Nintendo won't sell NX at a loss, president says

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Nintendo won't sell NX at a loss, president says

The company won't rush the hardware for this holiday, either

Nintendo hasn't yet announced the price of its next console, codenamed the NX, but the company recently indicated that it does not intend to take a loss with each sale.

"We are not thinking of launching the hardware at a loss," said Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima during an investor meeting last week. "Selling at a loss at launch would not support the business."

Square Enix hires Hyper Light Drifter designer

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Square Enix hires Hyper Light Drifter designer

Joined in Montreal by Fez developer

Square Enix Montreal has signed on Teddy Diefenbach, a lead designer on Hyper Light Drifter, as a creative director. The developer himself announced the news on his website, in a post detailing the Square Enix move and the future of Hyper Light Drifter.

Naming Renaud Bédard (Fez, Below) as his collaborator on a future project, Diefenbach — who has written for Polygon in the past — said little about what to expect from the pair once they're at Square Enix. Instead, he focused his post on his lifelong love for the company. While the Montreal branch works on games like Hitman GO, the designer expressed particular fondness for the old school SquareSoft role-playing games as playing a particular role in his shift from indie to triple-A studio.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered only available with Infinite Warfare, Activision says

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered only available with Infinite Warfare, Activision says

No plans to be sold separately

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the current-generation remake of Call of Duty 4, will only be available with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Activision said in a FAQ on the upcoming game. It won't be sold separately, according to the game's publisher.

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is a full game digital download that will be included in the Legacy, Legacy Pro, and Digital Deluxe editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare," Activision's FAQ reads. The Legacy, Legacy Pro and Digital Deluxe editions of the game will cost $79.99, $99.99 and $119.99, respectively.

Special Pokémon legendaries are up for download throughout May

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Special Pokémon legendaries are up for download throughout May

Go grab some shiny new Pokémon

This month, The Pokémon Company is holding three separate legendary Pokémon in-game download promotions, according to fansite Serebii. Over the course of May, players will have the chance to grab a rare form of Zygarde and special versions of Xerneas and Yveltal in their Nintendo 3DS games.

From now until May 8, dragon/ground-type Zygarde is available as a mystery gift download over Nintendo Network. The level 100 monster comes in its standard "50 percent forme," one of several transformations it can undergo. The other four "formes" Zygarde changes into were first revealed in September and will debut in the Pokémon XY & Z anime, something that's hinted at in the Pokémon's in-game bio.

Raiden 5 is coming to Xbox One in May, please enjoy this trailer

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Raiden 5 is coming to Xbox One in May, please enjoy this trailer

V has come to the West

The next entry in the 25-year-old Raiden series, Raiden 5, is coming to Xbox One in North America and Europe May 11, developer Moss confirmed today. You can see the shooting game, which is well known in the world, and its gameplay systems in action in the trailer above — which you should definitely watch.

Raiden 5, like every other Raiden game, is a vertically-scrolling arcade-style shoot 'em up. However, the latest entry will have dynamic camera angles, and players will be absorbed in the game when they get on the seamless stages and experience the stage effects with camera works, as noted in the above trailer.

Zombies are coming to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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Zombies are coming to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

A first for Infinity Ward

This year's Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, will include a Zombies mode, publisher Activision confirmed today. It will be the first time developer Infinity Ward has included that mode in one of its Call of Duty games.

Activision and Infinity Ward didn't have much in the way of detail on Infinite Warfare's take on the undead, other than to say it will be "an original cooperative Zombies mode that takes players on a wild ride through a new storyline with unique gameplay features and mechanics."

Oculus launch gets stranger as hardware hits Best Buy and others before pre-orders fulfilled

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Oculus launch gets stranger as hardware hits Best Buy and others before pre-orders fulfilled

The good news is you can wait in line again?

Curious about virtual reality? You'll be able to get a demo of the retail Oculus Rift at 48 Best Buy locations starting on May 7, with more locations coming later in the summer. You'll even be able to go online, see what stores are participating and schedule your demo up to a month in advance.

Here's the kicker: You'll also be able to buy the hardware in-store, even before all the pre-order customers receive their Rifts.

Mighty No. 9 finally launches on June 21, creator says

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Mighty No. 9 finally launches on June 21, creator says

Crowdfunded in 2013, the game has finally gone to gold master

Mighty No. 9 has a new launch date: June 21.

The "spiritual successor" to Mega Man has "gone gold," creator Keiji Inafune said, putting Mighty No. 9 on course to launch for Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on that date in North America and Asia. It will launch worldwide on those platforms on June 24. Deep Silver is publishing the game on consoles.

Gears of War 4 would have cost over $100M to make — and could have killed Epic Games

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Gears of War 4 would have cost over $100M to make — and could have killed Epic Games

Ballooning budgets led to change of business model

Gears of War 4 would have cost more than $100 million to make, Epic Games estimated. Anything but a major success would have put the company out of business, co-founder Tim Sweeney told Polygon. The sky-rocketing development costs led the company to sit on the game, ultimately selling off the Gears of War property to publisher Microsoft.

"The very first Gears of War game cost $12 million to develop, and it made about $100 million in revenue," he said. "It was very profitable."