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According to Nintendo of America's chief executive, Reggie Fils-Aime, digital downloads are soaring. The executive adds that digital downloads are also becoming a "notable contributor" to Nintendo's bottom line, something he thinks will continue. Fils-Aime says:
We have 15 Nintendo-published titles available, both physically and digitally [on the 3DS]. So far in 2013, of those 15 available in this format, 11 percent of sales have come through full digital downloads of those games.
The Nintendo 3DS has been popular in the US, selling 8 million units in the first two years of being available. The Nintendo exec revealed that the 3DS smash hit Fire Emblem alone has seen digital sales of around 80,000 copies.
Ouya have provided another shipping update to their upcoming Android-based console, taking to their Kickstarter page and through e-mail, notifying consumers of some new information. Limited Edition units have been "fast-tracked", and will be finally shipping out sooner, nearly two weeks earlier than they were estimated to.
Standard orders are no longer prioritized over orders with extra controllers, with the orders including spare controllers to start shipping next week. The company are also working on methods of getting international orders out to backers faster, too. I'm looking forward to receiving my Limited Edition Ouya console, with some user names etched into the controllers, booyah.
The popular online tank shooter World of Tanks suffered a security breach recently that could have led to account information being stolen from subscribers. The developer, Wargaming.net, has not released any detailed information on what exactly was stolen, but is advising all users to change their account password to ensure no accounts are lost.
In a statement on the matter Wargaming.net had the following to say:
"As a part of usual security practices, we recently became aware that some personal information may have been compromised due to a security incident. We immediately launched an investigation into the incident and can assure you that no financial information was accessed. However, we believe that some password hashes and email addresses were affected by the compromise."
As an incentive, the company is giving users who change their passwords 300 in-game gold, which is enough to purchase one day of premium services, resulting in a faster tank and faster research into new tanks.
Nintendo aren't having much luck with the Wii U console, with sales not impressing so far, and here we are with yet another disappointing month of sales for Nintendo's 'next-gen' console.
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, has said that there is little hope of sales of the Wii U picking up anytime soon. The analyst also adds that "only 55,000 Wii U consoles were sold domestically in March," which is down from February's sales of 66,000 units, and January's sales of 57,000 units.
Pachter also doesn't think the Japanese company can do anything to help sales, where he adds "fortunes appear unlikely to improve for several months, even if Nintendo decides to drop [the] price, as there are an insufficient number of core titles that are generating interest in the console".
Bethesda has made use of the video sharing service Vine to tease a previously unannounced game. The Vine, viewable here, is quite cryptic, though several rumors are flying around the Internet. It starts out by showing barbed wire and then some spinning paper, which appears to be sheet music to Johann Sebastian Bach's "Air on the G-String."
One of the rumors flying around is that it could be a new Fallout game, though Bethesda's VP of Marketing indicated that this isn't the case with a tweet. Other rumors include the possibility that this new game could be a new Wolfenstein game. We'll probably learn more about the game at this year's E3 expo in June.
In the meantime, what do you think of the teaser? Any ideas what game it could be for? Let us know!
Rockstar have graced us with two more pieces of artwork from their upcoming, sure to break records game, Grand Theft Auto V. The first image shows off a guy on a motorbike holding an uzi, with a helicopter above him in which looks like a hot pursuit.
The second shot is a guy on a jet ski, just smashing through some waves. According to Rockstar though, the images show "two of our three leads, Michael and Franklin getting things done - by sea, or by land. Of course many other modes of transport will also be available to accommodate your travel needs across Los Santos and Blaine County this September".
Ouya developer James Coote ran the new 3DMark for Android benchmark on his Ouya game console, the video of which you can see embedded below. Interestingly enough, the Ouya is easily bested by current generation smartphones and even some previous generation smartphones.
In fact, the Ouya console is ranked 73 among all Android devices in Futuremark's database for the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark. This doesn't exactly make me believe the Ouya will play host to graphically exciting games. The Samsung Galaxy S4 manages over double the score of the Ouya console.
This weak performance is likely the best the Ouya designers could manage while still staying within a $99 sticker price.
Project Unity is an interesting beast, a single, unified gaming console made by hardware hacker (among other things) 'Bacteria'. Project Unity crams in a bunch of the best consoles from the past couple of decades into a single gaming box.
Project Unity includes Sega Master System, Neo Geo MVS, GameCube, Dreamcast, Saturn, Intellivision, Colecovision, Atari 7800, Turbografx 16, PS1/PS2, Mega Drive, NES, Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64 and Amstrad GX4000 games. The console was made out of authentic hardware and doesn't use any emulators of combo units. It does all of this from a single power supply, video output and custom-built controller - no matter the system selected at the time.
If you haven't seen or heard about Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon yet, then the trailer (below) will make you want to buy it, right now. The game is set in the "near future" of 2007, and has the main character voiced by 80s action star (The Terminator, Aliens) Michael Biehn.
There's a bunch of cyborgs, toxic wastes, neon lights and a huge VHS feel to the trailer - which all adds to its awesome feel. It looks like Ubisoft are having a bunch of fun with this game, and by the looks of it, it could've been its own game and dropped the Far Cry 3 name completely. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon launches next month!
I received an e-mail today, along with the thousands of other early backers of the Ouya console, detailing the shipping schedule of their consoles. All backers are still set to receive their consoles by May 25, where 25% of which will receive them before the end of April.
Ouya have said that they've changed a partner this week, so they "could shave days off the total shipping timeline". They've hired more people to expand the Ouya team, in both their production house and distribution facility, in which they're already "seeing the benefits of this".