E3 2012 is racing at full steam, and already one thing is clear: Sony, for all its PlayStation 3 might, has a challenge on its hands from Microsoft and Nintendo. Whereas gaming so far has centered around a single, big screen and the most engaging, graphically-rich or multiplayer-involving titles, two of the three players have opened the door to multiple screens. Sony may have stitched together PS3 and PS Vita, but it's looking increasingly left behind as its arch rivals each make their play.
In a move that will have Nintendo once again praised for their reminding of gamers that they need to turn away from the television here and again, the Wii Fit U Pedometer has been revealed. This device will work with the Wii U on the game Wii Fit U specifically, having you flip it on our off depending on how much you want to record of the fitness you've got during your normal everyday life. This device will be added to the Balance Board accessory already working with the original Wii Fit.
Nintendo hasn’t yet announced when you’ll be able to sit a Wii U beneath your television, and pricing is still a mystery too, but the company has gone into detail regarding its launch lineup at E3. There are a handful of Nintendo properties, as expected, but there are some interesting third-party titles that will be available on the console too, including some fan favourites.
The main attraction of the Wii U is definitely the handheld controller with integrated touchscreen, although Nintendo did reveal a while ago that only one such controller would work on the console. Now the company has backtracked, saying today at its E3 conference that two controllers will in fact work. Previously a second player in a multiplayer game would have to make do with the traditional Wii controller.
I know I’ve been a little tough on Nintendo lately, saying recently that the company should ditch plans for hardware and start licensing its software, and explaining why I believe it won’t be able to chart the gaming industry’s future. And although many Nintendo fans didn’t like it, I’m a firm believer that the company’s recently announced fiscal year losses seem to prove my point.
Nintendo has reported its first ever annual loss, with full-year financial results to the end of March 31 2012 showing a loss of 37.3bn yen ($459.54m), though the company predicts a flip to profit in 2013. Selling the Nintendo 3DS at below cost price was blamed for much of the Japanese company's woes, the price cut being "in order to get it back on track to its original sales pace" but biting into Nintendo's profit margin. In the end, Nintendo managed to sell 13.53m 3DS units and 36m games.
Time to take a trip down memory lane, everyone. Where were you the first time you saw the dimpled, adorable pink blob known as Kirby? If your answer is that you recall a time before Kirby even received his now-iconic pink coloration, then the newly announced 20th anniversary Kirby collection for Wii is aimed primarily at you. Yep, it's been 20 years since Kirby's Dream Land launched on the Game Boy, spawning what would become one the most legendary video game characters of all time.
Rumors about each next-generation console seem to be coming thick and fast. First we heard details about the PlayStation Orbis, including specs, then the Xbox 720. The latest rumor is regards to Nintendo’s Wii U. While we have a relatively clear idea of what the Wii U will be offering, pricing so far has remained elusive. New information indicates how much it costs Nintendo to build the console.
Nintendo has announced that it will partner with development company Green Hills Software to create and implement a development solution for its coming Wii U game console. The company will provide its MULTI integrated development environment to help third parties more easily and efficiently write code for the impending system. It will hopefully help third-party game makers to come on board and support Nintendo in the next generation.