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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...

News: It's Cafe Time on Nintendo's Development Site

It's Cafe Time on Nintendo's Development Site

Update: Images now removed

Update: The images have now been removed from the development site, but are archived here for reference. Many gamers and media outlets have been snooping around Nintendo's development site Wario World for some time now in the hopes of catching even a morsel of information about Nintendo's upcoming home console. Now it seems like all of that nosing around has finally paid..

Rumour: Nintendo Stream Coming Sooner Than We Think

Nintendo Stream Coming Sooner Than We Think

Rumoured name and release details revealed

According to a report today on IGN, Nintendo is considering Stream as one of the names for their upcoming game console. An IGN source also claims that the console might possibly see a release as soon as late October 2011, although it would seem more likely for Nintendo to wait until early 2012 in an effort...

News: 3DS Soars Back to the Top of the Japanese Hardware Chart

3DS Soars Back to the Top of the Japanese Hardware Chart

The back and forth struggle between 3DS and PSP begins

After a dominating start, sales of the 3DS in Japan have slowly been on the decrease and more recently, have been overtaken by the PlayStation Portable in the hardware sales chart. Now, it seems the 3DS is regaining momentum as the sales figures from last week are revealed. For the period starting 11th and ending 17th April, Nintendo sold..

Rumour: Could This Be the Next Nintendo Console?

Could This Be the Next Nintendo Console?

More scrumptious rumours to mull over

Well the rumour mill marches on with yet another interesting development in the form of some pictures that may or may not be of the actual Wii successor. While it's easy to see that the system and controllers match the descriptions we've already seen popping up around the internet lately, there's absolutely no...

Rumour: We May See a New Nintendo Console at E3

We May See a New Nintendo Console at E3

Sources say Nintendo set to announce new home console

Well it seems that our little hint about a new console possibly coming from Nintendo in our recent article about the Wii price cut might be coming true after all. Game Informer has just let loose with what could be the biggest E3 rumour to date: according to multiple sources, Nintendo is getting set to announce a brand new HD home console at..

Guides: Upscaling Your Retro Consoles for HDTV Sets

Upscaling Your Retro Consoles for HDTV Sets

The quest for the perfect picture

Getting a pin-sharp, colourful image on a modern gaming console is about as hard as falling off a log. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 support HDMI output for true HD gaming, and although the poor old Wii is still stuck in the land of 480p, it’s still capable of kicking out a pretty decent image via component. However, getting the same quality from older..

News: Fils-Aime: Next Home Console Unlikely to be 3D

Fils-Aime: Next Home Console Unlikely to be 3D

Are you bothered?

Nintendo's taken handheld gaming by the ankles and slung it into the 3D pool, so it's long been a question whether the successor to the Wii will also be capable of pumping out 3D visuals too. According to the president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime, it doesn't look likely. Speaking to CNN, 3DS producer Hideki Konno spoke about Nintendo's efforts in 3D gaming..

News: Nintendo Responds to 3DS Black Screen Error

Nintendo Responds to 3DS Black Screen Error

How widespread is it?

We've heard numerous reports from users suffering a black screen error on their shiny new 3DS consoles that halts any game mid-flow, causing a hard reset. Nintendo has now released a statement on the matter, though it doesn't go into much more detail than the advice displayed on-screen. If anyone is experiencing any problems with their Nintendo 3DS console, we recommend that..

News: 3DS Helps Developers Render Fog Effects Via Its Own Chip

3DS Helps Developers Render Fog Effects Via Its Own Chip

Such a handy handheld

If the 3DS was to be personified, it would surely be a hip youngster helping old ladies cross busy streets. However, when we say old ladies, we mean games developers, and by crossing busy streets, we actually mean render in-game fog effects. Close enough. In D3Publisher's upcoming retro shooter Dream Trigger 3D, there's a level...