Let's imagine Nintendo were to enter the world of mobile phone game development. What sorts of games would it make? Would social and physical activity be a part of the game?
You don't have to wait around to see such a game right now: Nintendo has stealthily released four of them on the Nintendo 3DS, but buried them in a place few people tend to check. And along with Animal Crossing, they represent a more mobile-oriented game approach than you'd expect.
When I say "mobile-oriented," here's what I mean: these games actually require you … Read more
The Xbox One is apparently a hit even before it officially launches.
Preorders for the Xbox One have surpassed those for the Xbox 360 during its prelaunch months, Microsoft announced Thursday. The upcoming console has sold out in preorder status at most of its major retailers in the U.S., the company added.
Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 continues to heat up sales.
For the 30th month in a row, the Xbox 360 was the top-selling home console in the United States last month with consumers snagging more than 140,000 units. Total spending on the Xbox 360 including hardware, software, … Read more
Companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft may soon be able to sell their game consoles in China -- though there are a couple of catches.
The Chinese government is expected to terminate its 13-year-old ban on the sale of game consoles, the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday. Lifting the ban is part of an overall strategy to create a "Shanghai free trade zone" in order to open up the Chinese economy to other countries, the Post said.
However, console makers who want to do business in China must agree to certain rules, sources told the Post. … Read more
Nintendo's Wii U is in developer crosshairs after a less-than-stellar start.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz in an interview published on Monday, Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore confirmed that his company -- one of the largest in the gaming industry -- has no games currently in development for the Wii U.
"We were there with four games for them [at launch]," he said in the interview. "It's been a disappointment when you look at sell-through and, as a company, we have to be very judicious where we deploy our resources."
Nintendo has been loath to … Read more
The 3DS hits its stride We have a rule: if a game platform has 10 good games, it's worth getting if it's affordable. That "rule of 10" means the Nintendo 3DS is finally worth investing in, if you care about great portable Nintendo games. The game library's filled out at last, and it's now, without a doubt, the best Nintendo platform of the moment. Game for game, it might even be the most impressive platform so far in 2013.… Read more
Nintendo has failed in its bid to obtain the rights to WiiU.com.
Late last month, a panel of arbitrators ruled that Nintendo could not obtain the rights to WiiU.com, as shown by a case summary originally obtained by GamesIndustry.biz. Nintendo had hoped to take control over the domain, which currently houses ads and a search bar from which the owners are ostensibly generating revenue.
It's not clear from the filing why Nintendo's request was denied, but it appears likely now that in order for the company to take control over that domain, it'll need … Read more
A flock of Angry Birds is heading for Nintendo this summer.
Starting August 13, the Angry Birds trilogy of Angry Birds, Angry Birds: Seasons, and Angry Birds: Rio will take off for the Nintendo Wii and Wii U consoles.
Angry Birds maker Rovio revealed the news in a promotional video posted on YouTube on Wednesday. The promo dives into the usual angry gameplay but caps off by displaying boxed sets of the trilogy for both of Nintendo's game consoles.
Rovio promises 140 hours of gameplay across 30 episodes, while the promo touts 40 hours of "bonus" gameplay. … Read more
My gut reaction to seeing the $299 price tag of Nvidia's Shield gaming handheld: way overpriced.
And that was after Nvidia cut the price of the Android-powered device -- which will be available June 27 -- by $50 on Thursday.
But in reality, the Shield may end up being a relative bargain for folks who want a dedicated gaming device. It comes down to the video games available on Android. Many are free, or cost 99 cents. An "expensive" game would run you $10.
On today's show we're welcoming Dan Chiappini from GameSpot Australia along with 404 veteran Scott Stein. We'll briefly recap Scott's time down at WWDC but then get right into some more E3 talk where we make Scott feel jealous about missing what was probably the biggest E3 in something like seven years. Dan think he knows why Nintendo refuses to open its "vault" of games and we all wonder how the company can rebound from a bleak E3 showing.
We're also chatting about the mundane abundance of shooters at E3, the lack of innovation, and which games actually piqued our interest.
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