Nintendo's latest financial figures have been a bit of a mixed bag of news for fans of the Japanese games giant.

On the plus side, Mario Kart 8 has managed to sell 2.8 million copies since it launched at the end of May as well as helping to shift more Wii U consoles with the Mario Kart hardware bundle.

On the downside, Nintendo has still posted losses of 97.2 million USD in spite of the boost to sales that Mario Kart 8. Nintendo still posts losses despite Mario Kart 8 selling almost 3 million

Nintendo has pinned their tunaround hopes on a number of this year's releases including Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS and Bayonetta 2.

Thanks LoadTheGame.

Codemasters has revealed that they wil be, erm, revealing the first details of F1 2014 tomorrow.

The British racing game studio made the announcement during the Codies League Championship livestream earlier today.

It was further confirmed on Twitter by Codemasters' F1 community manager Luke Spring who stated, “Yep, just confirmed on the #CLC live stream - We'll be revealing #F12014... tomorrow!” Codemasters to announce the first F1 2014 details tomorrow

The announcement comes just as this year's F1 season heads into its summer break. It is believed that F1 2014 will be the first game in the series to hit next-gen consoles.

Thanks The Sixth Axis.

Crysis 3 and Fez line-up for August's PS Plus Instant Game Collection

Sony puts together another decent mix of titles for the Instant Game Collection

Sony has announced the selection of games that they will be offering up to PS Plus subscribers on August the 6th.

PS4 gamers will be getting their hands on Spry Fox's rogue-like puzzle adventure Road Not Taken and Polytron's unique critically acclaimed platform puzzler Fez. Fez is a Cross-Buy title so it should be available for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita.

PS3 gamers will get Crytek's most recent FPS Crysis 3 and Curve Studios' mysterious and beautiful explore 'em-up Proteus. PS Vita gamers will be able to get their hands on Metrico which is an atmospheric puzzle adventure based around the beauty of infographics and LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7. Crysis 3 and Fez line-up for August's PS Plus Instant Game Collection

Outgoing titles from this month are TowerFall Ascension and Strider on the PS4, Dead Space 3 and Vessel on the PS3 and LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes and Doki Doki Universe on the PS Vita.

Crytek clears up some of what's happening now they have

Crytek USA to close and probably Crytek UK too

Crytek has clarified some of what is going on at the company now that they have secured some more financing at least partly by selling the Homefront series to Deep Silver.

Crytek USA makers of Hunt: Horrors Of The Gilded Age has been closed because at most of the staff had already walked out due to not being paid. Development of Hunt has been moved to Crytek's Frankfurt HQ.

Things at Crytek UK are less certain as their project, Homefront: The Revolution, is now being handled by Deep Silver's new studio Dambuster Studios. Most of Crytek UK's staff will be moving to Dambuster to finish Homefront: The Revolution but this leaves a question mark over the studio itself. It seems like it will probably be closed though. Crytek clears up some of what's happening now they have

Crytek CEO Cervat Yerli said, "As we look to cement Crytek's future, this strategic deal with [Deep Silver parent company] Koch Media would allow us to continue with our ambitious goals to become an online publisher. With Warface, Arena of Fate, and Hunt, we believe we have the perfect portfolio and teams to make that happen. We would like to thank all our staff--past and present--in both Nottingham and Austin for their contributions to the company, and we wish all the very best to anyone who may no longer be under the Crytek banner moving forward."

Thanks GameSpot.

Fan catalogues all the recurring characters in The Elder Scrolls series

The Elder Scrolls Online villain Mannimarco is one of them

One diligent Elder Scrolls fan has put together a list of all of the recurring characters that have featured in Bethesda's huge RPG series.

Recurring characters are not something that Bethesda Softworks has focused on for The Elder Scrolls given that hundreds of story years can go by in between games – there was 200 years between the events of Oblivion and Skyrim for instance – but some characters have managed to make a return.

The most notable on is Mannimarco, one of the villains in The Elder Scrolls Online who is responsible for trying to bring Molag Bal into Tamriel. His first appearance is actually in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall trying to manipulate the player into helping him ascend to godhood. Fan catalogues all the recurring characters in The Elder Scrolls series

He returns in Oblivion in human form as the arch enemy of Cyrodil's Mages Guild. Of course, the events of both Daggerfall and Oblivion occur hundreds of years after The Elder Scrolls Online.

The list is pretty interesting for anyone who's even remotely enjoyed playing The Elder Scrolls games and was compiled by Imgur user S141n3dCl4ss.

Thanks Kotaku.

Destiny beta was the largest console beta for a new IP ever

Bungie were "totally blown away" by the numbers playing the beta

Destiny has already proven to be insanely popular and the new statistics on the beta player numbers announced by Activision have proven it.

Bungie's new epic sci-fi shooter managed to see 4,638,937 players between it launching on the PS4 and PS4 on July the 17th to when it closed on all platforms on July 28th. These numbers were aided by the beta becoming completely open to all across the PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 over last weekend.

According to Activision's Eric Hirschberg this is the largest beta of this console generation and the largest console beta ever for a new console IP. Destiny beta was the largest console beta for a new IP ever

Bungie's Pete Parsons stated, “We were totally blown away by the number of people who played the beta. We surpassed even our own goals and the feedback was invaluable. We cannot thank the community enough, the response was humbling and in the weeks ahead we’ll be working hard to ensure that Destiny lives up to the expectations at launch.”

Destiny is now on the final development straight and will launch on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September the 9th world wide (except in Japan where it is a PlayStation exclusive).

Activision has announced details of special editions for Sledgehammer's first entry in the Call Of Duty series, Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

There will be three special editions of Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare – the usual two tiers of retail edition plus a digital special edition. The first tier of special edition is the Atlas Limited Edition. This includes the Atlas Gorge multiplayer map set at the Three Gorges Dam in China, Welcome To Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual, a digital copy of the game's official soundtrack and the Atlas Digital Content Pack which includes additional weapons, gear and other bonuses wrapped up in an steelbook case. It is priced in the UK at 69.99 GBP.

The Atlas Pro Edition features all of the above plus the Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass which grants access to all four of the game's DLC map packs as they arrive. It will hit the UK at 99.99 GBP.

The Atlas Digital Pro Edition is the downloadable version of the Atlas Pro Edition which means it comes without the Advanced Soldier Manual. In the UK this will cost 89.99 GBP.

The Atlas Digital Content Pack includes two additional weapons, the Bal-27 AE Assault Rifle and the Atlas 45 AE Pistol, a special Atlas PMC skin for the Atlas Exoskeleton, an Atlas Helmet, Atlas Player Card for marking your multiplayer kill cam, five bonus supply drops and a single-player Exoskeleton Upgrade Token.

Along with the announcement they have released a story trailer which is embedded above the post. Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare drops onto PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November the 11th world wide.

EA has announced a few more details about their new game streaming service fro Xbox One, EA Access.

They revealed that while it is technically a premium online service requiring a subscription it will not require Xbox One users to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to use it.

EA said in a statement, “Any Xbox One gamer can join EA Access and take advantage of the benefits of membership. In order to connect to multiplayer gameplay on the Xbox One platform you will need a subscription to Xbox Gold." Xbox Live Gold not necessary for EA Access, only required for online play

They have also revealed pricing for UK users. The service will be available to Xbox One users in the UK for 3.99 GBP perr month which is comparable to the US monthly cost of 4.99 USD. Unlike the US though they haven't announced an annual figure for the UK. US gamers have the option of paying a one-off 29.99 USD fee per year.

Thanks Joystiq.

Sony passed on EA Access, says EA's new streaming service is not good value

"It does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect"

Sony has revealed that they were offered EA's new game streaming service, EA Access, but passed on bringing it to the PS4.

In a new statement, Sony explained that EA Access just didn't represent, for them, a good value service when piled on top of the PS Plus subscription.

“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” explained a rep from SCEA. “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.” Sony passed on EA Access, says EA's new streaming service is not good value

They added, “We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional 5 USD a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer.”

Thanks Game Informer.

Deep Silver has announced that it has bought the Homefront IP and all related assets from Crytek.

This includes the promising-looking title Homefront: The Revolution which was in development at Crytek UK which Deep Silver were set to publish anyway. It seems that 'all relevant assets' includes Crytek UK as the press release announces the formation of a new development studio in Nottingham, where Crytek UK is based, called Deep Silver Dambuster Studios.

With Crytek finally acknowledging their financial issues last week and stating that they have secured funding to move forward it looks like the sale of Homefront to Deep Silver has contributed at least in part to that news. Deep Silver buys up the Homefront IP including Homefront: The Revolution

Deep Silver's Dr Klemens Kundratitz said, “We are thrilled to see another great IP joining the Deep Silver universe. We strongly believe in the potential of Homefront: The Revolution and trust in the new team to continue the path we have been walking in the last years.”

Original Borderlands multiplayer to migrate to Steam

Full Steamworks support coming soon

2K Games will be re-enabling the multiplayer features of the original Borderlands on PC.

Borderlands' multiplayer was another one of the casualties of the closure of GameSpy earlier this summer but now it will be returning courtesy of Steam.

In an announcement on the Steam Community 2K revealed that they are removing the game's SecuROM DRM and giving players access to a granting tool that will turn retail versions into Steam versions of the game. Original Borderlands multiplayer to migrate to Steam

Importantly DLC keys can also be imported so Borderlands fans can enjoy all of the looty-shooty goodness that they have bought since the game came out. They have also promised that full Steamworks support will be coming in a future update.

Thanks Eurogamer.

LittleBigPlanet 3 gets a release date on PS4 and PS3

Both versions to arrive mid-November

Sony has announced a solid release date for the latest in Media Molecule's excellent user-generated platform series LittleBigPlanet 3.

The latest game is in development for both the PS3 and the PS4 at Sheffield-based studio Sumo Digital in collaboration with Media Molecule.

Like the previous games in the series on both the PS3 and the PS Vita it will offer access to all of the content that has been created by players since LittleBigPlanet first launched on the PS3 in 2008. This means millions of levels will be available over and above those created for the game itself by the developers. LittleBigPlanet 3 gets a release date on PS4 and PS3

LittleBigPlanet 3 will hit the PS4 and PS3 on November the 18th in North America and November 21st in Europe and the UK.

Thanks HardcoreGamer.

EA announces a new Netflix-style game streaming service for Xbox One

It will also confer a discount on digital content and early access to releases

EA has announced a brand new Netflix-style game streaming service that will be exclusively available on Xbox One.

The new subscription service is currently in beta and it will only offer access to four titles for now, FIFA 14, Madden 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 but it will also offer a ten percent discount on all of EA's digital content from DLC to full games and early access to releases a week before they come out and save games that transfer to the retail versiopn of the games when they come out.

The service seems fairly reasonably priced with the payment options being 4.99 USD per month or 29.99 USD for a whole year. EA announces a new Netflix-style game streaming service for Xbox One

The new service is yet to get a concrete release date but EA promises that it will launch soon in North America and Europe. This gives it a slight advantage over Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service which is yet to receive a European launch or even a beta.

Thanks IGN.

Delays may have hit Minecraft on PS4, PS Vita and Xbox One

PS Vita version loooking set for a September release rather than August

It looks like the long wait for Minecraft's arrival on next-gen consoles and PS Vita might have been extended.

Indications that the PS Vita version has been delayed have come in the game's latest TV advert which states that the PS Vita version is “out in September”.

4J Studios, the Scottish developer that handles the console versions of Minecraft also recently stated on Twitter, "We're still bug fixing #MinecraftXbox1, #MinecraftPS4 and #MinecraftPSVita. Thanks for your patience!" Delays may have hit Minecraft on PS4, PS Vita and Xbox One

The PS Vita version was due to launch alongside the PS4 and Xbox One versions next month but the TV ad and the latest Tweet may indicate that all three have possibly slipped into a September release. It is also possible that the PS Vita version is taking a bit longer that the others and will be the only one that is delayed. It wouldn't be the first time that the Vita version of a game has been delayed more than the home-console equivalent.

Thanks NowGamer.

Sucker Punch's upcoming stand-alone expansion for their PS4 title inFamous: Second Son has been given a final release date.

InFamous: First Light is set just before the events of Second Son and follows the adventures of the main game's purple-haired heroine Fetch. It will be coming to the PS4 both as a download on the PlayStation Store and on disc at retail.

You don't need Second Son in order to play it but owners of the original will unlock exclusive content.

InFamous: First Light will arrive on the PlayStation 4 on August the 27th as a download and then it will hit retail on September the 10th.

Thanks Eurogamer.

NIS America pulls funding for GaymerX convention, Devolver Digital steps in to fill the gap

Hotline Miami publisher challenges more games companies to support the LGBT-focused gaming convention

NIS America caused a bit of a stir when they decided to pull their financial support for the GaymerX LGBT-focused gaming convention, leaving a 3000 USD hole in the show's budget.

The actions of the Disgaea publishers left the event's organizers feeling “awful and betrayed” according to founder Matt Conn however they have been saved by indie publisher Devolver Digital who has contributed the missing 3000 USD instead.

"We were already in dire straits,” Conn said of the NIS retraction, “but we were really relying on this 3k USD to pay for our artists who came and to take care of some of the outstanding hotel bills. This just further puts a nail into our coffin if we don't figure out a revenue stream very quickly." NIS America pulls funding for GaymerX convention, Devolver Digital steps in to fill the gap

Devolver Digital stated on their official Twitter account, “We pledge 3,000 USD for a 2015 @GaymerX sponsorship and challenge other game companies that have the means to do the same.”

NIS America responded to the situation saying that they are"trying to work with GaymerX so that we can resolve this issue as soon as possible".

Thanks Joystiq.

Ubisoft has apparently sent out emails to some Watch Dogs players to ask them to complete a survey to help them make the sequel better.

A screen grab of the email was posted up on Reddit for all to see although news of a sequel isn't that much of s surprise really Ubisoft hasn't officially announced a sequel but the game's runaway commercial success and reasonable critical success has all but guaranteed that Watch Dogs 2 is coming.

After initial launch delays, Watch Dogs finally arrived on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 at the end of May and immediately became Ubisoft's fastest-selling game ever. The demand for the game was so great that Uplay's servers couldn't cope with the user volume. Ubisoft surveying Watch Dogs players to help them make a better sequel

PC gamers were unable to log in to register their copies, in some cases for days, and the issues even spilled over to the console versions with PlayStation and Xbox gamers experiencing sign-in issues as well.

Thanks egmr.

Is there a ballet based on Journey in the works?

Is this the strangest video game adaptation yet?

Today has seen rumblings appear suggesting that there may be a ballet in the works based on thatgamecompany's beautiful PS3 title Journey.

The news came out of a brief Twitter conversation between The Walking Dead (Telltale Games series) and Book Of Eli writer Gary Whitta and Journey's composer Austin Wintory.

Whitta suggested that Journey could be adapted into a ballet saying, “There's a beautiful ballet that could be adapted from Journey because that's what that game is, an interactive ballet. Get on it @awintory!“ Is there a ballet based on Journey in the works?

Wintory responded saying, “@garywhitta would you be surprised to find out this has already been discussed and may or may not be in the works...?”

Games have been fodder for all kinds of adaptations from comic books to cartoons and, of course, movies but to our knowledge no-one's made a ballet based on a game as yet. This could be interesting.

Shadow Warrior gets a console release date

Console versions to get some exclusive additional content

Devolver Digital and Bandai Namco have announced a release date for the console version of the 1990s classic FPS Shadow Warrior.

Bandai Namco has teamed up with indie publisher Devolver Digital to bring the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Shadow Warrior to retail and thus to a whole new audience on next-gen consoles.

The game follows the gory adventures of Zillia Enterprises' corporate shogun Lo Wang to hunt down a legendary blade aided by a mysterious banished spirit called Hoji. Shadow Warrior gets a console release date

PS4 and Xbox One gamers will get access to exclusive content including a new arena mode, all-new campaign and some extra weapons including the sledeghammer from Serious Sam, katana from Hotline Miami, the Zilla Enterprises Z45 Katana and the classic Shadow Warrior katana.

Shadow Warrior will arrive on PS4 and Xbox One on September the 26th. Click on the image to see a gallery of the latest screenshots.

Twitch streaming support arrives for Runescape

Support built straight into the game with no need for any video capture hardware

Jagex has announced the arrival of Twitch streaming support in their cornerstone free-to-play MMO Runescape.

Runescape players will now be able to stream their gameplay directly to Twitch in the easiest way possible by simply linking their Twitch account to their Runescape account. Players will then be able to stream online straight from in-game without the need to mess around with video capture hardware.

To celebrate the launch of the new Twitch streaming feature Jagex will be holding a livestream on the official Runescape Twitch channel of the new combat boss challenge the giant spider Araxxor which was selected by the community in the Player Power initiative. Click on the image for a screenshot gallery of Araxxor. Twitch streaming support arrives for Runescape

Runescape marketing director Neil McClarty said, “Live streaming in gaming is huge and Twitch has become the de facto channel for watching other players in RuneScape. RuneScape is already one of the top most watched games on Twitch. Our hope is that this integration to Twitch will take our streaming to the next level and remove all barriers to players wanting to stream their gaming but never knew how to. Launching alongside Araxxor, our most challenging boss monster ever, I cannot wait to watch all our players trying to get their first kill!” 

Konami to show more of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and PES 2015 at Gamescom next month

The Phantom Pain to cement its reputation as the most extensive and ambitious MGS game to date

Konami has announced that they will be giving out more details on both Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and PES 2015 at this year's Gamescom.

They have promised that they will be revealing more details on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain over and above what they spoke of at E3 which will go towards “cementing its reputation as the most extensive and ambitious Metal Gear Solid ever.”

They'll also be showing off more of this year's instalment in the Pro-Evolution Soccer series. PES 2015 will be the first game in the series to appear on PS4 and Xbox One. This means it will be able to show just how much the FOX Engine can enhance the gameplay experience of the series. Konami to show more of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and PES 2015 at Gamescom next month

Gamescom will be held in Cologne, Germany between August the 13th and August the 17th.

Someone has made whaling trawler from Dishonored out of LEGO and it looks awesome

And it's complete with whale oil canisters and a dead whale

One dedicated Dishonored fan has turned their hand to recreating one of the game's more interesting vehicles with LEGO.

Imgur user TheWhaleOilKing has built one of Dunwall's many whaling trawlers in LEGO complete with whale oil canisters and a dead whale.

The detail on the model is exceptionally impressive with a nicely-built harpoon gun on the bow of the boat and even a working rudder at the stern. Someone has made whaling trawler from Dishonored out of LEGO and it looks awesome

The model was discovered by Arkane's co-creative director Harvey Smith and re-shared over Twitter by Bethesda's PR and marketing boss Pete Hines. Click on the image above for the full gallery.

The discovery is timed perfectly as Microsoft has just announced that Dishonored will be available as one of the Xbox 360's free Games With Gold in the second half of next month.

PC free-to-play has killed 100 triple-A devs says DOOM creator

Romero still believes that PC is the superior gaming platform

John Romero, the man behind the games that defined the FPS genre, has been giving his thoughts on the battle between console and PC gaming and why the PC is willing.

Romero believes that with the advent of free-to-play and ridiculously cheap games on Steam PC gaming is delivering console gaming a sound thrashing even going so far as to say that free-to-play gaming on PC has"killed a hundred triple-A studios".

"The problem with console is that it takes a long time for a full cycle,” he explained. “With PCs, it's a continually evolving platform, and one that supports backward compatibility, and you can use a controller if you want; if I want to play a game that's [made] in DOS from the '80s I can, it's not a problem. You can't do that on a console. Consoles aren't good at playing everything. With PCs if you want a faster system you can just plug in some new video cards, put faster memory in it, and you'll always have the best machine that blows away PS4 or Xbox One."He went on, harking back to id Software's incredible success with the shareware model. PC free-to-play has killed 100 triple-A devs says DOOM creator

"With PC you have free-to-play and Steam games for five bucks. It's a different form of monetization than Doom or Wolfenstein or Quake where that's free-to-play [as shareware]. Our entire first episode was free - give us no money, play the whole thing. If you like it and want to play more, then you finally pay us. To me that felt like the ultimate fair [model]. I'm not nickel-and-diming you.

He added comparing shareware to the current freemium model, "I didn't cripple the game in any design way. That was a really fair way to market a game. When we put these games out on shareware, that changed the whole industry. Before shareware there were no CD-ROMs, there were no demos at all. If you wanted to buy Ultima, Secret of Monkey Island, any of those games, you had to look really hard at that box and decide to spend 50 bucks to get it."

Thanks GamesIndustry International.

343 Industries' Kiki Wolfkill, the larger-than-life executive producer on the Halo franchise has been talking about the direction that they want to take for the franchise.

In a new profile interview on Microsoft's own website Wolfkill speaks about expanding the Halo universe and changing the way in which the fans experience it both in the games and outside of them.

She explained, “Our next step is to try and make the connections between the game and its linear entertainment aspects even more experiential. I want to transform how people experience ‘Halo’ in their living rooms and on their PCs.” “I want to transform how people experience ‘Halo’ in their living rooms and on their PCs,” says Halo's executive producer

“We will never do anything that doesn't move the universe forward,” she added. “We won't do something for the sake of being in a certain medium.”

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will bring Halos one thru four to the Xbox One in fully remastered 1080p/60fps glory on November the 11th and will include the Halo: Nightfall, Halo 5 prologue TV series in the bundle as well. Halo 5: Guardians is due out on Xbox One towards the end of 2015.

Thatgamecompany's relaxing PlayStation title looks like it may be appearing in next month's PS Plus Instant Game Collection selection.

One Reddit user (Wolftear720) spotted the game in an email they received for their Japanese PSN account. Further to this it is featured on the front page of the Japanese PS Plus website alongside Stick It To The Man and PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD.

In Europe, both PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD and Stick It To The Man were featured in the Instant Game Collection over the last few months on PS Vita and PS4 respectively so it still remains to be seen whether this will be a Japanese-only PS Plus line-up or not. Flower leaked as a possibility for one of next month's PS Plus free PS4 games

Flower is also a Cross-Buy title that's available on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita so it may feature as one of the games on any one of these platforms. Sony is yet to announce the PS Plus Instant Game Collection titles for August but the announcement will be due pretty soon.

Thanks GamePur.