Sony Says Wii Is A Shadow Of Its Former Self And That Vita Offers Better Value For Money Than Nintendo 3DS

Looks like Sony is back making digs at Nintendo while defending their own products, which I suppose is to be expected. Firstly Sony UK MD Fergal Gara said that the Wii, or the Wii brand, is currently a shadow of its former self. Then in a separate interview Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden said that the PlayStation Vita offers consumers better value for money than the Nintendo 3DS. You can read the quotes from the two employees, below.

“I’d like it to continue with the innovation stream I just talked about, but also what we want to see in the next year or two is a bigger mass market play, shall we say. So in order to broaden and perhaps fill the void that’s being left latent by, say, the Wii – which is a shadow of its former self. We need to have the kind of product that will engage that more casual consumer. I think that’s a big opportunity for us, and that’s not yet clear on the horizon, but something we should and I’m sure will be focused on as we look forward into year two, three and four.”

“I believe that Vita is the best handheld gaming experience, full stop, period. Nothing comes close to that. You can talk about your mobile, you can talk about your tablet, you can talk about, you know, Nintendo platforms or what have you in the handheld space. I think, pound-for-pound, buck-for-buck, Vita is the best gaming experience you can have.”

Thanks, gamerprince1999

Here’s Watch Dogs’ First Official Screenshots For Wii U

Ubisoft has shared the first official screenshots of Watch Dogs for Wii U following the game’s release today in North America. Images for the Wii U version have sadly been scarce – though we did receive a few earlier this month – for the open world title which follows hacker Aiden Pearce, but if you’re interested make sure you check out those listed in the gallery below. For those wishing to download Watch Dogs, you’ll need approximately 15GB of space on your Wii U or external hard drive to do so.

Though Ubisoft will not be bringing the game’s Bad Blood DLC to Wii U owners, launch-day DLC is now available which includes the Conspiracy! and the Access Granted Pack, delivering new skins and missions. Watch Dogs will be released for Europe on November 21.

Relive The Nostalgia In A New Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Trailer

Nintendo UK has uploaded a brand new trailer for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha SapphireAs a throwback to the original games on the Game Boy Advance, the trailer takes fans back to the very beginning and on a journey that may have started for many over a decade ago. Breathe in the nostalgia and kick back to see the evolution of these two remakes in the video embedded above. 

Earlier today, reviews for both games began to filter through with IGN giving the adventure RPG a 7.8 out of 10. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will release for the Nintendo 3DS on November 21 for North America and November 28 for Europe.

 

IGN Reviews Pokemon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby And Gives It 7.8

The reviews for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have started to come pouring in and the first to review the games is IGN. The publication has awarded the remakes a solid 7.8 out of 10 stating that Nintendo has done a fantastic job of recreating Hoenn. However the site says that there’s just too many water Pokemon and too many HMs. Here’s their verdict and you can read the full review, right here.

As a 3D remake, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby do a fantastic job of reintroducing Hoenn. Little details, like characters turning their heads to look as you pass or flocks of Wingulls flying overhead, make the region really come to life, and small updates and tweaks help make the journey smoother. Still, a few of its flaws are even more glaring in 3D, especially the excess water Pokémon and often dull navigation of their habitats. The added online features could help mitigate some of the type imbalances — I’m a huge fan of Wonder Trade — and there are even a few post-game surprises to encourage you to keep training well beyond the 25-hour main story.

Thanks, Jester

Happy 2nd Birthday Wii U

Yup, you read that right. The Wii U is celebrating its second birthday today as the console launched on November 18th, 2012. The console clearly had a rocky start, but things are looking up for the platform with some heavy hitters on the horizon including The Legend of Zelda, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and Xenoblade Chronicles X, amongst others. Did you buy the console at launch? And what do you think to it two years down the line?

Smash Bros 3DS Update 1.0.4 Now Available For Download

The update for Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS is now live and available to download from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. We’re not entirely sure what’s has changed but according to the release logs adjustments have been made to help balance the game a little more. Nintendo says other adjustment have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

Thanks, Shuhei T

Etrian Odyssey 2 Remake Livestream Scheduled For November 24 On NicoNico

Atlus has announced a livestream is set to take place for the upcoming Etrian Odyssey 2 3DS remake on NicoNico next week. Due to release in Japan on November 27, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Knight of Fafnir is a remake of the dungeon crawler RPG originally released in 2008 on the DS under the name Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Lagaard. And to celebrate such a return to the franchise, Atlus will hold a special livestream on November 24 at 7pm Japanese time.

According to the NicoNico website, the livestream will focus on trailers and live gameplay, as well as feature a number of guests including Spike Chunsoft CEO Koichi Nakamura, notable music composer Yuzo Koshiro and singer Itou Kanoko. Atlus has also teased a special announcement will be made during the stream. You can view the livestream at the link here during the following times on November 24:

North America (PT): 2am
North America (ET): 5am
UK: 10am
Europe: 11am
Japan: 7pm

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