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Wii U predicted to start strong and then falter


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Nov 12
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... read
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Darksiders II sells 247,000 in North America at launch


Humble start for Vigil Games' superb sequel
Sep 09
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... read
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Pachter upsets Nintendo fans, says they'll buy anything


Aug 13
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.  ... read
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Analyst: Medal of Honor: Warfighter sales will suffer


Jul 31
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... read
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Pachter: 3DS XL not compelling, PS Vita too expensive


Jul 27
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... read
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Pachter: Wii U is not going to work


Jul 16
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... read
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Pachter: on-disc DLC is 'just plain greed'


May 28
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 ... read
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Analysts: Sony could strip down free PSN features


Apr 16
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... read
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Pachter: Orbis/PS4 to suffer if it blocks used games


Mar 30
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... read
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Pachter suggests the Wii U may be Nintendo's Dreamcast


Mar 13
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... read
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GDC: How important review scores are to game sales


Mar 09
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 ... read
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GDC: EEDAR's five universal truths for top-rated games


Mar 09
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... read
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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 feature

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


Jan 06
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... read
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Analyst says PlayStation lacks consumer excitement


Jan 06
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... read
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Analysts say the 3DS is 'clear of the woods'


Jan 05
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... read
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Pachter: Rumors of new Xbox in 2012 are silly


Nov 22
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" beca... read
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Analysts: Xbox 720 will be a hybrid console


Nov 17
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 In... read
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Pachter: Call of Duty: MW3 will hit $1.1b in six weeks


Nov 03
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 Pac... read
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Pachter: Modern Warfare 3 will double Battlefield 3 sales


Oct 24
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 ... read
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EEDAR: 51% of gamers bought DLC this past year


Oct 19
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'... read
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EEDAR's list of top 20 most influential game media sites


Oct 12
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 ... read
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Pachter: Wii U is not a 'next generation' console


Oct 11
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 Industr... read
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Analysts: Xbox Live Arcade has not peaked


Oct 05
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 te... read
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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 feature

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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 feature

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Nintendo's TGS 3DS press conference generates failure


Sep 13
[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 see... read
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Analyst predicts Australian game prices to drop by 2012


Aug 17
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 Blyth... read
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Analyst: 3DS games should be $20-$25


Aug 09
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 funda... read
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PS Vita pressured to cut price or 'risk major failure'


Aug 08
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, b... read
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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] At a t... read feature

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Pachter: Spyro Skylanders will underperform


Aug 04
I've previously expressed a strange excitement for Activision's toy crossover Skylanders: Spyro's Adventures due to its nineties-flavored gimmickry. The publisher is pumping big marketing dollars into the franchise, but analy... read






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