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  • Blog Post: Analysis – What Wii U's Lame Duck Status Means For Nintendo

    Early this morning, Nintendo announced its financial results for the year ended March 31, 2016 . Amidst staggering profit decline, the company also dropped a bombshell: NX is coming later than anticipated . There was never a formal announcement that NX was coming in 2016. However, with the planned release... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – No, Virtual Reality Isn’t Dead Because The Rift Costs $600

    This morning, Oculus finally revealed the price for the first consumer Rift . The virtual reality headset will cost you $600, including an Xbox One controller and wireless adapter, wireless remote, and tracking camera. As expected, reactions to the cost have been emphatic. Some have gone so far as to... More
  • Blog Post: Looking Ahead To Five Big Conversations Of 2016

    Each year, we take a moment in early January to look back on the topics that surfaced multiple times in the previous year and what we anticipate talking about in the coming 12 months. These conversations are topics our readers tell us (via interaction and page views) that were important to them and will... More
  • Blog Post: The Gaming Trends Of 2015

    Each December, we take a moment to look back at the news and headlines that defined the year. The video game industry has been in a state of massive transition for years. This latest period has been marked by a console hardware transition, the birth of virtual reality, and a fundamental change in how... More
  • Blog Post: Thinking Of Investing In Psychonauts 2? Here Are Some Things To Know

    Ever since its release in 2005, fans have been clamoring for a sequel to Double Fine's charming 3D platformer, Psychonauts. Last night at The Game Awards, Double Fine announced that it hopes to finally deliver a sequel, but it's going to need some help from fans. Rather than pursue a traditional... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis: EA's Digital Profit Margins Twice That Of Retail Sales (And Why That Matters To Gamers)

    One of the most profound trends in the video game business today is the significant shift from physical sales to digital delivery. Each quarter, publishers are reporting double-digit growth year-over-year in the area, as consumers are opting for digital copies in greater numbers. Speaking at the UBS... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo’s Best-Selling Wii U And 3DS Titles As Of September 30, 2015

    Nintendo has once again updated its best-selling games on Wii U and 3DS. With new entrants on the systems, including Super Mario Maker and Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, the list is shaken up a bit. We’ve included all the relevant information, including change in sales and placement on the... More
  • Blog Post: Worried About Gaming Getting More Expensive? It Already Has

    Over the past five years, publishers have gotten more creative with how they monetize games. It used to be that the $50 or $60 people paid at the register was the maximum lifetime value publishers could expect from a single copy. That number has bloomed in ways many consumers don’t internalize... More
  • Blog Post: Konami Is Walking A Tightrope With Metal Gear Solid V In-App Transactions

    There are things we are unlikely to change, no matter how much we despise them. Pre-order bonuses aren’t going anywhere. Season passes with unspecified content are a growing trend. In-app transactions in full-priced games make too much money to abandon. The question then becomes one of nuance,... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis: Two Reasons Why Playable Female Characters Are Here To Stay

    Video game protagonists have come a long way over the years. Consider the iconic Lara Croft: In her 1996 debut, she was a polygonal, sexualized figure, designed to appeal to an overwhelmingly male audience. However, she also stood out for being one of the few playable female protagonists at the time;... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis - As The Wii U Limps, Its Software Sales Leap

    Along with its first quarter financial results, Nintendo released updated sales figures for its best-selling software. Unsurprisingly, Mario Kart 8 and Pokémon X & Y continue to lead on Wii U and 3DS respectively. As we dig deeper, we see that the Nintendo faithful are buying just about everything... More
  • Blog Post: Life After Iwata: Will Nintendo Stay The Course Or Chart A Bold New Path?

    Earlier this month, the gaming industry lost a bright, creative mind in Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. The longtime Nintendo leader's untimely and tragic death was felt throughout the community, and his absence leaves us poorer. But while the company grieves its beloved leader, business must go... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Gamers Are Playing The Big Releases On PS4, And That Should Worry Microsoft

    Yesterday’s NPD report for the month of June revealed that the video game industry is in an upswing . Amidst the very good news was the latest in a long of line of major titles that definitively swung toward the current market leader. Before NPD released its report, Sony issued a statement letting... More
  • Blog Post: Activision’s Destiny Missteps Are Common Business Wrapped In Terrible Communication

    It’s been a rough week for Activision and Bungie. While The Taken King garnered attention at E3, what followed was poor messaging about a collector’s edition, exclusive in-game emotes, and a belief that players are being forced to buy content they already own. In order to understand where... More
  • Blog Post: E3 2015 Day One Recap

    With multiple press conferences and new announcements coming from all angles, the first full day of E3 is always the craziest. Add in Bethesda's early kick-off to the festivities last night, and you have 24 hours that have been absolutely packed with reveals, screens, and trailers. That's why... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Doesn't Have An Amiibo Problem, But It Doesn't Mind That You Do

    Ask any Amiibo collector (or former enthusiast) and you'll likely hear the same things . They'll tell you that the process for pre-ordering and acquiring new releases is broken. Nintendo isn't producing enough to fill the supply chain. Things need to get better. As a consumer, I wholeheartedly... More
  • Blog Post: The Fallacy Of Free Mods - Paying Creators, Developers, And Valve Is The Right Move (And May Return)

    The past two weeks have been tumultuous for PC gamers, as Valve announced (and quickly terminated) a mechanism that allowed modders to charge for their work. While the dust has mostly settled, there are important lessons from the aborted attempt and how we might better discuss this issue in the future... More
  • Blog Post: Here's What You Missed In The Recent Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

    A few days ago , Rocksteady and Warner Bros. released a new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, which gave us a long and stoic look at Batman's compatriots: Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman. But if you look closely at the trailer, you might have also picked out a few more juicy details about one of... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Nintendo's Tough Hardware Choices May Test Consumer Confidence

    This morning, Nintendo reported its fiscal third quarter financials . The news was largely positive, with Wii U sales up, strong attach rates for Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros., and a slight increase in projected net income for the fiscal year. One note did stand out as concerning, though. The company... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Microsoft Is Making The Right Moves For The Holiday

    I’ve previously acknowledged that the resolution of games is an important topic for some people . Until there isn’t a discrepancy between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions on the visual front, that conversation will continue to emerge. But for everyone else, there are other factors... More
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