Japanese companies establishing a joint enterprise
A total of 13 Japanese companies are joining forces to establish a joint enterprise known as the "VRM Consortium" in February 2019. The aim is to develop an international virtual reality business that has a special focus on 3D avatars. Another objective of the enterprise is to advocate the file...
"Compatible with all current games"
The very idea of Nintendo Switch having a VR headset - and VR games to use with it, of course - has been a rather hot topic for debate over the console's relatively short time on the market; many have expressed a desire to see it happen despite several issues that immediately spring to mind, and some have even...
Headset offers a 120 inch 'virtual' display, apparently
While VR continues to bubble under elsewhere in the industry, Nintendo has remained indifferent to the technology; when your first 'Virtual' product ends up being a massive dud, we guess you become a little more cautious about asking your customers to strap lumps of plastic to their heads...
Virtual Boy 2?
Whatever your opinion on the current state of Virtual Reality, the technology is certainly gaining a lot of attention of late, with efforts by Sony, Samsung, HTC and Oculus all capturing the attention of the media and general public. It's probably too early to say if VR is going to cause the revolution it has long promised in...
Unless you live in Japan, that is
A short time ago we reported on the news that Bandai Namco’s new VR Zone in Shinjuku, Tokyo would play host to a special Virtual Reality version of Mario Kart Arcade, the company's long-running racing series which is developed in conjunction with Nintendo. We only caught a glimpse of the game previously, but...
Affordability and comfort of play are priorities
As expected Nintendo has hosted its annual general meeting for shareholders, consisting of a presentation that largely reflects the (previously released) annual financial results for the last year and then a Q & A session. Nintendo typically avoids major announcements in this meeting as it's not...
Should "represent strong value to the consumer"
Nintendo of America's President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime has been speaking to Bloomberg about the possibility of Nintendo jumping on the VR bandwagon along with competitors such as Sony who will be going to market with their PlayStation VR headset later this year. Somewhat...
Order volume reduced from 20 million to 10 million
Nintendo has reportedly delayed mass production of its NX console in order to factor in Virtual Reality functions and improve the system's unique "console and handheld" integrated gaming experience, according to DigiTimes. Sources close to the production chain have stated that the console combines...
It's been around longer than you think
Virtual Reality - VR - is generating a lot of headlines right now. PS VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are all offering rather different options and targeting their own demographics, and a lot of talk around VR video games is down to how successful they'll be and whether the likes of Nintendo should be jumping on...
"Imagine if you strapped a DS to your face"
Virtual Reality is set to go big this year, with challengers like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR all entering a market which is predicted to be worth hundreds of millions over the next few years. Despite tentatively dipping a toe into this sector two decades ago with the ill-fated Virtual...
According to creator Gunpei Yokoi
Virtual Reality may be back in favour these days, but back in the mid-'90s the initial burst of interest in the technology was starting to wane, and for many players the straw that broke the camel's back was the much-hyped Nintendo Virtual Boy. Released in 1995 to almost complete consumer apathy, the console lacked...
Virtual reality - or, as the cool kids these days like to call it, VR - famously died a long, slow death many years ago only to resurrected in recent years thanks to devices such as the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. It's perhaps a little too early to brand it a full-scale comeback; the support of the mainstream player will be...
Virtual Boy 2, anyone?
Nintendo has been famously dismissive of Virtual Reality lately, with NoA boss Reggie Fils-Aimé even going as far as to say that the tech "just isn't fun" right now. However, with Sony pushing its own VR option and Oculus Rift winning over developers, the VR sector could become a massive part of the games industry. Some are...
Tom Whitehead suggests we talk again in a few years
Virtual Reality. VR. Oculus and so on. It's one of the biggest topics in the tech world and, particularly, in the dedicated gaming scene. Or perhaps that should be the enthusiast scene. I've read headlines saying 2016 is the year of Virtual Reality, make or break time. Is it really its final...
It's no secret that the Virtual Boy - which recently had it's 20 year anniversary - wasn't the greatest success for Nintendo. Launched in 1995 to almost complete consumer apathy in North America, it bypassed Europe entirely and was discontinued the following year. Could this negative experience in launching a VR product have put...
"It's not fun, and it's not social. It's just tech"
Nintendo prides itself on discovering new ways to play. This is the company that gave us touchscreen handhelds, motion controls and - lest we forget - the Virtual Boy. However, the company is noticeably absent in the arena of Virtual Reality. While its rivals Sony and Microsoft are both making...
"It is very enjoyable"
As you may or may not be aware, Masahiro Sakurai - the director of the Super Smash Bros. series - writes a regular column in the popular video game magazine, Famitsu. Over the past few months, Sakurai-san's articles have been all about Smash in the wake of the highly acclaimed game's launch. In the most recent issue, however,...
Gotta catch that one!
A fan of the Pokémon franchise has been working hard to create something that many of us dreamed of when we were children; a virtual reality Pokémon game. It's only a prototype thus far, but it give a flavour of what could potentially be, although likely won't be for the foreseeable future. In the video below you can see the...
Also proposes enhanced experiences through smell, temperature and light
Nintendo may have submitted some rather peculiar patent applications in the past, but the most recent may have some foundation in reality, indicating a potential move into Virtual Reality for the company. It proposes a wearable device — potentially glasses — that is detected...
A sight of the future
Update: As the vast majority of you have figured out within seconds, this is our own little contribution to the April Fools' madness this year. We've summarised some others in this round-up feature. If you want to see the original hi-tech specs which we 'borrowed' for this article, meanwhile, head on over to
Virtual reality is becoming a solid reality
The trend of virtual reality gaming has been picking up speed ever since the Oculus Rift was demoed at E3 back in 2012. Although VR has been done in the past, it left gamers wanting a better experience. Though the Oculus Rift is not on the market yet, we've seen some pretty interesting demos of games like...
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