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News: Nintendo Faces Lawsuit Over 3DS Screen Patent Infringement

Nintendo Faces Lawsuit Over 3DS Screen Patent Infringement

Here comes the science

The whole 3D-without-glasses deal is still pretty impressive several months after the 3DS launch, but Tomita Technologies isn't happy about seeing the tech turn up in Nintendo's latest portable, taking the company to court with claims of patent infringement. Seijiri Tomita, a veteran engineer who worked at Sony for 30 years,...

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...

News: Nintendo has 3D Demos of Wii Sports and Super Mario Galaxy

Nintendo has 3D Demos of Wii Sports and Super Mario Galaxy

Part of experiments

Nintendo's experiments with 3D go right back in time: there was 3D Hot Rally on the Famicom Disk System, a 3D GameBoy Advance SP and every GameCube has 3D-capable circuitry inside it. Despite the company's dabbling, not everyone was convinced that the new 3DS would be a success, so Nintendo set about changing their minds. 3DS hardware head Hideki Konno spoke to

Feature: Retrofitting Your Console for the HD Age

Retrofitting Your Console for the HD Age

How to give your Wii and classic hardware a new lease of life

While the relentless march of progress ensures that modern gaming consoles — and the televisions upon which they are played — are able to offer pin-sharp HD picture quality, it's worth sparing a moment to consider where this leaves older machines, as well as the humble Wii — which has yet to break through the 480p barrier, much to..

News: Watch an NES Complete Super Mario Bros. All By Itself

Watch an NES Complete Super Mario Bros. All By Itself

Like a robot

Over the years we've seen people play Super Mario Bros. in some crazy ways: you can play Mario with Kinect, play Mario with your eyes and even, believe it or not, play Mario with your hands, like a baby's toy. They've all required some sort of human interaction, but not this latest Mario-related chicanery, which uses a robot to replace...

News: There's a Limit on Transferring Software from One 3DS to Another

There's a Limit on Transferring Software from One 3DS to Another

Your games are going places... just not too many places

While we've known about the ability to transfer DSiWare to the 3DS for a while now and learned today about transferring software between devices (DSiWare, 3DSWare and Virtual Handheld), we've just found out that there will be a limit to how many license transfers you can make. From Play.com's product details: System

News: So This is What a Naked 3DS Looks Like

So This is What a Naked 3DS Looks Like

Machine strips off

While we all know that the 3DS's technology isn't powered by wizards and warlocks, it's still surprising to see just how mundane the machine's insides are. Following the handheld's "vacation" from a Chinese production line, some enterprising console lover has taken the console apart and displayed its guts for all to see. Under the hood it's all silicon and circuit..

News: 3DS Game Cards Could Reach a Mighty 8GB

3DS Game Cards Could Reach a Mighty 8GB

So expect huge games

The new-style cartridges used by 3DS may look similar to those you currently slot into your DS, but they're actually bigger, on the inside at least. Manufacturer Macronix has confirmed that the game cartridges will start at 1GB capacity and run all the way up to a massive 8GB of storage, a huge increase over the DS, which...

News: Watch Rhythm Heaven Played with Lasers and Japanese Swords

Watch Rhythm Heaven Played with Lasers and Japanese Swords

Now this is technology

The GameBoy Advance belongs to a simpler time, when buttons were king. That's why it's so great to see a video of GBA title Rhythm Heaven played in a way we're fairly certain the developers never considered. The video below shows a simple circuit involving a laser pointer, a prosthetic finger and, of course, a Japanese sword...

News: Resident Evil: Revelations Uses a Version of Capcom's MT Framework

Resident Evil: Revelations Uses a Version of Capcom's MT Framework

The first title to use portable version of Capcom's game engine

When it was revealed that what we saw in the Resident Evil: Revelations trailer at E3 was rendered in real-time, people had a hard time swallowing that nugget of information. Although Nintendo is tight-lipped about the technical specs of the wonder-machine, Capcom has recently touched upon what the 3D system is really capable of. A..

Rumour: Curious DS Motherboard May Reveal 3DS Widescreen

Curious DS Motherboard May Reveal 3DS Widescreen

Hold those horses, however

Vague registrations for patents, trademarks and age ratings power the Internet Rumour Mill, particularly when there's a big announcement around the corner, and a recent filing over at the Federal Communications Commission may have the first photograph of a 3DS test kit. Why jump to the 3DS conclusion when the image title refers to the plain old "DS"? Well, for..

News: Capcom Bringing MT Framework To Wii

Capcom Bringing MT Framework To Wii

Game engine powers Resident Evil 5, Lost Planet 2 on HD consoles

According to a report from today's edition of Japanese newspaper Nikkei Industrial, Capcom has plans to bring over a game engine normally used for Xbox 360 and PS3 to Wii with the hopes of shrinking development costs and time; specifically, developing simultaneously on all platforms will bring a 20% reduction in costs and a 33%..

News: Wiimote Used For VR Research

Wiimote Used For VR Research

Is there no end to the versatility of the Wii?

Remember Virtual Reality? Back in the ‘90s everyone thought it would change the way we played games forever, and thanks to (quite poor) movies like The Lawnmower Man we actually believed the hype. Then it just sort of died. Some argued that the technology wasn't powerful enough, but others pointed out that users often felt sick when playing VR games..

News: Disney Turn The DS Into An Interactive Tour Guide

Disney Turn The DS Into An Interactive Tour Guide

Never get lost within the Magic Kingdom again - whoopee

Some interesting developments are happening in the Magic Kingdom. In a recent post on a Disneyland fan website (we don’t make a habit of visiting these places, honest), a recent vistor to Walt’s Wacky Wonderland reveals that they were asked if they would like to participate in a trial run of the park’s new guide system. Amazingly, it..

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