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Naughty Dog Co-Founder Says Nintendo Is “Irrelevant” In The Hardware Business

Naughty Dog co-founder and former THQ boss Jason Rubin has boldly stated that Nintendo is “irrelevant” as a hardware manufacturer within the console industry. However, Rubin – in his interview with GameTrailers – quickly followed up by saying that Nintendo is a “worldwide treasure” and legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto could never be topped. But he also mentioned that it’s “a crime that we do not play those games on the systems that we have.”

You can see the full interview here, where the panel – including web analyst Michael Pachter and designer Seamus Blackley – discusses the publishing industry as it is and how it may change in the future.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard discussions taking place where Nintendo is deemed as irrelevant in the industry – Pachter claimed so last year and, most recently, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell said the gaming giant “could be on the path to irrelevance.” Do you agree with Rubin’s comments? Let us know in the comments below.

GameTrailers E3: Nintendo Power Hour With Reggie And Miyamoto

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Spike TV and GameTrailers have revealed their schedule for E3 which begins in Los Angeles next week. On June 11th legendary games designer Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will sit down with GameTrailers host Geoff Keighley to discuss the games that have been announced during the Nintendo Direct and that will be playable on the show floor. The interview begins at 2 PM ET – 3 PM.

It’s the interview you’ve been waiting all E3 (well let’s be honest, ALL YEAR!) to see. Geoff Keighley sits down with REGGIE FILS-AIME for an in-depth two part interview about the state of Nintendo. Will Reggie yell at Geoff again or will he check all the boxes and leave the competition in the dust? Find out live! Plus, the legend himself SHIGERU MIYAMOTO joins Geoff as well for a special chat about what’s new at Nintendo. Finally our friends from MEGA64 join us to discuss their thoughts on E3 so far and we show the first E3 demo of SONIC LOST WORLDS for the Wii-U.

Unannounced Wii U Game Should Be Revealed Thursday During NYC Nintendo Event

Remember that unannounced Wii U game that was teased in August? Well, apparently, it’s going to be revealed this Thursday during Nintendo’s Wii U Preview event in New York City. GameTrailers Editor-in-Chief Shane Satterfield claims that the game should come out this year, and we should find out what it is exactly on September 13th.

GameTrailers Editor Says Assassin’s Creed 3 Looks Best On Wii U & Teases Unannounced Game

After playing Assassin’s Creed III on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, GameTrailers editor-in-chief Shane Satterfield claims that the game looks best on Nintendo’s upcoming console and includes added functionality. Satterfield suggests that consumers consider purchasing the Wii U versions of Assassin’s Creed III and a possible launch title that hasn’t been revealed.

“I’m definitely getting Assassin’s Creed III. And like Mike said, I’ve seen pretty much all three versions at this point. To me, the Wii U version looks the best. It also has added functionality, so that would probably be the one game I’d buy with the Wii U, would be Assassin’s Creed III.”

“There’s another game that might make launch that hasn’t been announced yet that maybe I would buy for it. But I can’t really mention that.”

Nintendo Land Is GameTrailers Most Disappointing Game Of E3 2012

GameTrailers has published its best of E3 2012 awards, which include a whopping twenty-six categories. Nintendo scooped a number of awards including Nintendo Land for the most disappointing game of the show, and Pikmin 3 for the best strategy game.

  • Best Nintendo 3DS Game: Castlevania: Mirror Of Fate
  • Best Wii U Game: Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Best Platformer: Rayman Legends
  • Most Disappointing Game: Nintendo Land
  • Best Music Game: TheAtRhythm Final Fantasy
  • Best Strategy Game: Pikmin 3
  • Best FPS: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Skylanders Giants Confirmed For Wii U

Activision’s Eric Hirshberg has revealed to GameTrailers that the upcoming Skylanders Giants will be coming to Wii U. A Wii and Nintendo 3DS version of the game have been announced for a few months, but the Wii U version was recently announced during last week’s E3. There is no release date announced for Wii U’s version of Skylanders Giants but the game is scheduled to release later this year for the 3DS and Wii.

“That franchise is just such a great fit for the Nintendo brand. I’m really excited for where they are taking the Wii U and the hardware.”

Wii U GamePad’s Screen Is Single-Touch For Precision

Nintendo software producer Katsuya Eguchi was recently interviewed by GameTrailers, where he revealed the reason as to why the Wii U GamePad’s touchscreen is single-touch rather than multi-touch. Cost is a factor but Eguchi says, “The number one priority we focus on in considering the touch interface is the precision of where you touch and the precision of how that’s reflected in the game.” While both multi-touch and single-touch screens have their pros and cons, which do you prefer for gaming?

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 Officially Announced

Konami released the debut trailer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. The trailer was first revealed in the latest episode of GameTrailers TV. The end of the trailer reveals the platforms the game will be released on, which are the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Although a Wii U version was not announced, the game is still rumored to be coming to the upcoming console. More information about the game will be shared during E3 next week.