Archive for April 2012
Nintendo Steals a Page from Activision. Wii U will be like Skylanders on steroids.
Ottawa Citizen (blog)
With some newly released video from our friends at Ubisoft, Nintendo is finally coming out with its plans for Wii U and it seems that the Skylanders' Portal of Power has just been one-upped! The Wii U's wireless controller pad will allow gamers to …
It’s a rare event when a game in development actually has its release date moved up the calendar, but Capcom’s now positioned Resident Evil 6 to debut in less than six months. That gives us only half a year to accomplish a little project we’ve dreamed up — replaying all the past RE games. First up, Resident Evil Zero…
Nintendo Reports Sales in Major Regions for All Platforms
Nintendo has also released their current fiscal year forecasts, which include Wii U numbers. The numbers above compare the average weekly sales on a monthly basis in the United States. The first thing to point out is that the Xbox 360 leads all three …
PS4, Xbox 720, Nintendo Wii U: Next-Gen Consoles Not Expected to Do as Well as …
Xbox 720, PS4 Orbis, Wii U Won't Beat Current Console Sales: Why?
'Xbox 720, PS4, Wii U' May Lose Against 'Xbox 360, PS3, Wii'
Los Angeles Times
Nintendo's loss is first in 30 years
Los Angeles Times
But Nintendo predicts a comeback in its current fiscal year. A Japanese man shops for Nintendo 3DS software at an electronics store in Tokyo. Sales of Nintendo's Wii game console and DS handheld consoles have slipped, leading to a 4.6-million annual …
[UPDATE] Ubisoft confirms Rayman Origins follow-up is real, being handled by creator Michel Ancel and Montpellier studio; video does not represent final game.
The video for Rayman Legends indicates the new title will be a 2D side-scrolling platformer and will add fresh characters, online gameplay, and near-field communication (NFC) support for the Wii U version.
Earlier this year, Nintendo confirmed that the Wii U’s tablet controller would support NFC technology. This was most recently used in Activision’s Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures. In that game, players use real-world action figures to alter gameplay within the gameworld.
In Rayman Legends, it appears the technology will operate in much the same way. In the video, a user is seen placing a heart-shaped toy on the Wii U’s tablet, which then dispenses in-game replenishing health. Also shown in the video is a Raving Rabbids toy, which, when placed on the Wii U tablet, brings the zany hare into the game.
An Assassin’s Creed hero Ezio Auditore da Firenze figurine is also highlighted in the video, though the footage cuts to black before any in-game action of the character is shown.
[UPDATE] A Ubisoft representative confirmed with GameSpot that Rayman Legends is in development at Ubisoft Montpellier and is being handled by series creator Michel Ancel.
“This video was intended as a purely internal demonstrative video, and in no way represents the final game, the final console, or their features,” reads a line from the statement. “This video was destined for internal production teams who often create game prototypes with work in progress development kits. Ubisoft confirms the development of Rayman Legends handled by Michel Ancel and his team in Montpellier.”
A Rayman Origins sequel is not a surprise. Earlier this week, images from a marketing survey provided the first glimpse at a new entry in the franchise. Many of those same images and features are present in the leaked video, including new environments and four-player support.
Rayman Origins shipped last November to a warm critical reception for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii, with subsequent releases for the PlayStation Vita, PC, and Mac.
Update 4:33pm (BST):
Ubisoft has released the following statement:
“An internal video showing images of Rayman Origins’ sequel has leaked over the Internet. This video was intended as a purely internal demonstrative video, and in NO way represents the final game, the final console or their feat…
Nintendo Wii U To Have Day One Digital Downloads
Nintendo has announced that they are getting on the digital distribution bandwagon. The forthcoming Wii U will have digital downloads of full games from the day it is released. Starting with the 3DS game New Super Mario Bros. 2 most if not all Nintendo …
Nintendo will offer digital versions of Wii U and 3DS games as it battles iPhone
Digital downloads come to Nintendo 3DS handheld
Nintendo to begin simultaneous digital and retail releases
In this week’s show there’s word on the Perpetual Testing free Portal 2 DLC and that uber-pretty debut Reset trailer. Also, Mark Walton presents the 13 finest credit rolls ever to grace the back end of a video game.
Eastern Morning Herald
Nintendo Wii U Tipped to Get Android OS (Now, That Would be Cool!!)
Mobile & Apps
By Alexandra Burlacu | April 27, 2012 12:51 PM EDT According to recent rumors, Nintendo is integrating Google's Android operating system into its next-generation gaming console, the Wii U, slated to launch later this year. The news is coming from VG …
Nintendo Wii U May Come with Android Support
Nintendo predicts combined Wii U and Wii console sales of 10.5 million by …
Nintendo's worst year ever: 4 theories
Those expecting Nintendo to fully reveal its full Wii U launch plans at E3 2012 will need to wait a bit longer. Today, in an investor’s briefing, global president Satoru Iwata noted that his company does not plan on revealing pricing plans or precise launch dates for the new HD system at the annual show. Iwata reiterated the system will debut this year in Japan, the United States, Europe and Australia…