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September 09 2013

Is Nintendo Getting Pushed Out of the 12-and-Under Market?

While the rest of Japan was still celebrating Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics victory, it was a grim day at the Kyoto headquarters of Nintendo. Investors had hoped the maker of video game consoles would win membership in Japan’s benchmark stock index, following the merger of the Osaka exchange — where Nintendo had been traded — with the larger Tokyo exchange. Nikkei Inc., keeper of the Nikkei 225, dashed those hopes Friday by announcing that Nintendo hadn’t made the cut. “This expectation has come to nothing,” wrote Takao Suzuki, an analyst at BNP Paribas. “This appears to be the right time to sell.”

Investors agreed. Within 90 minutes of Monday’s opening bell, Nintendo was down more than 7%. As the day wore on, things got worse. By the end of trading, Nintendo shares had lost 8.4% of their value. Read more...

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May 31 2013

Hulu Plus Gets a Facelift on Wii, Roku and Samsung TVs

Hulu has rolled out a new interface for Hulu Plus on Roku, select Samsung TV and Blu-ray players and the Nintendo Wii.

The update mirrors changes made to the PlayStation 3 Hulu Plus interface last fall and this spring's Apple TV redesign.

The update is more living room-centric, with a focus on larger artwork, an easier way to scroll through recommendations and improved search. It also brings the Hulu Kids section into the living room.

Roku users should get the update now, as should 2012 and 2013 Samsung TV and Blu-ray owners. The update will hit the Wii soon.

At least five companies are reportedly bidding on Hulu — including Yahoo. While Hulu's top traffic draw is its free website, the more than 3 million paying Hulu Plus subscribers are the key to the company's future. Read more...

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August 08 2012

Behold the Fearmaster: Activision’s Gaming Gun With a Twist [EXCLUSIVE]

We've come a long way since Duck Hunt. Activision's Fearmaster is gun-shaped controller that can tell how scared you are.

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January 06 2012

U.S. Army Brands Gear for Gamers [VIDEO]

Call of Duty just got more life-like. The U.S. Army has teamed up with CTA Digital to produce branded handheld rifle controllers, plus other gear just for gamers, for a variety of platforms.

The peripherals are available for PlayStation 3 and Move, Wii, Xbox and Kinect, and Xbox 360.

Licensing fees the U.S. Army collects through sales will go toward U.S. Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

Check out the video above to learn more.

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October 25 2011

Weiv Puts Concert Visuals into Audience Hands With Wii Remotes

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Weiv

Quick Pitch: Weiv makes concert visuals that are controlled in real-time by Wii remotes.

Genius Idea: Bringing live visuals to live entertainment.

You don’t go to a concert to listen to a pre-recorded audio, reasons Josh Larson, so why would you want to watch pre-recorded visuals?

“When you listen to music that is pre-recorded that there’s a certain energy you miss,” he says. “I think that’s true when the visuals are performed live as well.”

In order to bring live-performance energy to concert visuals, Larson and two co-founders have developed an interactive software solution called Weiv. Users who download the program (right now, the technology can only be used on Macs with Snow Leopard) can control visuals in real-time with up to seven Wii remotes. No Wii console is needed.

A free version of Weiv comes with three “scenes” that look like the abstract short videos you might see at a rock concert. Each remote controls a different aspect of the scene. In the “galaxy trails” scene, for instance, one remote creates ribbon-like trails, another controls where those trails connect together, and another can rotate the scene. Larson and his cofounders have developed more than 20 of these interactive scenes that can be purchased for the $200 paid version of the product.

During development, the software has been used mostly in churches and with youth groups, and the startup has not yet begun filling its pre-orders.

Eventually, however, Larson thinks the technology could be applied to larger scale performances. A limit of seven remotes makes this most likely in situations where performers are controlling the software — which, to be honest, doesn’t sound much different than watching pre-recorded visuals. But Larson also says that Weiv is working on a way to turn any smartphone into a controller. In that case, individuals in even large audiences could help shape a performance’s visuals.

In a way, the foundations for such a participatory visual system have already been set.

“Waving a lighter to the music, that’s a way that you can respond visually,” Larson says. “We’re allwoing a richer way, a more expressive way to do that.”

Weiv in action at a Finn Miles concert in Des Moines, Iowa

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Microsoft BizSpark

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark, a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.

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June 12 2011

The Top 5 Nintendo Announcements at E3

Nintendo closed out E3 this year with a bang, thanks to the Wii U and a slew of new game announcements.

The unveiling of the Wii U was the show’s clear winner, stealing the thunder from Xbox Kinect and the PlayStation Vita. The console, designed to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, features 1080p graphics and a unique controller with a 6.2-inch touchscreen. The result is a two-screen gaming experience unlike anything on the market.

Nintendo’s new console wasn’t the company’s only announcement, though. The Legend of Zelda, Kid Icarus, Super Mario, Star Fox and a slew of other games got plenty of attention, as did Nintendo’s 3DS portable gaming system.

We’ve sifted through all of Nintendo’s announcements and boiled them down to our top five. Without further ado, here is what made headlines for Nintendo at E3:

Gallery: Nintendo’s Top Announcements

See below the gallery for the full list of announcements

1) Legend of Zelda Turns 25

One of Nintendo's most iconic franchises, The Legend of Zelda, turns 25 this year, and Nintendo has decided to celebrate with a bunch of new features and an orchestra.

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Yes, Nintendo actually hired an orchestra and a choir for its E3 press conference.

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A close-up shot of the choir, which sang several iconic Zelda melodies.

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Nintendo had the orchestra play while it showed a video tribute to 25 years of Legend of Zelda.

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Nintendo's first Zelda announcement was that it was going to have a Zelda symphony concert tour. The concert tour will come to the U.S., Europe and Japan sometime this Fall.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is also available for download in the Nintendo eShop.

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Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Legend of Zelda, takes the stage.

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Nintendo has also made Legend of Zelda: Four Swords available as a free download on the DSi.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Nintendo's newest Legend of Zelda Game, Skyward Sword, will be available this holiday season with a special-edition gold Wiimote.

2) The Nintendo eShot Drops on the 3DS

The online store for the 3DS, the Nintendo eStore, has finally made its debut. The store will contain classic Game Boy, NES and SNES games, as well as a few new surprises.

More on the Nintendo eStore

One of those surprises was a downloadable Pokédex with information on the new Pokémon in the Black and White games, as well as the ability to superimpose Pokémon into real-life photos.

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A screenshot of the new Pokedex

3) Kid Icarus Returns

Kid Icarus made its debut in 1986, but little has been with the series until now. Kid Icarus: Uprising will be released for the 3DS this year and be the first game in the series since 1991.

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Kid Icarus takes down the bad guys.

4) Star Fox, Mario & More

Nintendo's other iconic franchises are getting games as well. First up: Star Fox 64 3D, a revamped version of the Nintendo 64 game for the 3DS.

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Do a barrel roll!

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Luigi's Mansion 2 makes its debut on the 3DS this year.

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Mario Kart 3D is on its way, as well.

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You didn't think Nintendo would forget about Mario, would you? Super Mario 3D arrives at the end of 2011.

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Super Mario 3D isn't a rehash of old Mario games though, but an infusion of side-scroller and 3D gameplay.

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Classic Mario.

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Animal Crossing is back!

5) The Nintendo Wii U

The big announcement though was the unveiling of the Nintendo Wii U and its 6.2-inch touchscreen controller.

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The controller creates a new form of interaction with the TV. In this photo, a user is sketching with the controller and seeing her work on the TV.

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The controller can even stream console games if someone wants to use the TV for something else.

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The Wii U controller compared to the Nintendo 3DS

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The Nintendo Wii U will feature 1080p HD graphics on-par with the PS3 or the Xbox 360.

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Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime departs from the stage.

Highlights: Nintendo’s Top Announcements

1) Legend of Zelda Turns 25
2) The Nintendo eShot Drops on the 3DS
3) Kid Icarus Returns
4) Star Fox, Mario & More
5) The Wii U Revealed

Bonus: Hands-On With the Wii U

Wii U Controller

This is the Wii U controller. It's 1.8-inches tall, 6.8-inches wide and 10.5-inches long. The screen is crisp and the controller is easier to hold than you might expect.

Wii U in HD

A Nintendo representative shows off the Wii U's HD graphics.

Wii U Shield Demo

A gamer is getting the tutorial on how to use the Wii U controller as a Shield

Wii U Battle Demo

In this game, the person with the Wii U controller flies a ship and tries to shoot players on the ground. The other players in the game control their characters with Wiimotes.

Wii U with Wii Controllers

A photo of me playing against a Nintendo representative in a space-themed battle game. I controlled a guy on the ground with the Wiimote and nunchuk while he flew a spaceship with the Wii U controller.

Wii U Console

This is the console. I didn't get to touch it, but it looks like a fatter Wii.

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June 10 2011

Nintendo Wii U: First Impressions [PHOTOS]

Nintendo stole the show at E3 with the unveiling of its Nintendo Wii U console, but does it have enough to beat the competition and surpass its predecessor?

The Wii U is Nintendo’s attempt to create a console that will appease the casual and hardcore gaming crowds. Its selling point is a handheld controller with a 6.2-inch touchscreen. The controller’s second screen opens up a new realm of gaming possibilities, some of which Nintendo had on display at its booth on the E3 show floor.

I had a significant amount of time to try out the Nintendo Wii U, hold the controller, and play with Nintendo’s various demos. While I will have more to say about the console and its place in the gaming ecosystem, I wanted share my initial thoughts about the console and its unique controller.

Here are my first impressions of the Nintendo Wii U:

  • Key specs to remember: The Wii U controller has a 6.2-inch touchscreen, is 1.8-inches tall, 6.8-inches wide and 10.5-inches long. It supports up to 1080p HD video, has four USB connector slots, runs a IBM Power-based multi-core processor and is backwards compatible with the Wii.
  • The controller definitely feels big in your hands. It’s bigger and heavier than a handheld gaming system (including the PlayStation Vita), but once you start playing, you really forget about its size.
  • The controller’s touchscreen is gorgeous and responsive. It’s a full 6.2-inches, more than enough for clear viewing and gaming.
  • The controller uses circle pads rather than analog sticks. While this may be a sticking point with more traditional gamers, it didn’t really get in the way of gameplay. I thought I was going to hate the circle pads.
  • The first demo I tried was one where you block shots from pirates from multiple directions. It was a cool experience seeing the pirates shoot from the TV and then defending myself with the controller. The ability to place different content on the controller screen and the TV screen is a killer feature that could lead to some amazing gameplay.
  • The controller works in 360-degree environments. I found this out by using it to fly a spaceship during a battle with a few Nintendo people. It makes for a really intense gaming experience that goes a step beyond what the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita offer.
  • The graphics, from a Legend of Zelda demo I saw, are definitely on-par with what you find on the PS3 or Xbox 360. I reserve judgment on this though until I see a Gears of War or Call of Duty game on the Wii U.
  • The Wii U can also use Wiimotes as controllers, and it makes for a fun experience when you can play the same game with completely different controllers and screens. Because it supports four Wiimotes and the Wii U controller, you can play five-player games. Nintendo wouldn’t tell me how many people a Wii U game will support in total.
  • The console itself simply looks like a fatter Wii. We don’t know how much memory it has or exactly how big it is. I’m sure Nintendo will slowly reveal details about the console as the launch approaches.

Conclusion: The Wii U is definitely a game-changer for the gaming industry. The controller system is crisp and opens up a world of possibilities. The graphics are powerful enough to appease hardcore gamers, who will definitely like the advanced gameplay mechanics the new touchscreen controller enables. It’s still early, but so far I’m impressed.

Check out the photos I snapped, as well as Nintendo’s official Wii U promo pics below. Let us know what you think of the Wii U in the comments.

Hands-On: The Nintendo Wii U

Wii U Controller

This is the Wii U controller. It's 1.8-inches tall, 6.8-inches wide and 10.5-inches long. The screen is crisp and the controller is easier to hold than you might expect.

Wii U in HD

A Nintendo representative shows off the Wii U's HD graphics.

Wii U Shield Demo

A gamer is getting the tutorial on how to use the Wii U controller as a Shield

Wii U Battle Demo

In this game, the person with the Wii U controller flies a ship and tries to shoot players on the ground. The other players in the game control their characters with Wiimotes.

Wii U with Wii Controllers

A photo of me playing against a Nintendo representative in a space-themed battle game. I controlled a guy on the ground with the Wiimote and nunchuk while he flew a spaceship with the Wii U controller.

Wii U Console

This is the console. I didn't get to touch it, but it looks like a fatter Wii.

Nintendo Wii U Promo Pics

Wii U

Nintendo says it chose "U" for the name of its new device to emphasize the personal aspect of the new controller.

Wii U and Controller

The new controller is the most innovative aspect of Wii U, bringing a video screen/touch experience to the console.

Wii U Console

The console looks quite nondescript, gone are the more striking lines of the Wii.

Wii U Sans TV

Although the Wii U controller does require a console, you can play games without having to interface with the TV.

Wii U Controller

The new controller features a camera and a full control pad, in addition to the 6.2" screen.

Wii U Stylus

The Wii U is touch friendly but can also be interfaced with using a stylus, a la the Nintendo DS and the 3DS.

Wii U Controller in Action

Wii U Multiplayer Mode

When four players isn't enough, the Wii U can act as a controller/screen for a fifth friend.

Wii U Touch

The screen is touch sensitive.

Super Mario Bros. Mii

This is a screenshot from the Super Mario Bros. Mii game for Wii U.

Wii U Stylus in Action

If you think this looks like half of a DS, you're not alone. Nintendo is taking what it has used with its portable devices to make its home console even better.

Wii Remote Plus and Wii U

Wii U Portrait Mode

The Wii U Controller has an accelerometer and a gyroscope built in and it can be used in alternate orientations.

Wii U Web Control

The Wii U controller can be used to zoom in and navigate web content on your TV.

Wii U Controller Rear

This is how the controller looks from the rear.

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June 05 2011

Nintendo Wii 2 Touchscreen Controller Confirmed [REPORT]

Nintendo already announced it will roll out the next Wii gaming console at the E3 2011 conference in L.A. this week, and now a reliable source confirms much-rumored details of the new Wii’s unique controller, depicted in the graphic mockup above.

Japanese source Nikkei [registration required], which has correctly predicted numerous Nintendo rollouts in the past, confirms that the next Wii’s controller will have a touchscreen with a “size of about 6 inches.” Beyond that, the controller will have a camera on board, will give users tablet-like control of games and will be powered by a built-in rechargeable battery.

Nikkei says the next Wii could be released in mid-2012. Although it’s being called the Wii 2 across the blogosphere and beyond, Nintendo is still not saying what it has named its next gaming console, code-naming it “Project Café” and saying nothing more than it will be “the successor to the Wii.”

That touchscreen controller could be useful. Numerous sites such as IGN predict games will stream directly to that touchscreen, with the controller capable of being used as a wirelessly connected gaming system itself, or to control a game played on a larger screen, or both.

For instance, a six-inch touchscreen could be particularly handy when playing four-player split-screen games, or to allow different games to go to different screens throughout the house at the same time. And the camera? According to gaming site Andrisang, that could be used to take pictures of players for use as avatars, or for in-game videoconferencing.

This all seems plausible, but we won’t get all the official details until the Nintendo press conference at E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at Noon EDT, 9 a.m. PDT.

Commenters, what do you think Nintendo will announce?

[Image courtesy IGN]

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May 04 2011

It’s Official: Nintendo Will Slash Wii Price to $150 This Month

Nintendo will officially drop the price of its Wii game console from $199.99 to $149.99, effective May 15.

Details of the price drop — including the effective date — leaked online last month and retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Toys R Us lowered the price on the console to $169.99 two weeks ago.

Since its debut in 2006, the Wii has sold more than 35 million units in the U.S. alone. Sales began to decline in 2010, however, thanks to stronger competition by the Xbox 360 and its Kinect camera add-on. Meanwhile, the Wii hardware is showing its age — and doesn’t do full HD.

Nintendo confirmed that the Wii successor will launch in 2012. (Mashable has put together a comprehensive guide to the various Wii 2 rumors.)

In addition to lowering the price by $50, Nintendo will also be putting together a new Wii bundle. Available in both black and white, the Wii system will ship with the Mario Kart Wii game, a Wii Wheel accessory, as well as the standard Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controller. That’s quite a bargain for $149.99.

If you haven’t jumped on the Wii bandwagon, is the new price and bundle enough to make a difference? Let us know in the comments.

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April 25 2011

This Morning’s Top 3 Stories in Tech & Gadgets

Social Media News

Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. We’re keeping our eyes on three particular stories of interest today.

Nintendo Confirms Wii Successor for 2012

Nintendo has confirmed it will launch a successor to its vastly popular gaming console, the Wii, in 2012.

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Now Available

Acer’s 10.1-inch, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet is now on sale at Best Buy for $450.

Lenovo To Launch Android Tablet With Stylus This Summer?

According to a PowerPoint obtained by blog This is my next phone, Lenovo plans to launch a 10.1-inch, Android 3.0 tablet with IPS display, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, an optional pen and a “keyboard portfolio case.”

Further News

  • An innocent man was accused of downloading child pornography after a neighbor pirated his Wi-Fi connection.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, DNY59

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Nintendo Confirms Wii Successor For 2012

Nintendo has officially confirmed it will launch a successor to its vastly popular gaming console Wii in 2012.

Nintedo has sold 86.01 million Wiis from 2006, when the console was launched, to the end of March 2011. However, in 2010 the company sold only 15.1 million Wiis – a 25% drop from 2009 when it sold 20.1 million units globally.

The company also revealed its yearly financial results for 2010, marking a big drop in net profit which was $825 million – 66 percent less than in 2009.

The declining Wii sales paired with the shoddy financial results make this a perfect moment for Nintendo to announce the next version of Wii. A “2012 launch” is as vague as launch dates come, but Nintendo promised to have a playable unit, as well as more details and specifications of the upcoming Wii model, at the E3 Expo, which is held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.

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April 19 2011

Retailers Start Selling Nintendo Wii for $169, Official Price Drop Coming Soon?

Remember those recent reports that a Wii price drop is coming in May? Well, it may come even sooner, as all the major retailers have dropped the price of the Wii to $169.

Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, Target and Toys R Us now all list the new price for the standard Wii hardware bundle, which includes a Wii Remote Plus, a Nunchuk controller, Wii Sports and Wii Sports Plus.

The rumored price cut was $50, and Nintendo still hasn’t made an official announcement about the price cut, but we doubt all the major retailers chose the same price by accident. It seems we’ll have to settle for paying only $30 less for the console that makes our bodies move.

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April 15 2011

Get Ready for the Nintendo Wii 2 [REPORT]

Nintendo could be revealing a HD successor to the Wii console this summer, according to new reports.

There hasn’t been a new gaming console since the launch of the Wii and PlayStation 3 in November 2006. However, Microsoft has breathed new life into its console, the Xbox 360, thanks to the Kinect. The Wii, which has been best the best-selling console for years, is about to lose its first place position.

While Nintendo intends to respond to the Xbox threat by cutting the Wii’s price next month, it looks like the gaming company has another trick up its sleeve: a brand new HD console. According to Game Informer‘s sources, Nintendo plans to unveil a new console at the E3 conference in Los Angeles in June or potentially sooner.

Very little is known about the rumored console, not even the name (Wii 2? Wii HD? Wii 360?), but it’s likely to be more powerful than the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3, according to Kotaku. Nintendo has apparently been showing off the system to third-party developers so they can prepare titles for the console’s eventual launch in late 2012.

The Wii captured the hearts and minds of casual gamers with its innovative controller system and its lower price point, but the specs and visuals of its rival consoles are far stronger, giving them greater longevity. Microsoft has also mitigated the Wii’s advantage with causal gamers, thanks to Kinect. Perhaps that’s what is driving Nintendo’s rumored decision to be first on the market with a new console.

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April 13 2011

Nintendo To Cut Wii Price To $150 In May [REPORT]

A year and a half has passed since Nintendo last cut the price of the Wii, to $200. And it might almost be time for another price slashing for the popular gaming console.

Nintendo plans to reduce the price of the Wii to $150 on May 15, according to reports citing sources familiar with the company’s plans.

Nintendo has sold more than 35 million Wiis in the U.S. as of March 2011. Sales were on the decline in 2010, although it’s no wonder given that the console was released in 2006.

A price cut might make sense for the company, which recently reported a large drop in operating profits on account of weaker Wii and DS sales, but nothing has been officially confirmed by Nintendo.

In the meantime, if you’ve been planning on buying the Wii, you might want to hold on to your cash just a little longer to see if the rumor is true.

[via Engadget]

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November 24 2010

“Angry Birds” Coming to Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360

Angry Birds, one of the most successful mobile games in history, is taking its bird-slinging game mechanics to a new platform: the traditional game console.

Rovio, the company behind the popular iPhone and Android game franchise, says that it is working on a version of the game for the Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3. CEO Peter Vesterbacka also told the BBC that the games would launch next year, although he wouldn’t reveal much more beyond that.

Vesterbacka also revealed a second piece of news: the company is actively working on Angry Birds 2. The new game isn’t a sequel to the original though, but is instead a completely new game featuring the angry birds and the evil pigs.

As for the premise of the game, Vesterbacka told the BBC that, “the pigs will be a lot more active than just being slingshotted at by birds.” He also added that there will be a lot more of the pigs in Angry Birds 2.

Reviews: Android, Angry Birds

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November 08 2010

PlayStation Move Gets Visualized [INFOGRAPHIC]

Move Momentum

Last week, Sony announced that more than 1 million PlayStation Move units have been shipped in North America. That’s a pretty solid start for Sony’s take on motion-controlled gaming, a category that is getting plenty of attention this holiday season. After all, with PlayStation Move, Sony faces competition from Nintendo’s best-selling Wii and from Microsoft’s just-launched Xbox Kinect.

Sony just published an infographic at the PlayStation Blog, outlining how well the Move is faring, its interested buyers and how many games are available for the system.

The infographic says more than 60% of people who are interested in the PlayStation Move already own a Wii. This is interesting because it shows just how strong the Wii is at driving interest. It’s very possible that Wii-ownership could be as much as an interest-driver as PlayStation 3 ownership.

The demographic breakdown of the PlayStation Move is also interesting. The median age of intended purchasers is 28, while half the buyers are parents. Women make up 30% of the potential buyers.

This is the expected audience for the Xbox Kinect as well, and both overlap with the audience for the Nintendo Wii. The Wii, which has significantly outsold the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, has had continued success in large part because of its mass appeal.

This is also a sign that the Playstation 3 might finally gain some traction with families and older buyers by trying — with varying degrees of success — to court the hardcore gamer and home theater enthusiast markets. Theoretically that should also apply to the Xbox Kinect.

Are you looking at getting a PlayStation Move or Xbox Kinect this holiday season?

Image courtesy of PlayStation.Blog on Flickr

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November 01 2010

“Michael Jackson The Experience” For Wii Includes a Sequined Glove

Are you excited about the upcoming video game, Michael Jackson The Experience? If you said no, you obviously haven’t heard the latest news: Users who pre-order the Wii version of the game will get a free white sequined glove.

The game will be available for the Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP on November 23. It will be available for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in early 2011.

Alright, so maybe we’re more into the King of Pop and kitschy fun than most, but we still think this is a pretty badass product tie-in.

Michael Jackson The Experience is a typical dance/motion game, but it adds in the magic of MJ’s discography and dance moves. The sequined glove is only available as a pack-in for the Wii version and there is no news about whether it will be included in pre-orders of the Playstation Move and Xbox Kinect.

The game is $29.99 for portable systems and $49.99 for the Wii. If the sequined glove hasn’t won you over, check out this game trailer:

Seriously, who is getting me this for my birthday?

[via Joystiq]

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October 18 2010

Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 Add Disc-Free Netflix Streaming

You don’t need to insert a disc to stream Netflix movies and TV shows on your Nintendo Wii or PlayStation 3 anymore. Both consoles now offer downloadable apps comparable to the one Xbox 360 owners have enjoyed for two years now.

Previously, Microsoft and Netflix had signed some sort of exclusivity deal, although the details weren’t made public. The result was a stifled Netflix experience on the two competing consoles. That time has ended. In fact, the PlayStation 3 has a leg up on the Xbox 360, at least for now — it has just begun supporting 5.1 surround sound. That feature isn’t available on Microsoft’s console yet.

Naturally, you need a Netflix subscription to download and use the app on any of the consoles. Service starts at $8.99 in the U.S. and $7.99 per month in Canada — mere pennies, considering the volume and quality of content available online.

Netflix is weak when it comes to offering new releases and Hollywood blockbusters, but PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners have access to those films on an on-demand basis with the PlayStation Store and Zune Marketplace, respectively.

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October 13 2010

LEGO Builds Customizable Wii Remote

Simple fact of reality: Everything is better with LEGOs. Case in point: The LEGO Wii Remote. This fully functional Wii-mote is officially licensed by Nintendo and features not only the iconically bright LEGO colors, but also 37 interchangeable LEGO mini-tiles to accent the controller.

What’s more, the battery cover features standard LEGO connectors, so you can connect it to any number of LEGO creations. It’s only a matter of time before some industrious LEGOer combines the LEGO Wii Remote with one of the (rather awesome) LEGO Star Wars sets and uses it to complete LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga game for Wii.

The LEGO Play and Build Remote for Nintendo Wii is available now for pre-order for $40.

[via Kotaku]

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October 12 2010

Nintendo Announces 25th Anniversary Mario Consoles for Europe

Nintendo will launch red-colored Wii and DSi XL game consoles in Europe later this month in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., the classic video game that marked the beginning of Nintendo’s journey to the top.

The red Wii bundle pictured above will launch on October 29, and it will include both Wii Sports (which is bundled with every Wii console) and New Super Mario Bros., along with a pre-installed copy of the original Donkey Kong arcade game that introduced Mario to video game fans back in 1981.

The DSi XL bundle below will arrive exactly one week earlier with a copy of the portable version of New Super Mario Bros. It’s adorned with icons representing famous Nintendo characters.

Both of these were already announced for a Japanese launch in November, but we haven’t heard a peep about a North American launch yet. It seems likely though, so stay tuned.

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