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2:30 PM on 11.12.2012

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...

Fraser Brown

9:15 AM on 09.09.2012

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.  Th...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 08.13.2012

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.  ...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 07.31.2012

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 M...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 07.27.2012

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...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 07.16.2012

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 t...

Jim Sterling





11:00 AM on 05.28.2012

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 ...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 04.16.2012

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 Networ...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 03.30.2012

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 opera...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 03.13.2012

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" it...

Jim Sterling

5:45 PM on 03.09.2012

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 ...

Dale North

5:15 PM on 03.09.2012

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 Brudv...

Dale North



Divnich Divines: Do Japanese Vita sales spell trouble? photo
Divnich Divines: Do Japanese Vita sales spell trouble?
by Maurice Tan

[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 PlayStation Vita will launch in key Western markets in a little over a month and so far the high-tech handheld has had a rough start in Japan. Sony announced at CES that it had sold 500,000 units since its December 17 launch, but over 324,000 of those were sold in the first week.

However, Japan has always had a notoriously different market than the West when it comes to game hardware and software. Is there any reason to believe that the present slow sales of the Vita in the East hint at a future sales disaster in the West?

EEDAR's Jesse Divnich doesn't think so.

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12:45 PM on 01.06.2012

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 t...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 01.06.2012

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 t...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 01.05.2012

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 i...

Jim Sterling