With the release of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform and Sony looking like its going to release a PlayStation phone, will the next gaming console war take place in the smartphone sector? If so, don't bet on Nintendo making an appearance.
Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime told Forbes it's much more interested in handheld consoles than it is smartphones.
"Certainly we are adding more and more elements to fill out the experience and take away more and more time from competing devices," Fils-Aime said. "But our handhelds will always lead with games."
Instead of releasing a mobile phone, like Sony is doing, Fils-Aime sees Nintendo's upcoming 3DS as the epitome of mobile gaming, giving Nintendo a major competitive edge over the competition.
"3DS content will be dramatically unique to our platform, because I don't think a smartphone manufacturer will invest to put a 3D parallax screen in their device and not have the content to bring to life."
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. game on the original NES, Nintendo is offering limited edition runs of its Wii and DSi XL consoles dressed in red, as well as a new Wii Remote Plus with Wii MotionPlus built-in.
"Whether shoppers want to add a cool new look to their gaming setup or expand their supply of controllers with an exciting game, Nintendo offers a great value for the holidays," said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America’s director of Public Relations. "For anyone who is still on the fence about whether to join the world of video games, we’re offering many fun, easy, economical ways to get involved."
The red Wii bundle ($200) includes New Super Bros. Wii, a red Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii Sports, and a red Nunchuck. The red DSi XL bundle ($180) comes with Mario Kart DS, as well as some pre-loaded software, including Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math, and Photo Clock. And finally, Nintendo is offering a FlingSmash bundle ($50), which includes the FlingSmash game and the new Wii Remote Plus controller.
Nintendo's new products are slated to launch on November 7, 2010.
Provided you live in the United States or Canada, Netflix is now available as a download from the Wii Shop channel. The Nintendo Wii is the last of the three major consoles to offer disc-less Netflix streaming, while the Xbox 360 had it all along.
"At this time of year, consumers have a near-insatiable demand for family entertainment," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "And this simplified Netflix access will help bring families together more quickly, more easily and in more ways than ever before. More than 3 million Wii systems have already connected to Netflix, demonstrating how easy the service is to set up and use."
The new Will channel doesn't cost anything, though you will need a Netflix plan starting at $8.99/month. Netflix has been available on the Wii since April 12, 2010, but prior to today streaming Netflix content required the use of a disc. This is a nice upgrade, albeit limited by the Wii's max 480P output.
It's always refreshing to hear a company that 'gets it,' and Nintendo appears to be one of those outfits. During a recent investor call, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata was given the opportunity to blame piracy as the reason why Nintendo's hardware and software sales haven't met expectations, but he didn't do that.
"Even with piracy, as long as we can create products which can attract attention from many consumers and which can greatly entertain them, that software can make it to the number one position of the hit software sales chart," Iwata explains.
"So, we would like to consider it from both perspectives simultaneously. It is true there is always the influence of piracy, but it is important for us to increase the number of our consumers who are willing to shell out their money to purchase our products."
That doesn't mean Nintendo plans to turn a blind eye to piracy, and according to Iwata, Nintendo is working on ways to "beef up the countermeasures" starting with the 3DS console. Just don't expect Nintendo to go all Crytek on us any time soon.
Holy smokes, we can hardly believe it's already been 25 years since Super Mario Bros. first launched. The only plumber in the world more famous than Joe the Plumber, Super Mario was released in Japan on September 13, 1985.
Super Mario really needs no introduction. Even if you weren't born when Super Mario Bros. first shipped on the NES, you've probably either played a ROM version of the original (it runs 500 Wii points) or at least watched a speed run on YouTube. Since then, Super Mario has appeared in 473 million other titles, or so it seems.
Word all over the Web is that on September 29, 2010, Nintendo will finally reveal pricing details for its upcoming 3DS handheld gaming console, and also give it a release date. Or at least that's what everyone is reporting from all corners of cyber space. We did a little digging and it appears the source of this inside info is someone inside Bloomberg's Japan operations, who claims to have heard the news during a phone interview with Mr. Yasushi Hiroshi Minagawa, a Nintendo spokesman.
The big selling point of the 3DS is that it will produce glasses-free 3D visuals using some type of parallax barrier display technology. Other features include a motion sensor, a gyroscope that willl likely be used to adjust perspective in 3D landscapes, tilt-sensitive gameplay, and a persistent Wi-Fi connection capable of downloading games in the background.
While it looks like we'll have to wait until late September to find out exactly when the 3DS is coming, speculation has the release date pegged for sometime in the first quarter of 2011.
For those of you hoping to score Nintendo's upcoming 3DS handheld console in time for the holidays, you better have a backup gift to add to your wish list. Addressing rumors suggesting an October launch, Nintendo said not to expect the 3DS until 2011.
"Nintendo 3DS will not be arriving in 2010. 3DS won't be appearing until next year," said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.
Reggie's comments came during a taping of the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon talk show and clarify what Nintendo has said all along, which is that the 3DS would ship before March 31, 2011. How much earlier remains to be seen, and given the early hype, it's possible Nintendo could push the release date back to buy some time to line up more supply.
Nintendo's 3DS console has been making headlines because of its ability to produce 3D images without requiring the viewer to don a pair of stereoscopic glasses.
If you think 3D is a fad you can do without, don't look now because Nintendo just got into 3D in a big way. The console maker has officially announced their new 3DS handheld game platform. The unit itself looks like a regular DSi, but uses a 3D screen that does not require glasses. It may be using a type of parallax barrier technology to produce the effect. The top screen is a 3.5-inch 3D panel, and the lower 3-inch screen is touch sensitive. There is also a motion sensor and a gyroscope that we believe will be used to adjust perspective in the 3D environment.
There will be a slider to adjust the 3D effect to their liking; it can even be turned off completely. Users will be able to download 3D movies to the device, and take 3D pictures. As for the games, Nintendo made it clear that they weren't going to be developing the only 3D enhanced games. The likes of Activisio, Take Two, Sega, Capcom, and Namco Bandai will be on board as well.
No pricing or street date information was provided, but at least it's now a real product. Are you in the market for this device? Admittedly, the prospect of a new Kid Icarus game has us a little excited.
Nintendo’s line of dual-screened consoles is a lot of things – ultra, “it prints money!” successful being chief among those – but a graphical powerhouse isn’t one of them. Or at least, it wasn’t. According to a rumor from IGN, however, the 3DS will even render circles around Nintendo’s current, also stupidly popular home console, the Wii.
"Several developers that have experienced 3DS in its current form have reported, off the record, that it has processing capabilities that far exceed the Nintendo Wii and bring the device with abilities that are close to HD consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360," reads IGN's report.
Little is known about what’s actually under the hood of Nintendo’s latest little engine that could, but apparently it won’t be Nvidia’s Tegra mobile chipset, which many speculated might be the source of its incredible, 3D-without-glasses powers.
Fortunately, next week’s E3 gaming convention might as well be known as E3DS, since Nintendo will likely spend the majority of its two hour press conference telling us everything we’ve ever wanted to know about its latest handheld.
You’re starved for knowledge right now, but you’ll be absolutely stuffed after next week. And if you’re not, well, you probably shouldn’t mumble “I’d like some more, sir” in a quaint British accent. See, for as much graphical muscle as the 3DS might have, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has more actual muscle, and if he hears you, well, you may actually end up eating a 3DS. With your mouth.
We don't remember there ever being a healthy heart logo plastered on the side of our Atari 2600 consoles growing up, but had there been, perhaps we logged a lot more time playing Adventure, Pitfall, and Pac-Man. Maybe we can make up for lost time because hey, there's something to be said about playing videogames in order to live a healthy lifestyle.
Don't believe us? Just ask the American Heart Association, which has teamed up with Nintendo to promote healthy living through active-play videogames, as the organization explains it. No need to twist our arms, we're all in.
"Our two organizations come from different worlds, but we share a common goal," said Clyde Yancy, M.D., president of the American Heart Association. "Showing people accessible ways to stay active has been a part of our mission for decades, but our research tells us nearly 70 percent of Americans are getting no regular physical activity. As an organization we are looking for ways to change this. Nintendo has demonstrated clear leadership in active-play video games with the popularity of the Wii system, and I’m confident that together we can encourage Americans to become more physically active."
As part of this totally awesome campaign, consumers will see the American Heart Association brand on boxes for the Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort titles for the Wii starting this summer. And what better way to stay healthy during summer break than to toss a virtual Frisbee or wakeboarding from your recliner?