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No need to quit over profit shortfall: Nintendo president

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:23am
Nintendo Co Ltd President Satoshi Iwata said on Friday that failure to meet a profit goal does not mean he has to quit, after his company forecast an earning loss due to slumping sales of Wii U and 3DS gaming consoles. "I have said before during earnings releases that I do not have to step down to take responsibility upon failure to meet profit goals," Iwata told reporters in the city of Osaka, western Japan. Earlier, Nintendo said it expects an operating loss of 35 billion yen ($336 million) for the year to end-March, citing much weaker-than-expected sales of its Wii U and 3DS game machines during the crucial holiday season.

PS4 and Xbox One fuel US videogame industry sales

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 8:44pm

NPD Group reported Thursday that new consoles from Sony and Microsoft powered a winning holiday season for the videogame industry in the United States. “The newest consoles from Microsoft and Sony are off to a tremendous start," said NPD analyst Liam Callahan. The rival consoles were released in November and eagerly snapped up by players. Videogame hardware sales more than offset a 17 percent drop in sales of game software to $1.31 billion in December, according to NPD.

Zynga falls as analyst says results will get worse

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:33pm
Shares of Zynga declined Thursday after an analyst lowered his estimates and said the video game maker won't live up to Wall Street's expectations. THE SPARK: Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia said he ...

World of Warcraft Meets Grumpy Cat With ‘Catlateral Damage’ Game

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:04pm
Furries and Internet cat aficionados alike will be thrilled at this news: there now exists a video game that enables users to pretend they are cats. The "first‐person cat simulator" (shouldn't that be first‐cat?) was created by developer Chris Chung, the Daily Mail reports. If it doesn't work on your computer yet, tide yourself over with this only slightly weirder gem of Internet cat culture:

Upcoming video games: 'Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z,' 'The Lego Movie Video Game'

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:29am

Popular anime and manga series "Dragon Ball Z" comes to life in stylized fighting game "Battle of Z," while early February sees "Earth Defense Force 2025," "The Lego Movie Video Game" and "Bravely Default" released.

Upcoming video games: 'Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z,' 'The Lego Movie Video Game'

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:29am

Popular anime and manga series "Dragon Ball Z" comes to life in stylized fighting game "Battle of Z," while early February sees "Earth Defense Force 2025," "The Lego Movie Video Game" and "Bravely Default" released.

Review: 'Wii Fit U,' 'Xbox Fitness' feel the burn

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:39am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While video game consoles can't help users save money or stop smoking — yet, anyway — there are a few recently released games that can help with the most popular of New Year's resolutions: exercise. Here's a look at four titles that offer an alternative to working out at the gym or with a personal trainer:

Latest Xbox One ad: ‘If it were any more real, it would be real’

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 2:30am

The latest Xbox One ad is all about immersion. According to Microsoft, the games on the Xbox One look so good that you might actually forget you’re playing a game. This heightened sense of realism is demonstrated by a man who sees the cuts and bruises from his character in Ryse: Son of Rome appearing on his own body, as if he had been the armored soldier himself. Of course, this early in a console’s life cycle, developers aren’t able to take advantage of each and every aspect of the new hardware to create the kind of experiences we will see a few years from now, but it’s a smart move from a marketing department that has some talented competition

Forget Wii U: Nintendo sold more than 16 million 3DS games in 2013

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 8:15pm

It remains to be seen how well the Wii U sold in its first full year on the market, but at least one Nintendo console flourished in 2013. According to a recent press release, Nintendo sold more than 16 million physical and digital 3DS games last year, a 45% increase in year-over-year sales. The 3DS family (which includes the 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS) has also surpassed more than 11.5 million sales in the U.S. There were plenty of great games for the portable console released in 2013, including the new Pokemon titles and the system seller that is The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Another long-awaited sequel, Yoshi’s New Island, is set to lead the charge in

Retron 5 Plays Video Games from 10 Classic Consoles

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 2:11pm
The Retron 5 is a console that can breathe new life into all those game cartridges from the '90s you’ve been hoarding, complete with optimization for HDTVs. Although the Retron 5 did not debut at CES 2014, this is the first time that the finalized version of the console has been on display at a major trade show. The device itself looks a little like a Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but with five slots for games instead of just one.

Upcoming video games: 'Nidhogg,' 'Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD'

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 4:38am

Among upcoming video games, the playful swordfighting of indie festival hit "Nidhogg" and historical, conspiratorial adventure "Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD" release within days of each other; "The Banner Saga" represents the release of an early Kickstarter success.

Grand Theft Console: Pirates steal video game riches in China

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 6:18pm

By Paul Carsten, Sophie Knight and Malathi Nayak BEIJING/TOKYO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For the past five years, Zhang Yang has sold Xboxes, Wiis and PlayStations at his Beijing shop, but the Chinese merchant is a thorn in the side of video game console makers now allowed into the world's third biggest market. The consoles that Zhang sells are smuggled into China because they are illegal, although that may change after the government lifted a 14-year-old ban on the devices this week. The proliferation of these bootlegged games, along with China's reputation for weak intellectual property rights, means console makers Microsoft Corp, Sony Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd will lose out on lucrative royalties from software sales. Combine that with the fact that most Chinese gamers prefer to play free games on their PCs and mobiles anyway, and the decision to lift the ban on console sales presents a challenge, rather than a big opportunity.

This is What Its Like to Play World of Warcraft With Your Eyes

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 4:58pm

At CES 2014, Tobii Technology showcased its eye tracking technology that will be featured in an upcoming peripheral from SteelSeries. After calibrating our eyes, we simply looked left and right to move our character when playing World of Warcraft. The technology worked fairly smoothly during our demo.

With PlayStation Now you won’t need new hardware (except for a mandatory DualShock controller)

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming service unveiled at CES 2014 will work on a variety of smart gadgets in addition to regular PlayStation consoles, such as TVs, tablets and smartphones. But the PS3 games that will be available to users won’t be usable on any devices without the company’s DualShock controller, The Verge has learned. While there already are ways to control those games using a touchscreen interface, Sony will not make the DualShock controller purchase optional, at least not for the time being. “You need to have the DualShock to be able to play,” PlayStation marketing vice president John Koller said, further explaining that the game controller requirement is related to how those old games were created. “It’s a

Video: How to troll your Xbox Live opponents without saying a word

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 1:39pm

When Apple originally announced Siri, many people thought that a voice-controlled personal assistant would lead to some very unfortunate pranks at the expense of iPhone owners. The potential for mayhem was quickly debunked when everyone realized Siri wasn’t going to be listening all the time, but that’s not the case with Kinect on the Xbox One. Unless you make a conscious effort to disable or unplug the Kinect, it will listen to every word you say, and one Xbox Live user has taken advantage of this feature to hilarious effect. We won’t spoil the surprise, but without saying a word, one brilliant troll is able to frustrate some very gullible gamers. Check out the video below.

Old meets new in 2014 video game lineup

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:42pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The usual suspects are back in new video game installments in 2014 — Mario, Solid Snake and Master Chief, to name a few— but this year they'll also be joined be some shadowy newcomers with monikers like Aiden Pearce and Delsin Rowe.

Microsoft to address huge pain point with first big Xbox One update

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:30pm

No console launch is perfect, exemplified most recently by both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but some of the issues with Microsoft’s latest entry are especially bewildering. If there was a trump card in the last console generation, it was Xbox Live. The social features of the Xbox 360 generally blew the PS3 and the Wii out of the water, but on the Xbox One, Microsoft managed to break something that didn’t need fixing. In an interview with Engadget, Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten was upfront about the less-than-positive feedback surrounding some of the changes Microsoft had implemented to a system that everyone was happy with for the past eight years: “The feedback we’ve gotten is pretty valid;

Twitch game streaming on Xbox One still doesn’t have a launch date

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:20am

Bad news for Xbox One owners hoping to stream their games in the near future — according to the Twitch Twitter account, the Direct Broadcasting feature still lacks a release date from Microsoft, and the Twitch team tells future streamers to “expect a few more months.” Just days before the system launch in November, Microsoft took to the Xbox Wire to announce the delay of game streaming on Xbox One, a surprising announcement considering that the PlayStation 4 Twitch integration had already rolled out without a hitch. At the time, Microsoft stated that the streaming capabilities of the Twitch app would be delayed until “the first part of 2014,” but a few days into January, Twitch isn’t quite so optimistic.

Classic PlayStation games may get fresh bonus content on PlayStation Now

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:37pm

Event if it’s not yet available to gamers yet, Sony’s PlayStation Now cloud-based game streaming service may get a whole lot better in the future, a new patent filed by Sony last March, and discovered by Re/code, indicates. Titled “Suspending state of cloud-based legacy applications,” the patent shows ways through which game developers could include additional content in older games that are played using a cloud streaming solution, without having to mess with the code of the legacy game. The system would allow Sony to stop the game at certain intervals, save its progress in the cloud, bring the new mini-game to the forefront, and then move back to the older game. In such a way, Sony would be able to freshen up

Analysts debate effects of new PlayStation service

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:03pm
The announcement this week that Sony would launch a video game streaming service has re-ignited a discussion among investors about what that will mean for videogame retailers like Gamestop. Sony announced ...