E3 2021 Highlights Shift in Industry Strategy

E3 2021 Highlights Shift in Industry Strategy

Virtual E3 came and went without any major announcements.  However, the lack of news was itself newsworthy.  The E3 show highlighted how the console manufacturers have vastly different strategies going forward. The E3 show has always been primarily about the major console systems from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.  In recent years, Sony has dropped out of E3 while Nintendo focuses primarily on its Nintendo Direct event.  So the real hope was that E3 week would spur.....
Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is Nintendo’s Latest Augmented Reality Innovation

Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is Nintendo’s Latest Augmented Reality Innovation

Virtual reality and augmented reality do not receive the same level of attention they did several years ago. However, Nintendo’s new Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is the latest example of how fun innovative products are implementing new technology. Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is a Switch-based remote-control car that launched on October 16, 2020. Prior to testing it out we viewed this as another video game gimmick. However, it turns out that Mario Kart Live .....

Market for High-End PC Game Hardware Grows 40% in 2017 to $40 Billion

The overall market for video game software soared past $100 billion in 2017. However, this is only a portion of the overall video game ecosystem. A major story over the past year has been the incredible growth in spending on game related hardware. This is not just dedicated console game systems, but spending on high-end PC systems.  DFC Intelligence has just released its latest PC Game Hardware Forecast.....

Analyzing the Nintendo Switch After One Year: Nintendo Labo

As we have mentioned in past posts, Nintendo is a Japanese toy company that also happens to make video games. No product better describes this reality than the new Nintendo Labo. The Labo was a surprise announcement in January of this year, for launch in April. Labo officially launched in the United States and Japan on April 20, 2018. This will be followed by a Europe launch on April 27th. Labo clearly looks to be a hit in Japan, but the fairly-muted reaction to the product outsi.....

Analyzing the Nintendo Switch After One Year

The successful launch of the Nintendo Switch in March 2017 took many in the game industry by surprise. Of course, the same reaction happened over a decade before with the launch of the Nintendo Wii. The latest DFC Intelligence brief on the Nintendo Switch forecasts continued success for the system. However, these forecast come with warnings tha.....
How Fortnite Drives the Battle Royale Genre to New Heights

How Fortnite Drives the Battle Royale Genre to New Heights

One of the biggest stories in video games over the past year has been the rise of the battle royale genre. In 2017, we saw the unprecedented rise of two major games in this genre, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite. In the wild world of early access PC games, both products had millions of users before they officially released. With PUBG, the game had already peaked by the time it was formally launched in December 2017. Fortnite Battle Royale, which had a surprise.....
PlayStation 4 Comes out Strong in Video Game Consumer Survey

PlayStation 4 Comes out Strong in Video Game Consumer Survey

2017 was an incredible year for the video game industry.  As discussed in the latest DFC Intelligence Worldwide Video Game Forecasts reports, game software sales soared past the $100 billion mark, a year before originally predicted.  Much of this was because of greater than expected growth in mobile games and Asian markets.  However, the core PC and console markets also showed healthy sales.  The.....