“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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    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

    Blood Bowl 2: The Chaos Theory is only the latest in a much loved series of games based on a game based on two other games. Blood Bowl is a popular Games Workshop tabletop game which blends the fantasy universe of Warhammer with a fantasy sport drawing inspiration from American football and related games. It’s […]

  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]