“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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  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

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  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

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  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

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  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

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  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

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  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

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  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

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  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

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  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

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  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

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  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

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  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

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  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

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  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

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  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

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  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

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  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

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  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

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  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

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  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.