Is it ethical? It is even legal?
OMG you guys
Today, Sony announced the PlayStation Classic, a micro-console which comes pre-loaded with 20 games, is bundled with two full-size replica controllers, connects to your TV via HDMI and is powered by a humble USB lead. Sound familiar? Of course it does, because it's blatantly inspired by the NES and SNES Classic Editions. Even the...
Anything you can do...
Out of the blue, Sony has revealed the brand new PlayStation Classic - a mini console variant that works in exactly the same way as Nintendo's very own NES and SNES Classic consoles. Yes, just like Nintendo's new creations, this tiny PSone-inspired machine takes the form of the original model, but at 45% the size of the...
Says Sony's CEO
If you're one of the many Fortnite players affected by Sony's refusal to allow cross-play among platforms, you might want to look away now. Speaking at the IFA technology show in Berlin, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has finally revealed the reason behind the company's consumer-unfriendly decision - because "PlayStation is the best...
End of an era
Despite the fact that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has been available for a while now in western territories, and absolutely dominating the UK sales charts in the process for good measure, the game is still yet to release on Switch in Japan. In a weird turn of events, Sega will be taking over publishing duties for the region,...
Is it ethical? It is even legal?
Almost immediately after Fortnite landed on Switch last week, players all around the world showed their outrage online at Sony's bizarre restrictions regarding cross-platform play. As you may be aware, users who have played the game on PS4, potentially spending a hefty sum on of money and unlocking various content in...
But will it change its mind?
Share prices sure are in the news a lot this time of year. We've already heard that Nintendo's value has taken a hit following its E3 presentation, and now it's Sony's turn. The news that Switch owners who have previously played Fortnite on PS4 cannot transfer their progress to Nin
Game has been downloaded over two million times since launch
After weeks of speculation, Fortnite finally arrived on Switch yesterday. The news that the world's biggest video game was on a Nintendo system was cause for celebration, but it wasn't all positive - players who already had Fortnite on PS4 found that they couldn't carry their progress or...
Digital Foundry pops the question, and comes up with some amazing data
Some of the Nintendo Life team were lucky enough to pop down to sunny Brighton a few weeks back, base of Gamer Network - the group of gaming sites with which Nintendo Life and Push Square are affiliated. While we were down there dodging vegan food stalls and resisting the urge to...
Or the Wii Remote, if you'd prefer
Accessory maker 8Bitdo is launching a new Bluetooth adapter which allows you to use all manner of controllers with your Nintendo Switch. The device - which sports a brick-like design that is no doubt inspired by Super Mario Bros. - plugs into the USB port of the Switch dock. Once connected, it allows you to link...
You and amii-both
ThinkGeek is producing a series of collectable figures based on Sony franchises which look a heck of a lot like Nintendo's amiibo. The Totaku Collection consists of plastic figures mounted on bases and features the likes of the hunter from Bloodborne, Crash Bandicoot, Kratos from God of War, Parappa the Rapper,...
Nintendo's system has "captured consumers' attention"
To say that the Switch is selling incredibly well worldwide would be a massive understatement, but in Japan it is particularly dominant, regularly topping both the hardware and software charts. This isn't lost on Sony, which is Nintendo's only genuine rival in its home region. In an interview...
"The folks at Nintendo have their strategy and that’s great"
Sony's gaming boss Andrew House has been speaking to Bloomberg about handheld gaming, and has shared the opinion that handheld systems aren't a massive threat to the company in an era dominated by smartphones. House claims that smart devices have essentially eroded the market share of...
Highest market cap for Nintendo since 2008
The ongoing success of the Switch has seen Nintendo's market capitalisation hit 5.44 trillion yen ($48.9 billion), which sees the Kyoto giant overtake rival Sony for the first time in almost a year. This new market cap figure is the highest posted by Nintendo since October 2008. ...
"It creates conversation, it creates excitement"
It's been quite a hectic 6 months for Nintendo. Coming off the back of the commercial failure of the Wii U, the company has been propelled forward by the incredible success of the Switch, which is selling like hot cakes all over the world. You might assume that Nintendo's resurgence would cause...
Sony defends its decision to block cross-platform play
Cross-platform play is coming to the Switch in a big way thanks to Minecraft and Rocket League, both of which will allow Nintendo players to take on their Xbox and PC-owning friends. However, Sony - owner of the most popular console in the marketplace right now - isn't playing ball in either...
"I think it shows that a lot of gamers are a two-console family"
When you look at the combined global sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, it's amazing to think that not so long ago some industry exports were predicting the end of console dominance. That clearly isn't going to happen this generation, and TIME has been speaking...
Still on a lot of people's shopping lists
The Nielsen Games 360 Report was recently published and has made the shock discovery that there is more interest in purchasing a Nintendo Switch from those who were surveyed than the upcoming Xbox Scorpio or the currently available PS4 Pro. As shown in the graph below, Nintendo Switch is on 16 percent (the...
"I think they're going to cover a new market for themselves"
After the motion-control of the Wii and the dual-screen setup of the Wii U, Nintendo has arguably gone back to basics with the Switch, apparently discarding interface gimmicks to give a more traditional control experience. One person who seems very pleased with that is President of Sony's...
"I think everyone discounted the Wii initially"
Former Sony Computer Entertainment America president and CEO Jack Tretton has admitted in an interview with IGN that he - like so many in the games industry - underestimated the Wii when it was first announced. The console followed the underperforming GameCube and took risks by opting for weaker...
"Pokémon GO is a real game-changer"
Sony boss Kaz Hirai has revealed that the incredible success of Pokémon GO has encouraged the company to reassess its stance in the smartphone gaming arena. Sony's ambitious PlayStation Mobile platform was put out to pasture last year after failing to find lasting success, but Hirai has told
Witnessing gaming history
It's a fairly little known fact that Nintendo was, at one point, working with Sony to develop a console. Back when CDs were all the rage, Nintendo was in the market to develop a CD add on with Sony, which was not affiliated with games at the time. It wasn't to be, unfortunately, and there was a falling out between the two...
Sony Pictures making a live-action and animation hybrid
We reported that Sony Pictures is working on a Sonic movie back in 2014, but things have gone a bit quiet since then. However, thanks to a recent interview with Sega Sammy Holdings President and CEO Hajime Satomi, we now know that the film will be arriving on silver screens in 2018: Sega...
We idly speculate on what could have been
From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed the...
"Thanks to the haters, too"
Last week we reported on the news that the legendary SNES PlayStation has been turned on and played, proving once and for all that the system is the real deal and not an elaborate fake, as some people had claimed. Dan Diebold - son of Terry, who unwittingly purchased the system when the company he worked at went bust -...
It's really real, you guys
Earlier this year, a prototype SNES PlayStation was discovered in the wild and caused quite a stir among fans and collectors alike. The system - which was supposed to be start of a beautiful friendship between Nintendo and Sony but the former left the latter at the altar - never saw release and what images existed were...
"Thanks for paving the way"
As we reported yesterday, the NES is now 30 years old. Nintendo's 8-bit console is arguably one of the most important video game hardware releases of all time, as it laid down the third party software licensing framework that still exists today and resorted consumer faith in a console market which had been all but...
"Sure my dad would think about selling it because he's pretty broke"
Yesterday we reported on the stunning news that a SNES PlayStation has been located in the wild. The existence of this almost-mythical machine was never in doubt - Sony released promotional images back in the early '90s - but it was believed that all of the prototypes were either...
Update: Video of console now live
Before Sony entered the home console arena it worked with Nintendo on a CD-ROM drive for the SNES. The aim was to eventually release a combined console - called the PlayStation - which would play SNES carts and SNES CD-ROM games. Of course, this never came to pass - at the 1991 CES Sony officially announced the...
Not the most promising information
The Shenmue 3 announcement at the Sony PlayStation Press Conference was undeniably one of the highlights of this year's E3. At first it was unclear if Sony was providing Shenmue creator, Yu Suzuki, with a platform to announce the Kickstarter or if it was collaboration between the two. Yesterday there was...
The one that started it all...
Nintendo has recently shared a very short teaser for Sony's upcoming Pixels movie across its social networking accounts, and have asked the audience as to which big N icon they could spot. Looking across all the comments, many seem to think it's Pac-Man due to his obvious appearance towards the end of the snippet...
Not so Mega, man
The PlayStation brand turns 20 this year, and Sony has plenty of reasons to be cheerful. It has gone from being an industry outsider to a major player in two decades, and has proven to be a worthy rival to the likes of Nintendo, Sega and Microsoft. However, it would appear that one of the graphic artists working on Sony's...
Fergal Gara and Shawn Layden are entitled to their opinions, of course
Christmas is looming on the snow-covered horizon like a massive overstuffed turkey, but instead of exchanging gifts the big players in the video game hardware arena are talking trash about one another. At one end of the "Burn" scale there's Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime,...
Remastered PS3 classics are tempting Wii owners, says Sony's Andrew House
Wii owners who decided against buying a PS3 or 360 are flocking to the PS4 in droves, according to Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House. Speaking to Eurogamer at the recent Develop conference in the UK, House echoed recent statements made by Sony Worldwide Studios...
Titles like Splatoon offer an alternative
Sony's president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has always had good words to say about Nintendo — he owns not one but two Wii U consoles, after all. He shows no sign of giving up his amiable relationship with the Kyoto firm, and has made some very positive noises in a recent interview with
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...
Lies, damn lies and statistics?
Sony Worldwide Studios senior VP of product development Scott Rohde has made the bold claim that Wii and Xbox 360 owners are choosing the PS4 as their next system. Using stats collected by industry tracker Nielsen, Rohde explained that many new PS4 owners did not previously own a PS3, and instead upgraded from a...
Sony shifted 18.7 million consoles, Nintendo 16.3 million
It has been revealed that in the financial year that has just concluded, Sony has sold more consoles worldwide than its rivals Nintendo and Microsoft. For the first time since 2006, Sony has beaten its Japanese competitor in terms of hardware units retailed. Sony sold 18.7 million PS4, PS3,...
Someone at Sucker Punch must really love Nintendo
Last week, we reported on the news that a Master Sword was spotted in Sony's PS4 exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son. Today, we can tell you that another Nintendo reference has been spotted in the game — this time relating to those famous plumbing siblings, Mario and Luigi. It's a real "blink and...
Isn't it nice when everyone gets along?
Masahiro Sakurai may be famous for working on Nintendo hardware, but that doesn't mean he can't say nice things about the company's rivals. Speaking in his regular column in Japanese magazine Famitsu, the Smash Bros. director heaped praise on the Sony PlayStation 4, describing it as "good-looking" and capable...
Fergal Gara speaks out
Not everything is as peachy as it could be in the world of Nintendo right now; the company has posted a quarterly loss and has reduced its sales projections for both the Wii U and 3DS consoles. The firm's massive war chest of cash — around $8.6 billion — means that it's not exactly on the ropes just yet, but things could...
"The latest Mario game is really good, too"
There's pandemonium on the streets, cats and dogs are living together, self-professed hardcore gamers are playing pet sims, and Mario's main power-up is now an AK47. The gaming world has lost its senses, there's no going back. Well, not really, it's just that Sony's President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei...
Sneaky business afoot in Germany?
The Wii U is unique in that it offers the second screen experience right out of the box — with rival consoles attempting to leverage smartphone and tablet applications to create the same kind of gameplay, Nintendo has an advantage in that users don't have to own additional hardware to achieve the same result...
Isn't it better when everybody gets along?
Like so many industries, video gaming inspires some rather competitive behaviour at times. We often see top-ranking executives partaking in very public spats in a misguided attempt to make their respective brand look better than its rivals. However, there are a lot of people in the industry which have an...
Microsoft's new Xbox is next up
We're just going to come out and do it, and gauge just how much you, the Nintendo Life community, have been following the rival console reveals of the PS4 and today's Xbox Next/Infinity/they-might-just-call-it-Xbox event. As a network that includes www.pushsquare.com and www.purexbox.com, the latter of which is also...
Sony title is bursting with love for Ninty
Given the remit of this site, we try to avoid featuring games which are exclusive to rival consoles, but in the case of PlayStation Network release Guacamelee!, we're happy to make an exception. This Metroidvania-style action platformer is currently avaialble for the PS3 and PS Vita, and comes absolutely...
"Oh, Yay, Another Mario Game."
U mad bro? This week, Sony is expected to unveil its next home console, which may (or may not) be called the PlayStation 4, but is currently being referred to by many sites by its codename, Orbis. Not wanting to miss the chance to have a cheap dig at one of its rivals, Sony has taken out online adverts like the one...
We hope this isn't true
If we could give the "Rumour" prefix on this news story additional emphasis, then we would - because this one needs to be taken with a sizable pinch of salt. Japanese magazine GameLab is reporting that the delay of Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS isn't due to quality improvements - as stated by Capcom - but because the game is...
Subtle yet effective
President of Sony's Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has recently treated himself to a Wii U. That's right, Yoshida (@yosp as he's known on Twitter), posted his Nintendo Network ID to his followers earlier this week in the hope of discussing his experience with fellow Wii U users. However, in a cheeky and light-hearted...
Shuhei Yoshida gets his game on
Although most rabid fanboys would love to think that Sony and Nintendo's employees loathe each other so much that they can't even bring themselves to look at a system created by their rival, that obviously isn't the case. Just like common gamers, individuals within these two great companies will have access to a...
Nintendo's rival wants to lure families
The upcoming arrival of Wii U, and its inevitable push to be a big Holiday success, is naturally something for Nintendo's rivals to worry about. Sony, for its part, is introducing a new 'super slim' version of PS3 with just 12GB of memory, much lower than standard for the system, along with titles to attract...
Ding Ding, FIGHT!
What do you get when a Nintendo system's big selling point is innovative dual screen play — with a GamePad featuring its own screen — and a competitor's handheld and home console systems also offer various dual-screen connectivity options? You get a lot of corporate boasting and big talk, that's what, and the Nintendo vs Sony...
So not impressed so far, then..?
Uncharted developer Naughty Dog has given its opinion on Wii U in an interview with NowGamer, and the studio isn't sold on Nintendo's innovation this time around. Game director Justin Richmond from Sony-owned Naughty Dog said the console looks interesting but is nothing that couldn't be done on Sony consoles: To be...
Jack Tretton not impressed
The Wii U was a big ace up Nintendo's sleeve at this year's E3, but president of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Tretton doesn't see the console as much of a threat to its current generation PlayStation 3. Tretton spoke to Forbes about the E3 reveal of Nintendo's new console and had this to say: I didn’t see...
Aside from the 3D, same old same old, apparently
It seems Sony executives still don't appear too wowed by Nintendo's 3DS, despite both sides acknowledging that different demographics are being targeted by each company's handheld system. Is this a lack of sportsmanship, or a genuine lack of excitement? Sony Computer Entertainment president Shuhei...
Don't get him started on the issue of self-respect
Some Sony executives have positive things to say about the company's rivals, and some don't. Sony president and CEO Jack Tretton is without doubt a person that falls into the latter category. Speaking to Fortune, Tretton refers to Nintendo's handheld offerings as the "Game Boy experience",...
SCE exec would like to see the two companies promote 3D together
President of Sony's Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida is happy that Nintendo has joined Sony aboard the 3D train with its reveal of the 3DS handheld. But during an interview with IGN, he expressed his disappointment with Nintendo's narrow put-downs of 3D glasses, which are a keystone of Sony's approach to the new tech. I have hope..
Cover the 3DS's ears
Nintendo and Sony are two companies at the forefront of 3D gaming, with the former tackling the handheld market, and the latter focusing on the home console demographic. With 3D televisions already under Sony's belt, it's understandable that it wants to focus on hardware that will compliment its new sets. Kaz Hirai, President at Sony Computer Entertainment, has recently shared..
Mick Hocking sees Nintendo's foray into 3D gaming as mutually beneficial
It seems to to be pretty difficult to have a bad word to say about the recently unveiled 3DS, even if you are the competition. Following from the recent praise that a Microsoft general manager gave to Nintendo's "experimentation" with 3D gaming, a Sony senior director has now echoed that encouragement. Senior group..
VP of publisher relations puts foot down
Reaction to Sony's PlayStation Move controller has been a little mixed among Nintendo fans, not to mention the response to its initial launch line-up which looks to repeat some of the Wii's success in bringing motion control to the masses. Sony aren't interested in making another Wii though, going out of its...
Predictable sounds of negativity coming from Nintendo rival
While the rest of the world is left pondering just what Nintendo can do with the freshly-announced 3DS, Sony's John Koller has wasted no time is casting aspersions on the machine's chances. "I think it remains to be seen where Nintendo goes with 3D on a portable," said Koller, who is employed as director of hardware and marketing..
Would work with all three current home consoles - including Wii
Owners of multiple consoles can attest to the clutter and occasionally annoying battery maintenance that comes with having several different controllers kicking around the house. Televisions, stereos and DVD players can all be programmed to use one remote control, but gamers are stuck with just the one proprietary kind. Some may not..
PS3 Vs Wii... Fight, Fight!
Lately we’ve seen some of the big-third party publishers such as EA distancing themselves from the Wii somewhat, largely because sales just ain't what they had hoped for the platform. Could it be due to increased competition from Sony’s mighty PS3? According to SCEA vice president of publisher relations Robert Dyer in a recent interview with IndustryGamers, the PS3..
Says PS3 is picking up speed, Wii flagging
Sony Europe exec Andrew House has a history of mouthing off about his company's chances so his latest little outburst is hardly suprising. In an interview with Games Industry.biz, House touched upon the current surge in PS3 sales and compared it with Nintendo's recent struggles with Wii hardware: I think...
NoA chief doesn't know who the machine is aimed at
You might have noticed that the PSPgo - Sony's attempt to plant its flag in the soil of digital distribution before anyone else - has recently launched. It's hardly been the most positive hardware release of all time, with reports that stores are refusing to stock it and industry experts writing it...
Sony's American boss tells it like it is
Sony Computer Entertainment America boss Jack Tretton has been passing his own unique brand of judgement on his company's rivals and unsurprisingly, Sony comes out on top in his eyes. Speaking to Forbes, Tretton had this to say: Nintendo know what they do well and they stick to it. They deliver a casual,...
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..
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..
Another overconfident prediction from the creator of Betamax
For those of you that have any interest in this kind of thing, Sony Europe boss David Reeves stepped down recently and was succeeded by a fellow called Andrew House. This year's E3 was House's first as president of Sony Europe, so it's unsurprising that he wasted no time in chiming in with a typically brash Sony-style sound-bite when Edge..
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..
Nintendo's number one gets up close and personal with the PSP Go at E3
No matter how proud you are of your own achievements, there's nothing wrong with checking out what the competition has to offer. That's clearly the thinking of Nintendo game design guru Shigeru Miyamoto as he was recently spotted getting intimate with Sony's shiny new PSP Go handheld. The new device is basically a redesigned PSP..
Euro PS3, PS2 and PSP versions in June, other formats later in the year
It has been revealed that Sony has signed a deal with Atari which will allow the company to publish Ghostbusters: The Video Game on its PS3, PS2 and PSP formats. The release of the PS3 and PS2 versions will tie-in with the Blu-ray 25th anniversary release of the original 1984 movie. It has also been confirmed that the agreement..
But it's still not enough to catch the 'reborn' PS3
Capcom's Monster Hunter G has given Wii a much-needed kick up the arse in Japan, where the console is currently being outsold by Sony's resurgent PS3. Sony's machine has been enjoying a rare period of sales supremacy thanks largely to killer titles such as Resident Evil 5, Yakuza 3 and - although it's not actually a video game - Final Fantasy VII:..
If you can't beat them, join them
Ok, before we start let's get one thing clear - this is piece of news is still trapped in rumour-ville for the time being. With that out of the way, we can get down to business. We've heard word that Sony is set to reveal details of its own 'motion-sensing' controller for the PS3 at E3 this year. "But the PS3 already has that" I hear you cry - in the form..
That's fightin' talk where I come from!
In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America Peter Dille and SCEA Corporate Communications Manager Julie Han let fly with what is likely to become a near-legendary series of quotes: JH: The other point, I think, to what Peter said earlier, is...
But is Nintendo concerned?
The answer is "not particularly." Nintendo responded to Sony's Playstation 3 outselling the Wii by just under 50,000 units in Japan in March by saying "it is still the first few months of the year when sales are slow for the industry" and that the plan of action is "to line up strong software to support hardware sales in the second half of the..
Wow, that was unexpected
You can’t beat a good console war, but with Nintendo’s current dominance of the both the home and portable video game industries it feels like years since we had a good, close fight between two major hardware manufacturers; the glory days of the 16-bit console war seem like an eternity ago. Thankfully, it looks as if Sony is slipping on its boxing gloves and getting..
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