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News: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Lays Down Ice Bucket Challenge to Reggie Fils-Aime and Shuhei Yoshida

Microsoft's Phil Spencer Lays Down Ice Bucket Challenge to Reggie Fils-Aime and Shuhei Yoshida

Is his body ready?

It seems every season of the year has its irresistible online trends, and one doing the rounds this year is for people to film themselves being doused by a bucket of ice water before passing the challenge on with a nomination. It has the noble cause of raising awareness around ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known...

Feature: A Cross-Platform Look At E3 2014

A Cross-Platform Look At E3 2014

Tom, Sammy and Ken cover the three major players

With E3 finished and those hard workers of Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony preparing to return to the real world after their three-day adventure in the LA bubble, there's plenty to talk about. All three major hardware manufacturers delivered big games, a surprise or two and, in general, a whole load of...

Talking Point: For Better Or For Worse, The Wii U GamePad Is Here To Stay

For Better Or For Worse, The Wii U GamePad Is Here To Stay

Don't expect a Microsoft-style U-turn from Nintendo

The brief lifespan of Microsoft's Xbox One has been overshadowed by a series of embarrassing turnarounds. First, the company was forced to bow to popular opinion and alter its policy on having an "always on" internet connection, then it quickly changed its stance on indie self-publishing. More...

News: Microsoft's Ken Lobb: Metroid Prime Wouldn't Have Been Made If Nintendo Had Listened To The Fans

Microsoft's Ken Lobb: Metroid Prime Wouldn't Have Been Made If Nintendo Had Listened To The Fans

"Every once in a while, you have to learn to not listen"

Ken Lobb is now employed as Creative Director of Microsoft Studios, but Nintendo fans will recall that he was a big part of the firm back in the days of SNES and N64 — heck, he even had the "Klobb" gun in Rare's GoldenEye 007 named after him. Before he departed Nintendo in 2001, Lobb was...

News: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Can't Say Enough Nice Stuff About Nintendo

Microsoft's Phil Spencer Can't Say Enough Nice Stuff About Nintendo

Thinks Nintendo's first party content is an "amazing asset"

Remember the good old days when video game firms used to say all kinds of nasty things about their rivals to get the upper hand? It would seem the days Genesis does what Nintendon't are long past, as modern companies appear to be increasingly keen to praise one another. Microsoft and Sony...

News: Microsoft Wants You To Know That Its Surface Tablet Can Play SNES Games

Microsoft Wants You To Know That Its Surface Tablet Can Play SNES Games

It's OUYA all over again

Emulation is a grey area at the best of times, but one thing that is a massive no-no is rival companies using the emulated titles of others to promote their own products. We've already seen the team behind the OUYA console attempt to use SNES emulators to sell their micro-console, and now Microsoft is getting in on the act...

News: Microsoft Almost Purchased Sega In Order To Compete With Nintendo And Sony

Microsoft Almost Purchased Sega In Order To Compete With Nintendo And Sony

How different things could have been

A former Microsoft executive has revealed that the company was considering buying Japanese video game veteran Sega before it decided to create the Xbox console. Speaking to IGN, Joachim Kempin said: There were three companies at that point in time, I think this was , Sega and Nintendo. There was always talk...

News: Wii Owners: Microsoft Wants You To Buy The Xbox 360 This Holiday Season

Wii Owners: Microsoft Wants You To Buy The Xbox 360 This Holiday Season

"I can't think of a better console for them to choose" says Microsoft manager

With the Wii U launching this month, you might assume that most Nintendo fans are saving up their pennies and getting very excited indeed about the new console. However, Microsoft's general manager of Interactive Entertainment product marketing Matt Barlow believes that...

News: Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda Greatly Saddened by Wii's "Unfulfilled Promise"

Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda Greatly Saddened by Wii's "Unfulfilled Promise"

Kinect's creative director indulges in some good-natured trash-talking

Microsoft's Kinect E3 unveiling - complete with an impressive but ultimately head-scratching performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil - may have raised more questions than answers but that hasn't stopped the shade-wearing Kudo Tsunoda - Kinect's creative director - from...

E3 2010: Miyamoto Unexcitedly Scopes Out Xbox Kinect

Miyamoto Unexcitedly Scopes Out Xbox Kinect

Not feeling it...

After the rip-roaring success that was Nintendo’s showing at E3 this year, you might have assumed that Miyamoto would be relaxing by a pool somewhere imagining the 3DS printing glorious 3D money. Not so, as Gizmodo’s Mark Wilson discovered when developing his holiday snaps from E3. While innocently dancing about like a kid tanked up on Sunny D playtesting Microsoft’s Kinect,..

News: Microsoft Manager Gives 3DS the Thumbs Up

Microsoft Manager Gives 3DS the Thumbs Up

Takashi Sensui also reveals Microsoft's own preparations for the 3D realm

It's always professional of rival companies to give credit where it's due, but it's even more respectable when it seems genuine. It seems that Nintendo's first steps into the 3D gaming world have garnered positive comments from a Microsoft big-cheese. Speaking to the Nikkei...

News: Miyamoto: You Need A Controller For True Immersion

Miyamoto: You Need A Controller For True Immersion

Mario's dad isn't sure Project Natal is a step forward

Microsoft is pretty smug with itself right now. Project Natal has gone down a storm at E3 and the company clearly sees it as the 'next step' in motion control; holding controllers in your hand is so last year, dude. However, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto isn't so sure and insists that for true immersion you need to have something in your hand..

News: Reggie: The Future Is Now

Reggie: The Future Is Now

Nintendo's American boss finds Microsoft and Sony's new tech 'ironic'

In a recent interview with Kotaku president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime passed a few choice comments on some of E3's big developments, most notably Microsoft's Project Natal and Sony's 'Wand' controller: We have been very familiar with that technology. have personally seen a lot of iterations of similar technology..

News: Iwata: Nintendo Will Not Be Standing Still

Iwata: Nintendo Will Not Be Standing Still

Nintendo's big boss warns rivals after motion-control announcements at E3

This year's E3 was all about motion control as both Sony and Microsoft decided to jump on the bandwagon that Nintendo got rolling when the Wii was released some time ago. However, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata - speaking in an interview with British newspaper The Times - revealed that he actually expected rival firms to..

News: Sony And Microsoft Suffering From Wii-nis Envy?

Sony And Microsoft Suffering From Wii-nis Envy?

Copycat motion control systems don't impress industry analyst

Where would we be with expert analysts telling us what to think, eh? Take Wedbush Morgan chappie Michael Pachter, for example. Following Microsoft and Sony's recently unveiling of motion control systems at this year's E3, Pachter has waded in with his own viewpoint on all this technological advancement: This year’s E3 again focused on..

News: Miyamoto Unconcerned By Rival Motion Control Systems

Miyamoto Unconcerned By Rival Motion Control Systems

Sony and Microsoft's attempts 'lack depth', says Mario's dad

This year's E3 was an interesting one for fans of motion-controlled gaming. Not only did Sony unveil it's PS3 'wand' controller, Microsoft went one better with Natal, which doesn't use a controller at all. Naturally, one might wonder what Nintendo - the company that started this particular revoluition - is thinking right now. The BBC..

News: Microsoft Befuddled by WiiWare

Microsoft Befuddled by WiiWare

Microsoft's Chris Satchell must be an easily confused guy, because he’s recently gone on record to state that he’s downright stumped by Nintendo’s WiiWare service and the strategy the company is employing when it comes to nurturing developers.

Satchell, who is general manager of Microsoft’s game developer group, unsurprisingly believes that...