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Wii U predicted to start strong and then falter

With the imminent launch of the Wii U so close to the holiday season, Nintendo are anticipating some monster sales. According to a report from IHS Screen Digest, the new console is predicted to sell 3.5 million units from its launch on the ...

 
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Darksiders II sells 247,000 in North America at launch

Darksiders II managed to sell 247,000 copies in North America during its launch week, despite being pretty decently marketed and damn fantastic. Analyst Michael Pachter has estimated global sales at around a million.  This humble numbe...

 
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Pachter upsets Nintendo fans, says they'll buy anything

Industry analyst Michael "Elder Foot" Pachter recently joked that Nintendo fans will buy anything related to Nintendo. Ironically, Nintendo fans totally bought it, and are raging hard at the silver-haired love machine.  "I don't think ...

 
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Analyst: Medal of Honor: Warfighter sales will suffer

Analyst Doug Creutz has warned investors that EA's annual attempt to start a fight with Activision won't do too well this year. He believes Medal of Honor: Warfighter will lose sales due to the poor quality of the last MOH title, as we...

 
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Pachter: 3DS XL not compelling, PS Vita too expensive

Michael "Sinewy Eyes" Pachter has aimed his bolt of judgement at the handheld gaming space, not only criticizing Nintendo's latest portable efforts, but roping in Sony for a bit of a lashing too. According to the mightiest of all analysts, ...

 
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Pachter: Wii U is not going to work

Industry analyst Michael "Pink Toothbrush" Pachter has stated that the Wii U will not succeed as intended, and criticized Nintendo for believing that it can do something novel and come out on top.  "I don’t think they suck -- I j...

 
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Pachter: on-disc DLC is 'just plain greed'

Industry analyst Michael "horse sponge" Pachter has chimed in on the controversial practice of shipping games with "downloadable" content locked on the disc. While he said that he didn't think the delivery method mattered in the long run, h...

 
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Analysts: Sony could strip down free PSN features

While I have no problem with analysts in theory, I really hate some of the bad ideas they try to give publishers. Take, for example, today's cavalcade of opinions that suggest Sony could strip down its free PlayStation Network in order to m...

 
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Pachter: Orbis/PS4 to suffer if it blocks used games

Industry analyst Michael "Bumblecrumbs" Pachter has responded to rumors that Sony's next generation PlayStation will block used games, believing that the pros are far outweighed by the cons. According to the smooth operator, retailers ...

 
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Pachter suggests the Wii U may be Nintendo's Dreamcast

It's been a while since we've had a quote from Michael "Stink Pouch" Pachter to infuriate the masses, so here's one of him being cynical towards a Nintendo product again. In fact, he thinks Nintendo is going to "Dreamcast" itself with the W...

 
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GDC: How important review scores are to game sales

In a morning GDC session packed full of interesting game sales trend data, EEDAR's Geoffrey Zatkin shared some research on how important game review scores are for sales. While it would stand to reason that highly rated games would sel...

 
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GDC: EEDAR's five universal truths for top-rated games

Research firm EEDAR tracks just about every quantifiable attribute of videogames and then mines that data to help their clients, which includes developers and publishers. In a GDC session on how games get reviewed, Erik Brudvig, director of...

 
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[In Divnich Divines, EEDAR Vice President and videogame analyst Jesse Divnich traverses the bogs of sales data, hype, and good old fashioned game geekery to give you his two cents on hot topics in the games industry] The...   read

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Pachter: Wii U 'all but assured' of poor dev support

This year, the Wii U is scheduled to bring Nintendo into the HD era, but analyst Michael "Love Curdle" Pachter practically guarantees that it will fail to get developers on board. He also urges the company to stop living in the past. "Ninte...

 
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Analyst says PlayStation lacks consumer excitement

There's no denying that Sony isn't at the top of the gaming mountain anymore, after crushing the competition with the PS2. 2011 especially had Sony encounter more than its fair share of problems, but analyst David Cole thinks its ultim...

 
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Analysts say the 3DS is 'clear of the woods'

Guys, Nintendo isn't doomed anymore like we all definitely said! A number of game industry pundits, including Michael Pachter and Jesse Divnich, have declared the 3DS to be in safe waters, with the system having cleared its initial bumpy st...

 
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Pachter: Rumors of new Xbox in 2012 are silly

Many gamers have already assumed that the next generation of videogames will officially kick off next year, and a number of rumors suggest that we'll be seeing the third iteration of the Xbox soon (I won't say "Xbox 720" because ugh). Analy...

 
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Analysts: Xbox 720 will be a hybrid console

Analysts think that the next Microsoft console will be a hybrid, using both cloud-based and media-based delivery. We're not ready to take it all to the cloud yet, they say. I hope you have storage space for more discs. DFC Intelligence anal...

 
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Pachter: Call of Duty: MW3 will hit $1.1b in six weeks

It doesn't take an analyst to tell you that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is going to make some major money this holiday season, but it does take one to hone in on how much it's going to make in a set time frame. Michael Pachter of Wedbush...

 
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Pachter: Modern Warfare 3 will double Battlefield 3 sales

Industry analyst Micheal "Drippy Dinkus" Pachter has weighed in on the War of Military Shooters, picking the safer of the two sides and backing Modern Warfare 3. However, it wouldn't be a Pachter prediction without something to set fanboy f...

 
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EEDAR: 51% of gamers bought DLC this past year

Wow. I didn't know this DLC thing was catching on. I knew that everyone was making DLC, but I thought we were all just letting it float by like trash in a river. Oh, did I say that out loud?  I'm kidding! Kind of. There's some good DLC...

 
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EEDAR's list of top 20 most influential game media sites

EEDAR asked HD-owning console gamers in America what were their most influential videogame media outlets.  We have the top twenty from their data. I'm very happy to see that Destructoid makes that list. We're not at the top yet, though...

 
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Pachter: Wii U is not a 'next generation' console

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter calls Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console ambitious, but he doesn't feel that it's a true "next generation" offering. "The Wii U is a pretty ambitious undertaking," Pachter told Industry Gamers in an ...

 
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Analysts: Xbox Live Arcade has not peaked

Following 2D Boy's report that Xbox Live Arcade has reached its peak and is on the downslide, a number of analysts have taken to the platform's defense, stating unequivocally that XBLA still has plenty of mileage left. "In terms of digital ...

 
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[In Divnich Divines, EEDAR Vice President and videogame analyst Jesse Divnich traverses the bogs of sales data, hype, and good old fashioned game geekery to give you his two cents on hot topics in the game industry] It se...   read

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Several hours ago, we told you that Nintendo's pre-Tokyo Game Show conference, in which the Big N revealed a handful of upcoming 3DS titles, caused such unrest amongst shareholders that the company's stock dropped by 5% as a ...   read

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Nintendo's TGS 3DS press conference generates failure

[Update: According to the more financially savvy cats over at NeoGAF, Nintendo's stock dropped before the conference began, and it actually went back up to its prior levels shortly afterwards. So, while analysts and press seem unenthus...

 
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Analyst predicts Australian game prices to drop by 2012

Despite the Australian dollar steadily maintaining parity with the US dollar for quite some time now, most videogame prices still remain painfully high. In what comes as welcome news, Macquarie Bank consumer analyst Rob Blythe predicts peop...

 
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Analyst: 3DS games should be $20-$25

MR Research analyst Billy Pidgeon has called out Nintendo on its $39.99 MSRP average for 3DS titles, stating that games need to be around half that price in order to succeed.  "Nintendo needs to change its business fundamentally," he s...

 
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PS Vita pressured to cut price or 'risk major failure'

Despite launching at the same price the 3DS launched at, the PlayStation Vita is being pressured by pundits and analysts to lower its price. Sony's Kaz Hirai stated last week that the Vita would retain its $250 price point, but for some, th...

 

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