Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced last night that the company is busy developing a cheap new console for emerging markets such as India and China. The console could be seen as early as next year, though as expected, details are fairly scarce. Iwata told Bloomberg, “We want to make new things, with new thinking rather than a cheaper version of what we currently have. The product and price balance must be made from scratch.”
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore said the death of console gaming is ‘very premature.’ Moore acknowledges that the console business makes up for more than half of EA’s business, and he thinks that although playing video games on mobile platforms is becoming increasingly popular, people still enjoy playing video games in the comfort of their homes, on the TV screen.
“The console business is still a core part of our business; it’s the majority of our business. The demise of console gaming is very premature as far as we’re concerned.”
“We still have thousands of people focused on developing current-generation Xbox 360 and PS3 games, as well as people focused now on the next generation when that finally arrives. And so, people still want core games. People want to sit back in their living rooms, take advantage of their HD TVs, and and play fully immersive games like [Battlefield 4].”
-Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore
According to an internal release schedule from a “major retailer,” another redesigned Wii will soon be released. The Wii Mini console is supposedly launching next month, on December 7th. As its name suggests, the rumored console is said to be compact and will be bundled with a Sensor Bar, Nunchuk and a Wii Remote Plus with Jacket.
Today marks the release of the first new video game console in six years. Nintendo’s Wii U has finally launched in the U.S. The new console boasts full HD graphics and a unique controller called the Wii U GamePad, which hosts a wide variety of features, including a traditional gaming layout, motion controls, a microphone, speakers, a camera, a TV Control button, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen.
The Wii U releases in Europe on November 30th and Japan on December 8th.
There are 27 confirmed retail launch titles for Wii U, including Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Scribblenauts Unlimited and ZombiU, which makes the upcoming console the platform with the most retail launch games after the PlayStation 2, which launched in 2000 with 29 titles.
For the sake of comparison, Wii launched with 22 titles, Xbox 360 with 18, and PlayStation 3 with 15.
How many games will you be picking up alongside your new Wii U?
Although the Wii and PlayStation 3 released roughly six years ago, Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, says it’s too early to talk about the end of the current generation of video game consoles. However, Nintendo will be launching the first next generation video game console, the Wii U, on November 18th, which is less than two weeks away.
“The life of consoles is also extended by services online, which continue to make a new offer cloud and new social functions. It is therefore too early to talk about the end of this generation of consoles.”
Although Pixar is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures, the two studios’ characters have never interacted with one another; however, that is about to change. Disney Interactive is working on a brand-new console video game, which is code-named “Toy Box.” The upcoming project will star characters from Disney as well as Pixar, which means they will at last interact with each other for the first time. The unannounced game is described as “a console game with extensive mobile and online applications,” and should release sometime during 2013.
In exactly one month from today, Nintendo will release its forthcoming console. The Wii U launches November 18th in North America. On this day, consumers who haven’t pre-ordered the new console can purchase Wii U Basic and/or Deluxe Sets from retailers across the continent.
U.S. business and entertainment news website Business Insider’s editors say Wii U is the most fun they’ve ever had with console gaming. After trying several Wii U game demos, editor Dylon Love says his favorite game is Mario Chase, which is one of 12 Nintendo Land attractions.
“I’ve had relatively limited experience with console video games, so keep that in mind when I tell you the following: the Wii U is the most fun I’ve ever had playing games on a console hooked up to my TV.”
“I’m emphasizing fun. Not necessarily the best graphics (which are nevertheless great) or most in-depth storylines. Just loads and loads of unadulterated diversion.”
-Dylon Love, editor,
Depending on your home size, the Wii U GamePad can or cannot be used around your house. Apparently, for best performance, the Wii U GamePad needs to be about eight meters or less from the Wii U console. In terms of how many feet the controller can be taken away from a powered-on Wii U, it’s about 24.
…Is there a limit on the distance that you can take the [Wii U] GamePad away from the system?
“There is. And it’s… Of course, when we’re generally giving limits on things like that, and I think the same thing can be said for the Nintendo 3DS battery life… We tend to be more conservative, because we’re looking at it from a performance perspective. What, really, is the range where you’re going to get the best performance out of that? And you’re going to get the best performance within a range of about… They had a very precise number at one point. In meters it’s like eight meters. In feet it’s about 24 feet. That’s for best performance.”
-Bill Trinen, Nintendo product manager