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Maybe we only need PCs and handhelds photo
Maybe we only need PCs and handhelds
by Conrad Zimmerman

In this latest edition of Office Chat, Dale North, Jordan Devore, and I discuss a waning interest in console gaming, but still want Nintendo to try. Plus, brief thoughts on newly announced Batman titles and Electronic Arts is the worst company in America, but only if the most important thing to you is how convenient and easy it is to play games.

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8:00 PM on 03.13.2013

PS Vita sales hold steady after price drop in Japan

This is videogames, people. You never, ever, ever count anyone out unless they personally walk up to the podium and say, "We're done, guys." Up until now, the PlayStation Vita has been in just such a situation in its home cou...

Tony Ponce

11:45 AM on 03.07.2013

Dead or Alive 5 Plus demo coming shortly before release

Dead or Alive 5 Plus for the PlayStation Vita will have a demo avaialble shortly before the official release on March 19. Players will be able to have Cross-Play battles with current players of Dead or Alive 5 on the PlaySta...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 PM on 02.21.2013

Metal Slug 2 and 14 other games coming to NEOGEO X GOLD

After a "successful launch" in December, the NEOGEO X GOLD will see further support from Tommo with 15 additional games scheduled to arrive later this April. Available at retail and elsewhere, NEOGEO X Classics: Volume I will...

Jordan Devore

1:15 PM on 02.21.2013

Sony has no PS Vita price cut plans in US

Amid all the PlayStation 4 news, some folks were hoping to get a bit of extra PS Vita intel -- specifically, confirmation of a price drop in the United States. Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, however, said no such thin...

Jim Sterling



Why can't 3DS be as successful here as in Japan? photo
Why can't 3DS be as successful here as in Japan?
by Tony Ponce

Surprising absolutely no one, the 3DS continues to make Japan squeal like a suckling pig. But the Media Create sales data for February 11-17 is a little more fascinating than usual -- nine of the top ten pieces of software are 3DS titles, the Dragon Quest VII 3DS remake taking top honors once again. The one non-3DS game on the list is Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition at #4, and the first non-Nintendo title on the chart is the PSP visual novel Sakura-Sou no Pet na Kanojo at #12, right underneath New Super Mario Bros. U.

It's understandable that Nintendo handhelds rule the roost in ol' Nihon, but we haven't seen domination like this since the heights of the DS, when the entire top ten was populated by DS software. That's to be expected when the 3DS hardware itself is selling at least twice as much as all other platforms combined (97,971 vs. 48,384 this past week).

Whenever I consider 3DS' high performance in Japan, I get frustrated by the portable's much colder reception everywhere else. Why can't the 3DS be just as successful here, huh? I get that Japan's mobile-friendly, public transit-loving atmosphere fosters a better environment for handhelds, but is there no way to demonstrate that same value in other regions?

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11:45 AM on 02.20.2013

Sony: PS Vita sales a little behind, price was a hurdle

Following the PlayStation Vita's Japanese price cut, SCE Japan president Hiroshi Kawano has told Famitsu the handheld is performing a "little" less impressively than it expected. That's one brave way of putting it. "Certainly...

Jim Sterling

6:15 PM on 02.18.2013

Gunman Clive more popular on 3DS than iOS and Android

3DS eShop games enjoy no success, and developers are idiots for putting their games on the service. While fun to say, the previous statement isn't always true, as evidenced by news that Gunman Clive on 3DS has surpassed sales...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 02.15.2013

Have a taste of Soul Sacrifice's music

Composer Wataru Hokoyama went on the PlayStation Blog recently to share one of the songs you'll get to hear in Soul Sacrifice for the PlayStation Vita. “An unbelievably gigantic enemy appears before you," Wataru told P...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:30 PM on 02.15.2013

Dead or Alive 5 Plus trailer shows off some new features

Any Dead or Alive fans out there? This newest trailer for Dead or Alive 5 Plus shows off some Vita-centric features, like first person fighting, the ability to hold the Vita vertically, and touch features. At the end of the ...

Chris Carter

10:45 AM on 02.08.2013

Sony: We have to do better at promoting PS Vita

Addressing the never-ending tragedy that is the PlayStation Vita's sales career, Sony has suggested marketing is a problem. After cutting the system's sales expectations drastically, the company pledged to better promote it.&...

Jim Sterling

9:30 AM on 02.07.2013

Sony cuts PS Vita sales target, cites lack of penetration

The sad ballad of the PlayStation Vita continues to ring its mournful tune in taverns across the kingdom, with Sony now lowering its sales forecast in light of its failure to achieve "market penetration." This is not the firs...

Jim Sterling







KickBeat is looking like music to the ears of Vita owners photo
KickBeat is looking like music to the ears of Vita owners
by Abel Girmay

Remember music games? Yeah, those were fun.

With the genre's better (or at least its mainstream) days behind, I'm always interested to see in what weird and unique ways it will pop back up. Enter KickBeat, from the house that brought out Zen Pinball.

While we covered a lot of its specifics when Conrad last saw it at E3, we did recently get to see a few new additions to the combat, including enemy types and combos.

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10:15 AM on 02.05.2013

Nintendo: Cloud gaming is not the future

Those no-good kids, with their hula hoops and their clouds. Back in my day, there was only one Cloud in gaming, and he carried a sword twice his height like a real man does. New technology confuses and angers me, and you bett...

Jim Sterling

7:15 PM on 02.01.2013

Nintendo dev Brownie Brown is now '1-UP Studio'

Nintendo subsidiary Brownie Brown announced today on its homepage that the dev house is undergoing some changes, which includes a new company name: "1-UP Studio." The old Brownie Brown page will remain active until March 31, ...

Tony Ponce

11:30 PM on 01.31.2013

NVIDIA's Project SHIELD: From conception to CES '13

When NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang surprised everyone at this year's CES by unveiling the company's Project SHIELD handheld, he had only held it for the first time ten days prior. In under a year, Project SHIELD transitioned from...

Keith Swiader