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The annals of history are filled with the wreckage of gaming consoles, their darkling masoleums* lit only dimly in the candle of nostalgia. The barriers to entry are such that even being in the right place at the right time is insufficient; would-be contenders must achieve both of these prerequisites and secure the funding of a multi-million dollar corporation. Despite such difficulties, there's a new face in the PC/HDTV gaming market and an intriguing new service launching in the next few weeks. The microconsole is about the same size as an iPhone Newcomer OnLive, which launched its streaming game service this past summer, has designed what they call a microconsole (the name is apt), paired... Read more...
A Wacom tablet...for the Wii?! That's pretty much right, actually. Ever since Nintendo's Wii was launched, not too many wild and zany peripherals have come out that didn't incorporate the Wii remote in some way. For the most part, the Wii remote was as wild as it gets, so there's not a lot of extra room to innovate beyond that without using it in some way (i.e. a golf club attachment). But now, THQ has figured out a new way of incorporating the Wiimote that actually builds on the Wii's functionality. The uDraw GameTablet for Wii is now available in retailers across America, and it's definitely a first of its kind for the console. This basically allows gamers to use a tablet to draw and doodle,... Read more...
Nintendo just experienced their first down quarter in quite some time. Even through 2009, a rough year by nearly any standard, Nintendo managed to pull in profits. Gaming was on the rise as people remained home for entertainment, but it looks like reality is sinking in. Nintendo probably didn't expect to simply ride the Wii popularity wave forever, but they're definitely feeling the pinch now. And with the 3DS delayed, their next major console won't provide a financial boost for some time to come. One quick way for companies to get an injection of funding is to cut prices on existing products. Nintendo has lowered the Wii pricing once, from $249 to $199, and usually companies lower these console... Read more...
At this point, if you're a gamer, you probably already own a Nintendo Wii. And if you're a gamer on the run, you probably already own a DSi, DSi XL or one of the other Nintendo handhelds. But on the off chance that you have yet to pick these up, Nintendo is tempting you to finally give in. In order to celebrate the 25th anniversay of the Super Mario Bros. game on the NES, Nintendo is launching two new colored consoles: the Mario-red limited edition Wii and DSi XL. Furthermore, the company is rolling out a new Wii Remote Plus controller with the Wii MotionPlus motion technology packaged in, and all of these products will go on sale in North America on Nov. 7th. As for the Wii Bundle, that will... Read more...
It seems that the disc requirement for streaming Netflix on a game console is now history. Earlier in the year, eager PS3 and Wii owners were checking their mailboxes each and every day in hopes of seeing a new red disc in there. That disc, when inserted into their console, would enable them to stream Netflix "Watch Instantly" content. It was great, but the disc requirement was certainly a thorn in the side of users who didn't wish to swap out game discs for a Netflix disc. Recently, the disc requirement for the PS3 was yanked, and the latest software update enables PS3 owners to stream Watch Instantly material with no disc at all. Now, that same functionality has found its way to the Wii. Netflix... Read more...
Chinese device manufacturer TechFaith is creating a mobile phone that will also function as a motion gaming platform. The bad news is that the device will initially be available only in China. The situation reminds me of a line from Back to the Future, which I'll paraphrase as: "All the good stuff comes from China." For many reasons, all of them having to do with cost (and cost of living, and, perhaps, a certain lack of interest in human rights), Chinese manufacturers are growing into old fashioned conglomerates of the kind the U.S. used to have in the 1970s and '80s. TechFaith is one of those. Through its many subsidiaries, TechFaith designs phones, manufactures its own designs, designs/manufacturers... Read more...
Last month, an Australian judge granted Sony complete control over an inventory of PS3 jailbreak devices, but winning its court case apparently wasn't enough for the console giant. On Monday, September 6, Sony's Director of Hardware Marketing, John Koller, announced: "A minor update to your PS3 system is now available via system software update v3.42 that includes additional security features." In this case, "additional security features" translates directly into "plugging the latest firmware hole end-users are exploring." Maybe it's time to throw in the towel and admit we don't really get Sony. Oh, it's easy to understand why the company is afraid of jailbroken PS3s—the company has an... Read more...
Is it really any surprise? It shouldn't be. 3D is going mainstream, and that means entering product segments that it hasn't entered before. Like gaming. Sony was the first major gaming company to confess that they would be producing 3D titles and supporting 3D playback via the PlayStation 3, and now Nintendo seems to be following suit. The company recently showcased a new 3D version of the popular DS gaming handheld (the 3DS), but taking 3D to the portable sector may not be enough. If 3D truly takes off, and worldwide 3D TV adoption soars along with the demand for watching 3D content in the home, Nintendo may feel the need to produce a 3D home gaming console. What's unique is that Nintendo has... Read more...
Nintendo's Wii Fit has been a quiet revolution. The device has been stamped with an approval by the American Heart Association, it has sparked many to exercise, it has been used in schools and physical fitness programs, and now it just might find its way into the Navy. Think of a video game that could have accomplished that five years ago. Or good luck trying, we should say. A new report on the Wii Fit has shown that the U.S. Navy is considering its use to get recruits in shape, as many would rather exercise with a video game than just hit the boring, old-fashioned gym. There's debate over whether Wii Fit actually leads to substantial results, but even the consideration is huge news. Navy Surgeon... Read more...
Here's something you don't see every single day: an agency that advocates getting off your rear and exercising, endorsing a video game console. It's sort of like the Twilight Zone, but sure enough, the American Heart Association is actually putting their stamp of approval on Nintendo's Wii console and a number of their games (Wii Fit, for example, which coaches users in various exercises). According to the joint press release, the two companies are joining forces to "promote healthy living through active-play video games." The partnership is a new one designed to motivate consumers to "get informed, get empowered and get active," which honestly doesn't take a video game console to accomplish.... Read more...
Nintendo's Wii has been a runaway hit all over the world, with the game console remaining in a constant state of "sold out everywhere" for nearly a full year after launch in the U.S. People obviously can't get enough of controlling their games with their own hands (and Wii remotes), but now that things have calmed down somewhat, Nintendo is looking for a new way to re-kindle interest in their main home machine. What better way to do that than to finally introduce a new color, right? Starting on May 9th, American consumers will have two Wii color options to choose from instead of just one. A new glossy black console will be joining the glossy white model that's already available, and there's an... Read more...
Sure, web searching can be fun, especially when you're hitting up, ahem, seedier sides of the web (that other 'Tube - don't act like you don't know it). But can surfing the web be fun on the Wii, so much so that it warrants a video game?Google and Nintendo seem to think so, and the two have teamed up to develop a game called "Ando Kensaku," which will go on sale in Japan on April 29. The object? Try to guess popular web search terms. If you guess more than your opponent, you win.Gamers can play offline by tapping into about 10,000 pre-stored words and phrases, but with an active Internet connection, you'll be able to download challenges based on current Google search trends.If it sounds a bit... Read more...
It wasn't supposed to happen this way. Back when all three consoles were just spec sheets and demo units it was Microsoft vs. Sony and Blu-ray vs. HD DVD. Even the pundits who thought the Wii's motion control interface could win it market share weren't predicting that the modest device would prove as popular as the XBox and PS3 combined. Both Microsoft and Sony realized some time back that the Wiimote wasn't just a fad and adjusted their plans accordingly. Microsoft has been hard at work on Project Natal, while Sony has finally taken the wraps off its own controller dubbed the Playstation Move. Reports coming back from GDC, where Sony unveiled the Move this week, are generally positive, with... Read more...
Check monthly console sales from the XBox's launch in 2005 to the present day, and Sony's PS3 lags both the XBox 360 and the Wii. According to the most recent data available, Sony has sold 33.5 million PS3's, Microsoft is at 39 million XBox 360s, and Nintendo has moved 67.45 million Wiis. It comes as something of a surprise, then, to hear Dave Mercer, an analyst with Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices, predicting that Sony's PS3 will ultimately outsell the Wii over its lifetime. Mercer predicts sales of 103 million units for the Wii compared to 127 million for the PS3."Nintendo has done a great job with the Wii in bringing console games to new audiences,” says David Mercer, Principal Analyst... Read more...
Nintendo's next-generation, up-a-size DS model (the DSi XL) is set to launch in just over a month and the company lifted the lid today on what we can expect at launch. For those of you who aren't in the know, the upcoming DSi XL is a 'large' revision to the DSi's form factor. The unit's iconic twin displays offer 93 percent more viewing area, battery life has been extended from an estimated 9-14 hours with the DSi to 13-17 hours on the DSI XL, and the XL ships with two styluses—one large, one small. Unlike its predecessors, the XL isn't following the tinyfication trend—it's bigger, chunky but very touchable and somehow sleek. The unit's glossy lid has been variously praised for its appearance... Read more...
Man, this took long enough, did it not? After literally years of rumoring, Nintendo's Wii is finally going to stream Netflix movies. The Wii joins the PS3 and Xbox 360, both of which have been able to tune into Netflix Watch Instantly queues for months upon months now, and while it may be last, we get the idea that it'll be the most talked about. Why? Because hordes of consumers have a Wii, and generally speaking, that console is the most "mainstream" of the three. A breaking report has found that starting in the Spring, Nintendo's console will be able to instantly view Netflix on-demand titles, and all that will be required from Wii owners is a $9/month Netflix subscription. Oh, and a special... Read more...
Razer has generally been known best for its hot gaming mice, and more recently, keyboards. But clearly the company has expansion in mind, and with the high-end peripheral market booming (Rock Band instruments, anyone?), there has never been a better time to dabble in the world of motion sensing. At CES 2010, Razer teamed with Sixense and Valve in order to showcase a new technology that's much like the Nintendo Wii Remote, but for the PC. Interested? You should be. Detailed as a "true-to-life, next-generation motion sensing and gesture recognition controller for PC gaming," the controller system was shown with Left 4 Dead 2, and the results were said to be impressive. It's one of the first devices... Read more...
Nintendo has always marketed their Wii console as the one to get if you're looking to get up off of the sofa and start moving. Indeed, many have been inclined to move about somewhat with the wildly popular Wii Sports title that Nintendo (smartly) includes in the bundle, but if you're looking for so much movement that you'll shed a few pounds, you may be looking in the wrong direction. A not-so-shiny research report from the halls of Ole Miss found that the Wii Fit title--a game that lets users select a workout regimen and then do those exercises by interacting with the Wii controller and Wii Balance Board--doesn't actually encourage families to exercise nearly as much as previously expected.... Read more...
If there was a city in the US that you would look to as front-runner in pioneering new emergency alert, warning and information systems, most likely one of the first to come to mind would be the great Big Apple.  New York's rebuiling process since the 911 attacks is taking shape in a number of forms but perhaps none more so than the extent of preventative measures the city's local government is taking to keep its citizens safe and hold firm to their mantra of "never again and never forget".  In addition, getting the word out quickly, in the event of an emergency, is obviously a critical component of protecting people from any threat of the natural kind or otherwise. ... Read more...
There's no denying the significance of Netflix these days. The once tiny startup is now a monolith in the industry, and it has practically put the likes of Blockbuster on the ropes. What's interesting, however, is that the DVD-by-mail nature of its business isn't getting most of the attention these days. What is? The "Watch Instantly" portion, which allows users with select devices (PCs, Xbox 360, Roku, etc.) stream films on-demand so long as they're jacked into a broadband Internet connection. For awhile now, Microsoft's game console has been the only one of the major three to stream Netflix. The company even credits that partnership with drawing over 2 million new subscribers, so it makes sense... Read more...
Sony lowered the bar with its $299.99 PlayStation 3 slim, and Microsoft followed up with a $100 price cut (and now a $50 rebate on top of that) on its Xbox 360 Elite. And with the holiday season quickly approaching, Nintendo knew it had to do something. In an effort to not be left behind in the latest round of console price cuts, Nintendo has decided to drop the MSRP of the hot selling Wii by $50. For nearly three full years, the Wii has sold (like crazy) for $249.99. Most stores couldn't even keep them in stock at that point, so up until now, Nintendo really hasn't seen a need to lower the barrier to entry. But when you consider that a Blu-ray supporting PS3 is now just $50 more than a non-HD... Read more...
Logitech introduced the Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for Wii and the Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for Wii. Both controllers are licensed by Activision Publishing and feature similar materials as you’d expect to see in real guitars and drums. “Logitech’s premium guitar and drum controllers have made it easier for Guitar Hero gamers to get into the music with even more realism,” said Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech’s director of product marketing for gaming. “Now if you love to rock out on Wii, you’ve got the gear to match your level of commitment to the game.” The Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for Wii features a maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and metal frets. It has a white finish... Read more...
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