You may have heard that Nintendo is gearing up for the launch of the Wii U. Part of that process is a whirlwind press tour which we caught in Miami last week. Nintendo wasn't showing anything we hadn't seen before, but the tricked out Airstream trailer was too cool not to share.
Nintendo's elder statesman is coming down in price to $130 in order to make way for the Wii U. The new SKU packs in the seminal Wii Sports and its well-reviewed 2009 sequel, Wii Sports Resort.The Xbox is seeing a price drop too, adding games of its own to sweeten the pot.
In the latest Iwata Asks, the Nintendo CEO sat down with a roundtable of hardware and software wonks that helped conceive the Wii U. One key concept hit on was a de-emphasis on the console itself; Managing Director Genyo Takeda termed it "hardware as stagehand."
Nintendo has had kind of a rough go of it lately. After pretty much everyone on the planet bought a Wii and DS, the 3DS launched to a slow start and anticipation for its Wii U console seems tepid at best. You tell me — are you excited? Here's what you can expect when the Wii U lands in November in the U.S.
Did you think the torrent of Wii peripherals was bad? Think again. Nintendo's love for ridiculous console add-ons harkens back to the early NES days, as evidenced by this brochure for a "Nintendo Knitting Machine" attachment. Here's one add-on that we're happy was canned for its own good.
Since its massive showing at E3, Nintendo's been pretty silent about the Wii U. With the holidays around the corner, you might want to start saving up your money if you want the Wii U and its fancy touchscreen gamepad.
Some sad news: Ars Technica Senior Gaming Editor Kyle Orland reports that Nintendo Power is getting ready to shutter its pages forever. If Orland's source is correct — and a wealth of evidence suggests he is — Nintendo Power will start winding down toward a final issue after 24 years of asking everyone to join the gosh-dang Fun Club already.
Admitting failure is usually not an option for Nintendo. Now that the 3DS has had well over a year to settle in, Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata finally admits that 3D might not have been the most compelling feature to push onto consumers.
Nothing beats free and that's why Nintendo is going to continue offer its online service for zero dollars when the Wii U launches this fall. Does that mean Nintendo's online service is going be lousier than Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network once again?
Last night on Nintendo Direct, the Japanese giant confirmed an earlier Nikkei report, revealing a much larger, and much more round 3DS. The new machine features a larger everything: the top screen clocks in at 4.88 inches, and the bottom at a respectable 4.18 inches. Up from the 3.53-inch top screen and 3.02-inch lower screen on the original 3DS. The good news is that Nintendo hasn't given us long to wait for the new system.