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Wii 2 might be called “Nintendo”, touchscreen controller confirmed

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2011

Nintendo has already promised its next-gen console will make its debut at E3, and rumors continue to circulate about just what this “Wii 2″ can do, and what Nintendo will call it. “Wii” was odd, but what about simply “Nintendo”?

According to Game Informer, “Nintendo” is supposedly among the current frontrunners for names. Nihon Keizai Shinbun confirms the talk of a 6-inch touchscreen, along with a camera and its own internal power source. That will allow it to be used as a standalone gaming device, while the camera can also be used to create an avatar. Sounds good so far. We will know more shortly.

Nintendo to plan first-party game launches around third-party publishers

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2011

Nintendo knows all about supply and demand and how to work the system. There is high demand for Nintendo’s games, so much so that often times third-party game sales on Nintendo’s consoles suffer at the hands of first-party titles.

Nintendo, in a move to avoid hurting it’s third party titles, has decided that they will only decide on the dates of popular first party releases after they know the release plans of other companies’ games. That has to be good news to third party developers.

Nintendo confirms next Wii for 2012

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2011

It’s official. The next Wii is a go. Nintendo has announced that it plans to introduce the console next year. A “playable model” will be shown off at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles on June 7th. Details are scarce at the moment, but we just hope it isn’t called Wii Wii. Although the French might like that.

We can’t wait to see what Nintendo comes up with. The controller certainly sounds intriguing. And it will be nice to play a Nintendo game in something better than 480p. As we learn more, we will pass it on.

Next generation Wii controller to feature 6.2-inch display?

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2011

Kotaku’s sources claim that the new 8-button controller has a 6.2 inch screen, two analog sticks, and a camera. The new Wii console (right now known as the Wii 2, Wii HD, or just “Project Cafe”) is said to support the new controller as well as Wii Remote-style controllers for backward compatibility.

So why does the controller need a giant display? Well it would give you some options like putting the player’s inventory or map on the controller screen, allowing players to combine it with the controller’s camera to take photos that could be imported into a game or even turning the controller into a viewfinder. Sounds interesting, that’s for sure. Think of it as the lower screen on a DS, with your TV being the top screen.

Nintendo Wii at Toys R Us and Best Buy for $169.99

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2011

The glory days of Nintendo’s console are well behind it and so on May 15th it is due to get a lower price to move more units. But why wait? Both Best Buy and Toys ‘R’ Us already have the Wii console on sale for $170 today.

It doesn’t appear to be a permanent price cut as it states that it is a “Limited Time Offer!” but we are pretty sure other retailers follow this trend very soon. After all, every Wii sold at $170 puts some money in the big N’s pockets so it can produce something capable of doing better than 480p.

Is the Nintendo Wii 2 launching this spring?

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2011

If you are a Nintendo fan, then chances are that you have noticed that there seems to be a drought of 1st-party Nintendo titles this spring. In fact there aren’t any. Zero. Nada. Zip. So what does it mean?

Well, it may just mean that we can expect the new console very soon. Kotaku has compiled some data of Nintendo’s game release history for the past 10 years and it seems to back up this speculation. It is looking very likely that we will see Nintendo’s next console this spring.

Nintendo isn’t making a phone

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2011

You won’t be playing Super mario on a phone anytime soon. Nintendo has said that it isn’t planning to build a phone or license its games for third-party software platforms. They are going to focus on consoles and handhelds.

The high costs involved in cellular carrier partnerships are the main roadblock. That would affect the price of games. It just isn’t something Nintendo is looking at right now, but who knows? Maybe down the road, we will get a Nintendo phone. Just not now.

Nintendo says no 3D on Wii sequel

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Nintendo’s US president Reggie Fils-Aime has said that the company’s Wii sequel won’t use 3D. The reason is apparently because glasses-free 3D is very difficult to accomplish for multiple people on a TV, so the future console will most likely be 2D.

While we don’t yet know what the next console has in store for us, it is expected to finally have HD and to get a speed upgrade for more detail. There is no way to know for sure, but we may see it as early as the E3 event in June.

Nintendo 3DS arrives in the US March 27 for $249.99

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

We finally have the US launch details of the Nintendo 3DS. The price is $249.99 and the release date is March 27, while Europeans will get it on March 25. Nintendo says that “30+” games will be available in the US during the launch, with more than 25 in Europe.

Europeans will have some exclusive 3D video content like sports footage and episodes of Shaun the Sheep. Not sure if we are getting anything exclusive or not. We will know soon enough.

Nintendo had best Portable and Home Console sales for 2010

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2011

Despite a poor economy leading to poorer sales than the company was used too, Nintendo has announced that it still ended up with the best selling gaming systems of 2010 according to numbers from the NPD Group. The Wii was the best selling game console for the year with 7 million units sold in2010. Not bad at all.

Likewise, the DS was the best selling portable with 8.5 million sold in 2010. Nintendo had great sales during the holiday season, with some impressive sales numbers in December to help it along.

900K DS systems, 600K Wiis sold this week

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

Nintendo saw a resurgence in sales during Thanksgiving week. Starting from November 21 and running through this past Sunday, the company shipped 900,000 DS, DSi and DSi XL systems as well as 600,000 Wii units.

It credited the spike to the usual Black Friday push as well as new colors for the devices. The company didn’t say whether or not either figure was a record for the week, but both are well above Nintendo’s average sales results through the rest of the year.

Nintendo will not be returning to CES after all

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

Sorry Nintendo fans. You all put on your Mario clothes and celebrated when it was announced that Nintendo would be returning to CES after a 16-year absence, but the Consumer Electronics Association says Nintendo has some meeting rooms booked for the show, but that doesn’t mean that the company will be showing off the good stuff.

Sorry to dash your hopes like a Goomba getting pounced on. Ya never know, those meetings might be something extra awesome that will bear fruit. Or 1-up mushrooms.

Nintendo returning to CES after 16 years

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2010

CES the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 will start in the second week of 2011. This year it may be a special treat as Nintendo will be returning to the CES show 16 years after its last appearance. With Nintendo’s return they will likely be promoting their new 3D glasses free technology and their new 3DS portable gaming console. Of course, they may have a surprise in store for us as well.

CES is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), promoting growth in the consumer technology industry. More than 2,000 corporate members are represented and involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products. As usual, we will be giving you full coverage of the event.

German paper claims 3Ds will launch on November 11

Posted in Nintendo by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

A German newspaper has published a rumor that it dug up claiming that the Nintendo 3DS will launch in Japan on November 11. The 3DS is the latest portable gaming console from Nintendo and will support 3D gaming with no glasses required.

The German paper, Blid, also claims that the 3DS will hit Europe in the spring of 2011. The story offered no insights into a launch date for the US. The publication also listed several video games that it claims are launch titles for the portable console.

Super Mario turns 25

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2010

Everyone’s favorite Princess rescuing plumber is 25 years old today. That’s right, Super Mario has been around since 1985 and is probably one of the most recognized game characters in the world. This news makes me feel old.

Nintendo is celebrating Mario’s birthday with a contest where you can win a bunch of Mario themed prizes. They are giving away a range of Nintendo DSI XL consoles as well as a copy of the new Super Mario Bros. You can also check out a cool video which shows Super Mario Bros history over the last 25 years here.