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Nintendo’s E3 2014 stream had some gems but lacked sparkle – opinion

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:03 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo posted its E3 2014 broadcast yesterday and announced the next Legend of Zelda game for Wii U. That was big news, but what about the rest of its presentation? It had some gems but generally lacked sparkle, says Dave Cook.

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OK disclaimer time: I am NOT anti-Nintendo, the company isn’t down the toilet, I actually like the Wii U and many of its games and I still regularly play my 3DS. However, I genuinely felt that Nintendo’s E3 2014 stream lacked the gut-punches of its peers. Compared to Microsoft’s game heavy barrage and Sony’s big reveals, the Japanese giant continues to play third-fiddle.

I’ve been on the receiving end of wrath dispensed by Nintendo fans on this site before, and I get it; we like to be defensive of our favourite format. I avoid that by choosing not to have a preferred platform. I’m a gamer, I like games, not the devices that play them. I have to make this absolutely clear before I move on to say that I felt quite deflated by Nintendo’s E3 announcements, but let’s look at the positives first.

The Legend of Zelda is going open world on Wii U in 2015. Just read that line again. Feels good doesn’t it? Quite rightly too, as it can be argued that the NES original was an open world title in its own right. We saw Eiji Aonuma discuss his fondness for the game’s expansive setting before giving us a glimpse of the new Hyrule Field, with snowy mountains on the horizon that players can actually visit. It was a watershed moment for the series.

”This is it friends, the moment many of you had been waiting for; a true open-world representation of Link’s world. You’ve craved it ever since you first rode onto Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time and now, finally, it’s almost in your grasp.“

As he spoke about dungeons and areas that can be visited in any order, and the freedom to explore Hyrule at your own pace, green grass swayed in the wind while Link looked out at the landscape atop Epona. This is it friends, the moment many of you had been waiting for; a true open-world representation of Link’s world. You’ve craved it ever since you first rode onto Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time and now, finally, it’s almost in your grasp.

Major kudos all round to Nintendo on that one, seriously. I’m hyped as hell to play the new Zelda, and the same goes for the Bayonetta double pack, which houses the first and second game, along with lots of Nintendo-themed content, such as a Samus suit and other weird quirks. It’s a zany game to begin with so this actually makes logical sense.

Platinum’s first entry was the only gave I had ever given 10/10 back when I worked on scoring sites, and I played Bayonetta 2 last year. I enjoyed it. It was difficult, insane, slick and really worth checking out if you’re fans of games like Devil May Cry, God of War and so on. I’m really happy this is a Wii U exclusive, as it’s a game I’d absolutely buy a Wii U for, and I get the feeling it’ll shift some consoles once it drops this October.

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Super Smash Bros. never fails to disappoint, and the reveal of Nintendo’s Amiibo scanned figures raised he hype further. Essentially, you can get a figure of your favourite fighter, scan it into the game using your Wii U GamePad and they’ll appear in-game. The figure will then receive data and evolve based on your performance, which should see players battling their toys to see whose is better.

”I know that I already want to play Xenoblade Chronicles X, but it’s out in 2015 and we still haven’t seen gameplay. There’s a new Star Fox coming and I couldn’t be happier. When’s it out? I have no idea. Is there a new Mario in development? I couldn’t tell you even if I wanted to.“

The fact that hose figures can be used in mutliple games – Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Mario Party 10 were among those mentioned – is pure genius, and should make Nintendo a ton of money. It worked for Skylanders and Disney Infinity so far, and I see no reason why it won’t here. Seriously, this is a significant move from Nintendo, even if you’d rather shove your head in a lit oven than play with those figures. Believe it.

So why am I being down on Nintendo’s stream? Well, it’s because these games still aren’t out for ages. I know that I already want to play Xenoblade Chronicles X, but it’s out in 2015 and we still haven’t seen gameplay. There’s a new Star Fox coming and I couldn’t be happier. When’s it out? I have no idea. Is there a new Mario in development? I couldn’t tell you even if I wanted to. The low volume of third-party support – and yes, it exists – was really apparent. The lack of solid details is frustrating.

Nintendo cannot produce enough games to keep its core slate full, and while games like Captain Toad and Mario Party 10 have fans, they are not system sellers. We needed more first-party games of Mario Kart 8 calibre but we didn’t get them, besides Zelda and Smash Bros, although they’re still a while away. Splatoon looked charming and fun, but it’s a new IP and has a fight right out of the gate, while news that Devil’s Third is now a Wii U exclusive fell flat because we haven’t seen it yet.

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You may be thinking, ‘but didn’t this large third-party Wii U game list just appear on your site?’

Yes it did. Look a little closer and you’ll see a wealth of indie games that I’m sure are brilliant, like Lone Survivor, Stealth Inc. 2 and Tengami, but these are not system sellers. I am absolutely not putting down Nintendo for raising its indie stock – I think it’s a wonderful thing – but let’s be honest; these titles will not sell Wii U consoles.

”Nintendo needs to up the volume of its first-party exclusives and big hitters like Bayonetta 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles X if it wants to see the ownership numbers rise.“

In bigger productions, we’ve got Sonic Boom, Skylanders: Trap Team, Lego Batman 3, Watch Dogs, Costume Quest 2 and Just Dance 2014.

They’re all fine games and ideal for the youth demographic, save for Watch Dogs which is out on every other system already. If the third party publishers aren’t bringing their titles to Wii U in numbers, then Nintendo needs to fill the gaps with big titles of its own. The problem is that the company is taking too long to bring those games to market.

We needed to see a solid, consistent road map of big system-selling Nintendo titles yesterday. We got one, followed by a handful of superb exclusives, then exciting exciting eShop games like Kirby that, despite looking fun and polished, will not sell machines.

Nintendo needs to up the volume of its first-party exclusives and big hitters like Bayonetta 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles X if it wants to see the ownership numbers rise. It’s worrying when a publisher like Ubisoft withholds a finished Wii U game because the format’s sales aren’t high enough.

Think about that.

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30 Comments

  1. Legendaryboss

    Oh dear part two has arrived, in a less *something something* manner

    #1 9 months ago
  2. atlans89

    What do you mean by “not seen gameplay of Xenoblade Chronicles X”? There is one in January’ Nintendo Direct and the demonstration at Treehouse event. The footage is everywhere online now.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    The last three paragraphs nails it.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @atlans89 Where was the gameplay last night? It’s E3, they should have shown more.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Joe Musashi

    A respected colleague of mine said of Amiibos: “So, uh, this is physical DLC then?”.

    “OK disclaimer time: I am NOT anti-Nintendo [...] However…”.

    Come come now, Mr Cook. If you’re not for Nintendo then you’re against them. It’s that simple.

    JM

    #5 9 months ago
  6. The_Red

    I really enjoyed Nintendo’s digital presser. The intro was insanely awesome, even for someone who doesn’t care about Smash but have agree with the most points raised in this piece (Especially the unknown dates of Star Fox and X Chronicles).

    However, my biggest problem is the lack of diversity. Now I’m not saying they were all same games. They was rather decent variety in gameplay types (From shooter to platformer to action adventure). The problem is with the THEME and DEMOGRAPHIC targeting. This point becomes more obvious when we compare it to Sony event.

    Sony presser was a true roller-coaster when it comes to themes and demo targets (Outside lame middle section which was squarely aimed at clueless Sony execs from other divisions of company). There was super serious The Order (Dark, gothic, horror, adult), then there Entwined (Surreal, all-ages). There was FarCry 4 (violent, goofy, adult) and then there was LBP3 (goofy, cartoonish, all-ages). Stuff that appeals to PC gamers (Grim Fandango, Magicka 2) to super WTFs like Abzu and Hotline Miami 2. Let’s not forget for madness of Bloodborne and MKX.

    Nintendo event had Bayonetta to cover something different but that trailer felt more all-ages friendly than anything I’ve ever seen from that particular series. At the end of Sony presser, you could feel them trying to appeal to gore-hungry teens (And stupid 20somethings like me), high-art hipsters, nostalgic PC fans, Japanese melodrama lovers, masochistic hardcore gamers, family friendly audiences and fans of 1st party franchises like Uncharted.

    In contrast, Nintendo’s presser was aimed squarely at the latter one with a nod towards the family friendly. Even X felt like the niche awesomeness that it used to and more like a more usual Nintendo game. In short, it was an absolute form of preaching to the choir.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. gametaku

    Are you on crack, Dave? They showed 2 hr of Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay last night.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. gametaku

    @Dave Cook Are you on crack, Dave? They showed 2 hr of Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay last night.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @gametaku After the E3 2014 stream.

    #9 9 months ago
  10. JPickford

    Nintendo’s presentation was great. Especially if you watched the live stuff afterward which went into more depth.

    Is it obligatory to be negative about Nintendo? I thought the MS presentation was boring with no interesting games (for me).

    #10 9 months ago
  11. Bomba Luigi

    They did show Gameplay of X a while ago already, even in the first announcmend way back was some Gameplay if remember right (not much, but a little bit). Not sure how you managed to miss all that.

    But I get what you say on everything else, but what Nintendo did much better then everybody else was show and tell. Bloodborne was great to see, but it was just a Trailer, no Gameplay or explanation what it will be like.
    It was the same for many Games on E3, then look at something like splatoon – a Game I have Zero interesst in but they did it right. Showed the Game, showed Gameplay and Explained what they wanna do how it will be like.

    There wasnt much sparkle in that reveal, but it was very informativ, which I like a lot more. Nintendo did that on almost everything, which was in my opinion a good Job.

    #11 9 months ago
  12. Legendaryboss

    @JPickford “Is it obligatory to be negative about Nintendo?” What a ridiculous rhetorical question, negativity isn’t exclusive to Nintendo and anyone who thinks so just proves what i said yesterday.

    #12 9 months ago
  13. melonbuster1

    Wow.. Nintendo show was great. . They have no support from 3rd party games but still rocked it

    #13 9 months ago
  14. Nfanboy

    There is no question that Nintendo had the best showing at E3.
    Saying otherwise would be a shame.
    And I think David Cook needs to spend sometimes on the Nintendo Treehouse live feed…

    #14 9 months ago
  15. Legendaryboss

    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/500x/27076070.jpg

    #15 9 months ago
  16. EightBitYoshi

    I have to agree with Dave. I watched every show and Nintendo’s was the least exciting. I love Nintendo games hence I own a Wii U purely for their world class exclusives but the system has reached a stage where it’s only market is core ninty fans. Wii U is a great additional console to own alongside a PS4 or XB1, but I would not be satisfied as a gamer if it were my only system. There’s so much more content for the other formats and with the continued lack of third party support I can’t see how they can ever fix this.

    #16 9 months ago
  17. polygem

    To be fair dave, they have said this right from the start. They decided to go with a shorter presentation and then planned to get deeper into details in the following days. That’s what they are doing. I wasn’t impressed by either sonys or microsofts presentations. They felt outdated. The content almost exclusively aimed at the twen, early 30s gamer. Nintendos show was at least entertaining. I agree though, it lacked a real punch. A true wtf moment. This wont be enough. On the other hand you can’t deny that the competition gets lazier year by year. The whole conference lacked a surprise. That’s the real problem to be found this year. The real wtf shit.

    #17 9 months ago
  18. polygem

    To be fair dave, they have said this right from the start. They decided to go with a shorter presentation and then planned to get deeper into details in the following days. That’s what they are doing. I wasn’t impressed by either sonys or microsofts presentations. They felt outdated. The content almost exclusively aimed at the twen, early 30s gamer. Nintendos show was at least entertaining. I agree though, it lacked a real punch. A true wtf moment. This wont be enough. On the other hand you can’t deny that the competition gets lazier year by year. The whole conference lacked a surprise. That’s the real problem to be found this year. The real wtf moment.

    #18 9 months ago
  19. polygem

    Sorry 4 doubledash

    #19 9 months ago
  20. RedLink1979

    Why didn’t you saw the #Nintendo Treehouse? The Digital Event was only some kind of preview. You should have more attention on what is really happening in E3 and in Nintendo’s twitter account. Star Fox WiiU is coming in 2015, Devil’s Third has videos on YouTube and on eShop. I don’t agree with some things you write, but as we live in democracy I respect your opinion. Ubisoft is just disappointing some times, i see them as the paradox in gaming industry: I would ask Ubisoft’s CEO how does he expect to sell consoles without games? I would like to remind him of how long Rayman took to reach WiiU and i would also remind him how WiiU got removed to a 2nd plan on Watch Dogs. Nintendo is getting really strong on WiiU games and I’m looking forward to all of them!

    #20 9 months ago
  21. EightBitYoshi

    Personally either a Mario 64 complete remake or better still a Mario 64 sequel is what would fulfill what I want out of the Wii U! Hell I’d even take a Sunshine sequel. Just give us a real 3D Mario game to get stuck into!

    #21 9 months ago
  22. RedLink1979

    Also don’t forget all the stuff we saw in #Nintendo Treehouse to be released in 2015 are still in development!

    #22 9 months ago
  23. Legendaryboss

    @RedLink1979 It is NOT Ubisoft’s responsibility to shift consoles/save Wii U.

    #23 9 months ago
  24. OlderGamer

    Sorry Dave, your opinion and all of that, but I think you missed the boat on this one. I saw several gameplayless cgi trailers from other presentation shows. Unfair to levy that against Nintendo, esp when lots of gameplay was shown elsewhere. The show I watched wss fun, entertaining, informative and had a wide range of games. Sure Zelda was great to see, but geez Bayo looked killer. The heavy hitter this year is smash bro, but lots of great things were shown.

    The biggest games in other shows were multiplates and sequels. Uncharted had three console releases last gen, smash bros had one. Wanna talk about how many halo, forza, fable, asscred, cod and bf games came out last gen? And people say nintendo rehashes…

    not sure what show you saw, the one I watched was great.

    #24 9 months ago
  25. ManuOtaku

    Well for me personally, nintendo surpassed my expectations, with a couple of surprises, new ips, some first party, and third party as well, it was very balanced, also because past events were not that good, the same for microsoft.But With sony was the opposite i did expected more, because past events were good, they werent as good as past events.

    This Made for me the most close E3 events, all 3 were good and pretty even in terns of content.

    But in order to finish, i think nintendo had a great event, and this will be tested in the hands on withun the event.

    #25 9 months ago
  26. zoopdeloop

    No matter how much i like Nintendo.They showed their incompetence by having a cel shaded Zelda again,it is beautiful in a way and it’s good that they expanded it’s world it’s just that Ninty doesn’t seem to evolve much
    Hyrule,Link,Zelda for 1.000.000 time over AND in cel shaded graphics on their “new”hardware…c’mon now

    #26 9 months ago
  27. Doppleganger

    Im very disappointed with Zelda seeing the Cel Shade graphics and was hoping it would be more like Twilight Princess or the tech demo. They lost me on a Wiiu purchase because of that.
    They need to go after the people that grew up with Nintendo and make it more mature looking and end this cel shade madness once and for all. Keep cell shade to for the 3DS!

    #27 9 months ago
  28. mistermogul

    I think the stuff they showed was good and it was a big improvement on last year with the Treehouse and Invitational etc.

    However, the problem is – and I agree with you here Dave – is that they are taking way too long between releases. The fact there is no 3rd party support amplifies that issue massively as there are so many big game droughts.

    It’s obvious Nintendo simply don’t have the resources to produce enough Wii U games and I think they need to spend some of their $billions in rectifying that for the suckers like me who invested in their promise…

    #28 9 months ago
  29. Parzival

    This is getting old…
    Nintendo is having a great E3 and what do I see on this site? A negative article of course.

    Yes, Nintendo needs 3rd Party support but we already know they don’t have much. They haven’t since the N64. So what’s the point of writing another article about it?

    They had the absolute best 1st Party showing out of all the three giants but where’s the article about that? If they had as much 3rd Party support as Sony and MS they would completely dominate the video game industry. But that’s not the reality here, so why not just accept it and analyse what they did show instead of they could’ve showed.

    Also, they spent around 45 minutes showing Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay in their Nintendo Treehouse Live stream yesterday. They’re showing games right now actually. The Digital Event was just an appetizer really.

    #29 9 months ago
  30. Blackened Halo

    Xenoblade Chronicles X looks …terrible …it was really shock to see such huge downgrade (just watch beautiful X trailer released during E3 2013)

    #30 9 months ago

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    Skyworld is a new turn based strategy designed for use with VR headsets. Skyworld comes to us from Vertigo Games, and will be compatible with Valve’s Vive headset. IGN reports Vertigo has worked in close collaboration with the SteamVR project, so Skyworld will support both seated VR and full-room features. Think about that while you […]

  • Link and Ganon battle in new Legend of Zelda fan film

    The Legend of Zelda fans are clearly a very clever bunch. The production values on this Legend of Zelda fan film are through the roof. This is only the teaser, with the full movie from PlayerPiano to follow, and we’re pretty excited. By the way, Netflix is said to be working up a Live action […]

  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

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

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

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

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

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

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

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

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

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

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

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

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • 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

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • 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

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • 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

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • 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

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • 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: […]