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Nintendo president: declining sales make NX "essential"

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Nintendo president: declining sales make NX "essential"

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima says the company's upcoming NX console is vital to resuscitating its flagging sales.

Citing a predicted drop in annual Wii U sales from 2.4 million units to 800,000, Kimishima said that "NX and smart device business will be essential to cover this gap."

Kimishima's comment came in an investor Q&A following his firm's earnings call.

He added that Nintendo will sell the NX at break-even or higher, as "selling at a loss at launch would not support the business."

Many video game consoles have been sold at below cost in order to establish a player base, with the aim of making back the deficit via software sales; the Wii U is the only console Nintendo has sold under that philosophy.

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Gears of War 4 would have cost Epic $100m

Gears of War 4 would have cost Epic $100m

Had Epic Games held on to Gears of War, a fourth title in the series would have cost more than US$100 million, says co-founder Tim Sweeney.

Though the first Gears of War "was very profitable," bringing in $100m revenue off a $12m budget, increasing development costs began to become a problem.

Five years later, Gears of War 3 cost "about four or five times more" than the original, for example.

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Mighty No. 9 given another, allegedly final, release date

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Mighty No. 9 given another, allegedly final, release date

Mighty No. 9 has yet another release date – and supposedly, this one's final.

Creator Keiji Inafune said in a blog post that the Mega Man spiritual successor has "gone gold," which would indicate development is finally complete on the long-delayed project.

"I would like to say again how sincerely sorry we are for how long we have kept all of our fans waiting," wrote Inafune.

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Oculus deploys retail Rifts before fulfilling pre-orders

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Oculus deploys retail Rifts before fulfilling pre-orders

Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets will appear in online and brick-and-mortar retailers this week.

48 Best Buy locations across the United States will carry the headset starting May 7th, while Amazon and Microsoft's online stores will have purchases available from 9am Pacific on May 6th.

However, the company has not yet fulfilled its significant pre-order backlog, meaning that retail customers who waited may get their hardware first.

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Uncharted 4's multiplayer roadmap includes free DLC

Uncharted 4's multiplayer roadmap includes free DLC

Naughty Dog unveiled its Uncharted 4: A Thief's End multiplayer roadmap today, including the fact that all its DLC will be free for everyone.

In addition, all items in the in-game store will also be unlockable via gameplay.

Lead designer Robert Cogburn says this plan "means that the [i]Uncharted 4 multiplayer community won't be fragmented by different types of DLC."

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare explores space, ship combat

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare explores space, ship combat

As expected, this year’s Call of Duty is subtitled Infinite Warfare, and its collector’s editions come with a remaster of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Activision made an official announcement overnight, and played up the story aspects of the space-faring Infinite Warfare, which it says breaks new ground by exploring the weight of leadership and its responsibilities.

Infinite Warfare will immerse players in “a war story that, for the first time in COD history, extends beyond the reaches of Earth into the vast expanse of our solar system,” said the publisher. I guess that brief space shootout in Ghosts doesn't count.

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Total War: Warhammer's Chaos DLC free for the first week

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Total War: Warhammer's Chaos DLC free for the first week

The Creative Assembly attracted the ire of gamers last December, when it announced that Total War: Warhammer’s Chaos Warriors faction would only be available as DLC.

Worse still, the faction – an integral part of the Warhammer universe in the eyes of many – was offered up for free as a pre-order bonus, and on day one as paid DLC.

As a consequence, the trailer announcing the Chaos Warriors attracted almost 50,000 downvotes on YouTube. Fans were clearly angry at The Creative Assembly – in their eyes – cutting the Chaos content from the game so it could be sold for extra cash.

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"Judas" betrays Take-Two with a trademark filing

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"Judas" betrays Take-Two with a trademark filing

Take-Two Interactive appears to be gearing up to announce a game entitled Judas.

Two US trademark filings and one European filing for "Judas," attributed to Take-Two, and a domain registration for judasthegame.com by MarkMonitor, which Rockstar Games has employed in the past, paint a compelling picture.

None of the registrations mention a specific studio, though Take-Two is the parent company of Rockstar, 2K Games, Firaxis, and Irrational.

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Dark Souls III PC players warned not to "take candy from strangers"

Dark Souls III PC players warned not to "take candy from strangers"

Bandai Namco has warned players of Dark Souls III on PC about seemingly innocuous activities that could lead to bans for cheating.

The publisher recently banned a swathe of cheaters on the PC platform, but ended up banning several innocent users as well.

Those users were allegedly banned for possessing hacked items unknowingly obtained from cheaters online, referred to by the Bandai Namco knowledge base as "taking candy from strangers."

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