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.
The Nintendo 3DS's $250 price tag will be slashed to $170 on August 12 in the U.S., after only being on the market for a little over four and a half months. This is either a really smart move by Nintendo or a really desperate one. We'd wager it's the latter.
Netflix has been getting a lot of flak for raising its pricing, but today, together with Nintendo it has a new proposition: streaming video to the 3DS. This makes the 3DS the first dedicated handheld gaming device to get Netflix.
Nintendo's Wii U stole the show at E3, but Nintendo downplayed its technical prowess, opting to place focus on the console's tablet-like controller instead. We know the Wii U can do HD graphics at 1080p resolution, but now we know it can support 3D games too.
Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U, has a big old screen on its controller. It's already known that it'll be used for playing games, but it could also be used to play video, such as streaming movies from Netflix.
While Nintendo is being careful not to rule out the possibility down the line, comments made by company president Satoru Iwata are making it clear that Wii U is less about the "we," and more about "you." As in only you getting to play with your fancy new Wii U controller.
More proof that Nintendo still does not "get it" — Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed everybody's worst fear: the Wii U will once again be a gimped box. It will not be able to play DVD or Blu-ray discs. What a huge shame.