-invite’ […]

  • Diablo 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more make up this week’s Deals with Gold

    Deals with Gold is back for the week of March 30 with discounts on Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Lego Movie Videogame, and others. Xbox Live Gold members get a few good deals this week to spend money on. A large assortment of The Lego games is on […]

  • GTA 5: parallax occlusion mapping is gone, but framerate is better

    Patch 1.09 for GTA 5 has indeed removed the parallax occlusion mapping effect, but has in turn improved the game’s overall framerate – at least on PlayStation 4. Earlier last week a YouTube video came to light and showed what appeared to be the removal of effects from GTA 5 after applying patch 1.09. The […]

  • The Witcher 3 dev: DirectX 12 may not have impact on Xbox One games resolution

    DirectX 12 may not be the miracle that some are believing it to be, at least not when it comes to improving the resolution of Xbox One ports. Damien Monnier, a senior game designer at The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED has revealed through a Twitter conversation with fans that DirectX 12 may not […]

  • Get infinite items in Bloodborne with this duplication glitch

    Bloodborne has a nasty glitch that will let you duplicate all in-game consumables. The glitch was discovered by Kotaku and makes item duplication pretty simple. Note that doing this will trivialise a major part of the game’s challenge and that it will probably get patched soon. For this glitch to work, you’ll need to create […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 31: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    The weekly reset to Destiny’s merchants, strikes, and reputation caps is here. The strike for this week is The Nexus on the Ishtar Sink on Venus. Void burn will be your ally/enemy for the Nightfall. The Juggler modifier is also available on both Heroic and Nightfall. Inferno Crucible mode also returns with Clash, and it […]

  • Motivational Growth is the first non-documentary film to be released on Steam

    Motivational Growth will soon be Steam’s first foray into selling movies that are not based around video games Steam will release its first, non-documentary film later today in the form of Motivational Growth. The film is a sci-fi comedy distributed by Hotline Miami publisher Devolver Digital, who has itself produced other game-centred documentaries before, and […]

  • Metal Gear Solid movie in the works at Sony Pictures

    A Metal Gear Solid film is in the making at Sony Pictures. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has closed a deal to make a film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will be written by Jay Basu, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts attached to direct. Michael De Luca is said to be heading production. There […]

  • Destiny: Inferno mode returns this week with Inferno Clash

    Inferno mode returns to Destiny this week. This time it’s Inferno Clash. The Inferno playlist will be back to The Crucible rotation in Destiny this week. Unlike last month’s Control, Clash will be the mode variant this time. The main changes Inferno brings to the game is the removal of the radar (mini-map), scoring is […]

  • Bladestorm: how 28 rogue ninja conquered Brittany

    The Hundred Years War wasn’t ended by the superior forces of the French cavalry: it was ninja. Bladestorm: Nightmare Battlefield sim. Take control of dozens of unit types. You play a mercenary, fighting for both France and England, usually at your own discretion. Unit variations liven things up; Lady Lancers replace Knights. Vikings replace Swords. […]

  • First Bloodborne speedrun is in, game finished in under 45 minutes

    Bloodborne has been out for less than a week in most parts of the world and the first speedrun record has already been achieved. YouTuber Oginam_tv managed to finish Bloodborne in under 50 minutes. Of course not without utilising more than his fair share of exploits, including level-skipping glitches, as well as the item duplication […]

  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

    We’ve got some new gameplay footage from Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies episode 2 – Infection. Arekkz went to L.A. this past weekend and played the new map that Infection brings to Exo Zombies mode in Advanced Warfare. The map is noticeably larger than that of the first episode, with more branching paths you can unlock. […]

  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

    The Hotline Miami crowdfunding effort to produce a special collector’s edition is going strong with 50% of the target achieved. Gamer Network’s collector’s edition initiative has announced that funding for the Hotline Mimi Gamer’s Edition has reached 50% of its goal, with just over nine days to go. The collector’s edition is a one-of-a-kind bundle […]

  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

    Indie platformer Woah Dave will be made free to PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 in April, but it’s not part of the month’s main Plus offering. Woah Dave is a “secret” April PlayStation Plus game, according to Sony. The game is a 2D platformer that received positive feedback when it was released on PS […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

    Warner Bros. has announced a new series of Mortal Kombat X tournaments with a prize pool starting at $100,000. Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program is a series of tournaments that kick off in April and allow players from the around the world participation. The tournaments are the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament, Mortal Kombat X […]

  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

    The Lykan Hypersport, the supercar featured in one of Furious 7′s action set-pieces, will be a free download for Project CARS owners. To thank the fans for their patience throughout Project CARS development and several delays, developer Slightly Mad will be giving all owners one in-game car for free each month. The first car will […]

  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

    Gameplay from the upcoming, Russia only, Halo Online has leaked online and it looks like a mix of Halo 3 and Halo Reach. Microsoft announced last week that a free-to-play Halo game is in development at Saber Interactive. The game will be available in Russia only, at least on launch. YouTuber Noble, with the help […]

  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

    US retailer Best Buy is offering a free PlayStation Camera with the purchase of The Last of Us PS4 bundle. If you’re in the US, Best Buy is having a very good deal on PlayStation 4 systems at the moment. If you buy The Last of Us PS4 bundle, you’ll automatically get the PS Camera […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC has been given a release window for PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. Jaws of Hakkon, the first story add-on to Dragon Age: Inquisition was released last week on PC and Xbox One. The release was a complete surprise, as there was no prior announcement. What was also surprising […]

  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

    Rainbow Six Siege has a new trailer available explaining the operator system. Operators are what makes any Counter Terrorist Unit and you will get to choose each of them individually before assembling a team. Any operator you choose will not be available for others though, so planning ahead will be crucial. The new trailer shows […]

  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

    Spotify has arrived on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Spotify app is now available in 42 countries on PSN. The app was part of last week’s firmware update and can be found under PlayStation Music. Anyone can download it, as it doesn’t require PlayStation Plus. You can use your PSN account to subscribe to […]

  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

    The weapon balance in Battlefield Hardline is causing a controversy among the players. Are some weapons too powerful, or are other not powerful enough? Westie has been playing Battlefield Hardline since it the day it came out and he has some opinions about the state of weapon balance as it stands right now. Westie also […]

  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.