Having released the Circle Pad Pro in Japan over the weekend, all eyes turned to Nintendo to unveil when U.S. gamers would get in on the "dual-analog" fun. Without any fancy press conferences, Nintendo mentioned in passing that the dock will be released on Feb. 7 for $20 through Gamestop.
Not expected until late 2012, Nintendo's kept the gaming public in the dark on the Wii U's tech specs. What kind of processor and how much RAM? Any boost in graphics? New intel suggests the Wii U's CPU is actually similar to the five-year-old Xbox 360's, but with a few mushroom power-ups elsewhere.
At E3, I waited nearly two hours to play Nintendo's Wii U. It was worth every leg cramp. Most fans thought they'd be playing the console by at least summer, but it looks like it won't come out until the 2012 holiday season.
Along with news of the Expansion Slide Pad, Nintendo will also be offering another software update that'll let 3DS users shoot their own fun 3D videos. Time to shoot my homemade AVATAR sequel.
Nintendo didn't even mention the 3DS's second Circle Pad attachment at its pre-Tokyo Game Show (it never attends the show) 3DS conference last night. But sure enough, a tiny blurb popped up on its Japanese site pricing, dating and listing the games that will support the expansion attachment.
It's real. Scans from the latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu have confirmed the Nintendo 3DS will receive a second analog stick as well as an extra pair of shoulder triggers with a bulky accessory. Yay, gamers and game developers win, right? Not exactly.
Even with an insane price cut, Nintendo could still be worried that its glasses-free 3D push with the 3DS isn't winning gamers fast enough. A new report suggests that Nintendo might be planning a new 3DS that'll add on a second Circle Pad (analog stick) and downplay the eye-popping 3D effects.
First Sony strips the PSP of its Wi-Fi and now Nintendo's nixing GameCube compatibility on its redesigned Wii. Gaming's going down the drain for everybody whose name isn't Microsoft and Steam.
Nintendo's 3DS is treading on thin ice. It's lost a lot of momentum since it was launched in February in Japan and March in North America and Europe. As a result, a drastic price cut from $250 to $170 was necessary in order keep the 3DS from becoming the next Virtual Boy. Looks like the price cut is working, at least in Japan.
The house that Mario built's always been a step behind the curve, but no more. After a dramatic price cut to the four-month-old 3DS, Nintendo's revealed its plans to offer downloadable content (DLC) and micro transactions through its eShop for the glasses-free handheld and the upcoming Wii U console.