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News: Wave Race Trademark Resurfaces

Wave Race Trademark Resurfaces

New wave?

Nintendo of America has updated the trademark for watery racing series Wave Race. But don't get your wetsuit on just yet — there's no confirmation of a new game for now. The trademark was renewed as of mid-August, according to Trademarkia. It's possible that there's a new entry into the series coming, but it could also be a case of...

Talking Point: NFC and the Latest Wii U Wizardry

NFC and the Latest Wii U Wizardry

Near Field Communication: cooler than it sounds

As you may have noticed, we've seen a flurry of news stories coming out of Nintendo HQ in the past few days. We started with bad news, that Nintendo expects to make a loss in the current financial year, though the news that Wii U will launch in time for Christmas 2012 helped ease the pain. Of course,...

Rumour: New App Store in Development for Wii U

New App Store in Development for Wii U

We're not stating the obvious, promise

Though we're yet to receive an exact release date, we know the Wii U will hit during the second half of 2012. One guarantee as release approaches is that wild speculation and rumour will run rampant. Today's contender: a Wii U 'App Store'. It goes without saying that there'll be an equivalent to the current Wii...

News: Wait, Did Majesco Just Announce the First Wii 2 Game?

Wait, Did Majesco Just Announce the First Wii 2 Game?

Strange goings-on afoot

Update: PR firm Reverb Games has responded, clarifying that the second platform is already available. Project Café jets: powering down. Zumba Fitness currently sits atop the UK all-formats chart in the UK, out-selling every other game available, mostly thanks to its recent release on the Wii. The announcement that publisher Majesco is bringing a second instalment to the Wii..

Rumour: Retro Studios Working on Game for Wii Successor

Retro Studios Working on Game for Wii Successor

And relax

Ready for another batch of Wii 2/"Project Café" rumours? Of course you are. The latest round comes from Gameolosophy — no, us neither — who have gone all-out with claims of fan-favourite developers, third-party loving, storage solutions and more. The most interesting nugget of a rumour hidden at the bottom of the story is that Retro Studios is already working on a game for..

Rumour: Nintendo May Cut Wii Price to $150 Next Month

Nintendo May Cut Wii Price to $150 Next Month

Swinging the cost cleaver

Should you have held off from buying a Nintendo Wii for cost reasons, you may get your time next month if this latest rumour is to be believed. Engadget has claimed a "trusted source" has informed them the Wii will drop to $150 on 15th May as an attempt to improve the console's fortunes in North America. The website also hints that evergreen hit Mario Kart Wii..

Rumour: We May See Big Capcom Announcements Next Week

We May See Big Capcom Announcements Next Week

Monster press event planned

Capcom's Captivate event is just a few days away, and Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Andriasang) is reporting the publisher has at least six games to show off. Known titles include Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3Dm Street Fighter X Tekken — a 3DS version of which is rumoured — and non-Nintendo titles Asura's Wrath and Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City. Even the..

Rumour: Cell Chip Could Power Wii Successor

Cell Chip Could Power Wii Successor

IBM still in the console game

The Wii is powered by IBM's custom "Broadway" CPU along with ATI's "Hollywood" GPU, but what of the inevitable Wii successor – what silicon army might power its architecture? MCV has suggested it could be IBM's mighty Cell processor. Chief technical officer of IBM's systems and technology group Jai Menon has said: I think you'll see integrated..

News: Itagaki Makes Curious Remark about Nintendo's Next Console

Itagaki Makes Curious Remark about Nintendo's Next Console

Not 3DS either

Wii is approaching its fourth birthday across the world, with no announced successor currently on the horizon. We know it's in development but there's been no clue as to its form or any such thing. So when an industry figure such as Tomonobu Itagaki, former head of Team Ninja, makes cryptic comments about the company's next home console it makes interesting reading. Itagaki, whose..

News: Another Analyst Suggests Wii 1.5 On the Way

Another Analyst Suggests Wii 1.5 On the Way

Not Pachter so it's safe to read on

Despite Satoru Iwata's recent declaration that the eventual Wii successor will be a surprise, another industry analyst has predicted we'll see a stopgap between now and the launch of the main event. Piers Harding-Rolls, analyst at Screen Digest, believes Nintendo will release an upgraded version of the Wii before...

News: 3DS Could Cause Eye Problems in Later Life

3DS Could Cause Eye Problems in Later Life

Just wait and see

We read in a recent report that 1 in 10 people can't see 3D properly, but there have been concerns that even those who can see 3D images could suffer from eye strain and poor vision from playing the console too much. As such, Nintendo recommends children under the age of 7 do not play 3DS with the 3D effect on to prevent any...

News: Hey Square Enix, Let Obsidian Develop a Chrono Trigger Sequel

Hey Square Enix, Let Obsidian Develop a Chrono Trigger Sequel

Western developer up for a sequel

Square Enix's Super Nintendo RPG Chrono Trigger is a masterpiece of storytelling and revered by Nintendo fans around the world, and Western developer Obsidian Entertainment thinks it could do a good job of updating the series. The studio behind Neverwinter Nights 2 and the upcoming Fallout: New Vegas has recently signed up to develop a new entry in Square Enix's..

News: Don't Get Too Attached to 3DS Name, says Iwata

Don't Get Too Attached to 3DS Name, says Iwata

Real name still under wraps

Even though the name seems to fit the upcoming console like a snug glove, apparently 3DS isn't the formal name for Nintendo's next handheld. No, it seems Iwata and company have an official title all lined-up, presumably waiting to unleash it at E3 in just over one month's time. As we can't think of anything that would...

News: Hey Now, Kirby Wii Might Actually Be Happening This Time

Hey Now, Kirby Wii Might Actually Be Happening This Time

Mythical platformer shows signs of life

It's been a long time coming, but it looks like a Kirby adventure might actually make it onto Wii yet. According to Official Nintendo Magazine UK, a list of upcoming Nintendo releases attached to the company's Financial Results Briefing document includes the elusive Hoshi no Kirby, or Kirby of the Stars as the Queen would say. Unsurprisingly, the entry..

News: Nintendo Relicenses SC Texture Technology

Nintendo Relicenses SC Texture Technology

Unwilling to let GameCube compression tech go

Nintendo recently renewed their license with S3 Graphics to continue using their S3 Texture Compression technology. They explain the tech as follows: S3TC texture compression uses an advanced compression algorithm that achieves up to six-fold compression of complex textures and images that are used in today's hardware accelerated gaming titles. This..