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It's official -- Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console will ship in time of the holiday shopping season, a fact that will undoubtedly land it on holiday wishlists. During a press event today, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said the Wii U will be released on November 18 starting at $299.99. The $300 version comes with the console itself, a single Wii U GamePad controller, AC adapters, HDMI cable, and a sensor bar. It has 8GB of memory and will be available in white-only, at least at launch. There will also be a deluxe version for $349.99 that includes everything just stated, plus more memory (32GB), a GamePad charging pad, stands for the controller, and the "Nintendo Land" set of minigames.... Read more...
There's plenty we already know about Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console. We know it will ship with an IBM Power-based multi-core processor, AMD Radeon-based graphics, internal flash memory, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, an optical drive, and various other odds and ends. One thing we don't know, however, is how much the console will cost. According to Nintendo, we needn't worry about the Wii U being overpriced. In an interview with a Japanese newspaper, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said Nintendo learned a bit about pricing consoles after the backlash it received with its 3DS console. "We won't make the same mistake we did with the 3DS, which was considered relatively high by consumers," Iwata said. Nintendo... Read more...
The rumor mill is still churning out quite a bit of information on new consoles this week, including new data on Nintendo's upcoming Wii U. According to unnamed developers, the Wii U actually isn't as powerful as the Xbox 360 or PS3, despite boasting HD graphics and significantly improved hardware. According to Nintendo's public statements, the new console will have 8GB of onboard Flash, a new, Power-based CPU built on a 45nm process. IBM has hinted that the Wii U chip leverages technology found in its own Watson, which would make it a derivative of the Power 7 architecture. There's a substantial disconnect between the tech specs being floated and the claim that the Wii U won't measure up to... Read more...
There's been a lot of chatter the past few months about what Microsoft's next-generation Xbox might look like, as well as repeated speculation that the device could tip up at the upcoming E3 Exposition. According to the head of Microsoft Corporate Communications, Frank Shaw, the company is flattered by the rumors but has no plans to launch a new console generation this year. “While we appreciate all the interest in our long-range plans for the future, we can confirm that there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon,” Microsoft’s Corporate Communications boss Frank Shaw told AllThingsD. “For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360." Sales figures show that the... Read more...
When the Wii U finally launches sometime in 2012, it won’t just be a tablet-and-console that buyers will get; according to a report from The Daily, Nintendo is working on an app store, as well. Instead of the Wii Shop and DSi shop, which offer users a convenient way to acquire games and a handful of tools, the new app store will offer much more. Some apps will run on the console, and some will operate just on the touchscreen controller. Such an app store only makes sense, as it could both give the touchscreen controller more tablet-like functionality (especially for youngsters who don’t need a full-fledged tablet) and also make the console act as a lightweight computer using the TV... Read more...
Sony has confirmed the specs on the company's upcoming PlayStation Vita handheld. The new device will use an OLED screen at a resolution of 960x544. The system will use a quad-core variant of the same dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 that powers Apple's iPad 2 with 128MB of dedicated VRAM and 512MB of main system memory. It's a significant step forward compared to the PSP.  Sony is holding firm on the $249 entry price, despite the Xperia Play's failure to catch on at market and the 3DS' own price cut. Sony's marketing indicates that this is somehow a desirable outcome. We don't get it either The $249 price point for Vita is a bit stranger given that Sony has just cut the price on the PS3 to $250.... Read more...
Nintendo's Wii U was one of the biggest unveils at E3 this year, but neither Sony nor Microsoft is going to be goaded into tipping their hands. Sony is apparently annoyed with certain game developers, some of whom have implied that the PS4 is none too far away. Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, told Forbes the following: "PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride. Technologically, I don’t think it’s possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have. What we’ve seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through... Read more...
If you either hoped or assumed that since Nintendo's Wii U is going to finally match, or perhaps (hopefully) even surpass the specs of the Xbox 360 and PS3, it would also support Blu-ray or DVD optical discs, don't hold your breath.  Buried in the 2011 E3 Analyst Q&A Session, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said the next-generation Nintendo gaming console won't play DVD or Blu-ray discs: The reason for that is that we feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn't warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console because of the patents related to those technologies. Although some of us would love... Read more...
Video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has a reputation for accurate sales forecasts and an ability to predict changes in console pricing. That said, Pachter may have gone a bridge too far with his bifurcated discussion concerning Nintendo's Wii U. While he praised the Wii U as "the most impactful reveal of the show," Pachter has declared the Wii U brand unimaginative and implied it qualified as a "worst ever." The real criticism, however, is reserved for Nintendo's hardware decisions. "We think that Wii U is arriving two years late, given that the other HD consoles already have peripherals for movement," said Pachter, reasoning that since Nintendo didn't get specific about tech specs, the... Read more...
The stock slump that followed Nintendo's Wii U announcement shows no signs of abating; the company's share price is down more than ten percent as of this writing. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has expressed surprise over the reaction. "Honestly speaking, the reaction to (Tuesday's) presentation and what I heard from people I met and the mood of the convention did not chime at all with what happened in the stock market," Iwata said in an interview at the E3 games show in Los Angeles on Wednesday. "It's very strange." Iwata went on to note that the investors' reactions remind him of the uncertainty Nintendo faced after it announced the original Wii back in 2006. "In the end, it is easy to get... Read more...
E3's going on this week in California, and gaming's on the menu. But it's not just Nintendo making news, AMD's taking their opportunity as well. The chip maker has this week revealed that every single Wii U sold will also be a sale for AMD. The new Nintendo home console will rely on AMD for HD graphics, with a custom-made Radeon GPU to power the 1080p output. David Wang, corporate vice president of Silicon Engineering, AMD, had this to say: "“AMD shares Nintendo’s excitement for the new HD entertainment experience planned for the Wii U console. We’re proud to provide our leading-edge HD multimedia graphics engine to power the new entertainment features of the console. Nintendo... Read more...
ATI designed the original Wii's 'Hollywood' GPU and is handling the next-generation Wii U's graphics processor as well. AMD made its own announcement in the wake of the Wii U's debut yesterday, claiming that the custom Radeon HD GPU will enable "high-definition graphics support; rich multimedia acceleration and playback; and multiple display support." We suspect the new chip's 'multiple display support' refers to the new controller's 6.2" display rather than any multi-screen co-op gaming experiences. It makes sense for Nintendo to go this route--the less work that happens on the controller, the longer its battery life will be. The move to a "Radeon HD" GPU sheds some light on what we can expect... Read more...
Nintendo unveiled its second-generation Wii console today, dubbed the Wii U, but said very little about the console's specifications. The company confirmed that the new system will support HD video, but devoted its press conference to discussing the Wii U's controller. Rumors that Nintendo would incorporate a touchscreen proved accurate, but the controller is more tablet-based than we expected it to be. The display is 6.2" wide and features dual analog controllers, two shoulder buttons, and a standard four-button layout to the right. One of the intriguing features of the Wii U is that titles can be transferred from the TV to the controller's display without needing to restart the game. This frees... Read more...
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