Nintendo should slash the Wii sticker price to $99 and watch sales of the console "explode", according to EA CEO John Riccitiello. Talking to Industry Gamers, the studio head pointed to "tapered" sales of the Nintendo console over the past two years, in part blaming the company's unstinting focus on its own games franchises to the detriment of third-party developers.
Whenever I talk about game consoles here on SlashGear, much of the discussion reverts to arguments over which console - the Nintendo Wii, Sony’s PlayStation 3, or the Xbox 360 - is best. And in many cases, gamers pick their favorites and defend it to the bitter end.
ITV Player and Channel 4's 4oD streaming catch-up services are set to arrive on PS3 consoles in the UK this week, though Xbox and Wii services still look unlikely in the short-term. According to the Guardian, both networks expect the launch to gain them more audience among the gamer demographic, though unlike the BBC's iPlayer - which has been available on the PS3 for some time now, as well as on Xbox and Wii - both ITV and Channel 4's services will be ad-supported.
Just about a half a month ago, we reported the fact that Nintendo was asking developers of the game Conduit 2 to not utilize Wii Speak in their game. Looks like it was because now, just a couple weeks later, they've announced they're going to completely phase out the Wii Speak peripheral - perhaps to replace it with something neater?
While Black Friday is over and done with, and we're knee-deep in the savings that come with Cyber Monday, it looks like Nintendo made a killing off the Black Friday week. They sold plenty of consoles, which include members of the DS family, as well as the Wii home console. They sold enough, in fact, that the company feels like a formal press release is the right thing to do. Some may call this bragging, but then again, when you've sold as many consoles as Nintendo did, there might be a little room to do that.
Angry Birds may be a staple for most smartphones, but developers Rovio are now looking to traditional consoles for the next stage of the game's expansion. Studio CEO Peter Vesterbacka has confirmed that Angry Birds for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii are all in development, though there's no timescale for its release. Meanwhile, Angry Birds 2 is also in the works.
Now, before I start talking about why my Wii has been collecting dust, let me just make this clear: I have been a fan of Nintendo products since the 1980s. And each new Nintendo console typically finds its way into my home on launch day. I also enjoy The Legend of Zelda and the Mario franchise.
But that doesn’t mean that I won’t criticize the Wii.
There are a few people within the video game development world that when they speak about a particular console, no matter who manufactures it, you listen. One of those people happens to be John Carmack, co-founder of id Software. That particular company just released a new title for the iPhone and iPad, called Rage HD. The title is a First Person Shooter (FPS) title that's meant to show off the power of the iPad, but according to Carmack, they haven't even begun to touch on the power of the device.
Nintendo plans to update its WiiWare downloadable game store to support demo versions of select titles, with the new try-before-you-buy system launching on November 22. The demos will be available for limited periods, and downloading them will not count against your Wii Points; initial titles to be included in the promotion are BIT.TRIP FATE, And Yet It Moves, ThruSpace and Jett Rocket.
One aspect of playing games online, is the ability to talk to people while you're doing it. Using microphones, both wired and wireless, allows players all over the world to talk to complete strangers, catch up with old friends, or just make small talk with their best friend, all while playing their favorite games. But, while headphone/microphone combinations may still be the item of choice for communication online for most gamers, Nintendo (and more recently, Microosft) wanted people to be able to talk without the headset, so more people could communicate all at once. That's why WiiSpeak was introduced with the Wii version of Animal Crossing, so you could sit and chat with a friend, without having to worry about a headset.