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NGP “dead on arrival” claims developer, as Nintendo CEO cautions against rise of smartphone gaming

NGP “dead on arrival” claims developer, as Nintendo CEO cautions against rise of smartphone gaming

Strong words and arguments over the Sony NGP, Nintendo 3DS and the rise of smartphone gaming these past few days, amid disagreements over the direction in which the games industry is moving. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata led the charge, taking to the GDC 2011 stage and decrying smartphone games as not only lower quality but threatening "the high value of software." Meanwhile, Sony has said that the NGP is "not going to run at 2 GHz because the battery would last five minutes... and it would probably set fire to your pants" but that it sits "halfway" between the original PSP and the PS3, a chase for speed and hardware that some game developers predict will see it "dead on arrival."

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I’ll Be First In Line for the Sony NGP, Not the Nintendo 3DS

I’ll Be First In Line for the Sony NGP, Not the Nintendo 3DS

My love for video games is unconditional. I’m just as much a fan of the Nintendo Entertainment System as I am a fan of the PlayStation 3. I love the PSP as much as I love my old GameBoy. And I’m just as willing to pick up my Nintendo DS as the Sega Dreamcast. Simply put, I’m a gamer to the core.

But I just don’t think I’ll be waiting in line for the Nintendo 3DS when it launches in the United States on March 27.

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Nintendo 3DS: sturdier than DS Lite and grease-phobic

Nintendo 3DS: sturdier than DS Lite and grease-phobic

Nintendo has been talking about the physical design decisions made around the upcoming 3DS, including how the Japanese company made the 3D gaming console easier to open than the DS Lite but still avoided hinge cracking. According to Yui Ehara, from Nintendo's research and engineering department, the ice-cream sandwich style three layer stack is purposefully tapered so as to give a gamer's fingers somewhere to grip, unlike the slickly-abutted edges of the DS Lite. Meanwhile, there's also been work on new materials and coatings to boost durability.

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Nintendo Will Face 3DS Shortages Due to Pricing, Analyst Says

Nintendo Will Face 3DS Shortages Due to Pricing, Analyst Says

At the end of September, Nintendo's boss Satoru Iwata said that he was confident in the Nintendo 3DS, the portable gaming unit that's able to play 3D games and movies without the need of 3D glasses. And after the initial announcement about the device, the praise that Nintendo was seeing regarding the upcoming handheld was so promising, that he said the "high price point" of the 3DS in Japan, priced at $300, was due to those glowing initial reviews. Now that the 3DS has an official release date and price in the United States (with an apparent mark-up in the United Kingdom), people are wondering if the $250 price point is too high for Nintendo. One analyst believes it's way too low, and Nintendo should be getting ready to suffer because of it.

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