July 31, 2014, 6:04 AM —
If you thought the arrival of Mario Kart 8 was going to turn things around for Nintendo, I have bad news for you. The company reported a 9.92 billion yen ($97.3 million) loss for the April-June quarter.
The good news is that Nintendo hasn't revised it's annual forecast; it's still predicting a 20 billion yen ($196 million) profit for the year. Wii U sales were way up compared to the same quarter last year (520,000 units vs 160,000). The success of Mario Kart 8 (which has sold 2.82 million since release) seems to have fueled this increase in demand for the Wii U, and Nintendo says other big name titles will do the same throughout the remainder of the year. Let's hope so.
As of the end of the quarter, Nintendo has sold 6.68 million Wii Us worldwide. They're targeting 3.6 million Wii Us sold in fiscal 2015; they're going to have to really pick up the pace over the holidays if they want to hit that number.
Yesterday we talked about Electronic Arts' EA Access program for the Xbox One.
Sony has responded to the news, telling Eurogamer that EA Access wasn't a good enough deal for their audience:
"We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," a Sony spokesperson said in a statement to Eurogamer.
"PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200 per cent since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price.
"We don't think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer."
Call me cynical but it sounds more like it wasn't a good deal for Sony; otherwise why not let customers decide what's a good deal and what isn't? My guess is that Microsoft is paying EA to have this service on the Xbox One, made Sony the same offer, but Sony found the price too high. To be clear that is 100% pure jaded gamer speculation on my part. What do you think?
One of the reasons I like the PS4 more than the Xbox One (for gaming, I love the Xbox One/Kinect combo for controlling my TV!) is that the PS4 has a variety of free-to-play MMOs on it. Lately I've been enjoying Warframe quite a bit, but there's also DC Universe Online, War Thunder and Blacklight: Retribution. When money is tight and you're looking for something new to play these games are a great option, and if you're anything like me you'll get hooked and stick around to spend a few bucks.
And now the Xbox One is getting a free-to-play MMO as well. Perfect World's Neverwinter will be coming to the Xbox One in North America and Europe in 2015, and it'll be a welcome addition (at least by me) to the library of titles available on the Xbox One.
I should pause for the PC Master Race to come in and point out that all these titles have been available to PC gamers for some time.
Speaking of which, congrats to Red5 on the official launch of Firefall!
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