Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has honored the ‘fantastic launches’ of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Speaking during the VGX award show yesterday, Fils-Aime acknowledged that new hardware is what drives the video game industry, regardless of the manufacturer. The executive went on to say that although the newly released consoles from rivals boast powerful hardware, they need great games in order to survive in the long run.
“This industry loves brand new hardware and anything that’s good for the industry is good for Nintendo, so you know, they’re having a fantastic launch, kudos to them,” Fils-Aime said.
“What people recognize is that having pretty hardware is one thing, but you need games, and right now we’ve got some of the top rated games on our system, and it’s games that you can’t play anywhere else, so yeah, we’re feeling very good about where we are.”
The official VGX Awards website has been updated to inform you what to expect when the awards show makes its debut this evening. The VGX site says that there will be three unannounced premieres shown off at the event. We already know that Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will be demoing a previously announced game for the Wii U in the first hour of the show. Any guesses as to what the three unannounced world premieres will be?
- Our first secret world premiere - We cant divulge all of our secrets, but trust us, you’re going to love this one.
- Secret world premiere #2 - Another all-new game, brought to you by VGX.
- Another awesome world premiere - We’ve got some of this year’s biggest trailers – only at VGX.
The VGX site has inadvertently revealed that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is real, but it will only be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. IGN discovered the game a few days ago when a listing for the game appeared on Amazon Italy. The publication said it was coming to next generation consoles, but sadly it appears as though it’s skipping the Wii U. Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition should be shown tonight at the VGX awards.
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Time writer Matt Peckham has written ten reasons why consumers should choose to purchase the struggling Wii U over the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4. Peckham says that one of the reasons why you should choose Wii U over the other next generation consoles today is because it has a quality line up of games which include Super Mario 3D World, Wind Waker HD, and Pikmin 3, amongst others. Here’s his ten reasons.
Ten reasons why:
- Because it has the games you want to play now.
- And it’ll have the games you want to play next year.
- The Wii U GamePad is a portable console.
- It’s just $300 — $100 less than the PS4 and $200 less than the Xbox One.
- There’s no annual subscription fee.
- It’s High Def enough.
- Wii U games are cheaper on balance.
- Nintendo has the eShop. Sony and Microsoft have nada.
- It has a decent indie lineup, too.
- It’s more than just a game system. (TV, remote integration)
Nintendo needs to work on:
- Dropping the system price again.
- Needs a killer Zelda or Metroid or new Nintendo IP we haven’t seen before, ASAP.
- And it needs more third-party games.
IGN has discovered that the next Tomb Raider game could be called Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and is headed to next generation platforms. The news was discovered when Amazon Italy put up a listing for the game, which has since been removed. We reported earlier that Square Enix is preparing to show off two games at the VGX Awards and that Thief and Tomb Raider are the two contenders. We should find out for sure on December 7th.
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Bloomberg has spoken to a number of analysts after it emerged that both Microsoft and Sony sold more game consoles in 24 hours than the Wii U maker did in nine months. The majority of analysts questioned whether Nintendo would be able to sell 9 million Wii U consoles. In reality, Nintendo is expected by analysts to sell 6.5 million Wii U machines this fiscal year.
“They steadfastly refuse to consider that the product is not interesting to consumers,” Michael Pachter, a Los Angeles-based analyst with Wedbush Securities Inc., said in an e-mail. “They will fail to hit 9 million, and they will likely miss their profit goals.”
“Wii U has become a game console only for Nintendo fans,” Eiji Maeda, an analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. in Tokyo, said by phone. “Wii U needs groundbreaking software to draw casual and hardcore gamers. The company will sell 6.5 million Wii U machines this fiscal year.”
“Nintendo’s home-console sales are stagnating even as U.S. demand for video games is increasing. U.S. sales of both physical and digitally delivered games grew 17 percent in the three months ended in September, Port Washington, New York-based researcher NPD Group Inc”
“The PS4 and Xbox One are more likely to collect software because third parties create them for core gamers,” Yusuke Tsunoda, an analyst at Tokai Tokyo Securities Co. in Tokyo, said by phone. “It’s meaningless for third parties to take risks by developing games for the Wii U.”
“It’s going to be difficult for Nintendo to sell 9 million Wii U consoles this fiscal year,” Maeda said. “Iwata needs to plan what to do next year if the performance this year isn’t good.”
UK numbers company Chart Track has confirmed that the Xbox One which was released on November 22nd has outstripped the Wii U’s overall lifetime sales in the United Kingdom. The news comes after the company announced that the PlayStation 4 had already outsold Wii U’s life to date figures when it was released on Friday, November 29th. Xbox One sales are now up to the 170,000 mark and Wii U sales in the UK are still around the 150,000 mark after a year on sale.
Shopping market research firm InfoScout has confirmed that Microsoft’s Xbox One console proved to be the most sought after games console during Black Friday. However, the Wii U failed to drum enough interest with consumers, as the console was placed fifth behind the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Xbox One dominated Walmart and Target. The console came in at number one with an impressive 31 percent share even though it was the most expensive console at $499.
Creator Nill31 has made one of the best videogame-inspired liveries yet, a Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker car. Shiny gold, sky blue, and Toon Link all come together for a standout design. Forza 5 is out now exclusive to Xbox One and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is out now exclusive to Wii U.
Respected analytic firm Nielsen has conducted a survey to find out which next generation consoles consumers are most interested in. The publication found that 30 percent of active gamers in the United States said they plan on purchasing Sony’s PlayStation 4, 22 percent are shopping for the Xbox One and 10 percent are looking to pick up the Wii U. The most wanted game on Wii U was unsurprisingly the recently released Super Mario 3D World closely followed by Wii Fit U.