Gamescom is great for reminding us how our wallet will be abused in the coming months. This year's conferences weren't the most interesting, but the games on show really help boost some pre-orders for this year and next year. Surpringly, the company without a conference benefitted the most.
Sales of the original Wii may have tapered off to nearly nothing, but it’s still the biggest selling console of the last generation. Many of those new-to-gaming Wii families have packed the things away or thrown them out with yesterday’s trash – but a fair number have seen the light, and want to continue dabbling with the wonderful medium of videogames. It’s those people that Sony wants to buy a PlayStation 4.
On the latest Xbox podcast, I made fun of Xbox guy Graeme Selvan for imagining that he'd find a woman who wanted to play Diablo with him. Most of my teasing was about the fact that she will have probably have moved on to a different game, and part of it was simply to troll him because it's just too easy. However, I have been thinking a lot about women who game, and the idea of couples who game together.
Ah, Black Friday! That wonderful day of shopping in the US of A when stores slash prices, and people slash each other in order to get those deals. Now that PS4 and Xbox One have been released internationally (but not locally), we can see what people really want to buy, and Xbox is the clear winner.
There’s a ton of great games available for the now positively ancient Wii that you, hardcore gamer that you are, might not have played; things like The Metroid Prime Trilogy, the excellent Super Mario Galaxy series, Xenoblade Chronicles and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – to name but a handful. Opportunity’s knocking twice – because the smaller, cheaper Wii Mini is headed to local stores.
Even though nearly no one here in South Africa has actual love for Nintendo and other journalists might skip this article because “it aint good enough, it won’t get hits, bla blaaa” I am doing it! Wii Fit finally has a purpose other than getting overweight and lazy kids off their butts, I for one say onward Wii Fit!
We’ve had Xbox, Playstation 3 and mobile devices all receive a chance to stand tall in the spotlight, and today we’re wrapping up those awards with good ol’ Nintendo. The venerable brand may not always be the most exciting developer when it comes to new games, but it’s got a solid record for bringing out solid titles based on their existing franchises. And that winner for 2012 is…
For the past few years now, platform owners and software developers have been trying to get a slice of the casual gaming market. Nintendo certainly captured that market with their DS and Wii, and Facebook has been inundated with addictive, spammy junk from the likes of Zynga and similar companies. Has that cash-filled bubble burst?
Gaming isn't cheap. You've got so many things to factor in these days. The console itself, online passes, a stable net connection, controllers, headsets, games and of course, a microwave. Wait what?
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that the Wii console put Nintendo back on the map, and was responsible for an onslaught of new wiggling-based gaming devices this generation. The technology behind, simple in idea and execution, opened up a whole new market for Nintendo, and earning them massive bags of cash that had a dollar sign emblazoned on the front. And that technology, almost belonged to Sony and Microsoft, before Nintendo carpe diemed it for themselves.
Yesterday, we got official confirmation on the pricing for the Nintendo Wii U. And even though it’s pretty much in line with UK pricing, which we fall under (NO DOLLAHS!), it’s still going to be damn expensive. A deluxe version of the console will cost you R5000 at least, while a barebones kit will grab R4000 from your bank account. That’s a lot of cash. Here’s what else you could spend it on, instead.
In my humble opinion Kevin Butler is a large reason for the PS3’s resurgence in 2009/2010 as their previous marketing campaigns were abysmal, atrocious, disgusting, useless… I didn’t like them.
Franchises come and go, but the successful ones hang around for many a year, releasing new titles on an annual basis. Or every six months. Or every week, because that’s what it feels like some days whenever another Super Mario game pops up. The Italian plumber has been a staple of Nintendo for quite a few years now, carrying the heavy burden of mascot for an entire generation of gamers, with new games popping up constantly. And according to Nintendo, they aren’t worried about over-saturating the market with Mario at all.
We’ve been teased for months now as to when exactly the Wii U will be arriving. Will it be in time for Christmas, so that Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber can once again assault our ear-drums with a horrid jingle for consumerism? Will it be next year when we’re flat broke? Who knows? Except we do know, as Nintendo has just unveiled the pricing and release date for their next-gen console.
Anonymous sources have revealed that the Wii U’s release might be pushed to December due to some manufacturing trouble.
The delay is said to be due to the complexity of the GamePad controller and at this point still a rumour. Sources at CVG have indicated that Nintendo had planned on releasing the device as early as November intending it to benefit from Thanksgiving sales in the US.