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.
I waited eight years to play Pikmin 3. The last time we saw a Pikmin title was in '04, when the second game in the series came out for the Wii. Well, at E3 2012, the fanboy in me was given sweet release. Here's what I thought.
Are you not happy with the current Nintendo 3DS form factor? Are you hoping Nintendo will revise the 3DS, perhaps with larger screens or a thinner chassis? Nintendo says it's already working on a 3DS successor.
As the smoke surrounding the Wii U settles, even more new details (Nintendo sure is letting it drip out one drop at a time) are surfacing and, depending on where you stand, could make you either very happy or very sad.
For the second straight E3, all eyes are on Nintendo's Wii U and Wii U GamePad. You've seen the games and read our hands-on impressions and now we've got word of some bad news concerning the Wii U GamePad's battery up-time and dual GamePad usage that don't bode well.
Here at E3 2012, Nintendo announced a list of twenty-four games. No launch dates yet, of course; Nintendo has confirmed the system's release this holiday season, but no day was given. Nintendo of America's President Reggie Fils-AIme made the company's E3 2012 message clear, though: it's the games that matter most.
The Wii was a brilliant console despite its last-gen graphics and waggle for one reason: it expanded gaming and simplified the complexities of the modern controller's analog sticks, buttons and triggers with intuitive motion-control. The Wii made mom, dad, grandma and grandpa see they too could enjoy gaming; that the pass-time wasn't just for the so-called "core" gamer. With the Wii, Nintendo touted that gaming could appeal to everyone. Nintendo's strategy with the Wii U might sound cheesy — "Together, Better" — but is the Wii U and its tablet-esque controller turning its back on the very casual gamers it embraced with the Wii? I have reason to believe so.
After releasing early details about its Wii U over the weekend, Nintendo gave the world a more in-depth look at the Wii U hardware from its stage here at E3 2012. It's pretty clear that the Wii U GamePad is a huge departure from what we're used to: it's got a touchscreen, NFC, controls your TV, speakers, a stylus and more. Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U is coming out this holiday season. Follow us as we give you a tour of the Wii U's take on what next-gen gameplay looks like.
Now that Nintendo's already peeled back the curtain on the Wii U and Wii U GamePad, what will the company announce at its E3 press conference tomorrow morning? Japanese newspaper Nikkei is reporting that Nintendo is going to grow its 3DS handheld with larger screens. Pricing for the Wii U in Japan is also outlined.