With the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) show now fast approaching; pre-conferences will be coming to town days ahead with major companies such as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo giving hints about their latest wares and gaming innovations. Nintendo, however, choose to lie-low and give out a smaller presentation in private with the distributors and the media. This means no massive presentation for the company with focus confined only to software.
This came as a surprise as the company had been talking a lot about its Legend of Zelda title recently. This could be attributed to weaker sales of its Wii U. These smaller events will be focused on the company’s software line-up intended for the U.S. market. In lieu of the keynote livestream, Nintendo Direct streams will be utilized to do streaming of news to all and sundry.
This could be a business opportunity loss particularly in terms of promotion but Nintendo is taking the risk in favor of US-based software. Sony and Microsoft are set to announce their much-rumored video game consoles Playstation 4 and next-gen Xbox (rumored “Xbox Infinity“), respectively during the event which will be held in Los Angeles. Microsoft is expected to continue its Xbox event (May 21) talk about the upcoming Xbox console with the added feature of upcoming blockbuster games.
One notable characteristic of the gaming industry is that it’s constantly changing. Gamers are one of the most demanding consumers around. They’re always on the lookout for new games, new challenges and bigger and better consoles. This is why gamers have no qualms about investing in new hardware and new games every couple of years. It might cost ridiculously high at first and people might have to wait in line for hours for the new console, but hardcore gamers are guaranteed to be there.
A prime example of how dynamic the industry is the Nintendo Wii. When the console was first launched seven years ago, it easily stood out because of its different design approach. It didn’t aim for dazzling the market with high-spec graphics but focused instead on getting players interacting with the game on a whole new different level. It proved so popular that it easily became the best-selling gaming console of its generation. Of course, Nintendo can’t just rest on its laurels. It has to prepare itself for the next gen console.
That day has come and the next generation has arrived. And Nintendo’s answer to that is the Wii U which boasts of HD graphics and better gaming interactions. The console was almost immediately sold out a few days after it was released and will probably remain so for the next couple of months.
However, it’s our opinion that Nintendo should already be working on the Wii U 2 and get it ready for launch by 2014. The Wii U might be dominating the market now but it has to prepare for the onslaught that Microsoft and Sony will release. It’s expected that the newest Xbox, the 720, will soon be launched and will be closely followed by the PlayStation 4. Both are touted to have more features and higher quality graphics than the Wii U. In short, the two consoles are gunning to knock the Wii U from the top.
To avoid that and still retain its place, we really believe that Nintendo should release a follow-up to the Wii U in 2 years. Maybe they’ll call it the Wii U 2 or some other fancier moniker, but the new console must be ready to go head to head with the other next generation consoles of that time.
Nintendo had some very interesting news during its Direct presentation recently. The company has official informed the market about its Wii Fit U which will be released during the first quarter of 2013. A very talked about feature announced is the appealing inclusion of the Fit Meter on the Wii U console. The said device is apparently pedometer-like which should be attached to a person’s clothing in order for the device to keep track of the physical activity accomplished. The Fit Meter then easily sends data to the console.
According to the presentation, the Wii Fit U will first have a total of 77 activities which include a nicer dancing category, Bobsledding and the much-loved Trampoline Target. Those activities that are included in the Wii Fit Plus may also be found in the new version.
Many have been quite disappointed the Nintendo will not release the device in time for the holidays but the company still has great hopes that the Wii Fit U will do go once it is released.
For now, those of you would like to get a little exercise going before eating all those holiday food, you can still check out the very famous Wii Fit Plus. We will keep track of the developments regarding the new product and we will post an update as soon as we can.
In synchronization with Nintendo Wii U’s release on Japan on December 8, the Nintendo TVii application will also launch for eager consumers in no time.
The program can be availed for free but the company solicits 100 yen (roughly $ 1.20) through Nintendo eShop for the IR TV remote control to compensate for the costs of producing the units. TVii makes dissemination of information on TVs easier and faster because the media will be available through the Wii U consoles. Program guide will be accessible through Wii U whether you are watching the television, on idle mode or in the middle of a pump-action game.
By configuring the flow of information based on your preference, viewing of details such as the name of the actors, genres of the music/show/movie, recommended shows and many more will be possible. Analysts had their own versions of parodies on TV remotes because they believed that the new Nintendo remote control may be a substitute for the traditional TV controllers.
For the record, it is the Interactive Program Guide corporation,in partnership with Nintendo of course, who developed the TVii technology through incorporation of program guide technology-based Syndicated G Guide.
European customers have something to look forward to next year because TVii will be available in their domains but no words have been said regarding the release of the program on the US markets.
Every once in a while, a deal comes along and it changes everything.
This is what happened to 3DS consoles a few weeks ago after Nintendo announced it’ll be up for grabs together with Super Mario 3D Land at $ 170.
But what if we don’t like the bundle and we just want the hardware?
Well, Target has an even greater solution: Slashing its price at $ 129.99.
For gamers following the 3D handheld this year, you know this type of deal has never appeared before, not even during Black Friday’s doorbuster hours as the best deal we received came from Fred Meyer, but it was a bundled item.
According to the leaked ads, Target’s extended Cyber sale will start on December 2 until December 8. Now of course, this is interesting to watch since many things could happen between today until that period. A good scenario would be, this offer won’t be exclusive to Target and other big retailers will also offer this kind of deal during that time – best case scenario for gamers.
Anyway, for those looking for another 3DS deal from the Red T, it’s now listing a Nintendo 3DS Paper Mario: Sicker Collection at $ 185 which is now available until Cyber Monday.