Wii U game pre-orders see the largest increase during Gamescom, says Amazon UK

Amazon U.K. pre-orders of Nintendo Wii U games experienced the largest percentage increase during this year's Gamescom conference, MCV reports. According to the publication, Wii U game pre-orders rose by 8.67 percent during the European convention. Comparatively, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game pre-orders rose by 5.16 percent and 2.81 percent, respectively. The biggest game pre-order spike came from developer Slightly Mad Studios' Project Cars which rose by 42.53 percent, followed by developer Crystal Dynamics' Rise of the Tomb Raider, which saw an increase of 30.25 percent. You can view the list of the 10 games whose pre-orders increased most below. Interestingly, Nintendo was the only platform holder not to hold a press conference during the event, while Rise of the Tomb Raider...

The Wii U name is still hurting Nintendo

Dan Adelman used to be the head of Nintendo's indie program, and has since taken to social media to discuss his new business working with indie developers while also giving some thoughts on his old employer.One answer to a question about Wii U sales on Ask.FM stood out. "Wii U is not selling as well as it deserves to. It has a lot to offer with great games you can't get anywhere else," Adelman said, answering a question about whether Nintendo was to blame for the "mess" it's in. "The value of the GamePad hasn't been justified. But the name Wii U is abysmal. I think that cut sales in half right there." The name of the console cut sales in half? That's a bold claim, but it's a narrative that even Nintendo believes to some extent. You may like the name, or have at least gotten used to...

The new GameStop trade-ins program is going to make you more money

GameStop's trade-in program is being overhauled with a new system that will end up giving you more money for the games you sell, Kotaku reports. This initiative, set to begin Aug. 18, simplifies GameStop's current model which offers up to 10 different prices for a game. Instead, this will be reduced to four different prices, while increasing buyback payments by 20 percent. Slight variations to the price will still exist, however. Those with a reward card will continue to receive slightly more than those without, and likewise you will be offered less for a cash transactions versus credit. "We will not have complex multi-tiered trade promotions for the associates to remember and less math for the customer to understand what they are getting for their games," reads an internal document...

Brazil's professional league will not appear in FIFA 15 — in any form (Update)

No team from Brazil's domestic leagues will be licensed to appear in FIFA 15, following an apparent change in licensing terms between EA Sports and the clubs or their players there. EA Sports confirmed the absence of Brazil's professional teams in a statement to IGN; however, FIFA 15 will feature Brazil's national team and all of its players under their own names. Additionally, any Brazilian player with another team licensed to appear in the game also will appear under his own name. Nineteen of the 21 clubs in Brazil's top division for 2013-2014 were licensed for FIFA 14 — enough that EA Sports touted their inclusion as big news a year ago. In a statement to IGN, EA Sports attributed the absence of Brazilian teams to "some changes in the ways players are licensed in Brazil domestic...

Nintendo lost $97M last quarter even with the success of Mario Kart 8

Nintendo lost $97.2 million in the yearly quarter ending June 30, the company confirmed in its latest quarterly results. The loss comes even despite the successful sales of Mario Kart 8 earlier this year, which saw shipments of 2.82 million. Why? Nintendo states that these sales can be attributed to existing Wii U owners and not new buyers. The company shipped just 510,000 units of the console between April and June. Nintendo still expects to hit its target of 3.6 million units sold for this fiscal year. The Wii U's total shipments rose to 6.68 million as of June. The company confirms Mario Kart 8 represents 65 percent of the total 4.39 million software shipments made in this three month period, 80 percent of which came from outside Japan. Nintendo appears to be finding most of its...

Loki and the Green Goblin introduce Marvel Villains to Disney Infinity 2.0

As promised at Comic-Con 2014, here is the video introducing the first three baddies in the Marvel Villains lineup that will join the Marvel Heroes in Disney Infinity 2.0 this fall. Loki, the Green Goblin and Ronan the Accuser (main bad guy of Guardians of the Galaxy) are playable figurines in the game. Disney Infinity 2.0 will bring more than just a roster of Marvel superheroes and villains when it launches Sept. 23 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS. A slew of changes are also coming to the game's popular Toy Box mode; read more about them here.
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Hulk, Tinkerbell and a flying bed make Disney Infinity's 'Toy Box' a whole lot weirder

Disney Infinity 2.0 may still be seen as a kids' game, primarily — but it will also let you put Tinkerbell and The Incredible Hulk in bed together. "That's the bed from Bedknobs and Broomsticks," said John Vignocchi, the game's executive producer, just so we were both clear. It's a vehicle, OK, in Disney Infinity's "Toy Box" mode, where gamers take all of their virtual toys and play with them together, regardless of what continuity or movie or product line they come from. (Bedknobs and Broomsticks was a Mary Poppins clone from 1971 starring Angela Lansbury. It featured a flying bed.) Disney Infinity is the latest money-printer in the toys-to-life genre, in which players bring heroes and other characters into the game by stacking a cool little figurine on a special controller. With...

Wii version of Skylanders Trap Team bundled with Wii U download code

The Wii version of Skylanders Trap Team will include a download code for the Wii U version, effectively creating a cross-buy benefit for the toys-to-life game coming soon from Activision. Skylanders' official Twitter feed pointed out the bonus on Wednesday, meaning that those who buy the game on Wii won't have to buy a new set (at $75) if they upgrade to Wii U. Those who have both consoles may wish to consider this even if the Wii U will be the primary option. Only the software is different; the physical toys and the portal they use are the same for both consoles. Skylanders Trap Team launches Oct. 5 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and 3DS. There will be a "Dark Edition" collectors pack that allows players to play as the series' main villain, Portal...

Up to half of Redbox game rentals translate into game sales (update)

An increasing number of people are streaming and downloading video games, but this doesn't mean the end for physical goods, nor does it spell trouble for game rentals — that's according to Redbox's director of video games, Ryan Calnan. Redbox currently has automated rental kiosks for DVDs, Blu-ray discs and video games at more than 35,000 locations across North America and offers game rentals for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Select markets also offer games from the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U. During the company's first quarter for this year it topped 200 million rentals, of which video games accounted for two percent. While this number may seem small, Calnan told Polygon it's actually a big deal for the games industry. "We have a 20-50 percent conversion rate...

Find out which experimental games excite Korean devs

Note: A few frames of the above video are not suitable for work. A group of Korean game developers were inspired by GDC's Experimental Gameplay Workshop to host their own curated games exhibition. The festival, called Out of Index, opened for submissions June 22nd and just a short month later the games were demonstrated at a small party in South Korea. "People say ‘There is nothing new under the sun,'" reads OOI's mission statement. "Does that mean there wouldn't be any new grammar [of gameplay] then? No! "We would like to inspire new energy to the Korean game industry through various experimentation [sic]." The showcase featured 14 games, including Western games like David OReilly's Mountain. Check out the video for the highlights. You can find information, including videos, about...

Why Sony is courting Wii owners and bringing old games to PS4

If you bought a Wii but not a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, Sony thinks you might want a PlayStation 4. "Our big opportunity is to welcome back an audience much earlier in the lifecycle that possibly bought into the Wii previously," Sony Computer Entertainment President and Group CEO Andrew House told Eurogamer. "Whether it's based on this is a really good all-round entertainment device for a family in addition to having great games, our consumer data suggests some of those people are already coming in now and that's what's contributing to the really great sales we've had." Must Read PS4 review According to Nintendo, the company has sold more than 101 million Wii units since its 2006 release. Sony's most recent sales figures date from early April and put the PS4 at 7...
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Skylanders makes its Comic-Con debut with hands-on Trap Team

Skylanders: Trap Team, the next entry in Activision's toy/action-adventure series, will be playable at San Diego Comic-Con and will be the subject of a panel there in the series' first appearance at the expo. The panel is "Skylanders: The Creative Process of Bringing Toys to Life," and it will be Thursday at 6 p.m. PT in Room 7AB at the San Diego Convention Center. Featured speakers include Richard Horvitz, the voice of Kaos in the series; Ron Marz, known for his work on Green Lantern and the Marvel vs. DC crossover book, and executives from Activision and Trap Team developer Toys for Bob. Activision is stoking hype for the panel by offering a cosplay contest giving out more than $5,000 in prizes to those who dress up as a character from the series. Skylanders: Trap Team is scheduled...

Evo 2014 tournament stream schedule details three days of fighting game action

The Twitch stream schedule for this year's Evo fighting game championship series is now available, along with the tournament's brackets for the three days of fighting game battles. You watch the tournament from the two streams: SrkEvo1 and SrkEvo2. Capcom Pro Tour will broadcast all of the Ultra Street Fighter 4 pools through its official channel. Super Smash Bros. Melee will join a roster of six other fighting games this year. On Friday, the pools, quarter finals and semifinals for Ultra Street Fighter 4 will take place. Friday will also see pools for Super Smash Bros. Melee and pools and semifinals for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Saturday will feature pools, semifinals and quarter finals for Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Quarter finals and semifinals for K...

Midna from Twilight Princess is wolf-hurling trouble in Hyrule Warriors

The latest trailer for Tecmo Koei and Nintendo's hack-and-slash collaboration Hyrule Warriors highlights Midna, the Twilight Princess and one of the central characters from 2006 title The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. As demonstrated in the video above, Midna rides around the arena on wolf back, summoning packs of wolves to dispatch masses of enemies and obliterating crowds by turning her hair into an arm and fist. The Princess can also take on her Fused Shadow form to deal out damage. Check out the trailer for the game's first character, Lana, and overviews for other The Legend of Zelda franchise heroes Link, Zelda, Impa and Agitha. The Wii U-exclusive title will launch on Sept. 26.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's approval rating is on the rise

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata experienced a rise in his approval rating, a rating determined by Nintendo investors, following his re-election to the board of directors last week, it was revealed. His approval rating now sits at 80.64 percent, an increase of 3.38 percent from last year's major slump — a 77.26 percent approval rating in 2013. It's worth noting that the Nintendo head received a 90.60 approval rating in 2012 before the company faced major fiscal troubles. Earlier in the year, Iwata announced he would slash his pay in half following a 30 percent slump in profit over the nine-month fiscal period ending Dec. 31, 2013. Speaking to reporters at the time, the Nintendo president said he would receive a reduced salary for five months in the wake of the third quarter results....

The relentless brutality of Mario Kart, in half a minute

Want to watch Daisy drop from first to last place in just 17 seconds? Have we got the video for you. It's a microcosm of the Lord-of-the-Flies brutality of any Mario Kart race approaching the finish line. This video has been making the rounds lately via Reddit, but let's state up front that it is not Mario Kart 8 — this is Mario Kart Wii. The standard-definition graphics and presence of Dry Bones and Birdo give that away. Still, it features most of the characters, and all of the methods, available in the latest game. Let us recap the onslaught upon Daisy: 0:03 Hit by a blue shell and a gratuitous red shell simultaneously. 0:05 Passed by Toad. 0:06 Hit by a red shell. 0:07 Bumped and passed by Dry Bones. 0:09 Hit by another red shell. 0:10 Passed by Wario. 0:11 — 0:15: Passed...

Mario Kart 8 surpasses 2 million units sold worldwide

Sales of Mario Kart 8, the latest entry in Nintendo's kart racing franchise, hit about 2 million copies worldwide since its release a month ago, Nintendo of America confirmed with Polygon today. The number, which Nintendo officials said it sold through to consumers, was revealed during the company's 74th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in Japan early today. The title became the fastest selling Wii U game in the console's history when it sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide since its release May 29 in Japan and May 30 in North America and Europe, Nintendo revealed in early June. Mario Kart 8 also garnered the "strongest review scores in franchise history," according to the company. While Mario Kart 8's performance is strong, it still may be one of the worst-selling...

Nintendo shareholders vote to retain president Satoru Iwata and executives

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and eight head executives were re-elected at the company's 74th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in Kyoto, Japan today. The nine candidates Iwata, Genyo Takeda, game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Tatsumi Kimishima, Shigeyuki Takahashi, Satoshi Yamato, Susumu Tanaka, Shinya Takahashi and Hirokazu Shinshi, were re-elected while one candidate, Mr. Naoki Mizutani, was elected. Iwata, Miyamoto and Takeda were appointed as representative directors at the meeting of the Board of Directors held after the shareholder meeting. Iwata underwent surgery to deal with a growth that was found in his bile duct last week and had to sit out of the company's annual shareholders meeting as a result. Nintendo's president did not attend E3 2014 earlier this month due...

Yacht Club Games surprises backers with early Shovel Knight keys

Yacht Club Games is sending out keys for its 8-bit indie platformer Shovel Knight to backers today ahead of its launch later this week, the developer announced through the game's Kickstarter campaign page. "Hey backers... you should totally check your Humble Key page. I think there might be something there for you. Something that you've been patiently waiting for," the update reads. "It's just a little early... because we love you a whole lot. Shhh... don't speak. Just enjoy the moment." Backers can find out details on how to redeem their code in the developer's "How To Get Your Copy Of Shovel Knight" update posted earlier this week. Non-backers can download the game for Windows PC through Steam and for Wii U and 3DS via Nintendo eShop on June 26 at 11 a.m. PST. The Nintendo versions...

Just Dance becomes an eSports title for 11th Electronic Sports World Cup

Ubisoft's Just Dance franchise is entering a new field this year, eSports — the massively popular dance title will be part of the game lineup for the 11th Electronic Sports World Cup, Ubisoft announced today. According to Ubisoft, Just Dance will be the first-ever casual game featured in the Electronic Sports World Cup. Other titles in this year's competition include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA 14 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. "We are very proud to widen the definition of eSport with Ubisoft. Competitive gaming has to welcome all kind of players, has to be developed in partnership with the games publishers and has to showcase the most advanced technologies which link the body to the game. Just Dance is for ESWC the perfect medium to reach those goals," said Matthieu Dallon,...
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