Ubisoft announced today a new peripheral for the Nintendo Wii called the Drawsome Tablet. The device lets users draw on the tablet using a stylus to interact with games. It appears similar to THQ's uDraw device, but is said to be a way for Ubisoft to test the market for Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console.
It's time for Nintendo to announce another loss, and we weep for the falling giant, as this Thursday the gaming group reports a net loss of $925 million net loss for six months through September of this year. Nintendo reports that it's slashed its full year through March forecast to a $263 million net loss - though just this July they'd predicted an annual net profit of essentially that same size. Is this the mobile age of gaming coming to crush the group that essentially started the trend with the original GameBoy? Or is Nintendo just losing touch with the market that they've held strong for the vast majority of your humble narrator's lifetime?
It's no surprise that Nintendo starting working on the Wii U console way back in 2007 shortly after the Wii debuted. Gaming companies have a very long development cycle on new consoles and start working on the next big thing while the current big thing is hot. Nintendo has the most popular portable system around with the DS and apparently, the Wii U was considered to be fashioned into another portable console early on.
We have talked all about the Wii U since the new console made its debut at E3 and we know just about all there is to know about it at this point. We know that the console will use game discs with a proprietary format what have 25GB of capacity per disc. That is the same capacity that a Blu-ray disc offers. You may have been hoping that the console would at least play DVDs.
Nintendo may not be talking hardware specifics for the Wii U, but that hasn't stopped developers with early access to the new console from muttering to anybody who'll listen. According to one analyst, Industry Gamers reports, game devs have confirmed the Wii U is 50-percent more powerful than the PS3 or Xbox 360. However, Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata maintains that processing grunt isn't the company's sole purpose with the unusual console.
Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. This week we covered both E3 and WWDC making for a very busy week focused on Apple and gaming. WWDC was all about software with no hardware unveiled. We rounded up ten of the cool new features of Mac OSX Lion in one story, and they are cool features. A really cool and expensive custom home theater with a pirate the more surfaced early in the week. The photos are renderings that show what the theater that is under construction right now will look like.