The house that Mario built is in trouble. After posting its first loss in 30 years, Nintendo continues to keep its lips sealed as to the status of the upcoming Wii U.
With all the talk about the Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles, little has been unearthed about Nintendo's upcoming Wii U. Originally believed to be more powerful than a PS3 and Xbox 360, reports from developers now suggest that Wii U games might not be as pretty as current-gen graphics.
It's been a rough year for Nintendo's 3DS handheld. After launching at a "pricey" $250, followed by a game drought and by an emergency price cut to $170, the 3DS has managed to sell nearly twice as many units than its successful DS predecessor within their respective one year birthdays.
Nintendo shook things up in the gaming world once again by announcing that it's Wii U controller knows a new trick: Near Field Communication (NFC). With contact-less tech, Nintendo plans to create new gaming experiences with NFC cards, figurines and even have the controller accept micro payments.
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.