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News: Wii U Uses 25GB Discs and Lacks GameCube Compatibility

Wii U Uses 25GB Discs and Lacks GameCube Compatibility

Good news, bad news?

Along with the unveiling of Wii U at E3, Nintendo subsequently revealed further details regarding the technical specifications of the console. There is, however, plenty we still don't know about Wii U and with a scheduled launch in 2012, we can expect these unknowns to be revealed slowly like a season of Lost. A couple of things...

News: Wii U Games Using Two New Controllers Being Considered

Wii U Games Using Two New Controllers Being Considered

The more the merrier, right?

For all the questions that Nintendo's appearance at E3 2011 answered, many more new ones have arisen. Nintendo EAD designer Katsuya Eguchi is working on a five-player Wii U prototype game that utilises just the one Wii U controller and four regular Wii Remotes and Nunchuks. Is this because the Wii U controller will have a price tag heavy enough to put users off from..

News: Wii U Touch Screen is Resistive, Not Capacitive

Wii U Touch Screen is Resistive, Not Capacitive

Lost? Let us explain

The 6.2" screen in the centre of the Wii U controller is likely to use the same resistive technology that features in the DS and 3DS consoles, rather than the more advanced capacitive system used in modern smart phones and Apple's iDevices. Hardware images released by Nintendo show a stylus being used on the touch screen, indicating resistive technology at work as..

News: Wii U's IBM Power Processor Means Business

Wii U's IBM Power Processor Means Business

Companies hook up again

IBM has been providing chips for Nintendo consoles for years and will continue to do so, as the two are joining forces once again to power next year's Wii U. IBM's Power microprocessor will run the console, though neither IBM nor Nintendo has given any clock speeds or solid figures, other than stating it's a bespoke chip for...

Fact Sheet: Wii U - 1080p HD Confirmed, No BluRay

Wii U - 1080p HD Confirmed, No BluRay

Nintendo embraces HD in 2012

After announcing the Wii U earlier today Nintendo has now revealed some details of the hardware behind the new system. As expected the console will be a full HD console with 1080p/720p output via HDMI, it will also feature a multi-core PowerPC processor which may be comparable with Xbox 360. As always Nintendo has tried...

Talking Point: Should Nintendo Try to Recapture 'Hardcore' Gamers?

Should Nintendo Try to Recapture 'Hardcore' Gamers?

What is hardcore anyway?

In recent weeks the internet has been overloaded with rumours about Nintendo’s next home console, the successor to the phenomenally successful Wii. The rumours followed the usual pattern; anonymous sources said it was coming, speculation raged, ideas about the console started to find a level of consistency, and finally...

Rumour: Project Cafe Controller Contains a Camera

Project Cafe Controller Contains a Camera

Kitchen sink also rumoured

The controller for Nintendo's new console, currently codenamed Project Café, gets more and more feature-packed with every rumour. The original rumours revolved around a 6" touch screen, but now a source close to industry magazine Develop has apparently revealed a new feature: a camera. "A person close to the...

News: Are We Nearing the End of Consoles? Nintendo Thinks Not

Are We Nearing the End of Consoles? Nintendo Thinks Not

Nintendo's director of PR thinks consoles are too unique to die off

Fox News recently ran a story in which it suggests the traditional home console may soon be losing its place in our home as consumer demands evolve and smartphones provide deeper gaming experiences . Well, it starts off with a rather bold statement claiming that "the end is near" for games consoles, which is immediately..

Rumour: Wii Successor Won't Have a Traditional Hard Drive

Wii Successor Won't Have a Traditional Hard Drive

SD cards might be sticking around

With E3 2011 just weeks away, there's still plenty of time for rumours and claims from anonymous sources to surface about Nintendo's next home console. Kotaku's sources have revealed that the console will supposedly have 8 gigabytes of on-board flash memory instead of a more traditional hard drive, a significant jump from the 512 megabytes that's inside the Wii..

News: Nintendo Reinforcing Western Development for Wii's Successor

Nintendo Reinforcing Western Development for Wii's Successor

Despite what some might think, Nintendo can't do everything by itself

Nintendo has a number of things to get right with the successor to the Wii, or else it risks facing more competition from its rivals than it needs to. Aside from setting a new paradigm in video gaming, Nintendo will have to build on the momentum that the launch of the 3DS has created, and if that's not enough to juggle, the..

News: You Won't Get a Nintendo Console with a Buttonless Controller

You Won't Get a Nintendo Console with a Buttonless Controller

That satisfyingly soft click is here to stay

With the introduction of touchscreens and motion controls, the cynical gamer might think it's a matter of time before Nintendo abandons the use of buttons all together. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata assures us that that's not what the company has planned. During an Analyst Meeting earlier this week, Iwata was asked what his opinions of touch control devices..

News: Nintendo's Profits Show a Significant Drop, This Year Should Improve

Nintendo's Profits Show a Significant Drop, This Year Should Improve

Decreases in sales explained, and Nintendo's forecast for this fiscal year

Although Nintendo has claim to notable achievements with its hardware ― the DS has proved to be the best-selling handheld ever and global Wii sales have surpassed the 86 million mark, the company's profit numbers for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2011 show a significant drop. Net sales totaled 1,014.3 billion yen,..

Talking Point: Can Nintendo's Next Console Top Wii's Success?

Can Nintendo's Next Console Top Wii's Success?

Where to go after you've conquered the world?

The Wii is Nintendo's most successful home console ever, with 86 million machines sold around the world since it launched in 2006, but with the recent announcement of Nintendo's new console it's time to peek forward to the future. Wii was a remarkable success because it did something drastically different for a games console: it focused on cheap,..

News: Relax, the Vitality Sensor is Still in Development

Relax, the Vitality Sensor is Still in Development

Nothing to get worked up about

The Wii Vitality Sensor made waves at E3 2009 as one of the most bizarre Nintendo add-ons of recent times, then all-but disappeared from gaming radars as Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the 3DS drew all the focus in last year's show. The sensor's invisibility caused many to suggest Nintendo had quietly ditched the device, but president Satoru Iwata has confirmed..

News: 3.6 Million 3DS Consoles Sold Worldwide

3.6 Million 3DS Consoles Sold Worldwide

"A smooth start" says Nintendo

Nintendo predicted 4 million 3DS sales in its first month, but the company's investor meeting reveals it didn't quite hit it, selling 3.6 million consoles around the world since its Japanese launch on 26th February. On the software side of things, around 9.43m 3DS games have been sold around the globe, with two titles passing the million mark already: Super Street..

News: Nintendo Confirms New Console

Nintendo Confirms New Console

Releases next year and playable at E3

Nintendo Japan has indeed confirmed the existence of its new game console, set for release in 2012 according to a new press release from Nintendo. Sadly, we still don't have any official images of the console or its controller. Nintendo has also stated that the system will be playable at this year's E3 show in...