Monday, December 5, 2011

Wii U going after a different type of gamer than Wii

Nintendo plans to continue supporting the Wii even after the company releases Wii U because to two consoles are going to be going after different audiences, according to Nintendo of America’s COO .

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rumor upgrades for Xbox 720, might be for an updated 360 in 2012

Recent rumors surrounding possible new features in the next Xbox, might be for the current Xbox model. Cloud storage, expanding full game digital downloads and Windows 8 integration might all be coming to the 360 in 2012.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Humor Fridays: Next level Wii Motion Plus gaming

Its been a big week for Zelda fans. Skyward Sword was released to some of the best reviews ever in the series. The Wii Motion Plus gameplay is also getting rave reviews and making the case for future games in the series to follow suit. Although, this super fan takes motion gaming to a whole new level.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fils-Aime: Wii U will match Wii’s success

Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aime says Wii U will continue in the successful path Wii laid before it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Next Xbox predicted to expand cloud based services, full retail downloads

Microsoft has been slowly planting seeds for new services on Xbox 360 over the past few years that it hopes to fully feature in its next Xbox. Cloud based storage and greatly expanding its digital downloading services are expected to be major components of its next generation game console.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Humor Fridays: Mario in ragtime

Mario's music has always been memorable. Tunes you heard years ago can instantly pop back into your head at a moment’s notice. Some people though take this music to the next level. Remixing Mario’s classic tunes is nothing new, but few people can say they’ve heard it from a highly regarded ragtime pianist.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Surprise! Mario Kart coming to Wii U

In the first official mention of Mario Kart for Nintendo upcoming new console, Wii U, Mario Kart producer Hideki Konno confirmed to Nintendo Power that Mario Kart is coming to Wii U.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Next Xbox reveal at CES with a late 2012 launch?

It’s another day and another rumor launch date for the next Xbox. The latest guess now states Microsoft will reveal their new console at Consumer Electronics Show in January, with a late 2012 launch.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Humor Fridays: What happens when Star Fox does too many ‘barrel rolls’

We all had a good laugh at Google’s newest easter egg “Do a barrel roll.” But on a more serious note, doing too many barrel rolls can have serve consequences.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bleszinski : Xbox hardware still has more to offer

Xbox 360 is six years old. Traditionally that is when a console begins to show its age. By that time, developers have figured out how to maximize a console’s power and push the hardware to its limits. Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski believes Xbox 360 still has a lot more to offer that developers have yet to fully capitalize on.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The next Xbox codenamed “Loop,” priced cheaper than 360

The next Xbox is codenamed “Loop” and will be both smaller and cheaper to manufacture than the Xbox 360, according to insider blog MS Nerd.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Humor Fridays: Mario's travel dilemma

When Mario is all out of raccoon feathers, tanooki suits, flying capes, bee suits, winged hats, propeller hats, launch stars and when warp pipes just can't take him where he needs to go, what does he do then?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sony begins Playstation 4 game development

Sony hasn’t officially announced the Playstation 4 yet. One could guess games are in the planning stages and there may be a few within Sony being developed on preliminary dev kits.  According to Develop, that is now transpiring.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Finalized Wii U hardware at E3 2012

After a disastrous semi-annual financial briefing last week, Nintendo tried to cool investors’ worries by announcing plans to have finalized Wii U hardware at E3 next year. Nintendo originally planned to have their new console on shelves by that time, but hardware issues and software delays have now pushed the launch to September or October next year.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Humor Fridays: Halloween Edition - Pumpkins & Costumes

Add a little video game fun to your Halloween this year. We compiled a collection of video game inspired pumpkin carvings and costume designs that borders between funny and downright scary. Enjoy and Happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Gears of War’s Bleszinski pipedream for the next Xbox

As the next Xbox becomes more of a tangible reality, developers are beginning to make remarks about what they want from the next generation of consoles. Always quote-worthy Cliff Bleszinski, designer of Gears of War gave his two cents.

Monday, October 24, 2011

New Xbox launch in late 2013, software already in development

New rumors from multiple industrial sources, including chip manufacturers and middleware firms now suggest Microsoft will reveal the next Xbox at E3 2013 in June, with a late 2013 as the targeted launch timeframe.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Humor Fridays: Proper Hardcore Gaming

Do you concider yourself a hardcore gamer? Think again. A gallery of what true hardcore gaming looks like. How do you stack up?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Valve boss predicts “one console world” created by Apple

Gamers’ dream of a “one console to rule them all” reality is entirely feasible in the mind of Valve’s boss, Gabe Newell. He foresees Apple, with their huge cash reserves and market power to begin to make great strides in game development and TV home entertainment over the next few years.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ninja Gaiden III will give Wii U hardware a workout

Ninja Gaiden III will be one of Wii U’s major third party games when it releases late next year. It will also be on Xbox 360 and PS3 but Tecmo plans to take full advantage of Wii U’s additional hardware power and unique controller and offer an enhance experience over Nintendo’s competitors.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Humor Fridays: First pic of PS4 controller

Sony quietly showed off a never-before-seen pic of a prototype Playstation 4 controller this week. The company was quick to add that the design wasn’t yet final and may still see more changes as the PS4 launch nears. They cited the infamous “PS3 boomerang controller” as the reason the design isn’t set in stone yet. They asked their legion of fans to weigh in on the proposed design. What do you think?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Unreal Engine 4 targeted for 2014

There is a lot of speculation on when the next generation of Xbox and Playstation will be released. Generally, it coincides with the next generation of Epic’s Unreal Engine, as many games are built off its assets. CEO of Epic Games has 2014 pegged as Unreal Engine 4’s its target year.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Humor Fridays: See Xbox 720 in new Real Steel movie

The new Hugh Jackman flick, Real Steel, features boxing robots set in the year 2020. There is an arena shot in the film that features corporate logos of the future. Mercedes-Benz, Capital One, Bing and even a Xbox 720 logo.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wii U Skyrim "A Possibility"

Bethesda’s next game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, could find its way to Nintendo’s new console in 2012. Bethesda’s VP of PR and Marketing told the UK Official Nintendo Magazine that such a port would be a “possibility.”

Friday, September 16, 2011

Why gamers will see next gen consoles sooner than later

Both Microsoft and Sony have been touting 2014 or 2015 has the target year for their next gen consoles. After Nintendo’s E3 reveal of their next gen console, Wii U, rumors surfaced that both companies are preparing reveals of their own next gen consoles at 2012’s E3. Based on software development timetables, franchise stagnation and generational fatigue, 2013 could see the release of two new next gen consoles.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wii U hardware experiencing ‘development hell’

Nintendo is reportedly having difficulties getting Wii U hardware working smoothly, requiring daily software updates, which is causing headaches for 3rd party developers.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Nintendo bosses say Wii U will cater to all types of gamers

Nintendo will put more effort into reaching gamers their previous console missed with Wii U next year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and designer Shigeru Miyamoto wrote in their column, Iwata Asks.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Will there be a generational Xbox overlap?

Microsoft has yet to officially announce their next generation Xbox, but Microsoft Vice President of Interactive Entertainment Chris Lewis doesn’t rule out the possibility of two Xboxes on the market at the same time.

Friday, September 2, 2011

EA: It's hard to conceive what you would do on a PlayStation 4

One of the world’s biggest game developers, EA, again made the point that they don’t see a pressing need to move to a new generation of consoles because the improvements would be marginal.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

No MotionPlus for Wii U’s Zelda

Zelda mastermind Eiji Aonuma revealed more details for the next Zelda on Wii U, including Nintendo’s decision to abandon Skyward Sword’s Wii remote MotionPlus gameplay.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The future of single-player games: Part 2

Many in the game industry have been declaring the age of the unconnected single-player game is over; other say it’s exactly that unconnected part that makes a single-player game the experience that it is.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sony, EA: Next gen consoles no time soon

The next generation of consoles might still be a few years off according to related comments by top Sony and EA execs. Until developers reach a technological and creative road block with current consoles, there is no need for another $400 console under their TVs.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The future of single-player games: Part 1

The traditional single-player only game experience that has defined videogames since their inception will not exist by the end of 2014. With social networking becoming more integrated in people’s lives, it will have a trickle-down effect and change what has defined a single player game for the last 30 years.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

No Wii U version planned for Zelda: Skyward Sword

Nintendo finally announced Zelda: Skyward Sword will be released this year for the Wii on Nov. 20 and Zelda overlord, Eiji Aonuma confirmed their won’t be a Wii U version.  

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Patent reveals new Wii U controller features

A newly discovered patent for Nintendo’s Wii U controller shows two new features the company has yet to reveal.  There is no word yet if these features will make the final build.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

EA’s Moore: Wii U isn’t a “transitional’ console, uniqueness will win next gen race (again)

The Wii U is already beginning to be seen as a “transitional” console based on comments made by developers and even Shigeru Miyamoto himself. As more studios get their hands on Wii U dev kits and the new belief that consoles are reaching a graphical saturation point, that label is beginning to have less resonance. Unique console features will win the next gen race (again).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nintendo worries 3DS misstep will affect Wii U launch

Nintendo’s ongoing trouble with its handheld system might spill over to its new home console when it launches next year, the company’s president fears. At Nintendo’s investor Q & A, he voiced concerns that gamers have lost some trust in the company and may take a wait-and-see approach before they purchase Wii’s successor.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

No Wii U release date, price till 2012 says Nintendo president

When Nintendo revealed their next console at E3 this year, they said the company was expecting to release Wii U in spring 2012. Gamers hoping for a more concrete date will have to wait till 2012 according to Nintendo’s president.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

EA: Wii U can do "anything" PS3 & Xbox 360 can

Based on new dev kits EA has received from Nintendo, EA vice president claims Wii U can do "anything" that PS3 and Xbox 360 can do. He adds, their early research has made them “very happy” with the output of the kits and expects it to get better with more hands-on time.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lower price expected for Nintendo’s Wii U, company’s future hinges on it

After a historic turbulent week for Nintendo, the video game industry is expecting the company to make a much more aggressive stance when pricing their next system than ever before.  Investors did not react kindly to Nintendo’s discouraging financial news, sending Nintendo shares down 12 percent.

Monday, August 1, 2011

"Too Many ideas" for Super Mario Wii U

Mario has always been the jack of all trades, but according to Super Mario 3D Land director, he has too many new trades for Mario in his next adventure on Wii U to fit in just one game. Yoshiaki Koizumi has been speedily brainstorming new ideas for everyone’s favorite plumber and has begun to narrow them down.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Japanese gamers, devs still on the fence about Wii U survey says

Japanese gamers still haven’t quite made up their minds on Wii U yet according to a survey by Famitsu, Japan's biggest gaming mag. Developers' response is optimistic, yet many are taking a wait-and-see approach before diving in. Much of this teeter tottering has to do with the overall shortage of new information and hands-on demos of real games showcasing what the console is truly capable of. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tru Next Gen Game: Bioshock Infinite

Much like the first entry in the series, BioShock Infinite will make gamers remember why strong story telling still matters in video games. As the industry moves towards more multiplayer and online focused gameplay, a game that solely has a single player mode is becoming, to some degree, extinct. Like with any tru next gen game, it’s a collection of many elements that makes the game stand out from its peers. The next Bioshock looks follow in the footsteps of its predecessor and do it all over again.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Phil Harrison: The old video game business model “Is over”

The current business model of video game business which focuses on high powered chipsets and clock-speeds is outdated and will likely undergo a metamorphous in the next generation of consoles, ex-Sony boss Phil Harrison told Eurogamer.

Friday, July 22, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: We Predict Wii U's Launch Titles and "System Seller"

In an article you'll see nowhere else, we break down Nintendo’s development cycles of all of their crucial franchises and predict Wii U’s launch lineup with its key “system seller” title. Juggling multiple consoles appears to have put the company into a bottleneck with most Wii development ending two years ago and focus moved to the 3DS. Now as many of those projects are wrapping up, focus is now just moving to Wii U with less than a year to launch. It’s easy to see the precarious spot Nintendo finds itself in.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Next Xbox could have graphics on par with Avatar CGI

The next generation of Xbox will be capable of rendering graphic detail on par with James Cameron’s Avatar and be able to process many times over the number of calculations that current systems max out at, according to Official Xbox Magazine’s report citing AMD, the tech company responsible for Xbox 360 graphics tech.  

Monday, July 18, 2011

Nintendo is late to the HD party

Nintendo’s president assures investors and gamers that they have the know-how to develop HD games even though they have yet to develop a full 1080p game. Given Nintendo’s competition’s head start, there could be some grounds to worry.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nintendo to make amends with 3rd parties devs

Nintendo, hoping to learn from mistakes it made with 3rd party developers in the past, is back again boasting a renewed commitment in luring them back with a better communication and focus on their needs.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nintendo pulled Wii U E3 demos last minute, showed 360/PS3 versions

Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime admitted that their E3 highlight reel of 3rd party titles for Wii U used footage from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. In an interview with GameTrailers, he added that Wii U games will look at least as good as their PS3/360 counterparts, which is why in the company’s opinion it's was fine to show the games being played on the competition's current-gen hardware.